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About FSU

Florida State University Overview

Florida State University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU was founded in 1851 and now enrolls around 43,569 students a year, including 32,543 undergrads. FSU offers housing for up to 6,712 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at FSU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of FSU's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? FSU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? FSU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? FSU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at FSU on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at FSU on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to FSU for Fall 2022 is March 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by February 18.

2021 FSU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 32%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 4.2
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 65.2%
In-State Tuition $4,640
Out-of-State $19,806
Percent of Need Met 63%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,199

Is FSU a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what FSU offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Florida State University

It is very difficult to get into FSU. Around 32% of applicants get into FSU each year. Last year, 63,691 students applied to FSU and 20,668 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at FSU

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 94% of students who start at FSU return for their second year of college.Around 84% of students who started at FSU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook FSU Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 71% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent FSU grads is $36,293 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

FSU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $699.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at FSU

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. FSU meets 63% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,199 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $21,425 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at FSU. Based on this information, how does FSU sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is FSU a good school for you?

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Where is Florida State University Located?

FSU is located in the suburban setting of Tallahassee, Florida.

If you want to see FSU for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 90/Interstate 10 to Tallahassee, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tallahassee Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what FSU and Tallahassee are like without leaving home.

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College Info

600 West College Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32306

Campus Setting: Suburban

FSU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to FSU is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to FSU is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Florida State University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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FSU ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to FSU is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into FSU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

FSU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1230 - 1350


Math SAT Range

600 - 670


Reading SAT Range

620 - 680

FSU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at FSU is like? There are approximately 43,569 students enrolled at FSU, including 32,543 undergraduate students and 11,026 graduate students. 89% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from FL and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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