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International Freshman Requirements

The Process

International freshman applicants attend a variety of different educational systems. Students educated in the United States, or attending a school that follows an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system, should create the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). To learn more about SSAR, click here. All other applicants should submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency to include a U.S. equivalent grade point average. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

In addition, all applicants should:


Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure that you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in 2016 was:

3.8-4.3 academic GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1740-1960 3-Part SAT total; 1250-1390 2-Part SAT total

Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include exceptional visual and performing artists and athletes.

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

Required Secondary School Courses

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

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

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

SAT/ACT Information

We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score to be considered for admission. Beginning with applications for 2017, Florida State no longer requires the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay. We encourage applicants to take both the ACT and SAT, and to attempt each exam more than one time to earn the highest possible score.

In March of 2016, the College Board launched the redesigned SAT. Information about this and other changes to the test score can be found on the College Board website. Students applying for 2017 admission can submit old and new SAT scores.

When evaluating students for admission, we use the highest earned ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate the ACT composite and/or SAT total (a process known as "super scoring"). Due to the scoring differences between the old, three-part, and new, two-part, versions of the SAT, FSU will calculate separate super scores for each version of the exam.

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.

Both ACT and the College Board now offer test preparation programs. ACT has partnered with Kaplan Test Prep and will offer an ACT preparation program at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs. The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy and offers free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT test results.

English Proficiency Information

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency exam.
  • Applicants can take each exam more than once but exams taken after the January deadline will not be considered for applicants applying for the summer or fall term.
  • English proficiency exams are valid for 2 years.


The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines.* Please note that there are two deadlines with corresponding decision dates for summer and fall terms. Generally, the University does not accept freshman applicants for the spring term.

Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By: Decision Available Online:
October 19, 2016 December 8, 2016
January 18, 2017 March 16, 2017
November 1, 2017 January 25, 2018
February 7, 2018 March 29, 2018

* The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

In addition to applying for admission to the University, some academic programs also have different deadlines and require supporting information and/or auditions. Visit the academic department website if majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Online Status Check (OSC) allows you to monitor the status of your application and required materials 24/7. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on your Online Status Check account. It is your responsibility to check your email account and the Online Status Check on a regular basis. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include in your address book.