Since opening our doors in 1972, FIU has been on the move— constantly evolving, growing and changing to meet your needs.
- Global: The word “international” in our name goes beyond the diversity of our students, faculty and staff. It’s woven throughout our Majors & Programs, demonstrated in our teaching and present in our Academic Opportunities.
- Accessible: Providing you with an affordable, high-quality education is one of our primary objectives. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the nation and the lowest among our competitors. We offer Loans & Grants and Scholarships to help make your education even more affordable. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine consistently ranks FIU among the top “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.
- Community-focused: FIU is known as the university for South Florida. Our graduates—more than 100,000 strong in South Florida alone—are leading citizens who hold critical positions. FIU is considered a major cultural asset, offering nationally renowned academic programs to our students and the local community.
- Vibrant: Step on campus and you’ll feel the dynamic, can-do energy that is FIU. We’re young—in all the positive definitions of that word. From the innovative way our faculty teaches to our state-of-the-art facilities, FIU’s vibrancy is felt.
- Ideally Located: You couldn’t ask for a better place to live and learn than Miami. We have two campuses: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, in a suburban area 10 miles from downtown Miami, and our waterfront Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami.
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Florida International University may be young, but even in our nearly 50-year history, we’ve established traditions our students know and love.
Traditions & History
Florida International University may be young, but even in our nearly 50-year history, we’ve established traditions our students know and love. At FIU, you can be a part of:
Panther Rage—one of FIU’s largest student spirit groups is visible at all of our athletic events, cheering on our beloved Panthers. They also host large events and initiate dynamic programs.
Panther Camp—have fun, meet other new students, learn traditional Golden Panther chants and cheers, and discover how to be successful at FIU through this great event. Offered each year at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid.
Week of Welcome (WOW)—a week full of events designed to welcome new students like you to FIU.
Trail of the Torch—this follows the WOW pep rally and features lighting the “torch of knowledge” and distributing blue and gold candles to the crowd for a procession around campus.
Rage Week and Homecoming Week—back-to-back spirit weeks, held in the fall, which include our Homecoming game and parade, pep rallies, parties on Greek Row, the Blue/Gold Party, and other events.
Other FIU Traditions
Spirit-related traditions aren’t the only ones at FIU. Here are a few others:
Kissing bridge—tradition says if you kiss someone on the bridge at Turtle Pond, located between the Ryder, you’ll be together forever.
Haunted library—the top floor of Green Library is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost that wanders the halls after the library closes.
Watch your step—step on the seal engraved in front of the Graham Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus or the one at the Wolfe University Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus and you’ll delay your graduation for years—or maybe never graduate at all.Back to Top
Vibrant. Energetic. Active. That’s FIU. That’s the global city of Miami—the backdrop for your FIU education. Forbes magazine has ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City” for its air quality, green spaces, drinking water, clean streets, and recycling programs.
Like FIU, Miami is “international” in every sense of the word. You’ll have opportunities here for:
Our ideal location—Modesto A. Maidique Campus is 10 miles from downtown Miami; Biscayne Bay Campus, 16 miles north of downtown Miami—means you’ll have easy access to research, teaching practicums at area schools, internships and jobs at some of the largest national and international companies, hospitals, medical centers, research institutes, and biotechnology companies. You’ll also be able to impact the local community through community service projects.
With more than 100,000 alumni living in South Florida, you will be exposed to an extensive netowrk of connections that can lead to a great internship or future career.
Miami is home to the Greater Miami Opera, the Miami City Ballet, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, and the New World Symphony. You can also celebrate Miami’s cultural and ethnic diversity through annual events, such as Calle Ocho Festival, the Goombay Festival, the Art Deco Weekend and the Coconut Grove Art Festival. Each February, join in the world-renowned South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which is operated almost entirely by students in FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The sun shines nearly every day—year round—in Miami, offering you the perfect weather to explore the area’s sugar-sand beaches, biking and hiking trails, fishing piers, and area parks like Everglades National Park.
Miami is world-renowned for its nightlife. From dancing to dining, you'll never be bored. Known for its endless dining options, Miami offers restaurants in trendy South Beach and Coconut Grove to authentic Caribbean cuisine served up on Eighth Street. Whether you’re in the mood for Cuban or Italian, seafood or tapas, barbeque or sushi, you’ll have no difficulty finding a spot to satisfy your craving. Miami is also a shopping mecca, offering chain mainstays, tiny boutiques, open-air and traditional malls and elegant shopping districts.
If you love professional sports, you’ll love what Miami offers. The city is home to the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins and the Florida Panthers.Back to Top
Majors & Programs
With more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to choose from, Florida International University is likely to have what you’re looking for to fulfill your educational goals. Your education at FIU will be steeped in global learning, thanks to our Quality Enhancement Plan: Global Learning for Global Citizenship.
FIU is home to numerous Colleges & Schools offering diverse majors. We have innovative educational delivery systems, including Online Programs. Because Your Success is important to us, we offer MyMajorMatch, our Internet-based tool to help you identify your interests, explore your options, and plan for career success.
- Administration and Management
- Architecture Accelerated Masters
- Art Education
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Biological and Environmental Sciences
- Biological Science
- Biological Science: Education
- Biological Science: Education (Program Description)
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemistry (BA)
- Chemistry (BS)
- Chemistry: Biochemistry
- Chemistry: Education
- Chemistry: Environmental
- Chemistry: Forensic
- Civil Engineering
- Communication Arts - Art and Performance Studies
- Communication Arts - Design Studies
- Communication Arts - Organizational Communication Studies
- Communication: Advertising
- Communication: Broadcast Media
- Communication: Digital Media
- Communication: Journalism
- Communication: Public Relations
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Computer Science: Software Design and Development
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Dietetics and Nutrition Coordinated Program
- Dietetics and Nutrition Didactic Program
- Early Childhood Education/ESOL Endorsement
- Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Development
- Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Development Online
- Earth Sciences
- Earth Science: Education
- Earth Science: Education (Program Description)
- Electrical Engineering
- Elementary Education
- English: Education
- English: Education (Program Description)
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Studies
- Geography: Education
- Geography: Education (Program Description)
- Geosciences: Atmospheric
- Global and Social Sciences
- Health Services Administration
- Health Services Administration (Online)
- History: Education
- History: Education (Program Description)
- Honors College
- Hospitality Management
- Hospitality Management: Beverage Management
- Hospitality Management: Culinary Management
- Hospitality Management: Event Management
- Hospitality Management (Online)
- Hospitality Management: Hotel/Lodging Management
- Hospitality Management: Restaurant/Food Service Management
- Hospitality Management: Travel and Tourism Management
- Human Resource Management
- Humanities and Arts
- Information Technology
- Information Technology
- Information Technology: Software
- Instrumental Performance
- Interior Architecture Accelerated Masters Program
- International Business
- International Relations
- Jazz Performance
- Landscape Architecture Accelerated Masters Program
- Liberal Studies
- Management Information Systems
- Marine Biology
- Mathematics: Education
- Mathematics: Education (Program Description)
- Mathematics (BS)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Music Composition
- Music Education (Even Year)
- Music Education (Odd Year)
- Music Technology
- Health Sciences
- Nursing: RN to BSN
- Physical Education
- Physical Education: Sport and Fitness Studies
- Physical Science and Engineering
- Physics (BA)
- Physics (BS)
- Physics: Education
- Physics: Education (Program Description)
- Political Science
- Political Science: Education
- Political Science: Education (Program Description)
- Public Administration
- Real Estate
- Recreation and Sport Management
- Recreation and Sport Management: Parks Management
- Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy
- Recreation and Sport Management: Recreational Therapy (Online)
- Religious Studies
- Social Work
- Sociology/Anthropology: Anthropology
- Sociology/Anthropology: Sociology
- Special Education
- Sustainability and The Environment
- Theatre Design
- Theatre Performance
- Vocal Performance
- Women's Studies
Living on campus at FIU is a great way to immerse yourself in college life.
Housing and Dining
Living on campus at FIU is a great way to immerse yourself in college life. About 3,000 students live in our five residence halls on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Each residence hall offers around-the-clock front-desk staffing and secured entry.
Apply for Housing
Apply early to ensure you receive your top choice for housing, and to avoid being placed on a wait list.
On Campus Benefits
By living on campus, you’ll benefit from:
- Accessibility—you’ll be close to your classes, your professors, and your favorite study and dining spots
- Amenities—such as Internet and cable, and close proximity to the outdoor Panther Hall Pool and nearby sand volleyball court at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
- Leadership opportunities—get involved in your hall council or the Residence Hall Association.
- Living and Learning Communities—live with those who share your interests or major
- Programming—academic, social, and recreational programs are available daily
- Social networking—you’ll be surrounded by friends and study buddies 24/7
- Tutoring—right in your residence hall
Our Residences Halls
Each of our residence halls has a distinctive style:
Modesto Madique Campus
- University Apartments
Courtyard-style, two-story buildings for upper classmen and graduate students
- Panther Hall
Fully-furnished two-bedroom suites exclusively for Freshmen
- University Towers
Composed of the North Tower, the South Tower, & the West Wing, with fully-furnished apartment-style suites
Life @ FIU
Sure, you could simply come to campus and go to class—or you could make the most of your time at Florida International University by getting involved in Campus Life through our:
- Clubs & Organizations: You can have fun while strengthening your leadership skills and exploring what you’re passionate about.
- Art and Culture: take in exhibits at FIU's Frost Art Museum and the Wolfsonian; listed to noted authors and poets through Writers on the Bay; or enjoy culinary delights at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, to name a few.
- Athletics teams: Cheer on our Panthers (or try out for a team if you’re an outstanding athlete).
- Recreation programs: Get in shape and make new friends through our intramurals programor through fitness classes and workouts at “the Rec”.
- Greek Life: Sororities and Fraternities are vibrant and active at FIU.
Florida International University sets your learning in motion—inside the classroom and out. We go beyond lectures and books to offer you an array of opportunities to expand on and enhance your learning.
Our Office of Education Abroad will connect you with study abroad opportunities in countries ranging from Brazil to Cambodia, Argentina to China.
FIU is Miami’s first and only four-year public research university. As such, research is a major component of our mission. Even as an undergraduate, you’ll be able to work side-by-side with your professors on important and relevant research.
FIU’s Honors College will expand your horizons, broaden your vision for your future, and open you up to new ways of thinking and being in the world.
From connecting you with scholarships to providing you with events—like our Peace Walk to honor the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and our presentations to educate students about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered/sexual people—to providing you with the support services you need to be successful, our Multicultural Programs and Services office works to enrich the lives of people at FIU and in the community.
We’d love to show you around and give you a real look at what FIU can offer you.
Our information sessions and campus tours are available at the following times at both the Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus. You have the option to attend an Information Session, a Campus Tour, or both:
Information Sessions: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm (Mon-Fri)
Regular Campus Tours: 10:30 am & 3:30 pm (Mon-Fri)
We also have Campus Tours the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Note: there will be no Campus Tours the first week of Fall classes, August 24-28, 2015.
Note: There will be no Saturday Campus Tours on July 4 and August 1.
*Information Sessions are approximately 30 minutes and Campus Tours lasts approximately two hours. The campus tour requires some walking so dress accordingly. If you require special accommodations, please let us know in advance. If you are a Graduate Student, be advised that all tours are conducted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. As such, we cannot provide information regarding the application process or admissions requirements for graduate students. To contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, please visit gradschool.fiu.edu, call (305) 348-7442, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer Tuesday Tours
Are you interested in transfering to FIU? Than this is the tour for you. The Transfer Tuesday tour is dedicated to transfer students only.
Special Tours are for groups of 8 or more participants.
Schedule a Special Tour
Campus Tour Plus
Upgrade your tour to receive more information about a specific major! Campus Tour Plus includes the campus tour described above given by the Office of Admissions, plus a meeting with a department representative. (This is an information session, NOT an advising session.) At this time, we offer 7 departmental tours at the Modesto Maidique campus and 1 departmental tour (Hospitality & Tourism) at the Biscayne Bay campus. They are available in the following areas:
|Business||First Friday of the month|
|Computer Science||Last Friday of the month|
|Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Biscayne Bay Campus)||Last Friday of the month|
|Engineering||Last Friday of the month|
|Honors||Every other Friday|
|Nursing and Health Sciences
(including Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology)
|First Friday of the month|
|Physics||First Friday of the month|
|Pre-Law||First Friday of the month|
|QBIC Program - Quantifying Biology in the Classroom||Last Friday of the month|
|Public Administration||Last Friday of the month|
Schedule a Campus Tour Plus
Come to our Open House and explore the world of possibilities at FIU. Learn about admissions, scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and campus life. These events are held during the Fall and Spring semesters at both the Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus. Join us at our house party!
What to expect:
- Explore career opportunities
- Learn about Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarship opportunities and Campus Life
- Participate in an Academic Resource Fair
- Join the academic departments for an information session
- Meet the representatives from the Honors College
- Explore state of the art facilities
ExplROAR FIU: Discover the World of FIU
For high school freshman, sophomore and juniors only
Are you ready for college?
At ExplROAR FIU, you will learn what it takes to become a Panther. Hear from FIU students, faculty, and staff about what you can do in high school to stand out. Learn about FIU’s exploratory tracks with majors that match your interests, get info about financial aid, scholarships, and more!
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Saturday, August 1 at Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) for Health Sciences, Biological & Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Global & Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, Public Administration & Business Management
Place: MMC, 11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33199
BBC, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181
Space is limited. To RSVP and for more info on your ideal track: go.fiu.edu/Explroar
Florida International University has admissions representatives who travel across the United States and around the world. You will find them at national and regional college fairs, visiting high schools and community colleges, and hosting informational receptions.
Click on a region below to find out when a representative from FIU will be in your area.