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Florida State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Florida State University

This Tallahassee, FL, school began as West Florida Seminary in 1851 and became Florida State University (FSU) in 1947. Many degree programs, including those in chemistry, law, business and physics, received rankings by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. Some of FSU's art programs are listed alongside the best in the world. In addition, the university has received a distinction from the Carnegie Foundation for its very high level of research activity. Outside of academics, there are 550 student organizations and several recreational activities and sports, including 18 Division I sports teams, intramural sports and an on-campus bowling center.


In total, Florida State University's 16 colleges provide 275 programs of study, and there are eight libraries to support academic study. Satellite programs are located in 20 international cities under the auspices of the Florida State University System. In addition, FSU offers students the opportunity to study overseas within one of its international programs located in Panama City, Panama; London, England; Valencia, Spain; and Florence, Italy.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest college at the university, and it provides a wide offering of undergraduate degrees through 18 departments, including anthropology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics and religion. The physics department houses its own superconducting linear particle accelerator. There are ten centers and institutes, as well as ten interdisciplinary programs within the college. In the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, students have access to the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, which is the only university-based research center for choreography in the U.S.

Many of Florida State University's colleges and students have received various accolades. At the College of Motion Picture, Recording Arts and Television, students have received more than 2,000 awards from various organizations, festivals and competitions, such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts and the American Society of Cinematographers Student Competition. Among the best law schools, the Wall Street Journal ranked FSU's College of Law 25th at helping its graduates find work as of 2012.


The freshman admissions process requires the submission of an online application, official high school and college transcripts, ACT or SAT test scores and a residency statement. Certain undergraduate degree programs, such as those in music, film and nursing, have special admissions requirements. General graduate admission requires students to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must submit an online application, official college transcripts and standardized graduate admission test scores. Some graduate degree programs may have individual requirements beyond the general graduate admission requirements.

In Fall 2011, about 58% of applicants were admitted to Florida State University, and 37% of those applicants enrolled in the school. About 90% of undergraduate students attend full-time, and about 93% of undergraduates are 24 years old or younger. Of the more than 41,000 students attending the university, only around 9,000 are graduate students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-13 academic year, tuition for in-state undergraduate students is roughly $21,014; tuition for out-of-state undergraduate students is about $37,828. Both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students pay $9,626 in room and board and $1,000 in book and supplies. The university offers a prepaid tuition plan.

Scholarships available to graduate students include state, institutional, FSU foundation, Office of Financial Aid Foundation, ethics in business and private scholarships. The university's freshman scholarship is a $9,600 award to be used over four years, and it's awarded based on a prospective freshman's academic performance in high school. Another scholarship, called the tuition reduction scholarship, is available to a select number of out-of-state freshmen, and it's awarded based on academic and special achievements.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates and doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 32,201 undergraduates, 8,886 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 17 residence halls*
Schools and Programs 16 colleges and 275 programs of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Finance (470)
Master's: Library and Information Science (238)
PhDs: Law (276)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 47% in four years
71% in six years
73% in eight years**
Admission Rate 58% in 2011**
Entering Class Size About 6,121 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 92% for full-time and 80% for part-time students**
Average SAT Score of Entering Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 1740-1960 in 2012*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Summer 2013: October 15, 2012, Fall 2013: January 14, 2013*
Decision Notification Date Available online December 19, 2012 for Summer 2013 and March 20, 2013 for Fall 2013 admission*
Tuition In 2012-13 (includes all estimated student expenses):
Residents: $21,014
Non-residents: $37,828*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (28%), state and local grants (91%), institutional scholarship (36%), federal loans (37%)**
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2010-11**

Sources: *Florida State University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Florida State University, Office of Admissions, A2500 University Center, 282 Champions Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
  • Phone: (850) 644-6200
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