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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"
  • 41,900 students from every Florida county and 132 countries
  • Accepted freshman profile for 2018:
    • Fall: 4.3 average GPA; 30 average ACT composite score; 1340 average SAT score
    • Summer: 4.0 average GPA; 27 average ACT composite score; 1250 average SAT score
  • 94% retention rate for freshmen; 68.4% graduation rate within four years
  • 22:1 faculty/student ratio
  • 384 buildings on 1,633 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 485 acres
  • 2,360 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
  • 14,079 total employees
  • Operating budget of $1,712,841,231
  • $210 million in contracts and grants brought in by faculty in 2016-17
  • 301 degree programs: bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist, professional