Students Say

Florida State University is “a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search.” In addition to its strong academics, students tended to choose FSU for its “sports teams”—the Florida State Seminoles—the “great weather,” and the fact that it’s “a place with great traditions.” “Florida State is a school that is so rooted in tradition it is extremely hard not to proudly call yourself a True Seminole.” FSU is also “affordable” for in-state students with “excellent scholarships.” “The tight vicinity of the campus [causes] the student body to be a close-unit of individuals.”

Overview

Applicants
30,266
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.92

GPA Breakdown

67%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
6%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 640
SAT Math
560 - 640
ACT Composite
26 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Florida State University is “a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search.” In addition to its strong academics, students tended to choose FSU for its “sports teams”—the Florida State Seminoles—the “great weather,” and the fact that it’s “a place with great traditions.” “Florida State is a school that is so rooted in tradition it is extremely hard not to proudly call yourself a True Seminole.” FSU is also “affordable” for in-state students with “excellent scholarships.” “The tight vicinity of the campus [causes] the student body to be a close-unit of individuals.” “FSU’s reputation as a small-school feel in a big university was what drew me in,” says an accounting and finance student. Reviews of the professors are mixed, as is common at many large universities. “About onefourth of the professors are no good at teaching, about half of them are decent or good, and about one-fourth are great,” one student explains. Another attests, “I have had wonderful professors that have eyes, ears, and heart to a world beyond my own, and have shown me that anything is achievable if I try hard enough.” Students do wish for “smaller class sizes” and “more discussions in class.” If the students have one common complaint, it’s “parking!,” which is “always a huge hassle.” Students also wish for better sustainability, recycling, and green programs. “FSU has traditionally been all about the humanities, and it’s great that we’re expanding into other areas, but we shouldn’t forget our main focus,” one student says. An English major sums up FSU: “Florida State University is a school where students are asked to uphold the garnet and gold and to live intentionally in the direction of leadership, academics, and service.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
26:1
Total Faculty
1,670
with Terminal Degree
1,536

970
Men
700
Women
310
Minority
51
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
79%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Meg Crofton
President of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in the United States and France

Sara Blakely
Entrepreneur and Creator/Owner of Spanx

John Thiel
Head of Merrll Lynch

Montego Glover
Tony Award-winning Performer

Mark Wrighton
Chancelor of Washington University in St. Louis

Ellen Taafe Zwilich
1st woman to win Pulitzer Prize in Music

Myron Rolle
Rhodes Scholar

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

FSU is affordable. For state residents, annual tuition and fees run a little more than $6,500. The school estimates that students will spend another $10,000 or so on room and board. Nonresidents pay $21,600 in tuition and fees, a significant increase from the in-state rate, yet still cheaper than many private institutions. One student remarks on “how inexpensive FSU is. FSU offered me a scholarship on top of my bright future’s and prepaid. I actually have enough money left over each semester to pay for my sorority.” To secure the best aid package and scholarships, the school recommends that prospective students apply as early as possible.

Bang For Your Buck

For a low in-state tuition, FSU offers unmatched resources, diverse academic opportunities, access to major research facilities, and a bustling campus environment. All things considered, this school is a steal for Florida residents. In addition to the low price tag, students may submit the FAFSA to apply for need-based loans, grants, and work-study. Students with AP course credit can receive an FSU degree within just three years of study, thereby saving a year’s tuition and expenses. The school awards numerous scholarships for academic merit, as well as for athletics and the arts. The top admitted students are offered the University Scholarship, a $9,600 gift distributed over four years. All applicants to Florida State University are automatically considered for merit scholarships.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,641

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,940

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,118

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,347

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,601

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,640
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,806
Required Fees
$1,867
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,966
Transportation for Commuters
$1,210

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Your average FSU student is a “football fan, partier, into academics and community service, [and] passionate.” Students tend to be “extremely involved,” whether it’s in athletics, “Greek life or community service, or one of the other hundreds of groups and clubs here at FSU.” “Greek [life] is a huge part of campus, but you are fine if you are not in one.”Although “the majority of students are Caucasians,” “students of all races and religions work together here to make FSU an enjoyable environment,” and “the school continues to become more diverse each year.” No matter what their background, every FSU student has “a colossal amount of school spirit and loves to go out and support the team.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,948
Out of State

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
142

Demographics

2.49%
Asian
8.24%
African-American
18.13%
Hispanic
66.46%
Caucasian
1.33%
Unknown
1.73%
International

55% female
45% male
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Sports is basically your whole life here,” claims one student. While a university as large as FSU—the population is 40,000 plus—has students of many types, athletics and “school spirit” are what “bring everyone together” at FSU. “Everyone likes to socialize and party, usually off campus, like at bars or houses.” Greek life is also “very prominent” FSU has a reputation as a party school, and “many students go out on the weekend or even sometimes during the week. The use of alcohol and marihuana is very common.” “The majority of FSU students gets rowdy almost every night of the week,” confirms another. However, one student claims that “FSU is a recovering party school.” Since its heyday in the mid-nineties, FSU has calmed down a bit, but you can still find thriving parties and clubs any day of the week.” “People go to Wakulla Springs to swim or to Bear Paw to go around the river during the weekends.” Although “Tallahassee is one of the most boring cities I have ever been to,” “the nightlife is…very important in Tallahassee; there are many bars and clubs to attend.” “My life at Florida State is busy,” one political science student explains. “I am always on the move, from class, to student government, Greek life, internships at the capital, and nightlife. I think people at FSU are constantly thinking about how they can better themselves and the university.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
65%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Bea Awoniyi

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
550
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
27
Number of Religious Organizations
45

16% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seminoles)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Seminoles)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Florida A&M University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Florida State University is making impressive strides toward sustainability on all fronts. All new construction and major renovations on campus must be designed and built with green attributes. To date, there are eight LEED-certified buildings with four more under construction or awaiting certification. The university offers a wide range of courses that explore the three pillars of sustainability: environmental issues, social issues, and economics. Multiple organizations and programs are in place to engage the FSU student body in environmental activism on and off campus, including a student-run football game recycling program—aptly titled “The Garnet and Gold Goes Green”—and an Eco-Reps program. Alternative transportation is in style at FSU, where the university encourages and facilitates the use of bikes through the ReCycle bike sharing program. Buses, carpools, and the special GOTCHA Green Taxi, an eco-friendly marketing and promotions company, provide free, safe rides around town. They’re definitely on the right track: 95 percent of grounds are maintained organically; 95 percent of buildings have designated recycling areas; and the school boasts an ever-increasing 45 percent waste-diversion rate.

Green Rating
91
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
14%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
50

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
30

Average Number of PC's per Lab
40

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Donna Bostwick
Associate Director

Address
Office of Admissions
B1200 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Phone
850-644-3246

Email
dbostwick@admin.fsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Suwannee Dining Hall
Bobby E. Leach Student Recreation Center
Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
FSU Reservation

Most Popular Places Off Campus
State Capitol Building
Maclay State Gardens
Challenger Learning Center with IMAX Theatre
Nearby Gulf beaches
Wakulla Springs

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
850-644-3246

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Weekdays 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office and Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
not available

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Tallahassee airport is 5 miles from campus. Taxis and hotel limousines are available at the airport. There are also trains, city bus transportation (StarMetro), and Greyhound bus lines close to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
www.visit.fsu.edu/directions.html

Local Accommodations
Hotel options include the Doubletree Hotel (101 S. Adams St., 850.224.5000), the Courtyard by Marriott (1018 Apalachee Pkwy., 850.222.8822), the Hotel Duval (415 N. Monroe St., 850.224.6000), the Aloft (200 N. Monroe St.; 850.513.0313, the Hampton Inn and Suites (3388 Lonnbladh Rd., 850.574.4900) and the Homewood Suites (2987 Apalachee Pkwy., 850.402.9400). For a complete list of hotels and motels in the Tallahassee area, go to www.visittallahassee.com.
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Key Stats

30,266
Applicants
32,948
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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