Florida State University

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Tallahassee, FL 32306

Phone: (850) 644-2525
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 14
application deadline

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#91 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Universities

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Florida State University is a public institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,171, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 448 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 91. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,537 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,703 (2013-14).

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 600 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, Italy; 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As a dynamic, competitive, elite research institution, Florida State University is world-renowned for the quality of its faculty and academic programs, and its focus on developing graduates who are innovators and leaders. From its pre-eminence in the sciences, arts, and humanities to its entrepreneurial culture, Florida State is also recognized for its outstanding academic environment, economic value, championship athletics, prime location in the heart of the state capital, and a service-learning mission that is a model for the nation.

Located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state, Florida State is proud of its rich heritage and core values that champion excellence at every level. Building on its unique strengths, it is one of the most student-centered universities in the United States, distinctively providing scholastic rigor and an amazing array of research, creative efforts, and engagement opportunities to students in a personal and caring atmosphere.

Our 16 colleges offer more than 320 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and cover a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. With many of our disciplines ranked among the country's best, we stand firmly among the nation's top 50 public universities. Led by our faculty which has included six Nobel laureates and numerous eminent scholars in many areas of the arts and sciences, our academic programs continue to receive major recognition for their overall strength.

Our excellence also shines beyond traditional academic settings. Our international programs are unparalleled with more than 50 programs in over 20 locations. In the area of athletics, our student-athletes continue to perform at championship levels, both on and off the field. Our students supplement their academic pursuits each year with hundreds of thousands of hours of community service outside of the classroom. In immeasurable ways, this University reaches out to our community, region, state, and nation. This level of service has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation, which has selected Florida State University for inclusion in its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

Our Honors Programs, Office of National Fellowships (since 2005, our students have received more than 100 nationally competitive awards), Office of Undergraduate Research, and Student Veterans Center are just a few of the programs here on campus that show our strong commitment to help our more than 30,000 undergraduates reach their highest academic goals. To provide further support for student success, the University's Garnet and Gold Scholar Society program awards undergraduates a credential affirming their leadership, professional, citizenship, and/or research skills while building collaborative relationships in the academic, local, or global community.

With a dedicated faculty and staff, a commitment to strong undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for the marketplace, and a research agenda that contributes to our world economy and quality of life, Florida State University is a leader in higher education.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $497,708,346


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 53.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.7%
Application deadline January 14
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 14

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Florida State University is 26:1, and the school has 34.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida State University include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; English Language and Literature, General; Finance, General; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 6%
English Language and Literature, General 5%
Finance, General 5%
Political Science and Government, General 5%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

Florida State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,171, with a gender distribution of 44.6 percent male students and 55.4 percent female students. At this school, 20.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79.7 percent of students live off campus. Florida State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 40,695
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At Florida State University, 47.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,912.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,537 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,703 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,912 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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