At the present time, BBC occupies 200 acres of pristine waterfront property. The student population has grown to nearly 10,000 students. Both the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are nationaly recognized for providing top programs in their respective fields. New high-rise condos are set to be built in the next few years as well. In the following podcast, Dr. Kopenhaver reminisces on her first year at FIU and her hopes for the future of BBC.

Under President Maidique, FIU kicked off its football program early in the decade and many new colleges were inogurated. Much of the develoment occured on the main campus.


When the financial crisis of ‘08 began, budget cuts forced the universiy to tighten it’s bootstraps and re-evaluate growth strategies.


Listen in on our conversation with Meira Langsam, administrative assistant, as she explains the issues the university faced during this time.

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In 1976, Harold Crosby becomes FIU’s second president. Under his leadership, the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) opens with 22 areas of study available.


Only one building existed on the grounds. The campus quickly grew with the construction of Academic Center I, a student services building (now the Wolfe University Center), and a new library building. 

Growth did not stall a bit through the '80s. President Crosby had stepped down in ’79 and it was Gregory B. Wolfe’s who would oversee the university.


Under his leadership, FIU became a full 4-year university. The first university housing was built on both campuses. Bay Vista Hall became BBC’s first and only on-campus residence hall, and the Glenn Hubert Library was built shortly after.


FIU’s fourth President, Modesto Maidique, took over in '86. 

BBC's beatiful bay views were in jeapordy. Erosion of the shoreline threatened to compromise the campus's first building. Mangroves were planted and limestone boulders were placed along BBC's shoreline to stabilize the soil and reduce erosion.


In ’92, President Bush visited FIU and officially declared the university had come of age through its innovations.


Shortly after, Hurricane Andrew devasted South Florida as well as the FIU community. However, the university recovered, pushed forward, and by ‘98, the university was offering its first online courses. 

Browse through the timeline below to find our podcasts with Vice Provost, Steve Moll, and Administrative Assistant, Meira Langsam