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Introduction

Since opening our doors in 1972, FIU has been on the move— constantly evolving, growing and changing to meet your needs.

FIU is:

  • 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.

Want to know more about FIU? Check out our Rankings & Facts or view our Virtual Tour.


graduates gather around the FIU Panther statueStory Behind The Photo

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 Rageone 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 Camphave 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:

Good luck—get in line around finals time to spin the large cube in front of Deuxième Maison. By doing so, it’s said you’ll have good luck on your exams.

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.

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Miami

Vibrant. Energetic. Active. That’s FIU. That’s the global city of Miami—the backdrop for your FIU education. Think big city and think filthy? Not true in Miami. In fact 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:

Hands-on Learning

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.

Networking

More than 100,000 alumni live in south Florida—offering you an extensive network of connections for life… connections that can lead to your next great internship or your future career.

Culture

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.

Recreation

The sun shines nearly every day—year round—in Miami, offering you perfect weather to explore the area’s sugar-sand beaches, biking and hiking trails, fishing piers, and area parks like Everglades National Park.

Nightlife

Miami is world-renowned for its nightlife—from dancing to dining to Broadway shows and major concerts. Dining options are endless—from 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.

Pro Sports

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.

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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 My Major Match, our Internet-based tool to help you identify your interests, explore your options, and plan for career success.

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Resident Assistants from Housing & Residential Life show off their Panther Pride.Story Behind The Photo

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, located in a suburban area 10 miles from downtown Miami. About 300 live in the residence hall at our waterfront Biscayne Bay Campus, 16 miles north of downtown Miami. 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.
  • 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
GC Atrium
Lakeview Hall
Dorm Room View

Our Residences Halls

Each of our residence halls has a distinctive style:

Modesto Madique Campus
  • Panther Hall
  • Panther Hall
    Fully-furnished two-bedroom suites exclusively for Freshmen
  • University Towers
  • University Towers
    Composed of the North Tower, the South Tower, & the West Wing, with fully-furnished apartment-style suites
  • Lakeview Hall
  • Lakeview Hall
    Composed of Lakeview North & Lakeview South, both exclusively for Freshmen
  • Parkview Hall
  • Parkview Hall
    Composed of two wings: Parkview East & Parkview West
Biscayne Bay Campus
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Life @ FIU

Get Involved

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:

Fraternity House
Frost Musuem
FIU Football

Academic Opportunities

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. We do that through:

Study Abroad

Our Office of Education Abroad will connect you with study abroad opportunities in countries ranging from Brazil to Cambodia, Argentina to China.

Research

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.

Honors College

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.

Study Abroad
Research
Honors College
Multicultural Services

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.

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2,000-pound, 7.5-foot-tall statue of the FIU PantherStory Behind The Photo

We’d love to show you around and give you a real look at what FIU can offer you.

Come Visit Us

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)

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.

*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 gradadm@fiu.edu.

Schedule a Campus Tour

Special Tours

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

Open House

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
  • 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

Next Open House:

**Last Open House for the Spring**
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Modesto Maidique Campus
Admitted Students Only  
9 a.m. - Noon
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Click here to RSVP


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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.

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