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Transfer Admissions



Each year, we enroll approximately 3,000 transfer students. The majority of our students come to us from the Florida College System and most will have completed their Associate in Arts degree. However, we accept transfer students from all regionally accredited institutions at all levels. We encourage you to apply at least six to nine months prior to the term you wish to enter and, after browsing our website, we hope you will contact us with any remaining questions.

The Process

  • Review the transfer admission requirements below.
  • Apply online.
  • Submit official high school and all college/university transcripts (sent directly from each institution). College coursework from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency.
  • Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. It is recommended that junior and senior transfer applicants also submit test scores.
  • Submit all AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP results if you have earned college credit through one of these accelerated mechanisms.
  • Submit the residency form.
  • Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional admission criteria, e.g., prerequisites, audition, portfolio, etc.
  • Use the Online Status Check to monitor the status of your application and materials.

Deadlines

The University deadlines* are listed below; however, some academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants should refer to the Academic Program Guide for program application deadlines. All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines.


Spring Summer Fall
November 1 March 1 June 1

*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents. In addition, the University reserves the right to close transfer admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

Admission Requirements

Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all of the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record to ensure you are prepared for the academic rigor you will encounter at Florida State University. The more college credit earned after high school graduation, the less we focus on your high school performance. Some colleges and departments limit the number of students they admit to their programs; thus, your intended major could factor into our admission decision.

Major Requirements

All transfer applicants must select a major. In addition to meeting general University requirements, you must also meet the criteria established for admission to your selected major. General University admission requirements are listed on this page, but you should refer to the Academic Program Guide for detailed information. The Academic Program Guide provides a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest. Because major requirements often include specific course requirements, it is crucial that you provide us with all AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP exam results so that we have a complete record of all the course credit you have earned.

Limited-Access Programs

A limited-access program utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Limited-access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources (student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities, equipment, or specific accrediting requirements). Criteria for selective admission include indicators of talent, performance, creativity, or ability to complete the program's required work. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and the State Board of Education administrative rules.

For a number of degree programs, access is limited at the upper-division level to those students meeting certain additional criteria. These additional criteria are applied equally to students that will have earned 52+ credit hours at the time of enrollment in FSU, AA degree transfers from Florida public institutions, and rising juniors at Florida State University.

A number of different colleges offer limited-access programs. For specific admission requirements to a particular department or college, refer to the appropriate section of the Academic Program Guide.

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training
  • Communication
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Motion Picture Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music, Liberal Arts
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management/Insurance
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts in
  • Theatre
  • Visual Disabilities

General University Requirements

Senior applicants (90+ semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.
  • submit a personal statement indicating the reasons why you wish to transfer to Florida State University at a time which we consider to be late in your academic career and potentially not be in your best interests. The statement should include a plan for a timely graduation.
    NOTE: Florida Statute requires state universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. Typically, students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 hours for a normal 120-semester hour degree program. More information on excess credit-hour surcharge can be found at http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/excess_hours/faq/.

Junior applicants (60 to 89 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a strong academic high school profile that is indicative of success at the college level. Very few students with less than a 3.0 academic GPA will be admissible.
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

World Language Admission Requirement

All transfer applicants must have satisfied the state of Florida's world language admission requirement at either the high school or college level. At the high school level, students must have earned two sequential units of high school credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language. At the college level, students must have completed through the second elementary/beginning course of one world language or American Sign Language (or documented equivalent proficiency).

College Level Proficiency Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. You can demonstrate proficiency by having a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level English composition and a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below "C". Please be aware that many majors will require that you complete 6 credit hours in each of these areas (depending on the amount of transfer credit you will have earned before enrolling at FSU). Detailed information about specific admission criteria by major can be found at http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Applicants who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution immediately prior to transferring, receive priority consideration for admission provided the application and all supporting documents are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

NOTE: Applicants who graduate from high school and who will receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements AND the major requirements when submitting the admission application.

Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented a new law (Section 1009.286, FS) to encourage students who enroll in a state university to complete the baccalaureate degree program as efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge" by charging an additional student payment to those students who do not complete the baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. Accelerated coursework (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP, and dual enrollment) taken while in high school are not calculated in this hour count. For more information on the excess credit-hour surcharge, please visit http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/excess_hours/faq/.