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FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

(As of March 2019)


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 2018, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance "Best College Value," ranked Florida State as the 4th best value among public colleges for out-of-state students, an eight-place jump over the previous year. FSU was rated 14th best value among public colleges for in-state students. FSU was 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. College Choice, a leading online authority on college rankings and resources ranks FSU's master's degree program in Sport Management the top program in the nation, 2018. Variety lists FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts as one of the world's Best Film Schools, 2018. The College is also ranked among the Top 25 Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter, 2018. 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 the nation's top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars and students. A record nine FSU faculty scholars earned Fulbright grants for 2018-19 and headed out to locations around the world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Malawi, France, Italy, Canada, Denmark and Israel.

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.

Best for Vets

The College of Business ranks No. 13 overall, No. 11 among public schools, on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of "Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans."

Military Times ranked Florida State No. 22 in the "Best Colleges 2018" rankings, which are published annually by the magazine. Florida State's online graduate program in criminal justice is ranked No. 4 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings (2018).

Diversity

For a third 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 13 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 and 2018, which annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. For the second year in a row, Florida State's College of Medicine has earned the Health Professions HEED Award, one of the 35 health-professions programs honored in 2018. 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 17 national championships in nine sports, including the 2018 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship this past fall. The Seminole softball team won its first national championship this past spring and the football program won its third national title in 2013.

Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have won 83 ACC team championships in 14 different sports. Twenty-three of those titles have come in the past five seasons.

Florida State is the only FBS school in the nation to have each of its sports advance to the NCAA postseason for two straight years. Since 2010, Seminole teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play in 167 of 174 opportunities and in 2017-18 four of our teams made it to the national quarterfinals. All while posting a cumulative record GPA above a 3.0.

In 2017, FSU was the only school in Division I to have its football team play in a bowl game and send its men's and women's basketball teams and baseball team to the NCAA postseason.

Leading the State of Florida

FSU's four-year graduation rate is among the top 10 in the country and the highest in Florida at 72%. 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:
No. 1 among all criminology and criminal justice program faculties for faculty research, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2016.

1

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice:
No. 1 Best Value Online Colleges for Criminology Degrees, OnlineU, 2016.
1 Criminology and Penology:
No. 1 among the world's leading universities in 227 subject categories, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals, Center for World University Rankings, 2017.
1 College of Education, Sport Management Program:
No. 1 ranked master's degree program in Sport Management in the nation, College Choice, 2018.

1

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 seventh time since 2008 and the second consecutive year, 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, 2018.

1

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.

1

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 2019 William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Civil Rights Moot Court Competition held at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. This is the second time in three years that FSU Law has won the Bryant-Moore Competition.
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.
2 Operating Efficiency
No. 2 Most efficient school among national universities, Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report, 2018.

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.

4

Most Competitive Medical School:
Fourth most competitive medical school in the country for admissions, U.S. News and World Report, 2018.
4 FSU Real Estate program:
The FSU Real Estate program faculty ranked 4th globally in publication appearances in the discipline's core research journals, Journal of Real Estate Literature, 2017.

5

College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Graduate Program:
No. 5 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, "Best Graduate Schools," 2019.

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.

5

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 was also among the 10 most represented colleges on Broadway in the 2017-2018 season, Playbill’s Broadway Big 10.
6 College of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Online Graduate Program:
No. 6 master's degree program in criminal justice studies nationally and No. 5
among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Best Online 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.
6 Psychology, Social:
No. 6 among the world's leading universities in 227 subject categories, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals, Center for World University Rankings, 2017.
7

Education and Educational Research:
No. 7 among the world's leading universities in 227 subject categories, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals, Center for World University Rankings, 2017.

9

Dedman School of Hospitality: 
No. 9 Hospitality Program in the country, and No. 18 in the world, Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018.

10

College of Law, Environmental Law Program:
No. 10 in the nation, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2019.

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.

12

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.
12 College of Business, Online Graduate Program:
No. 12 best online programs overall in management information systems and risk management and insurance and No. 8 among public institutions, U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Best Online Programs.

12

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

13

College of Education, Online Graduate Program: 
No. 13 among both public and private universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Best Online Programs.

14

College of Communication and Information, School of Information's Online Graduate Program:
No. 14 among the nation's best online graduate programs in information technology and No. 7 among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019, Best Online Programs.

16

College of Business, Online MBA Program:
No. 16 best online MBA program among public universities and No. 21 overall, U.S. News & World Report, 2019 Best Online Programs. The College of Business also ranks No. 13 overall, No. 11 among public schools, on U.S. News & World Report's 2019 list of "Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans."
19 College of Motion Picture Arts:
The FSU Film School is ranked No. 19 in the nation among all colleges and universities, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top 25 Film Schools," 2018.

20

College of Education, Educational Psychology Program:
No. 20 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

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," 2020.

21

School of Public Affairs, Public Management Administration Program:
No. 21 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2020.
24

College of Law:
No. 24 in the nation among public universities and No. 47 overall, "Best Graduate Schools," U.S. News & World Report, 2019.

25

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

25

Public Affairs: 
No. 25 best public affairs school in the nation, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2020.

26

Top Public Universities: 
No. 26, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2019.

26

College of Business:
No. 26 undergraduate program among public universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2019.

27

School of Public Affairs, Public Finance and Budget Program:
No. 27 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2020.

28

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.
28

College of Education, graduate program:
No. 28 in the nation among public universities and No. 39 overall, U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," 2020.

29

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

36

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

40

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

43

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.
Florida

1

Best Four-Year Graduation Rate: 
FSU has the best four-year graduation rate of any public university in Florida. At 68.4 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 and 2018.

1

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

1

Alumni giving: 
FSU had the highest percentage of alumni giving back of any doctoral public research university in Florida, FY2017.

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 six students receiving awards in 2017-2018.