With a student body of over 42,000, we’re one of the 25 largest universities in the nation. More than 100,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida.
Our colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU has been locally and globally engaged for more than four decades finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time.
FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. The opening of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in August 2009 has enhanced the university’s ability to create lasting change through its research initiatives.
Who we serve
FIU’s dynamic student body reflects the vibrant diversity of South Florida:
- 60% Hispanic
- 17% White Non-Hispanic
- 12% Black
- 04% Asian or Pacific Islander
- 07% other minority groups
FIU also serves a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Nearly 50 percent of all undergraduate students at FIU receive financial aid, and nearly 60 percent of those financial aid recipients come from families with annual household incomes under $30,000.
Ninety-six percent of the university’s full-time faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their field. (This statistic reflects tenured or tenure-seeking faculty.)
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry:
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry includes 32 faculty members and has a dynamic and growing Ph.D. and Master programs in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences with over 100 graduate students, an annual research budget of $4 million, and foci in biomedical, environmental and forensic research.