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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"
  • 41,867 students from every Florida county and 140 countries
  • Accepted freshmen for 2016: 4.1 average GPA; 1858 average SAT score
  • 93% retention rate for freshmen; 79.4% graduation rate by sixth year
  • 375 buildings on 1,624 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 477 acres
  • 2,351 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
  • 14,251 total employees
  • Operating budget of $1,575,794,473
  • $190 million in contracts and grants brought in by faculty in 2015-16
  • 351 degree programs: bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist, professional