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We understand that the application process can be a bit confusing and stressful for you and your students. The entire process, from start to finish, requires a great deal of work on the student's part. As you know, no two schools are alike, and what any particular college or university is looking for in a student will vary. Please encourage your students to get a head start in the admission process by checking out various college websites, visiting different schools, attending college fairs, and planning ahead.
If your students are applying to Florida State University, we recommend that they apply as soon as the senior year begins by:
If you are in Florida, remind your students to have their parents complete the Florida residency form so that they may qualify for in-state tuition. Please also let them know that the statement does not need to be completed prior to an admission decision; however, it must be on file before the first day of classes. It will have no bearing on our admission decision.
In addition to your students applying for admission to the University, they should be aware that some academic programs have different deadlines and require supporting information and/or auditions. Have your students visit the academic department website if majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.
Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.
All information necessary to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines. There are two deadlines and corresponding notification dates for freshmen who apply for either the summer or fall term. The University does not generally accept freshman applications for the spring term.
|Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By:||Decision Available Online:|
|October 15, 2015||December 9, 2015|
|January 13, 2016||March 16, 2016|
The University always reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. We strongly encourage your students to complete their files by our first notification period, so they can receive all of our communications in a timely manner. Housing and financial aid are first come, first served.
Once an application has been submitted, your students will be able to monitor their progress through the Online Status Check (OSC), which is available to applicants 24/7. Applicants may check on the current status of their application. To access the OSC, students will go to https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/ and log in with the FSUID and password they created at the time of application. Because the University receives thousands of applications each year, please remind them that it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.
Many of our communications are sent to them electronically, so when speaking to your students, please remind them to make sure that we always have their most up-to-date email address. As they begin the application process, it may be a good idea for them to create an email address exclusively for the college admission process. To ensure receipt of our emails, they should include firstname.lastname@example.org in their address book.
It is always a good idea to get the actual breakdown of all college costs whenever possible. Encourage your students and their parents to be proactive and to know what is included in the estimates that they are given.
The basic estimated costs at Florida State are for the 2015-2016 academic year (fall and spring) and do not include transportation and personal expenses.
Food (Meal Plan)2
1 The tuition and fee estimate is based on students taking fifteen semester hours each term. For additional tuition and payment information, click here.
2 For a complete listing of on-campus room-rental rates, click here.
3 For additional information on meal memberships, click here.
4 The cost represents the annual individual premium for domestic students. (The premium for international students is $2,150.) Cost of meeting this requirement is included in financial aid considerations. Students who currently have health insurance may show proof of comparable coverage and may not be required to purchase the University policy.
The Office of Admissions automatically considers accepted freshmen for academic merit-based scholarships. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit (combination of grades and test scores).
To ensure the greatest likelihood of receiving financial support to attend Florida State University, your students should apply early for admission and financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid awards assistance each year to eligible students in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Additionally, Florida State has resources that can help your students find private sources of aid to attend college. In order to apply for need-based financial aid, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate academic year. To begin researching scholarships, your students might start in their own school or community library. They should also check out local civic organizations and businesses to see if they currently offer any scholarships. Beyond the local level, they can search through several Internet scholarship search programs.
Below are other avenues they can consider when researching scholarship opportunities.
The Office of Financial Aid at Florida State exists to assist students with securing federal, state, and institutional financial aid to achieve their degree. Each year, they award and administer more than 350 million dollars in financial aid to eligible students. Students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans - funds that help them to focus on their education and complete their degree.
Here are some hints to make the financial aid process go smoothly for your students:
Apply early for:
The FAFSA is available online. The institution code for Florida State University is 001489.
Keep up with the paperwork! Once the FAFSA is processed by the government, your students will be sent a document called a Student Aid Report (SAR). It's important that they check their SAR for accuracy, because that's the data Florida State will use in determining their eligibility for need-based aid.
Much like our discussion of basic costs, it is important to compare financial aid packages very carefully. Remind your students and their parents to not be fooled by the package offering the most overall dollars. Instead, they should figure out their total out-of-pocket cost, including future loan repayments.
Most of your students will begin their academic careers within the Division of Undergraduate Studies. All of the various offices within this Division, from Honors to CARE, work to assist your students with their academic careers, ensuring that they develop sound academic preparation for their major field of study.
As you know, studies have found that most college students will change their majors at least once before they graduate. What can you do to help your students identify the majors and career paths that are right for them? Suggest they read "Choosing a Major at Florida State University" and feel free to include this guide in your Career and College Placement Offices. It's filled with helpful websites, exercises, and activities designed to help students identify a major that will meet their career goals.
Most of our baccalaureate degree programs require 120 semester hours of specific earned credit to graduate. While there are many ways to accumulate the 120 hours, the original concept is still the same...for students to earn 15 semester hours per term, for two terms each year, for a total of four years.
With this goal in mind, we provide our students with all of the necessary resources to graduate on time, including an academic map of their major. The Academic Program Guide provides you and your students with a detailed program description of each degree (including contact information), an eight-semester plan for graduation (the student's academic map), and a link to the degree program's website.
Up to 45 semester hours of credit can be awarded by taking AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP tests and achieving appropriate scores. To receive credit, official test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether from credit by examination, dual enrollment, transfer credit, or FSU course credit. Credit awarded for dual enrollment or transfer courses takes precedence over credit by examination.
Students enrolled in college coursework prior to graduation from high school (dual enrollment) may be awarded college credit. An official college transcript will be required for the posting of credit. We will not post college credit from a high school transcript.
Florida State University's International Programs (FSU IP) is consistently ranked in the top 15 of U.S. universities in the number of students who study abroad. Every year we send approximately 1,600 students across the world to study in our multiple locations.
FSU IP offers two freshman programs, First Year Abroad (FYA) and First Semester Abroad (FSA) that may be of interest to your students. The FYA program allows students to complete the first twelve months of their Florida State careers studying abroad at any of their study centers in London, England; Florence, Italy; Panama City, Republic of Panama; and Valencia, Spain. Upon completion of this year abroad, FYA students who are non-Florida residents for tuition purposes may be assessed in-state tuition rates for the remainder of their first undergraduate degree on the FSU main campus. The FSA program allows our freshman applicants who were offered Spring (January) admission the opportunity to begin their studies in the Fall studying at one of the IP study centers.
As the counselor of newly admitted Florida State students, we want you to also have the most up-to-date enrollment information so you will know what to expect and how to advise. However, if you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to contact us. We want you and your students to be as informed as possible.
After admission, it is important to apply for on-campus housing as soon as possible. Historically, we have not had room to house all of our freshmen on campus, so the earlier your students apply, the greater the odds of being able to live on campus in the residence hall of choice. They should not delay submitting the housing contract, even if they are not certain Florida State will be their final choice. If they decide not to enroll, all but $50 of the $225 pre-payment is refundable if they decline admission by May 1.
After your students apply for housing, the next time-sensitive decision involves paying the enrollment deposit. Florida State, as well as most selective schools, requires an enrollment deposit to be paid to the University by May 1 to reserve the student's place in our freshman class. It can be paid at any time prior to May 1, but please remind your students and their parents that it is non-refundable! Since most students are considering many schools, they can wait until May 1 to pay the deposit. If they do not pay the enrollment deposit by May 1, their admission offer will be withdrawn. Your students can pay the admission deposit by accessing the online status feature of their application.
After the deposit has been paid, your students must also sign up for Orientation by May 1. Orientation is a mandatory program for new students designed to familiarize them with our University and our many activities and programs. During Orientation, they will meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. Parents will be invited to participate in a family program which runs concurrently with, but separate from, the student orientation.
o Preview is a series of special visitation days for students who have been admitted to the University. Visit the Preview website for more information.