Florida International University Reviews

3.76 out of 5 stars
(85 Reviews)
  • Miami (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,954
85% of 85 students said this degree improved their career prospects
85% of 85 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
H D - 8/5/2014
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2013
"The chemistry department at FIU is full of research and educational opportunities. I enjoyed almost all of my professors' classes and participated in the LA program. I also was a TA and I found that the labs were well equipped."
1.0 out of 5 stars
formerSLPstudent - 4/20/2014
Graduation Year: 2014
"Florida International University (FIU) charged graduate students amounts much greater than the standard amount approved by the Board of Governors (which oversees public universities in Florida). The amount of overcharging ranged from $14,000 to $40,000 per student per program (depending on the program) in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. In the process of inquiring, I found out that these charges, (going back to 2005; my inquiries were in 2012-13) were never submitted for approval to FIU's Board of Trustees or to the Board of Governors. The person responsible for the charge in my program used a regulation for continuing education programs, when my program was not continuing ed., but a regular program. This was so that overcharging could be hidden from the Board of Governors (continuing ed. is administered on the university level, but regular course cost changes require approval of the BOT and BOG). So, it was overcharging without a legal basis for doing so. In addition, most of the professors in my program were terrible, either in their instruction or assessment. One professor gave only 3 exams in each course - no other assignments - and a number of exam questions on each exam were invalid. Some because the grammar was so poor it was hard to know what was being asked, others because they required information not provided in or accessible from the course. When a student failed an exam (B- and below was failing), he, she had to repay to retake it, sometimes having to wait 1 year. If he, she failed a second time or another course, it was grounds for termination, in which case all tuition money, coursework, and time and work in 4 practica is wasted. Students coped with this situation by cheating on this professor's exams, using copies of exams when posted earlier for online courses. So, a student unwilling to cheat was not in control of his, her destiny, because no amount of studying would help to answer these invalid questions. The professor was intransigent at the suggestion that his exams needed to be revised. He never changed anything, saying it wouldn't be fair to the students who failed in the past! I also think he didn't want to make any effort regarding his teaching and wanted everything to run systematically. On the whole, my experience at FIU was extremely terrible."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Yasmin - 10/11/2013
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2012
"FIU is a wonderful place to get an education. It emphasizes global learning and being a citizen of the world. It's the best place to be during an era of such globalization."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/1/2013
Degree: Hospitality
Graduation Year: 2008
"Tell us about your college experience.FIU was a good fit for me at the time. Looking back at it, I wish I would of left home to have the full college experience. College life is a valuable experience and it shapes you. I failed to take full advantage of that.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I am happy that I choose Communications, PR. The skills learned are transferable into any field.What advice can you offer other students?Go away for college. Take full advantage of your university resources, the career center, financial aid, ask questions, be curious. Keep in touch with your professors. Get involved as much as possible. Eat healthy!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/21/2013
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2010
"Tell us about your college experience.College was a great fit for me because I have the desire to pursue something that will help others. Most people will not succeed at College because they're only interested in money.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would choose the same school and same degree because I learned a lot and I learned useful practical information.What advice can you offer other students?College isn't for most people, if I'm giving advice to students who are already in college it's too late to help you now. Most students go to college without ever knowing why. Know why you're there before you decide to waste your time and money."