See what students say:

Academics

“Research, service, scholarship, and extracurricular opportunities” are abundant at the “large campus” of Florida State University in Tallahassee. It’s rather easy to understand why students are drawn to Florida State. After all, the “campus is gorgeous,” “the weather is always nice” and there are an abundance “of resources at your fingertips.” What’s more, “despite its large size...the community is welcoming and [undergrads] don’t feel like an anonymous face in the student body.” Incredibly, it’s still “easy to feel at home.” Much of that can be credited to faculty who “are very willing to help undergraduate students with classes, research, career prospects, and everything in between.” Florida State professors also excel at bringing their “courses to life and mak[ing] them interesting enough that [students truly] want to learn.” Many are also “experts in their field.” And “they make it known that they want students to succeed.” To that end, “in addition to making themselves available...for office hours, they [continually] offer to make time for students [beyond those hours].” Perhaps this grateful undergrad says it best, “Their advice has pushed me to be a better student and pushed me to find a great future.”

Student Body

Florida State manages to attract a student body that’s a “unique mixture of south Floridians, crunchy granolas, Northern snowbirds, sorority girls, and good ole boys, with a nice international population mixed in there.” Despite these diverse personalities, the university still seems to cultivate a “strong sense of community.” Of course, it definitely helps that students are “very friendly and always willing to [strike] up conversation.” Even better, “everyone you see seems genuinely happy” and everyone “is pushing for you.” People here want to see their peers “succeed.” As one impressed student shares, “Everyone is so kind. No one is afraid to ask for help, and if they do most would be more than willing to help you out.” Undergrads also applaud FSU for doing “a great job in creating or allowing students to create spaces for all communities, particularly those that are historically marginalized/typically first gen students.” And no matter what else, students here come together in their shared “love for FSU.” As this satisfied student sums up, “I have never been on a campus with such school spirit, excitement, and motivation to improve.”

Campus Life

Life at Florida State offers a great “mix of academics, socializing [and] extracurricular [activities].” To begin with, athletics are fairly popular and you can frequently spot “basketball games and volleyball games” popping up around campus. And during the fall, weekends “are spent [at] football games and tailgates.” Aside from sports, we’ve been informed that the “Student Life Cinema always has cool events going on” and “there are always free concerts at Club Down Under on campus” as well. FSU also has “many organizations that are focused on philanthropy.” For example, “Dance Marathon is the largest student run organization on campus and we have one of the largest Dance Marathons in the entire country. We also have a large Relay for Life organization.” Moreover, a number of undergrads enjoy FSU’s reservation, an “off campus [spot] where students can go swimming, paddle boarding, relaxing, or even [try out a] ropes course.” Of course, it’s also important to mention that some students feel as though “Greek life dominates” the social scene, even though “less than 50% of the student population [participates].” Finally, undergrads greatly appreciate hometown Tallahassee. The city offers “endless” nightlife along with “many great clubs and places for social events as well as pretty landscapes and historical sites.”

Overview

Applicants
35,334
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
4.02

GPA Breakdown

79%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
1%
3.00 - 3.24

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — February 7


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating


Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
1,774
with Terminal Degree
1,536

1,023
Men
751
Women
348
Minority
70
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • French Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology, General.
  • Computational Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Insurance.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, Other.
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Music Therapy/Therapist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Computational Science.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Barry Jenkins
Academy Award Winning Director of ?Moonlight?

Sara Blakely
Entrepreneur and Creator/Owner of Spanx

John Culver
Starbucks Group President

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 5

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,599

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,237

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,171

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,777

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,024

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,640
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,806
Required Fees
$1,877
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,040
Transportation for Commuters
$1,246

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,666
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
33,093
Foreign Countries Represented
109

Demographics

2.34%
Asian
8.15%
African-American
20.34%
Hispanic
62.09%
Caucasian
1.50%
Unknown
1.55%
International

56% female
44% male
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Shelley Ducatt, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
550
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
26
Number of Religious Organizations
45

19% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

25% participate in intramural sports
2% 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)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Sand Volleyball
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.


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Lenovo

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.


Articles & Advice