About FSU

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 and critical thinking.

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"
  • 43,953 students from every Florida county and 130 countries
  • Accepted freshman profile for summer/fall 2020:
    • 4.0-4.4 average GPA; 27-31 average ACT composite score; 1230-1350 SAT score
  • 95% retention rate for freshmen; 74% graduation rate within four years
  • 21:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 383 buildings on 1,696 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 486.7 acres
  • 2,545 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
  • 13,570 total employees
  • Operating budget of $1.85 billion
  • $250.1 million in contracts and grants brought in by faculty in FY 2020
  • 276 degree programs: bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist, professional