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FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings (As of January 2016)

Undergraduate Research

Florida State University's efforts to expand student engagement in undergraduate research have received national recognition from the Council on Undergraduate Research. In 2015, the Washington D.C.-based council selected Florida State as one of six research-university finalists for the inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA). About 25 percent of FSU undergraduate students currently conduct out-of-class research, with many more participating within the classroom. In the next four years, overall engagement is projected to reach 100 percent with the implementation of current curricular initiatives.

"Best Value" Public University

Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students. In 2015, Forbes ranked Florida State the No. 13 "Best Value" university in the nation.

Programs ranked No. 1

The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Florida State's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice No. 1 in the nation for faculty research. The graduate program in interior design was voted "Most Admired" in the nation in DesignIntelligence's "America's Best Architectural and Design Schools," for 2016. It is the fourth consecutive year the graduate program has earned this honor. U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2014 edition, ranks the School of Information's school library media program No. 1. Numerous other programs at Florida State rank in the Top 5.

Best for Vets

Military Times ranked Florida State No. 8 in the latest "Best Colleges for Vets" rankings (2015), which are published annually by the magazine. Florida State's online graduate programs in education (No. 2), criminal justice (No. 7), information technology (No. 18) and business (No. 22) are ranked in the Top 25 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings (2015). The university received the 2014 MVP Project Degree Completion Opportunity Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for its ongoing initiative to address the educational needs of veterans.

Diversity

Florida State's continuing efforts to move diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the university mission received national recognition as the institution earned INSIGHT Into Diversity's "Higher Education Excellence in Diversity" (HEED) Award in 2014 and 2015, which annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Hispanic Business Magazine ranked FSU's College of Law No. 2 best in the nation for Hispanic students, while the College of Medicine ranked No. 8 by the publication. The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), named FSU as one of the top 10 "Access Improver" institutions in the nation for its outstanding efforts in supporting and educating traditionally underrepresented students.

Outstanding Athletics

The Seminoles completed a banner year in 2014-2015, highlighted by the women's soccer team's first NCAA title. Thirteen FSU teams competed in NCAA Championships, the sand volleyball squad participated in collegiate nationals, and the football team played in the Rose Bowl game for the first time. Five FSU teams won Atlantic Coast Conference championships — football, women's soccer, men's track, softball and baseball. As a group, the women's athletics programs posted a No. 4 finish in the Capital One Cup standings.

Leading the State of Florida

Florida State University leads Florida in four of eight areas of external funding for the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Leads in Rhodes Scholars, claiming all three of the Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006. Highest percentage of alumni giving back than any university in Florida. Highest amount of National Science Foundation research and development expenditures in the state. College of Law is the No. 1 law school in Florida with the highest job placement and one of the highest passing rates on the Florida Bar Exam.


RANKINGS

U.S.
1 College of Business:
FSU's two student competitors finished 1st and 2nd in the recent International Collegiate Sales Competition held in Orlando, and the FSU team finished in 1st place. The largest sales competition in the world included 120 student competitors from 60 schools.

1

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice:
No. 1 among all criminology and criminal justice program faculties for faculty research, Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

1

Interior Design graduate program:
"Most Admired" by Design Intelligence's "America's Best Architectural and Design Schools," 2016. This marks the fourth year in a row the graduate program has earned this honor.

1

School of Information, School Library Media Program:
No. 1, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2013. The School also is ranked No. 13 in the nation, its services for children and youth program is No. 5, and its digital librarianship program is No. 11.

1

Black Law Students Association:
For the second consecutive year, FSU's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won first place in two major advocacy competitions and won a Chapter of the Year award at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Regional Convention in Durham, North Carolina. Florida State's BLSA won first place in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and the BLSA Moot Court Team also won first place in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, an appellate advocacy competition.

1

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory:
The only national lab in Florida. Holds the most world records for the most powerful magnets on Earth.

1

Best Online Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Programs:
Best online computer science bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities, BestColleges.com, 2015.

1

College of Medicine:
No. 1 in the nation for instruction in community health, Association of American Medical Colleges.
1 College of Law, Mock Trial Team:
In 2015, FSU's Mock Trial Team won first place in the National Trial Advocacy Tournament sponsored by the University of Florida. The team also won first place in the 2015 National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and University of California Hastings College of Law.
1 Most Beautiful Campus:
FSU voted most beautiful campus in America, by HouseBeautiful, 2015.

2

Most efficient high-quality universities in the United States:
No. 2, U.S. News & World Report, 2015. Florida State was named the nation's most efficient high-quality university in 2013 and 2014.
2 College of Law, nation's best for pubic service:
preLaw magazine, 2016 has ranked the nation's best law schools for public service, ranking Florida State University College of Law the 2nd best law school nationally in the category of public defender/prosecutor.

2

College of Law, nation's best for Hispanic students:
No. 2, Hispanic Business Magazine, 2014.

2

Best Online Criminology Bachelor's Degree Programs:
No. 2 best online criminology bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities, BestColleges.com, 2015.

3

Askew School of Public Administration and Policy faculty research productivity
A study published in the International Public Management Journal ranked the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy third in faculty research productivity in the U.S.

3

College of Education, Online Graduate Program:
No. 3 among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

4

College of Business, Online Program:
No. 4 best online graduate program (excluding MBA) among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

5

College of Business, undergraduate risk management and insurance program:
No. 5 among public universities and No. 7 overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

5

Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs:
No. 5 best online bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities, BestColleges.com, 2015.

5

College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Online Graduate Program:
No. 5 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

5

School of Information, Services for Children & Youth Program:
No. 5 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2013.

6

College of Business, best for veterans:
No. 6 in nation, "Best for Vets: Business Schools," Military Times, 2015.

6

College of Business, undergraduate real estate program:
No. 6 among public universities and 10th overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

6

College of Nursing, online Master of Science program, public universities:
No. 6, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Online Program Rankings," 2014. The college's program tied for No. 10 among both public and private universities.

7

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology Program:
No. 7 among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2015.

7

College of Medicine:
No. 7 in the nation for producing family physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2015.

7

Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development:
No. 7 best fashion merchandising school in the nation, Fashion-Schools.org, 2015. The program is also No. 2 best in the South and No. 6 among public institutions.

8

College of Medicine, nation's best for Hispanic students:
No. 8, Hispanic Business Magazine, 2014.

8

Best Colleges for Vets:
Military Times, 2015.

10

College of Nursing:
No. 10 best online graduate programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2014.

11

School of Information, Digital Librarianship Program:
No. 11 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2013.

12

International Programs, students who studied abroad:
No. 12 in the total number of students who studied abroad in 2013-14 by the Institute for International Education in "Open Doors," its annual report on international education statistics.

13

College of Law, Best Value:
No. 13 "Best Value Law School" in the country based on employment, bar passage rates, tuition, cost of living and average debt upon graduation. National Jurist, 2015.

13

School of Information online program, public universities:
No. 13 best online graduate program in information technology, U.S. News & World Report, 2015. The program is No. 20 among both public and private universities.

13

School of Library & Information Studies:
No. 13 among the nation's top schools for a master's degree in library and information studies, U.S. News & World Report, 2013.

13

Best Value School:
No. 13 "Best Value School" in the nation, Forbes, 2015.

15

Best Value University among large colleges:
No. 15, Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best Values in Public Colleges," 2016, ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Florida State was the No. 15 best value among all public colleges for out-of-state students and No. 16 best value for in-state students.

15

School of Public Affairs, City Management & Urban Policy Program:
No. 15 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report.

16

Public Affairs:
No. 16 best public affairs school in the nation, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2012.

18

School of Public Affairs, Public Management Administration Program:
No. 18 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report.

20

Computer Information Technology, Online Graduate Program:
No. 20 among the nations best online graduate computer information technology programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2015.

21

School of Communication Science & Disorders, Speech Language Pathology program:
No. 21 among the nation's top speech-language pathology programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2012.

28

School of Public Affairs, Public Policy Analysis Program:
No. 28 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2012.

31

Best Public Colleges and Universities:
No. 31, The Business Journals, 2015.
32 Top U.S. Public Universities:
No. 32 U.S. public university, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. In the overall World University Rankings, Florida State was grouped with international universities between 201-250 on the list. Florida State is one of 147 U.S. institutions on the list of 800 universities ranked worldwide.

32

College of Law:
No. 32, Business Insider "50 Best Law Schools in America,"2015. Florida State is the only Florida law school in the top 50.
34 Online Bachelor's Programs:
No. 34 best online undergraduate degree programs (include computer science, criminology, social science, and public safety and security), U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

39

College of Business:
No. 39 undergraduate program among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

40

College of Education, graduate program:
No. 40, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2016.

43

Top Public Universities
No. 43, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.
44 College of Business, Online MBA Program:
No. 44 best online MBA program among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.

FLORIDA

1

STEM funding:
In STEM, (science, technology, engineering and math) FSU leads the state in four of eight STEM fields.

1

National Science Foundation Funding:
Receives more in National Science Foundation funding than any other university in the state.

1

Alumni giving:
Highest percentage of alumni giving back of any university in Florida.

1

Rhodes Scholars:
All three Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006 have been from FSU.
1 College of Law:
No. 1 Florida law school Business Insider, "50 Best Law Schools in America," 2015. Florida State is the only Florida law school in the top 50.

1

College of Law:
Highest job placement in Florida. FSU Law is 26th in the nation among public law schools in job placement. Graduates also continue to excel on the Florida Bar Examination with an 82.8 percent passage rate compared to 72.9 percent for first time test takers.
1 Student Fulbright Scholars:
For the second year in a row, one of the nation's top research institutions for producing student Fulbright scholars and leads the state in the number of students (10) who received Fulbright fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year.
3 College of Nursing:
For 2015, the College of Nursing's 95.45% pass rate on the State Board of Nursing exam was the third highest in the state of Florida among public universities.