One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts.
FSU’s welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital.
- Founded in 1851; oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida
- Carnegie Commission classification: “Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity”
- 41,473 students from every Florida county and 140 countries
- Accepted freshmen for 2016: 4.1 GPA; 1858 average SAT score
- 93% retention rate for freshmen; 79.4% graduation rate by sixth year
- 542 buildings on 1,604 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 475 acres
- 2,409 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
- 14,367 employees
- Operating budget of $1,575,794,473
- $200.8 million in contracts and grants brought in by faculty in 2015
- 341 degree programs: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, specialist, professional