Welcome to Florida International University
By choosing FIU for your online master's, you become part of a strong, enduring tradition of academic achievement. When FIU first opened for classes in 1972, we had 5,667 students—the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history. Our growth continues in many areas. FIU has become one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. We now have more than 38,000 students, 1,000 full time faculty and 134,000 alumni. With a total of more than 2,800 full-time employees, FIU is one of the largest employers in Miami-Dade County. We also confer about one-half of all degrees awarded by universities in Miami-Dade County.
FIU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, the highest, most prestigious ranking. We have also been recognized as one of the top 100 public national universities by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, 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.
Aside from academic achievement, FIU is a major cultural center in its community. Just one example is a gift from Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson Jr. In 1997, the University acquired the Wolfsonian Museum on Miami Beach and its collection of more than 70,000 artifacts, worth an estimated $75 million. This represents the largest philanthropic gift in the history of FIU and the entire Florida State University system and the fifth largest gift in the history of public higher education in America.
We have also been recognized as one of the top 100 public national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Athletics have continued to prosper at FIU, as well. In 1987, we elevated our entire intercollegiate athletic program from NCAA Division II to Division I. Some of our athletes have participated in the Olympics or have gone on to be drafted by professional sports teams.
FIU's goal is to become one of the nation's top public research universities in an urban area. We began as an institution to provide higher education to our community's exploding population. Since then, FIU has evolved into a world-class university that mirrors Miami's growing role as a global city.
We look forward to serving you as an online MBA student as all of us move toward a bright, innovative future.