FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

(As of April 2021)

Undergraduate Research

FSU is leading a growing movement to involve undergraduate students in the highest levels of academic engagement, helping students take advantage of the very best a preeminent research university has to offer. Through their participation in research, innovation and creative endeavors, undergraduate students become better thinkers, innovators and problem solvers, cultivating a depth of understanding needed to make a positive difference in the world. 

About 25 percent of FSU undergraduate students currently conduct out-of-class research with research mentors, with hundreds of FSU undergraduates co-authoring research publications and presentations with faculty members and graduate students every year. The university's signature undergraduate research program, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, helps students from any major participate in undergraduate research by serving as research assistants to faculty members and others across campus.

"Best Value" Public University

Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students. In 2019, Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best College Value," ranked Florida State as the No. 3 best value among public colleges for out-of-state students, a one-place jump over the previous year. FSU was rated the No. 9 best value among public colleges for in-state students. 

Florida State continues to be a strong investment with the highest-rated credit of any public university in the state of Florida. FSU is one of only eight public universities in the United States with an AA+ rating or better from both S&P Global and Fitch, 2021.

Top Ranked Programs

Florida State University retained its place in the Top 20 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. FSU is number 19 on the list, marking the second consecutive year that the university placed in the Top 20. The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” guidebook. 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's"Best Graduate Schools," 2021 edition, ranks the School of Information's school library media program No. 1. College Choice, a leading online authority on college rankings and resources ranks FSU's doctoral degree program in Sport Management the top program in the nation, 2020. FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts is No. 13 among the nation's Top 50 Film Schools, The Wrap News, 2020. The College is also ranked among the Top 20 Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter, 2020. Numerous other programs at Florida State rank in the Top 5.

Prestigious Awards

Florida State is one of the nation's top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars and students. A school-record nine FSU faculty scholars earned Fulbright grants for 2020-2021. FSU is also a top research institution for producing student Fulbright Scholars with nine students receiving awards in 2020-2021.

Florida State was selected for the top award in international education and study abroad programming by the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. FSU was also one of four universities to receive 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. “Moonlight” has also been named the best movie of the decade by IndieWire, 2019.

Best for Vets

U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Florida State No. 30 overall and No. 18 among public universities in its "Best National Universities for Veterans" rankings, which are published annually.

In addition, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" has the College of Education at No. 7 nationally for its online graduate Education program for veterans; the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at No. 5 nationally and No. 4 among public universities for educating veterans in its online Criminal Justice graduate program; the College of Communication and Information at No. 3 nationally in the “Online Graduate Program for Veterans in Information Technology” rankings; and the College of Business at No. 23 overall and No. 18 among public universities in the "Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans".

Diversity

For a fifth 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 15 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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, which annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

In 2020, for the fourth year in a row, Florida State's College of Medicine has earned the Health Professions HEED Award. 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.

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

Florida State's intercollegiate athletics history spans only half the time of most of its national competitors. Despite its relative youth, the University has a well-earned distinction as having one of the country's top programs.  

FSU is one of just four schools whose athletic programs have finished in the Top 12 of the Directors' Cup over each of the last six years, and the Seminoles have ranked among the ten best overall programs in five of the last ten years.  

Florida State competes in 20 sports (9 men's, 11 women's) and the program has won 17 National Championships in nine sports. Three Seminoles have won the Heisman Trophy, and 11 others have won the equivalent for their respective sports.  FSU's three Rhodes Scholars are the most for any school in Florida and headline a long list of Seminole student-athletes' academic recognitions.  

Florida State currently has 306 student-athletes on scholarship (163 in-state, 201 out-of-state) and a total of 537 participants. Five current head coaches have won National Coach of the Year.

Leading the State of Florida

FSU's four-year graduation rate is among the highest in the country at 74%. FSU's six-year graduation rate rose to a record 84 percent, also among the highest in the nation. 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.

Rankings

U.S.

1

College of Business, Undergraduate Risk Management and Insurance Program:
FSU is one of four Top Performers for risk management and insurance undergraduate curriculums in the U.S., Best's Review, 2018.
1 College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Graduate Program: 
No. 1 ranked master's program in the country, based upon a comparative assessment of criminology and criminal justice programs in 1604 accredited colleges and universities, Intelligent.com, 2020.
1 College of Education, Online Graduate Specialty Program:
No. 1 overall and No. 1 among public institutions: Online Graduate Specialty Program in Educational/Instructional Media Design, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
1 College of Education, Sport Management Program:
No. 1 ranked doctoral degree program in Sport Management in the nation, College Choice, 2020.

1

School of Information, School Library Media Program: 
No. 1, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022, and its Services for Children and Youth program is ranked No. 3 among public universities and No. 3 overall.
1 College of Law:
The Florida State University College of Law is the No. 1 law school in the nation for government careers, preLaw Magazine, 2020. The magazine cited nearly 30 percent of graduates obtain jobs in government.
1 College of Law, Black Law Students Association (BLSA):
For the second year in a row, FSU's Black Law Students Association placed first in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition at the Southern Region of the BLSA's 2021 convention.
1 College of Law, Moot Court Team:
The FSU College of Law Moot Court Team took first place in a national moot court competition four weeks in a row! The team won the 2021 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition; The 2021 UCLA School of Law Cybersecurity Moot Court Competition; The 2021 Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition; and the 2021 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law.
1 College of Law, Trial Team:
The FSU College of Law Trial Team won first place in the 2020 Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. Twenty-four law school teams participated in the virtual competition hosted by the University of Buffalo School of Law. FSU Law's Trial Team also won the competition in 2016.

1

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: 
The only national lab in Florida. Holds the most world records for the most powerful magnets on Earth.

1

College of Medicine: 
No. 1 in the nation for instruction in community health, Association of American Medical Colleges.
1 Dedman School of Hospitality:
The student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America at FSU's Dedman School of Hospitality was named 2019 Student Chapter of the Year at the CMAA World Conference & Club Business Expo in Nashville.

3

Best Value Public University: 
No. 3, Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best College Value," 2019, ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. Florida State was the No. 3 best value among all public colleges for out-of-state students and No. 9 best value among public colleges for in-state students.

3

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.
3 College of Business, Risk Management and Insurance Program:
No. 3 among all specialty programs nationwide, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Colleges," 2020.

4

College of Education, Online Graduate Specialty Program:
No. 4 overall and No. 4 among public institutions: Online Graduate Specialty Program in Curriculum & Instruction, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.

4

Most Competitive Medical School:
Fourth most competitive medical school in the country for admissions, U.S. News and World Report, 2018.

5

College of Communication and Information, School of Information's Online Graduate Program:
No. 5 among the nation's best online graduate programs in information technology and No. 2 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2021, Best Online Programs. The Master of Science in Information Technology degree offered by the college's School of Information is also ranked No. 3 for veterans.

5

Department of Interior Architecture and Design:
No. 5 nationally, and No. 2 among public universities, on a list of interior design schools that design firms hired the most, published by DesignIntelligence's "America's Best Architectural and Design Schools," 2019. FSU's highly-respected graduate interior design program ranked No. 8 on the list of "Most Admired" schools, while the undergraduate program placed No. 12 among "Most Admired" undergraduate programs.
6 School of Dance & Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC):
No. 6 on the list of "The 10 Best Schools for Dance" in 2019 and No. 4 on the list of "The 10 Best Schools for Aspiring Choreographers" in 2019, College Magazine, 2019.

6

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.

7

College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Graduate Program:
No. 7 in the nation and No. 7 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.
7 College of Education, Online Graduate Programs for Veterans:
No. 7 Best Online Master's Education Programs for Veterans, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
7 College of Education, Online Graduate Specialty Program:
No. 7 overall and No. 7 among public institutions: Online Graduate Specialty Program in Educational Administration and Supervision, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
7 College of Education, Online Graduate Specialty Program:
No. 7 overall and No. 7 among public institutions Online Graduate Specialty Program in Special Education, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
7

College of Law:
The Florida State University College of Law is ranked No. 7 in the nation for public defender/prosecutor jobs and among the nation's top seven law schools for public policy, preLaw Magazine, 2020.

7

Dedman College of Hospitality: 
No. 7 Hospitality Program in the country, and No. 15 in the world, Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2020.
7 Environmentally Friendly Campus:
FSU has been named one of the 10 most environmentally friendly campuses in America, College Magazine, 2019.
8 College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Online Graduate Program:
No. 8 master's degree program in criminal justice studies nationally and No. 6 among public universities. For veterans, the online program ranked No. 5, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
9 College of Medicine, Direct Patient Care in Professional Shortage Areas:
No. 9 in the nation among public universities and No. 13 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.
9 College of Medicine, Medical School Diversity:
No. 9 in the nation among public universities and No. 13 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

11

International Programs, Study-Abroad Program:
No. 11 in the nation in providing international-study opportunities, Institute of International Education, 2018. IIE also ranks Florida State No. 6 in "long-term duration" of study-abroad experiences.

11

School of Information:
No. 11 among the nation's top schools for a master's degree in library and information studies and No. 10 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools,"  2022.
13 College of Business, Online Graduate Program:
No. 13 best online graduate programs overall in management information systems and risk management and insurance and No. 9 among public institutions, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.
13 College of Motion Picture Arts:
The FSU Film School is ranked No. 13 among the nation's Top 50 Film Schools, according to The Wrap News, 2020. The Film School is ranked No. 20 in the nation among all colleges and universities, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top 25 Film Schools," 2020.

13

School of Public Affairs, Public Management Administration Program:
No. 13 in the nation and No. 7 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

14

College of Business, Online MBA Specialty in Marketing: 
No. 14 overall and No. 8 among public institutions, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.

15

College of Education, Online Graduate Program: 
No. 15 nationally – No. 14 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.

15

College of Education, Student Counseling and Personnel Services: 
No. 15 in the nation and No. 14 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2021.

15

Freshman Retention Rate:
Ninety-five percent of FSU's first-time-in-college students who enrolled in Summer/Fall 2019 stayed for their sophomore year - a record for the university. The 95 percent mark ranks in the Top 15 among national public universities and is well above the most recent national average retention rate of 81 percent for 4-year public institutions, U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.     

16

America's Best Large Employers:
No. 16 on the list of "America's Best Large Employers within the education sector, Forbes.com, 2021.

16

College of Business, Online MBA Specialty in Business Analytics:
No. 16 overall and No. 11 among public institutions, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.

16

College of Education, Special Education Program:
No. 16 in the nation, and No. 15 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

17

College of Business, MBA Specialty in Real Estate: 
In the second year U.S. News has assessed real estate as an MBA specialty, FSU has again placed No. 17 overall and No. 9 among public schools, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.
18

College of Education, Graduate Program:
No. 18 in the nation among public universities and No. 28 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

18

College of Law, Environmental Law Program:
No. 18 in the nation and No. 7 among public universities, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2022.

18

College of Medicine, Primary Care Specialties:
No. 18 in the nation among public universities and No. 42 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

19

Top Public Universities: 
No. 19, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2021.

19

College of Education, Curriculum & Instruction Program:
No. 19 in the nation among public universities and No. 25 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

20

College of Education, Elementary Teacher Education Program:
No. 20 in the nation, and No. 16 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

20

College of Social Work, Graduate Program:
No. 20 in the nation among public universities and No. 33 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2021.

20

School of Communication Science & Disorders, Speech Language Pathology Program:
No. 20 among the nation's top speech-language pathology programs and No. 15 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2021.

20

School of Public Affairs, Public Finance and Budgeting:
No. 20 in the nation and No. 15 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

21

College of Fine Arts Department of Art:
No. 21 among national public universities in the Best Graduate Fine Arts Programs category, and No. 42 overall, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2021.

21

Department of Political Science, Graduate Program:
No. 21 among public universities and No. 41 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

23

College of Education, Educational Psychology Program:
No. 23 in the nation, and No. 17 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.
24

College of Law:
No. 24 in the nation among public universities and No. 48 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

25 College of Business, Part-Time MBA Program:
No. 25 in the nation among public universities and No. 44 overall, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2019.

27

College of Business, Online MBA Program:
No. 27 best online MBA program among public universities and No. 40 overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Best Online Programs.

27

Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Graduate Program:
No. 27 in the nation and No. 18 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2021.

28

College of Business:
No. 28 undergraduate program among public universities, and No. 44 among all national universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2021.

28

College of Law, Tax Law Program:
No. 28 in the nation and No. 13 among public universities, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2022.

28

Public Affairs: 
No. 28 best public affairs school in the nation and No. 16 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2022.

40

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering:
No. 40 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2021.
Florida

1

Best Four-Year Graduation Rate: 
FSU has the best four-year graduation rate of any public university in Florida. At 74 percent, it's also the highest four-year graduation rate in the State University System's history.

1

College of Medicine: 
Florida State's College of Medicine received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

1

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

1

Age-Friendly University: 
Florida State is the first university in Florida and the first in the South to be named a member of the Age-Friendly University Initiative, an international effort to highlight the role higher education plays in meeting the challenges and opportunities of an aging population.

1

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

1

College of Law: 
Florida State has the #1 law school faculty in Florida in terms of scholarly impact in a 2018 national study of law faculties at schools in the top third of all ABA-accredited law schools. 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 84.8 percent passage rate compared to 67.2 percent overall for first-time test takers for the July 2018 exam.

2

Student Fulbright Scholars:
FSU is a top research institution for producing student Fulbright scholars with nine students receiving awards in 2020-2021.