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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do I apply to Florida International University?
2. When should I apply to Admissions?
3. What do I need to provide in order to properly complete my application?
4. Are standardized tests required for admission?
5. What are the Admissions Office Hours?
6. How do I obtain Florida residency for tuition purposes?
7. How do I arrange for a campus visit?
8. How many majors does FIU offer?
9. How do I apply for financial aid at FIU?
10. How may I become a transient student at FIU if I am currently attending another State of Florida university?
11. What special documents are required for an international college transcript?
12. How can I check the progress or current status of my application?
13. What scholarships are available through the university? How can I be considered for an award?
14. Is there a summer attendance requirement at FIU?
15. How do I get credit for AP and college courses?
16. Who is my admissions representative? Or do I have a specific contact person?
17. What is Early Fall?
18. What if I applied for fall but was offered admission for early fall?

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1. You may apply online by clicking Apply Online Now. For speedy processing, please have a major credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) available to pay the $30 application fee.  Personal Checks, SAT/ACT waivers and Money Orders in US Dollars are also accepted. 

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2. Up to May 1, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications are completed and all supporting documents are received. You may apply as early as July of your senior year. In order to be invited to apply for a merit scholarship you must be admitted prior to November 1 and meet minimum scholarship criteria.  

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3. You need to provide the following information:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores if you are a high school student or are transferring from another college or university with fewer than 60 semester hours of college credit. For more information on Admissions Requirements, click here. TOEFL scores may also be required. For more information on International requirements, click here.
  • Residency documentation if you are claiming FL residency. 
  • $30 application fee or SAT/ACT waiver


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4. Yes.  All freshmen are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores.  Official scores must be reported to the university either electronically or through the mail.  FIU encourages students to take both the SAT and ACT to determine which exam best suits the student. For more information on Admissions Requirements, click here.

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5. The office hours are as follows:

  • Monday- Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Open every First Saturday of the month: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Note: The University is closed on all national holidays.

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6. To be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student must reside in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of classes. If you are a dependent student, your parents must qualify as a Florida resident. Verification including driver's license, vehicle registration and voter registration will be required. For more information on residency click here.

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7. Tours are available at both Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay campuses. The tour lasts approximately one hour and includes an information session with an Admissions counselor. For more information click here.

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8. Students can choose from more than 180 baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. For more information on degree programs, click here.

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9. To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. For need-based aid, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). We encourage students to apply online using FAFSA on the Web at the Federal Department of Education Website by FIU's priority deadline date of March 1st. Please note that if you are admitted for Summer you will need to complete (2) FAFSA applocations: one application is for the prior academic year (includes summer semester) and the other application is for the upcoming academic year. FIU's Federal School Code is is 009635. For complete information on applying for aid at FIU, click here.

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10. Students attending other institutions are welcome to take classes at Florida International University while they are home for the summer or any other time. Since these students plan to transfer classes from FIU back to their Home Institution, they are classified as “transients” by the State of Florida.

Students at Florida State University System institutions can complete the form online by accessing flvc.org.

Transient students continue to be advised by their primary college, which determines whether they have met the necessary prerequisites before enrolling in the FIU class.

Once FIU has approved you as an inbound transient student, you will be notified through flvc.org electronically.  Your FIU Panther Id, Registration Date and other pertinent information will be included in the ‘Comments’ area of your form.

When you have completed your FIU course(s) and grades have posted, you must order an Official Transcript through my.fiu.edu to receive proper posting of your credits at your Home Institution.

Please click the link to view Official Transcript request instructions

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11. Requires a course-by-course evaluation, with a calculated U.S. equivalent grade point average, through a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) Organization or the recommended agencies below. Official evaluations must be forwarded directly to FIU from the evaluation service. One exception to this policy exists: Chinese language transcripts from Tianjin University of Commerce will be evaluated by FIU staff for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Josef Silny & Associates 
7101 SW 102 Avenue 
Miami, FL 33171 
Tel: (305) 273-1616 
Fax: (305) 273-1338 
http://www.silny.com or email info@jsilny.com

World Education Services 
P. O. Box 745 
New York , NY 10113-0745 
(212) 966-6311 
http://www.wes.org or email info@wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 
P.O. Box 514070 
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 
Phone: (414) 289-3400 
www.ece.org

For more information on International requirements, click here.

For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please click here.

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12. Applicants to Florida International University may check their admission status online anytime (except for applications received on Saturday, or Sunday, where a minimum of 48 hours is needed to update the status).

You will be asked for a login and an FIU Panther ID. If you have not previously logged into the system, there are instructions on the web page for obtaining a login. Click here to check your status.

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13. Detailed information regarding merit scholarships can be found at go.fiu.edu/scholarships

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14. A student entering the State University System with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit is required to enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours in the summer at a Florida state university. These hours can be spread out over the course of a student's degree program.

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15. Students who participate in the AP program in high school and receive a score of three or higher may receive credit in the appropriate subject area. Scores must be submitted prior to enrollment for consideration. Students should consult their high school guidance counselor or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for additional information.

For more information visit FIU's Policy on Credit by Examination page.

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16. You can identify your admissions representative by clicking on the following link Find My Recruiter and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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17. Early fall for FTIC students starts in late June and runs through early August. Early fall gives students the opportunity to get ahead in their college career by taking college classes over a six-week time period. Early fall keeps your academic momentum going from high school straight into college. 

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18. Because FIU publishes admission criteria students who apply for one term but don’t meet the requirements are considered for other terms. You have potential but may need some additional coursework to prepare you for the rigors of college-level work.

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