Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State, founded in 1851, is a public, comprehensive university. Its 463-acre campus is located within a mile of downtown Tallahassee.

Website: www.fsu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
33,093
Undergraduate
Students
(55.7%) 18,440 Women
(44.3%) 14,653 Men
8,354
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
49% of 35,334 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 7

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.02
SAT Math
625 average
590-660 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
635 average
600-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $22,625
Out-of-state: $37,791
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,507
Out-of-state: $21,673
Room and Board
$10,458
Average Percent of Need Met
70%
Average Freshman Award
$14,486
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,679
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,448
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Tallahassee Population
186,411
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
20% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Seminoles
Sororities
25% of women participate
Fraternities
19% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.3% Black/African-American
20.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
63.1% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students
1.5% from 102 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
71%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 1 2
History 2  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 7
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
600 West College Avenue
City, State, Zip
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone
(850) 644-6200
Fax
(850) 644-0197
E-mail
admissions@fsu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 7
Application Fee
$35
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
March 28
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
49% of 35,334 applicants were admitted
Women
49% of 21,769 applicants were admitted
Men
49% of 13,565 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
8,805 (51%) of 17,381 admitted students enrolled
Women
5,033 (47%) of 10,672 admitted students enrolled
Men
3,772 (56%) of 6,709 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.02
3.75 and Above
70%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
625 average
590-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
10%
Score of 600 - 700
59%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
635 average
600-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
13%
Score of 600 - 700
67%
Score of 500 - 600
20%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
26%
Score of 24 - 29
69%
Score of 18 - 23
5%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 41%
Top quarter: 83%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $22,625
Out-of-state: $37,791
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,507
Out-of-state: $21,673
Room and Board
$10,458
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$4,660
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Not reported
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001489
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
5,139 (82.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
3,183 (61.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,132 (98.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
651 (20.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
70%
Average Award
$14,486
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,932 (93.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $13,458
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,709 (54.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,444
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,228 (71.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
665 (10.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,418

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
20,291 (69.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
14,299 (70.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
14,027 (98.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,545 (11.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$13,013
Need-Based Gift
Received by 12,637 (90.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,859
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 9,113 (65.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,709
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 7,825 (55.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
4,466 (15.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,987

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
50%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,679
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
7.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Academic Competitiveness Grants, National SMART Grants
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Local/State Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,400
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic Design
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Meteorology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, education, criminology, mathematics, computer science, statistics, law
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,448
Part-Time Faculty
326
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
76%
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,066,068
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1100
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Science in Planning, Master of Music Education, Professional Science Master's, Master of Science in Criminology, Master of Accountancy, Master of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws, Master of Science Teaching, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts, Juris Master, Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Management, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Asian Studies
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community College Education
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Education
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Studies
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Italian
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public History
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Science Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Taxation
  • Theater
  • Therapies--Dance, Drama, and Music
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Music, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Biology
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • Health Education
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Information Studies
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Insurance
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public History
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Taxation
  • Theater
  • Therapies--Dance, Drama, and Music
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Tallahassee Population
186,411
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
477 acres

Weather

Temperature
38.1 average low in January, 90.8 average high in September
Rain
115 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Tallahassee
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Tallahassee

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
20% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
80%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Seminoles
School Colors
Garnet and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
bowling, rugby, table tennis
Men's Club Sports
bowling, rugby, soccer, table tennis, volleyball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government, honors program, golden key honor society, marching chiefs, intramural sports
Sororities
25% of women participate
Fraternities
19% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
33,093
Women
18,440 (55.7%)
Men
14,653 (44.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
29,370
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.3% Black/African-American
20.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
63.1% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students.
1.5% from 102 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
8,354

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
93.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
78.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
80.2%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
71%
Average Starting Salary
71%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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