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FIU a top 20 national university in Washington Monthly rankings

Originally published on August 28, 2023 on

FIU is among the top 20 universities in the nation in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, which recognize universities for both research excellence and their efforts to ensure the success of students of all backgrounds.

The rankings rate four-year institutions on their commitment to three goals: social mobility, public service, and research. FIU ranked 19th among all universities and 6th among public universities. It is the No. 1 university in Florida.

This ranking is particularly significant because the Florida Board of Governors includes the ranking among its criteria for recognizing a state university as preeminent.

FIU is in the top 20 with Ivy League and other prestigious schools, with Harvard and Stanford topping the list.

“As we close out our 50th anniversary year, we are thrilled that our laser focus on student success and research excellence is attracting national attention and accolades,” said FIU President Kenneth A. Jessell.  “We have the faculty, staff and students with the talent and determination in place to build on this success and catapult us to new heights. This is what forward-thinking, innovative, unstoppable looks like.”

The latest rankings join a list of milestone FIU achievements over the past year. In June, FIU earned the highest score in the State University System , according to the Florida Board of Governors performance-based funding (PBF) metrics. In fall 2022, FIU became the fastest–rising university in U.S. News & World Report’s public university rankings, jumping 62 spots in a decade. Then, in May, FIU Law climbed 38 spots to rank No. 60 among the nation’s law schools – and No 32 among public schools – according to U.S. News and World Report. That puts FIU Law among the top three law schools in the state.

Degree Choices also ranked FIU No. 8 nationally for students’ return on investment, based on the cost of attending and the earnings a student can expect. FIU continues its trajectory as a destination university. This fall, FIU welcomed its largest freshman class in history. The Class of 2027 boasts 10 National Merit scholars and an average GPA of 4.3.

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