FIU, Miami’s public research university, is one of America’s most dynamic institutions of higher learning. Since opening in 1972, FIU has achieved many benchmarks of excellence that have taken other universities over a century to reach. FIU has a nationally renowned faculty known for their outstanding teaching and cutting-edge research; students from throughout the U.S. and more than 130 foreign countries; and its alumni have risen to prominence in every field and are a testament to the University’s academic excellence. The University offers more than 190 baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in 19 colleges and schools.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked FIU among the top 100 public national universities. FIU has been recognized as one of the top 10 public commuter universities in nation by Money. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranked FIU as the country’s 18th best value in public higher education. The University is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most distinguished academic honor society. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, the highest ranking in its classification system. Sponsored research funding from external sources was $64 million in 2000-01; over the past 10 years, this funding has increased more than 400 percent.