- Florida International University earned five national distinctions for its work to support military veterans seeking educational opportunities
- The university earned honors from Military Friendly, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Colleges of Distinction, Military Times, and U.S. News & World Report
- FIU reports just under 1,200 military-affiliated students spanning all branches
- FIU also works to form and maintain connections with local organizations to facilitate internship and job opportunities
Florida International University (FIU) has been honored with five national distinctions for its veteran and military educational services. The university reports just under 1,200 military-affiliated students spanning the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force.
For the 2022-23 academic year, FIU earned a top-ten ranking in Military Friendly’s list of top universities for veterans, also placing among the “Best of the Best” categorization by U.S. Veterans Magazine.
FIU established its Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success in 2021, providing student veterans with connects special resources. The initiative, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, works to track various matrics among students arriving at the university following military service including retention rates, four-year graduation rates, and coordinating services to help alleviate certain needs among students.
Colleges of Distinction also recognized FIU among its top institutions for Military Support, marking it as one of five Florida universities to achieve the recognition, while Military Times ranked FIU 36th among its “Best for Vets” public and private universities.
To round out the series of distinctions, U.S. News & World Report ranked FIU 35th among its “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.”
“We are here to ensure each veteran and military-affiliated Panther has access to the services they need to create a fulfilling university experience and successful transition into the next stage of their professional lives,” said interim Director of FIU’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Phillip Lloyd Hamilton.
— FIU News (@FIUnews) November 9, 2022
The university also boasts partnerships with military organizations like the U.S. Southern Command, which helps to facilitate internship and job opportunities for students.
The Miami Military Museum also provides internships and work-study employment to students. Mission United of the United Way Miami collaborates with FIU to provide veterans with food, care packages, and other assistance.