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Florida State University

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Introduction

Florida State University, colloquially known as Florida State and FSU, is a public research university well-known for its nationally ranked academic programs as well as its competitive men’s and women’s athletic teams. It is one of the largest and oldest members of the State University System of Florida.

FSU’s main campus is located in Tallahassee. There are also satellite campuses located in Panama City and Sarasota, Florida; College of Medicine campuses throughout the state; and international study centers in the Republic of Panama, London, Italy, and Spain.

History

The school’s beginnings date as far back as 1823, when the Territorial Legislature began discussing plans for a system of higher education. FSU was founded in 1851 as a small public institution. It became a four-year school in 1901 and received university status and its current name in 1947. The institution existed in many different forms prior to becoming a university, including separate male and female colleges.

The university now awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. With a total enrollment of over 40,000 students, it has grown to the size of a small city.

FSU’s mission is serving “as a center for advanced graduate and professional studies while emphasizing research and providing excellence in undergraduate programs.”

Academics

The university is comprised of 16 separate colleges and home to over 100 centers, labs, institutes, and educational facilities that offer over 300 different programs of study.

Colleges and departments include the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law, Medicine, Music, Information, and Social Science and Social Work. Schools of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Film, Nursing, Theatre, and Visual Arts and Dance are also part of the University.

Students can pursue an associate of arts degree, and the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded is extensive. FSU awards bachelor’s degrees in fields as diverse as classical civilization, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, meteorology, finance, education, engineering, exercise science, music performance, social work, and graphic design. The largest number of majors is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, which encompasses fields common in the humanities and liberal arts. There are a limited number of combined BA/MA programs as well.

Graduate programs are offered in all colleges and schools, including professional programs in law and medicine. Post-master’s specialist degrees are also offered in several fields. Dual degree programs are offered in fields such as urban planning, law, social work, and public administration.

Florida State’s academics have a strong foundation in the sciences, with biology, chemistry, and meteorology ranking among their best programs. The arts are also well represented within programs of music, dance, and drama. The performance arts “leak” some of their talent to the university’s School of Motion Picture, TV, and Recording Arts. Eligible students have access to a highly rated honors program, providing close interaction with faculty and accelerated study.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Several programs at FSU are considered “limited access” programs because student demand exceeds class space and available resources. Admission to these programs can be incredibly competitive. These include programs in the film school, college of nursing, and many business and education majors.

Some of the university’s more unique programs and divisions include the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Marin Laboratory on the Gulf Coast.

Admissions

Applicants for the university’s undergraduate programs are recommended to apply as soon as possible during the summer before the applicant’s senior year of high school. In addition to the completed application, which can be submitted online, and the accompanying application fee, students must provide official transcripts, standardized test scores, and a written essay.

Students generally should have at least a B+ average and have taken four units of English, three of mathematics, three of natural science, three of social science, two of a foreign language, and three of electives. Auditions are required for those who wish to major in any of the performing arts, and the School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts has limited access. Students interested in pursuing those majors should contact the schools directly for more information.

Graduate students must provide the following for admission to the graduate school: college transcripts, test scores, and required departmental materials and applications. There is also a graduate application fee.

Satisfying the basic requirements of a high school graduation and test scores of 24 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT do not guarantee admission to Florida State, and out of state applicants are held to higher academic standards. The university also cites “other important attributes” are positive factors related to admission.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students who qualify in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Florida State encourages all applicants to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible each year.

Merit-based scholarships from the school itself are awarded using students’ admissions applications; there are no forms to complete. Need-based financial aid requires the FAFSA. The Financial Aid office also offers student loan counseling, and “Loan Entrance Counseling” is required for all borrowers of Stafford loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3339th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Dorm life includes a mixture of older dorms and more modern dorms. Typically, most mid- and upper-classmen choose to move off campus. Regardless of where they live, most students find the campus easy to navigate. Attractive architecture and shady landscaping makes a walk along the campus a pleasant trip. While students who live off-campus drive to and from school, there are plenty of skaters and cyclists rolling through the grounds.

The FSU student body is diverse, reflecting the makeup of the state itself. Ethnic and socioeconomic diversity are both prevalent. Students come from low- and high-income backgrounds, rural and urban populations, and every political affiliation in the spectrum.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Florida State Seminoles are NCAA Division I teams and an important part of student life. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, golf, swimming, tennis, and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

Sports facilities include a large football stadium, a basketball arena, a swim center, a golf course, a gymnasium, a softball field, and track and tennis facilities.

The university has long been a powerhouse of NCAA football, and its state rivalry with the University of Florida has long intrigued the nation like few modern gridiron rivalries can. The Seminoles have won multiple national football championships.

Traditions

One of the most popular traditions in all of college sports is the portrayal of the school mascot before each home game. Osceola, the famed Seminole chief, is portrayed by a student and seen riding upon a horse, Renegade, as he gallops into the stadium. The chief plants a flaming spear in the center of the field to kick off every home football game.

FSU also has a lesser-known but similarly unique tradition: The Sod Cemetery. Begun after an amazing road victory over Georgia in 1962, the Sod Cemetery contains pieces of turf taken from memorable road victories during the course of FSU history.

Local Community

Tallahassee is located in northern Florida, not far south of the Georgia border. It is the state capital and has a population of approximately 180,000. The city has a number of museums, art studios, theatres and galleries and there are regular cultural events, festivals, and other activities held throughout the year. There are several state parks, recreational areas, and historical sites in the countryside around it.

Like most of Florida, the city offers pleasant weather and a temperate climate.

Accreditation

FSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Florida and 432nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 11 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.01
Robbery 14 0.03
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 87 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 12 0.03
Arrest 172 0.42

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,033 0.56
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 107 0.06
Robbery 511 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,252 1.77
Larceny 5,748 3.13
Vehicle theft 363 0.20

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1202

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 819th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,640 $4,640 $19,084
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,867 $1,867 $2,589
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $216 $220 $721
FT Graduate Tuition $9,684 $9,684 $24,116
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,859 $1,859 $2,581
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $482 $482 $1,114
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,543 $21,543 $36,709
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,257 $21,257 $36,423
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,631 $11,631 $26,797

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $21,140 $54,046
Medical Degree — Required Fees $3,139 $4,784
Law Degree — Tuition $18,071 $37,130
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,613 $3,565

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,826 $6,402 $5,826 $6,402 $20,952 $21,570
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,412 $9,626
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,134 $3,892
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,412 $9,626
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,134 $3,892
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,134 $3,892

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 29,579 (12,131 male / 17,448 female)
Admitted 16,803 (6,793 male / 10,010 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 6,048 (2,482 male / 3,566 female)
FT Enrollment 5,982 (2,447 male / 3,535 female)
PT Enrollment 66 (35 male / 31 female)
Total Enrollment40,909

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

165th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 56%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 29

SAT Test Admission

237th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1110 / 1280

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,303
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,980
Board Fee$3,932

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 341 994 1,404 304 51 7,057 166 10,439
Accounting 12 15 48 9 190 5 282
Actuarial Science 3 3 2 5 19 32
African-American/Black Studies 6 1 8
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 3
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature 3 3
Anthropology 1 2 3
Apparel and Textiles, General 11 21 2 2 109 2 147
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 8 1 53 1 64
Art Teacher Education 9 1 11
Art Therapy/Therapist 1 2 1 10 15
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1 1 1 9 13
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 9 14
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 9 1 3 37 50
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 9 17 2 116 145
Biochemistry 3 10 19 2 34
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 26 56 23 3 254 5 374
Biomedical Sciences, General 11 1 1 13
Biostatistics 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 1 16 23 3 2 149 195
Business/Commerce, General 9 5 19 7 1 179 6 231
Chemical Engineering 1 1 1 2 6 11
Chemistry, General 2 1 3 1 26 2 35
Chemistry, Other 6 9 3 17 35
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 3 4 6 46 2 61
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 3 9 3 36 1 53
Civil Engineering, General 3 7 21 4 1 86 2 125
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 3 26 31
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 3 3
Communication and Media Studies, Other 23 22 52 5 4 246 3 358
Computational Biology 2 2
Computational Science 2 1 1 6 10
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 3 9 14
Computer and Information Sciences, General 24 4 12 1 75 2 118
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 4 6 8 2 36 58
Creative Writing 1 2 3 6
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 13 1 15
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 88 73 9 2 309 6 492
Curriculum and Instruction 6 7 7 2 34 1 57
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 1 3 15 2 21
Dance, General 6 4 2 1 20 2 35
Dance, Other 1 1 2
Demography and Population Studies 2 5 7
Dietetics/Dietitian 7 4 18 5 68 103
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 10 16 1 65 92
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 5 1 27 34
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 2 1 7 11
Economics, General 9 9 32 8 1 139 3 206
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 3 2 24 30
Educational Evaluation and Research 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 7 4 27 40
Educational Psychology 2 1 1 2 2 8
Educational Statistics and Research Methods 3 1 4
Educational/Instructional Technology 6 2 1 1 28 1 41
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 12 6 7 3 36 1 65
Elementary Education and Teaching 5 2 72 80
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law 3 1 4
English Language and Literature, General 1 53 68 5 3 354 7 492
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 3 1 21 1 29
Environmental Science 2 3 4 1 38 2 51
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 1
Finance, General 8 27 57 16 4 281 7 408
Fine and Studio Arts Management 3 1 13 1 18
Fine/Studio Arts, General 7 17 7 77 2 112
Foreign Language Teacher Education 3 1 1 1 6 12
French Language and Literature 1 3 1 9 14
French Studies
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2 1 5 8
Geography 3 11 8 9 111 143
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 7 10
German Language and Literature 1 1 8 1 11
Graphic Design 2 6 15 1 24
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 3 8 1 1 20 4 39
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology 1 1
History, General 4 13 5 100 3 125
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 12 25 5 169 218
Human Development and Family Studies, General 41 27 7 1 176 2 254
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 7 1 2 32 47
Industrial Engineering 1 1 2 14 1 19
Information Technology 33 17 3 71 4 132
Insurance 3 31 34
Interior Design 1 1 7 2 1 42 54
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs 31 31 90 18 4 248 6 435
Italian Language and Literature 4 4
Italian Studies 1 1 1 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 19 41 18 2 182 6 272
Latin American and Caribbean Studies 1 1
Latin Language and Literature 1 3 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 44 39 3 42 2 133
Library and Information Science 16 26 2 146 8 201
Management Information Systems, General 1 5 9 5 39 1 62
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 11 12 45 11 1 238 5 328
Materials Science 2 1 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 1 3
Mathematics, General 27 7 11 4 40 2 91
Mechanical Engineering 5 14 3 50 3 76
Music Performance, General 1 6 3 2 1 59 1 74
Music Teacher Education 9 5 1 42 1 59
Music Theory and Composition 1 1 1 8 11
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 2 23 3 29
Music, General 8 7 3 1 44 64
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 4 7 13
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 3 1 11 15
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 2 1 1 8 12
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 3 3
Philosophy 1 6 26 2 35
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 28 1 5 1 30 1 66
Physics, Other 1 1
Playwriting and Screenwriting 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 3 29 60 7 3 251 5 364
Programs for Foreign Lawyers 5 1 6
Psychology, General 3 42 113 17 2 358 4 543
Public Administration 8 7 5 1 46 3 70
Public Health, General 1 9 2 10 23
Reading Teacher Education 2 1 3
Real Estate 3 2 15 20
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 7 11 2 2 91 5 123
Religion/Religious Studies 3 1 2 1 22 2 31
Russian Language and Literature 5 5
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies 2 2 4
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 3
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2
Social Science Teacher Education 2 4 33 39
Social Sciences, General 4 44 34 5 171 5 266
Social Work 77 22 6 2 231 4 348
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 1 2 5
Sociology 1 53 19 3 107 188
Spanish Language and Literature 1 3 7 1 14 27
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 10 29 1 43
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 12 8 5 1 98 3 130
Statistics, General 3 3 4 3 9 22
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 3 4
Voice and Opera 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 388th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,173 ($97,721 male / $70,746 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,272 (792 male / 480 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,831
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $47,730,070
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