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Florida International University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about Florida International University in Miami, FL. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Florida International University

Located in Miami, Florida, Florida International University (FIU) is the city's only 4-year public research university. FIU has two main campuses - the Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami-Dade County and the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami.

The school opened in 1972 and enrolls students from more than 130 countries. FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the United States and has awarded more bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students than any other school in the United States.


FIU offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Some of the most popular degree programs are business, legal and liberal arts and sciences programs. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked FIU's undergraduate international business programs as 15th in the nation. In addition to two main campuses, FIU also has academic centers located in Pembroke Pines and downtown Miami.

More than 600 students participate in FIU's study abroad programs each year. The English Language Institute (ELI) offers language training classes and other educational opportunities to international students. Some of the services available to FIU students include employment and placement services and an on-campus day care center. FIU's library system contains over 1.7 million volumes.

The average class size at FIU is 28, and 96% of FIU's tenured and tenure-seeking faculty members hold doctorate degrees or the highest degrees in their fields.


To apply to FIU, one must submit an online application, official transcripts and SAT or ACT test scores. Application status can be checked online. The admissions requirements and application process for graduate degree and certificate programs vary.

In addition to dual credit, FIU also accepts credit from the following exams - Advanced Placement (AP), Dante's Subject Standardized Tests (DANTE/DSST), International Baccalaureate (IB), British Bases A-Levels (GCE A-Levels), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Caribbean Advance Placement Examination (CAPE). An early admissions program is available for high school juniors.

For the Fall 2011 semester, there were 20,736 undergraduate applicants; 51% were admitted and 43% chose to enroll. In 2011, the majority of FIU's undergraduate students were in-state, full-time students. Nearly 15% of FIU's undergraduate students lived outside the United States, and over 60% were Hispanic.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, the cost of tuition and fees for the academic year was $6,427 for in-state undergraduate students and $18,826 for out-of-state and international undergraduate students. These costs include 30 credits, athletic fees, health fees, parking fees and the fee for a school identification card. The cost of on-campus housing starts at $8,606, while books and supplies cost $1,220; health insurance costs $1,916.

Tuition and fees for graduate students also depend on their residency status. Prices also vary depending on whether the graduate student is a new or continuing student.

FIU offers a tuition payment plan, a prepaid tuition plan and competitive university-wide and department scholarships. Students are automatically considered for university scholarships but may have to submit additional applications for department scholarships.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 5,888 undergraduate and 8,728 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Six residence halls available*
Schools (and/or) Programs 19 colleges and schools with more than 200 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Certificate: Business, management and marketing (54)
Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences (54)
Bachelor's: Business, management and marketing (2,108)
Master's: Business, management and marketing (1,036)
Doctorate: Legal professions (177)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in four years and 43% in six years**
Admission Rate 51% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 4,473 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 82% for full-time students and 63% for part-time students**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In Fall 2011:
Middle 50% ACT Composite scores: 21-25
Middle 50% SAT Math scores: 490-580
Middle 50% of SAT Writing scores: 490-570
Middle 50% of Critical Reading scores: 490-580**
Application Due Date Fall: April 1
Spring: September 1
Summer: February 1*
Decision Notification Date January 18, 2013 for applications received by December 3, 2012; March 15, 2013 for applications received by February 4, 2013; Rolling notification for applications received after February 4*
Tuition (2012-2013) Undergraduate tuition cost $6,427.46 for in-state students for the academic year (only includes tuition and some fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For all undergraduate students in 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (74%), Federal student loan (75%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Florida International University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Florida International University, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 659003, Miami, FL
  • Phone: (305) 348-2363
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