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This is pretty much a university where everyoneBrightChemistry
This is pretty much a university where everyone hates being there. The administration doesn't care. Some faculty ignore students. The rare time a prof is actually good, they leave after a year either by finding a much better position or departmental politics forcing them out.The chem department is highly political. Junior profs are treated poorly. Tenured profs really don't care about anything. The labs are a literal hazard (broken equipment is common and questionable chemical storage practices).
5th Year Male -- Class 2012
Perceived Campus Safety: B+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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Some FIU professors are good.Political Science
Some FIU professors are good. Some are bad/old and need to retire. Most are difficult and impossible to find on campus; particularly those who have worked at FIU for 20+ years. But it's not the professors you need to be careful of.Watch out for the Offices of Admissions, Registrar's and Financial Aid. They have and will lose your paperwork, your grades, your transcripts, your applications - and then blame you for "not handing the paperwork in". At all costs - always keep a photocopy and mark the date, time and person whom you handed your paperwork into. This is where FIU loses its student support. All the alumni I know refuse to give money to FIU because of some screw-up in Admissions, Registrars or Financial Aid. Even FIU faculty and staff know these offices are beyond any salvation. You can't reform them; FIU's better off starting from scratch. Honestly, you get better service from a more established university that recognizes the importance of customer service.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Where shall I begin? Good things first, causeBusiness - Management and Administration
Where shall I begin? Good things first, cause there are not too many. I made some really good friends at FIU, and the library was a great place for a "between classes" nap. Most of the faculty are really good teachers and very dedicated in their particular fields. Unfortunately I think the good parts end here. Now for the nitty gritty of my comments.

I am sorry to say that FIU is not the top notch school the current FIU President feels it is. FIU lives on sound bytes, like "We have a new Law School" or "We are planning a new Medical School", unfortunately all the while letting their core programs fall apart from lack of funding, even though tuition costs, especially for out-of-state students are through the roof!.

I would love for my Alma Mater to prosper because it would definitely benefit me as well. However, the university's administration has gone off on their own special tangent, moving away from what should be the core of a university, i.e. education and research, and instead just trying to copy what the University of Miami took over 75 years to create.

FIU's new multi-million dollar Panthersoft system is one big dud, and has caused endless problems for both students and FIU employees alike. Customer service at all levels of student interaction has alot to be desired, is it any wonder that FIU is losing students to Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern and Carlos Albizu University? Even FIU employee moral is at an all time low. Dedicated Faculty are leaving because of they are not truly appreciated and the administration doesn't seem to care one bit, as long as they get their highly exorbitant (for a state institution) salaries, everything in their world is A"" ok. In closing I think FIU could be a great University, if only they concentrated on their core programs and assets (i.e. students, faculty and staff) instead of spreading their resources in too many areas at once.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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