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Rank: 136

Florida International University

With about 57,000 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, 14 Division I sports teams, and over 31 sororities and fraternities. Order of the Torch, a secret society on campus, brings together student leaders.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$24,700
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,000
Average price for low-income students
$10,020
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1160/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
41,834
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
20%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$2,082
student success
Graduation rate
57%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$17,250
Average salary within 3 years
$48,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 1

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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