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Florida International University: Narrative Description


11200 S.W. 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199
Tel: (305)348-2000
Admissions: (305)348-3675
Fax: (305)348-3648
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 573-acre urban campus. Endowment: $48.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $24 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3535 per student. Total enrollment: 34,865. Faculty: 1,459 (769 full-time, 690 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 11,692 applied, 49% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 89% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 6 valedictorians. Full-time: 16,955 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 11,910 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 115 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 58% Hispanic, 13% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 50% 25 or older, 7% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other members of the State University System of Florida. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $2914 full-time, $97.12 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,420 full-time, $514 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $244 full-time, $122 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $8860. College room only: $5336. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 190 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Students for Community Service, Black Student Leadership Council, Hospitality Management Student Club, Hispanic Students Association, Haitian Students Organization. Major annual events: comedy shows, lecture series, International Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,500 college housing spaces available; 2,000 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. University Park Library plus 2 others with 1.8 million books, 4.5 million microform titles, 16,920 serials, 46,917 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.3 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Greater Miami area offers cultural diversity and a dynamic economic and aesthetic climate. South Florida is a major center of higher education and stands at the forefront of international trading, finance and banking, as well as tourism and a developing high technology industry. Miami International Airport is served by more airlines than any other airport in the country. One of the most culturally diverse cities in America, Miami has many distinctive neighborhoods. Both visual and performing arts thrive in Miami. The Metro-Dade Cultural Complex in downtown Miami houses the Metropolitan Library, the Museum of South Florida, and the Center for the Fine Arts. The city also maintains both an opera and three ballet companies. A wealth of galleries, libraries, and theaters are valuable resources. The greater Miami area also hosts many professional sports events and offers year round recreation activities such as fishing, boating, scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and deep-sea fishing.

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