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Rank: 148

Florida International University

With over 56,000 students, Florida International is one of the largest universities in the country. It's a top-tier research school, offering more than 250 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs covering a wide range of areas, including architecture, the arts, education, sciences and engineering, business and economics, and public health, and it has a law school and a medical school as well. Some of FIU's standout programs include the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, which has an international program in Tianjin, China; and the OHL School of Construction, with internship and job opportunities in the construction industry. Signature learning facilities include the Miami Beach Urban Studios, where students from the College of Architecture and the Arts work with design firms and arts organizations; and the Medina Aquarius Program, an underwater lab in the Florida Keys, dedicated to marine ecosystems research. FIU has an impressive number of academic centers, including the International Hurricane Research Center, which boasts the Wall of Wind, a 12-fan behemoth that can simulate a Category 5 hurricane. The university is one of the country's top granters of bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students, who make up more than 60% of its population. Culture on campus is rich: three museums, more than 18 Division I sports teams, and 31 sororities and fraternities. Order of the Torch, a secret society on campus, brings together student leaders.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: One-third of fall courses are in-person or in a hybrid format. That rest are fully online. Residence halls are open for students, but face coverings must be worn, and students must practice social distancing at all times.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,100
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$9,600
Average price for low-income students
$6,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
59%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/25
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
41,780
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
28%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$2,250
student success
Graduation rate
58%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$18,000
Average salary within 5 years
$46,300
% earning more than $28,000
76%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: One-third of fall courses are in-person or in a hybrid format. That rest are fully online. Residence halls are open for students, but face coverings must be worn, and students must practice social distancing at all times.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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