Florida International University is a public research university in University Park, Florida. It is part of the State University System of Florida and has been designated as having "Emerging Preeminence".
Founded in 1965, it has quickly grown to become the largest university in the Greater Miami region. It is the largest university in South Florida, the second-largest in Florida, and the fourth-largest in the United States by enrollment.
The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity." FIU has 11 separate colleges and more than 40 centers, facilities, labs, and institutes that offer more than 190 programs of study, including professional school programs. It has an annual budget of over $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of over $3.5 billion. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
FIU's intercollegiate sports teams, the FIU Panthers, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Conference USA. FIU's varsity sports teams have won 5 athletic championships and Panther athletes have won various individual NCAA national championships.