University Park is also the name of the main campus of Florida International University, located in the census-designated place. The campus encompasses 344 acres (1.4 km²) and is located in University Park, in metropolitan Miami, Florida. Florida International University was built from around 1965 onwards, with the destruction of Tamiami Airport. At the time, very little was located around FIU, and the campus was referred to as University Park. As Miami grew west, the area came to be known as University Park after the university's campus name.
Today, University Park houses all of the university's colleges and schools as well as all the administrative offices and main university facilities. University Park is also home to University House, the home of FIU's president, the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Frost Art Museum, the International Hurricane Research Center, and the university's athletic facilities such as FIU Stadium, University Park Stadium, and the Pharmed Arena.
Until the early-1990's, aerial pictures of the campus clearly revealed the features of the airport that used to occupy the land until 1969. Construction has obliterated all of these features, and only the University Tower remains as memory of the university's past. Today, University Park is home to about 87% of the student population and 94% of housing students. University Park is a lush, heavily-vegetated campus, with many lakes and nature preserves, as well as an arboretum and has 92 buildings. Current construction at University Park includes an independent art museum for the Frost Art Museum, a Graduate Business School Complex, a Molecular Biology Building, a Student Services Building, a Social Sciences Building, a Medical School Complex, and an expansion to FIU Stadium for a seating capacity of 45,000.
Located five blocks north of University Park, is the 36 acre (145,000m²) Engineering Center which houses a part of the College of Engineering and Computing and is the home of FIU's Motorola Nanofabrication Research Facility. The Engineering Center is also serviced by the Golden Panther Express, FIU's student buses, which run throughout the day on weekdays connecting the two parts of campus.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.6 km² (4.1 mi²). 10.5 km² (4.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.98%) is water.
There were 8,646 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.32.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $40,039, and the median income for a family was $48,451. Males had a median income of $30,884 versus $25,861 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,249. About 9.8% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, University Park had the fifth highest percentage of Cuban residents in the US, with 59.80% of the populace. It had the twelfth highest percentage of Nicaraguan residents in the US, at 2.89% of the population, and the fifty-fourth highest percentage of Colombian residents in the US, at 2.64% of its population (tied with Allegheny, Pennsylvania.)