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Florida State University Overview

Located in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Florida State University Known For?

29,286 Full-Time Undergraduates
$10,744 Avg Cost After Aid
49% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Florida State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Florida State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Florida State with a bachelor's degree make about $46,400 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Florida State University Rankings

Florida State is ranked #160 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Florida State also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Florida ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Florida State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Florida State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 10
Best Colleges for the Money 29
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 60
Best Colleges for International Students 106
Best Colleges 160
Best Colleges for Diversity 471

Where Is Florida State University?

Location of Florida State University

Contact details for Florida State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
Phone: 850-644-2525
Website: www.fsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/floridastate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/floridastate

How Do I Get Into Florida State?

You can apply to Florida State online at: https://admissions.fsu.edu/undergradapp/

Admission Requirements for Florida State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Florida State?

49% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
38% Submit SAT Scores
Florida State has a fairly low acceptance rate of 49%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 49%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 38% of students accepted to Florida State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida State University  ( 600 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Florida State University  ( 590 to 660 )
200
800
Florida State received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 30. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 26 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Florida State University  ( 25 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Florida State University  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Florida State University  ( 26 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Florida State University?

$10,744 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Florida State is $10,744. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Florida State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,168 $7,322 $11,964 $16,152 $17,406

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Florida State, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $7,443 a year. That adds up to $29,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Florida State is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Florida State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,286 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,008 undergraduate students at Florida State, with 29,286 being full-time and 3,722 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Florida State

There are also 8,354 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,286 full-time undergraduates at Florida State, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Florida State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Florida State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Florida State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 676
Black or African American 2,321
Hispanic or Latino 5,994
White 18,155
International Students 520
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,620

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at Florida State University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 120 countries are represented at Florida State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Panama.

Online Learning at Florida State University

2,738 Took All Classes Online
17,253 Took At Least One Class Online
11.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 17,253 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Florida State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 31st most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Florida State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Florida State University was 11.7%. This is the #1,226 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Florida State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Florida State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Educational Administration 7%
Legal Research 27%
Management Information Systems 16%
Mental & Social Health Services 2%
Psychology 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Florida State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Florida State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Insurance #5
Communication Sciences #8
Legal Research #9
Industrial Engineering #14
Mental & Social Health Services #29
Management Information Systems #31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #35
Legal Professions #49
Engineering #56
Instructional Media Design #65
Curriculum & Instruction #68
General Business/Commerce #79
Teacher Education Subject Specific #93
Psychology #103
Educational Administration #135
Criminal Justice & Corrections #186
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #210
Nursing #259
Education #325
Health Professions #425
Business, Management & Marketing #488

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Florida State University Majors

In 2017-2018, Florida State University awarded 19,750 undergraduate degrees and 5,384 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 188 88 0
Allied Health Professions 0 34 0 0
Anthropology 0 38 4 0
Area Studies 0 14 11 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 11 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 22 10 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 47 0 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 5 6 1
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 1
Business Administration & Management 0 260 0 0
Chemical Engineering 0 81 10 6
Chemistry 0 30 27 25
Civil Engineering 0 104 19 6
Classical Languages & Literature 0 24 14 3
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 5
Communication Sciences 0 78 31 2
Computational Science 0 6 4 8
Computer Engineering 0 14 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 339 89 7
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 564 62 13
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 50 15
Dance 0 20 12 0
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 8 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 40 10 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 48 9 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 60 30 2
East Asian Languages 0 21 0 0
Economics 0 317 38 10
Education Philosophy 0 0 3 3
Educational Administration 0 0 43 30
Educational Assessment 0 0 1 2
Electrical Engineering 0 46 30 10
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 54 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 3 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 26 23 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 585 38 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 142 28 1
General Biology 0 342 18 13
General Business/Commerce 0 47 150 16
General English Literature 0 420 7 18
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 3
General Psychology 0 756 35 15
General Social Sciences 0 316 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 27 14 3
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 13 10
Germanic Languages 0 5 1 0
Health & Physical Education 0 139 49 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 29 0 0
History 0 101 15 8
Hospitality Management 0 202 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 264 0 0
Industrial Engineering 0 38 9 9
Information Science 0 0 87 3
Instructional Media Design 0 0 33 2
Insurance 0 134 20 0
International Relations & National Security 0 366 18 0
Law 0 0 0 170
Legal Research 0 0 26 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 187 104 1 0
Management Information Systems 0 117 18 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 65 14 0
Marketing 0 494 1 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 1 3
Mathematics 0 47 12 12
Mechanical Engineering 0 116 29 11
Medicine 0 0 0 114
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 219 2
Music 0 85 58 28
Natural Resources Conservation 0 181 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 5
Nursing 0 113 26 24
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 1
Philosophy 0 38 10 2
Physics 0 27 8 16
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 250 15 4
Political Science & Government 0 411 26 8
Public Administration 0 0 37 2
Public Health 0 0 28 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 106 51 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 211 22 0
Real Estate 0 159 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 18 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 8 21 0
Religious Studies 0 14 5 5
Romance Languages 0 61 7 1
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 7 2 0
Social Work 0 71 0 1
Sociology 0 193 5 11
Special Education 0 41 0 0
Statistics 0 51 37 16
Student Counseling 0 0 26 11
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 64 2 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 79 36 15
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 149 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 22 4
Writing Studies 0 0 6 0
Total 374 19,376 3,924 1,460

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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