Florida State University

About Our Students

View our Campus Portrait as painted in words and video by our undergraduate students.

The Florida State University is an internationally recognized teaching and research institution committed to preparing our graduates for the ever-expanding opportunities of a global society. Designated as a Carnegie Research University (designating very high research activity), Florida State awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees each year, and is recognized as a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates.

Our medical school, which graduated its first class in 2005, focuses on educating outstanding physicians for practice in community settings, while our law school is one of the fastest-rising in national rankings. The top five colleges by enrollment are: Arts and Sciences, Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy, Human Sciences, and Communication and Information. The top five majors by enrollment are: Finance, Biological Science/Pre-Med, Psychology, Political Science/Pre-Law and International Affairs.

Florida State students have the opportunity to work alongside Nobel laureates and Pulitzer-Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and other globally recognized teachers and researchers.

Our student body is diverse and represents every county in Florida, all 50 states, and over 128 countries. Minorities represent 30 percent, and women represent 57 percent of our 40,255 students.

The middle 50 percent of freshmen accepted in 2010 earned GPAs between 3.5 and 4.1, composite ACT scores between 25 and 29 and SAT total scores between 1720 and 1940. Students in the top quartile rival those in any selective school in the nation, boasting a mean GPA of 4.4, an average ACT composite of 31, and an average SAT total of 2072.

Florida State is a leader among the state's public universities, setting records in the award of national fellowships and scholarships. Since its inception in the spring of 2005, the Florida State University Office of National Fellowships has mentored and assisted some of our most talented students. In the last five years, our students have won more than 75 nationally competitive awards, including three prestigious Rhodes scholarships, three Truman scholarships, five Goldwater scholarships, five Hollings scholarships, three Pickering fellowships, and 36 Fulbright grants.

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