Location: Miami, Florida
Percent Women: 55%
Tuition: $6,540 (in-state) $18,939 (out-of-state)
Most Popular Majors: Business, Marketing, Management, Psycholoy, and Social Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 40%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Florida International’s Website at www.fiu.edu/admissions.
Why Choose FIU?
"FIU has the best business school for your money in the state of Florida."
"On top of FIU already bing a great school because FIU is located in Miami, it opens doors for more opportunities or internships available for studentsin fields of their future careers."
"FIU is constantly grwing. FIU has a law school, medical school, and opportunities for internships. FIU also has a large population of international students and I believe attending a university with potential for growth is more valuable than a university that is already set in its ways."
"FIU has such a huge diversity among its students and faculty that it makes anyone that comes in feel like they belong. Also since it is located i one of the biggest cities, it leads to opportunities like no other."
"Florida International University is a great commuter school that also has a greek community. Greek life allows students to live near home and still get the college experience."
"Who wouldn't want to be Worlds Ahead?"
"I really love the diversity of FIU. Also, I love the various organization available for students to join. There's an organization for everyone and anyone!"
"A+ features are the programs themselves. There are many passionate and caring teachers!"
"So much green space! It can be really hot out but the beautiful landscape makes up for it."
"The library is the best I've seen for a college in Miami! It has seven floors and tons of space to find that perfect study spot."
"It becomes your home away from home at some point."
"Hispanic food everywhere! Got to have my favorte pastelitos during finals."
“Parking on FIU campus is definitely the worst part. You literally have to follow people around to catch a spot sometimes. A new parking garage would make campus life so much easier for both commuters and residents.”
“Having the Fair take up all the field parking during a few weeks in Spring semester can be a drag!”
“If you stay on campus and have to eat at Fresh Foods every day but plan to keep off the freshman 15, it’s going to be hard. I really wish FIU had healthier options in Fresh Foods.”
“There should be somewhere we can eat 24 hours on campus. Especially during exam weeks.”
“I wish there was better off campus transportation at FIU. I would love to have explored the city of Miami this year, but I had no car! Didn’t think it would be as hard to get around.”
“When it rains on campus, it pours, and floods. Make sure to bring your umbrella and rainboots unless you like swimming to class.”
“Longer library hours! I find that even when there is extended library hours during finals week, it’s still just not long enough.”
“Be prepared to wait in lines. A lot. Getting an advising appointment can be quite the challenge here at FIU.”
New Collegiette on Campus
"My freshman year was awesome! There was so much to do all of the time and everyone was super nice! Plus, there was always free food. Who doesn't like free food?"
"Coming from Orlando to FIU, being new was a slight culture shock. Spanish is the unofficial predominant language of the campus and confusing whn you only know english. It is not out of the ordinary to have someone at Fresh try serve you food without knowing english. Most people are really helpful when it comes to these situations I will say."
"OMG Panther Camp was definitely my favorite freshman memory! The dance, the exercises, and just meeting so many amazing people! I would recommend to any entering freshman; it is definitely a good memory."
"I actully liked my dorm room. I lived in a single in Lakeview and I had my own privacy, and my RA Dawn had some really cool events from time to time. Another thing were Panther Bucks and Breezeway, which helped me survive my freshman year when Fresh was too far."
"The greek recruitment was really enticing to me when I was a freshman. All of the girls were really nice and helped explain about the different councils and their causes."
"I think that my favorite thing about being a freshman at FIU was that there was a club for eveything. Literally, whatever your hobby is, they have a club for that, and if they don't you can create one. It makes the transition from high school to college that much smoother."
All About Academics
“Course registration at FIU is a fairly simple process. The only issue that students face is being able to enroll in the classes they need before they close. Although sometimes stressful, it becomes increasingly easier as students move up in year. For example, freshmen have an enrollment date that is much later than seniors.”
“I would say psychology is pretty popular. The workload depends mainly on the classes you decide to take. Some can be challenging with difficult concepts and others are simple and easy to understand. There isn't any large final project that is required for psychology majors but we do have a senior seminar that is a two credit class that focuses on one specific area of psychology so it's important to pick something you're actually interested it.”
“Advising is located in the DM building and you can ask for an appointment with your assigned advisor. They're very helpful in guiding you through your last two years and can point you in the right direction for graduate school.”
“There's never a day when the library is empty… especially the second floor! I usually study at the library because I can concentrate better.”
“Biology is a difficult major with a heavy course load. I started out with a whole group of friends who wanted to major in biology and now there is only a few of us left. It starts to become difficult when you have to begin piling up science classes. I was able to handle it by using a planner and color coding it; it saved my life! The key to success as biology major is to dedicate time to studying and not procrastinate!”
“The second floor of the library is perfect for when you want to study with a group or work on a group project! But, when it comes to studying alone, the higher, quieter floors are where I like to go.”
“It is rather easy to fulfill the general requirements. I think you can succeed in any class as long as you study and put in the effort!”
“For students who are not sure what to major in, I recommend taking the ‘explore your major course’. It really helps you determine what areas you excel in and what you will enjoy most.”
“Although it is recommended that you see an academic advisor when planning your schedule, FIU has helpful online tools to help you plan out your schedule and make sure you are on track to graduate. On your MyFIU account there is something called your ‘panther degree audit’, it helps you see what requirements you have already fulfilled and what you still need to take.”
“One of my favorite places to study is the new ‘Sky lounge’ in the DM courtyard. I love the natural light and its tranquility.”
Learn from the Best
“If you are an International Relations student, Dr. Washington is the absolute best professor! I have never had a professor so completely dedicated to her teaching and so empathetic to her students.”
“Bad at math? Me too. Take Mr. Rosenthal. He is the only professor that has ever made math make sense to me.”
“I took weight training last semester. Who wouldn’t want to work out WHILE getting credit?”
"Make sure when you register for classes, you think of the location of the buildings and how much time you have to get to the next class."
"Choosing the right professor is the most important aspect when it comes to choosing your classes."
Interests & Involvement
“There is a club fair at the beginning of each semester. I got to sign up and speak to a ton of great organizations. It’s a definite way to start your college career off involved!”
“Pretty much every FIU student I know is involved some way. There are so many ways to get involved. By getting in contact with Student affairs, club fairs, flyers posted around campus, the FIU website and even through fellow classmates.”
“Lot’s of clubs at FIU do “tabling” in GC. Almost everyday when you walk through GC there are organizations set up with representatives to talk with and get more information on how to get involved.”
“Even if Greek life is not for you, there are SO many organizations available to be involved with at FIU.”
“I joined an honor society and a garden club all in one semester. I’d definitely say that FIU has a diverse selection of ways to get involved for a girl like me.”
“Going Greek made my transition as an out of state student from a small town to Miami easier than expected. I was nervous at first, but It was the best decision I could have ever made. I sincerely encourage future freshman to rush. It’s such a wonderful experience. I feel so encouraged by these women everyday. Some say you meet your husband in college, well, I met my best friends.”
"Homecoming games are by far the best! The stadium is packed with students waiting to see who gets crowned king and queen."
“My favorite games to attend were the baseball games. The tickets are less than those at UM and they know what it means to win.”
“FIU knows how to get kids to attend games by offering up some great gear for FREE!”
“We may not have guys painting their chests for every games, but we do cheer loud and our athletes do not act like they’re on a pedestal around campus which is surprising for college athletes.”
“My panther camp facilitator told me the best way to enjoy FIU was to get involved on campus. My involvement included basketball, football, and baseball tailgates with a few friends from my lab group.”
“I was scared that by attending FIU I’d be missing out on the spirit of college sports, but boy was I wrong! Around campus alone you can sense the moment a big game is going on when Roary is hanging around GC taking selfies with students and some of the cute athletes are handing out flyers for the big day.”
“The gender ratio on campus is pretty even although sometimes I feel there are more males than females even if it’s not true. Harassment isn’t anything I’ve had to deal with although some guys are annoyances."
“There are a lot of organizations geared toward women on campus which are very active. One is called National Organization for Women (NOW) which is seeking equality for all women. They’re pretty active on campus which is a good thing for society.”
Women organizations on campus are:
-Women in Computer Science
-Women in Transportation Seminars
-Women’s Studies Student Association
-National Organization for Women (NOW)
-Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
-Women, Sexuality and Gender Student Association
-Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG)
“On campus, people wear anything from gym sweats to dresses and heels.Since there are so many people, you’ll almost surely find someone of a common mind. Because of this, it’s pretty easy to be yourself and express yourself.”
“Women have plenty of leadership opportunities on campus and they seem to take them. Many women on campus hold leadership positions such as president and vice president of honor societies. The women seem to be more persevering than men in this aspect. “
“FIU offers a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and also a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. There is also a Center for Women’s and Gender Studies on campus which holds events every semester geared toward women and sexuality.”
Food & Drink
“I heard the M.A.N.G.O building opening in Fall ‘14 is going to have a Taco Bell. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am at the thought of post-exam cinnamon twists.”
“The best food and drinks hands down on campus would have to be Salad Creation or Chic Fil A. It's more of a healthier choice, but the walk is what prevails me to go. Other than that, Chilies is the hot spot to go to."
“The best snack would HAVE to be the cookies at Breezeway Cafe! Best kept secret at FIU. If you haven't tried these you are missing out! Fresh baked cookies and they just melt in your mouth.”
“So, personally I think the best places to eat are Chik-fil-A, Pollo Tropical, and Tropical Smoothie. Chili's is fun to go to with people. Jamba Juice is great too but I don't go there often. If I can't really leave CBC or I’m on the go, I eat sandwiches from Java City. In general the food on campus isn't bad but also not super exciting. I’m really excited to have the new restaurants open next to us in CBC so I don't have to go all the way to GC for some variety/options anymore.”
“My favorite place to eat on campus is Almazar. I also like Subway—it’s a classic! Starbucks is a must and Jamba Juices are amazing! The ones with less calories are perfect for people trying to lose weight, they taste as good as the regular ones.”
“FIU has done a great job with their food. Tropical Smoothie is my favorite eatery on campus. If you like chicken get either chicken pesto flatbread or the chicken salad sandwich. You won’t be disappointed.”
“The first year I had a 5 day plan for Fresh Foods, which is okay because you can go unlimited times to Fresh Foods 5 days a week, and I also had $325 dining dollars to use at other dining places on campus. Next year, though, I will just have $1500 dining dollars which I think will be better because it offers more flexibility in choosing where to eat.”
“My favorite places are Moe’s and Pollo Tropical. I haven’t really had anything I don’t like. Also, a cheaper alternative to Starbucks is a café place in CBC called Java City.”
“I would say that Fresh Foods is probably the worst place to eat on campus, especially on weekends since they don't have much variety then. Most of the food there is mainly carbs and isn't particularly good, sometimes not even fresh. I like the Mediterranean place next to chili's (Almazar). It's probably my favorite since it's nice to have something different on campus. I just wish food options were open for longer hours/days.”
“Our school is not a dry campus, so getting the chance to have a post-final margarita with a classmate is a possibility that sets us apart from a lot of schools. There is a choice between Dunkin or Starbucks, which is great when I don’t want to spend $5 on my coffee. Also we have an Einstein, Java City, and Café Bustelo which provide for more coffee options. There are also coffee machines located all over campus which I heard are actually really good!”
“Ok so to sum it up really quickly, the campus restaurant options are superb, you have a real variety, from Thai food to Chilis. The student cafe (Fresh) is an OK option. They switch the menu often but the food isn't seasoned, so it’s bland. The healthy options are the best thing to eat.”
"As an FIU student living in Miami there will always be something to do. There are tons of choices, from great places to dine to the perfect places to set free and party the night away."
"Looking for a good time with friends? You will always find yourself entertained at the Wynwood Art District. If you enjoy art and food, then you might find yourself exploring the streets of Wynwood Art District."
"LIV and Mansion are two of the hottest clubs; I always have spectacular time with my girls there! If you are not into clubs, then trust me you will not have trouble finding a party. Fraternities are always hosting great ‘get togethers’ and parties that will guarantee a good time."
"The best part about going to FIU is that it is located in Miami and you always have the beach."
"If you are up for a little drive, you can do something different and go to the Drive-In movie theartre in Fort Lauderdale."
“Be sure to get to know your roomie before move in day! My roomie and I coordinated our room decorations and ended up becoming best friends by the end of the year. I’ve heard of some roomie horror stories though. Be sure to set rules and respect each other's space.”
“I wish they had more coffee machines in the housing area and no lock-out fees for those times you forget your keys.”
“Parkview Hall is absolutely be-a-utiful. It’s FIU’s newest dorm and has the most beautiful view. Hence, the name.”
“Lakeview is the best dorm to stay in for your first year on campus. It’s the official Freshman dorm and the most social of them all."
“Don’t forget to bring your own microwave! I had a rookie mistake. There is a packing list available at housing.fiu.edu which helps out a lot.”
“Dorms at FIU aren’t as available as I thought. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible! I’m currently on a waiting list I could have easily avoided.”
"Miami is a great place. You could relax and get your stuff together for school during the day, but at night, you can go all out and party."
"It's a fun place for partying! Jake make sure you have a reliable car."
"There's something here for everyone!"
"The beach is beautiful and there's so many activities going on around so it can be easy to meet new people if you are up for it."
"Miami is a great place for marine biological studies such as mine. BBC campus is calm and relaxing."
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