Florida State University

Students pack the stadiums

Everyone plays intramural sports

Lots of Greek life

Top 75 public value college

Lots of beer
Party school
Jock school

Students study the least

Source: The Princeton Review, The Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition

Quick Facts:
Address 600 W. College Avenue,
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Metropolitan Area Tallahassee
Yearly Tuition In/Out-of-State $6,537/$21,703
School Type Public
Year Founded 1851
U.S. News Ranking Best National Universities, #91
School Website fsu.edu

The first state university, Florida State University, is located on the oldest site of continuous education in Florida. FSU is on the cutting edge of many research developments and is one of two universities recognized as being in the first tier of research universities by the Florida legislature.

At 91%, FSU has one of the highest freshman retention rates in the country, which shows that students are very happy there.

Although FSU is a very large university, it has a more intimate feel than some of the other huge universities in the state like UCF and UF. This could be in part due to the fact that the FSU campus is smaller than those schools which means activities and buildings are closer together

2013 Admissions Data

Fall Application Deadline January 14
Acceptance Rate 54%
Average High School GPA 3.9
Average SAT Scores Critical Reading: 560-640
Math: 560-640
Writing: 560-640
Average ACT Scores Math: 24-28
English: 25-31
Writing: 8-8
Application Fee $30
Financial Aid Deadline Rolling Basis

Several undergraduate programs receive more applicants than available space and are more difficult to get into than the rest of programs offered at FSU. These include the film school, most education majors, fine arts majors and the college of business.


Number of Majors Offered 87
Most Popular Majors Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
English Language and Literature
Student to Faculty Ratio 26:1
Four Year Graduation Rate 53%

Many programs consistently rank in the top twenty-five public universities nationwide. Additionally, FSU has the state’s highest graduation rate for African American students.

Three programs at FSU appear on the Fiske guide to colleges lists for preprofessions. They note that particularly strong programs at FSU can be found in dance, drama and in music.

Other renowned programs at FSU include film, communications, statistics, business and sciences.

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Student Body

Undergraduates 31,005
Postgraduates 8,511
Male to Female Ratio 45:55
Student Heritage

Student Life

Tallahassee is not a large city and people there are pretty friendly. Beaches, though, are not as near as some of the other big schools in Florida. Panama City Beach is about two hours away. However, there is a large fresh water spring located just south of town.

The Seminoles, FSU’s athletic teams, compete in NCAA Division I competition as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their intensely hated rivals are the Florida Gators, and the annual game between the two teams is a much-watched showdown. However, the rivalry with the University of Miami may be even more bitter.

FSU has a reputation as a party school and beer and marijuana is popular at parties.

About 68% of first year students choose to live on campus at FSU.

There are a whopping 550 student organizations at FSU.

The student-run radio station at FSU, WVFS, plays great music and is very well run.

Hopefully you’re a big football fan before deciding to attend FSU, since life there sometimes seems to revolve around their excellent football team (most recently the 2013 national champions).

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