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FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

(As of October 2017)

Undergraduate Research

Florida State University's efforts to expand student engagement in undergraduate research have received national recognition from the Council on Undergraduate Research. In 2015, the Washington D.C.-based council selected Florida State as one of six research-university finalists for the inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA). About 25 percent of FSU undergraduate students currently conduct out-of-class research, with many more participating within the classroom. In the next four years, overall engagement is projected to reach 100 percent with the implementation of current curricular initiatives.

"Best Value" Public University

Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students.

In 2017, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance "Best College Value," ranks Florida State as the 12th best value among public colleges for out-of-state students, a seven-place jump over last year. FSU was rated 28th best value among public colleges for in-state students. FSU is ranked #25 among public institutions in Forbes' 2017 "Best Value Colleges."

Top Ranked Programs

The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Florida State's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice No. 1 in the nation for faculty research. U.S. News & World Report"Best Graduate Schools," 2018 edition, ranks the School of Information's school library media program No. 1. Numerous other programs at Florida State rank in the Top 5. Florida State University is among the best universities in the nation — and the world — according to the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal World University Rankings 2016-2017. Among U.S. public universities, Florida State is tied with nine other institutions at No. 33 on the list. Florida State has also been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities, according to Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities, 2017.

Prestigious Awards

Florida State is one of four universities receiving the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, the top honor from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. FSU earned the national honor for its extensive offerings in global education and is the only university in Florida to win the annual award.

"Moonlight", written and directed by Florida State University alumnus Barry Jenkins, and produced by FSU alumna Adele Romanski, won the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards. A total of seven Florida State graduates worked together on the project which also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Best for Vets

Military Times ranked Florida State No. 11 in the latest "Best Colleges for Vets" rankings (2017), which are published annually by the magazine. Florida State's online graduate programs in education (No. 3), criminal justice (No. 5), information technology (No. 20) and business excluding MBA (No. 4) are ranked in the Top 25 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings (2016). The university received the 2014 MVP Project Degree Completion Opportunity Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for its ongoing initiative to address the educational needs of veterans.


For a second consecutive year, Florida State University has been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a Diversity Champion in higher education. FSU is one of only 10 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the award by the magazine, which is the nation’s largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. Florida State's continuing efforts to move diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the university mission have also received national recognition as the institution earned INSIGHT Into Diversity's "Higher Education Excellence in Diversity" (HEED) Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), named FSU as one of the top 10 "Access Improver" institutions in the nation for its outstanding efforts in supporting and educating traditionally underrepresented students.

Florida State University has also been identified as a top performer for black student success, with one of the highest graduation rates among African-American students of nearly 700 universities examined in a 2017 national study by The Education Trust. The report found 74.5 percent of FSU's African-American students – who make up 8.4 percent of the student body – graduate within six years. Nationally, about 40 percent of full-time, African-American students earn a degree in six years.

The FSU College of Medicine is the only Association of American Medical Colleges member institution ranked in the top six for enrollment of both black and Hispanic students among 136 U.S. medical schools. Its enrollment percentage for black or African-American students is double the national average.

Outstanding Athletics

Since they began fielding intercollegiate athletic teams in 1946, the Seminoles have won 14 national championships in nine sports, most recently a national championship in women's soccer in 2014. The Seminole football program won its third national title in 2013.

Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have won 78 ACC team championships in 14 different sports. Nineteen of those titles have come in the past four seasons.

In 2016-17 Florida State was the only FBS school in the nation to have each of its sports advance to the NCAA Postseason. Additionally, of the 128 schools that comprise the Football Subdivision, just two other schools joined Florida State in making the postseason in football, baseball, softball and men's and women's basketball.

Since 2010, Seminole teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play in 147 of 154 opportunities.

Leading the State of Florida

All three Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006 were FSU students. Highest percentage of alumni giving back than any university in Florida. Highest amount of National Science Foundation research and development expenditures in the state. College of Law is the No. 1 law school in Florida in job placement and maintains one of the highest passing rates on the Florida Bar Exam.


1 College of Criminology and Criminal Justice:
No. 1 among all criminology and criminal justice program faculties for faculty research, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2016.


College of Criminology and Criminal Justice:
No. 1 Best Value Online Colleges for Criminology Degrees, OnlineU, 2016.


School of Information, School Library Media Program: 
No. 1, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2018. The School also is ranked No. 12 in the nation, and its services for children and youth program is No. 7.
1 College of Law, Student Bar Association:
For the sixth time in 10 years, the FSU College of Law Student Bar Association (SBA) received the National Achievement Award, which honors the best SBA in the nation from the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, 2017.


Black Law Students Association:
For two consecutive years, FSU's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) won first place in two major advocacy competitions and won a Chapter of the Year award at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association (SRBLSA) Regional Convention in Durham, North Carolina. Florida State's BLSA won first place in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and the BLSA Moot Court Team also won first place in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, an appellate advocacy competition.


National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: 
The only national lab in Florida. Holds the most world records for the most powerful magnets on Earth, including a new world record for the strongest resistive magnet, August, 2017.


Best Online Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Programs: 
Best online computer science bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities,, 2015.


College of Medicine: 
No. 1 in the nation for instruction in community health, Association of American Medical Colleges.
1 College of Law, Moot Court Team:
The FSU College of Law Moot Court Team won first place in the 2017 William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, held at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Ten law schools participated in the competition, including Georgetown University Law Center and the University of North Carolina School of Law.


College of Law, Mock Trial Team:
FSU's Mock Trial Team won first place in the 2015 National Trial Advocacy Tournament sponsored by the University of Florida, and first place in the 2015 National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and University of California Hastings College of Law. The team also won first place at the 2016 Buffalo-Niagara competition, the largest invitation-only event of its kind.


Most Beautiful Campus:
FSU voted most beautiful campus in America, by HouseBeautiful, 2015 and No. 7 by College Magazine, 2016.
1 Top Real Estate Team:
The FSU Real Estate team placed first at the Villanova Real Estate Challenge held in Philadelphia on March 31, 2017. The team defeated students from 18 invited universities, including the University of Southern Cal. (2), Villanova (3), and U Penn-Wharton (4).


Interior Design graduate program: 
"Most Admired" by Design Intelligence's "America's Best Architectural and Design Schools," 2017. This marks the fifth year in a row the graduate program has ranked in the Top 2.


College of Law, nation's best for public service:
preLaw magazine, 2016 has ranked the nation's best law schools for public service, ranking Florida State University College of Law the 2nd best law school nationally in the category of public defender/prosecutor.


Most Competitive Medical School:
Second most competitive medical school in the country for admissions, U.S. News and World Report, 2016.


Best Online Criminology Bachelor's Degree Programs:
No. 2 best online criminology bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities,, 2015.


Askew School of Public Administration and Policy faculty research productivity
A study published in the International Public Management Journal ranked the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy third in faculty research productivity in the U.S.


College of Education, Online Graduate Program: 
No. 3 among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


Faculty Fulbright Scholars
FSU is one of the nation's top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars and students, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Seven faculty scholars from FSU were awarded Fulbright grants for 2015-2016, tying for third in the nation among research institutions.


College of Business:
Florida State University finished 4th among 36 universities competing in the Sales Management Case Competition in the 2016 International Collegiate Sales Competition held in Orlando.
4 FSU Real Estate program:
The FSU Real Estate program faculty were recently ranked 4th globally in publication appearances in the discipline's core research journals, Journal of Real Estate Literature, 2017.


College of Business, undergraduate risk management and insurance program:
No. 5 among public universities and No. 7 overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs: 
No. 5 best online bachelor's degree program among both public and private universities,, 2015.


School of Information, Services for Children & Youth Program:
No. 5 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


School of Theatre:
Top 5 in the country for a BFA in Acting, OnStage Blog, 2016-2017, and the No. 6 BFA Musical Theatre Program in the country for 2017-18, OnStage, 2017. The Musical Theatre Program was also listed in the Top 10 of Playbill's Broadway Big 10! FSU is also among the 10 most represented colleges on Broadway in the 2017-2018 season, Playbill’s Broadway Big 10.


Department of Economics:
No. 5 among all Master in Applied Economics programs ranked, TFE Times, October 2016.


College of Business, best for veterans:
No. 6 in nation, "Best for Vets: Business Schools," Military Times, 2015.


College of Business, undergraduate real estate program:
No. 6 among public universities and 10th overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


College of Medicine:
The FSU College of Medicine is the only Association of American Medical Colleges-member institution ranked in the top six for enrollment of both black and Hispanic students among 136 U.S. medical schools.


Best Schools for Public Relations:
College of Communication, Advertising, Public Relations, College Magazine, 2016.


College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology Program:
No. 7 among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2015.


College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Online Graduate Program:
No. 7 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


College of Medicine:
No. 7 in the nation for producing family physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, 2015.


School of Public Affairs, City Management & Urban Policy Program:
No. 8 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


College of Business, Online Program:
No. 9 best online graduate program (excluding MBA) among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


College of Law, Best Value: 
No. 9 "Best Value Law School" in the country based on employment, bar passage rates, tuition, cost of living and average debt upon graduation. National Jurist, 2016.


Best Colleges for Vets: 
Military Times, 2017.


Computer Information Technology, Online Graduate Program:
No. 11 among the nation's best online graduate computer information technology programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


School of Information, Digital Librarianship Program:
No. 11 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


Best Value University among large colleges: 
No. 12, Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best College Value," 2017, ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Florida State was the No. 12 best value among all public colleges for out-of-state students and No. 28 best value among public colleges for in-state students.


International Programs, students who studied abroad:
No. 12 in the total number of students who studied abroad in 2014-15 by the Institute for International Education in "Open Doors," its annual report on international education statistics.


School of Library & Information Studies:
No. 12 among the nation's top schools for a master's degree in library and information studies, U.S. News & World Report, 2018.


College of Law, Environmental Law Program:
No. 14 in the nation, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2018.


College of Business, Online MBA Program:
No. 16 best online MBA program among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


School of Public Affairs, Public Management Administration Program:
No. 17 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


Department of Economics:
No. 18 among all ranked public universities with Master in Economics programs, TFE Times, October 2016.


Public Affairs: 
No. 19 best public affairs school in the nation, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2017.


College of Education, Educational Psychology Program:
No. 20 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.
20 College of Motion Picture Arts:
The FSU Film School is ranked No. 20 in the nation among all colleges and universities, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top 25 Film Schools," 2017.


School of Public Affairs, Public Policy Analysis Program:
No. 21 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development:
No. 22 best fashion merchandising school in the nation,, 2016. The program is also No. 6 best in the South and No. 16 among public institutions.


School of Public Affairs, Public Finance and Budget Program:
No. 21 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


Best Value College:
No. 25 among public institutions. Forbes, "Best Value Colleges," 2017.


College of Business:
No. 27 undergraduate program among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2018.


School of Communication Science & Disorders, Speech Language Pathology program:
No. 28 among the nation's top speech-language pathology programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.


Best Public Colleges and Universities:
No. 29, Business First, 2017.


Top U.S. Public Universities:
No. 32 U.S. public university, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. In the overall World University Rankings, Florida State was grouped with international universities between 201-250 on the list. Florida State is one of 147 U.S. institutions on the list of 800 universities ranked worldwide.


Top Public Universities 
No. 33, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2018.


Online Bachelor's Programs:
No. 34 best online undergraduate degree programs (include computer science, criminology, social science, and public safety and security), U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Graduate Program:
No. 36, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2017.


College of Social Work, graduate program:
No. 38, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2017.


Department of Political Science, graduate program:
No. 40, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2018.


College of Nursing, Online Graduate Program:
No. 43 best online graduate program among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2017. FSU is now tied with Florida Atlantic University as the top online graduate nursing program in Florida.


Top Public Universities 
No. 44, Forbes' "America's Top Colleges," 2016.


National Science Foundation Funding: 
Receives more in National Science Foundation funding than any other university in the state.


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Funding:
FSU received more in U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science funding than any other university in the state system in fiscal year 2016. The Office of Science is the Nation's largest supporter of fundamental research in the physical sciences.


Alumni giving: 
FSU has the highest percentage of alumni giving back of any university in Florida. The College of Law's 2015-16 fiscal year giving rate was more than triple the giving rate of any other Florida law school, placing FSU among the nation's top 10 law schools in terms of alumni contribution rate, American Bar Association.


Rhodes Scholars: 
All three Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006 have been from FSU.


College of Law: 
Florida State is the #1 law school in Florida in terms of the percentage of 2015 graduates employed 10 months after graduation in full-time, long-term, bar passage-required or J.D.-advantage jobs, 2016, American Bar Association. FSU Law is 26th in the nation among public law schools in job placement. Graduates also continue to excel on the Florida Bar Examination with an 83.9 percent passage rate compared to 71.3 percent for first time test takers.


Department of Art, Graduate Program:
No. 1 Master of Fine Arts program in Florida, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.


Student Fulbright Scholars:
For the third time in four years, FSU is among the nation's top research institutions for producing student Fulbright scholars with 11 students receiving awards in 2015-2016 – the only school from Florida on the list.


College of Nursing:
For 2015, the College of Nursing's 95.45% pass rate on the State Board of Nursing exam was the third highest in the state of Florida among public universities.