Florida State University Florida State University

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Type Of Institution
University

Institutional Designation
Public—State

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Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking.

FSU's welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital.

  • Founded in 1851; oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida
  • Carnegie Commission classification: "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity"
  • 41,867 students from every Florida county and 140 countries
  • Accepted freshmen for 2016: 4.1 average GPA; 1858 average SAT score
  • 93% retention rate for freshmen; 79.4% graduation rate by sixth year
  • 375 buildings on 1,624 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 477 acres
  • 2,351 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
  • 14,251 total employees
  • Operating budget of $1,575,794,473
  • $190 million in contracts and grants brought in by faculty in 2015-16
  • 351 degree programs: bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist, professional
  • FSU is ranked #33 and climbing among top public universities


Degree BACHB ASSOCA CERTC
Accountingx  
Actingx  
Art History, Criticism and Conservationx  
Athletic Training/Trainerx  
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Generalx  
Biochemistryx  
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Otherx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Business/Commerce, Generalx  
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biologyx  
Chemistry, Generalx  
Chemistry, Otherx  
Communication and Media Studies, Otherx  
Computer Software and Media Applications, Otherx  
Creative Writingx  
Criminologyx  
Dance, Generalx  
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, Generalx  
Early Childhood Education and Teachingx  
Economics, Generalx  
English Language and Literature, Generalx  
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Otherx  
Film/Cinema/Video Studiesx  
Finance, Generalx  
Fine Arts, Generalx  
Geographyx  
Geology/Earth Science, Generalx  
Graphic Designx  
History, Generalx  
Hospitality Administration/Management, Generalx  
Human Development and Family Studies, Generalx  
Humanities/Humanistic Studiesx  
Interior Designx  
International Relations and Affairsx  
Jazz/Jazz Studiesx  
Kinesiology, Exercise and Human Performancex  
Liberal Arts and Sciences x 
Mathematics, Generalx  
Meteorologyx  
Music History, Literature, and Theoryx  
Music Pedagogyx  
Music Theory and Compositionx  
Music Therapy/Therapistx  
Music, Generalx  
Philosophyx  
Physics, Generalx  
Political Science and Government, Generalx  
Psychology, Generalx  
Social Sciences, Generalx  
Social Workx  
Sociologyx  
Statistics, Generalx  

Admission

Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay. Additional consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Academic Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.

Other Cool Facts

The university is home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation. The only national lab in Florida, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory holds the most world records for the most powerful magnets on earth. Other research centers, such as the Center for Advanced Power Systems, are supported by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. The NHMFL and CAPS, among other labs, place Florida State University at the cutting edge of research and its application to industry.

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