Students pack the stadiums
Everyone plays intramural sports
Lots of Greek life
Top 75 public value college
Lots of beer
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
|Average ACT Scores||Math: 24-28
|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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|Undergraduates||31,005||Postgraduates||8,511||Male to Female Ratio||45:55||Student Heritage|
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).