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Florida International University

Florida International University is Miami-Dade County's first public, four-year university. FIU was founded in 1965 and opened for classes in 1972 with 5,667 students - the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history.

In 2009, the FIU Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mark B. Rosenberg as FIU's fifth president. Today it has more than 40,00 students, almost 1,000 full-time faculty and nearly 150,000 alumni. FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. The University offers more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 21 colleges and schools. Ninety-five percent of FIU's full-time, tenure, and tenure earning faculty ho...
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Florida International University is Miami-Dade County's first public, four-year university. FIU was founded in 1965 and opened for classes in 1972 with 5,667 students - the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history.

In 2009, the FIU Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mark B. Rosenberg as FIU's fifth president. Today it has more than 40,00 students, almost 1,000 full-time faculty and nearly 150,000 alumni. FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. The University offers more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 21 colleges and schools. Ninety-five percent of FIU's full-time, tenure, and tenure earning faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their field. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. Sponsored research funding (grants and contracts) from external sources now exceed $100 million. The University is ranked as a Research University in the High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation's prestigious classification system. The school's mascot is the Golden Panther, and its alumni constitute the fastest growing university alumni group in Miami-Dade County. FIU confers approximately half of all degrees now awarded by universities in Miami-Dade County. FIU's College of Medicine was approved in 2006 by the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature. In 2008, it received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the AAMC and admitted its first class in August 2009.

FIU is the youngest university to have been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most distinguished academic honor society. FIU recently ranked among the best values in public higher education in the country, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 2006 survey, "100 Best Values in Public Colleges." FIU ranked among the top 50 nationally for in-state students and among the top 100 nationally for out-of-state and international students. FIU recently ranked third in granting bachelors degrees to minorities and ninth in granting masters degrees to minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 1, 2006. FIU's College of Law led all universities in the state with the highest pass rate of 94.4% on the 2007 Statewide Florida Bar Examination. The second highest pass rate belonged to Florida State University with 88.2%.

U.S.News & World Report ranks FIU's undergraduate international business programs among the top 15 in the nation and their graduate programs among the top 25. The university has also been named one of the "10 Cool Colleges for Entrepreneurs" by Fortune Small Business magazine. The Executive MBA program was recently ranked #1 in Florida by the Financial Times. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the nation's top programs. Other acclaimed programs include Creative Writing and Marine Biology. The University's 2010-2011 operating budget is $942 million. FIU has more than 4,800 employees. The University has an economic impact of more than $1.7 billion on the South Florida economy.

In recent years, FIU has emerged as one of South Florida's major cultural assets, offering programs to both students and the local community. Several of its programs are nationally renowned for their excellence.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum celebrated the grand opening of its new facility on the Modesto A. Maidique campus in 2008. The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, located in Miami Beach, promotes the collection, preservation and understanding of decorative art and design from the period 1885-1945. The School of Theatre and Dance produces a wide variety of live student performances, and The School of Music presents an annual fall series of concerts that showcase talent in a variety of genres. The festival features FIU musicians as well as distinguished visiting performers.

Under the direction of the Creative Writing Program, the Writers on the Bay lecture series presents noted authors and poets.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management helps present the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, one of the major culinary events in the nation.

FIU has two campuses, the 344-acre Modesto A. Maidique campus in western Miami-Dade County, and the 200-acre Biscayne Bay Campus in northeast Miami-Dade County. The University also has an academic site in Broward County, FIU Broward-Pines Center in Pembroke Pines.

A major research facility, the 40-acre Engineering Center is located near the Maidique campus. The Downtown Center, located in downtown Miami, offers graduate level business courses for busy professionals. For more information go to www.fiu.edu.
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  • Former Dolphin Tony Nathan keeps his promise, graduates from college at 58

    Former Dolphin Tony Nathan keeps his promise, graduates from college at 58
    Well, Tony Nathan kept his promise. He earned his college degree. He donned the cap and gown Saturday and cried during Alabama's commencement ceremony. His former teammate, Gus White, saw and congratulated him. "His daughter was graduating, too,''...
  • Collaboration produces 'Kids' Guide to Sunrise'

    The Sunrise Leadership Academy, Sandpiper Elementary School, a journalist and creative writing graduate students from Florida International University collaborated on a student-written guidebook highlighting local destinations. More than 120 Sandpiper...
  • Saturday's multi-sport college and local roundup: NSU clinches division's top seed in baseball; Hokies run winning streak to five

    COLLEGES: Baseball: Norfolk State (21-13, 17-5) clinched the Northern Division's top seed in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament by shutting out Coppin State 10-0. Denathan Dukes paced the Spartans by batting 3-for-4 with two runs and two...
  • eMerge Americas tech conference ready to dazzle the world

    eMerge Americas tech conference ready to dazzle the world
    The second eMerge Americas — a mega-conference promoting South Florida as a tech hub — will grow even bigger this year, with more South Florida sizzle. The event, May 1 to May 5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is designed to bring...
  • Rubio surges in early presidential race

    Rubio surges in early presidential race
    Using flashes of humor and a youthful appeal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has surged into the top tier of Republican contenders in the early presidential race, according to poll results and political analysts. Rubio charmed voters and political activists in...
  • FIU students remember Holocaust

    FIU students remember Holocaust
    Approximately 150 college students observed Yom HaShoah at Florida International University. FIU's Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and Hillel Young Adult Division presented a Holocaust Day of Remembrance event that featured reflections with Holocaust...
  • Poll: Floridians question special treatment afforded Cuban immigrants

    Poll: Floridians question special treatment afforded Cuban immigrants
    More Floridians than not support ending special immigration privileges for Cubans, though a considerable number are unsure of their position on the complex U.S. policy, according to a new Sun Sentinel poll. Thirty-seven percent favor ending the Cuban...
  • FAU nursing school soars ahead in U.S. News rankings

    FAU nursing school soars ahead in U.S. News rankings
    Florida Atlantic University's nursing school is getting some respect from U.S. News & World Report. The Christine Lynn College of Nursing was ranked the 72nd best in the country this year, zooming ahead from its previous ranking of 193 in 2011. A...
  • Chinn latest Terps women's assistant to leave, accepts top job at FIU

    Chinn latest Terps women's assistant to leave, accepts top job at FIU
    Marlin Chinn is leaving his position as an assistant with the Maryland women's basketball team to accept the head coaching job at Florida International. The move comes one day after former top assistant Tina Langley departed to become head coach at Rice....
  • Anti-abortion group uses graphic imagery to make point

    Anti-abortion group uses graphic imagery to make point
    Students who pass UCF's reflection pond en route to class may encounter graphic photos of aborted fetuses this week, as the Genocide Awareness Project makes its seventh stop to the campus. "You see arms pulled off, decapitation, dismemberment, that's...
  • Florida needs 7,000 docs trained in specialties by 2025

    Florida needs 7,000 docs trained in specialties by 2025
    Floridians may have a tougher time finding a medical specialist over the next 10 years, a new study suggests. The state faces a critical shortage of specially trained doctors — from psychiatrists to general surgeons — unless more medical...