Freshman Requirements

Florida State University receives over 30,000 freshman applications each year; therefore, admission to the University is a competitive process. It is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school with specific high school academic units, a cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA), and test scores. Because of the number of applications we receive, satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in 2013 was:

3.9-4.7 weighted GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1730-1960 SAT total

In addition to the academic profile, a variety of other factors are also considered in the review process. These include the written essay, the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, strength of senior schedule in academic subjects, math level in the senior year, and number of years in a sequential foreign language.

Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include students applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program, visual and performing artists, and skilled athletes.

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

Required High School Course Units

The units listed below represent the minimum required for admission consideration:

  • 4 units of English, at least three with substantial writing requirements
  • 4 units of mathematics at the Algebra I level and higher
  • 3 units of natural science, at least two with laboratory experience
  • 3 units of social science
  • 2 sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language
  • 2 elective units, preferably in the above subject areas

  • Satisfying these minimum required units does not guarantee admission.
    The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5.5 units of math, 4.5 units of natural science, 5 units of social science, and 3.5 units of foreign language.

ACT/SAT Information

  • Applicants should take both exams, since we use the best composite/total score for admission and scholarship purposes. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT Writing Test.)
  • Applicants should take each exam more than once, since we use the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total.
  • In addition to the applicant's overall composite on the ACT or total score on the SAT, the following minimum subscores are required:
    • Writing - 21 on the ACT English and ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing
    • Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math
    • Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading

    • Having these minimum subscores does not guarantee admission. The typical student admitted to the University has higher subscores.

The January SAT and February ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the summer or fall term.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University will consider applications from students who are educated through a Home Education program. The prospective student should submit a transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of each course the student has taken or is planning to take (with information regarding the teaching materials including the title and author of all textbooks, DVDs, and other teaching materials utilized) and the methods used for evaluation should accompany the transcript. If Home Education applicants previously attended another school, or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required, and those courses should also be reflected on the Home Education transcript.

Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Official GED results, along with a partial high school transcript, must be submitted.

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