Florida International University is an American public research university in Miami, Florida, in the United States, with its main campus at University Park. Florida International University is classified as a top-tier Research University with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, and is a first-tier research university as designated by the Florida Legislature. Founded in 1965, FIU is the youngest university to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the country’s oldest academic honor society.
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FIU offers 191 programs of study with more than 280 majors in 26 colleges and schools. FIU offers many graduate programs, including architecture, business administration, engineering, law, and medicine, offering 82 master’s degrees, 30 doctoral degrees, and 2 professional degrees.
FIU is the 15th-largest university in the United States, the 4th-largest university in Florida, and the largest in South Florida. For Fall 2010, total enrollment was 44,010 students, including 11,109 graduate students.
Since 2007, more valedictorians from South Florida choose to attend FIU than any other university in the country. U.S. News and World Report (2010) ranks FIU as the most selective university in Florida since 2007, and the most selective public university in Florida since the early-2000s. For Fall 2009, the average incoming freshmen had an average 3.74 high school GPA.
Florida International University has seventeen varsity sports teams, named the Golden Panthers. The Golden Panthers’ athletic colors are blue and gold, and compete in the NCAA Division I as part of the Sun Belt Conference.
FIU has over 30 fraternities and sororities divided into four governing councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Council (PC),the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). The Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, has had a chapter at the university since 1991 and represents the academic top 3% of FIU Greeks.
With 160,595 alumni around the world, the FIU Golden Panthers constitute one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the state of Florida. Alumni services are run by the FIU Alumni Association, which sponsors numerous alumni events, galas, and ceremonies annually.
“My time at Florida International University has been great. If I could do it all over again, I would choose to attend this school. There is great campus service, nice scenery, friendly students, and helpful advisors.” Florida International University Student Review, CollegeProwler.com.
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