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Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

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Florida State University overview
Location Tallahassee, Florida
Online fsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Florida State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1851, Florida State University (FSU) is a public research institution located in Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, maintaining a close proximity to both government agencies and cultural venues. The university presents a diverse campus atmosphere, covered in Spanish moss-laden oaks and historical buildings that reflect a blend of Collegiate Gothic architecture and modern facilities. FSU offers an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, with notable strengths in sciences, arts, business, and law. It is recognized for its rigorous Film School and high-ranking programs in business and chemistry. FSU's application process is moderately selective, catering to a large student body seeking a comprehensive academic environment. FSU also provides a variety of housing options, fostering a residential community that accommodates a significant portion of the student population on its sprawling campus. While the university enriches its academic offerings, it is equally renowned for its athletic prowess, competing in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference with the Seminoles as their mascot team, particularly celebrated for success in football and various track and field sports.

In the most recent statistical year 78,088 prospective students applied, and 19,552 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 6,033 enrolled in the school.  36,031 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8,130 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $4,022 plus fees of $1,634. Florida State is ranked 199 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Florida State is rated within the top 30% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Florida State University overview
SAT 1210/1370
ACT 26/31
Estimated GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

Florida State University overview
Applications Due Mar 1, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Florida Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Florida State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,634
Room and Board $11,592
Budget for Other Expenses$5,532
Total One Year Cost$23,780

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Florida State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,634
Room and Board $11,592
Budget for Other Expenses$5,532
Total One Year Cost$36,298

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

74% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Florida State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Social Sciences 19%
Psychology 5%
Visual and Performing Arts 5%
Work and Family Studies 5%

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