“The FIU Honors College is a treasure that cannot be replicated. I know of no other honors college or program that itself funds as fully developed a four-year curriculum.”
Ted Estess, Former Dean and Founder of the University of Houston Honors College

The Honors College began in 1990 as a program in pursuit of a big vision: to help FIU’s most promising students reach new heights. Over the past three decades, we have grown– becoming a full-fledged undergraduate college, creating a Living Learning Community, and, finally, adding a dedicated residence hall. Every great university looks to its honors college to lead the institution to new heights. The FIU Honors College is doing just that. We have a critical role to play in educating South Florida’s most promising students and preparing them to be leader of tomorrow.



  • 70% of Honors students major in areas of strategic emphasis for Florida: 50% in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) and 20% in fields that meet critical workforce or economic development needs.

  • The Honors College is home to 2,787 students.

  • 3 out of 4 Honors College students graduate in four years.

  • 41% of Honors College students come from low-income families.

  • 35,000+ hours of community service provided by Honors College students.

  • 77% of Honors College graduates plan on continuing their education within a year of graduating.

  • The Honors College has grown 700% in the last 10 years.

  • Summa cum Laude has repeatedly won the top award for Honors Publication of the Year.

  • The Honors College has annually been the first unit to reach 100% in the FIU Ignite campaign since its inception. We believe in what we do, and we invest in it.

“I am extremely passionate about the Honors College and how it advances the strategic mission of the University as a whole. It elevated my experience and resume as a new candidate entering the work force and it has allowed me to give back and mentor other students looking to become entrepreneurs.”
– Tina Vidal, ’02

“The Honors College gave me confidence that I wasn’t just a good student, but that I could keep up with the best students in the University.  Sometimes we have self-doubt and that’s normal.  Putting ourselves through challenges, like college and the Honors College was for me, makes us come out stronger on the other side.  I went in at one level and came out on a higher level thanks to the Honors College and I often think back to those days that helped form me.”
– Joel Gandara, ’03

“The Honors College to me means a safe space to ideate and innovate, question and challenge, and a place to be exposed to new fields and ways of thinking. It is a space where one can be surrounded with both like-minded individuals, but also people with entirely different outlooks — a space that further sharpened my education and gave me the ability to have a well-rounded learning experience. ”
-Hector Mujica ’11