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Freshman Admissions


Ask our students if they like it here and they will tell you that they love it! The entire University community is dedicated to your success and well-being. You will be challenged by our world-class faculty, stimulated by our academic opportunities, and engaged by our student life. Have fun exploring our website, visit campus when you can, and apply soon to become part of our Seminole family.

The Process

Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.

Deadlines

All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines. The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. There are two deadlines and corresponding notification dates for freshmen applying for either the summer or fall term. The University does not generally accept freshman applicants 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

Checking your Application Status

Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to monitor the status of your application and required materials. The OSC can be accessed at https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/. (Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester, and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.)

Many of our communications, including admission decisions, are released electronically. You will need to check your email account and the Online Status Check on a regular basis. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

The Summer Bridge Program through CARE provides a comprehensive program of orientation and academic support designed to ease the transition from high school to college while building a strong academic foundation. Applicants selected to participate in CARE will be first-generation college students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Florida who have demonstrated a strong desire to succeed. For more information on this program, please visit the CARE website.

Accelerated Credit

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.

In addition, students with scores of 650 or higher on the critical reading portion of the SAT or 29 or higher on the English portion of the ACT will be granted three semester hours of credit equivalent to ENC 1101 (first college composition course). Students with scores of 680 or higher on the mathematics portion of the SAT or 30 or higher on the mathematics portion of the ACT will be granted three semester hours of credit equivalent to MAC 1105 (college algebra).

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.



Subject to change. Recent legislation calls for an annual review to determine the appropriate examination scores and courses for which credit is to be granted.

Accepted Students

Applying for admission and getting accepted is the first step in your journey to joining our Seminole family. Once accepted, you should apply for financial aid and housing, visit campus during Preview, select a meal plan, submit your non-refundable admission deposit, and sign up for Orientation. You can learn all your next steps at http://newnole.fsu.edu and read more about your future life as a Seminole in ‘Nole Notes.

Consider a Gap Year: FSU's 1+4 Option

Florida State University Office of Admissions allows admitted high school seniors to defer enrollment at FSU for one year to engage in meaningful and structured endeavors that complement an FSU education. The period of time after high school, known as a gap year (or a bridge year), is most commonly spent undertaking international or domestic volunteering, internships, or other special activities.

Admission Timeline

Start Now

Middle School is the perfect time to begin thinking about your future. Think about the kind of life you want to have or what you want to be. Almost every job requires education after high school, so it is a good idea to start thinking about college now.

Challenge Yourself

Take courses that matter! In addition to your academic core courses of English, Math, History, Science, and World Language, you may want to consider courses that improve your computer and keyboarding skills. Many school districts offer high school courses like Algebra I, Geometry, and Spanish I to 7th and 8th graders. Don't be afraid to tackle harder courses. The more you challenge yourself now, the easier high school will be, and the more opportunities you will create for yourself.

Develop Good Habits

Get into a daily routine of studying...even when you don't have homework! Try to always be reading a book. Reading a chapter a day is a great habit and you will be surprised at how many books you can finish in a year!

Stay Healthy and Alert

Eat breakfast every day and set a regular bedtime. Breakfast and at least 9 hours of sleep will give you the energy to concentrate in your classes and to excel.

Reach Out

Everyone can use a helping hand and an encouraging voice now and then. Talk to your guidance counselor, your favorite teacher, your coach, or anyone who can help you reach your goals.

Don't Delay

Early planning and preparation for college is the key to success. If you are in 7th or 8th grade, go online to FloridaShines.org (Get Ready for College) and create a College Readiness Evaluation which will help keep you on tract for high school graduation, scholarships, and college admission.


Take the Right Courses

Make sure your schedule includes the college preparatory courses you need for college admission. Do not be afraid to take courses that challenge you.

Start Strong

Getting off to a good start early in your academic career sets the pattern for your future success. Give studying your maximum effort! No one has ever said that they studied too much for a test.

Get Involved

Participate in a club or activity. Volunteer in your community. Make a difference! You would be surprised how much impact one person can have on another person or community.

Look at Colleges

Go online and explore college websites. Look at all the options...big schools, small schools, schools nearby, schools faraway. Attend local college fairs with your family. Make a point to talk to friends who come home from college during holidays and breaks.

Stay on Path

Review your College Readiness Evaluation. If you did not start one in middle school, create one online (Get Ready for College). Arrange a meeting with your guidance counselor to talk about your progress and future plans.

Maximize Your Summer

Look into jobs and/or internships. Seek extra help in challenging academic areas. Explore special summer programs at your high school or local college. Read, read, read...not just the books on your required summer reading list!


Stay Focused

Keep working hard on your academics. Don't be distracted from your primary goal, preparing yourself for college!

Stay Involved

Consider becoming a leader in your chosen club or activity. Don't be afraid to branch out and try something new.

Register for the PSAT or PLAN

The PSAT or PLAN are national tests given in the fall to help prepare you for the SAT and ACT that you will be taking in the future for college admission. The results can also be used to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you meet with your counselor to discuss the results.

Use the Web

Start looking at college websites more closely. Imagine yourself going through the admissions process. Find out information on admission requirements and costs. Sign up to receive more information from the schools you like.

Review Your Schedule

Update your College Readiness Evaluation (Get Ready for College) and arrange a meeting with your counselor. Make sure you are still on track for high school graduation and college admission. Talk to your guidance counselor about your future coursework and don't be afraid to take on challenging courses.

A Summer of Preparation

Don't get lazy. Search out jobs and internships. Look for special programs at your high school or local colleges. Read, read, and read some more. Increasing your vocabulary will help you more than you know (comprehend, realize, grasp, discern, distinguish...well, you get the point). Go online and begin prepping for the SAT and ACT. Both test companies have online information that will help you prepare. See CollegeBoard.org or ACT.org.


Grades Are Key

Don't lose your academic focus. All your high school grades are important and you should never shortchange your study time for anything else. Show college admissions officers you are ready for college!

Test and Test Again

When school starts, register to take the PSAT/NMSQT given in October. This test is your shot at national recognition and scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students who do well on this test are also heavily recruited by all of the top schools in the country. In the Spring, register to take the SAT and/or ACT. Some students prefer one test more than the other, so you should try both to see which one fits you best. Registration deadlines are usually one month before the date of the test. Since almost all colleges use your highest test scores for admission, it's a good idea to take the SAT and/or ACT more than once.

Narrow Down Your Choices

Pick your favorite colleges and research their application deadlines. Many colleges want you to apply early in your senior year. You might have to complete applications and essays during the summer to be ready for early fall deadlines!

Review Your Senior Schedule

Update your College Readiness Evaluation (Get Ready for College) and make sure you are on track to graduate from high school and satisfy all scholarship and admission requirements. Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your schedule and your future college plans.

Summer Visitation

Try to visit as many of your top college choices as you can. If you can't do it physically, do it virtually, by looking at everything you possibly can online. Seek out interesting jobs and internships. Continue reading. Prep for the SAT or ACT. Finish at least a first draft of any college essays that might be required for your chosen schools.


Continue to Work Hard

Your senior year grades are important! Even if you apply for admission before you have earned any senior year grades, they can still be used in the admissions process. If you let your grades slip because of "senioritis" — a disease characterized by laziness and a failure to make good choices – you could jeopardize your college admission. Some schools will not even admit you until they see your first semester senior year grades. Keep your eye on the prize and continue to give your maximum effort.

Get the Score You Want or Need

Continue to take the SAT or ACT until you achieve test scores that match what you think you have learned. Keep in mind that some colleges require minimum subscores on the SAT or ACT. Do not hesitate to retest if you are close to meeting scholarship or honors requirements.

Create an Admissions Calendar

Mark down on a calendar all the important deadlines in the application process for the schools to which you apply. Missing deadlines is a big deal.

Build Your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)

Rather than sending offcial high school and college (dual enrollment) transcripts, some schools, including Florida State, require that you enter your high school and college courses and grades in an electronic format. To learn more about SSAR, click here. To create your SSAR, click here.

Apply for Admission

Make sure you follow the directions given to you by your choice colleges. Most colleges prefer online applications, so be sure to do what your college prefers. Don't forget to send your SSAR, high school transcript, or any other documentation that may be required.

Apply for Financial Aid

Every college requires students wanting financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check with your college to see if they require any additional forms. The FAFSA form can be complicated. If you need help, contact the Financial Aid Office of any local college and they will be happy to assist you.

Waiting is the Hard Part

Depending upon the college, you may have to wait several months for an admission decision. Each college will let you know when you can expect to receive a decision. Mark your calendar with these dates and try not to worry too much.

Take Care of Business

After you collect all your decisions and you decide which college you are going to attend, make sure you follow all the steps requested by your future college. You will most likely need to pay a deposit, apply for on-campus housing, and sign up for orientation. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact your future college. They are eager to help you make the transition from high school student to college student.