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Our real impact goes beyond R1

#1 in the nation awarding bachelor’s degrees to minorities

#5 in social mobility among public universities

#11 in the nation awarding engineering degrees to African Americans

64 percent of our 58,000 students are Hispanics

FIU ranks #1 in the top state university system in the nation

FIU ranked #1 among Florida’s public universities in key student success metrics including four-year graduation rate, retention rate, cost of attendance to students and employment of recent graduates. This makes us #1 in the leading university system in the country.

A national leader and formidable engine of social mobility

  • 25%

    of FIU undergraduates are first-generation students

  • 91.2%

    First-to-second year retention rate among first-generation students

  • 50.9%

    of FIU students receive Pell grants

Discover the real triumphs of our students and alumni


We take pride in being student centered. We are focused on making a difference in the lives of our students and uplifting our community through research and innovation. 

Learn about the impact our students and alumni are making.

Desmond Meade, JD '14

As president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Meade led the successful campaign to amend the constitution, restoring voting rights for 1.4 million Floridians with a felony conviction. In 2019 he was named one of Time 100’s most influential people. In 2021, Meade was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Desmond, a formerly homeless ex-felon turned FIU College of Law graduate, has used his degree, life experiences and immense talents to serve others.

Priya Krishnakumar ‘21

Priya Krishnakumar won first place in the 2021 Division of Nutrition Education for Children’s poster competition hosted by the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB). Krishnakumar presented a research poster highlighting results from her doctoral dissertation on a virtual child obesity prevention program she launched, focusing on Asian Indian fathers in South Florida.

Eric Azcona ‘22

As an FIU student, Azcona started PointGenie, a software tool that uses machine learning to provide visitor analytics to business owners of all industries, including retail. Azcona is slated to graduate with his degree in information technology and a minor in social media and e-marketing analytics by 2022. Proud of his Latino roots, Azcona has another project on his mind – with the goal of giving back: creating his own Angel Funding group to empower the Latino community.

Bentley Walker ‘22

Walker was named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He is dedicated to increasing prosperity in the Caribbean. Walker is representing Jamaica, his beloved home country, and is one of only a few other students across the globe selected as finalists for the Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean district.

Erica Garcia ’24

Erica Garcia has spent the last several months training dogs to detect COVID-19.The dogs were taught at FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) to identify the odor produced by metabolic changes in those infected with the virus. Garcia, an environmental studies freshman and Honors College student, was responsible for safely removing the COVID-19 odor sample from its container and placing the sealed sample on a surface for the dogs to detect. The training was conducted in large spaces like auditoriums, labs and libraries.

Javier Rodriguez-Casariego ‘21

An FIU alumnus is blending research from three universities in an attempt to discover how marine life is responding to global climate change. Javier Rodriguez-Casariego, who was recently minted as a postdoctoral research fellow funded by the National Science Foundation, is continuing research he began at the FIU Institute of Environment’s Environmental Epigenetics Lab.

Committed to exceptional upward mobility


We lead the nation in strategies that impact at scale. We have created evidence-based approaches to help our students thrive, complete their degrees and launch successful careers. 

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a Federal TRiO program designed to prepare students from low income, first-generation, and traditionally under-represented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars, and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional, or national conference.

SACSCOC Accreditation, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

FIU's QEP aims to enhance students’ preparation for the 21st-century workforce and seeks to close the gap between students’ career readiness and employers’ expectations in these areas. The QEP speaks directly to the university's strategic priority to amplify learner success, specifically the goal of aligning the curriculum with career needs to make sure students are ready for employment and post-graduation success.

“Finish in 4” Initiative

Finish in 4 is a university campaign and online resource designed to help students graduate on time and get the most out of FIU. It’s a year-by-year guide of what opportunities the university offers and how to avoid pitfalls like excess credits and increasing tuition. FIU's commitment to student excellence is why our students that graduate in 4 years save up to $75,000 on their education and start a salary-paying career sooner.

First Day Complete

The Panther Book Pack is an affordable course materials rental program providing all undergraduate students with their required course materials by the first day of class at a fixed rate of $20 per credit hour. Students are estimated to save as much as $375 on course materials per semester with the Panther Book Pack program.

Accelerating student success


FIU is committed to developing and delivering innovative career readiness programs for students and alumni, while engaging employers and stakeholders to foster mutually beneficial relationships that address the needs of an ever changing and diverse workforce.

Handshake, Modern Career Development Platform

A one-stop shop for students to connect directly with employers such as NASA, Federal Aviation Administration, Microsoft and more.).

The Talent Lab in Washington D.C.

A comprehensive program to ensure success for students seeking the opportunity to make an impact on the world's greatest challenges through Fly-In Seminars, internships, and courses in the nation's capital.

Talent Development Network

An organization connecting students from Miami-Dade County's six higher education institutions with paid internships through specific opportunities such as Talent Day and CEO For a Day.

FIU is No. 1 in the nation for Quality Matters certified online courses

FIU has more than 500 QM-certified online courses. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer-reviewed process that helps ensure students can navigate the courses more easily and with more transparency.

STEM Transformation Institute

Our experts develop research-based education practices to prepare students for successful careers in STEM teaching or fields. Our work makes the university a living laboratory for developing future STEM professionals, especially those from underrepresented groups, supporting more than 12,500 undergraduate STEM majors across FIU's colleges and schools.