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. The university is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service. The university strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity.
During the fall 2015 semester, there were 22 freshmen and 46 total undergraduate National Merit Scholars enrolled at Florida State University. The middle 50% high school GPA for the summer/fall 2015 freshman class was 3.7-4.2 and middle 50% SAT scores were 1140-1270.
With more than 41,000 students enrolled in fall 2015, the student body was comprised of 78.3% undergraduates, 18.9% graduates and 2.8% unclassified. Women accounted for 55% of the enrollment and minorities made up 32.8% of student enrollment.
The average age for undergraduate students is 20.9. Students hailed from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 81.9 of all students were Floridians, and 92.6% were from the United States. Foreign students from more than 130 countries are represented, comprising 5.6% of student enrollment, and 18 foreign countries each contributed 30 or more students.