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Florida State University is a public institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,201, its setting is city, and the campus size is 448 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 97. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,825 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,992 (2011-12).
Florida State University is a sprawling public school in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, and typically, there is not room for every student, so it’s important to apply early if you’d like to live in university housing. There are more than 550 student organizations to check out, as well as adventure trips for kayaking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and more coordinated through the school’s Outdoor Pursuits program. The Florida State Seminoles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference and are traditionally dominant contenders in baseball and football.
For students interested in studying abroad, Florida State has centers in Florence; London; Panama City, Panama; and Valencia, Spain, and offers students other study abroad programs as well. Florida State has a wide variety of graduate schools, including a College of Business, a College of Law, and a College of Medicine. The university also has a joint College of Engineering with Florida A&M University. Among the notable graduates of Florida State University are fitness expert Richard Simmons and Spanx apparel line founder Sara Blakely.
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Florida State University is a comprehensive, national graduate research university with both law and medical schools. The faculty include Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our 200 degree programs are enhanced by thousands of opportunities in international programs and world-class research centers, including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Reading Research Center, and School for Computational Science. With a wide range of highly ranked academic programs and excellence in the visual and performing arts, this university offers a rare opportunity for culturally rich interdisciplinary learning in a diverse and caring environment.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Florida State University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 14. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 14. The application fee at Florida State University is $30. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||58.5%|
|Application deadline||January 14|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 14|
The student-faculty ratio at Florida State University is 26:1, and the school has 33.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida State University include: Finance, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; English Language and Literature, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.2 percent.
Florida State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,201, with a gender distribution of 44.8 percent male students and 55.2 percent female students. At this school, 18.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81.1 percent of students live off campus. Florida State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Florida State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Florida State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Florida State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Florida State University, 46.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,779.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$5,825 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$20,992 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$9,412 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data