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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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  • Saturday's local interest college basketball roundup: VCU whips Boston College for Rams' third win vs. ACC this season

    For the first time, VCU has beaten three Atlantic Coast Conference teams in one season. Juvonte Reddic had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Rams, who pulled away from Boston College in the second half to win 69-50 at the Brooklyn Hoops Winter...
  • Chart: Cheapest to costliest of Florida's dorms

    Housing rates at Florida's public universities The least and most expensive on-campus housing rates at Florida's public universities in 2012-13. These prices are per person for the fall and spring semesters. ++++++++++++++++++++ || School || Least...
  • Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off

    Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What was Maryland’s reaction to the story that a player could not actually keep a “game...
  • Rollins' Cornell Museum exhibit looks at Nazi-looted art

     Rollins' Cornell Museum exhibit looks at Nazi-looted art
    I stopped by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College this week for the opening of its exhibit looking at Nazi-looted art. Titled "Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Dusseldorf," the traveling exhibit reminds us of a dark time in art...
  • Spring heat rises in Baltimore, and so does city violence

    Spring heat rises in Baltimore, and so does city violence
    As record heat baked Baltimore, a wave of violence unfurled across the city: six shootings and eight people wounded over a period of less than eight hours. The first shots were fired around dinnertime Wednesday, and the violence continued until after...
  • Weekend preview: Your secret Stache of serious booze

    Weekend preview: Your secret Stache of serious booze
    There is a certain amount of whimsy attached to Stache, the speakeasy-style nightspot having its grand opening Saturday night in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District, but its intentions are quite serious. Befitting the secretiveness of...
  • Flights of fancy at the airport

    Flights of fancy at the airport
    The locals in Tom De Vita's painted pastiche of South Florida life may read like a college sociology class gone hypersurreal. There is "Red Lionfish," his portrait of a Jamaican student assuming a dignified posture, which is undermined by the goofy...
  • 66 finalists named for lucrative Knight Arts Challenge grants

    66 finalists named for lucrative Knight Arts Challenge grants
    One of the remarkable things about the 66 finalists announced Monday for the annual Knight Arts Challenge grants is their range, both artistically and geographically. Over the course of five years,  the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has...
  • Mechanical design engineer's early-stage career gets a boost with new job

    Mechanical design engineer's early-stage career gets a boost with new job
    Who: Jose Garzon, 26, Tamarac.  From: Research and Development with Costex Tractor Parts. To: Mechanical design engineer, A.G. Findings & Mfg. Co., parent of Ballistic Case Co., Sunrise. Start date: April 1 About the company: Founded in 1993, it...
  • Cuba to end dual-currency system

    Cuba to end dual-currency system
    MEXICO CITY — Cuba announced Tuesday that it would move toward ending a two-tier national currency system widely criticized for creating a privileged class with access to a special peso. The notice, published in Granma, the official Communist...
  • New Fusion network targets young English-speaking Hispanics

    New Fusion network targets young English-speaking Hispanics
    Broadcast giants ABC and Univision came together Monday to launch Fusion, a South Florida-based news and entertainment cable network aimed at young English-speaking Hispanics and their friends. Based out of a new 150,000-square-foot studio in the...