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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 grade point average (GPA) in those academic units, 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 2015 was:

3.8-4.3 academic GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1750-1960 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 world 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.

The Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)

Think of SSAR as a version of your high school transcript created by you. It replaces the official high school and college transcripts used by the Office of Admissions during the initial review process. At the SSAR website, you will be asked to list all of the classes and grades earned or in progress.

The easiest way to create your SSAR is from a copy of your high school transcript. When you go to the SSAR website, you can refer to the transcript to accurately reflect your classes and grades. Accuracy is important because all acceptances granted by the Office of Admissions will be validated, using your official high school and college transcripts sent to us after you have graduated. Students with inaccurate data on the SSAR may be denied admission to the University, have their admission revoked if admitted, or have their registration cancelled if enrolled.

To learn more about the SSAR, view our FAQ.

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 world 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 world 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.

The 2016 Redesigned SAT

In March of 2016, the College Board will launch the redesigned SAT exam, at which point the Writing section will become optional. Information about this and other changes to the exam can be found on the College Board website. These changes will not affect students applying for 2016 admission, as they will occur after our application deadline.

Students applying for 2017 admission will be able to submit both the current and redesigned SAT, as the College Board will provide guidance on how the scores compare.

Another very exciting change to the SAT is the College Board's partnership with Khan Academy, which will offer free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT exam results. We encourage all students to explore this incredible opportunity.


This year's essay is described below and should be no longer than 650 words. The essay may be uploaded after the student's application has been received.

We firmly believe that every person is unique and of value. Our University is enriched by embracing individual differences and creating a community that is much more than the sum of its parts. In 650 words or less, share your story with us. Tell us how you came to be the person you are today, and about your passions and future expectations. Describe how you will benefit from our community and how our community will benefit from you.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University will consider applications from students who are educated through a Home-Education program or who have earned a GED. Home-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results, along with an official partial high school transcript.