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Florida State Admission Requirements

Tallahassee, Florida

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Your chances of getting into Florida State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Florida State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida State is 37.1%.  Its admission rate is the 5th lowest in Florida and the 120th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Florida State and can you get accepted?

Florida State is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 24,183 out of the 65,235 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent (SAT 1180/1340 ACT 26/30). Florida State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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37% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Florida State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.7 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1260 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Florida State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Florida State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Florida State are to have around a 3.7 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Florida State will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Florida State is 3.7 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #12 in Florida for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Florida State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 5.3% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.5% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 32.7% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 21.2% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.7% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.1% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.7 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Florida State SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Florida State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Florida State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 580
Composite 25th Percentile 1180
SAT Scores for Florida State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1340
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Florida State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Florida State is 1260 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1180-1340. Students who get into Florida State University score in the top 27 percent of all SAT test takers..  Florida State ranks #4 in the state of Florida and #203 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1260 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Florida State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1180, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1100, but scores this low are outside the normal range. A competitive SAT score is very important as 65 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1260 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1260, you have around a 37% chance of being admitted. A 1340 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 53% chance of getting in.

Florida State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >53%
1260 to 1340 Avg + 37%-53%
1180 to 1260 Avg - 24%-37%
1100 to 1180 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 1100 Low <14%
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Florida State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Florida State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Florida State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 32
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Florida State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Florida State is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 30.  The school ranks #3 in Florida and #177 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Florida State University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Florida State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 37% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 53% with a 30 ACT score.

Florida State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >53%
28 to 30 Avg + 37%-53%
26 to 28 Avg - 24%-37%
24 to 26 Reach 14%-24%
Less than 24 Low <14%
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High School Class Rank

79% of Florida State University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 47% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Florida State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 47%
Top 25% of class 79%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Florida State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 39,703 25,532 65,235
Accepted 14,554 9,629 24,183
Acceptance Rate 37% 38% 37%
Enrolled 4,534 3,085 7,619
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 32% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Mar 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 88 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Florida State University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Florida State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Florida State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Florida State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Florida State is highly competitive, you have a moderate chance of acceptance depending on your GPA and test scores. If you earn at least a 3.7 GPA, you will have a fair shot at getting in. Additionally, you should score a 1260 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT to be competitive. If you can score a 1340 SAT you will be a very strong applicant.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=134097 IPEDS survey data for Florida State University.


Does Florida State University prefer SAT or ACT?

65% of students submit their SAT scores to Florida State. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Florida State University?

37% of those who apply are granted admission to Florida State. Admission competition is high and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Florida State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1340. The average SAT score is 1260. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Florida State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 30. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.