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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?

9,875 Undergraduate Awards
$27,848 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 award 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.

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Florida State University Rankings

Florida State is ranked #15 out of 126 schools in Florida.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Florida State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Florida State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Drama & Theater Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Florida State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

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?

$27,848 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Florida State is $27,848. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

29,879 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,270 undergraduate students at Florida State, with 29,879 being full-time and 3,391 being part-time.

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

There are also 9,180 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,879 full-time undergraduates at Florida State, 42% are male and 58% 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 781
Black or African American 2,565
Hispanic or Latino 6,539
White 17,839
International Students 518
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,637

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 0 756 0 35 15 806
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 564 0 62 13 639
Finance & Financial Management 0 585 0 38 0 623
Marketing 0 494 0 1 0 495
General English Literature 0 420 0 7 18 445
Political Science & Government 0 411 0 26 8 445
Computer Information Systems 0 339 0 89 7 435
International Relations & National Security 0 366 0 18 0 384
General Biology 0 342 0 18 13 373
Economics 0 317 0 38 10 365
General Social Sciences 0 316 0 0 0 316
Liberal Arts General Studies 187 104 0 1 0 292
Accounting 0 188 0 88 0 276
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 250 0 15 4 269
Human Development & Family Studies 0 264 0 0 0 264
Business Administration & Management 0 260 0 0 0 260
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 211 0 22 0 233
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 219 2 221
General Business/Commerce 0 47 0 150 16 213
Sociology 0 193 0 5 11 209
Hospitality Management 0 202 0 0 0 202
Health & Physical Education 0 139 0 49 3 191
Natural Resources Conservation 0 181 0 0 0 181
Fine & Studio Arts 0 142 0 28 1 171
Music 0 85 0 58 28 171
Law 0 0 0 0 170 170
Nursing 0 113 0 26 24 163
Real Estate 0 159 0 0 0 159
Public Relations & Advertising 0 106 0 51 0 157
Mechanical Engineering 0 116 0 29 11 156
Insurance 0 134 0 20 0 154
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 149 0 0 0 149
Management Information Systems 0 117 0 18 0 135
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 79 0 36 15 130
Civil Engineering 0 104 0 19 6 129
History 0 101 0 15 8 124
Medicine 0 0 0 0 114 114
Communication Sciences 0 78 0 31 2 111
Statistics 0 51 0 37 16 104
Chemical Engineering 0 81 0 10 6 97
Drama & Theater Arts 0 60 0 30 2 92
Information Science 0 0 1 87 3 91
Educational Administration 0 0 14 43 30 87
Electrical Engineering 0 46 0 30 10 86
Chemistry 0 30 0 27 25 82
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 65 0 14 0 79
Social Work 0 71 0 0 1 72
Mathematics 0 47 0 12 12 71
Romance Languages 0 61 0 7 1 69
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 2 50 15 67
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 64 0 2 0 66
Student Counseling 0 0 26 26 11 63
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 48 0 9 0 57
Industrial Engineering 0 38 0 9 9 56
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 54 0 0 0 54
Physics 0 27 0 8 16 51
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 47 0 0 3 50
Philosophy 0 38 0 10 2 50
Design & Applied Arts 0 40 0 10 0 50
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 26 0 23 0 49
Geography & Cartography 0 27 0 14 3 44
Anthropology 0 38 0 4 0 42
Special Education 0 41 0 0 0 41
Classical Languages & Literature 0 24 0 14 3 41
Public Administration 0 0 0 37 2 39
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 33 2 36
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 13 10 35
Allied Health Professions 0 34 0 0 0 34
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 22 0 10 2 34
Dance 0 20 0 12 0 32
Health Sciences & Services 0 29 0 0 0 29
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 8 0 21 0 29
Public Health 0 0 0 28 0 28
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 22 4 26
Legal Research 0 0 0 26 0 26
Area Studies 0 14 0 11 0 25
Religious Studies 0 14 0 5 5 24
East Asian Languages 0 21 0 0 0 21
Computational Science 0 6 0 4 8 18
Recreation Administration 0 18 0 0 0 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 12 6 18
Computer Engineering 0 14 0 0 0 14
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 5 0 6 1 12
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 11 0 11
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 7 0 2 0 9
Demography & Population Studies 0 0 0 8 0 8
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 3 3 6
Writing Studies 0 0 0 6 0 6
Germanic Languages 0 5 0 1 0 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 5 5
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 5 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 1 3 4
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 1 2 3
Ethnic Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 3
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 1 1 2
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 187 9,688 44 1,962 730 12,611

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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