As Miami’s first and only four-year public research university, FIU has provided an exceptional environment for academic pursuits in this community since opening for classes in 1972. Today, FIU has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most diverse institutions in higher education with more than 57,000 students and 225,000 alumni – one of the 10 largest public research universities in the nation.
In addition, FIU is ranked No. 7 among the top U.S. universities founded in the last 50 years, and one of the top 100 universities in the world, founded in the last 50 years, according to Times Higher Education Magazine. The university takes great pride in our ability to create and foster an academic setting for student success that addresses the unique needs of first generation scholars.
Approximately 90% of FIU undergraduate students are minorities, and about 25% are first generation college students. FIU is also ranked first in the nation in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students. In addition to its diverse ethnic groups, FIU serves a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students. 86% of First-Time-in-College students depend on financial aid (Source: IPEDS 2016-2017 Survey) and nearly 49% of all FIU’s financial aid recipients come from families with annual household incomes less than $30,000.