Florida International University is one of the 25th largest public universities in the United States and the 4th largest in Florida. FIU has a student enrollment of nearly 45,000 students and roughly 10,000 faculty and staff. FIU offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and business administration. The university is divided in 11 colleges and schools:
Founded in 1965, FIU is a relatively young campus. Its two main campuses in Metropolitan Miami Florida: Modesto A. Maidique Campus in western Miami-Dade County and Biscayne Bay in North Miami. International Exchange Students are housed at the Residence Halls at the Modesto Maidique Campus, which also has the U.S. Century Bank Area (indoor multi-purpose sports arena), a new eight-story library, an Environmental preserve, FIU stadium (home of the FIU Golden Panthers football team) and Athletic facilities. Florida International Golden Panthers (known as FIU Golden Panthers) is the university sports club.
Florida International University's student housing facilities are managed by the Office of Housing and Residential Life and are available on both the main campus and the Biscayne Bay Campus. Currently, there are 3,009 beds distributed throughout 10 apartment buildings and 6 residence halls. At University Park, these are the University Park Apartments, Panther Hall, the University Park Towers, Everglades Hall, Lakeview Hall North, and Lakeview Hall South. On the Biscayne Bay Campus, after closing Bay Visa Housing to students and long-term leasing the facility to RCL for employee training, FIU is developing BayView Student Housing on the BBC campus. BBC's first on-campus new housing in 30+ years will house 408 students in a high rise overlooking Biscayne Bay. Together, approximately 7% of FIU's student population lives on-campus in student housing (not including Greek housing).
The Office of Housing and Residential Life also offers optional communities in the residence halls. These communities include the Architecture and Arts Community, for students majoring in Architecture or art-related majors, Honors Place for Honors College students, F.Y.R.S.T. (First Year Residents Succeeding Together) for all freshmen in any major, F.Y.R.S.T. Explore, for undecided freshmen, Leader's in Residence for students interested in civic service and leadership opportunities and the Law Community for College of Law students.
Green Library, is one of the largest libraries in the Southeastern U.S. and is the largest building on-campus.
FIU has six libraries, Green Library, FIU's main library; the Glenn Hubert Library (Biscayne Bay Campus), the Wolfsonian Library, the Engineering Library, the Law Library, and the Medical Library. The Green Library, Hubert Library, and Engineering Library Service Center are under the direction of the Dean of University Libraries. Other libraries are overseen by their appropriate schools or organizations.
Together, the entire FIU university-wide Library holdings include over 2,097,207 volumes, 52,511 current serials, 3,587,663 microform units, and 163,715 audio visual units.
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