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  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 out of 46 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are in to the Miami beach scene this college is a go to. This college is good for every type of person no matter what there is always a place to fit in. It's in Miami a cultural melting pot so no one is left out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to this college if you are into psychology, religion, tourism, and the law program is great also.

    Bang for the buck

    For the most part yes, but due to financial problems some students are left distraught because their majors may be dropped from the school.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus life is exciting and everything a freshman would expect from a college. The reason why this rating is a little low is because some classes are inconsiderate such as the biology department. They require that you take the class of course, and the lab which is expected, but on top of that there is a class called pltl that is required in total the bio department takes up 3 spots

    Am learning a lot

    The Chemistry and Math department are very good. All the material in Chemistry is covered and the professors are exceptional. In the Math department TI-83 calculators are not allowed but on the plus side Professors such as Ada Monserrat help you to be a better mathematician.

  • 07/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 out of 38 people found this review useful. 2 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, Hard-working, Different. Almost all of these qualities can be found in the students as well as teachers enrolled in FIU.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you wish to do well, my advice would be to stay focused and involved. Although gaining experience in jobs and activities is important, how you do in school is your first priority! Study hard!

    Bang for the buck

    FIU has many opportunities for scholarships, grants and loans. They try to help you out as much as possible. And the classes are worth every cent as long as you put in the effort.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is simply great, especially the first week. There is so many activities and events happening all over the campus. There are many clubs and extracurricular activities to be involved in. For example, I am currently working with a group of other students to develop an on-campus series to air in FIU. The experience that is gained is simply amazing. There are a lot of opportunities that can open doors for you.

    Am learning a lot

    Florida International University is simply great. A lot of teachers care that you pass, just be sure you study a lot, do homework, and put in effort. In the end, you will truly be rewarded.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 out of 29 people found this review useful. 3 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FIU is a school for very independent capable personalities. what i mean is that teachers here do not care what you do they believe that the students should be responsible for what they do. it is a perfect school to teach you about your degree but also about what life is gonna bring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into what you are getting into before deciding to do anything. Taking classes with friends is wonderful because they push you to go to class and when its time to study they are there. studying is extremely important but remember you're young and in college so enjoy your time as much as you can and as responsible as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is kind of expensive but i do not think it is overpriced. All Universities are tough on the budget but for what you get, FIU is at a good price. work hard and get scholarships and you will be fine.

    Am enjoying being here

    the most important thing is to be involved. just like any university, if you just come go to class and leave you are never gonna enjoy your time. i work for the school and i love it. i have met new people and all of them are very helpful. lets not forget that Miami is an awesome party city but remember you are in college and it is your job to be responsible while having a great time.

    Am learning a lot

    What some people do not understand is that college is not all about book learning its also about life experiences. FIU is a great school for both. the teachers are a bit tough at times and helpful but that is their job. teachers want you to learn about life while learning about your major.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 4 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FIU (the Honors College in particular) is not for the faint of heart. Students that can accept educational challenges and balance them well with extracurriculars will flourish. Students who have a good concept of time management and are culturally accepting also have an advantage.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T. PROCRASTINATE. In an environment as engaging as that of FIU, it's only too easy to lose oneself. Keep your head in the game, and remember that you're there for the degrees and opportunities. It was a mistake I myself made, an excitable freshman positively dying to experience college life. Remember that you have a full four years (or more, if you like) to enjoy all that FIU has to give. Trying to cram it all into one semester will only serve to lower your GPA and get you kicked out for good.

    Bang for the buck

    If one knows how to tackle college life right, FIU can be a wonderful learning environment. There is no shortage of possibilities there, not even nearing graduation, the time of year when their career services office is busiest holding mock interviews and assisting pre-grads on their hunt for employment opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    This University is beautiful. Campus is immaculate, and dotted with art displays and interesting architecture. Each building looks like it belongs to a completely different part of the city. It's an engaging atmosphere that can best be appreciated as an on-campus student, as there's always something going on, somewhere to be, or something to do. As an international University, it also offers a rich melting pot of cultural diversity, something I've come to appreciate after meeting a few international students.

    Am learning a lot

    FIU is, first and foremost, a University. It's not a college. It can be tough on its students, and it has a 'no-nonsense' attitude when it comes to exams. You'll find few to no teachers there who are willing to baby their students. As such, it would be advisable to get your game face on and be ready for a rigorous study schedule, as it's the only thing that will keep you afloat besides tutoring sessions.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    13 out of 18 people found this review useful. 5 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are more independent because there's not really much to do on campus. If you're outgoing and love to party, but at the same time know how to manage your time and get your work done, this is a good school. Being right by downtown Miami, it can be pretty distracting!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're living on campus, make sure you look into scholarships and financial aid because it's expensive! And get to know a lot of people because there's not many on-campus activities. Also, take advantage of all the resources, such as the success center and tutors for free!

  • 12/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 6 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FIU is home to people from all round the world--hence the ‘international’ in FIU. Whether you are an athlete or complete nerd, you will find your niche at FIU without a doubt.

    Tips for prospective students

    College experience is entirely subjective. Everything they say in high school that professors are mean and that it is super hard are all lies. As long as you stay focused and on task, you will thrive at FIU. Start college with a blank mind set, build your own schemas, and do not let people’s comments interfere with your unique experience as a college student. I will not lie and say that college is 100% “fun for all,” but make the best out of your college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other school, FIU is truly a “bang for the buck” In a good way that is. You will get a great education, for a lot less money than other public universities. After all, you do not want to be full of debt after you graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    Aesthetically, the campus is beyond beautiful and people are amiable. Although college should not precede to socialization over academics, it is important to join organizations and clubs that will help you meet new people and network. An Important part of being a successful in college is familiarizing yourself with the environment in which you study and are inevitably part of.

    Am learning a lot

    College is truly the place to learn not memorize. At FIU, the opportunities for learning and academic fulfillment are endless. Tips: get to know your professor, ask questions, and most importantly study hard!

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Know what you want already starting orientation. Ask people who know what classes you need to get the best classes. They fill up ridiculously quick.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Pick the earliest orientation especially if you start in fall.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid office is a pain whenever they mess up on something, but the tuition is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, it is so calm and nice. There are always activities to take part of here and many programs offered, though most are overpriced. One thing i do love are the free movies every Friday and the free health services.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are great here. Most of them will help you and have office hours. Unfortunately, the office hours are not very flexible with your schedule. I have only had a bad experience with the math teacheres here, but all my other professors have been a delight.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FIU is a great option if you're the type of person who likes a fast paced environment with tons of people around you - all the time. Miami is the perfect beach city, so if you're a beach goer give thoughtful consideration to FIU. The Law program is very good, the Pre-Med program is fairly new but is going great and has respectable funding, and Engineering is a big thing (I'm a Biomedical Engineering major), there's even a separate, smaller Engineering Center a few blocks away from the main campus for your upper division Engineering classes. One thing is for sure - if you want to make your college experience fun FIU is a perfect place.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering FIU you must like big universities - FIU currently has about 44,000 students. That also means you'll meet people from every where around the world, with different customs and ideas and being open minded will help you socialize much better. Many students commute to campus and parking is typically an issue, so prepare to spend some time finding a convenient spot, or park a bit far and take a good walk through campus to get to your class. I live close to campus so I got a scooter, there's always easy parking for it and you'll enjoy the warm Miami breeze. ;)

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to most other universities FIU is quite affordable. My average semester runs for about $3000 (16-17 credits). Living expenses are probably a bigger issue, but if you don't mind sharing with fellow students you can split the rent (you might be paying about $400 per month) or live on campus. Dining on campus is affordable and there's several places to choose from, so you won't go hungry or get bored of the same menu.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love FIU's environment, the nice Miami weather and the coolness of both students and faculty. The professors are really nice and won't have a problem sharing a laugh with students outside of class. There are tons of clubs and fraternities/sororities, so if you like to be involved you'll definitely find something that suits you. Sports-wise we are very spirited and there's always some activity going on somewhere in campus so you'll never find yourself saying I have nothing to do today.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently in the FIU Honors Program and it has been a great experience. The teachers are excellent and the classes are rich in knowledge, if you really want to take advantage of them though you absolutely need to put in your effort. A lot of the classes are integrated with online tools so you'll be spending some time learning online. A convenient feature of these classes is that they even have an app for Smart Phones so you can study on the go.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students who love Miami and students who don't have the financial capability to leave home and they live in South Florida.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only go to FIU if you really like Miami area and if you have to due to financial needs. If you do decide FIU, living on campus would probably be more beneficial.

    Bang for the buck

    Miami is a very expensive area. Food and room and board are very pricey. Fortunately, FIU does give scholarships easily. I got a few scholarships that have helped me financially a lot.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really dislike the environment. It takes an hour just to park and cars are waiting at the entrances of parking garages to follow students that are leaving the school just to find a spot. The traffic is ridiculous on campus as well as around campus. It's nothing against FIU, as much as it is my incompatibility with the city of Miami.

    Am learning a lot

    FIU doesn't teach me anything. The classes are very poorly planned and most classes disregard if you attend. Even when attending classes, you don't really learn anything. However, it is well known for their business graduate program as well as it's new nursing program.

  • 08/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like a bustling environment, lots of events going on, people from every nationality and heritage you can think of, and a relaxed environment, this is your school. Go Panthers!

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly if your GPA is good and your SAT/ACT is on par with it, you are guaranteed in, the school is still looking to expand and so isn't getting picky yet about its students, no telling if that trend will continue into these next couple of years.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to go to school in Miami, you won't find a better one with this price tag in the area, it's a big school with a relatively small price tag and you get a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most of the students and Faculty are very friendly, and it is a great environment. The only thing one could be picky about is the parking, as the school at the moment is absolutely packed, although there is a lot of construction going on in an effort to alleviate this.

    Am learning a lot

    The amount you learn here, or for that matter at any college/university, is directly related to how much work you put in. If you study hard and put in an honest effort, you'll be rewarded for it. Most of the teachers care about your education and grades, and you just have to do your part and you'll do just fine.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to most universities. FIU is affordable, anything cheaper than this are community colleges which are good too. But do your research and you'll find FIU is cheap. The dorms are worth the money too, they are almost brand new and big.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is many clubs to join and activities. But this is a commuter school and sometimes it gets boring but the school is great and people are friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are really good. Just like in every school, you might cross a bad one. If you not learning is because you dont want to learn.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The type of student who wants to be something. The type of student who wants to get somewhere. The type who wants to study but have fun while doing it and enjoy the college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and get involved, theres no way you wont enjoy your college experience.Yet always remember, you are first a student studying at FIU; everything else comes afterwards.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is very inexpensive compared to most other schools but if there is still a problem, the financial aide office is always there to help. They offer many grants and student loans to those who apply for them.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a sophomore at FIU i am proud to say I am a very involved panther. I am currently part of one of the top sororities at FIU, I am part of the FIU alumni association, part of an honor society, and i play sports. After all, i've realized you get from FIU what you give to it. There’s also the fact that FIU in located in Miami. This city never sleeps. There’s always something to do, something or someone to see, someone to talk to or simply share memories with. There are music festivals, football games, parades, and educational activities for college students. Never a dull moment.

    Am learning a lot

    As a biology major school is a big stress. Luckily, my professors are always there to help. Whether you need help understanding or catching up, they're there. Believe it or not professors are normal human beings who understand the subject is hard, who understand its just one of those days, or who know it may just not be clicking. Take advantage of the time they're willing to give and the help the school offers, such as tutors. Even the little things may help the most. And if you love the field you're in, you wont even feel it. In the end, we're all college students, we must study. Classes maybe hard and the rules you may not like but at the end of the day you think about your future, and its all worth it.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a tradition that if you spin the big cube on campus three times, you will get an a on your exam! also there is a bridge called the kissing bridge and if you share your first kiss on campus there then you will be with that person forever!

    What to do for fun

    for fun there are plenty of things to do. you can join groups, greek life, a sports team, anything you want! or you can take a walk around the beautiful campus. you might also want to just hop on the bus and go visit downtown miami or head to south beach. there's plenty to do in miami!

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of options on campus! especially if you have a lot of panther bucks they all work there. the cafeteria is ok. it all depends on the day and what kind of food you like to eat. there's a shop on campus called breezeway and it has the best food ever. especially cookies, everyone goes insane for their cookies since they are one of the most popular things on campus.

    Dorm Life

    depending on which dorm hall you live in you can have a lot of fun. lakeview is a great dorm hall that provides a lot of space in your room and plenty of activities to get involved in. also there are lounges on every floor that you can study in. i'd recommend you try to get a dorm in lakeview rather than panther hall, it isn't all that great over there.

    Academic Rigor

    i do feel challenged in my classes so far which is stressing but also a great thing because it pushes me to study,study,study!

    Tips for prospective students

    the biggest tip would be making sure that you get all of your financial aid done early because you don't want to have to wait and stress about it like i did and have to pay more money out of pocket rather than the money that you got for financial aid.

    In three sentences

    fiu is a great school for anyone who is looking for a diverse group of students and a great education. teachers will always have office hours open to help you whenever you need it and they truly encourage you to come ask them for help. fiu also makes it easy for you to work your schedule around your hours.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student there is a lot of diversity

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to manage your time and learn study skills to help you better succeed in school.

    Bang for the buck

    You learn a lot and get a great education for less than other colleges around.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is very friendly and warming everyone acts like a family and treats everyone with respect.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning the best the teachers are very attentive and you learn from different resources not just lecturing.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Just remember college is a whole different ball game. You are not in the high school mode anymore. You don't have to wake up early and go to class if you don't want to because you choose your own classes the way you like. But when you choose your classes, make sure you are certain that it is most comfortable for you. Be sure to register for classes ahead of time because you may not find the right class for the right time that will be suitable for you. Additionally, don't procrastinate! You are responsible for your own actions and what you do on campus. Therefore, if you mess up you really have to go through alot to fix your mess.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty cheap if you are a commuter. FIU provides bus shuttle to the north campus and back to the south and there are alot of free activities you can attend to. Also, if you planning to live on campus, there are meal plans that you can use for the whole term.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students out here are very friendly. You will have friends the first day you arrive at FIU. There are all categories of people and many clubs and organizations you can choose from. So go out there and enjoy college life. It's the time you will never forget!

    Am learning a lot

    College is basically writing notes, studying, and understanding the concept. I am truly learning what I didn't really learn in high school. Also, the professors spend valuable time with you whenever you need help in a certain topic in class. They have specific office hours where you can meet with them and talk about anything you are confused about. I am sure by the end of the day, you will understand the whole concept just because you had that one-on-one conference with your professor.

  • 12/25/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its great if you plan to be involved at school. FIU is know mostly as a commuter university, but living on campus is great. If you can afford it I highly suggest it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and have some fun! Don't stress out too much during the first semester.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally only pay for housing, my tuition and part of my supplies are paid by Florida and FIU scholarships. Because of this I feel that I am underpaying for the experience I am getting at FIU.

    Did enjoy being here

    I live on campus and I absolutely love it here. The teachers, RAs, and students make every moment enjoyable. *Update: I decided to leave FIU after this summer (Summer2011) and I encountered more issues than I have time to go through. It was absolutely horrible and I'm glad to be attending another college.

    Did learn a lot

    I was in a program called QBIC. It is a program for biology majors that offers one-on-one attention from teachers in small class room settings. Due to this environment I expected to learn a lot.. This did not happen. Which is why I left the program and plan to became a regular FIU student to see if the issue was with the program, the school, or within myself.

  • 03/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Diverse Friendly Business/Accounting/Hospitality Majors

    Tips for prospective students

    ratemyprofessor .com each of your professor Meet new people and have fun Join clubs and groups

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very affordable compared to other schools in Florida. They offer loans if you cannot afford the tuition also have scholarships that you can try and apply for. Also they have alot of work study jobs for students, most TA's are FIU students.

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU has two campuses, one campus is very home-y and you meet alot of people and know them on a name to name basis (BBC). The other campus is very big, theres always something going on and they offer free food and items that they give out which is good. Alot of people here are friendly so you won't have to worry about meeting new people. During the first two weeks of the semester beginning they always give out free food, items and a bunch of other stuff. There's almost something going on each week. They have movie nights, where the latest movies that have just came out, are playing for FREE(BBC). They have shows and invite special guests to come talk to the students.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers are great professors. I suggest going to ratemyprofessor.com so you don't get stuck with a horrible teacher. This school is great for business and hospitality majors and offers alot of class for those majors. If you are having trouble understanding a certain subject, there's a 90% chance that the Learning Center has someone to help you understand it more. There's a tons of tutoring programs and some professors even spend one on one time with you. College isn't like high school, you can't cram last minute or pull an all nighter, study before hand !

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Productive, active, friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely attend FIU for a great college experience!

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is expensive for being so far away from me. I live in Broward county and spend quite a bit of money on taking the turnpike to get to the Modesto Madique campus, let alone the 40 minute drive back and forth from home to campus. Gas prices are killing my wallet and that combined with the 60-80 miles I drive to get to whichever campus-- sometimes both campuses in the same day-- is what affected my grading of this bang for the buck

    Am enjoying being here

    The students are by far some of the nicest people I have met (in and out my classes). Everyone is willing to talk to you, make a friend, or even just have someone to hang out with while on campus. There are places to eat just about everywhere you turn and look (granted some are expensive compared to the equivalent off-campus location but the fact that they are within reach between classes is what makes them worth the extra dollar!).

    Am learning a lot

    I am enrolled as an undergraduate in the Biology department and have had a great experience so far with the mandatory classes (after, of course, checking with ratemyprofessor.com!). I have also taken classes outside of my degree (like Sociology of Sexuality, Spanish, and Intro to the Brewing Process-- of beer) and some of these classes have been my FAVORITE. These extra classes opened up my idea of what other majors existed and have presented me with some of my life long friends.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People with positive mindsets who want success

    Tips for prospective students

    TIPS : Make sure you not only maintain your G.P.A but also score well on the SAT/ACT. FIU WILL decline you if your G.P.A is good but your scores are lacking.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of all the schools I've researched FIU is the most affordable one.

    Will enjoy being here

    Because I chose to live on campus I get to indulge myself in campus activities such as rushing to be in a sorority and various clubs. I haven't started school yet and I already have a list of things I'd like to be into.

    Will learn a lot

    College is not only about excelling in your classes in order to be rewarded with a degree but, it is also about life. At FIU you learn key concepts about working with your peers, time management and how to act in a professional manner. The university offers tons of different classes from artistic ones to complex sciences. I'm anxious to attend my orientation and choose. :)

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    exellent. the security here is amazing. i never feel insecure about walking around the campus at night

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs to choose from. anyone could join anything! a perfect place to build up your resume'.

    Great for these types of students

    f.i.u is great for any type of student. this school is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you are a science or business major, the library will become your new home. it is the best place to study, and because most of the people there are doing the same thing, study groups could be formed.

    Bang for the buck

    if you are a florida resident, coming here would not be a issue at all. being an out-of-state student, paying for school is more expensive, however, f.i.u is not an expensive school at all compared to other states. it's worth every penny

    What to do for fun

    it's miami! there is always something going on in or off campus. ask anyone, everyone is willing to be helpful.

    Food and Dining

    fresh is the place to go. there so many places to choose from on campus, you'll never be bored

    Dorm Life

    amazing. anyone would enjoy living on dorm. it makes going to early classes easier.

    Academic Rigor

    classes here are tough, but thats college. nothing is easy, it is what the student makes out of each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    still confused? choose regular classes and explore your surroundings. in f.i.u, they make it alright not to know what you want to be in life and direct you to a path that suits you.

    In three sentences

    an amazing school to attend. coming from new york, florida international university felt like home with the warm people and the warm climate. i would recommend anyone to come here.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 11 people found this review useful. 21 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great students that are looking for a melting pot of classmates and people are students are interested in exploring the world

    Tips for prospective students

    The schools offer much more the just academics

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Though FIU is expensive, I believe it is worth all the pennies I can give. Orientation really opened my eyes to a lot of things, and how knowledgeable everybody that spoke is.

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited the campus twice-Once with a current student who is also a close friend of mine, and once for orientation. I fell in love both times. The university is like a mini city in itself, with shops, restaurants, and everything that hard-working students will need to succeed.

    Will learn a lot

    I have heard from a lot of friends who have gone here that their teachers have been exceptional. During orientation, I got the chance to meet a psychology teacher, and she seemed extremely knowledgeable about her subject area. Since Psychology is my major, this was really a turn on.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is plenty of security and law enforcement on staff whom would gladly escort students in the dark hours of the night to their destinations. Incidents are rare, but nothing is impossible.

    Bang for the buck

    Spending money is always difficult, though as far as choices go there are cheaper schools that offer the same majors but FIU is by far a more appealing school to graduate from for the price. And with financial aid life on campus wont be a problem.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of sports, clubs and recreational centers available for students to join and use. But for the students who find fun in study there is a whole campus available to find a cozy spot to work in peace or with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Offers different venues, but after being here for 2 years the food became quite plain and unappealing. Nothing against the food, just after eating almost all the foods available more than a few dozen times I got tired of them.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on several variables; first off would be course, not all courses the same because many advanced courses expect the students to know more and perform harder than more basic ones. Then comes the teachers, all the teachers do is assist students by implementing a grade curve for the class but in the end its the students responsibility to learn and perform.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, nothing in life is free.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful school with amazing scenery, being outdoors is very stimulating. There is always help and plenty of opportunities offered to those who seek it out. The dinning as nice, but requires more diversity.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    FIU is located in South Florida. There are beaches, plenty of outdoor to dos, as well as music and numerous entertainment venues.

    Food and Dining

    FIU has great food eateries on campus, to include a Moe's, Chili's, and an outstanding Panther Dining Center.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, but I do know that FIU is building new ones and the buildings look very cool.

    Academic Rigor

    Like everything in life. You will get out of it as much as you put in to it. FIU is challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for a multicultural experience. FIU's student body is dynamic, diverse, and constantly doing something.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great university. The professors really care about the students. The campus is growing, modern, and in a dynamic community.

  • 04/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 413

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    Great for these types of students

    I think FIU is great for anyone looking to have a great college experience. If you like having fun and are looking for a campus that has everything, I think FIU will be a great place. Art students! I think you will especially love the Program, you get Art Reviews where you can earn scholarships for Professors recognizing your talent among your works. Journalism and Nursing students have great opportunities as well. And if you're doing Engineering, there's a campus just for you! I highly recommend FIU, I love it. The piano room is an ideal place for music majors and art students. Nice vibe and hangout for the artsy!

    Tips for prospective students

    Dear future Panthers, I cannot stress enough how important it is to go to your professors' office hours! The more you show your professor that you are interested and are making an effort, they WILL be more lenient on you and help you. Also, don't get too caught up in the fun things that you have to do on campus! Many professors are really great, but some can be strict, so focus on the prize: graduating with high grades. Good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a pretty amazing University, I have to admit the tuition rising every semester is not such a pretty aspect of being a student there. Personally, I don't get much financial aid and sometimes struggle paying semesters. But, it is one of the lower priced good quality Universities in Florida. If you think about it, you're also paying for all the amenities, and the classes you are taking with these great professors. During Panther Pride UPROAR Week, FIU makes an effort to bring amazing things to students like we just had a concert with Flo Rida and Far East Movement, we've had Pitbull, Kid Cudi, and LMFAO come to perform, DayGlow Party with DJ Zog, every year is different. This year (2012) we have Travis McCoy and Big Sean.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really love being an FIU Panther! My primary campus is the south campus: Modesto Maidique. It has so many things to do on campus and very lively, I recommend taking classes there! There are a wide variety of restaurants (ie; Chili's w/ bar), they're always playing music inside, there's a Gamestop, Salon, Massage Center, and the library is immense and has more than 5 floors. FIU is an amazing place to be whether you're there for class, need a place to study, or just want to hangout. There are so many different types of people, I've met a lot of interesting people from all over the world!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm majoring in Photography at FIU. The Art Program is amazing, top notch professors that are always willing to help you. The art history teachers are very educated, and your studio classes will have a long lasting impression on you as you share it with other people with amazing talents.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 413

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is good for every one, unless they don't have your major. The same teachers at UM sometimes teaches class there. At the same time some of FIU teachers teach at Miami-Dade. The money is not that much if you 5,000 dollars you will be able to take at least 4 class each semester. So fill out those FAFSA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always visit your adviser before a term to keep on track of you studies. Like I said do not procrastinate. Learn to manage your social and educational life. Study in between classes. If your off campus, do not go to the school everyday, safe gas, and get class every other day.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU host a lot of free event for the students, or in cheap price, for example last term there was a free concert featuring far east movement. There is always something going on, did I mention they have a gym that's free for students. Bonus

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being at FIU, they make it easy to manage you college life and social life. Their are many activities on campus, and lots of clubs.

    Am learning a lot

    FIU is a very exceptional school, I have learned a lot and at the same time have fun. But you must study that little bit of studying you've done in High School is not enough. You need to study and don't procrastinate.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 413

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    Great for these types of students

    Fast-paced, diverse, hard-working students who can deal with no snow, ever! There are infinite opportunities to get involved. No worries if you plan on commuting or living on campus. The experience is exciting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on pursuing a science major, be prepared! FIU prides itself on its bell curve which will obviously weed out the slackers. You'll have friends who may have easier that are breezing by, but you have to remain determined. I would suggest buying a car if you are from out of town because you will have to drive on several occasions. I cherished my on-campus living experience and I recommend it to all entering freshman.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely the best buy in the state. The room & board may be a little bit pricier than the surrounding area, but these dorms are very much better than the traditional dorms in most colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the school and the environment. The campus life here is probably at the same level as many big name schools. The problem I have is the overwhelming amount of spaces for some classes which cause you to hvae to wait a semester because of the enrollment dates. What happens is that sometimes 3rd, 4th, or 5th year students will fill up classes like Chemistry 2 or Biology 2 causing you to have to wait semesters to take the class. I had to wait until summer to take my first Chemistry class. Luckily, in the Honors College you get priority registration.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Biology major in the Honors Program here and I'm very satisfied with most of my classes.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is an on-site police department that can be accessed very easily.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an amazing experience here at FIU. Although other schools have a bigger Greek life, we treasure the one that we have here at FIU.

    Clubs and Activities

    -Student Programming Council -Alternative Breaks -Peer Advising -Greek Life -Relay for Life

    Great for these types of students

    -Eager to get involved -Love the city life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT step on the seal or you will not graduate on time. In case that you do, you have to walk backwards THREE times to ensure your on-time graduation date.

    Bang for the buck

    College isn't cheap, and FIU takes that into consideration and is always putting on free programs or giving out free items to the students.

    What to do for fun

    South beach is 20 minutes away. There is also a near-by mall that is popular. Miami is always full of excitement!

    Food and Dining

    Great options from Moe's to Dunkin Donuts

    Dorm Life

    Amazing! Great environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Nothing comes easy. You have to study!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get Involved! -Speak to your professors! -Use the resources available to you! (Most are FREE)

    In three sentences

    People always ask Why do you love your University so much? I truly believe you get out as much as you put in. The countless involvements that I have been a part of have allowed me to grow within this university while learning something new everyday about the various welcoming departments.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 413

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent. The police are available 24/7 365 days a year. There is a specified number just for the police station on campus as well. If you are out of your class late you can even call the Panther Mover, which takes the student to their car.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is pretty big although we don't have many houses. There are only two fraternity houses on campus. There are many rush events in the fall and spring. Greek life keeps our students involved on campus and it helps students to grow as leaders on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. CSO (Council for Student Organizations) or SOC (Student Organization Council),which is at the other Biscayne campus, help students to develop their own clubs as long as they meet all of the requirements. SGA, Homecoming, and SPC is another opportunity for leadership growth. We also have the Center for Leadership and Service in which you can get involved with Relay for Life, Academy of Leaders, Dance Marathon and many other activities. The Orientation office offers leadership positions in Panther Camp and Peer Advising as well.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for any type of student. The university is extremely diverse and it is in the name; we are INTERNATIONAL.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have three traditions at the school. The first tradition is the kissing bridge and the story behind it is that if you kiss your significant other on that bridge you will be together forever. The second tradition is Marty's Cube. If you spin it and STUDY you will pass your test. Our last and the most sacred tradition is the FIU Seal, and if you step on it you will not graduate on time. The only way to reverse the curse is to walk around it three times backwards.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, if you think that FIU sucks, think again, because we have so much to offer at our school. FIU is a wonderful institution that needs to be given more credit.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do at FIU. They recently just did SummerFest and it was a huge party to reveal our last Homecoming artist. During the fall there are football games and tailgates and you can get in with your FIU One Card. The Homecoming concert this year will have B.O.B., Cobra Starship, and Kaskade and again this is a free event. During the spring the Student Programming Council will host their own concert as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different food venues available for both commuter and on-campus students. It all varies and the quality is really good. Even if you are bringing your own food there are microwaves and vending machines available for use.

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't live in the dorms, but I have slept over my friend's dorm. I must say that although dorm life is expensive, it is extremely nice. The dorms make you feel like you are at home and the Resident Assistants are always there to help you out. There are tutoring facilities and a police station located in the housing quad.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a university, and if you expect to choose easy classes then you are in the wrong place. Just like any other university you have to put in effort to be able to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those students that will be attending FIU, make sure that you get to school early if you want to get a good parking spot. Get to know your professors as well, because it is extremely helpful. They can give you hints and tips on upcoming exams and other assignments. Use our free services as well, and don't let it go to waste, because you are paying for tuition and your education.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University was not my first choice when I was applying for schools back in 2011, but FIU has changed my life. It is a commuter school, but through my involvements I have grown as a person and as a leader. I believe that FIU is an amazing school and it is highly underrated.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 413

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    Campus Safety

    The safety at FIU is great. There is a police 'station' in one of the parking garages so they are always close by.

    Greek Life

    Pick a sorority/fraternity, there are many to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and activities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for and it is awesome!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of events, like movie night, homecoming, football games, and music concerts. There are also comedy events.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different places to at on campus. There are also places close by.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know much about dorm life since I live at home but the friends I have that live on campus seem to like it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take and also what you like, it might be easier or harder for any given person. All classes are definitely do-able if the effort is put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask questions! There are a lot of people that will help you if you are lost or uncertain about anything.

    In three sentences

    I love FIU. There are a lot of different places to eat and campus and there are a lot of people to around to answer any questions you have. There is also free tutoring in the library.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 413

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    Clubs and Activities

    I'm part of the Active Minds club here at FIU, and have recently become an officer (I'm the community service and social events coordinator). There are tons of options to choose from if you're looking for that extra oomph in your college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Psychology Majors, Engineering Majors and Nursing Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the kissing bridge, where legend says that if a couple kisses there, they will be together forever! So if you don't like the person you're with right now, don't kiss them there!

    Bang for the buck

    I think what I'm paying for this school is deserved, as they have a lot of venues for students who are not sure what to do and they help you in every step of the way.

    What to do for fun

    FIU constantly has tons of activities that students can get involved in, such as clubs. They also have concerts, comedy shows, dance lessons, etc.

    Food and Dining

    You have a miriad of choices to choose from in regards to eating! For example, there's a Chili's, Burger King, Salad Creations, Sushi Maki, and Pollo Tropical.

    Dorm Life

    Only 1 Star because I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the teacher, and so far, all my teachers have been hard but at the same time very helpful in helping you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to already know what you want to study, but if you don't, the college will help you find out what you want to do!

    In three sentences

    Best college for those who want an integrated experience. Advisors are helpful. Lots of activities to do.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 413

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is beyond good. No matter what type of incident it is FIU will have it covered with their twenty-four hour police patrols. Also FIU sends each student an email/text letting you know of any incident happening on campus or near campus in order to be aware and protect yourself.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great experience for many students at FIU. You get to meet tons of people, but most importantly the new people you meet can help you have a more successful and fun time at FIU.

    Clubs and Activities

    FIU is filled with different types of clubs and activities, whether you are a chess fanatic, a fencing pro or even a Sudoku solver, FIU has a club for you. If they don't happen to have the club you seek, you are more than welcome to start it up yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    No matter what type of student you are, FIU has a variety of different clubs and activities to fit your personal lifestyle .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At FIU there lays a mystical cube that according to FIU legend, if a student were to spin the cube three times clockwise, he/she will be entitled to a successful academic life at FIU.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the good academics at FIU, there are many funs things to do as well such as going to the recreational center, where you can play basketball, volleyball or just work out. Besides this you can go rally and cheer for our football team at our famous football games at the FIU stadium.If this isn't enough, the FIU students have great taste when it comes to throwing parties of all sorts, such a pool, foam, paint or even glow in the dark parties.

    Food and Dining

    At FIU there are vast amounts of restaurants all spread out through the university. Food places such as Burger King, Einstein Bagels, Chilli's and even Sushi Maki. If you get a meal plan you can receive a meal from any of these restaurants at a reduced price.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at FIU are well setup for each student. Each student that applies for a dorm, is asked to take a survey, that asks about your hobbies, interest and personality, in order to be matched up with the best roommates possible. But beware the dorm's can be rather chilly, so bring thick blankets.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can get a bit tough, but luckily the professors are amiable and willing to help anyone that seeks it. If your professor doesn't help or explain well enough, you can always get help from one of the many tutors available on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always show up to class twenty minutes early in order to get a seat close to your professor, showing up late might will get you a seat in the back of the auditorium, where you won't be able to hear your professors(some professors don't use microphones), and you might be scorned by your professor for disrupting his class with you late entry.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University(FIU) has been a welcoming and encouraging environment ever since i started my studies in the summer of 2012. Being a recent high school graduate, I was afraid attending this college so fast, especially during summer would be too much to handle. I was wrong, the professors and student alumni really reach out and help the freshman, in order to fit in to a more comfortable and friendly zone.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 413

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    Food and Dining

    TheFIU has over 20 different restaurants, including their own buffet.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are roomy, two persons per dorm. There is a stove, fridge, wi-fi, and cable (you have to bring your own tv). The bathrooms are one per doom room and one shower, one private toilet and two sinks.

    Academic Rigor

    Being that this is my first year, the academics are where they need to be. Of course, there will always be challenges. Not every class is easy and the classes are at college level and sometimes beyond. You would really have to work hard to get your degree.

    In three sentences

    FIU is very interactive and there is always help if you need. It is flexible and does everything they can to not only get student involved but also get involved in ways that would benefits student in the long-run. You are never alone at FIU.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 413

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    Campus Safety

    There is always FIU police on campus and they're really effective

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Having a spa seems quite unusual at first but as time goes on you want to go really badly and appreciate FIU for having one on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth the money , and its a very reasonable price to begin with,

    What to do for fun

    For fun you could go to Graham Center . Its the spot to be all the time , with places like Game Stop , Barnes & Nobles , Starbucks and Jamba Juice its the best. They also give away stuff every now and then . There's always something waiting for you .

    Food and Dining

    I love ALL the choices of food . I always eat on campus , every single day. There is a lot of variety and there's always something to try !

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is awesome , so I've heard . With all the activities going on in campus and all the places to eat and let's not forget the gym , you really do feel like you're not kept away from all the good stuff just because you're not back where you call home.

    Academic Rigor

    The staff is amazing and so professional. I'm in love with all my professors . The show sincere interest in their profession and students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always come earlier than you should to class with ample of time to walk around campus cause there will always be something going on. Don't just go to classes and then go home. FIU WILL be your second home ! You will fall in love with staff.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is filled with so many opportunities and such a variety of students and personalities. FIU has really helped me open up on my path to self-discovery. Just remember to come early to find parking !

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Takes up a lot of time, but if you're into that kind of thing it's probably worth it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the seal in front of the Graham Center, it's bad luck. Spin the cube in fron of Deuxieme Mason for good luck on midterms and finals.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in SPC sponsored activities, join clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Great restaurants on campus but I wish the cafeteria had more options for those who have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great however they are very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're apart of the honors college it's going to be even more tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!

    In three sentences

    It is really a beautiful school. It offers just about any major you could possibly think of. Provides great opportunities for a cheaper cost than most schools and has great study abroad programs.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 413

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    Campus Safety

    It can be a bit dark in some areas around campus during the night but I think they have recently put more light bulbs and there are car cops roaming the campus at MMC all the time.

    Greek Life

    Too many Greek organizations to name >.< but if you are interested in joining any of these organizations check them out here: http://greeks.fiu.edu/

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Spinning the Cube for good luck during midterms and finals week! :D -Do not step on the seal in front of GC! If you do, you won't graduate :3 and if you do step on it accidentally you have to walk in a circle around the seal 6x to undo it (or at least that's what I've been told)

    What to do for fun

    FIU offers a lot of student events and activities for student to participate in, there are also various clubs and organizations to join that have their own agenda for fun things. I love SPC movie Fridays!

    Food and Dining

    MMC campus has various places to eat! Papa John's, Sushi Maki, Pollo Tropical, and Burger King just to name a few and if you don't want to eat on campus there are great places that are very close to campus to eat as well! :D

    Dorm Life

    I'm not a dorm student, I commute but I hear the dorm life is pretty fun at FIU xD

    Academic Rigor

    I think it depends on the major but I have to say some classes may be easy, other classes can be more challenging. Just have fun and learn how to manage your time well to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get to know the main buildings and their abbreviations like GC (Graham Center), PC (Primera Casa), and GL (Green Library). -Study FIU map for your way around or just ask people! :)

    In three sentences

    A very multicultural and diverse university! A university that is energetic and filled with events for students. And great campuses for various majors with different hot spots to eat on campus.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police officers on campus, along with a station, nothing violent ever happens. I also leave my phone out when I play basketball and theft isn't something I'm worried about.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 100 clubs and organizations to get involved with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The seal in front of the Graham Center is forbidden to walk over. If you do, it is said that you will not graduate on time. The way to thwart the curse is to walk around it backwards three times.

    What to do for fun

    There is a game room with ping pong, pool, video games and more. There is also a huge gym with an indoor basketball court. But the most fun is found in the library (studying is always fun!).

    Food and Dining

    Great food selections, some places I've never even tried before enrollment. They have a Chilli's which is different from all the other dining places and creates a nice ambiance.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my classes I actually had to study for rather than just pay attention in class. It mainly depends how thorough the teacher explains the subject. But there are some classes that just require you to show up and be awake to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read chapters before class discussions, befriend a professor, and take advantage of free tutoring.

    In three sentences

    The school is huge, but easy to navigate through after a few weeks. The professors care for the students, except for some auditorium classes where they may not know your name the entire semester. The food options on campus are great and affordable, and there is an extreme diversity in enrolled students.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has tight security. When there is a problem, alerts get sent out, and police are called depending on the situation. FIU is a very safe place.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life gets so involved with FIU. You will always see them in GC stepping, getting people to join, and informing them about upcoming events to attend to.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't give my honest opinion about their clubs and activities because I do not know much about them. However, those that I know that's in a club love what their clubs have to offer. The activities are awesome and loads of fun. (i.e. the foam party, barbecues, step shows, and pool parties)

    Great for these types of students

    Fiu is for students who are looking for careers, who wants to network, research, and wants to have fun while getting an education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For any Chris Brown fans, FIU south is the place where Chris Brown shot his world renown Kiss, Kiss video. We always have famous people visiting our school and actually take the time to talk to students one-on-one.

    Bang for the buck

    It really is a bang for you buck. FIU is not that very expensive to attend to, and the money you do pay, you get what you payed for, if not more. FIU is a good networking university.

    What to do for fun

    Everything on FIU is fun. We have pools, barbecues, and the BEST tailgates. There's always something to do on campus. The sororities and fraternities throw occasional parties where any and every one can attend. In addition to that, the residential assistants always have activities for their residents to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is good. FIU has different places on campus and off campus that's a good enough distance that any student can walk to. If you live on campus, FIU gives you a dinner plan with your housing. However, sometimes the food in the cafeteria is that pleasing.

    Dorm Life

    FIU tries their best to pair you up with someone who they believe you'll get along with. If there's any problem with your roommates, the residential assistants are quick to respond to the problem.

    Academic Rigor

    Their classes really pushes you to work hard. The classes at FIU should not be taken lightly. It challenges your mind and teaches you something other than what the book says. The teachers take their time to research new things and inform you about what's going on in the now rather than the past.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's something to experience. I highly recommend living on campus for at least one semester.

    In three sentences

    Florida International is a great experience. It helps you balance out your social life as well as your academic life. They really encourage you to reach beyond what you've dream of.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 413

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They are very oriented with their Latino culture so it is nice to see so much of that pride in the students.

    What to do for fun

    Fun activities for me consisted of going to the gym and rooting on my football team.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't had enough experience on on-campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to speak to an advisor about your career choice and set up a 4 year plan towards graduation.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University offers the top International Business Program in the state. The school's advising program does everything in their power to help you succeed in your desired major. I give the University a 10 for helpfulness.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 413

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You always feel secure walking around campus with security easily available.

    Greek Life

    Involved and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Diverse and accepting.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and enjoy a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mysterious landmarks.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is comparable to any state university in florida.

    What to do for fun

    There's a free to student gym, basketball courts, and volleyball. All home games to all sports are free to students. There are discounts to food everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is diverse from formal restaurants to grab and go. Discounts are available everyday depending on the hour.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and easy to meet new friends, and are located inside the campus property.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is comparable to any state university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get parking early. Participate in the many clubs that are offered. Attend the gym provided by the campus.

    In three sentences

    FIU has a beautiful and diverse campus life. Teachers are professional and knowledgeable.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU has great campus safety. They actually have a police department on campus that can be reached by the press of a call button or at their office on campus. FIU also has safety trams if you have a late class and need to be taken to your car. Another service they have for safety is that a police will walk you to your dorm if you feel unsafe.

    Clubs and Activities

    FIU has so many clubs to offer due to the size of the student population. Some of the clubs consist of SGA, sororities, fraternities, homecoming, marching band, and hundreds more. other activities at FIU are the sporting event you can attend for free and the fitness center which is open late.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Under the stone in front of the Charles Perry building has the ashes of Charles Perry supposedly on Halloween he hunts the campus.. In front of the GC building is an gold seal on the floor if you step on it you will not graduate on time. Another thing is the cube in front of DM apparently if you spin it before finals it will help you pass.

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure to get an FIU one card. These cards are not only your student ID which can get you into events for free, it always gives you a discount every time you dine at FIU, buy materials out of the bookstore, and also when you print or fax information.

    Food and Dining

    FIU offers many place to eat such as Subway, Burger king, Dunkin' Donuts, Sushi Maki, Moes, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and so much more. They have dining dollars which is cheaper than paying with cash. No way you can go hungry on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I personally did not live on campus. I stayed overnight once for orientation. The rooms come fully furbished and there is no community bathroom you only share one with your roommates. One tip for living on campus is that it can be fun and convenient but more on the expensive side.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at FIU can be challenging but then again what college isn't. Even though classes can be a bit rigorous most professor will provide extra help to student who really have the desire to get help. FIU also have tutoring sessions in multiple subject for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip for If you plan on attending FIU in the future is register for classes as soon as you can place them in your shopping cart early to insure you have the class you want and not whatever is left. Also join as many clubs as you can not only will you make new friends but connections that can last a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    On a Scale of one to ten I give Florida International University an eight. FIU deserves an eight because they really care about the student and try and help in everyway they can to make sure each and every student is successful. They provide resources and many activities for student to participate in which enhances your college experience even further.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 413

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spinning the Cube before a Test.

    What to do for fun

    There is actually a game room in the Graham Center, it has pool tables, Ping Pong tables, A Foosball table, and a whole slew of board games and Xbox or Wii games that can be rented out at the front desk of the Game Room. If you like to exercise, jogging around the campus is pretty good fun and there is a nature trail in a little preserve that can be run for a bit. Also there are a lot of basketball courts,one in the recreation center, one by the dorms, one at the engineering campus. It's really easy to find a group of people to just start playing some basketball with and people are normally pretty friendly about it. If you're a nerd and you like card games like magic and Yu-Gi-Oh there are several groups around who actively play those games. Football games and many other sporting events are Free so they're pretty good cheap fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to go eat around campus but mainly in the Graham center. They are constantly adding more and more places to eat, currently they are building a Panda Express and a Taco Bell on campus. adding these franchises to the present collection of Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Cafe Bustelo, Alamazar, Chili's, Chic-fil-a, Moe's, Dunkin Donuts, And several other franchise restaurants. there is also a cafeteria place called Fresh Foods Company, this place is a buffet and at the beginning of the semester the food here is always good, and it has many options for food, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and a variety of other hot foods. There are currently 2 Starbucks on campus and a new one is being built within a new building scheduled to be completed later in 2014. There is a salad place called Salad Creations also, and they make really delicious salads but they're kinda pricey so normally I just stick to Chic-Fil-A.

    Dorm Life

    I Have not lived in a dorm, but FIU is constantly building new dorms and they are becoming nicer and nicer, so most dorms are relatively new.

    Academic Rigor

    In the Computer Science program here, we have to take a lot less math courses than other SUS colleges and more of them are optional. But that's not saying that the ones that are required are easy,, but there are lower math requirements here. Many of the introductory science classes are relatively easy if you try a little bit and actually do the homework that the professors assign. Most of the lab TA's for intro science classes are grad students are pretty bad, some are really cool and chill, but most of the ones I've had have been bad and rigorous, just telling us to look it up for homework rather than explaining anything. Now that I am moving into the upper level courses, the courses are becoming more interesting and specific, but also they're becoming increasingly difficult taking hours of study time at home and at school. Many professors often play favorites and will give better grades in the end to students they like even if you did better than that student all semester. Overall, I would say the academic rigor is not that high, but it's not a cakewalk either.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIU is an easy school to get into and if you did well in high school you will probably get a good couple of scholarships. If you do attend, be sure to check ratemyprofessor.com because most of the times the ratings there truly do reflect the quality of the teacher in the lower level classes. If you go here for science, it is really easy to get a job in a lab, most of the time they'll teach you what you need to know and a lot of them are really short staffed, so all you need to show is a passion for some subject.

    In three sentences

    Overall a good school with lots of choices for many different majors. Hard to get involved in campus life since most people are commuters and work, Just going to campus then going home is not a good way to start off freshman year I would recommend to find a couple of clubs and just get a taste . Professors are generally very helpful and nice, although they WILL make you work for a good grade.

  • 02/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    International students, student whom want to pursue a career in business, medical, engineering, etc., and students whom find meeting international students interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let personal downfalls distract your on your education. Stay alert on assignments and their due dates. Do not be afraid to ask the teacher for any help. After all thats what they are their for. :)

    Bang for the buck

    Not entirely sure what this means but I assume it is regarding the financial status of the college.

    Am enjoying being here

    The extra curricular activities offered are many outstanding opportunities. Almost everything has a club and if it does not, creating one's own club is not a hassle. There are opportunities to have study sessions as well as club events and parties. This school focuses on education as well as enjoyment.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at this university make it a MUST to pay attention, attend class, and take notes as well as study in order to receive a passing grade. They are always open to setting up a meeting for their office hours to discuss grades and material covered in class.

  • 04/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All students. There are students from different countries all over the world. Since campus is very big, you can meet many students whether your are outgoing or shy and quiet. This school is perfect for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, there will be many new students that won't know anyone. Talk to them. Also attend many of the activities available, like concerts and comedy shows! They are great and fun! But also attend classes as much as possible to be able to pass the class with a proper grade. If you have any questions or concerns in your class, ask and talk to your professor they will be glad to help.

    Bang for the buck

    You attend classes with qualified professors but as you walk around campus, you will see construction to accommodate all the students and provide a specialized learning experience for each major.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only are the classes great but the campus is big. There are many things to do on campus, from eating at all the different types of restaurants, to attending the computer lab, or even studying in the library.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors help you as much as possible, they are very qualified to teach the material and have the proper experience. They teach you not only from the textbook but also from what they experienced in the real world. Attend classes and spend some time during the week studying and then the material from all your intended major classes will connect together.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has gone up a bit in the two years I've attended here, but it is more or less reasonably priced. The extra fees are a bit much, but otherwise it is a good school financially.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is ALWAYS something going on at FIU. Whether you study at Modesto Maidique Campus or Biscayne Bay Campus, SPC always has events planned at either campus. It makes going to class fun and interesting.

    Am learning a lot

    I love going to FIU. I'm studying Meteorology here, and it truly is a great school. Some of the math professors however are disinterested in teaching, and a good math professor is hard to come by, but overall the school is organized and fascinating.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent and have a car.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing. Do all work. Don't live on campus if you don't have to.

    Bang for the buck

    It is definitely one of the cheaper universities. And also has great professors. Just don't live on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living on campus has got to be the worst decision I have ever made. Room/Board is way overly priced and there in no campus life after 7pm. You better have a car or make lots and lots of friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers here are both good and bad. So far I've had great teachers. They have been supportive, great lecturers and involved in the student's needs. A tip I would say is look on ratemyprofessor.com to see if the professor you are taking is good or not.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, social, recreational loving students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, come to class everyday, and be social with your fellow classmates.

    Bang for the buck

    The price may seem steep depending on whether or not you have a scholarship. However, its a typical price for public universities so its passable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is pretty decent and clean... nothing too flashy or remarkable but nice and open-spaced.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of classes to choose from, and a good amount of timings offered to fit your needs.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type. So many cultures and so many different types of people makes the university very welcoming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be responsible. Work on time management. Build a desire to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is definitely worth the tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body is wonderful. Its exceptional diversity makes campus life very interesting. You never see the same person two days in a row and the culture of the student body is an enjoyable one.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a member of the Honors College at FIU and they have set me in a path that I feel will help me all throughout life. I have matured as a person tremendously and am also gaining irreplaceable knowledge that will aid me throughout my career.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who like to interact with different people or is just wanting to fit in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the Campus to meet your advisers, new friends and the campus it self.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are just going to any college just because of money than what is the point in going. go to college not because of the money but go to help with your learning, you want to major in a field that you love not something just for money.

    Will enjoy being here

    You will enjoy being here i personally visited the school and loved it, it is well kept and beautiful.

    Will learn a lot

    I found a lot of information about this school. I am planning on attending in 2013 to study Premed. I researched their different programs and this will be a perfect school to study Premed to become a Forensic Pathologist.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students pursuing a business or nursing degree are definitely promised rewarding results here at FIU - that is if they do not switch their majors! Business and nursing are FIU's strongest and most competitive programs, but simultaneously worth the while.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIU constantly hosts entertaining activities and events, but the school does not neglect its students’ academic performance and their need to succeed in any way. There are various free (or better said, included in your tuition) programs, study groups, and seminars aimed at reinforcing class material. These are very valuable tools that students should definitely take advantage of. Being a college student encompasses a great responsibility and dedication.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition does not cease to increase overtime, at FIU you get your money’s worth of learning while still living at the comfort of your own home (which is generally the case since FIU is primarily a commuter school). The university also provides extremely convenient financial aid packages as well as yearly scholarship competitions, and by doing so, giving its students an opportunity to pursue their careers without much worry.

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU was certainly not my first choice, but I'm glad it was my final choice. The school's atmosphere is lively, energetic and diversity-filled, and the campus itself is beautiful. The school has a very modern feel to it while still conserving a natural landscape feel. Walking around campus is surely as breathtaking and soothing as a walk in the park. The broad array of clubs and organizations available to the students is incredible and a quite promising way of meeting other young and energetic people with similar passions. In addition, everything you could possibly need (or want) is available right on campus, without having to drive anywhere, which is a convenient feature for most commuter students exasperated by the idea of driving around Miami. FIU also contains the largest art display compared to other Florida universities, making it one of the most enjoyable places to visit. FIU has surely progressed from being just an ordinary school to sooner or later becoming one of Miami’s most prominent landmarks.

    Am learning a lot

    Although this school has unfortunately gotten the reputation of a safety school or last choice, FIU has without a doubt flourished into one of the most enriching learning institutions in the nation. The university has a lot to offer, not only to its students, but to the community as well by providing its students with partnered internships with the city of Sweetwater/Miami, volunteering opportunities at nearby elementary schools, as well as hosting games and countless events for nearby high schools. FIU does not only promote in class learning but rather advocates active engagement in the community regardless of your field of study, so what you learn doesn’t stay in the classroom. FIU also has a superb teaching staff composed of dedicated and highly educated individuals who seek the most efficient way to present the class material in a wide range of courses available to the students.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love meeting new people, especially people from Miami who love the sun and having fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your GPA and SAT/ACT scores really high. Also, get involved! The more extracurriculars and activities you have the more chances you have of being accepted here and in any other college.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, but for everyone the situation is different.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is huge and really nice, and the people are great!

    Will learn a lot

    I love that the school offers a great number of classes that help them open up to new interests and help them be more well rounded.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, organized, hard-working and determined students will do the best here. There are all sorts of people and all sorts of things to do, so being organized and hard-working is necessary to do well while still being able to take full advantage of what is offered here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep a good balance between school work and a social life. Get involved in clubs or attend activities, but don't let any of that affect your work. Study hard, don't procrastinate, take advantage of the library and quiet study areas. It's easy to fall behind in your first year because of how new and different and exciting everything is, but keep organized and on top of your work. Also, always keep your syllabus - some teachers will never remind you of assignments or tests and they are ALL in the syllabus.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU offers many scholarships for both those with a financial need and those that don't. I myself received a $10,000 scholarship for all four years based on my GPA from high school alone and Bright Futures helps a great deal. It is because of the scholarship I received that I am able to attend this college for I would not be able to afford the tuition otherwise. I have heard, however, from many people that financial aid gets messed up sometimes and it gets frustrating and the financial aid office makes a lot of mistakes, but I have not run into this problem as of yet.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first, I wasn't sure going to a college in my hometown would be all that great. I wanted to get away desperately. However, after my first year, I love it. The people are very accepting and friendly (of course, there are always exceptions), the classes are great, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the events are fun. My time at FIU thus far has been wonderful and I've loved it so far.

    Am learning a lot

    After two semesters attending FIU, I can honestly say my classes have been great, the teachers really helpful, and I've learned a lot from them. Of course, there are always classes with bad teachers you can barely understand or barely learn anything from, but I have yet to run into that. Maybe in the future I will, but from my experience thus far, it's been really great and I have learned a great deal.

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    yep!

    Am enjoying being here

    Fiu is a university full of activities. They want you to participate in daily things and not to only focus on your classes. It is fun here!

    Am learning a lot

    Summer term has been easy for me since I am only taking two courses. In the fall it will be much harder!

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, into business, hospitality, nursing, want to be downtown but not attend an extremely overpriced school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are in the applying process or doing your enrollment paperwork and have questions don't hesitate in using the online chat tool. It is awesome and you get an automatic response. Remember this is a huge school so when choosing classes be on your computer before it's time to enroll and choose in order of priority! Try to be involved as it will make school more enjoyable, and remember to ask around about professors. Try to avoid the cafeteria food if you don't have a meal plan, make sure you ask if it's good or bad that day because it varies. Last but not least, have some school spirit!

    Bang for the buck

    Being an in-state student and attending is fabulous, but if you are out of state or international it is a bit ridiculously priced. The Financial Aid office, however, will help you if you need anything and have a board outside of its office with available scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU is an awesome college to go to, but if you're living on campus you have to remember it is one of the biggest commuter schools in the US so it WILL get empty during weekends. Make sure you learn how to take the bus or have friends with cars who will take you out on weekends or you will get bored. That aside, the school is always having events and if you get involved you will love every minute of it. The facilities are great and people are very enthusiastic, not to mention you are in Miami.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a rising Sophomore so I've only really taken Freshmen courses. However, I didn't seem to learn anything. I often found myself not attending classes that weren't attendance-based and uninterested in general. Nonetheless, this does not mean the teachers were bad, there are some wonderful teachers there who clearly enjoy their job and want you to learn. Make sure you ask around what teachers are better for what class as many times you get international teachers with thick accents that are difficult to understand and don't repeat things.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make new friends! They will make the experience so much better.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the pay.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have already made a group of friends that I have a blast with. The staff of peer advisors are really nice and everyone is very welcoming and friendly; it's like one big, golden panther family.

    Will learn a lot

    Setting up my schedule was very easy and the classes seem like they will be very helpful.

  • 07/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    *ones looking to network

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind and expect to have fun! The campus is big and you should always try to find at least one thing to get involved with.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe we have one of, if not the lowest tuitions in Florida. It is very affordable to go here and the only thing that gets expensive is the housing. There are sooo many free activities that go on every week! One of the best is the annual concert where we have had guests come like Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Pit Bull, and we are having John Legend come this year.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! There is so much to do both at school and just in Miami in general. There are sooo many clubs and activities. There is truly something for everyone! The school spirit is most definitely rising especially since we are the Sun-Belt champions in football.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are really good! You run into a few that are difficult, but that's everywhere. Also, being in Miami, there is so much more to learn outside the classroom than in. The culture here is so rich and it makes the perfect learning environment.

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Business, Science and Nursing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to learn and don't close your mind so early. Be open to new things.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Accept it.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is fun because you learn but it is tough. Help is here, but you need to learn how to find it for your taste.

    Am learning a lot

    LEARNING IS LIFE! LIFE IS LEARNING!!! FIU GO!!!

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for people who are independent and who like to get involved in on campus activities. It is also a great place for students who like to party, being that it is in Miami, but also know how to balance that with school.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIU is located in Miami, so there are plenty of things to do off campus. However, I feel that in order to enjoy being at FIU you have to get involved in either a club or organization. I would advise that if you plan on going to or transferring to FIU do so during the fall semester because they have more activities on campus and all of the big sports events, like football, happen during that time. Also college is about meeting new people and making new friends, so I would advise you to meet as many people as you can because it makes college so much better.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so the cost of tuition is much higher. I wouldn't really consider it a bang for the buck because I am not really involved in the school activities. If you do get involved in all FIU has to offer then it really can be a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU is a nice campus and it is very big, but I don't enjoy being here. There isn't much to do on campus, unless you join a club or organization. There are a lot of international students, which is cool because you get to meet a wide variety of different people. However, most of the people that go to this school are from Miami or the surrounding area and go home on the weekend so the campus is really boring during the weekend.

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been at Florida International University (FIU) for a semester and I took pretty easy classes, so I didn't really learn that much. How much you learn really depends on the courses you take, the teachers you have, and how much you read/ study for that course,however.

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for ALL types of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be distracted by all the activities going on around you because you can easily lose track of whats important and the main reason you're there; to study and get your diploma.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest schools in the nation, while providing excellent education. Coming here was a choice that I will never regret. FIU <3

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU offers many extracurricular activities. You will never be bored with so many things going on. In the Graham Center there will almost ways be activities going on, especially in the panther pit.

    Am learning a lot

    FIU had much to teach and has very challenging courses. If you are a dedicated student you will find that it has loads to teach you and if you apply yourself you will soar.

  • 09/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, those who enjoy challenges, those who want to build networks, those who want the college experience without leaving home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to put time aside to study and make sure you stay on top of things. University is very different from high school. But if you know how to juggle your time, I assure you that you'll love this place.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't have to pay much then it may be the best decision/investment you'll make. So many things to do and so many things that will help you in the future.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's a lot of things to do which means you can always keep yourself entertained. There are frats and sororities, a recreation center, all kinds of foods, clubs, and so much more.

    Am learning a lot

    This school is pretty good. The professors know what they are teaching and there are professors for every level of student, whether you want a teacher that is challenging or not. You get professors from multiple parts of the world that leads to learning about more than just the class you signed up for.

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and driven students who want a bright future

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and get involved

    Bang for the buck

    Its cheaper compared to other florida schools and it pays for everything

    Am enjoying being here

    There are numerous FREE activities, concerts, and shows for student at the BBC and MMC campuses

    Am learning a lot

    It is a fantastic institution and I feel like I am getting my moneys worth plus more

  • 10/15/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    They'll help you match scholarship/financial aid for you to pay for your dorm

    Will enjoy being here

    The Student life is very interactive and diverse i love it

    Will learn a lot

    The Classes are amazing.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Panther Camp!!! It's an unbelievable experience where you make lots of friends, get into the Student Alumni Association automatically, get free stuff, and have loads of fun at the same time!

    Am enjoying being here

    FIU has an innumerable amount of awesome organizations you can join, events every single day, free stuff, great people... you'll love it here!

  • 11/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    high-energy, type-a, organized, focused and committed students

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for as many merit scholarships as you can. decide if you want to be at the main campus or tinier, further away biscayne bay campus. tour the campus first and make sure you're aware miami isn't a typical college town. fiu itself feels like a mall with a school attached, and it's at the tail end of calle ocho but in the middle of a lower-class neighborhood. you need either a car or to learn the metro bus system (hello, bus pass!) if you want to get off campus. learn a bit of spanish and be willing to learn a lot about other cultures. fiu isn't for the close-minded.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is amongst the lowest in florida. and there are some pretty awesome professors!

    Am enjoying being here

    i am a commuter student, so naturally it's awkward only coming to school for class. there are so many events going on all the time, it's a little overwhelming just being in the student center during the middle of the day. but the energy on campus is exciting- golden panthers have the biggest and best school spirit.

    Am learning a lot

    it really depends on what you want to major in if you go to fiu. the honors college (which is its own seminar and small group discussion; there is no honors chemistry or the sort) is beyond worth it if you apply and get in. students coming to have their eyes opened to the world are better off at a liberal arts institution- fiu is really for real-world students who want to immerse in a career field.

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    FIU would have to be the most cost efficient University in the State of Florida. If i were anywhere else, I'd probably get charged an arm and a leg for tuition

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it at FIU. Unlike other universities in the state of Florida, Florida International University is engulfed diversity, and there's always plenty of activities throughout each semester.

    Academic Rigor

    As a senior at Florida International university, Ive learned a great deal here. Every department is full of dedicated professors that genuinely love teaching. FIU has molded me into the young woman I am today, and If given the opportunity to repeat my college experience, I'd do it all over again here at FIU.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students wanting to major in Business, especially Accounting.

    Tips for prospective students

    When enrolling in classes be sure to visit websites such as, ratemyprofessor.com to verify that the professor you are choosing for the course you are taking is a decent one. This website proved helpful when taking math courses and trying to avoid the professors that did not speak English clearly.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to other public state institutions, FIU has had decent costs in regards to tuition. When taking a full-time course load, it may prove steep especially for those who pay for school on their own.

    Am enjoying being here

    Over the years I have enjoyed the Modesto Campus. I enjoy the Graham Center and all the school has to offer in regards to campus life.

    Am learning a lot

    They have some great teachers for certain courses, while they have others that are not as great. In some courses I have learned a significant amount of information while in others I have had to teach myself just to do well in the course.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    FIU offers kayaking twice a month to students and non students, It's great!

    In three sentences

    This is a great University. If you are planning to major in Journalism this school would be great for you. The marine life is great too.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU has its own public safety unit on-campus. You can always count on seeing at least two to three police units on-sight.

    Clubs and Activities

    As mentioned before, there are many activities on campus to do. As far as clubs, there are many from the Kayaking Club to clubs such as the Impact: Christian Fellowship Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Florida International University is great for students who: -Are not big on college parties but take their studies seriously -Love nature -Majoring in Journalism, Hospitality, Education, International Studies, and Business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I cannot think of anything except for the playful raccoons that come out at night that students like to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe the price of attending FIU is close to its worth. I do wish that we did not have to pay for laundry (dorm-residents) or for the shuttle that travels students from one campus to the other. However, the gym, massages, special events, and kayaking are all included in our tuition fees. I would recommend the bookstore as a last-resort for purchasing anything, it's too costly!

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do here at FIU. You can join the Student Alumni Association to get extra perks when special events occur such as a free t-shirt or extra food. For the first week of each term, there is lots of food, games and activities going on in Panther Square. If you need to get in shape, there is a gym on campus. Students can go kayaking, get massages, go swimming, play pool (only for dorm-residents) and do much more.

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, the last-time I checked I did not enjoy the food at the food court of this campus. I've heard that the South Campus's food is great but the cost of the food at this campus does not match up with the variety, portion size, or taste of it.

    Dorm Life

    Although there is always room for improvement, I must say that I truly enjoy the dorm life here. As a matter of fact, I am the VP of Promotions in the Housing Unit at the Biscayne Bay Campus location. The dorm life here is easy-going with many warm personalities and welcoming activities. It is also pretty quiet here which I love; it is very similar to real apartment-style living.

    Academic Rigor

    If I could, I would rate FIU's academic rigor as a 3.5. Yes, the coursework can be hefty for some classes, but from my experience, if you study ahead of time and pay attention in class the work will be much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a professor who uses their textbook frequently in class, READ IT! There is no faster way to fail in this university than not doing the reading assignments or cramming the night before a major test. If you network with people of all kinds, read, and study in advance, passing will be a breeze.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is an amazing university, especially for students who are serious and focused on their studies. FIU is not much of a party school but the Student Life organization here make it their priority to make the students feel welcomed and valued. FIU is the perfect balance of hard work and relaxation for an ideal college student.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU Police is active not only on campus grounds but they protect the school from neighborhood and community criminal attempts.

    Greek Life

    The Greek BBQ is really delicious!

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life and academic organizations are great for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is for spirited and international students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The trail of torch is during the homecoming game/ parade and festivities. It is the symbol of success and achievement.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonably priced and affordable for me. I pay for my school.

    What to do for fun

    I like to play in various musical ensembles for fun and also attend football games, volleyball games, and basketball games.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining in the University is delicious. There are new food court facilities in different areas of the University. There is great choices and variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    During orientation I stayed in the dorms for two days and knew that dorm life was not for me.

    Academic Rigor

    I seek academic excellence at every point in my education, although some classes are very difficult, I push forth to achieve my goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a solid score on your SAT or ACT for entry into the University and mantain a 3.0 or higher during your highschool to be eligible for scholarships and admittance into the university.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a very great University. Campus Life is always filled with wonderful events and activities. There are countless professional opportunities.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Full of diversity. Plenty or opportunity for involvement. Culturally enriching.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe at fiu. there is a police department on campus, and there is security all over.

    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs one can join, and there are always events that are occurring on campus.

    Food and Dining

    there is a lot of variety when it comes to choosing meal options at fiu.

    Dorm Life

    fiu is primarily a commuter school. i do not stay in the dorms so i do not really know.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are challenging but definitely not impossible if one tries.

    Tips for prospective students

    time management is the key to efficiency, particularly if you are balancing a job and school work as many fiu students are.

    In three sentences

    fiu is a beautiful environment. the professors care about the students. although some of the classes may seem difficult there is always assistance for those who ask.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    it is a very good college

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    dolphin mall, south beach, and downtown miami are all nearby

    Tips for prospective students

    live on campus or nearby

    In three sentences

    the campus is gorgeous. there are a lot of on-site recreational activities and food venues. classes are ok.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    join a sorority.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you live in miami fiu is the school to go to, & even though most classes do not have mandatory attendance, i highly recommend attendance.

    In three sentences

    i would consider fiu an 8 on a scale of 1-10. i definitely enjoy being a student at fiu, but it is very far from where i live and the hours are not flexible enough. i do have to say that i really enjoy all of the programs and the academic advisors.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there is everything to eat, it is just expensive.

    Dorm Life

    most dorms are four to one dorm but each person has his or her own room. the dorms are pretty amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    academics are good but not great. its very hard to get the classes you want since they get full fast.

    Tips for prospective students

    be on top of your work, the math professors aren't the best per say so if you want to do good it is all up to you.

    In three sentences

    florida international university like any college has its ups and downs. fiu is a very global school that keeps in mind its very diverse students. there are people from all over the world so it gives it's students a chance to interact with different types of people they never even expected ever meeting.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    miami has a great nightlife, clubbing, the beach, house parties. etc.

    Food and Dining

    there's a chili's that is great for watching sports games. sushi, pollo tropical, subway, chick-fil-a, moes. etc.

    Dorm Life

    steer clear of pather hall and university apartments. the best place to be is everglades or towers.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are difficult and it's easy to get lost and put off studying. but dont!!

    Tips for prospective students

    the library is almost always open. bring an inflatable bed because you'll be spending a lot of time here during finals week.

    In three sentences

    fiu welcomes diversity and can help students explore majors for those that are undecided. fiu has a lovely campus that is growing each and every year. professors are sometimes difficult to connect with due to the large class sizes but if you make an effort and take time to introduce yourself and go to office hours, you should be fine.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    they have a lot of clubs at fiu. most of these clubs have things like horseback riding and kayaking.

    Food and Dining

    there is such a big variety!

    Dorm Life

    during summer orientation, i stayed in a dorm for a night. it's not my preference, but it was ok.

    Academic Rigor

    there are easier classes and then there are harder classes. you just have to manage your time with each.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to walk or maybe even run to your classes. some may be right next to each other, but others might be on the other end of the campus. i suggest 10/11 o'clock classes. that extra hour of sleep is like heaven.

    In three sentences

    this is university is very welcoming. it has beautiful landscapes and sitting areas. the food selection is also a plus.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    in the north and south campus usually have activities going on campus everyday. games free food.

    Food and Dining

    the south campus is so good. they have chillis , burger king, moes , papa johns and much more.

    Dorm Life

    it is very nice and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    as a psychology major . i find the professors very equipped and they know what they are teaching because most of them have there doctors in what they are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you need to see an academic advisor. go to the south campus they are very help full.

    In three sentences

    florida international university is a research school. it is a organized institution. and lastly, it is big.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    the organizations and clubs at fiu are life changing. there are many to chose from also, such as community service clubs, camps, study abroad programs, music clubs, dance groups, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    fiu is a diverse university and it can be great for all kinds of students. the community consists of different ethnicity and cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    fiu is surrounded by tradition. for example, the trail of the torch is done every year at the beginning of the fall semester in which it is a walk around the main campus to finally light up the fiu torch in symbol of a new year.

    Bang for the buck

    as far as tuition, for instate students it is really cheap considering the knowledge gained for a lifetime. there are also thousands of scholarships that the university offers for those in financial need.

    What to do for fun

    campus life at fiu never gets boring. there are millions of organizations to chose from to participate as well as activities all year round. homecoming concerts, gym, fitness classes, pageants and many more.

    Food and Dining

    florida international university has got to have the greatest selection of food on campus. throughout the campus you can find varieties of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food restaurants. it almost feels like a food court at a shopping mall.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live in a dorm but i have heard amazing stories from those that do live in one. there are varieties of dorm styles to chose from and the ra's are always helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors are beyond helpful. each and everyone wants you to succeed not just in their class but also in life. most of them will teach you things relevant to their subject as well as tips that will help you throughout the college years and after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to the university with an open mind and ready to take on all the challenges that the university can give you. take advantage of all the opportunities to expand your knowledge and even more important, to make lifelong networks.

    In three sentences

    getting into fiu has been the biggest life changer mainly because i was able to expand my knowledge so much faster. the people there are diverse and always there to support you as well as the facilities to get around. the teachers are great and truly care for your own good and help you in many ways to be able to reach your dreams.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    fiu has three superstitions. the first superstition is the seal in front of the graham center. legend has it that if you step on the seal you will not graduate on time or at all. the only way to reverse the curse is to walk backwards around the seal 3 times. the second superstition has to do with the cube in transformers. fiu has its own cube located in front of dexiueme maison. legend says that 24 hours before an exam student come and spin this cube clockwise for luck but it will not work if you do not study. the final superstition is the kissing bridge. this bridge is located behind the green library. this bridge is over two lakes which look like a heart. legend is that you take the love of your life and kiss them on the bridge you will be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    not really the best school for bang for the buck. fiu charges many fees but it is worth it since it students get free stuff.

    What to do for fun

    there is plenty of activities, clubs, and organizations around campus that can keep you occupied. joining a fraternity or sorority is one way to have fun around campus. taking classes at the gym or just going to the gym in itself is fun. playing an intramural sport with friends is another great activity. joining dance marathon is both a fun and emotional experience. you dance for 25 hours in honor of the kids in the hospitals that cannot pay for their own surgery. you can join clubs or even just walking around campus is a journey in itself.

    Food and Dining

    fiu has a plethora of food places around campus. in the graham center you have the “food court” which has a burger king, pollo tropical, sushi maki, chili’s too go, einstein bagel, jamba juice, subway’s, fresh foods and bustelo’s café. there is also a starbucks on the second floor of the bookstore and a market called recharge-u. in the green library there is a starbucks and a convenient store in the back. in the pg-5 market station/ parking garage there is a dunkin’ donuts, chik-a-fil, papa johns, moe’s, and salad creation. by the dorms there is another convenient store called the breezeway. in the gym there is a restaurant called tropical smoothie café which is one of the healthiest locations.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at fiu is really nice. not only does fiu have dorms but also as apartments. each dorm has a check in desk where all visitors must check in. all the dorms are located in the same area of the campus near the football stadium and gym. some dorms have 4 rooms with a kitchen and bathroom. it feels like you live in your own personal house.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor for fiu all depends upon your major. writing courses and mathematics courses are mainly the same for every major. all the other classes depend on if you are a science major or non science major. the reason many people do not do well is because of the accent of the professor. but all you have to do is choose your classes according to your liking.

    Tips for prospective students

    for prospective students, i recommend that you get involved in anything that you can let it be greek life, clubs, organizations and or philanthropy. as you begin choosing classes make sure to use both rate my professor and myedu.com for your choice in professor would be better. make sure that if you schedule a class after 9:30am you give yourself plenty of time to find parking because the garages get packed really quickly.

    In three sentences

    florida international university is the perfect size- it’s big enough to have a community feel but small enough that it is easy to get involved and make friends. fiu really embraces that it is a new university that keeps on expanding on their modern and eclectic building architecture reflects that. the student body is incredibly diverse and there is a definite celebration of cultural diversity.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is always reliable; security is constantly monitoring the campus and driving around in golf carts in case anyone needs a ride to their car late at night. there are always people around and i have honestly never felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs and activities are a fun way to meet new people, especially if you're new to the school. there is a huge variety of different sorts of clubs, from honors societies to fraternities/sororities to social clubs. these clubs offer many scholarships, if needed, and a chance to get involved in the community in order to help the less fortunate. clubs are a great addition to your resume and i highly recommend them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a kissing bridge located in the center of campus - supposedly, if you kiss a person on this bride, you will be with them for the rest of your life. if you no longer want to be with them, you'll have to knock them over the bridge in order to get them out of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    fiu is a great school because of its professors and the classes being offered. it is especially a good school if you live in miami because you won't have to pay for living or for out-of-state tuition. each credit is approximately $177 which isn't as pricey as other universities and they offer plenty of financial aid, scholarships, and grants if financial need is evident.

    What to do for fun

    living in miami, there is always something fun going on. if you don't want to leave campus, frat and sorority houses are always throwing some sort of party. people living in dorms are known to have get togethers and parties. also, on friday nights, movies are shown in school. if you want to leave campus, there is a wide variety of things to do - miami beach, movie theaters, clubs, parties, bars, etc. and unlike other cities, miami stays open all night.

    Food and Dining

    there is a wide variety of delectable foods available on campus; from moe's mexican grill to chili's to burger king to subway to chick-fil-a to dunkin donuts - you will never get tired of the food being offered. more commonly used by people who live on campus is fresh food buffet which has a different sort of buffet every day (american food days, spanish food days, mexican food days). prices are a few cents over the price outside of campus which is the only downside. also, the lines during lunch-time are unbearable so eat before or after noon!

    Dorm Life

    though i personally have not lived on campus, i have plenty of friends who have done so. the dorms usually have shared bathrooms but it is manageable. you can choose to have a roommate or choose to live by yourself (though it is more expensive). dorms are always brewing some sort of fun activity - usually parties. all sorts of people live in the dorms and it is a great way to meet new people. the rooms are a bit small but livable. living on campus is just a few minutes away from all of your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes usually consist of tests, though some classes have other requirements such as papers, community service, and attendance grades. the actual content of many of the courses is not difficult, it just requires studying. science based classes are the hardest classes to take (but that's true for any university). study hard and your grades will reflect your hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard and try not to deviate from your intended goals; it's very easy to choose partying in frat house over studying but parties won't help you out in the long run. participate in class discussions in order to get noticed by your professors (you'll want to ask them for letters of recommendation later on). take the free, on-site practice gre tests in order to see where you stand. make friends in all your classes so that you can network in the future.

    In three sentences

    florida international university is a commuter university with a wide variety of diverse people. campus is always buzzing with something to do and being active on campus is a great way to meet new people. quality professors but the classes are too big (usually auditorium).

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is amazing. the best choice i have ever made and i recommend it to anyone.

    What to do for fun

    look out for the spc events or go explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    there is a million options of food to eat and its great there is an amazing recreational and fitness facility because if not the freshman 15 would be affecting me right now.

    Dorm Life

    i do not dorm on campus but i've heard it is great.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    have an idea about what you are interested in and explore that a lot more or explore something you thing is fun. go greek and join any type of organization.

    In three sentences

    fiu is a very diverse university with a million of opportunities. it is growing and becoming better every year. fiu has a great campus.

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i'm really excited to go to this school. i had a tour of the campus and learned all about the honors college. i'm really excited the atmosphere is everything that i hoped it would be.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    cops are everywhere on campus. i'm not saying that they're posted on every corner of school but i will say that i see at least two cops every time i'm at fiu.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have this seal on the front floor in one of the main builds and if you step on it you won't graduate on time so everybody walks around the seal.

    What to do for fun

    there are usually events happening in the gc building and the sga usually does stuff too. other than that try joining a club to meet new people. there's also a game room with pool tables and foosball.

    Food and Dining

    i love all the restaurants fiu has to offer and there's even a buffet you can eat too. the only thing that could make it better is if they had a taco bell one campus but there is one across the street from fiu so that'd have to do.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorm but i have friends who do and they love it there.

    Academic Rigor

    some professors there have an accent so its a little difficult to understand them. the work is pretty fair as to what you have to do in order to get an a, but there are so professors who require more work than others so pick your professors wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    pick your classes as early as possible. pick your professors as early as possible.

    In three sentences

    a great school for those who want to better themselves and want to have a better future.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    thanks to the student programming council there is tons of fun stuff to do for free. including free movie nights every friday night!

    Tips for prospective students

    don't underestimate florida international university.

    In three sentences

    i have fallen in love with florida international university. it is an amazing school filled with amazing people and professors. i am so glad to attend such a wonderful institution.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    well balanced party and study people. youre in miami, youre gonna party at some point.

    What to do for fun

    international and dolphin mall are pretty close by, publix and the fair are right next to you and there are restaurants all over:)

    Tips for prospective students

    be open minded, theres a lit going on in miami and you wanna try to get everythingg

    In three sentences

    i live quite near to fiu and have heard amazing things. the faculty and staff is super sweet and i am already making friends even though i havent even started!! i cant wait to start college!!!

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is not of the norm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are not much activities planned throughout the semesters.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that live close to campus and don't mind professors not showing up to class would have a great experience at FIU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the South Campus their is a huge cube, if you spin it in a full rotation it is said that you will pass your finals.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay a lot your education but you get nothing in return except a lot of stress and fustration.

    What to do for fun

    There is nothing fun on campus, everyone pretty much just go to class and then go home or back to their dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is good, there are a variation of restaurant choices on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Plain and full of rules is best to explain the dorm life on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this particular University is rigorous, in order to pass you will have to put in a tremendous amount of hours in studying and teaching yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can offer prospective students is to visit the campus a few times before signing up for enrollment and if possible get permission to set in on a few lectures.

    In three sentences

    The last three years and a half at Florida International University has been a negative experience. The professors have no sense of time and its quite common to sit in class for 35 minutes to an hour wondering if the professor is going to show up. There are many occasions in which class is cancelled but students are not notified until 3 to 4 hours later. The University pushes for you to sign up for more loans as opposed to making more grants and scholarship opportunities available. Overall its best to say that 95 percent of the professor don't care about their positions while the other 5 percents do.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are not many campus police that patrol the campus (an the campus is EXTREMELY large). however, there haven't been any incidents within the past year on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very large here and very involved. you can check it out at http://greeks.fiu.edu/

    Clubs and Activities

    TONS! from environmental, to student gov't, to mathematics, to rugby. you can check out the list of organizations and clubs here: http://cso.fiu.edu/

    Great for these types of students

    Greek-Life oriented or interested In-state students Students interested in a business-major

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have plenty of traditions. if you are preparing for a test, you could always stop by the deux Maison building and spin the giant cube for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers are great the administrative offices, not so much. it balances out though.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a club you can head to the everglades (less than 15 minutes away) you can check out the beaches (a 30 minute drive)

    Food and Dining

    the food is typical campus food. there are tons of options though. you can choose from chili's to subway, from chick-fil-a to salad creations. feeling for a desert? then try the frozen yogurt shop in pg-5

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are great. However, most have a very lenient grading policy and extremely high curves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Engage in at least one activity on campus. If you are from out-of-state, make sure you bring a car! transportation in Miami (and especially the west side of Miami) is extremely inconvenient and not very reliable.

    In three sentences

    The school caters more to in-state students. You get what you pay for. So many opportunities to get involved on campus.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police department on campus. The officers are always visible and patrolling the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Not so expensive except if you take online classes. There's an extra charge.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the Graham center there are always a number of activities going on there. Go to the games, volleyball, baseball etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different food options. From Chili's to Burger King. There are many options. The only downside is they are not open that late so if you take night classes it not so convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Instruction at FIU is academically rigorous, but you finish the courses knowing your information!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely see a counselor! Find out what you want to and need to do first so you do not waste your time taking unnecessary courses!

    In three sentences

    I love the University. I have been attending for a year now, transferred from a community college and never regret transferring. FIU is great!

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I attend campus life events such as athletic games and musicals and attend mettings.

    Food and Dining

    The good at FIU is great. There is a vast variety.

    Dorm Life

    I have yet to live in a dorm, however, I hope I will get the chance to in the upcoming years, in order to live the campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU definetly chanllanges its students to live worlds ahead by providing rigorous classes.

    In three sentences

    I love FIU.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    On campus Dinning restaurant or numerous restaurants around

    Dorm Life

    Do not live on campus but housing buildings are amazing

    Academic Rigor

    Outstanding curriculums

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus organization to get the full FIU experience

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a great institution. Located in the center of the Miami city, with excellent location. It truely welcomes students.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs are close by and they have student recreation areas.

    Food and Dining

    Food is above mediocre and tends to please students.

    Dorm Life

    It's in Miami!

    Academic Rigor

    Can be difficult in science at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard. Getting through this school with accolades makes it up to you in the end.

    In three sentences

    The affordability of the school is great. And professors are usually quite friendly.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    PRetty good. You're not constantly watching your back unless you've got something to worrry about. There are safety shuttles to take you to your car at night too. Just save the # on your cell and call when you need them.

    Greek Life

    I'm NOT into that at all, so can't tell you w/o being biased.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who know where they're going and what they want to do with their lives. Also good for people who want to experience life, and willing to try different things. Good for people who are trying to find themselves.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some trees outside the library that are fun to climb as well as sit under. :)

    What to do for fun

    Party. DON'T do drugs. Hang out with friends. Also, the University itself hosts some pretty fun events too, so those are awesome.

    Food and Dining

    You kind of get tired of the same things all the time. There's a Dunkin' Doughnuts, Papa Johns, Freshens (yogurt place), Moe's, Chick-fil-a, Salad Creations (delicious and healthy!), Subway, Einstien's Bagels, two Starbucks, a Jamba Juice, Burger King, Chili's, Pollo Tropical, and a sprinkling of consetion stands. THere's also the off campus choices, but I'm not gonna go into that.

    Dorm Life

    I'm living at home with my parents, but from what I've heard, not bad at all. BEen there before though. As with all dorms, rooms are pretty small, and similar. It's pretty safe. You need a key to get in the building, get into your common room, and get into your own room. Locked up tight.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your program. Obviously, a major in history will have a different course load from a pre-med.

    Tips for prospective students

    STAY. ON. TASK!

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty good school in all. There is no bad program; all areas of study are proficient. The only thing is, if you want a small school feel, this is DEFINITELY not it. Try Spring Hill College in Alabama.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Miami Police Department is on campus 24/7

    Greek Life

    Present on campus. There are many fraternities and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs on campus. From academic honor societies, to service clubs which closely partner with local and global non-profit organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for students who are open to multiculturalism. As well as students who are looking for a relaxed environment to obtain their education.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, especially in the Miami area, which is known for its night life. FIU is conveniently located on the infamous 8th street, or Calle Ocho. Shopping Malls, Restaurants, and Night Clubs are no more than 5 minutes away. On campus there are always cultural events that one can take part in especially if joining one of the student clubs. South Florida is big on sports, so there are always sporting events on campus. As well as an ocasional concert from a well known celebrity.

    Food and Dining

    FIU has many ways to satisfy ones hunger. From known fast food places like Chick Fil-A to Subway, there is also a dining hall where students can enjoy an array of cuisines in a buffet style setting.

    Dorm Life

    The drom rooms are extremely cozy and are well kept for the most part, Depending upon what one is interested in both financially and personally, upon completion of ones Freshman year there are an array of options to chose from, from studio style dorms to apartment style. One must keep in mind that FIU is a commuter school, meaning that most of the student body does NOT live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is of course depending on the major, course taken, and specific professors. FIU is not extremely rigorous in terms of academic requirements. However, there are some professors that are infamous for being more difficult than the rest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to interacting with individuals from many different cultural backgrounds. Stay on top of the administrative aspects of your education, FIU has a amazing professors but lacks in administrative competence.

    In three sentences

    Depending on the individuals major, FIU can be a great institution. Filled with research opportunities and many resources being located in one of the most international cities FIU offers a multi-cultural experience for students who are not used to Miami's diversity. Arts and Sciences majors recommended.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities happening in school to keep you entertained.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on top of your counselors to get the best out of the school.

    In three sentences

    It's a very good school. Everyone in the staff and faculty is very helpful. They want you to succeed.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are cycling around campus and no one sleeps, so there's always someone watching or seeing where you go.

    Bang for the buck

    Completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Pool, parties, club, hang out, beaches, malls, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There's are wide vary of food selections.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't much to do in your dorm other than the cable TV, wireless and wired internet. RA's are very helpful, fun and supportive.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent, teachers are very helpful and peers are supportive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get distracted by the sunny weather and don't skip class to take part in activities.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is in the center of Miami therefore there are a variety of activities on and off campus.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Affordable University with professional atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    Attend sports games, join clubs, have lunch with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    I love Florida International University. The school has very attentive and great professors who want to see you succeed. Easy to get around and find classes.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not many incidents have occurred, except for a few outlying ones.

    Greek Life

    Only 2 frat houses on campus, for some that's a good thing

    Clubs and Activities

    Good variety of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    International, Business majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the seal in front of GC, it won't let you graduate

    Bang for the buck

    Regular costs for Florida public universities

    What to do for fun

    A few clubs close by, south beach about 20-30 min drive away

    Food and Dining

    Good variety of places to eat

    Dorm Life

    Not too many dorms, but a fun time either way

    Academic Rigor

    As of my 3rd year it is not so bad, because I am currently not taking courses in the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP courses in High School, it will save you a lot of money on classes you won't have to take in college

    In three sentences

    Great school, a lot of diversity, some professor have strong accents, but studying right that won't matter.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Just driving by the city of Miami is simply fun at any time. The nightlife is great and the weather is fantastic.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just start applying in advance and don't leave for the last minute.

    In three sentences

    I like the diversity of the University. I like the fact that is one of the top universities in the state. I like the fact that the university offers many careers to choose from.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun can be found any where in the surrounding miami area.

    Food and Dining

    The schools cafeteria is small and offers a small selection. The university does offer many familiar and healthy franchise options.

    Dorm Life

    I have stayed only in the higher end dorms, which were very comfortable but slightly outdated.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses offered at this University fall short of the university level and land among that of a community college an english course at FIU would stack right below an honors high school class.

    Tips for prospective students

    The application process is simple and does not have heavy requirements. Apply for an affordable back-up school.

    In three sentences

    The University, while on a large plot of land, feels very small and confined. The University has students of all walks of life and from many different nations.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS building is always crawling with STUDENTS. ALMOST more than half of the campus passes through these halls.

    What to do for fun

    Besides study!!!!! Activities always going on around campus...whether football, baseball, soccer, or basketball tournament.

    Food and Dining

    Food choices are very negotiable. Healthy choices and when craving fat...theres always that option as well!

    Dorm Life

    Only lived the dorm life for one semester and could say that i enjoyed just getting up to go straight to class without using my car. Gas prices are a killer!

    Academic Rigor

    Its school! Attend class! GET GOOD GRADES! GPA wont suffer!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to walk everywhere. Great professors and more buildings are going up. School will only get better from here on.

    In three sentences

    So much diversity. Its crazy! Great professors who are willing to help no matter what situation you are in. Big school. Great ATMOSPHERE! High school was fun but FIU makes college a whole new experience of college life!

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always driving around making sure everything is going great.

    Greek Life

    They always have signs up promoting their Fraternity/Sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students are welcomed here. The school has many international students as well as local students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a cube that you spin 1 hour before you take a test. During finals week the cube never stops spinning.

    Bang for the buck

    It's cheap and you get way more than what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    There are posters everywhere telling you what is upcoming.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of good places to eat. The places that allow you to eat with the meal plan is not so good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is exciting. Their is always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    They have challenging classes for those who want a challenge and the easy classes that just need the class to complete their UCC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you walk through GC and see what are the events coming up.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are very helpful. The students are widely diverse. The campus life is exciting.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always police officers on sight. They are usually walking around campus or parked in the parking lots.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big in FIU. Many of the fraternities and sororities hang out in the Graham Center, which is like the center of FIU. They host many activities throughout the week.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for students that are dedicated and have enough time to put in work. It is a very fun school, but the academics are taken very seriously.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU definitely has many great things to offer, from academics to the social aspect. The advisors are the best and can help you get through anything. Many people are always willing to help, you just have to ask.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities that students can partake in the Graham Center. They usually have competitions throughout the day and dance shows that people can watch.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. They have many local restaurants right on campus for your convenience. All restaurants are within walking distance. There Chilis is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very rigorous. Sometimes it becomes too much to handle but there are many tutoring and help centers that will take the time to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you spend lots of time studying. Studying is such an important factor if you want to succeed at FIU.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a wonderful school. Teachers push you to limits you never you had and the help centers are the best. The campus life is exceptional and everyone is very welcoming.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When late nights of studying in the library come about, campus safety is always waiting at the exit of the library to transport you to your car or dorm.

    Greek Life

    Tons of fraternities and sororities and not just the traditional kind! A multitude of different academic fraternities to help you integrate with your student body and further your ideas and networking abilities within your career path!

    Clubs and Activities

    A great variety of clubs and activities, from study and major oriented to hobby based. Get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for any kind of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never step on the FIU emblems located on the floor in the entry way to campus via the Gold and Blue Parking garages; it is considered bad luck. Keep your eyes open for the annual Walk Across Water architecture student project; really quite humorous!

    Bang for the buck

    Find your bang for the buck by going to restaurants near by. FIU Main Campus is surrounded by great little holes in the walls, reachable by car, bike, or foot. Also, don't bother getting a gym membership; the FIU gym is great and included in your tuition!

    What to do for fun

    The beach is never too far, but if you need to stay on campus be near the GC Pit. You will always find some sort of entertainment activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    Great options all over campus. From healthy and delicious to all around guilty pleasures! I personally enjoyed Moe's and Pollo Tropical the most.

    Dorm Life

    According to friends that have lived both in dorms and outside of dorms; dorm life never had a dull moment!

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on what kind of student you are. Some classes you need to go to, sit, and listen; while others you can read the book and pay attention to the powerpoint presentations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you save your prospective classes in your planner. This way when your enrollment date comes around you can immediately see if the classes are still open and more rapidly register. Try to be as organized as possible and keep record of all your transactions with the school; this way you avoid any complications or running around in circles trying to get things done by a deadline.

    In three sentences

    FIU was a truly great experience, ranging from a beautiful campus and lively city to an amazing ability to infiltrate knowledge and action. Eccentric characters may be found all through campus; not just in the student body, but faculty and staff as well. I am thrilled to be considered an FIU Alumni!

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of different clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who might not be geniuses but want a real college experience and want to graduate with at least a bachelors

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on and you can always go to the gym or pool and have fun there

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know because I don't live there

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor wise is what I was expecting college to be, not too hard but more involved. Unlike Miami-Dade College, which was a total joke and any person could pass a class with their eyes closed

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the chance or money to attend to a better college by all means do so, but if you are broke don't be afraid to go to FIU, you'll have fun.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University might not have the best professors. Furthermore it lacks the big name and fame of other Universities. However it makes me feel comfortable and attending to this University is enjoyable.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to eat on campus. There is Pollo Tropical, Burger King, Chilis, Starbucks, Chick Fil A, Papa Johns, etc. There is a little of everything for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    There is always an event in the lunges. The noise level is good, meaning you will get sleep.

    Academic Rigor

    Study or Fail. Take very good notes, some professors hardly use the books and gives test on just notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS carry an umbrella. NEVER miss lecture, you just might skip the day the professor gives and extra credit assignment. Find a good study buddy.

    In three sentences

    This school has everything to offer and professors waiting eagerly to teach. The campus life is always exciting and there is always great giveaways. The people you meet and the connections you make gives the whole college experience a nicer touch.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very active at F.I.U.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this spinning art-piece next to the Deuxieme Maison (DM) building that is said to being you good luck on your exams if you spin it before.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations and clubs that you can join and there's always something happening on campus. There's also the recreational facilities (soccer field, basketball court, pool, etc)

    Food and Dining

    On-campus food and dining is better at the South Campus than at the North Campus, because South is bigger and it has a wider variety. However the food and dining surrounding the campus is pretty good and quite close to the school.

    Dorm Life

    Overall I will give it 4 out of 5. But depending on where you go, it can range from 3-5.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to say that the classes are super hard because college is meant to prepare you for the real world so work is expected. It's doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. Leave with a panther imprint on it. You will meet a lot of great people and learn a lot of new things at F.I.U. Just be open-minded and ready to face it all and you'll be fine. Use the facilities. The library is really good. Get to know your professors. You'll survive.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a very proud school; Panther Pride reigns. It is a very diverse school, and you mean people from all walks of life there. F.I.U. will greatly influence your life, and it's up to you to make that influence a positive one.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of intramural sports where you can meet people. They have a great acting program where the students go around campus and practice and shoot scenes.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing, open to new things and meeting new people, and people who love Miami!

    Food and Dining

    The food at FIU is great. When I visited, I seen a Chick-fil-a, a Subway, Chilli's, Burger King, Chinese Restaurants, and an all you can eat buffet that has healthy choices such as salads and soups.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. They have co-ed dorms which makes it fun and easier for people to meet. They also have apartment style dorms just in case you are the type of person who doesn't like to share showers with a lot of people. The Dorms are located close to the classes so it's not a far walk, and you are also allowed to have a car their as a freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU's academic rigor is pretty competitive, it's not as big as University of Florida but it's not that easy to get into. It holds alot of Academies and holds one of the nicest Court Rooms I have seen.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to FIU, make sure that you are open to different cultures because it is an Internationally school. Also make sure to be active and to visit the Library because it is one of the tallest study halls with seven levels.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a fun place to be especially since it is in Miami, Florida. You have a whole bunch of new exciting adventures waiting for you as soon as you walk on campus. It's also a big chance to meet foreign indiviuals and is helpful for you to learn the world around you.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Party students Foreign exchange students Diverse students Students who like to travel abroad

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Blue Bridge: if you kiss your significant other on the bridge then you will be together with them forever. The FIU emblem in front of the Graham Center: if you stand on it you will not graduate on time. The Cube: spin the cube before a test to do well.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities each week such as concerts, comedy shows, and parties along with different activities to win prizes in the PIT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have an idea of what you will major in. Make sure you speak with an academic adviser before choosing classes.

    In three sentences

    FIU is extremely diverse, educational and fun. They professors come from around the world to educate the students. Overall a great school.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The most that has happened at this university is a drill..

    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs, to join they are always promoting them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the spinning of a cube that is said to bring good luck if you spin before a big test.

    Bang for the buck

    Much cheaper than other public universities.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can always find posters for events happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Many many delicious fast food restaurants, coffee joints, e.t.c to keep you satisfied

    Dorm Life

    Dont live in one. But i stayed in one for orientation and it was nice and cozy, your typical dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are easy, interesting and entertaining. Math though is an entire different story... You will find a couple of really good math professors but other than that math professors in this university and barely understandable

    Tips for prospective students

    Study study study..

    In three sentences

    The Campus is very well kept and everyone including most Professors and staff are friendly. One of the cheapest public universities.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of Police officers and they respond quickly but there are a lack of security cameras in many lots, especially the housing lots. There are problems of carjackings and such during the Dade County Youth Fair because many strangers are roaming the campus at a variety of hours.

    What to do for fun

    Everything is off campus. If you are not 21 you will not be able to get into clubs on South Beach, especially if you are a guy. You can try some places in Downtown Miami or Coconut Grove on certain nights but unless you are a girl or know promoters be ready to pay a decent amount for cover. Oleta River State Park is a nice place for kayaking and canoeing near the Biscayne Bay Campus. Another nice outdoor spot is Vizcaya Gardens near Coco Walk.

    Food and Dining

    There are good options for food but I gave 2 stars because they are not open at appropriate hours for students living on campus. They close early on Saturdays and are all closed on Sundays except for two locations that have sub par food.

    Dorm Life

    There is little to no on-campus community due to everything closing early and the amount of students that live near the school. Hardly any money goes toward RHA to put on events for housing students because FIU is geared for commuters. Those who are forced to live on campus should have a car because they will not be able to get around at all or find things to do without leaving campus. Most people keep to themselves and will only stick with fraternities and sororities. Not a very friendly campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Once you start classes in your major they become very difficult especially in any health program. For example the ZOO 3731 anatomy class is only taught by one professor who is extremely obnoxious and states on the first day that he teaches the class at the 5000 level and will weed people out. Meaning he makes it more difficult than necessary in order to fail students. Take your classes seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use rate my professor and do not take classes lightly your first year because most UCC classes are forced to only have a specific amount of A's, B's, and C's. If your papers are not exceptional then the teacher may have to grade you lower than they would otherwise. The math classes, especially college algebra, have very high fail rates and you must work very hard to get a good grade. A lot of programs will not accept you into their majors if you receive lower than a C in their prerequisites, i.e. Nursing.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a good school for commuters that live near or in the South Miami area. The school does not care about it's on-campus students and has overpriced housing costs. There are few teachers that care about teaching; most are solely there to weed out students and make them retake classes or get kicked out of their majors.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to commute, do so with other people because parking is ridiculously difficult to find. Eat at home or outside of campus, food is too expensive and not worth the price. Make appointments whenever you need to see an adviser with time in advance, in the morning. Buy textbooks outside of school, the school bookstore charges way too much and buys them back for way too cheap.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a pretty good school when it comes to student life and all that jazz. However, the class sizes are TOO big, there isn't enough parking for the amount of students this school enrolls, the professors don't help out as much as they can, and then advising center is ridiculous. They don't care about how many students are waiting to see them in the waiting room, they will take their sweet time to talk call you in and they take the longest lunch breaks.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security everywhere, even at 12 am you will feel safe plus there is always students around no matter at what time of day.

    Greek Life

    They are always doing something to get people involved and to help for our community.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student, they have online classes and very flexible times.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions...like spinning the cube before a test

    Bang for the buck

    Good affordable school.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym and enjoy all the events the school offers, specially the concerts!!!

    Food and Dining

    They have pretty good options, chills, subway, pollo tropical and much more.. the only negative is that they close early so if you have to go to school at night take a snack!

    Dorm Life

    No experience

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently majoring in Biology and I would say my classes so far have been pretty challenging but I have definitely learned a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn time management Don't try to take too many classes if you're working full time Slow and steady wins the race...if you have to

    In three sentences

    Good affordable school. Definitely international, you will meet people from all over the world. It could be a great experience if you know everything it has to offer.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a police force that is available 24 hours along with desk assistants in the dorms that are available 24 hours along with safety trams so students can travel through campus safely at night.

    Greek Life

    Amazing. I am going on my third year of being in a sorority and it was the best choice of my life. The organizations have such variety that you'll find where you belong in no time and the fact that the Greek community only makes up a small percentage of the student populations makes us a stronger community as a whole.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a monument called The Cube in front of one of our buildings and it looks like a tilted all black Rubik Cube which you are able to spin. Its said that if you spin the cube 3 times right before a test you'll pass, and during finals week there is usually a line of students waiting to spin the cube.

    Bang for the buck

    It is affordable and still gives you so much for what your paying.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends in school or I go out to the beach or to downtown. There are also several malls nearby.

    Food and Dining

    It has a lot of options and during finals week they give out free food in certain locations.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was amazing for me the only downside is that I lost focus in my school work, but if you can stay focused then it is really an amazing experience.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work hard but its is completely up to you to pass a class. You just have to figure out how the professor teaches and how you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and if this school fits you then go for it, If it doesn't fit you still go for it since I thought it was not the school for me until I gave FIU a chance. You have to put in your all and you'll get out of it so much more than you ever thought you could.

    In three sentences

    The best choice and experience in my life. The Miami atmosphere provides a wide range of options and environments to partake in. While the small school provides a home like environment with many individual opportunities which would not be available in larger schools.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A good deal of options

    In three sentences

    Eclectic, accepting, nurturing

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very popular. Student involved in Greek life enjoy the campus experience even more. They show up to football games together wearing their letters. Seems to be very enjoyable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    What to do for fun

    There are always event going on both on and off-campus. When you are more involved with activities then you will hear more about what's going on. Everything is always reasonable price.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection.

    Dorm Life

    I have an apartment off-campus, so I can't give that great of an option on the dorm life. However, many students are commuters. It is becoming more popular for students to live on campus, and many students enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    Many professors that I have taken so far are very helpful and answer emails in a very timely manner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with on campus activities your first semester to make your college experience more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    The campus in continuing to expand and the financial aid office is very timely. A negative about this school is that there is no school spirit, which is important for a public university. Since it is a public institution, it depends on outside support, such as donations and alumni support, which is an area that FIU is lacking on.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police and security are always evident on campus and they are very friendly and approachable. We have call boxes all over and the phone alert system to let students know immediately when there are emergencies on campus. We also have the safety trams that work at night to shuttle students around in the dark.

    Greek Life

    Great range of social, multicultural, and academic fraternities and sororities that are very evident around campus because they are always putting on events/raising money for philanthropy, etc. However, there are only two houses on campus, both belonging to social fraternities, other than that, Greek life is not housed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is such a wide variety of clubs and organizations to join, some even take trips, like Alternative Breaks where you can volunteer around the world and it is very rewarding.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have three main traditions on campus: first is the Kissing Bridge which is a bridge that if you stand on it with your significant other and kiss you are supposed to be together forever. Second is The Cube which is an art piece that is rotatable. It is spun during midterms and finals after you study and it is supposed to give you good luck. Third is to not step on the seal embedded in the floor at the entrance of our student union building; if you step on it you will not graduate on time.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is known to be one of the cheapest public universities in Florida and it definitely is affordable, besides the wide range of financial aid you can receive.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of ways to get involved on campus, from Greek life to SGA. There are always events and giveaways around campus, and even performances from our theatre and music students.

    Food and Dining

    We have a good cafeteria with a pretty good range of meal-plans to choose from. The other selections on campus are wonderful: we have everything from a Burger King to Sushi Maki and Chili's.

    Dorm Life

    FIU has beautiful, spacious dorms with excellent RAs. I found it was a real home and that I was comfortable with the community made there. I also was excited to join all the programs set up for residents; some academic-oriented, some just for fun. They also just started construction on an entirely new building.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes you have to really work for an average grade and set out extra study time, but professors here are very understanding and accessible. It isn't an Ivy-league school but it is still a serious university that calculates GPA fairly like any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not care for a lot of construction, then maybe FIU is not for you right now as it is in a major development process. However, if you like high energy and a beautiful campus, then you definitely get that at FIU. Also, if you plan on commuting, take early classes so you can get there before the rush: getting to school at 10am or later means you will more than likely have trouble finding parking.

    In three sentences

    An intriguing, diverse, and understanding culture setting that is making many improvements at the moment to make sure every degree holds more value. FIU has so much energy and there is always something to do every minute of the day. It is great at facilitating involvement around campus and in the community as well as providing excellent job and internship opportunities.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety needs a lot of help. I don't feel very safe on campus. A woman who was very disoriented was able to walk on campus, into a building, and disturbed a rehearsal I was in once. Furthermore, there are a great deal of thefts which occur as well.

    Greek Life

    The great life is SUPER active. However, the NPHC greeks are not very active on the campus at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although the clubs and activities are abundant, there are major conflict between each organization. The don't all work together as a unit. Then again, because of their money pressures, they are not being influenced to do so either.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like the outdoors, the Biscayne Bay Campus ropes and Kayaking course is definitely for you. Scaling walls 30 ft high, and going on a scavenger hunt through the mangroves!!! AWESOME!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The famous kissing bridge is located next to the Ryder business building. You can't miss it! It is light blue and crosses over a lake filled with turtles, ducks, and fish.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of bang for your buck. Free concerts, free planners, free t-shirts, free shoes, free pens, free....I could go on for at least two paragraphs.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is to attend events thrown by the many councils at FIU. The Student Programming Council, the Black Student Union..they are all great events!

    Food and Dining

    Awesome choices overall. Fast food restaurants and a pretty healthy cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life if really great. The only issue is the lack of maintenance for the A/C system. It is never cleaned and causes people to get sick.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is pretty difficult if you let it become so. Trying to juggle academics and involvement is really the most difficult part. It can cost you your scholarships if you don't do it right.

    Tips for prospective students

    To future panthers, don't get caught up in working a job...even if it is on campus if you do not need it. Try to focus as much as you can on your studies.

    In three sentences

    FIU has an great assortment of programs to fit every student's interest. Most of the professors are very helpful, and the campus life is always stimulating. I rate FIU a 7 out of 10.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things students could do for fun. There is the Game Room which allows the students to play on the Wii or Xbox 360, billiards, table tennis, and a lot of board games. There are movies for FIU students every Friday which are free admission.

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus food choices at FIU really aren't the best. It is mostly fast food. On the upside, there are a lot of places near FIU you could drive to and get a decent meal and most of them offer a student discount. If you plan on being on-campus only then Fresh Foods would be the best choice although it gets boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dormitory choices and after freshman year the students can choose which housing they want to live in. The cheaper ones are more restrictive and don't have a stove so you have to get a meal plan. The more expensive ones are more like living in a rented apartment, no monitoring except just before you move out and come with almost all the amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor that is you have for the class. Some professors will beat every single subject to death, but will have the harder quizzes and tests. Other professors are pretty lax and you only need a vague understanding of the subject to pass. The integrity code at the school is enforced, meaning cheating and plagiarizing are treated with severely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid over-loading your schedule unless you intend on burning out early. Ask about the professors from current students or check them out online. Try to get a break between classes in order to have some study time and time to get to the class without having to run.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a good university although for some majors class times can be hectic. There are a lot of clubs and activities available for the students, and if there isn't one then a new club could be made. There are plenty of places to study and to kick back and relax.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    FIU is an exceptional school with a very welcoming environment. They have the tools to assist students with whatever they need. They offer a wide range of classes with excellent professors.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I love the fact that the police always roams around the school just to make sure that everyone is safe. It's great to know that we have a great police department that is always looking out for the guest, students, and faculty members.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the FIU seal that is placed in front of the entranced of the Graham Center because if you do you will not do well in your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    There are always student discounts for students at the bookstore and food court. Also, the gym is free for students who are currently enrolled for fall, spring, and summer.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do for fun at FIU. You can go to the gym and partake in the yoga, hip hop aerobic, and Pilate's classes. Also every Wednesday the school has different type of fun games you can play at the student center. You can also meet sororities and fraternities at the Graham Student Center and dance to the Music and meet students from different cultures.

    Food and Dining

    I love the different variety of restaurants that the school offers. The fact that the school offers healthy food options rather than greasy fast food is amazing. The taste of the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived on dorm but, i heard its a great experience and life changing. Apply early in order to be considered for next year dorm selection. I give the dorms 5 stars for how beautiful and quite it is and how nice the employees are when help is needed as far as questions about applying for the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult depending on the level of the classes. As far as the professors teaching techniques I would give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5. If you study and do your class outlines you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your program adviser's. Make sure you get involved because FIU has a lot to offer. Focus on studying and do not overload yourself with classes the first semester.

    In three sentences

    FIU is diverse, beautiful, and cultural. It embraces all types of nationalities and open doors to a whole new environment. The college experience from FIU in incredible.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs to pick from and if you can't find something that fits you, you can start your own club

    Bang for the buck

    I am from out of state so it is pretty expensive but for in state students it is reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    On the BBC campus the beach is 3 miles away and you are only 20 minutes from downtown Miami and 30 minutes from south beach.

    Food and Dining

    On the main campus there are tons of food options but on the BBC campus choices are extremely limited.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on the BBC campus and it's more geared towards students who want more of an independent apartment style living.

    Academic Rigor

    Your schedule is as rigorous as you make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    My word of advice is to sign up for classes early, get to know your professors, and play as hard as you work.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great university. It has many majors to choose from and offers a great fit for all types of students. I would recommend anyone to consider this university.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Can be quite annoying

    Clubs and Activities

    VARIETY!

    Great for these types of students

    Lazy students that want to get a degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not stepping on the seal outside of GC or its bad luck and spinning the cube outside the PC building for good luck on tests.

    Bang for the buck

    Not worth what you pay for it

    What to do for fun

    Attend plays, football games, FrostArt Museum, and several other events sponsored by the university such as concerts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety, quite pricey.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are unnecessarily difficult, and others are not challenging at all. Mostly fall into a feasible category.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself to fight for your rights.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion, overall the campus is very poorly run. There is a lack of uniformity among curriculum from the same courses. Lastly, everything is pure politics, nothing is really earned on merit.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus. There are police patrolling all the time. Never felt scared walking around campus.

    Greek Life

    I've never been in it hit try have many opportunities if you'd like to join. They have a wide selection.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many opportunities to get involved and be part of a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Good hardworking student that's also what a social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PG5 has the best parking and the restaurants there are good too. It's a two in one!

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are pricey but the education is worth it!!

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly things going on around campus. After all this is Miami so if all else fails there's always the beach!

    Food and Dining

    They have a ton of great restaurants to chose from. The places are also good quality!

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus but I hear it's pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm taking upper division classes and you really have to give it your all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Make the best of all your resources and don't be shy to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The school isn't as bad as its made out to be. Great professors and they are very helpful. There is a ton of campus life if you're interested.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is the FIU Police who patrol the campus regularly and we all were given their number on the day of orientation. They make the campus feel safe and comfortable.

    Greek Life

    Divine Nine, which consists of the dominantly Black sororities and fraternities. And also the very different and unique sororities/fraternities within the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternities, Sororities, Campus Life, Homecoming Committee, Athletes, Peer Advisers, Resident Advisers, working students, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Half and half students, is what I call them. They know how to get their work done and afterwards they want to go out and have a little fun with their friends. Work first, play later... but make time for both!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a kissing bridge that has an old wise tail behind it. All couples should go there... It has a lake with huge fish and turtles in there. There are also ducks all around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying money for school, so act like you want to be there because most teachers will tell you quick, If you're not going to pay attention, don't come. Simple as that! And definitely get involved around campus because it's a big school and there is SOMETHING for you to do!

    What to do for fun

    There are football games/sports, fraternity and sorority charity events, welcome week where there was a comedy show (Wayne's Brothers), a sorority competition, and many fun gatherings. Pool parties and South Beach to just hang out with friends. The Calle Ocho festival is a few blocks away from our school and the mall is around the corner. We've hosted the fair & expo so that was fun and a charity basketball game with some famous basketball players and Kevin Hart... There is lots to do!

    Food and Dining

    There are many different restaurants on campus and everything is approx. 5-7 min. away. Chili's, Chic-fil-a, Subway, Moe's, Dominoes, Dunkin Donuts, Pollo Tropical, etc. are all on the Modesto Maidique Campus. There is a Five Guys across the street, along with a Little Caesars, Chinese Buffet, Wendy's and Publix so it's awesome.

    Dorm Life

    I've only lived in one dorm so far and it was pretty good! I had a roommate and we had two more suite mates. All was good and we got along but because we were freshman, we didn't have a kitchen.

    Academic Rigor

    The library is always open! During finals week, it is available 24 hours. There is a Starbucks inside and there are quiet floors for individual studying, along with the second floor, made for group studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to ratemyprofessor.com in order to get the best teachers because most math teachers speak horrible English. Find out what teachers are good and who to avoid as much as possible. Also when dealing with financial aid, housing, and other important areas, STAY ON TOP of your needs!

    In three sentences

    I rate Florida International University a 9/10! The school is a very diverse, welcoming, and community based. There is plenty to do for the students, whether on campus or off.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe I have never had a bad experience. Police are always around and school offers escorting students at night to their car.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school offers many clubs and have a lot of activities throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student will have a great experience here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At FIU you can find different cultures this is what makes FIU a great place.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall this school has many amenities to offer and many resources to help students' success.

    Food and Dining

    The Engineering Center does not have a variety of dining places. But the main campus have a lot of choices like Subway, Einstein Bagels, Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Papa Johns, Chick Fil A, Salad Creations, and many more. They have improved this area alot since I first started here.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Unfortunately, Industrial Engineering was closed due to budget. Overall Engineering has challenging programs. In my opinion after having learned from my own mistakes, it is not how hard the professor is but is how strong are you to achieve your goals. Like any other schools, you can find good and bad professors but you can also find many people that are willing to help. Engineering is not easy, but you must remain strong and dedicated and will reach your goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best advice for prospective students will be to get involved in all the clubs as soon as you become a student at FIU. Advisors are always willing to help, so get in touch with your major advisor. Register early for your classes as many may know the budget has affected the class schedules. Overall great experience and always seek help from professors and tutors.

    In three sentences

    FIU has been improving for the past years I have had the opportunity to be a student here. Just like any other school, the university wants to be recognized nationally and globally and many majors have achieved this goal. Great environment and many helpful people here.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club or extracurricular activity.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food and dining choices.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but they seem very nice and comfortable

    Academic Rigor

    You need to keep up with your studies and maintain a good GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with a councelor.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university that offers numerous majors and study abroad opportunities. It is very diverse and full of great helpful faculty and students. The campus is very nice and offers many activities.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a campus police department always on call. There are also shuttles available across the campus that run into the night. If you ever feel unsafe you can also call campus police for an escort late at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the tradition of spinning a big cube sculpture in front of the DM building for good luck during finals.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is a good deal for commuter students in comparison to other Florida universities.

    What to do for fun

    There is a big gym on campus open for all students, and a pool, basketball court, baseball fields, and soccer fields where students can have fun. There are also movie nights and special events during finals.

    Food and Dining

    There are excelent food options all over campus. You can find anything you can think of to eat from pizza to sushi to smoothies to the Fresh Foods buffet. The only downside is how expensive it can be to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and safe, but living on campus can be very expensive. The upside is that you get more of a community feel with the other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on the major that you choose. Some programs will take longer than others to complete. In science majors you will be well prepared with rigorous yet interesting classes and labs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and organizations to feel more involved!

    In three sentences

    FIU is a big campus located in a big bustling city, where there are opportunities to do anything you can think of. The professors have their students in mind, the staff is there to help, and the students are very diverse. It is a place to grow and learn.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No issue with any campus safety...At least so far

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to look into and if there isn't a club you can ask to start one.

    Bang for the buck

    Its not cheap but its not as expensive as other universities. The charges that they make are for services on campus, so take advantage of these services. Services include the clinic to get check-ups and treatments, the gym (which is really great), any sport venues, they have movie nights, they provide spa which I also think is included, museum visits, even tutoring in any subject, and more. If you take advantage of these services along with the events it really is worth it. You get a lot out everything included in tuition. One more thing, books are expensive so i recommended getting them somewhere else.

    What to do for fun

    They have events going on all year. You can get a calendar where it shows all the concerts, music events, movie nights, etc. happening around campus for that semester. Plenty of sports venues to attend, which are always a lot of fun. For video gamers there is a Game Stop and an arcade on campus.

    Food and Dining

    You definitely have a wide variety of choices on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically if you study hard and focus you'll past the classes no problem. I think the most difficult classes are the science class such as biology and chemistry. The teachers in these department take it seriously but many of them are helpful. If your good in this subject you'll have no problem. In general, it all really depends on the teacher you get and the amount of dedication you have to the class. Some teachers can be difficult while others are more laid back. Doing every assignment and extra credit makes a difference in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the process of settling down in FIU. Always attend lectures no matter what class it may be, it will help you. Be aware of the Financial aid department...its a little messy. Make sure to balance your personal, study, and work life. Other than that enjoy it because it really great.

    In three sentences

    There is no doubt that FIU is a very diverse school, lots of different cultures. The main campus is great, and the people are nice. Its a good school to attend.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No doubt about this Campus, Safety the First Priority

    Greek Life

    National Multicultural Greek

    Clubs and Activities

    Panther, Football

    Great for these types of students

    Yes, full of fun,lovely and condusive

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Miami Bay

    Bang for the buck

    Student Support Center

    What to do for fun

    Sports, Vacations, and clubs

    Food and Dining

    Less expensive, occasional free food for student, clean and safe.

    Dorm Life

    Life is full of Treasures, get to know someone important to you.

    Academic Rigor

    Standard and Competitive

    Tips for prospective students

    Dynamic University For All Students, Never Miss Your Chance in Life.

    In three sentences

    Worlds Ahead Community

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Having their own police department helps make the campus a much safer environment.

    Greek Life

    I was never interested in greek life, but FIU has many sororities and fraternities for those inquiring.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various activities throughout the campus for students of all types.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU's diversity makes it a great choice for students of any age and ethnicity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I thoroughly enjoy the student life when spending time in GC. Traditions, such as spinning the black cube before finals, adds character to a growing university.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a better alternative than most private university tuitions.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of athletic fields/courts and a state of the art gym to help promote health and wellness. Architecture and landscape make the campus very appealing to the senses.

    Food and Dining

    Provides variety for students. FIU should strive to promote healthy diets on campus by offering more health conscious alternatives.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot comment towards dorm life as I am a Miami resident. Campus dorms seem to facilitate college students transferring from different locations.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU promotes excellence from their students, keeping par with more prestigious universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to focus on your studies and make the best of the opportunity to attend a university on the verge of greatness.

    In three sentences

    FIU fully embraces that it is a new university, demonstrated by modern and ecclectic building architecture. The student body is incredibly diverse and there is a definite celebration of cultural diversity. Academic programs cater to almost every professional field.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    not the best food ever, but definitely better than others!

    Dorm Life

    There are a couple of problems with roommates, but every school does have the trouble makers.

    Academic Rigor

    Its a little harder than some, but it keeps you on your toes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep trying if at first you don't succeed!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to start out in. The teachers are really good and the classes are challenging so it will keep your interest.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU is constantly patrolled by security gaurds and safety trams. The university provides trams that take you from end to end of the enormous campus. It also has a pick up program, where the student can phone the office and request to be picked up in case its too dark or the weather is too wet to walk in.

    Clubs and Activities

    FIU is growing to be one of the top universities in Florida with its student participation in various clubs and extra-curricular activity programs. We are proud to be home of the biggest Peer Leading Teaching Learning program in the National. Just recently PLTL was nominated at a seminar in New York City for having the most participated student organization in the national.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is the place for athletes. Even if you've retired and decide to come out of retirement once in a while, the university has a huge intramural program for almost all sports. The intramural programs run for about 12 weeks and include championship matches with medals and t-shirts for the championship winners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main building GC is always rocking with some awesome activities. All clubs and organizations gather here to attract students to participate in upcoming fundraisers as well as exhibiting what they have to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Through today's technology FIU has offered to their students a text program letting them know about daily deals and steal throughout the campus.

    What to do for fun

    If your the outgoing type, FIU is a great place to be especially because its right in the heart of Miami; the place where it's summer almost all year round! Students at FIU can do almost any recreational activities known to man. From archery to beach volleyball, soccer and running there are tons of clubs and students that are into whatever hobby your into. Everything is close so no need to worry about catching a ride or missing the tram to meet your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Here at FIU you'll never go hungry! FIU is constantly expanding its dining selection giving students a variety of choices to choose from. They also hire staff that is extremely efficient so you'll never be late to class because your order took to long to process.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at FIU has to be one of the most amazing experiences. FIU takes the extra step into making sure you are dorming with the perfect room mate to ensure your extra curricular time is spent with a student who is on the same page as you.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty at FIU demands a lot of critical thinking from its students. While some professors prefer the basic PowerPoint and come to class method of teaching, other teachers challenge the students to think beyond the material in front of them. These professors prepare students for the real world by engaging students to apply the material they are learning into every day scenarios.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be very familiar with computer software. While FIU provides the ultimate opportunities for success, many of the extra learning utilities are online. I would highly recommend prospective students to take advantage of all the webinars and orientations the school provides to give you the heads up on what your future classes will be like.

    In three sentences

    FIU has come a long way to give students the highest quality of education. The teachers and staff do an amazing job of being at your disposal and making you feel right at home. FIU is just a great school to be at and I am proud to be a panther!

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is even a police station in the university.

    Greek Life

    Many Greek clubs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There so many to choose from: sports clubs, honor societies, fraternities, sororities, etc,

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a kissing bridge, where supposedly if you have your first kiss with your significant other on it, then you're going to stay together.

    Bang for the buck

    It isn't as expensive as most schools, but it's still a great university.

    What to do for fun

    There is a pool, a gym, parties, many events,

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food, and relatively cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful rooms and views.

    Academic Rigor

    It is rigorous only if you don't study and pay attention in class. But if you do what you're supposed to, then it wont be very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIU is a very nice school, it has everything you need from classes, to food, to atmosphere. Don't be intimidated when first attending this university because there's nothing to be scared of, instead there should be a lot to be excited about.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a very well organized school. It isn't only beautiful in infrastructure, but it provides many options for students with diverse interests. FIU's faculty and staff are also very amiable and helpful especially when trying to search for classes.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety was great! Basically an on-site Police Station with detailed security.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshman Tradition- for first semester there do not walk off the pathways. Considered bad luck!

    What to do for fun

    Near Great Beaches, malls and many other attractions held there annually.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than any other college i visited. Definitely will eat there before McDonalds.

    Dorm Life

    Although i did not get to see the dorms or live the life style, my friends who currently attend there loves it. Very private, spacey, and state of the art.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs they offer are great. Especially Child Care and Special Services which i will be majoring in.

    Tips for prospective students

    A must visit school before you decide on attending anywhere.

    In three sentences

    FIU was an exciting adventure for my friends and i. We love the tons of programs that are offered. Its an pleasure to become apart of this Alumni.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At FIU, there are a couple of unusual traditions that call attention. There are specifically three major special ones. The first one, on a short bridge that leads over a small campus lake, a couple once had their first kiss. This couple eventually got married as some couples do. But someone once pointed out that, at a certain angle, the lake was shaped like a heart and that it was the magic of the lake that cemented the couples relationship. Naturally, it became a campus tradition for couples to kiss on this bridge. However, the only way to break the 'spell' was to shove your significant other into the lake, and to this day, we see boys being thrown over the side of the bridge. Second, FIU has many architectural art sculptures around the campus. There is a large cube stood on its corner, and it is on an axis so it is allowed to spin. The campus tradition is to spin it before a text or exam and you will always pass. The catch? You must study. And lastly, inlaid on the floor of the entryway to a major metropolitan building is the prestigious seal of the university. The stories say that if you step on the seal, you won't graduate on time. In order to break the seal, the tradition calls for the person to walk around it backwards three times. Yes, we still see that today.

    What to do for fun

    There are a million things to do at FIU. The students at this institution are incredibly involved with every aspect of student life. Campus life has a motto: Live the Life. The whole school prides itself on it's inter-community involvement, arranging concerts and comedy shows, movie nights, building school pride through week-long homecoming events, hosting fundraisers, participating in national events. There's always something going on for someone and there's never a group left out.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is an amazing adventure. There are many different locations to dine at many hours of the day. They all vary in taste, pun intended, and they're scattered around the whole campus, making it convenient to dine on campus as there's always a restaurant at least three minutes commute from any building on campus. FIU also offers resourceful meal passes to cut individual spending on dining for every student.

    Dorm Life

    During freshmen orientation, it is mandatory for all students attending to stay overnight. Students were housed in one of the many residence halls and were comfortably accommodated with up to three other roommates to a suite.

    Academic Rigor

    In order to prepare their students for university life, the students are thoroughly educated in their academic responsibilities. While still keeping a professional appeal, academia is stressed to make sure every student knows their track.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming in for meetings, appointments, presentations, bring anything you find relevant. It's always best to be prepared for anything and just as well to expect the unexpected. If you start feeling overwhelmed with the waves of information, and if you're taking notes and feel you can't keep up, start writing down important questions you need answered. As the presentation continues, cross off the questions as they're answered, or jot down the answers and the questions they generate too. Never ever feel like you're asking too many things, and never give up, thinking you'll never get it. FIU has a great set of Peer Advisers (students specially trained to prepare incoming students) there to help with anything you need. It is a very close-knit family of Golden FIU Panthers.

    In three sentences

    The campus, the faculty, the students, everything in the orientation program was highly organized and greatly thought out in the attempt to making this transition the least difficult. Most of the information given was clear, concise, and was appropriately weighed and presented to accurately give the students an honest view of the school, in all aspects discussed. The whole experience -- on campus, in class setting, etc -- was a highly educational experience and did much to prepare me as a new and incoming student.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    FOOTBALL!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love a big university with alot of students on campus and around the surrounding areas.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth every penny!.

    What to do for fun

    Theres many activities and groups to join that can occupy your time as well as sport teams and going out to watch the home games.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent

    Dorm Life

    The environment of Fiu is astonishing and dorm life is great as a result of it.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very good school and the staff is very motivated in helping you succeed in your areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the majors and requirements to see if Fiu is the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    Fiu is a ranked for their business programs and is a great school environment.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always emergency alert test and all Panther Safety trams that run after hours of normal routine trams that take you anywhere on campus or through campus with no specific stops or pick up zones. You call them and they come to you until 2am.

    Greek Life

    Very active on campus. we have all councils from traditional to multi-cultural to artistic.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very active and involved with the student. There is not a week somethig isn't planned.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school seal in front of the student center, we have a tradition to not step on it or it will add more years to your graduation date. If you walk in that area you notice people dodging the seal.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you pay for is totally worth. Food, technology, classes, and staff are top of the line.

    What to do for fun

    There is always things going on in the student center. Also greeks and organizations always have events pageants, talent shows (poetry, dance, singing, etc.), comedy shows, forums, and socials.

    Food and Dining

    Food choices are out of this world. Fast food chains and also healthier food chains. Also a buffet style dining in the student center.

    Dorm Life

    Housing quad is the center of all housing buildings and the social center for students. The pool, convenience store, and study areas surrounded by the beautiful outdoors complete the dorm life package.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing education and academic help. Advisor's live for their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the name of the school be the reason you go there, or the publicity. Talk to current students and transfer students to see the true atmosphere of the college. Getting a better understanding of why people attend a school or why they decided to transfer from a bigger name university will always help.

    In three sentences

    FIU is an amazing university and contributor to the South Florida community. It is a home away from home, and a great place to grow. A very under the radar school that deserves more recognition.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in Architecture and the Arts will like this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant cube sculpture on campus that spins. Spin it before a test to get good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid may not cover the full cost of tuition, but it is more affordable than other schools.

    What to do for fun

    There is a museum, several sports teams, a gym, a game room open to all students, art galleries, and performing arts.

    Food and Dining

    An excellent meal plan. So good that they set aside a whole 30 minutes just to tell you about it. All sorts of restaurants inside the campus, that offer discounts to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your application process. They don't baby sit you through the process. You are responsible for keeping up with your requirements to get into the school.

    In three sentences

    Medium sized Campus, lovely modern architecture, large open spaces, an architect's playground. A diverse student body. A wide array of courses. The architecture building is in itself a work of architecture.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is more or less safe, there are individuals who work on campus to escort you to your car if you are fearful of walking alone.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek life, but I have friends who are and they greatly enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you wish to participate in, FIU will offer it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the annual water float crossing the lake event

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is high, but the campus is very nice.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, basketball games, recreational therapy club, trying different restaurants on campus, reading a book on one of the lawns, homecoming week

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food options on campus! At least 12 restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    I have have had friends who lived in the dorms during our freshman year. It's a great experience if you have the opportunity to stay on campus. The dorms are rather small, but you have enough room to spread your legs.

    Academic Rigor

    The teaching staff that I have encountered are very knowledgeable and explain the subjects well.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is very large, so before your classes begin, you should try to get to know the campus well as to avoid being late to class. Order the parking decal as soon as possible to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Try to make it out to some football games, they are very fun. Make sure to eat at the Moe's on campus, it's delicious- on Monday's they offer $5 burritos.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is up and coming in areas such as academics and sports. The medical program is increasing in rigor and size, while the basketball team has gained a professional post NBA player as the new coach. This University is also known for its cultural diversity among the students and faculty.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good

    Greek Life

    Many

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club imaginable

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pool on Saturdays

    Bang for the buck

    It is the perfect college life in a great city, not like UF

    What to do for fun

    Watch games, play sports, live in Miami

    Food and Dining

    There is a chili's now.

    Dorm Life

    It is alright. Mostly jocks

    Academic Rigor

    I barely studied

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the best out of your time. This is in Miami

    In three sentences

    It is on the rise. It has a great president. It is a division I NCAA school

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has security 24/7 as well as police academy on campus. That is s safe as it gets!

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities to join that are very devoted and exclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for all types of people, cultures and personalities.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a diverse student population so anyone can fit in

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cube of luck will help you pass your exams(;

    Bang for the buck

    FIU has gotten expensive recently

    What to do for fun

    There are many events during the month to meet new people and get involved with your school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is reasonably priced especially considering that college students need to spend as little money possible outside of school supplies and tuition

    Dorm Life

    I dont live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers will challenge you by making you challenge yourself. They will make you test the waters out of you comfort zone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to encountered very spirited student at orientation. And make friends! Connections are everything in college!

    In three sentences

    I believe the university is very driven through the excellent staff and spirit that the current students represent. The school shows great potential to grow larger in size and in recognition. The student population is very diverse which then brings a more interesting experience to any student.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a system of alarms and alerts that get sent to your phone and e-mail so that even if you don't hear the alarms you know. Not much happens, but when it does it's usually handled quickly.

    Greek Life

    Is very active, here. I'm not a part of it, but there's not a spot on campus that you don't see someone from Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are fun, but sometimes they disappear. But they make up some of the most fun things to do on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed, focused, creative, smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know of any, for myself, but the Piano Lounge is the place to hang out for my group. It's central and comfortable and has internet access and is right by all of the food.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but it's a nice place.

    What to do for fun

    Reading, writing, hanging out in the Piano Lounge, going to the gym, Friday night movies, and walking around the Frost Museum.

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot to eat on campus- though much of it is expensive for what you get. The best values are the Fresh Foods, Pollo Tropical, and things from the Panther Stop. Wait, now it's called the Recharge-U. But yeah, that place.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I've visited, and it seems nice. People are helpful, and they allow a fair amount of decoration. It's not the greatest, and it's kind of small, but the dorms are good for what they're there for- sleeping.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are large, and that makes it difficult to get one on one time with the professor. There are tutors around, but the class itself can make the work trying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all of your paperwork done early. Go to class. Do the SPC events. Enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    FIU is comfortable and safe, while still being in the real world. FIU is disorganized when it comes to the inner workings and paperwork. FIU is fun and beautiful.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the coolest things is the natural reserve, or the library. Very impressive to check out.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is really cheap for in-state students, as for out of state it's still somewhat low.

    What to do for fun

    I longboard around campus, I relax by the gazebos and draw sometimes. The library is so vast and it has tons of computers which I use atleast twice a week on campus. It also has private quiet rooms and quite floors where there aren't many people which makes it the perfect study enviornment. I also like to workout at the gym, it's really well constructed and I play basketball sometimes in the indoor basketball court attatched to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of places to eat on campus. They are all great such as: Chik-fil-a, Burger King, Bustelos, Sushi Maki, etc., however the buffet at FIU called Fresh Foods isn't very promising. It's what you'd expect for 8 bucks for all you can eat, for a college student.

    Dorm Life

    No experience although I have been in the dorms and they are fitting but nothing more than expected.

    Academic Rigor

    Every time I step in a class room I feel like I am part of it and every time I step out I know I have learned something new. That's what a class room is for and that is what it holds it's purpose to be at FIU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check it out if you like a campus life that is very mixed with its city life. Miami itself and Florida International are very intergrated, since it is situated right in the middle of the city. Students will enjoy the academic rigor of FIU with the repaying atmosphere of the night life it offers for college students.

    In three sentences

    It is a diverse school, with a diverse looking campus. Getting around is quite relaxing with a very Miami look to the campus. The classes are quite fitting for students and in Academics, I feel like the teachers are highly competent and deliver the material properly. Other than that, they have a variety of events on campus and multiple clubs that have a fit for everyone.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Depending on the campus, FIU is always throwing parties and events to make student life exciting. For the most part, in the main campus, buildings are too spaced apart for there to be daily excitement. On the Biscayne Bay Campus it seems like there's an event going on every week (whether a student knew about it or not, they are bound to stumble on it if they walk around the campus!)

    Food and Dining

    FIU has some pretty good dining options for students. One can eat well with $5 or $15 if you want to spend that much.

    Dorm Life

    I couldn't say what the dorm life is like because I've never lived in the dorms. I also don't know anybody who's lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on the classes/major one chooses. Some courses and programs are extremely challenging in comparison to other local universities. Most are right on par with the university level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of the ball with the school's deadlines. Nobody will hold your hand at FIU as opposed to other colleges in South Florida (such as Miami Dade College.) See a counselor often to be sure you're headed in the direction the University wants you to head in to graduate when you want to.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University (FIU) is a rich, diverse, and affordable university in South Florida. FIU has a stand-out business program, and has a new Medical school that is an amazing driving force in the local community. If one is considering a non-business major, it would be a good idea to look into the details of one's program and to get reviews from other students just in case it isn't as organized as one might hope.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never once had a security problem or felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very limited at FIU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many intramural sports which many people attend their events.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a huge hispanic population, so if you are apart of the hispanic culture it is for sure an amazing place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cube is a giant cube located in front of classrooms, it's said if you spin it that you will recieve an A on your next test.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're looking for the full, school spirited college experience I don't reccommend it at all.

    What to do for fun

    South Beach is very fun but expensive. A lot of FIU and UM students hang out in an area called the grove which is about 15 minutes from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Fresh Food dining is very good, also I love their selection of on campus resturants like Chilis, Subway, Chic-fil-a. Also, panther bucks really help out.

    Dorm Life

    Miami is such a hot spot that many people do not stay on campus or really participate in dorm activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors didn't load you with work, however the work you do have is challanging and provokes deeper thought and learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    You're not in High School anymore! Deffinately more challanging than I thought but you will adapt to it.

    In three sentences

    Teachers were very good. They were the perfect amount of toughness yet caring. Loved the opportunity for a big classroom atmosphere and a small classroom environment.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many events and tons of clubs to join. There is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    The available food is abundant and great.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but from what I've heard it's pretty great. It is easier to get to classes, but one can get lazy. As long as you keep yourself going everything will be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    It is easy to get into FIU, but hard to stay on top. FIU is no joke and that's why I love it. Difficulty does depend on professor though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose classes/professors wisely. Don't join clubs/frats/sororities your first year, get a feel for college classes and work first.

    In three sentences

    FIU is an amazing school! The students are more than friendly, the professors are very dedicated, and there is a vast range of classes. Also, there are lots of opportunities to work and get experience in your field.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    FIU is incredibly diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not, I repeat, do not! Step on the school seal. The saying (tradition) here at FIU is if you step on the seal you will not graduate on time. Therefore we avoid stepping on the seal. However, if you do step on the seal to reverse the curse you must walk around the seal three times, backwards. An unusual location on campus would be the Kissing Bridge; we believe that if you kiss a significant other while standing on the bridge, your relationship will last forever. The Spinning Cube would be another location, or monument to be exact. The saying goes, if a student studies for an exam and spins the cube they will get an A on the exam, but it only works if you study. There's the catch.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the pool, play recreational sports at the courts and fields provided near the recreational, or rec, center. If you join a club or get involved that's also another way to find fun things to do. Just have an open mind to trying new and exciting things.

    Food and Dining

    Crack cookies are what the students here at FIU call these chocolate chips cookies that are available in the dining halls. They are addicting, hence the nickname.

    Dorm Life

    You meet tons of people and take part in cool activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the classes you choose to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise incoming/prospective students to visit the campus prior to their start date just to get a feel of what the campus has to offer. I also feel that students should consider taking a summer class or two; for one, during the summer not many students are on campus, therefore you can familiarize yourself with the campus and its routes at a much slower pace, may even learn a few shortcuts. On the first day of school, or couple of days, you won't be the seen as the obvious freshman. Be sure to keep a planner or something to write your homework down in, due dates, appointments, meeting times and dates etc. knowing how to prioritize your time will be crucial. Another thing would be to try to get involved in the campus life; join clubs, a sorority, a sport, go to events around campus etc. it's also the fun you have that makes college a pleasure.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University's campuses are beautiful and well kept, the staff are extremely nice, welcoming and helpful. I was impressed with the dorms and how much room it has as well as the closets and draws. Overall, I am more than happy and satisfied with my decision on attending FIU.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU has their own police, my only concern is that they don't have gates, so late at night anyone can come into the university. You need a key to get into the residence halls, so you're safe there but I wouldn't suggest any late night walking unless you're buddied up.

    Greek Life

    I don't know from experience but the sororities and fraternities are very live and a great way to get involved on campus. For now, my plans are to join because from the outside they look like a great way to spend your college years but I suggest waiting for sophomore year so you can get a feel for the greek life that most fits you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do. I know where to start but I don't know where to end. There is definitely something here for everyone and if not, make your own. There's always something to do, even in the summer.

    Great for these types of students

    I feel like FIU is great for everyone. We all have our preferences but everyone needs to be open-minded and FIU is exactly where you'll be able to exercise your brain and your body. You'll never have to go the gym because the long walks in the blazing sun will burn all your calories.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FIU is like a huge, historic garden. There is beauty everywhere and art. My favorite tradition is the kissing bridge. If you share a kiss with someone on the bridge, you'll be together forever. I think it's romantic no matter what anyone else says. My least favorite is the seal in front of the GC building. If you step on it, you won't graduate on time. If you do step on it, you have to walk backwards around it 3 times. I don't walk over it, but I feel like no one takes it seriously anyway.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is going to have an increase in tuition but it's still cheaper than the University of Miami. There dorms are clean and a really good size compared to any other university. The food is good. Combine that with the Miami lifestyle and I do think you get a bang for your buck. I hear financial aid sucks; but when I enrolled, it was the #1 university with students to graduate with the least amount of debt...

    What to do for fun

    You live in Miami; the campus can look lonely at times but that's because everyone else is out having the time of their life so you should be doing the same. There are events all the time. My first week of college they had a pool party and I thought it was great. I look forward to everything on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Fresh Food Company is awesome. That's where your meal plan is and it's like Golden Corral. I love Golden Corral. All you can eat and they're always changing the meals. If you don't want that you get $200 on your FIU One Card to eat at any of many restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm happy with my space. I think my roommate and I have more than enough room to live comfortable. The outside is so beautiful, the only thing I would say is that I wish they were more creative with the inside as well. You have plain milk white wall and brownish tan furniture that will cost you an arm and a leg if you break it. I would suggest investing in a rug and a power strip to power more of your electronic because the outlets are a little randomly placed.

    Academic Rigor

    I just started so it's really easy so far but on the syllabus there's a lot of work to come and multiple courses to challenge yourself. There's a math placement test that incoming freshman have to take. It sucks but if you don't do so well you can always retake. Don't cheat on it. You're only hurting yourself. You don't want to make a 70% and then be put in Calculus when you're not ready for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay 2 to 3 steps ahead of everything. You're more likely to be successful this way in college and in life. Try your hardest not to wait till the last time because Mr. Time doesn't wait on anyone. Neither does FIU. Even though they want you to succeed, the motto is Worlds Ahead and you don't want to be left behind.

    In three sentences

    This school is so amazing, not only for the diversity but the quality. There's a lot of spanish speaking everywhere so it doesn't hurt to brush up on your skills. If you don't fall in love when you visit, you're Helen Keller.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is rewarding! You meet new and many amazing people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy a a campus full of energy and a multicultural environment!

    What to do for fun

    Campus life at FIU is lots of fun. Greek life is fun, and being a part of different organizations has its advantages.

    Food and Dining

    FIU is providing students with more and more options!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough yet you learn a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You wont regret it.

    In three sentences

    FIU has a beautiful campus filled with lots of activities for students. The school is currently going through construction and has accommodated students with more parking, restaurants, and transportation around campus. The organizations, like Greek life, are also very rewarding, and there is a club or organization there for everyone.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school seal was placed on the ground so you can't walk over it or else you wont graduate on time. In order to undo the curse you must walk around the seal 3 times backwards.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is 30 minutes away so everyone goes there on the weekends. there are also fraternities which host parties and there's a pool open all 7 days.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of fast foods here also the Fresh food company that offers a lot of food that contribute to the reality of the freshman 15. the food is pretty good and they offer various food from pasta to salads to entrees to on the grill

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are NICE. The RA's here actually try and get to know everyone and are really friendly and caring. The environment is nice and calm, no fights or anything.

    Academic Rigor

    From the classes I'm taking right now i can say classes aren't that hard. The work load isn't that bad also as long as you stay ontop of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    IF your instate than FIU is perfect for you. the tuition is reasonable and the school itself is pretty amazing. The school price is expensive for out-of-state students which bring's you to really judge if your willing to spend alot for the same education you can get instate.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a good school. The environment here is calm, nice and relaxing and since the school is called International, there are alot of people from all around the globe. The school offers alot of courses with a wide range of field of study.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety seems to be very good.

    What to do for fun

    The school has lots of activities and Miami is a great place to go to the beach, shopping and relax after those tough finals exams.

    Food and Dining

    Great open cafeteria with lots of choices. Most of them are healthy choices and they have Starbucks. Also, there is a grand Piano close by!

    Dorm Life

    I saw the norm, but I have not and will not live there. The dorm was small but each room had enough space for basic things.

    Academic Rigor

    For what I have heard from friends and faculty, professors expect your to give the very best and nothing less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead as you might not be able to reach your adviser exactly when you need him/her. They have different ways of contacting them and email usually works very well.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorius.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only one. Study hard.

    In three sentences

    A good school. Prices are good. Room for Academic improvement.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    not that much security. lots of dark areas around campus and im still not sure exactly where the police center is.

    Greek Life

    very inactive on campus, compared to other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs on campus, but hard to find out more information and really get involved. due to the fact that they don't really participate or publicize enough on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    international students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the fairground is right next door to the school, which is pretty awesome. also there is alot of events that take place outside of the school.

    Bang for the buck

    coming from a different university (FAU)...I was really disappointed in this school. although it is much bigger than some universities in FL. it still lacks the campus life style and professors are not so eager to teach and don't make an connection with student to ensure the best learning facility.

    What to do for fun

    drive to other parts of miami.

    Food and Dining

    if you love spanish food...there is alot of really good cuban and mexican restaurant. lots of different restaurants to try though

    Dorm Life

    boring. boring. boring.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn spanish. this is a predominantly spanish area, hard to get by if you don't know spanish.

    In three sentences

    not the best school to attend if your looking for the college life experience. great faculty but not worth the money.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since I just started school here at Florida International University, I haven't joined any extra curricular activities yet. I mostly just hang around in dorms with my roommates and watch movies. There is a lot to do on campus though.

    Food and Dining

    I have a meal plan in which I get to eat at fresh foods Monday-Friday for free, unlimited, and $200 for whatever else is on campus. The food here in my opinion is great. They have various amounts of food to choose from and their all in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    At first I really wanted to have a room to myself but now that I have roommates and we've gotten to know each other, I'm glad that I got a roommate. Dorm life is very interesting and exciting but you have to learn how to balance it all out.

    Academic Rigor

    In the beginning of high school my GPA was not high at all. Leaving high school I left with a 3.2. My point is as long as you work hard you can pull through. The work here isn't too hard just yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be to apply for scholarships early. Make sure that you have enough money to pay for college because the loans are going to catch up to you in the future. It's better to have more money than you need than less money and have to scrounge for money.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a very good school because it has a tremendous amount of diversity which helps me to learn about different cultures. Living on campus has forced me to meet new people and come out of my comfort zone. Within the couple weeks I've been here, Florida International has made me a better person.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe environment.

    Greek Life

    National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity council, Multicultural Greek council, and Panhellenic Council chapters available on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and all of them are well organized.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spin the Cube in front of D.M. during finals week to get an A ;-) Kiss on the Kissing bridge near the library to fall in love!

    What to do for fun

    The infamous South Beach Miami strip is only 15 mins away from campus. Downtown Miami (American Airlines arena where the Miami Heat NBA team play) and other attractions is only 20 mins away. Dolphin Mall and Miami international Mall is only 7 mins away.... and so so much more!

    Food and Dining

    There are about 26 dining locations and restaurants on campus. Purchase a meal plan for a great 15% discount.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are updated and are very clean. The only problem about FIU dorm life is that it is a commuter campus first, so if you don't handle your housing applications/process as soon as possible you wont be guaranteed a spot on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes start out very simple but don't be fooled, things pick up very quickly and I learned the hard way. However, FIU offers lots of (free) tutoring in all subjects. Use them to your advantage!

    Tips for prospective students

    Your first year always determines how focused you are. If you come in with a positive and hardworking attitude you will do well. Remember, college is everything you allow/control it to be.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse school, full of different cultures and races of people. FIU is a highly school-spirited campus and once you become a golden panther you will love it! It's also located in Miami, so there is never a dull moment.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always safe.

    Greek Life

    Has a strong presence on campus but you won't feel left out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would fit in well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marty's Cube, the seal, Trail of the torch, nice fields for yoga, soccer, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a cultural diversity that can only be found at FIU and the surrounding Miami area and it is larger and not as expensive as UM.

    What to do for fun

    There are huge malls nearby, amazing family owned restaurants to go to, college friendly places nearby, hookah, South Beach, clubs, karaoke bars.

    Food and Dining

    The food tends to have a good amount of variety. The cafeteria food is not always appetizing but the on campus restaurants are satisfactory.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful but expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not impossible and there are a lot of resources to help you do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all FIU has to offer. Live on campus if possible, it is a great experience and extremely convenient.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a lively and culturally diverse university. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. I love it!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dont step on the seal.

    What to do for fun

    Eat Workout Socialize

    Tips for prospective students

    Study ahead of time Time management is key Ask questions find time to study Dont do what everyone else is doing, be you! Get to know others and socialize

    In three sentences

    The school is beautfiful. Very organized in how it functions. Housing is extremely expensive.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a seal for FIU and for years the tradition has been you can not step on it or you will graduate late. In order to reverse the curse, if you do step on it, you have to walk backwards around the seal three times. Also there is a spinning cube and the story behind that is, if you spin the cube for goodluck to pass a test but you do not study then you will not pass, but if you study then spin the cube you will pass the test.

    What to do for fun

    Whoa! Where do I start. I guess I would start with the pool. FIU have a pool where alot of pool parties are thrown just to kick back, relax, and chill with your friends and plenty of other people. But then again if you're feeling a little sporty you can always grab a volleyball and play on the sand with a net already set up for friends to enjoy,or you can head to the gym, its free and you can get a real work out. There is always things to do for fun whether its going to pit parties or sitting in Starbucks with some friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is always somewhere to get something to eat. I believe that is the best part to the food and dining. Also they have an all you can eat buffet that is just amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best way to love your campus. If you had to wake up every morning and get dressed to drive all the way to school you would feel exhausted. Dorm life adds a more positive feeling to your day because it reassures that you are not too far from your destination. Also you get to meet new people,which is awesome, and joining clubs and going to school events will be a breeze. Dorm life makes you feel like you're in paradise.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give it five stars but it is not impossible to pass. Every class have a syllabus that tells you everything you're doing for the entire semester, which means you have a chance to stay ahead of the game. You fall behind because you choose to, the professors are always on their emails so if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, they're only one click away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. Do not try to fit in with a crowd that you are not comfortable in, there are thousands of students so you are most likely going to find plenty of people that you are able to connect with. Stay on track as well, even though class may be long, do not leave stick through it, this will all be worth it at the end and plus professors are not dumb, even though there are hundreds of kids in class, they have there ways of finding out who leave class before hand, I know this from experience.

    In three sentences

    I love my school because even though its huge everywhere you go there are people willing to help you. The people in my school should be ranked number one with compassion, they are understanding and cozy to be around no matter their cultural background. Even though college can be VERY stressing, its nice to know that there is always someone there who went through what you are going through and is more than willing to help you through it.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    fun-loving, outgoing!

    What to do for fun

    plenty of things! always something on or off campus. right near the beach!

    Food and Dining

    meal plans are nice, food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    very nice, new dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    very great professors, and classrooms. work not TOO challenging, but just right.

    Tips for prospective students

    - stay on top of your finances - stay on top of your grades - keep your priorities in check - don't stress or overwhelm yourself, you're still young. live!

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a very diverse school. Everybody here is fun-loving, and the environment is amazing. Coming here was a very great accomplishment for me, and I don't regret my decision one but.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games and concerts are just some of the fun things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options at FIU. From Starbucks to Burger King, they have it all.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm, so I do not know exactly how dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU is a great academic school that continues to improve and grow each year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick your classes early to get the ones you really want.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school academically. They continue to grow every year and continue to improve. I really enjoy the diversity of the students in the school.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is keep here never will a student feel unprotected.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is the life of many at fiu. There is a club for every one and any one whether it be academics, sports, or other interest. The Greek life offer a strong support system for all its members.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always something to here and if your still not satisfied you are able to create or do you own thing.

    Great for these types of students

    students who look forward to experiencing new things as well as people. You can do all of this and still maintain great focus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a kissing bridge, and rumor had it if you receive your first kiss here it will be a love that last.

    Bang for the buck

    Its complete worth it. Be sure however to make time to use all university resource to the max it can only help not harm.

    What to do for fun

    There always something to do. Campus parties, concerts,and even seminars are truly a must.

    Food and Dining

    We are a campus that love to eat. Lol there is always something new to eat here sometimes free.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life provide a great cushion for the transformation from home to living one your own.

    Academic Rigor

    academic advising is great they tell you how to do exactly what you come to do. They will help you make clear realistic plans to reach any goal you have set for you self

    Tips for prospective students

    All that you need to know is out there. However it is up to each individual student to be encouraged and determined to make the best of whats being offered.

    In three sentences

    International is an under statement. This school is powerfully diverse whether it be in people, food, beliefs/values,and interest. This is the good kind of culture shock and Fiu dose its best to accompany each student for that i rate the school a 8.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on the campus and they are patrolling around campus 24/7. it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    There is plenty of greek life in FIU and they all take their frats or sororities super serious. They take pride in themselves and they participate in many things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the cube that you can spin that they say gives you an A on your exams, they have a plaque on the floor that if you step on it they say you will not graduate. They have peprallys and many events for the football team

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is a fairly inexpensive school and the teachers try not to make you get every books so the money you do spend is going towards a great future and it is well worth the money spent.

    What to do for fun

    There are various events and concerts that they have. we have every sports team that you can go and watch. Our football team is doing really well. It is so much fun to be on campus because you can go to the gym and play basketball and workout with other students. There are intramural sports which i s a great way to have fun and meet people. Plenty of things to do to have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    I have eaten at mostly all the food places including the buffet and they are all great places to eat. They have a chic fil a, a subway, a burger king, pollo tropical, moes, salad creations, einsteins bagels and much more.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but i have been there and they are nice and well equipped.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that have tough teachers and some that have teachers where they are not so tough because of the big classes so it depends on what type of class it is and how well you do with studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend classes and stay on top of your homework and grades. Make sure you stay focused throughout the whole semester, you will have plenty of time to rest after the semester is over so give 110% and you should do great in this school.

    In three sentences

    This school has great professors and classes. The professors want you to participate and learn. There is great opportunity for students and many majors to choose from.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although we do have crimes committed from time to time here, FIU does take every measure possible to ensure safety. Once a crime has been committed, every FIU student receives a text message on all the details so we can steer clear of danger.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not interested in Greek Life at all, it is a very big deal here. There are currently two Greek houses located at the entrance of the Modesto Madique Campus. There are many more Greek associations than just those two.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although my academics and job in the Bio Department keep me from participating in clubs too much, there is an abundance of clubs and programs to join. There is usually always another family you can fit into here.

    Great for these types of students

    Both students that are serious in their academics and students that are into partying fit in well into this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not too many things unusual for Miami, but anyone coming from outside of Miami is in for a culture-shock.

    Bang for the buck

    It seems that most graduates find a job within 6 months of graduation, so I think that's pretty fair.

    What to do for fun

    FIU always has some kind of event or pep-rally going on. The GC building on MMC (campus) is excellent for finding fun extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Relatively good amount of variety of food options available on campus. However, prices tend to be high, for me anyway.

    Dorm Life

    Can be a little hectic. I think this is just because of the maturity level of some of the dorm residents. Cost is also high.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are dedicated, you will have plenty on your plate academically-speaking. FIU is an extremely competitive school. There are also great study-abroad opportunities here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the fine print for EVERYTHING! Be on top of everything, especially financially related issues, which includes financial aid. FIU has a tendency to alert you of trouble on your account AFTER the damage has been done. Speak with major-specific advisors ONLY!!!

    In three sentences

    FIU is a highly diverse university. Campus is large and has interesting architectures. I would say it has an equal balance of good and bad professors.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    hard working, culturally diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you step on the seal you will take longer to graduate. if you spin the cube you will have better luck on your tests.

    Bang for the buck

    i am a venezuelan girl trying her best to go through college

    What to do for fun

    it is located in the heart of miami so there is always events to go to and beautiful parks.

    Tips for prospective students

    procrastination on your part, doesn't call for an emergency on ours

    In three sentences

    it is a very diverse university, the staff at fiu has always been helpful and very nice. it is also a very beautiful campus

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great

    Greek Life

    Funnnnnn

    Clubs and Activities

    There's always something going on

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and festivals

    Food and Dining

    Greattttt

    In three sentences

    A great university, everyone is extremely nice and sweet. There's plenty of resources here and you can always count on someone for help. The education is great and the professors are willing to help.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on on campus, such as movie nights, arts, shows, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices at FIU are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really research your intended major and ask yourself if FIU is the right place.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school if you're set on what you want to major in. They don't give students much wiggle room or room to explore. The school is a good target for business majors.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit pricey, but it's totally worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    if you like being involved and want to surround yourself with a mix of cultures, FIU is right for you!

    In three sentences

    This Campus and the students are an absolute joy! There are nice people smiling and ready to help. The campus is also drop dead gorgeous!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is AWESOME, they have a lot of fast food restaurants and lost of specialty restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living On-Campus but I've heard it is great,

    Academic Rigor

    You have to study a lot because professors expect a lot from students.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university with a beautiful campus. But they should improve the way students register for classes. Improve Financial Aid and Scholarships.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is great, the Whole Foods buffet is a great and healthy choice and at a great price. The Chili's Too restaurant is also really good with some great inexpensive choices. Aside from that there are A LOT of food choices from Pollo Tropical to Einstein Bros.

    Dorm Life

    I was required to sleep on campus for one night during my orientation, from this experience I saw that campus life is fun and at the same time very convenient for many on campus activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors here are great, they strive to test your knowledge and develop independent thinking, while at the same time making the earning environment interesting and intuitive.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is outstanding. The Fraternities and Sororities are always involved on campus even in the summer when many of them don't have class. They are having walks for cancer or even a game of basketball for cancer they are very great at having causes and they are always involved they never see themselves as better than anyone else any stereotype that is against Frats and Sororities do not fit for the FIU students in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are always involved. There are so many different clubs to join from SPC to CSO which is over every club also there is SGA which is even over CSO. There are many opportunities to join clubs and join in on their activities. There are many multicultural clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students that know they are great working in a culturally diverse are. It is Florida International University and the diversity on campus is extreme and you must be willing to work with others unlike you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition of stepping on the seal that is in front of GC which is where campus life is mainly. They say if you step on the seal and do not walk around it backwards 3 times around it you will fail until you walk around the seal. Avoid it at all cost. There is also the spinning of the cube in front of DM there is a cube named Marty's cube. It is said that if you spin the cube 24 hours before any exam you will pass. I've witnessed it myself BUT you must study and spin the cube. Last there is the kissing bridge. There is a bridge by the library and the pond is in the shape of a heart. It is said that if you walk on there with your significant other you must kiss them and this means that you are going to be together forever, so be careful and choose wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is a very inexpensive university for those in-state students only about 5,000 a semester compared to other places. There are fee's that are included like the athletic fee that everyone has to pay but this is just for the free games and the Rec center. As long as tuition and fee's are paid for everything is free including the wellness center.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus if there aren't free giveaways you can always walk to GC and find something going on from random concerts to random break dance competitions. There is never a dull moment. Pool parties, SPC giveaways, which are always free, and there's also movie night where a new movies is showed almost every Friday.

    Food and Dining

    There is a Chili's on campus so this spices up the food and dining on campus as far as the cafeteria if you don't like pork it's not the best place but there is a way to request chicken. They compromise with you. The best place to eat on campus is in PG5 where there is Chick-Fil-A and Dunkin Donuts and Moe's and this was just opened on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are the coolest RA's at FIU. There is always something to do around the dorms because of the RA's. This is way to get to know the people that live around you. It's awesome living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are on top of everything there are certain professors that accept late work but there are always penalties for turning in your work late. Also there is loads of reading for every class including the freshman experience class. If you love a challenge and want someone there for you FIU is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Panther camp it was one of the greatest decisions of my life coming to this university because it opened me up to new people and people that are just like me. It introduced me people that were my age and were there for me and if you are a new student this would be a awesome decision. Also the school is all about you there is no way that you can fail if you use the resources that are provided for you.

    In three sentences

    This university is about the students and there are plenty of resources for the students to succeed. The people are interested in your success and they will not let you down. This school is amazing because of the people and the resources

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I have met many people in dorm life. If you are going to live on campus, you would need to apply early just as you get in to the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of everything. Especially when you need to pay for financial aid and other stuff

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school to go to. It is a diverse type of school with people coming from different countries.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have the campus police number in my phone. We have our own fully staffed police station on campus. They offer shuttles at night so you don't have to walk alone in the dark too.

    Greek Life

    They have a ton of different sororities and fraternities on campus... check out http://greeks.fiu.edu/ to check out the Greek Scene!

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't even know what clubs they don't offer...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are SO many traditions... whatever you do, NEVER step on the school seal going into the student center... it's rumored if you do you will either not graduate on time, or worse... not at all! You can reverse your fate by walking backwards around the seal 3 times :) There is also a giant moving cube in the courtyard... it's said that at finals time of you walk with the cube a few times with your hand on it, you'll pass your finals :)

    Bang for the buck

    Tution is really reasonable... dorms are another story, but believe me it's worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    They have everything under the sun when it comes to things to do. Movies in the ballrooms, Relay for Life, homecoming, dances, sororities, fraternities, you name it.... we probably have it here.

    Food and Dining

    Believe it or not... this cafeteria food is AMAZING. They have a salad bar, a soup bar, a desert bar, a sandwich bar, a breakfast bar, and a nice dinner bar... you'll NEVER go hungry here!

    Dorm Life

    THESE DORMS ARE BEAUTIFUL! They're amazing and they always have fun activities so you can meet people in your dorms :)

    Academic Rigor

    These professors will challenge you. What's a grade if you really don't earn it? There is free tutoring in the student center, free computer labs and computer rentals, they set you up for success!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply as soon as the applications open up. You have a better chance of getting in. Remember that Fall acceptance rates are only at 38%. You'll love Miami and you'll love being a Golden Panther :)

    In three sentences

    Professors who care, people who are new and open and accepting of you, a campus that is modern, new, and growing. What more could you ask for of a school... especially because it feels like home!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety at Florida International University is great in my opinion. The campus police are very helpful, and the many services offered by the FIU police are available twenty four hours a day.

    Greek Life

    There is a greek life at Florida International University, but it doesn't make up the entire social aspect of the university. The people in greek life are very friendly, and there is a wide variety of fraternities and sororities to join if that is what someone is interested in. I am actually interested in rushing this upcoming year!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an incredible range of clubs and activities at Florida International University! At the beginning of each semester, there is a club fair which will show you all the clubs that the university has to offer. It provides a lot of helpful information and gives everyone a chance to join something they are passionate about or interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about Florida International University is that it is so diverse. I honestly feel like any kind of student could find their place there. There are so many programs and clubs for different people that it is very hard not to feel welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the greatest traditions that is heard at Florida International University is not to step on the Florida International University seal. It is rumored that if a student steps on the seal, it will lead to academic failure, so be sure to stay clear of it! It is engraved on the floor in from of the Graham Center.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion as a Florida resident, the price of Florida International University is very reasonable, and I am getting a great education. I previously went to a 40,000 private university for three years, and I can say that I am actually much happier with the education I am receiving now. `

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations at the university that someone can get involved in. I was very happy to see that there was something there for just about anyone. Joining clubs makes it easier to make friends and find activities to become a part of, so branch out. It will definitely be worth it.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many food options at FIU! You have options ranging from the typical university commons to Papa Johns, Subway, or even a Chili's. It is pretty hard to get bored! The meal plans also are not unreasonable.

    Dorm Life

    From what I've seen of the dorms, they are quite nice. I have seen dorms at other universities, and the ones here are larger. They are also in rather good shape as well.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely classes at Florida International University that will challenge you! Their business school, sciences, and architectural program are just a few that are outstanding. You will learn a lot there while being challenged in a way that will improve the skills you will need to either continue on with your education or enter the business world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before picking a class, be sure to look at rateyourprofessor.com. It is very helpful for picking a professor that will fit your learning style. Take advantage of all the tools and programs offered to you. Things like tutoring and mentoring are there to help you succeed, so don't let them go to waste. Last but not least, make sure your professors know who you are. The university is quite big, so don't let yourself get lost in the big lecture class. It is always more helpful if the professor knows you.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a school that is improving each year! It offers a wide variety of majors and degree programs while also being at a reasonable price for Florida residents. The campus environment is lively, and there is a lot to get involved in!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police officers are always on duty day and night on campus. Always visible. I feel safe and secure.

    Clubs and Activities

    Marching and concert bands are the best!

    Great for these types of students

    Great if you're a music student, law student, medical student, business student, and hospitality students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One example of this is the seal in front of the Graham Center. If one were to step on it, bad luck will fall upon the student when it comes to their college career.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school with an excellent reputation. The tuition is less than private schools.

    What to do for fun

    You can watch the many sports teams that represent the university, such as football and basketball and concerts with a large variety of musical genres.

    Food and Dining

    A WIDE variety of meals to choose from, whether it be from the cafeteria or even Subway, Starbucks, Chili's and other famous brands!

    Dorm Life

    Some friends say it is pretty nice, despite the fact I personally don't dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    While certain aspects of the school-work may be challenging, the professors in this school do NOT want to fail their students; they will do their best to make sure that you pass their classes by giving the students lectures that show explicit detail pertaining to the material that the class gives out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you utilize the Academic Advising department to help you on your career path. They're extremely nice and are eager to help you achieve your dreams in the career of your choice.

    In three sentences

    It's a diverse university with a wide range of opportunities and career paths for students to pursue. It's centrally located in Miami, so it's easy to get to. It continues to grow every day, with construction and expansion to make it a leading University.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    When I did my tour visit I saw alot of security, which is good so students can feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Alot of them with different back grounds and interests for all new and old students.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students should be given an opportunity to follow their dreams of attending FIU, I hope when my time comes the transition is easy and eventfull.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone gets along with everyone and the cultural atmosphere is great.

    Bang for the buck

    I have struggled so much all these years to get to where I am today. Being ill and having lung surgery hasn't kept me from following my dream to attend FIU in 2 years.

    What to do for fun

    Student life is the best way to experience college life.

    Food and Dining

    It's great and fresh daily, alot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I'm sure it's great, but I'll be staying home when I go to FIU due to severe medical conditions.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically it's wonderful and I'm hoping to get accepted when the time comes for me to apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and apply early. Enjoy the experience.

    In three sentences

    It's a lovely school, staff is friendly and helpful. Really looking forward to attending.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Game Room

    Tips for prospective students

    Comply with the parking regulations.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Miami is filled with things to do. Cant go wrong with the beaches!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and get you money issues solved quickly.

    In three sentences

    I love FIU. Its a well rounded school.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kissing Bridge.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can be high.

    What to do for fun

    SPC activities, hanging out with friends, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I do not know about this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick classes as early as possible, and take a lot of notes! Know your professors! Make sure to know times when involved with paperwork, it can get frustrating at times.

    In three sentences

    A university with some minor flaws, FIU is definitely world's ahead. There's so much going on in a single day that it is a social experience. Academic rigor and quality provide a fine education experience.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's plenty of cops around campus when you need them. There are trams to take you to your car during the day and late at night. I've been on campus past midnight plenty of times and never ran into any trouble. I'm sure there have been negative experiences, but I've never personally experience any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs, ranging from a Quidditch team to service clubs to Honors societies. I'm personally on the executive board of Active Minds @ FIU, which is dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health. What we try to do is raise awareness about mental illness and eliminate stigma. It's important because 1 in 4 people have a mental illness. We've done a lot to get information out and be available to other students. It's been an incredibly rewarding and character developing experience. In a single year, this club alone has made my entire FIU experience worth it.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to get involved Those who want to meet a culturally diverse group of people (though, it's mostly Hispanic being in South Florida)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Supposedly, if you step on the school seal (you'll see them on the floor around campus) it'll extend the time you take to graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is really, really reasonably priced and they're a really good school. There's a lot of benefits to attending (read above). I've met amazing people, done a lot of good things, become an advocate and a better person in general, done tons of community service, become a better public speaker, and that was only in my first year. I have a long way to go, but it's been an excellent experience.

    What to do for fun

    SPC's motto is It's Free and trust me, they live up to it. There are alway tons of events on campus, so just keep updated. They've had comedians, hypnotists, concerts, giveaways, etc. Clubs have a lot going on to, so find one you like. There's tons of places to eat, if that's your thing, there's tons of grassy area to play or relax in, free movies on Fridays, etc. And that's just on campus. Outside of that you have all of Miami.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety and a lot of good food. We have a buffet, Freshens, BK, Starbucks, convenience store, Sushi Maki, Papa Johns, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Chick-fil-a (ew), Moe's and a ton more. However, it is somewhat over priced.The quality is great, but I'd rather bring lunch from home. The cookies in the Breezeway Cafe (dorms) are referred to as Crack Cookies and if that isn't enough to explain how amazingly delicious they are, you should just go try them for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    FIU was short on dorms this year, but they're expanding. I personally do not live in the dorms, though I have friends who have. They're clean and nice as far as I can tell. I personally wouldn't mind living in one, but since I've never had to, I can't say for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU classes can be challenging, but also provide a lot of information. It does largely depend on your teacher, and it isn't the same as high school at all. There is a lot more responsibility and freedom. It's easy to take advantage of and then fall behind in class. Use things like RateMyProfessor when picking your schedule. Find a teacher that teaches well but that you'll learn from. Stick with teachers you enjoy. Pick classes at times that work well for you. You get out what you put in. FIU even as a lot of free tutoring and proof reading services. You can learn a lot here.

    Tips for prospective students

    PAPERWORK: If you're planning on attending here, be sure to ask a lot of questions on anything you need. Being a school with over 40k students, it's easy for FIU to sometimes miss things or forget to tell you something, so stay on top of everything. However, with some basic common sense, nothing awful has ever happened to me. Just be really attentive to your transcripts and any paper work that needs to be done. Do your research and don't assume what an FIU faculty told you is everything you need to know. MENTAL ILLNESS: FIU is very understanding and accepting of mental illness. Depression is a valid reason for a medical drop of the semester, should it strongly interfere with your grades. Mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar, and ADHD can and should be registered with the Disability Resource Center (they help a ton, trust me). HEALTH: If you feel sick or stressed, FIU has a lot of resources for free (or that your tuition already pays for). There are doctors, psychologist, psychiatrists, a pharmacy, a gym, etc that is available to you at no extra cost. Just walk in whenever you need anything. FREE STUFF: There is always something free around campus. Just keep aware. Trust me I've gotten anything ranging from food to clothes, shaving supplies, a Frisbee, and even a bean plant. SPC hands out a lot of free things, but so do clubs so join them and check them out. EXTRA-CURRICULARS: Join them. They're important. FIU has hundreds; there will be one for something you like.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school with a lot to offer. The opportunities in terms of academics and extracurricular are expansive and varied. My time here has been life changing.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    and mmc the food selection is amazing however ironically at bbc the food selection is very limited, which I find strange since bbc is home to the Hospitality Management program

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, however the dorms are nice

    Academic Rigor

    I have not seen any bullying of any sort

    Tips for prospective students

    search your teachers before you enroll in classes

    In three sentences

    Florida international university is a commuter school, some teachers are amazing, however other teachers are the worst its really a hit or miss. This school is great if you like to focus on your study's since I really haven't been seeing much party life, but that might just because I am a commuter my self.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can definitely walk around FIU and feel safe. Sometimes it's extremely empty looking but that's only because it is so big. However, there is always staff on campus for assistance, and we have a police station on campus. It can't get much safer than that!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is the best! Although there are only seven sororities, there are 15+ fraternities. We have two greek houses on campus so it is not overwhelming. I am involved in Greek Life and I can proudly say we all get along very well and help each other out especially when it comes to helping others through our philanthropies.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs like SGA, SPC, & homecoming one can get involved in. There are also amazing philanthropic clubs and organizations forming everyday. Some major examples are Relay for Life, & Dance Marathon for the Children's Miracle Network. You can find a club for anything! We even have a qudditch team for those Harry Potter lovers. There's a club about eating healthy, an organization for gay rights supporters, and even organization for future doctors, lawyers, & business major.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for any student who wants to work hard to live a relaxing stress free life. You learn in a non stressful atmosphere. Although you will experience the city life, you get the both of both worlds and always feel relaxed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In front of the main doors of the Graham Center there is an FIU shield we NEVER step on! If you step on it, the myth is you will take 8 years to graduate. In order to reverse the curse you need to walk backwards around the shield 3 times waving your arms back and forth yelling FIU FIU FIU.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't go wrong by going to FIU. It is right by the beach for your days off, & there are so many different people so you will never get bored. The residence halls are big, clean, and cost equal to other state colleges anyways. You never feel trapped at FIU because it is so open and you have a lot of breathing space!

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations that always host events, from Greeks to Sga, SPC, & homecoming, so going to those are always guaranteed fun. If you live on campus Resident Assistants always have events in which anyone is welcome to come!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food choices at FIU. There's food for healthy eaters, not so healthy eaters, on the go students, and a whole cafeteria for students living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Florida International University has the best Residence halls! We even refer to them as residence halls, and not dorms, because you are so comfortable you feel so at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers here will not baby you, but they will offer insight on how you can improve your study skills, and performance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that you are in South Florida, and everyone is working hard to live the Miami life to the fullest! Set your goal, and do whatever possible to reach it.

    In three sentences

    An excellent school filled with a lot of diversity. A great place to learn a lot about different cultures. It's located in South Florida, where the people are always happy to help you grow was a person!

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions on campus like spinning the cube for good luck, and not stepping on the seal in front of GC.

    Bang for the buck

    To me it is much cheaper to live on campus. Dorms may seem pretty expensive but it is cheaper than staying in an apartment and paying bills and it also includes food.

    What to do for fun

    There are pool parties, frat parties, foam parties, and get togethers almost every week. Aside from the parties there are SO many things to do. There are free NEW movies played during the week, and there are also things like the gym to go to in your spare time.

    Food and Dining

    FIU has a lot of great food choices like Chick Fil A, Chilis, Pollo Tropical, and a bunch more. The Fresh Foods (buffet) is also pretty good and if you live on campus you'll definitely be eating there a lot.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is amazing. It takes away a lot of hassel from things like finding parking, getting to class on time, and being involved. There are always things to do when you live on campus and it honestly makes the college life so much easier, especially your freshman year

    Academic Rigor

    College is obviously harder than high school, but you always need to be prepared and study to get a good grade in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate when it comes to making payments and signing up for classes, they go fast

    In three sentences

    I think FIU is one of the best and fastest growing schools. It is really a lot of fun. I would reccommend attending and getting a degree here.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus police station

    Greek Life

    Check

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS

    Great for these types of students

    Out of state & international students who want to have a little bit of everything.

    Bang for the buck

    In your student fees you get access to the campus wifi, gym, and clinic. Those are the most important things to me.

    What to do for fun

    It's Miami. Go to the beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of opportunity for you to gain experience in a field you're interested through clubs and organizations. Just be sure you stay on track with your school work!

    In three sentences

    Love the campuses and a resources. Lots of options for classes both in person and online. Still inexpensive compared to other schools even though tuition has increased.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is huge at this university. We have our own police department. They're everywhere. They have golf carts to take you back and forth from your car and classes at night or at any time.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is still expanding since we're a relatively new university. Only two fraternities have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's clubs for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a good university for business students and law students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the seal of the school. Instead of having it up somewhere, the school seal is on the floor. It's bad luck to step on it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's the cheapest university I know of.

    What to do for fun

    They have free activities every week.

    Food and Dining

    There's lots of food places campus, even in the parking garages. Some of them close early during the summer term. But fresh foods is always open til late. I like it.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    If you dedicate the time to your studies, you will do well. And there are so many different types of free tutoring services on campus, that you can't not do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the SSL class the first semester you are there and take it with Walter Maldonado. I know he gives a little bit more work than the other professors, but it's worth it. The work he gives you gives you the knowledge you need to know about the university. Also, he's not only a professor, he's the head of advising. He's a good contact to have and he helped me out a lot when I had to pick my classes. Brenda Codallo is also a good contact if you need scholarship information. She's very helpful. If your an engineering student, get to know Stephanie Strange. She seems to know everything about that goes on in the Engineering campus.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a really underrated school. As a local, I tried to set my goals higher than the just the convenient university close to home. However, when things didn't work out the way I expected them to, FIU took me in and I was pleasantly surprised with the dedication of engineering department and the advisors I came into contact with; they want to grow as a university and are trying accomplish this by dedicating a lot of time to the students they have.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    They have a decent gym :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are self-efficient because you will not get much help from the school. Also, make sure you have a great plan for paying the tuition. It is a lot more than Broward and Miami-Dade College.

    In three sentences

    The tuition is higher than anticipated, so I'm having trouble paying. The school does not make it easy to get information. They required a $200 tuition deposit within 2 weeks of my acceptance letter.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you are a Florida resident, the cost of attending FIU is an incredible deal.

    What to do for fun

    Dolphin Mall is only a couple miles away from FIU. Also, there is a game room with a few pool tables on campus. There are other local shops and things as well. For the more athletic type, FIU has a very large, two-story rec center.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of dining options at FIU. In addition to their normal college food (with many options in and of itself), there are at least a dozen other places you can buy food on campus and other restaurants within a mile of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but it seems good from what I have seen and heard.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take and the major you decide.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking can be very difficult to deal with at first. Plan an extra 30 minutes before class for parking in the first few weeks of the fall semester. Don't be afraid to talk to your adviser about anything and be patient with the financial aid department.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a large and welcoming school. The campus is constantly growing and developing and there are many classes to choose from. FIU is like a small city--but, they believe in a diverse culture and encourage campus involvement.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU is one of the safest universities in the state of Florida. I personally feel really safe when I walk around campus no matter what time of the day. I feel completely safe in my dorm and anyone that becomes a student here should feel safe too.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus. Each one is unique and offers students a different experience. You can build life long brotherhoods and sisterhoods through this experience and it you'll love it all the way through your college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities that FIU offers. There is a Harry Potter club, Caribbean life, etc. Go to GC and you can find out all about them.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for students that love that big campus feel and love hot weather. If you love meeting new people, especially from other countries, than this is the school for you. In my freshman year, I met people from so many other countries like China, Croatia, Kenya, etc. that you are less likely to meet at other schools across the U.S.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to find that out on your own :)

    Bang for the buck

    FIU is pretty affordable. Housing is very expensive but depending on how you look at it, it may look pretty reasonable. Also, there are many fees assessed into your tuition that are unreasonable like paying a parking fee even if you don't have a car.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at FIU. You can visit the gym, go swimming, play basketball, volleyball, go for a walk, running, biking, skateboarding, take a dance class, go eat with friends, and that's just some of the stuff you can do on campus. Then there are the things you can do off campus like going to the beach, the endless amounts of shopping malls, the night life near the campus and on south beach is unbelievable, and there is still so much more.

    Food and Dining

    FIU offers many places to eat on campus between the two campuses. On the north campus, there are many places to dine at like Moe's Southwest Grill, Bistro Subs, Grille Works, etc. On the main campus, there are twenty plus places to dine at like Chick-fil-a, Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Moe's Southwest Grill, Chili's, etc. Also, there are places on campus where you can go to get a snack at 3 o'clock in the morning and they offer cookies that are super yummy and fresh out the oven at all times of the day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. FIU offers an amazing housing staff. The residential advisors, RAs, are students just like you and me and they make you feel welcome at the school and make you excited about being an FIU student. The RAs offer many activities over the course of the school year and they are always available if you need someone to talk to. There are no bunk beds, just twin and full sized beds. The rooms are pretty big in comparison to other schools dorms and the dorms are nicer than other schools because they are fairly new.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is as hard as you make it. If you allocate the proper amount of time to study for your classes, than you will do fine. If you are like me, who only wants to study for two hours, than you might fail. Just work hard and it will pay off in the end when you make the dean's list.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to live on campus, apply for housing early. In fact, apply for housing soon as you get your acceptance letter. The demand for housing is more than the availability. Also, don't carry money on you on campus because there is always someone selling something in GC so you are bound to spend money everyday.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a great school. The campus life is amazing because there is always something going on everyday. The people are nice and the weather is incredible.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU doesn't have a campus security team, they have a fully bonafide Police Department to meet the needs of student safety. In the evenings they offer students the comfort of an escort should the student desire. I personally feel the FIU Police Department really cares about the safety of the students and they desire to assist in any way they possibly can.

    Great for these types of students

    If you place great value on academics but you also want to have an international experience with a diverse group of students, then consider Florida International University in Miami, Florida as your choice for continuing your education and earning the degree you are seeking.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is very competitive and you get more bang for the buck than many other high-profile schools. I suggest you do your research and make a visit to the campus. FIU is great.

    What to do for fun

    If you love college sports, then FIU and south Florida will more than meet your need. FIUâ??s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the nationâ??s most competitive college sports division. We compete in both the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA. I have two words: SOUTH BEACH. The beaches of south Florida are awesome along with the restaurants and the clubs... it is an awesome place. But South Beach isn't the only thing living in Miami has to offer. Coconut Grove, the Florida Keys, awesome malls and shopping, professional sports team such as the world champion Miami Heat basketball team and the Miami Dolphins football team, to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The dining facilities at FIU are absolutely unbelievable. There are 26 separate dining opportunities across the campus and one can find almost anything to meet their individual appetites and tastebuds. Whether it's a snack or a full-fledged meal, the food is choices and menus are totally awesome and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    While I will be living off-campus for my freshman year, the dorms are spacious and boast a tremendous number of amenities including a couple of swimming pools to maintain that beautiful Florida tan.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU only accepts approximately 37% of all applicants to its programs. That means you need to have great scores on your SAT or ACT and I would suggest a minimum GPA of 3.5 to ensure admission.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a school that has diversity of students and an extremely strong expectation for academics, then I would highly recommend FIU. The weather in Miami is gorgeous year round and Miami also boasts some of the best restaurants cultural experiences at any university anywhere. The food court / student union is like a mall in that it boasts a Barnes and Noble bookstore, a fully-stocked GameStop, along with more than 26 restaurants including Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Subway and a Chili's, to name a few.

    In three sentences

    FIU is the 18th largest university in the United States. FIU also has the distinction of being the largest minority-majority university in America and will have an enrollment of more than 60,000 for the 2012-2013 school year. FIU is an awesome facility and an exciting place to learn.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of stuff. From games to gym, to plays and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    They have a huge list of different places where you can eat and also, they give you the opportunity to pay for plan.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but FIU has an amazing variety of activities that you can take advantage of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good ACT/SAT score. It's not hard to get into FIU, just keep the good grades and you'll be just fine.

    In three sentences

    I think FIU is a great university. It gives you the opportunity to explore more than just your major and the diversity helps you to understand a lot of things and helps you grow as a human being.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore around campus. Just the scenery of FIU cultivates you. If you are an active person, there are workout facilties around the campus to complement and increase your skills. If you're a couch potato, there are magnificant lounges inside each building you walk into. If you're social, there are thousands upon thousands of students and organizations on campus to converse with.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of food and drinks around the campus. Cuisine of many different cultures are scattered around the campus. However, any processed food doesn't sit well in my stomach.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms. However, the aesthetics are intriguing.

    Academic Rigor

    Maintain over a 3.0 GPA through the course of 6 years, high school and college. A proud member of National Society of High School Scholars. Top 30% of high school class at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Sr. High. Earned Dean's List honor during Spring 2011 at Miami-Dade College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out who you are first before you actually choose a major. There is where you will find yourself and career.

    In three sentences

    FIU is an upcoming prestiguous university in progress. There campus alone describes we are as students, faculty, and staff. Just minority people striving to reach the pinnacle.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking to meet new friends and network. Students who don't mind being in an atmosphere with many different types of people from all over the world.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm actually a transfer student, and I wish that this would have been my first school of choice, but I'm here now, an I love it! The campus is what I always imagined college to be.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games, basketball games, walk inside the game room, go partying with friends, etc. Its so much to do here at FIU, I LOVE IT!

    Food and Dining

    The campus as a Chili's, Burger King, Pollo Tropical, Subway, all you can eat restaurant, dunkin donuts, papa johns and soooo much more

    Dorm Life

    I'm sorry, i stay off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you go to class, keep a god GPA, and you will be on your way on becoming an FIU Grad!

    In three sentences

    FIU is a beautiful school that has everything a student can dream of. I love everything about FIU, the faculty and staff are nice, many different foods, the campus is very diverse with different types of people from all over the world. I also love the fact that FIU also has an campus in China, which I would love to visit someday.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    - athletic - school spirited! - community oriented; those who want to give back - aspiring leaders - bookworms

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FIU's cube is one tradition I'll definitely not ignore. Rumor has it that once upon yesteryear, a few students were preparing for an exam and they decided to spin the cube for luck; as a result they all got A's. Months go by, and they decided that the cube was superstition and they didn't spin it, which resulted in the students failing not only their final but having to retake the class. I, personally, will be spinning that cube a lot.

    What to do for fun

    FIU has a great number of clubs, sororities and fraternities for students to get involved in. Sports are a big deal, football games tend have a great hype. Also, there are a number of locations around campus for students to interact with each other and show off any artistic abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour and pay attention!

    In three sentences

    One of the greatest things, in my opinion, is the diversity of students from all over the world! Furthermore, the campus is very relaxing yet inviting one to socialize. FIU takes there Freshmen step by step and exposes them to everything the institution offers and that's the greatest start to any education.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Throughout the day and night there are 24 hours surveillance. At night time after dark there is the panther tran that goes around campus and takes students to their destination to prevent any crimes to take place. Even at the dorms there are 24 hour security in the sense that there are locked doors, security cameras, and a person to allow people to enter and exit the buildings.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is almost impossible for a student not to be able to find a club or activity that suites them. There are a variety to choose from and if there is not one that suites the student then they can create their own club. In all these clubs the opportunity to build bonds and friendships with people is amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for a student who enjoys traveling or wants to pursue a major that involves the need to know more than one language. If a student has the desire to make a difference in the world by cleaning up the earth or making a difference in poverty then F.I.U is the school for them. F.I.U offers clubs and organizations that allows a student to travel to a different country to take classes over there or to work on community projects.

    What to do for fun

    Joining a club or a sorority is always something fun to do at F.I.U, but there are always fun events going on daily. Some clubs offer students an opportunity to participate in community service events or campaigns. Even if a student does not have money to spend there is always the game area where a student may shoot pool or play any form of video game.

    Food and Dining

    At F.I.U they offer meal plans that range from 2 meals a day to unlimited amount of meals. In regards to which meal plan a student decides to have the food is great. If a person does not like the food in the meal plans they have a variety of restaurants to choose from that includes bagel places, smoothie places, salad and wrap places, and chilis restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    In exception of the freshmen dorm there are three different forms of dorms a student my choose from: University Towers, University Apartments, or Lake View Hall. Each of these dorms offer the same room types that range from a studio single to a 4 bedroom individual. Regardless of what form of dorm a student has they are given security and reassurance that their belongings are safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at F.I.U is fair. They have a policy where a student may take a class 3 times until they may no longer take the class. The first two times a student may pay instate tuition, but the third time they must pay out of state tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students would be to make sure they join a club at school. There are over 100 choices of clubs to choose from and if a student does not like any of the clubs already offered a student may always form their own club. Not only does a student obtain more knowledge from these clubs but friendship bonds are created as well.

    In three sentences

    F.I.U is an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 and 10 being the highest. This school offers us a wide variety of opportunities to help with our future. Although there are many opportunities offered at this University it is all affordable for mostly everyone regardless what social class your family my be in.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police nearby and it has it's own police station, plus a service where you can call one of their vehicles to drive you to your car if you feel unsafe at night.

    Greek Life

    Rush week starts soon and I plan to try and join a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have yet to join any, but I plan to. There's plenty of clubs to join!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a kissing bridge, rotating a cube for good luck on exams, and if you step on the seal at the Graham Center, you need to walk around it backwards three times or be late a semester when graduating every time you step on it.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is relatively cheap.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and sororities to join, plus events like the upcoming Homecoming concert with Kaskade, B.o.B., and Cobra Starship that's free for any FIU student.

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of yummy food and restaurants available around campus. One reason for the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find parking early and get involved!

    In three sentences

    This university is very spirited, welcoming and helpful. There are people everywhere who are nice and willing to answer your questions. It's not very large, but beautiful; relatively easy to find your way around.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    so far so good

    Clubs and Activities

    many options

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to excel in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sushi Maki ! and outside CP the resting area.

    Bang for the buck

    Get involved and keep the GPA high! Make connections.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in the many on campus activities, clubs and major related opportunities!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to websites to read about the professor.. Its not about the class is about who teaches it !

    In three sentences

    Most of my professors have been amazing. Easy to get helped in Financial Aid and registrars office. Campus life a plus.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many on campus activities it is hard to even know where to begin. The best thing is they are always posted on line and you can even sign up for email notifications. From movie nights to Greek BBQ FIU has it all.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered at FIU is of top quality and there is something for everyone. There is such variety that on campus we have a Chillis, Subway, and a Sushi Maki. Not to mention the many others that re offered. We even offer a fairly inexpensive meal pass.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but you can see how beautiful and plentiful they are by driving around campus. You even have your own parking spaces on campus and a shuttle service that takes you to and from classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic side of this school may be challenging and overwhelming at times especially because of the big class sizes. Fortunately, we are lucky to have amazing teachers that are, for the most part, willing to help and very good about getting back to their students through email. We also have amazing study facilities set up for students such as: Study group rooms you can reserve, different levels of the library for different needs, and websites where you can ask others to join there study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although I have just begun my adventures at FIU i can already think of a few tips for others interested in this school. When coming into FIU make sure you study the campus, learn where the buildings are and where to park before the first day of class (it can get hectic). If you are interested in joining any clubs call ahead, make plans, and take action by asking to be able to join events. Showing initiation and desire will always help!

    In three sentences

    In my opinion FIU is one of the best colleges in Miami. This is based not only on the beauty of the campus, but the many clubs available to students, as well as the study facilities. finally, nothing can compare to the fact that FIU has amazing restaurants on campus for every type of pallet.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports

    Food and Dining

    Best food quality

    Dorm Life

    I do not have a bad experience

    Academic Rigor

    Regular

    Tips for prospective students

    Read, read and read. Be patient and careful about the application processes.

    In three sentences

    This university gives you the feeling of a college student. You never feel alone with the helpful staff at the facility. A pleasant and awesome college in every way.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally safe and as far as I'm concerned, I haven't heard of or have been involved in anything that would put myself or someone else in danger.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's definitely a club or organization that will pique your interest and if there isn't, you can always take a shot at creating your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students who want to learn as well as have a fun time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't come across anything unusual on the campus. Everything seems to comply with the traditional college paradigm.

    Bang for the buck

    A great education for a great value.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations that students can join in order to enhance and enrich their college experience.

    Food and Dining

    Being that FIU is placed in Miami, all the different cultures come together to produce exquisite meals in various restaurants placed around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Though not being one of the harder universities to maintain a decent GPA in considering location is close to schools such as the University of Miami, the college, as well as any other one, will challenge your mind as well as responsibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to work hard and stay on top of your studies (as you should always be), then FIU is the place to go.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University offers an adequate education in which students are immersed in not only the academic aspect, but also the social aspect. With the diversity that the university offers, students will never find themselves in a boring environment. Most kids here want to work hard in order to become knowledgeable civilians.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police patrol the grounds on a regular basis. Good for safety, unfortunate for those who have a lead foot.

    Greek Life

    I am president of a Fraternity at FIU, Zeta Beta Tau, we are just starting but at FIU, Greek life ha an immense following.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym on school grounds which I go to frequently, as well s a pool and a soccer field. Other than that there are a couple of places to hang out and watch re runs of the price is right. Go ahead and just go to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    There are a decent amount of restaurants on the campus grounds themselves but it is always better to venture outside the school grounds to get a bite.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life all depends on which campus you stay at, but you make some strong friendships. You'll make a good deal of friends through being in a dorm with other people.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the courses is relatively minuscule, especially since the teachers are generally invested in your education. The actual college experience outside of the classroom always mitigates the difficulties found in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're not waiting until the last minuet to pick classes, make sure you sign up early for classes you want before the deadline so you can stack up your credits without taking unnecessary classes. Also keep in mind the separation of classes at the opposing campuses, as well as the time required to commute between them.

    In three sentences

    FIU provides many opportunities for personal and educational growth. For instance I am studying broadcast Journalism and my friend is studying Nuero-Psychology, quite different occupations. It seams to me that whatever your goals are, you can find something to suit you.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun just on campus. From cheering on your golden panthers to discovering your artsy side at one of our art exhibits. You can never be bored in this Institution. If working out is your thing then head right over to the Rec Center for a quick workout. They offer plenty of classes and most are FREE! So why not get in shape. If you're more of the musical type then our open campus allows you to set free your inner Beethoven. No matter what your into there is always something here at FIU.

    Food and Dining

    FIU I thing has one of the most divers eating situations. They have tons of places to eat. Burger King, Subway, Moe's, Pollo Tropical, and Starbucks are only a few or the places located at FIU. No matter where you are on campus your never more that five minutes away from food. They also have a huge cafeteria who's food is supplied completely from Fresh Foods. And the best part its an all you can eat buffet! So for those of you with a big appetite this is a great option. They also have a variety of meal plans for those who don't always want to carry money with you and all you need to access them is you FIU one card.

    Dorm Life

    FIU has a range of dorm selections from single rooms to doubles and even apartments. There's always somewhere to stay if you choose to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Although FIU is a very active school filled with activities and events do not forget that the main reason you are attending is to become a well educated person. FIU, just like any other university, has high demands from the students to do well in their classes. Most classes are golden rule meaning you must pass with a c or higher. Like any other institution if you want to succeed you have to make the effort and put in the working hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you have been accepted to Florida International University do not hesitate to become involved. There are great opportunities that will allow you to explore yourself as a person and evolve in character. So don't miss out!

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great University filled with diversity not only in the student body but in the faculty as well. It has a ton of activities ranging from sporting events to art exhibits. There are also a ton of ways to become involved in the school from peer advisers to study abroad programs.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening at the Graham Center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you double check all requirements, if possible speak to more than one advisor, a lot of wrong information is given.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great institution that offers many opportunities to its students. They have a great variety of extracurricular activity and events. Professors for the most part are great but administration isn't at its best.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you spin the cube before midterms and finals, it is said to bring you good luck. Also, DO NOT step on the seal! It is said that if you step on it you'll graduate late. The only way to undo the curse is by walking around it backwards, 3 times.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on on campus, music is always being played as you walk through panther square. Every couple of weeks there is a movie night, and don;t forget the football games!

    Food and Dining

    There is everything to eat! From a starbucks, to pollo tropical and chili's, whatever you are craving you'll definitely find it on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The transition from high-school to college was easier then I thought it would be

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before classes begin! You don;t want to risk getting lost and being late on your first day. Be aware of the campus and where everything is located.

    In three sentences

    I felt at home the moment I stepped foot onto the campus. There is always something to do! Whether it's a concert or movie night, you will never be bored!

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always cops around! The university sends email and texts for our safety and there are also call boxes in every classroom that state warnings.

    Greek Life

    There isn't space for greek housing but the greeks sure do show their letters with pride!

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has a wide variety of clubs and groups.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a spot in GC where you can charge your phone if you forgot your charger!

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of areas on campus to eat and if you do not want to eat on campus there are several other dining areas near FIU.

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately they do not have enough dorms for all the students let alone half but I was able to stay in a dorm for orientation and they are slightly comfortable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of everything you submit to the university and/ or professors. It is better to be safe than sorry.

    In three sentences

    Although, at times, FIU may be a little unorganized in their admission office they try to do their best amongst all the chaos to help a student out. Beside that, the school spirit is amazing, as there is always something going on on campus and every student supports each other.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Too much police in my opinion they give tickets like its a hobby. No mercy on the students when it comes to parking tickets etc.

    Greek Life

    Very productive and always about the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of those and students are very involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spinning this big cube for good luck on your finals, not walking on the gold panther, this produce store with these famous cookies which everyone on campus has tried or at least are knowledgeable of.

    Bang for the buck

    Not the best but not the worst. Tuition is constantly rising.

    What to do for fun

    Attend the events that the schools organize.

    Food and Dining

    We have a vast majority of places to eat subway,burger king, pollo tropical, chilies etc.

    Dorm Life

    Very expensive and limited single rooms. Make you purchase meal plans with some packages. Tiny rooms not enough rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I am a biology major classes are pact and the professors are not always the best source of learning the material you have to do a lot of self studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your interested in attending FIU I recommend that you have either financial aid, prepaid or some other funds that will help you pay for school it is pricey so are the books and access codes. Try to get you classes as soon as possible and finish all paper work when needed.

    In three sentences

    The university offers a lot of support from free tutoring services, to a building dedicated to students who want to study on there own time and may not have the opportunity. I really enjoy this university but tuition is pricey and constantly rising as well as the increase in students.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you kiss you boyfriend/girlfriend on the bridge, then you'll never break up. Candle light ceremony for freshman. If you step on the seal, then you will not graduate on time. If you turn the cube, then you'll ace a test.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games, baseball games, salsa dancing classes, join sorority or fraternity, join a club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not work full-time. Review everyday. Do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    In general FIU is a great school. The campus like is awesome because there are a lot of events, there are several places to eat, such as Papa John's, Sushi Maki, Chili's, BK, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, etc. The academics are great, specifically the Education program because they place a lot of emphases on the FEAPs and on field experience.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Sororities, many on campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    High SAT and ACT scores. If not, high GPA. they are flexible.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school. Very professional and definitely worth the money. Cheaper than most universities.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many things. You have free movies on fridays, all the sporting events for free, the gym and recreation services. Events such as inflatable bounce house and free giveaways.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you attend class, dont think that just by reading the book you'll get by.

    In three sentences

    It has excellent teachers that not only explain content during class but are available after if one has more in depth questions. Has a lot of fun and free events for students and many complementary things that make college life easier.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always police officers on campus at all times of the day. There are also securities riding around in gold carts making sure that everything is running smoothly around the school.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are always a great way to get involved at FIU. Everyone that I know that is part of the Greek life love the organization that they are in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs that students can join at FIU. This is an amazing way to make a difference in the organization of their choice and also a chance to meet different people that have the same beliefs.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, FIU is great for any student that decides to attend the university. There are a ton of diverse cultures and beliefs around campus that it is hard for students to not find someone or something that relates to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Graham Center, the main building at FIU, there is a place called The Pit. This is the place where they have contests, music, different food, and activities on some days of the week. It is quite interesting and I love going there on my free time.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, FIU is an amazing school. The professors are always aiming to make the students better people and from what I see, that is exactly what many of them want.

    What to do for fun

    The main building at FIU, The Graham Center, is where all the activities take place. It always feels like a celebration when i walk into this building because all of the sororities and fraternities do their events here in public. There is also music playing throughout the week and advertisements on the side with cool activities.

    Food and Dining

    Florida International University has an incredible amount of restaurants around campus and every year, our selection gets wider. It amazes me how in each building there is at least two or three dining areas with restaurants or juice bars for the students. The food is amazing. Not many people can complain.

    Dorm Life

    The way the dorms are set up for the students at FIU is actually very nice and has a home-feeling. The student gets to pick his/her roommates or can get randoms. There are different types of rooms for the students to pick.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU is pretty tough depending on the major that you choose. For instance, if you decide to do psychology, the options for classes is open for the student to choose which is not so bad. On the other hand, biology has some challenging courses that are required. Overall, the University is challenging but if you are dedicated, you can handle it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending FIU, you should most definitely consider joining a club or something related tot he university. You meet so many different people that eventually become your close friends and get to experience new cultures and habits.

    In three sentences

    I honestly am in awe with my school. I had different options back when i graduated high school two years ago and made my choice to attend Florida International University and I have yet to regret my decision. The atmosphere is one of a kind and the people, including the professors, are amazing to interact with.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is undoubtedly a safe place, even during those dark scary nights, no one has the worry of being jumped.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the tuition and fees that one puts out.

    What to do for fun

    You'll be living in Miami, what isn't there to do for fun?

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus buffet usually serves decent food, you'll never go hungry if you get the meal plan!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, and everyone is like a family, though the school is 50,000 people only about 10,000 live on campus. So you can count on your 10,000 panther family members to help you out in a time of need.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the most difficult school to pass with a nice GPA, so long as one is focused on their schoolwork and not distracted with all the glories of a Miami Lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to get fired up for all the school events, while still managing your time with your classes.

    In three sentences

    A diverse campus, in which students are able to thrive on the resources provided, without the burden of over-inflated tuition. Of the multiple campuses, each one is unique in its own way. An up and coming school, Florida International University's growth shall not be slowed.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is smaller then most but is still in two safe locations

    Greek Life

    Main campus has the Greek life but only male houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety

    Great for these types of students

    Passionate, cultural

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Midnight breakfast is a great relaxing event

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a resident this is a great school to attend and no residents get a lot of help as well

    What to do for fun

    For me fun is going to be just enjoying everything Miami has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Main campus has the most but this school is ever growing.

    Dorm Life

    The best way to get to know others not only in your major

    Academic Rigor

    Great weather all year and not to large of a campus

    Tips for prospective students

    All classes are there for you to ask the questions that you might have. Get involved

    In three sentences

    This school is great for those passionate hospitality future students. From the teaches to the students I would highly recommend getting enrolled and also active in all the events this school has to offer. One of the greatest things about this school is the chance to enter yourself working hand in hand with the food network in the south beach wine and food festival.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I consider this campus very safe. The police is always available. I have never experienced any problems. I feel very safe at the school.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternities on campus. These fraternities also offer students a lot of different activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school is located in the heart of South Miami. It is close from malls and restaurants. It is also very close to South Beach, which is where most people go for a good time. I can assure you that you will not be bored in Miami at all.

    Great for these types of students

    I think the school is great for any student. It is very welcoming, very diverse. As an international student I would definitely recommend this school to other students who are from other places in the world and are looking for a nice peaceful place to learn, have fun and build new experiences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Graham Center is where everyone hangs out. People stop to grab a bite to eat and take break between classes. We also have the PG5 Market Station which is also an are where you can find food and interact with people. A tradition that students believe in and take seriously is spinning the big black cube. The school legend says that if you spin the cube before your final exams, you will get a perfect score.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an international student and I chose this school after a long time of online research and investigation. I do have to say that I am very glad that I chose this school. I love this place. The faculty and staff have made my stay very pleasant. I can say that this is my home away from home.

    What to do for fun

    The school does its best to keep students entertained with a lot of activities. The mall is also less than 20 minutes from the University. The school is also very close to South Beach.

    Food and Dining

    Food is always available. We have many restaurants on campus, as well as a big buffet style cafeteria. There are also a lot of food and dinning options that are walking distance to the campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well kept. The are nice and spacious enough for students. The housing department does its best to accommodate every student. The University is building a new housing complex due to the increase in the school population.

    Academic Rigor

    The school always organizes events to motivate students to study. Cram Jam week is one of them. During this week, the school provides students with many supplies, 24hr access to the library and even free breakfast.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend the school for a student who is looking for a peaceful environment and very interesting people. The school is very diverse, which allows you to learn a lot about other cultures.

    In three sentences

    The school is very clean and well kept. I love the green areas and the student's REC center. There are a lot of options available to students when it comes to food. The professors are very nice and helpful.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A little scary to be out at night. I have a class that lets out at 8 pm. Although, there are always so many people, even in the parking lot, that it really isn't a big deal. There is a police station on campus and a tram service you can call for to assist you to your car.

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of it but, they like to party. Greek life is very prominent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for absolutely everything. In the entire time you're there you will not know about ever group.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. Whether you like to party or prefer to only study and be by yourself, this is the place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the seal. If you have your first kiss, as a couple, on the blue kissing bridge you will be with that person forever (the superstition says). The only way to reverse it is to throw the person over the bridge into the lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially economical with Florida Prepaid for tuition and Florida Bright Futures Scholarship for books.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events with free movies, free food and free stuff. There are a lot of random fun events that come up out of nowhere. Today the Asian Club started dancing to Ghagnam style in the middle of the cafeteria.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to find out about all the events. Often time people don't even know about them until it is too late. Go to class because if not you will not be able to pass.

    In three sentences

    This school has a great environment and student life. There are many events to go to and the academics are great. I find the classes to be very interesting even though not all the professor are good at teaching.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get hung up with friends get the work done

    In three sentences

    It is one of the best schools in all of Florida. There is clubs for everyone and anyone. You will feel like home but also like a college student

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, we have our own Police Department on campus.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in the Greek life but one of the fraternities has a annual Foam Party and they throw lots of pool parties

    Clubs and Activities

    Some of the clubs and activities on campus are the astronomy club, a book club, cheerleaders, dancers and they have a great football team.

    What to do for fun

    They have alot of parties,step shows, pep rallys and before home football games they have tail gating parties.

    Food and Dining

    They have a great variety of dining places for example, Chilis, Chic-fil-a, Pizza hut, and on Wednesday they have an organic food market open by the library.

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay on campus so I do not know anything about dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    Very demanding as far as academics but the teachers are very willing to help in anyway possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the free tutoring services that are provided.

    In three sentences

    The is a wonderful school. It has a very diverse culture population. Everyone is very kind and helpful.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I am an extremely selective food person, and for that reason I honestly do not eat on campus. There are many options to choose from which include popular fast food and other national food chains. However, there is not one place that a healthy meal can be found, or an alternative/organic facility that would not only cater to the liberal mentalities in a university, but also everyone's health and waistline. I feel they could definitely push more in the food choices available.

    Dorm Life

    I have never dorm-ed in any university, including FIU. I have visited however, it is expensive, and some of the dorms are outdated. It is extremely small living, however, compared to dorms of other universities, it is not bad at all.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor I believe definitely depends on the major you choose. As for my own experience, architecture as in every other architecture school is a demanding field of study.

    In three sentences

    FIU has truly surprised me, and I have been thoroughly impressed with the architecture undergraduate masters program, which is my area of experience. I have also met some great people at FIU, along with many dedicated professors throughout my coursework.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    FIU has been proven to be one of the best values for your education, being one of the least expensive state schools in Florida, but in my experience, one of the best learning opportunities, and being in such a unique location, the best opportunities for the future, especially with internships.

    What to do for fun

    FIU is located in the biggest city in Florida, essentially a cultural mecca of Hispanic culture, you will never run out of new things to experience. On campus, The Spc(student programming council)'s soul purpose is to improve campus life and have fun activities, such as movie nights, dances and the like, which have all been very enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    FIU has more dining options than i have even been able to actually experience in my 2 years here, there are so many restaurants around campus that you will never get bored of eating at school. with the addition of the new, highly customizable meal plans, you can tailor it to fit your exact needs, which i found to be quite the money saver as i am constantly eating on campus between classes.

    Dorm Life

    The vast array of different dorming alternatives is wonderful. Being able to get anything from your own private studio, to sharing a dorm room with your best friend, is great. All of the dorm buildings are rather new, especially the newest building that is in construction, to be done next fall, so they are all in great condition. The bedrooms, after decorated, feel like a second home, making that transition to college all the more easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes, the courses are rather rigorous, but you leave each class with an abundance of new information, prepared for the next class that feeds off of that knowledge and for your field and as a student as a whole.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a meal plan, they are a wonderful value with the addition of panther bucks, and the newly renovated Fresh Foods is even better than before.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University's campus has a intimate, comfortable, and homey feeling. Between the easy to maneuver campus, the wonderfully friendly professors and staff, and the plethora of student events, its nearly impossible to feel lost or left out. Also being in the big city cultural mecca that Miami is, there is an endless supply of exciting opportunites.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're socially active, there are many clubs to join and things to do at any time of the day. However, if you prefer quiet places or small groups of friends, you'll have a hard time finding it. We're a big college of 50,000.

    Bang for the buck

    FIU does its best to keep tuition down and FIU is starting to build up its reputation. Almost all its grad schools are world renowned and all the undergraduate schools are definitely catching up. The Creative writing, Business, and Law programs are especially great, and the Law school has a special program for FIU undergrads that allows them an automatic entry once you turn in your LSAT scores and your GPA. In your senior year, you'll take grad school courses. Of course, you have to meet their standards. Long story short, great value for your money.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activites and clubs to get into. A plethora of Frats and Sororities to join, as well as Student government and several special interest groups like young republicans/democrats, spoken word clubs, speech and debate, and obviously plenty of sports teams. It's hard to get into specifics because there are so many of them out there. I've been here for 3 years and I'm still not even sure how many clubs there are.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great selection of food, but I highly suggest you avoid the convenience stores (named POD and Recharge-U) since the lines tend to be long and the items overpriced. Here's a link to all the restaurants we have: shop.fiu.edu/restaurants/index.html. Generally the lines are longest between 12-1pm and 2-3pm so try to get your meals before or after this time. Fresh Foods also has high quality food as everything is made fresh. They even have a lactose free frozen yogurt machine!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms such as Lakeview and the Towers have a good social life but others like Everglades and the University Apartments don't have too much going on for them, but this varies semester to semester. There are generally a lot of stoners in each dorm building and chances are, if you get a dorm, at least one of your roommates will be a pothead or dealer. Should you want to avoid this as well as the cost (they force Freshman to buy the meal plan, which may or may not be a good thing), I'd suggest looking into renting an apartment in the area. Oh, and bring a comforter should you plan on sleeping on the mattresses at FIU; they are really stiff.

    Academic Rigor

    It seriously depends on your major and what classes you take. Generally the first two years will be very easy as they are all usually introductory courses. However, this ease doesn't apply to a few majors, such as Music and Engineering, who have to take many many many more pre-requisites than most people. Ratemyprofessors.com is a generally a good website to use to determine good professors from bad, but note if you are lazy or disorganized, make sure to change that by the end of Freshman year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make appointments with your academic advisor whenever you can. Usually these people are very helpful and friendly and will go out of their way to help you (ask for Brenda Codallo). We have amazing departments for Business, English, and History, and be sure to meet with your professors one on one as much as you can so you can make a good impression on them. Oh, and the Graham Center generally has everything you need. Oh, and don't buy textbooks from the bookstore as you can usually find cheaper alternatives online.

    In three sentences

    FIU has a variety of organizations that you can easily join that fit nearly every interest you could think of. FIU provides a lot of resources to help you manage stress, academics, and even apply for jobs in the real world. FIU has a very nice balance of a thriving social life and a manageable academic load; the only downsides are parking facilities and traffic, both on the road and between classes.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always students or safety officers constantly on campus monitoring the parking lot and buildings making sure it is safe for the students, faculty, and staff members.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization for everyone and every interest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't ever step on the seal, you will never graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    It's not the cheapest in Miami, but worth it in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There are events that happen all the time, whether it is Greek related, Football related, sports in general related, or Homecoming (just to name a few). Fun is a must at FIU.

    Food and Dining

    There are a big number of options to eat on campus, especially with the new PG5 building that brought a bunch of new things to the South campus.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but have visited all of them and they are very comfortable and spacious for being a Miami dorm room. The family you seem to make in these dorms are memorable.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are full-time, you must stay focused with all courses being taken. There is a lot of reading and writing and studying that has to be done to do well in almost all classes, but what school isn't like that?

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like big campuses that have a lot of activities as well as a great college program, this is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    FIU has great hospitality professors that are enthusiastic about the subject matter. The environment is comfortable, fun, friendly, and has easy access to everything I might need as a student. FIU is up-to-date with society, the community, technology, and the school itself; Florida International University is Worlds Ahead.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always different events going on in Graham center where students hag out and listen to music and dance.

    Food and Dining

    There is a big choice for food for all tastes sushi, pollo tropical, Burger King, sandwich places, vegetarian food and so on.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in dormitory can't say anything about it.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are an A student of course you will have to study hard but at least there is nothing you won't understand if you read the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you study at FIU I recommend attend all classes even when it is not mandatory. Use ratemyproffesors web page to look for classes. Be active and involved in campus life.

    In three sentences

    I love FIU. All professors I had were very professional and showed that they do care for their students. I believe FIU is the best in Miami because it is affordable comparing to other universities and a student will become just as qualified as in any high cost university.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are only a few traditions here. There's a supersition behind stepping on the seal in front of GC that if you won't graduate on time if you do and the only way to repel that is to walk counterclockwise around it three times. There is also a large cube sculpture that rotates on a corner that students spin for good luck before exams

    Food and Dining

    There is a place to eat all over campus and there is variety, so if you feel like eating sushi one day or a sub another day, there are places to go.

    Dorm Life

    Each student has a small room to themselves, so privacy is there.

    Academic Rigor

    Usually it depends on the major you pursue and the classes you take. Overall the academic rigor is average, even the honors program here isn't as competitive as over schools such as miami dade.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is beautiful, they did a excellent job in lanscaping. The educational experience there is diverse and well-rounded. The staff there is overall freindly and very helpful to your needs.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always present but not overbearing. They're always patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    Fun, but not necessary for college life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities on campus, the only problem is to search for them. You should visit the Student Life office to find out more information as in registration dates, group meeting locations, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're outgoing, I suggest you join a sorority or a fraternity, and mingle with everyone there. If you're much more reserved but still want to meet people, I suggest joining clubs that share your interests or will help you further your career. They offer much of the perks of a Greek house without the burden of keeping a certain academic level.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this huge cube on campus that everyone turns three times before midterms and finals for good luck. There is a story told by students that there were these three friends who did not study for finals and turned the cube three times for luck, so when they received their grade, they received an A. There's also the emblem of the university going inside the food court that no-one steps. There's a superstition that if you step on it, you will be retained at FIU for more years than what you should be in school for. If you step on it by accident, you have to go around the emblem backwards three or four times to reverse the curse. There's also a lake in the shape of a heart at FIU. Supposedly, couples who have their first kiss on a bridge crossing the lake will stay together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    To get the best education possible, always check on the professors before taking the class. If possible, find prior students and ask them how the class was, was it difficult, was there any challenges or anything they didn't like about the class. Those answers will help you determine whether that professor is the right one for you. Same goes for college life, apply to all the fraternities

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of things to do for fun. At FIU there are many types of activities, such as involving yourself in doing community work at the local wildlife reserve we have on campus as well as sports at our gymnasium. Clubs and groups at FIU also offer activities to do, such as field trips, get togethers, BB's, parties, and more. Off campus, there are also clubs by the beaches as well as going to the beach and even going to the Florida Keys. Up north, we have Orlando which is home to Universal Studios as well as Disney and other parks.

    Food and Dining

    There is always something to eat at the food courtyard, whether it be brand names such as Subway or Einstein Bros., but FIU also has its own cafeteria where they have a multitude of selection in food. There's always something different and the prices always seem to be reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you go to, there are many different types for all levels (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students). Some have kitchens while others do not and some are just too expensive; it'd be more cost effective to move into an apartment yourself and get roommates. I know some dorm buildings have parties and get togethers, which will impact you if you're either a party person or a reserved person. Be wary of dorms if you like peace and quiet!

    Academic Rigor

    There are good and bad professors at FIU, like there are at many colleges. Always check their rating on ratemyprofessor.com and make sure you're picking a class with a professor who has a passion to teach; you'll be able to tell who loves what they do and who doesn't. It will affect your grade and learning experience at FIU.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want the full college experience, I would recommend being a part of a sorority/fraternity as well as apply to any clubs and groups that may interest you. Also, living on campus would help in meeting new people, but it's not necessary since you can find many students are looking for roommates around campus. Be wary of parking due to a high volume of students attending, especially during the morning and afternoon hours. Register for classes as soon as you can since classes fill up quickly.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a dynamic and fast-paced university in the heart of Miami. Different cultures mingling with each other help everyone learn and be tolerant of others. FIU students are full of spirit, friendly and prideful of their university, which can be seen at many types of events such as sports and special occasions.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Security on campus is always around.

    Greek Life

    So many different sororities to choose from!

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are amazing and helpful towards our intended careers.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Easy going, fun, motivated students.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is not very costly compared to many others around its area. The education is impeccable.

    What to do for fun

    So many sports and cubs and sororities to join! There are so many events !!

    Food and Dining

    So many restaurants within the school you have a large variety to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Outstanding!

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to manage your time because Miami is a city full amazing activities to go to with such little time. You will never be bored at this university there is always something to do.

    In three sentences

    Amazing atmosphere school is well taken care of beautiful location. The people are great all from different cultures and very open to new individuals. So many activities and school events to attend.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No incidents have occurred and there is a police station dedicated to the university.

    Greek Life

    There is also an array of fraternities and sororities such as phi sigma sigma and alpha omega phi.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an array of clubs to choose from, and they're easy to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In Panther Square there is an emblem on the floor, there is a myth that if anyone steps on it they won't graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are many free events on campus the gym is accessible to students and there is also a pool.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing, way better than high school food and very affordable.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live at home but the dorm rules are pretty reasonable.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very good some of the best I've had in years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything ahead of time. Procrastinating can cost you

    In three sentences

    FIU is very diverse. The campuses are beautiful and well maintained. It is also very affordable.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU has a system of alerting students through e-mail, phone, or text when there is any given breach of security or any type of threat even when you're not on campus. They even alert students about certain traffic delays and offer alternate routes to get to school. The measures they take help me feel much more secure and at home while studying.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can't be bored at this school. There's almost a club for every interest from basketball to fraternities to even a Jewish club. FIU even offers special-interest clubs like black student unions or republicans and democrats on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is different in the fact that this school can appeal to almost any student. Regardless of what background or culture you are form, you can fit in to FIU and all it's cultures and the beautiful Miami weather is splendid.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school seal on the floor prior to the entrance in the student center at FIU is untouchable: no one is allowed to step on it. They say that the student who steps on the seal fails their current semester. There's also a huge rotating sculpture in another building that is said to give good luck on a given test when a student spins it.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to most colleges, FIU's tuition is relatively low. Being a school that offers resources like research, supplies, and other things that help us students in their studies, you certainly get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    The is a great number of fraternities and sororities along with religious, athletic, cultural, and special-interest clubs that are sure to attract almost any student that come in to this school. Students easily find their own niche here at FIU.

    Food and Dining

    FIU offers a wide variety of food from different cultures and customs. You can't be a student at FIU and stay hungry. It's just way too many options to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at FIU will always push you to give your maximum effort and they will always encourage you to excel in every area of your life, whether it be academic or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as many scholarships possible and get involved at school. These two things will help you and your family get used to your first college experience much faster.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a great school filled with resources and opportunities for success for every student. Being in the heart of Miami, they offer what many schools can't: a community rich in different backgrounds and cultures. FIU is truly a different place to be.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Computer Science and business majors. FIU has wonderful transfer opportunities for CS majors, as well as an excellent business school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kissing bridge. It's a bridge that spans a simple pond, but it's one of the nicer places on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good, the teaching is wonderful assuming you get good professors, and the price is one of the cheapest around.

    What to do for fun

    Campus Life. Greek Clubs. There are always events to enjoy between your studies.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but the prices can be gouging at times. Most of the food there is outsourced to larger companies like subway, Mc Donalds, and such. They are more than willing to charge us captive audience an extra dollar for food.

    Dorm Life

    I dont have a dorm myself (yet), but I've yet to hear any complaints from people who do have dorms there. There is a waiting list to get into the dorms, so make sure to apply ahead of time.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to keep on top of your studies, the professors are willing to work with you, but you gotta do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check your account frequently. There are lots of little things that can sneak up on you, but the advisers and people who work there are more than helpful, if you're just a little proactive.

    In three sentences

    Opportunity. That's the word I would use to describe FIU, it isnt the largest, most expensive, or most prestigious, but it's a gateway for a better life.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, there are people everywhere ALL the time, and usually some sort of police officer or security guard walking around campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a number of fraternities and sororities in FIU, some social and some academic.

    What to do for fun

    In GC they usually have activities of some sort, so you can always stumble into one of those. FIU has a pretty big Greek Life, so if you are into that, that might be a great way to be part of something. There are also many dance, art, and music classes, among others.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, you have many, many choices as to what to eat. There is an all-you-can-eat buffet, a little Cuban caffe, and a Chili's among the various restaurants the campus offers. If from all the options you STILL feel you need more, FIU is close to many other restaurants outside campus, many of them walking distance or just a less than five minute long ride.

    Dorm Life

    Many people live on campus, but most of FIU's students live in Miami, so the vast majority only go to campus for their classes.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the teacher, while some teachers might be very lenient and easy going, others might be very strict and demanding. Usually with giving a little time for studying everyday and doing all the assigned work you'll do good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that GC (Graham Center) is the heart of the campus, everyone meets there and it's always fun to hang about. Always arrive 20 minutes earlier to find parking or to walk to your classes. A number of golf-carts move around campus nonstop to take students from one place to another, it's free and way faster that walking, take advantage if that!

    In three sentences

    Big and green campus. People form all over the world. Fun activities all year round.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Panther Dial!! They are committed to your saftey! There are lights everywhere, and there is a shuttle to take you around campus at night if you have to study late at the library and don't feel comfortably walking across campus by yourself. I love campus at night, it's peaceful and not dangerous!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is GREAT at FIU!! Go Greek, with several fraternities and sororities to chose!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is EVERYTHING you could ever want at FIU! Endless amounts of clubs, and endless amounts of opportunities to join them!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone is a shoe in for FIU, World's Ahead!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    YES! There are Three that I found stood out! The cube, the bridge, and the boat! Find out more when you go to visit!

    Bang for the buck

    As Miami-Dade's first public university, it is a much more reasonably priced that Miami University.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to parties, the movies, and there is always events to attend! The gym is great! And there are like endless clubs!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining options are ENDLESS!! There is so much to chose from on campus! And they are adding something it seems like every year. Freshman have to buy a meal pass, and with that it comes with Panther Dollars, which you can use at any restaurant on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE the dorms!! They have multiple styles to chose from, even apartment style! They are all clean, and the freshman get their own two buildings!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great here. The classes are larger, but you do have teacher assistants that give you that more one on one feel. The college has schools inside of it, like the school of business, and the school of nursing. Those programs are extremely aggressive!

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! Apply to the college its self for the earlier deadlines, and apply for as many scholarships as you can!

    In three sentences

    I loved the vibe of the school. I hope to attend soon. The campus is beautiful!

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department and that ensures the safety of all students and staff on campus.

    Greek Life

    I myself am part of a fraternity and, overall, is a great experience. I highly recommend it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to be involved in and many activities to participate in in order to meet people and make relationships.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the Kissing Bridge. Basically means that if you kiss your significant other on it, you'll be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    It's somewhat expensive living here but much better when compared to other universities of this caliber.

    What to do for fun

    When I have the time, I enjoy participating in the events offered on campus and be involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very similar to food at restaurants. Not to mention the fact that there are some restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well kept and spacious; overall great living location.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are indeed challenging and will help you develop and grow as an individual.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live near Miami or in the South Florida region, FIU is a great choice for college.

    In three sentences

    After being here for over half a semester, I can honestly say that I am impressed with the education level and involvement opportunities offered here at FIU. The environment is great and the students are diverse.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since it's Miami there are plenty of activities to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the hardest but definitely not the easier school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely be on top of the ball. If you have questions it is always better if you ask instead of guessing.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is great and there is more than enough help. The websites give enough information and you could always call for assistance. It's not a scary place to be.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very.

    Greek Life

    small but building.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list here check of the student life page on the website.

    Great for these types of students

    Metropolitanesque. Culturally curious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nature Preserve. Trail Of the Torch week of Welcome activity.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of opportunities and top notch professors for the price of a state school.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the nature preserve. Join a greek organization, Go clubbing in Downtown, or go to the art museum on campus or the ones downtown.

    Food and Dining

    We have one cafeteria for mostly housing students, its an all you can eat buffet. We also have like 50 mainstream food joins DD, Burger king, Chili's etc.

    Dorm Life

    Its not quite your traditional college feel, but there is always something going on, and the RAs are pretty cool

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the program, I do a lot of work, but I have a very demanding major

    Tips for prospective students

    Take Spanish in high school and pay attention if you don't speak it aready. Find something besides your studies to help you enjoy school. Use your resources to the fullest.

    In three sentences

    Highly Diversified, with numerous cultural and educational extracurricular experiences. Difficult to work with the business professionals, but plenty of jobs available. Always growing and building, not sure if this is good or bad.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    FIU offers many on campus activities, there is always some SGA event in GC. FIU has a great swimming pool, along with a beach volleyball court next to it. There is also a garden preserve next to the FIU baseball stadium and a little nature trail. Only being 20 minutes away from South Beach, FIU is very close to 2 huge malls: Dolphin Mall and Miami International Mall which are both within a 5 minute radius from campus. FIU is also very close to the airport if any traveling is a considerable option.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining took me a little time to get used to on campus. I was always used to my mother's cooking and freshmen year it was very hard to use a kitchen, however the food offered on campus has improved over the years which will make it easier to accommodate for prospective students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming has been the best experience, this was where I really gained independence and self control.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically FIU is a great school. All of my professors have been very helpful and fair with assignments and tasks. I always look up my professors before taking their classes on ratemyprofessor.com or I ask fellow peers for advice on classes they've taken in the past.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research on-campus or off-campus dorming ahead of time, register for your classes on time. Be very aware and active with your FIU email and professors.

    In three sentences

    Great school to be exposed to diversity, FIU has more than 40,000 students filled with different backgrounds, culture and races. I have learned a lot here not just from the professors but from my fellow colleagues as well. It is a great school to grow and unite with different ethnicity's.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The University Police is very efficient and works with the city police or sheriff in some cases if necessary, such as the first week of school, in order to do their job well. At the same time if anything were to happen they notify you via phone or email about what is happening and how to keep safe.

    Greek Life

    There is not a whole lot of Greek life. While we do have fraternities and sororities just not as many houses as you would think. Keep in mind that FIU is still a new university and there is always construction going on because we are a growing university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a numerous amount of clubs and activities to attend. Depending on what you want to do will lead you to the proper club that is suited for you.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for just about anyone especially those who are majoring in business and enjoy meeting new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT WALK OVER THE FIU SEAL!!! It is an old myth that if you walk over the seal you do not graduate on time. To reverse the spell you simply(or not so simply) walk backwards 3 times around the seal.

    Bang for the buck

    For the most part as far as tuition goes if you go to class and you do pass then you are getting more bang for your buck. At the same time the pricing can be unreasonable, such as food cost.

    What to do for fun

    There is a large sum of things to do for fun. For the most part there is something to do everyday on campus at FIU even if you are not part of a fraternity. FIU always has some kind of activity to do on campus and even send emails if it is a larger event.

    Food and Dining

    FIU has a large variety of restaurants. While the food may be a little overpriced it is very convenient to get to since everything is in walking distance. There is also a buffet on campus that changes its menu everyday. If you do not want any of the food on campus you can also go of campus to some of the local restaurants which is not that long of a drive and in some cases, walk.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life while it is expensive it is well worth it. You can attend different campus events as well as meet new people. At the same time everything that you need is right there on campus, you can walk over to academic advising, financial aid, even restaurants. Dorming means that you do not have to drive to the campus which means you can save gas and that you don't have to deal with the traffic. The dorm complexes are also really nice and maintained well. FIU is a very safe campus with notifications via email and phone notifications if something were to occur on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and classes you take will determine on how hard they are. If you are taking a class that is in your major and that you are interested in then more than likely it will be an easy class. At the same time some of the other courses here are a little more difficult and require more work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the money or the loans I would definitely recommend dorming on campus. If you don't I would still recommend that you get involved in campus activities. Also take classes earlier in the day such as 8am, 9am so that you can find good parking, especially if you are making the commute.

    In three sentences

    In General FIU is a very good university to attend. They have a large amount of diversity and the people here as well as the staff are very kind and helpful. FIU is known for its diversity as well as its business programs.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Athletics, activities, concert, clubs, organization, gym, museum

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to learn on your own

    In three sentences

    FIU, is honestly a great school full of diversity. But to every up there is a down, unfortunately the class sizes are large and this can cause the student to lose interest in school.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food options are great. It could be better with a few more options but overall I like the eating area of the food. I rate it a 7

    Dorm Life

    I love living on campus. Its a great way to meet new people and get involved. It is also so convenient. I rate it an 8

    Academic Rigor

    I rate the academic a 7

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus. Because this school is such a big commuter school, its hard to sometimes meet people and get involved. Living on campus really helps with meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    I rate Florida International University with a 9. I really like it so far.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's many things to do for fun, from 12 to about 1 or 2 there is always something going on in GC!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. Fresh foods is awesome, Pollo Tropical too, and the cafe above the bookstore is awesome. Oh!! And the crack cookies at Breezeway Cafe!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I've heard it's very fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are good. The professors are very helpful and nice and so are the advisors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to come here, just makes sure you do well in high school. Not extremely feel, but if you do pretty good with your grades you will most likely get an FIU scholarship!

    In three sentences

    FIU is a good school. I personally am not a fan of the university, but I think most people that come here really enjoy it. The people are nice.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything happens in the Graham Center. There is a pit in that building and there is always activities there.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The library is great. Being a big schools it has many clubs that organize different activities open to the public. Football games drive ins

    Food and Dining

    There a meal plan available that pretty much takes care of all your dining needs, and the food is not half bad, there's also many places around the campus (Burger king, Pollo tropical, jamba juice, etc).

    Dorm Life

    I myself have not experienced it first hand, but the dorm rooms are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    so its not an IV league, but it offers a lot of variety and it has a top hospitality program.

    Tips for prospective students

    When picking classes, make sure to note the campus in which they are located. Join clubs related to your major, it is a great way to meet people with similar interest Become familiar with your guidance counselor

    In three sentences

    nice campus, good environment I really like the library Big college, lots of club opportunities

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    F.I.U has a their own police station on site and are usually on patrol. Never heard of anything bad happening crime wise.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers.

    Bang for the buck

    Most learning is self taught but teachers are always willing to help.

    What to do for fun

    The are astronomy parties that are pretty cool. Visit the art museum campus they change exhibits from time to time. Join a club doesn't matter which one most are fun.

    Food and Dining

    F.I.U has a Pollo tropical on site. Along with a buffet, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, subway and more.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorous, but if you are really interested in the subjects you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    The math teachers are ruthless. If you plan to attend you will have to be willing to commit time to them. Always talk to your academic adviser they will usually steer you away from dangerous situations.

    In three sentences

    F.I.U has a warm, happy environment socially. However, the classes and parking suck. There is always something going on at F.I.U so there is always something to do if you look for it.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's almost always something going on on campus. It's been once said that you can always find free food on campus if you look hard enough and it's true. Before you go out and buy food from Moe's or Burger King, take a look around campus to make sure they're not giving away free (or cheap) food.

    Food and Dining

    The downside of the food is that, as expected, it's quite expensive but there are many restaurants near the school (Modesto Maidique Campus) that are available if you don't want to eat at the school per say.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall into the party hype. It's quite easy to always want to go out and party because Miami is a party city but you've got to try to ignore it and focus on your work.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school and perfect for students who love a warm climate and school spirit. There are many opportunities to win free things and make friends who will help you out with your college classes and homework. Both campuses are also beautiful.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU is heavily surrounded by Police offices and have multiple programs to keep students safe.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek life on campus but there are only 2 fraternity houses so the Greek community is rather small. However, most of those students that are Greek become very involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    FIU is constantly adding different organization and will most likely have one for any students hobby of field of interest.

    Great for these types of students

    This University would be ideal for students interested in Nursing or Health Services as well as students interested in hospitality those are the two largest programs at FIU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cube is located in the middle of the university and it is spun by many students before a big exam and it is seen as a good luck charm the story goes, if you spin the cube you will get an A on the exam. It is also stated that if you step on the seal in front of the Graham Center you will graduate a year late unless you walk around the seal 10 times backwards.

    Bang for the buck

    Since there has been a lot of change in the University the price of tuition has gone up and it is now the most expensive University in Florida however because of the new addition the worth of the Diploma has also increase. In previous ears it has shown that the worth of the degree has outweighed the cost of the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are events on campus almost every week, such as movie viewings or comedy shows if not they have a pool hall on campus and each floor in the dorms has a multipurpose room. The south campus also has a community sized pool located by the Dorms

    Food and Dining

    Eating on campus is expensive but they do have plenty of options to choose from in two separate locations and have incorporated healthy places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm rooms at FIU are new so they can accommodate most people however with the restrictions on decorations most Dorms look like hospital rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take each section does have a professor that works with the students and does not make the class difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once accepted into the university attend career fairs and learn about the different ways you can get involved on campus. A lot of those students involved know different classes to take that could add experience and certificates to your degree.

    In three sentences

    This University has amazing opportunities for incoming college students. With this constantly growing university students have a wide ranges of areas they can focus on including Nursing along with the new Medical School that is open> However because of this growth tuition does tend to go up quite often.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There is even a number that you can call to get a ride to your car at night.

    Greek Life

    There is only two Greek Houses on campus but the others are equally as exciting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT STEP ON THE SEAL IN FRONT OF THE GRAHAM CENTER! There is also a seal in front of the book store, do not step on that one either.

    What to do for fun

    There are campus parties and there are multiple events that take place every day of the week. All you have to do is get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! There is a lot of variety!

    Dorm Life

    I can not say. I only commute.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what major you are in, some are more rigorous than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to this school! The professors are great and the atmosphere is amazing!

    In three sentences

    Main Campus (Modesto Maidique) is a very lively campus. They like to promote campus involvement so you can get involved and meet other people, especially important since it is still mainly a commuter school. All in all, very great place to be.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spinning the cube before an exam is said to bring luck and good grades.

    What to do for fun

    There are several student organizations on campus to get involved with including the Alumni Association Veterans Chapter, political clubs, and student life to name a few. Athletic venues throughout the year and extra activities during Homecoming week.

    Food and Dining

    FIU offers many options for dining including Chili's Too, Chik-Fil-A, Salad Creations, and more. FIU has food options spread throughout campus from the dorms and Graham Center to the largest lecture hall on campus, SIPA and even Parking Garage 5. You're never without an option for food or coffee with Bustelo in the GC and Starbucks in the Green Library.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are often large; sit up front to get the most out of each lecture. Arrive early and do not leave late. Forming a small study group will be your best assest in order to pass classes such as Biology and Chemistry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Acquaint yourself with the Green Library and all the services it has to offer. Sign up for PLTL if applicable and any other tutoring options. Connect with a campus organization pertinent to your degree.

    In three sentences

    FIU is diverse in its student population and curriculum. FIU is located in a culturally rich area full of opportunity. FIU is academically challenging and rewarding all in one.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus security and police are always on duty.

    Bang for the buck

    The grocery store! You can quickly grab a couple thing to make a meal or small snack under 4 dollars!

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and groups that host many activities outside of school.

    Food and Dining

    They have a big food court with many choices on food. They also have coffee shops, smoothie shop, and small grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    I do not have a dorm but I have heard that many students love it since its across the street from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a wide variety of classes and professors who try to help students as much as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is an great school, you definitely feel the campus like all around you.

    In three sentences

    This university is helpful, always full of life and different people, and i know here I will have an opportunity to succeed.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that campus safety is very high because of the only two incidences which have occurred in or near the university since I've been there( about 3 years), both were dealt with immediately and nobody from the college was hurt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some pretty interesting traditions and tales abut the university, but I'm not going to spoil it for you. You'll have to go to orientation to hear those. ;)

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of people think of FIU as being a very low key university to have on a resume or transcript, but the truth is, they are very respected and students do transfer to other universities with little complications if any.

    What to do for fun

    The university has events all throughout the year hosted by the Sororities and Frats. They even have they're own Movie theater. the most important thing to remember though, is to find something to do that will take your mind off of studies from time to time, but always do this in moderation.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning available on campus is good, especially they're own Fresh Food Company which is buffet style. However, prices continue to rise each semester. and I pack lunch on occasion just to save money.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know first hand, about dorm life because I live with my parents still, but from what some of my friends tell me, it's pretty decent. I mean, what's not to like about living on campus? No traffic in the morning, no waking up super early to avoid it, no traffic in the afternoon and always having your belongings close by is real convenient and a logistical dream for a commuter student like myself.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are hard since I am studying Mechanical Engineering, but in general, FIU's classes aren't too hard. Keep your head up, be respectful to your professors and always do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose wisely what you will do each semester, even how you will spend the day. Make sure you never write a formula incorrectly, and always choose your class schedule carefully, keeping respective professors in mind.

    In three sentences

    The University is good, but professors can really make the biggest difference in learning and final grades.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many robberies have occurred on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper to go to Miami Dade College and transfer.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and groups. It's located in Miami and there's always something to do in Miami. Go to the games.

    Food and Dining

    Fast food all around. Many options available. I don't dine at school.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seem small. Not the best security. I don't live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Has some great teachers. Hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and look at the rate my professors online. Don't be a slacker. Make friends and study groups, always network.

    In three sentences

    It has a great engineering program. It has grown a lot over the past few years. It has gotten a lot more expensive to attend here.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Try to stay focused as possible, and be weary of the friends that you may make. As it is true for any college, there are those who will distract you and those who will flock to you for what you can provide. All in all, know what your goals are, and you won't have much of a problem.

    In three sentences

    FIU has the potential to be a tip top school of Florida. It is growing to accommodate a plethora of races, ideologies, and the like, in almost every growing field. If it can further promote a rigorous academic attitude within the minds of its students, It will be an excellent school choice.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since this campus is centered in the Miami area there is often more things to do outside of the campus than inside. But FIU does offer cool things to do if you just want to pass the time between classes or whatnot. You can go to the Rec Center which has the gym and courts. The library is always a nice place to take a nap if you're tired. GC is always offering cool things to do (its always a party in there at any time haha). And outside of regular school hours they are tons of things they do at night for example, the famous free movie nights. SPC (a group in FIU) hosts movie nights on the campus with really cool movies. Its fun.

    Food and Dining

    There is food EVERYWHERE. If it isn't an actually restaurant staring at you its three vending machines on the other side. Its very tempting but they offer lots of choices. Very satisfying.

    Dorm Life

    I only had to stay in a dorm for orientation (I live very close to the campus) but from what I say they are pretty big. They have air conditioning, plenty of space for one person (I'm not sure about the roomies). I stayed in one room connected with three others. There was a kitchen which was pretty sustainable and a bathroom which was the only bad thing I'll say about it. The bathroom is to be shared by those 4 other people and it is tiny. Poor lighted. But other than that the dorms are good. White enough for you to decorate ;)

    Academic Rigor

    The content of the courses (even the easy classes) are challenging and very good at teaching you something. Of course, the professors are there for very good reason. They are helpful and will guide you through the process if you ask for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest to know yourself (your strengths and weaknesses and limits) before trying new things at this school. It is very easy to go out of hand with your classes and be unable to complete them as well as you had wanted. Talk to the professors. They do help a lot if you go up to them. Also, be organized with your time and work. Be balanced. The stress can get to you if you don't have a balanced schedule.

    In three sentences

    This school is huge and offers a lot of opportunities for growth and advancement in studies. The environment is beautiful and the teachers are very helpful if you take the time to go up to them and talk to them. FIU is also very school spirited and a lot of fun when it comes to getting to know people.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have many courts such as basketball, baseball, volleyball etc. They also have a pool, a gym and many activities throughout campus.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome! Great varieties of food everyday!

    Dorm Life

    I do not leave but campus but based on what I have heard about the dorms, they are really affordable, comfortable and cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go to class and get to know your professors. Also, do not forget to go to office hours, which I highly recommend if you want to really learn the subject and succeed in the class!

    In three sentences

    I really like Florida International University. It is a research university that gives its students many opportunities such as study abroad, internships, and more. The professors I have had so far have been awesome with their students. You learn a lot! Attend this school, you will not regret it!

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I think tuition is expensive.. but that could be because I have to pay out-of-pocket.

    What to do for fun

    GO OUT! So many things to do at night in Miami, you won't run out of options.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options: Chick-fil-a, Pollo Tropical, Burger King, Moe's, Einsteins, Subway, Salad Creations, Papa Johns, Chilis, Lots of options. Not all that healthy though!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter so I don't know what the dorm life is like.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not just easy. You have to do all of the work and study really hard, no matter the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus and have a tour, you will love the weather and atmosphere. Browse at majors and check out all the different programs offered at FIU.

    In three sentences

    I love coming to FIU every day, it's my hometown and I love being here. I think that FIU is an excellent school and has great teachers. I love the location also!

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    dance,poetry

    In three sentences

    I LOVE IT! The atmosphere is so great, it's nice to see different types of personalities around each other.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No hazing policy and there is always police all over campus. LIKE EVERYWHERE !

    Greek Life

    Amazing. I love it and it is very social. All of the sororities and fraternities get along great. No hazing so it is safe. Philanthropies raise excessive amounts for their causes!

    Clubs and Activities

    GREEKLIFE

    Great for these types of students

    Multicultural or International students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite tradition is the cube. You have to spin the giant cube 3 times before an exam in order to pass it. GOODLUCK!

    Bang for the buck

    I love the University and I feel that I am getting a lot out of my money. It is not expensive at all and the University is great with scholarship/financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Attend football games or on campus activities. There is always some sort of Panther Spirit activity. Join a club or greek life!

    Food and Dining

    FIU has a very broad range of food. And they are currently expanding their options. My personal favorite is Chick-fil-A !

    Dorm Life

    I don't really have a dorm, but I heard that it was a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Always try to make friends with the professor and attend office hours. Ask a lot of questions and try to attend every class. Stay on top of your work. It can get overwhelming and excessive !

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try to sign up for classes as early as possible. Use the FIU rate my professor ap before picking classes to compare which professor suits you best

    In three sentences

    An excelling University in every way. It is very accommodating to students' needs and helping them succeed in their future endeavors. The University is continuously growing and improving everyday.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Very active campus life. Homecoming is huge and there is stuff going on all month long.

    Great for these types of students

    all types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk across the school seal on the floor of the student center. You wont graduate on time!

    Bang for the buck

    Get in-state tuition if you can. It's an awesome state school, and going as an out-of-state student is very expensive

    What to do for fun

    The athletic and recreation departments are awesome. The have all sorts of events going on all year long. 5K races, stand up paddle boarding, and night-time kayaking trips are all offered.

    Food and Dining

    They always have some kind even going on in the student union...and they're always giving away free food at said events.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Grading is fair and objective. Classes are not difficult if you show up and put in REAL study time at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a competitive school, you need good SAT scores to get in, or good standing with another university to successfully transfer.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great university because it's a research university. There's huge diversity among the students AND the staff. There is a unique opportunity available for every kind of student.

  • 01/04/2013

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    Campus Safety

    It is safe. In every school there will be a robbery, rape, or minor assault but here at FIU it probably happens every 10 years. (i'm just guessing)

    Greek Life

    I'm not participating in none but every minutes i probably see 20+ students with a greek shirt.

    Clubs and Activities

    Believe me there are a lot. Most of them are fun-related or for social purposes club. Most are educational and you could learn a lot from them. Some are for networking in the professional fields.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The large cube in front of Deuxi�¨me Maison is said to give good luck in exams and tests. It is spun by hundreds of students every semester. During final exams, a line forms around the cube with people waiting to be able to spin the cube for good luck. Also, if a student steps on the seal engraved in front of the Graham Center, it is said that they will delay their graduation for many years, or never graduate at all.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not expensive compare to other universities. Also, most of the classes do not require for you to buy the books since they know the economy is not in our favors nowadays.

    What to do for fun

    There are different activities that certain clubs do together with their team members. I've been traveling with them to Tampa, Washington D.C and other places.

    Food and Dining

    The food are amazing. We have all kind of different restaurant such as chilli's, Pollo Tropical, burger king, (TGI Friday soon to come) etc...

    Dorm Life

    I am sure they are in good standings. Unfortunately, I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors do not like to fail their students. If you find yourself failing, some professors will personally try to contact you in order to help you out. All you need to do to succeed in this school is to have a passion for what you studying and ask questions (lots of them)

    Tips for prospective students

    They should talk to an advisor to not waste their money on classes that are not even require. It is always good to have a class outside the major but not too much. Also have a lot of friends; not only for social purposes but also for creating study groups.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a great school to attend. The faculty are friendly and always eager to help you when in need. Majority of the professors make sure their students learned the materials by explaining a topic step by step.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ive never had a problem, and the on campus police station ensures the students safety

    Greek Life

    Currently involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon and it has been a blast so far. Ive met tons of new people and I will continue to as I continue the process

    Clubs and Activities

    Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors society, basic volunteering jobs as well as monthly meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really, its a very miami lifestyle with class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The spinning of the cube before any test is goodluck....or at least its said to be.

    Bang for the buck

    Im confused on what this means.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends around campus. Involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity

    Tips for prospective students

    Its reputation is improving almost as fast as the school itself. Check it out because it might be the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    It is a constantly growing with a superb location. The students live up to the schools name, There are over 4,000 students on campus and growing each with their own story

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    nothings happened to me but I've heard of some stories that might scare you if you're a female.

    Greek Life

    lots

    What to do for fun

    lots! many clubs big frat and sorority life, campus events frequently

    Food and Dining

    A bit pricey but good overall and good service

    Dorm Life

    I've never been to the dorms here

    Academic Rigor

    need to work if you want good grades

    Tips for prospective students

    some courses like the business upper level courses, are no joke. Study and reach out to your professors, FIU does a good job at picking challenging teacher; Too challenging sometimes.

    In three sentences

    nice campus and ambiance, cultural diversity and a salad mix of people integrating. It's a nice experience. It is definitely, not the same as community college. This is the full college experience.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe it would seem.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large cube to spin for good luck on exams.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not one that is really satisfied with the educational institution as it is set up with most schools seeing a lack of opportunity to be an individual and study, and spend money, on what it is that you want to study.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of free events or extremely cheap events for everyone from music to guest speakers. There was a TED talk last semester.

    Food and Dining

    Large variety of options to choose from, some fast food and some health conscious.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know seeing as I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be rigorous and can be relaxed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get things done ahead of time and be adamant about it, just get it done.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a large and engaging university with many opportunities. Despite this it is very closed in a social sense seeing as most students are commuters.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I absolutely love this place! Would recommend this campus to anyone who looks forward to having a good time while learning the fascinations of their major.

    What to do for fun

    Amenities on campus are scattered. There is always something to do whether it is just browsing around or taking part in the activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food being offered at Florida International University is amazing. They have a taste of everything to your liking. They offer different tastes of the world. This semester they have added in Almazar which is middle eastern/Greek. Definitely cannot go wrong with being hungry on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I do not have a dorm at Florida International University. Although I hear the students have no complaints about it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics being offered is on point. The professors follow the syllabus and are very stern when it comes to having the assignments turned in on time. There is a vast amount of help that is being offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the future students, follow your heart as to where you would like to attend. Florida International University offers many sports, clubs, and organizations that a student may be part of. No one is left behind considering the vast amount of students being admitted every year.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is simply amazing with the atmosphere and diversity that is being offered. It feels as though not one student is left behind. I Absolutely love this campus and look forward to going to class and participating in activities.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Overall I can't complain about FIU; It is a good school with a fair learning environment.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the diverse people, and look for whatever activites are going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food stops!

    Academic Rigor

    Most business classes that I've taken here definitely force me to push myself and learn something from it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy everything and take it all in while you still have the chance. However, make sure when you are picking classes to get the opinion of more than one advisor. I have gotten bad advice on multiple occasions but if you stay on top of it you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a very diverse school with an increasingly electric environment. The professors are good for the most part, I have taken something productive out of every class so far. People are also friendly for the most part as well, the vibe is very nice on campus.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sports, surrounding areas of interest

    Food and Dining

    5 stars

    Dorm Life

    5 stars

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars

    Tips for prospective students

    try to gain the full college experience

    In three sentences

    FIU is a fast growing university. It is also one of the best schools in the country. It is extremely diverse and environmental friendly

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When the hard work is done we know it's finally time to reward ourselves with a great time! Here at Florida International University the sporting events seem to be the best at keeping the student body connected as one. If there are no games the students seem to enjoy their free time either in the gym or exploring other parts of the campus and finding out another manner in which we can help out with just about anything.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety when time for dinner comes rolling along. Not only are there your traditional healthy fast options, such as subway and Chick Fil A; but actual restaurants where you can take the time to sit, eat and enjoy the moment with or without friends. Chili's would be one of the major restaurants located here on the campus and has come to be a very popular site for students and professors.

    Dorm Life

    Not only are the dorms very comfortable and full of appliances that are a must, there is also a very safe and friendly energy that is being passed around.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Worlds Ahead Universities, the professors take no breaks and start teaching at an outstandingly fast pace. Here at Florida International University, the professors don't take 3 hours to go over a one page syllabus and then let us leave early. You're getting your money's worth!! They all express to us as some try to weasel their way out of class.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University has attained its remarkable reputation as a Worlds Ahead University. Within each group of professors, students and administrative workers, we've all come together as one whole system to raise the standards. Me, along with a vast majority of the current student population, are proud to call ourselves Panthers!

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are hundreds of clubs and activities to keep yourself entertained. also the students are very friendly and it is very easy to make friends.

    Food and Dining

    they have many dining choices. most of them are reasonably priced

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are not the hardest, but you still need to put in a good amount of study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont wait untill the last minute to study.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school the teachers are great at making the student understand not just the subject but also the theories behind them.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIU MMC campus, Pine Center and Engineering Center are three of the safest campuses that I have been too... There is always school police driving around with their car to keep students safe and they are friendly people who are always there to keep students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are in engineering, check out, Habitat for Humanities, Engineers without borders and especially if you are in construction and civil engineering check out National Association of Women in Construction. IF you are not in engineering check out Student Write... and if you write stories, poetry Student Write is a great way to have your stuff published for other students to read.

    What to do for fun

    School has a lot of extra curricular activities.... So always look out for the stuff they are doing.... there are ton of stuff to do on campus between and after classes.

    Food and Dining

    on campus there are not much healthy choices, so if you can go off campus for food....

    Dorm Life

    if you plan to live in the dorms stay away from University Apartments.... and try to room up with people you know don't let the school match you with roommates.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan to go to FIU, just because u got in too easily, dont think that you will last thru the 4 years of undergrad life in this school too easy especially engineering and it will be a breeze for you.... if you dont work hard you will flunk and you won't be able to graduate.

    In three sentences

    Its an easy school to get in.. But they make you work for your degree... It's really hard to graduate!

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great university.

    What to do for fun

    Unlimited amount of options from hanging out with friends and classmates, dining, shopping, gaming, using facilities, etc..

    Food and Dining

    Lots of varieties and choices.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into accelerated programs if you're a busy person with your family and job.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great business school with interactive professors and helpful counselors.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    - gameroom - campus events - football games, basketball games, Etc. - movie Friday

    Food and Dining

    - good variation of food choices - long lines - they're located area the campus

    Dorm Life

    - some dorms look like a prison - party - convenient

    Academic Rigor

    - some teachers need to learn English (especially math) - teachers get involved - really good hospitality teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    - make sure to come early for parking - always have money on your panther card - enjoy campus life

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    We have a wide variety of clubs, including, but not limited to Martial Arts of different kinds, Pre-health organizations and all kinds of activities that can always be found at the GC pit, the heart of the school.

    What to do for fun

    join sports clubs and academic clubs

    Food and Dining

    The food court has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from all kinds of food. From sushi, to fast food and tropical food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procastinate. Pay attention and try to learn as much as possible inside the classroom, so study outside of classroom won't be so time consuming.

    In three sentences

    Florida International University is a community that is home to students from all parts of the world. It offers diversity, academic planning, and spreads globalization and integrity. It also offers a wide variety of programs, degrees and research opportunities.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. Nothing really dangerous happens.

    Greek Life

    They have Multicultural,NPC, and NPHC.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are many clubs at FIU. There collection is massive.

    What to do for fun

    They always little fun events at the GC Pit, They also have movies on friday. The mall is really huge and close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    The breakfast here is really good. When it comes to lunch and dinner its kind of gross.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun becausse you get to meet diffeent people and gain new friendships and experiences. Since FIU is a commuter school you see the people who live on campus very often.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fairly easy. Like any other college you must attend to get a good grade. The only problem is the College Lagebra classes those are very challenging unless your good at math.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on living on campus make sure your scholarship will cover everything because the housing here is very expensive.

    In three sentences

    I think that FIU is an average college. It is really easy to get involved. The students and faculty are very friendly.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. FIU has their own police department in the school, and they are very fast at arriving on scene if the need ever arises.

    Greek Life

    Cannot comment, because I am not part of it. But, I know people who are and they love it. They are also very involved and very good students.

    Clubs and Activities

    DEI honors society is a good way to get involved as well as Golden Key. SPC always has fun events on Fridays and cute events during the week, which are my favorite.

    Great for these types of students

    FIU is great for all types of students. I am an overachieving student, and it is perfect. The teachers really welcome you eagerness to learn and will hand out career opportunities if you give 100%.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you have a test, it is a tradition to spin the black cube in front of DM for good luck. And it works!

    Bang for the buck

    I really love the layout of the campus at FIU's MMC campus. Although many say it is too big, there is always something you haven't seen and I love this because I never get bored of being on campus. I love to go exploring! The buildings are also very beautiful too, so it's very nice to look at!

    What to do for fun

    There is always events to go to at FIU. I cannot keep up with everything that they offer during the semesters. I especially love the events on Fridays where they always give out free, cute stuff.

    Food and Dining

    FIU offers lots of variety with food. They have every type of food choice toy want, whether it be fast food or gourmet, vegan food.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but my friends have. They loved it and I'm sure new students will to. The dorms are nice and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    I find that FIU's classes are hard compared to other friends in other universities. It is hard, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay on top of your duties. Never leave an e-mail for later. Once you get in, try to get involved. FIU offers lots of career opportunities, take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great school with a fantastic, beautiful campus. Although people tend to talk a lot about this school, it has been nothing but great for me. The school is very welcoming to newcomers.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you call ahead, the Panther Safety Tram service offers free golf-cart rides at night between buildings and parking garages.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition that if you spin the cube, located next to the Deuxieme Maison building, it will give you good luck on your next exam.

    Bang for the buck

    Due to the low-cost of education at FIU, it is very likely that you can graduate debt-free just like I will.

    What to do for fun

    All of the student organizations on campus ensure that there is always something fun to do while at school. If you're looking to party off campus, the weekend party bus' drop-off and pick-up service transports students to South Beach, world famous for its nightlife and celebrities.

    Food and Dining

    On Campus: Fresh Foods buffet, Burger King, Sushi Maki, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Subways, Moe's, Chick-fil-a, Dunkin' Donuts, Papa John's Pizza, Pollo Tropical, Almazar, & Chili's Across the street: Apple Chinese buffet, Chicberry, Wendy's, Five guys, Subrageous, Taco Bell, Little Caesar's Pizza

    Dorm Life

    FIU is mostly a commuter school but dorm-life is improving. FIU has the biggest, cleanest, and nicest dorms in Florida and there are two additional dorm halls currently in construction. Supermarkets and restaurants are right across the street from campus but still require a bit of a walk. In addition, the weekly party bus ensures that those without a car can still make it out to the clubs on South Beach every weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    FIU's top notch education offers a challenge to hard-working students. However, there are plenty of tutoring centers for a variety of subjects where students can seek help.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you qualify, I would recommend joining the Honors College. A small community within the larger university seting, the Honors College offers priority enrollment, personal advisors, and extra scholarship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    FIU is a great and diverse school located in sunny South Florida. The university has plenty of quality professors who are always willing to help and a vibrant campus life. An ever-expanding campus, FIU continues to grow and offer more and more for it's students.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the Gym and take salsa classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a planner and come early on your first day to get to know your way around the campus.

    In three sentences

    Friendly students. Educated Professors. Active and eventful.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Opportunities for off campus students to join clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for independent students wanting to learn off campus and students looking for the college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get what you pay for a great education with the skills and knowledge you need to start in your field of study right out of school or for a working professional it's a great opportunity to put theory into action, good for hands on experience.

    What to do for fun

    Golden Panther football games!!!

    Food and Dining

    Ate there a while back and it was good, they keep opening new places to fullfil a diverse crowd of different tastes.

    Academic Rigor

    Every student I have come across is very serious about their education and put forth the energy and ambition to match the rigorous curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work very hard, you will have access to many resources and will learn a lot of you're serious about the courses.

    In three sentences

    They have a diverse student body, a great curriculum, and flexible learning options availabe online or on campus. The Office of Administration works diligently to get you enrolled and into your classes immediately, I was able to enroll two days past the final enrollment date! The Professors are experienced and Specialists in their fields; from lawyers to doctors teaching the courses. I appreciate that they don't allow Teacher's Aids or Students to teach the class.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Top notch

    Greek Life

    Not Affiliated, but i have many close friends who are and it looks like a great experience to essentially network and establish a close group of friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for EVERYTHING, literally. Im good friends with the equestrian club president. and for athletics that we dont participate under NCAA, there is usually a club for that too. Last semester I played Rugby.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that want to get involved, and possibly venture the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Kissing Bridge is a spot where if a couple shares their first kiss here then they will be together forever and the only way to break that bond is to push your partner over the edge. Marty's cube looks like an oversized Rubik's cube next to one of our academic buildings which students spin for good luck on their exams after a night of cramming.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is really cheap, in state and out of state. And the services you get in return are endless. The student wellness center gives free massages and counseling which is pretty cool.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations to get involved in and if you dont find one that suits you there are steps to take to start a new club. I work with Student Programming Council which is a group that host free events for students year round including a spring concert and a movie every Friday night. I also helped start the latin dance club at FIU which is building day by day.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of options to choose from and even a buffet style dining area for those that purchase meal plans with Panther Dining.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I cannot describe dorm life, but i have plenty friends who say it is an awesome experience especially to network and it is very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too difficult, nothing you cant do if you put in adequate effort to complete all your work. Everything gets a bit harder when you start classes for your intended major because the professors are well versed in their subject areas and they tend to grade with less leniency.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's a reason why we are describe to be Worlds Ahead. The possibilities are endless.

    In three sentences

    Its an amazing school. The professors are extremely kind and take the initiative to connect with students. The student population is so diverse so it makes attending FIU extremely interesting.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many things to do on your free time. There is never a time where you have nothing to do on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although, many may look at FIU as not a prestigious school, you should know that the school is growing rapidly with more student and the value of the degree here are only going to more valuable.

    In three sentences

    It a professional school that allows students to be in an environment where they have the right tools to be able to earn their desired degree, and recieve a quality education.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is okay go out if you want best food

    Dorm Life

    As freshman Dorms are mediocre but get better

    Academic Rigor

    Dont fall behind cause you will fall behind

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good GPA and have good Test scores

    In three sentences

    Great Miami Scene beautiful Campus

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    great healthy foods.

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk fast because is big and you do not want to be late for class.

    In three sentences

    Great Universit. Very Clea. Very diverse.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Not involved, although it does it exist, it's not a big part of school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount of money you pay (or don't pay if you get a good scholarship) it is worth it because you save a lot compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Miami obviously.

    Food and Dining

    Meh. That is all.

    Dorm Life

    NO IDEA, but will probably find out soon. Heard it was good.

    Academic Rigor

    I've taken some dual enrollment classes there and they weren't that difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's pretty easy to get in, but meet the scholarship requirments and you can get a full ride.

    In three sentences

    It's a school that has gotten a lot better over the years. I find that it has grown a lot since I first saw it. I rather go to a 'better' school but, if I do end up going her, I have no problem with it.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    everything

    In three sentences

    It has a very nice campus. I would recommend visiting just to get a better feel for this school. Just do it.

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