Florida International University

Florida International University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Greater Miami, FL, Florida International University is a public research university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Florida International University the School for You?

A wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs are offered by Florida International University (FIU) in Miami-Dade County. The research university is relatively large, serving more than 46,000 students. Keep reading to find out if Florida International University is the school for you.


  • More than 200 degree programs are offered
  • Ranked #1 in the nation for awarding degrees to Latino students


  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 11 points higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 23.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Total cost is $5,487 higher than average for 4-year, public schools

About Florida International University

When Florida International University had its first classes in 1972, it had the highest rate for first day attendance of any college in U.S. history. Today, it's a thriving campus offering more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Available majors include, but are by no means limited to, architecture, hospitality and tourism, international and public affairs, journalism and mass communication, law, music, public health, medicine and social work.

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked FIU #11 among schools offering international business programs. According to FIU's website, the school is the 7th largest public university by student enrollment in the country and is #1 in the nation for offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to Hispanic students. In addition to this, FIU has a top ranking as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.

While the national average student-to-teacher classroom ratio is 15:1, NCES estimated that in the 2011-2012 school year at FIU, the average was 26:1. Also, it reports that the acceptance rate at Florida International University was 40%, substantially lower than the national average of 63.8%.

Finally, the total cost to attend FIU in the 2012-2013 school year was $23,347, according to NCES. This cost includes tuition, fees and room and board expenses. It is higher than the average total cost for 4-year, public schools in that year, which College Board reported was $17,860.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Florida International University

As a potential undergraduate, the process to apply for admission at Florida International University includes filling out an application online or paper. You'll also need to submit your transcript, ACT and/or SAT test scores and an application fee of $30. The FIU graduate school also has online applications. These include one for those enrolling in a master's, doctorate or specialist degree program, another for those seeking a graduate certificate program and a third for all other graduate programs. Each of these has an initial application form.

Florida International University has a Financial Aid Office to help you with your financial questions and needs. The university has a financial aid website that presents detailed information on the two kinds of financial aid available, merit-based and financial need-based. The second alternative includes grants, loans and employment. There are a number of federal, state and institutional grants available as well as loans and employment, which includes the federal work-study program.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) May 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) May 15***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) Varies*
Application Fee (2013-2014) $30*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 40%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,417 (in-state)
$18,816 (out-of-state)**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $6,926***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 7%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $17,706***
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 10.5%**

Student Life at Florida International University

Due to the large student population, there's a vibrant on-campus life at Florida International University. There are nearly 200 student organizations and clubs for you to choose from involving activities and subjects such as opera, theater/drama, religion, journalism, radio, Greek (fraternity and sorority) life and much more. As for athletics, FIU is a member of NCAA Division I and offers intercollegiate as well as intramural sports programs. The majority of students live off campus.

The Career Services department of FIU will help you select a major, learn interviewing skills, evaluate resumes and assess your career goals. This help may be found online or you can call the office or visit one of their locations. In addition to individual guidance from counselors and other career professionals, many workshops and other events are offered by FIU that can help you with your career choices. The Career Services department can also arrange on-campus interviews with recruiters from many employers.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Urban setting/Very large city***
Student Population (2012) 46,161**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 45:55**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 64%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 85%**
% of International Students (2011) 11%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 82% (full-time)
71% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 7%***
Number of Libraries 2****
Extracurricular Activities 192 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *Florida International University, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Florida International University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, PO Box 659003, Miami, FL, 33265-9003
  • Phone: (305) 348-2363