With over 55,000 students, FIU is one of the largest universities in the country.

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It's a top-tier research school, offering about 120 bachelor's degrees covering a wide range of areas, including art, education, hospitality, engineering, finance and economics. There’s also a broad graduate program offering, including a law school and medical school.

Some of FIU's standout programs include the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, which draws students from around the world; and the Moss School of Construction Management, 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 regional design firms and arts organizations; and the Medina Aquarius Program, an underwater lab in the Florida Keys, dedicated to marine ecosystems research.

In fact, 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 65% of its population. Culture on campus is varied: three museums, 17 Division I sports teams, and 29 sororities and fraternities.