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Deadlines and Decision

While the application does not include Early Action as a deadline option, students who qualify as a Florida resident and who submit their application and all required materials by October 15th will be added to the Early Action plan and receive an admissions decision on December 15, 2022.

At least one test score must be submitted before the application deadline, but additional tests may be considered if provided by these dates:

Application & Materials Deadline Potential
Release Date
Last Scores

Early Action *Florida Students Only

October 15, 2022

  • Admit
  • Defer to Regular Decision
  • Deny

December 15, 2022

November SAT (if scores are provided before December 1, 2022)

Regular Decision *All students   

December 1, 2022

  • Admit
  • Seminole Pathways
  • Spring Transfer Admit
  • Defer to Rolling Decision (excludes Early Action deferrals)
  • Deny

February 15, 2023

December ACT and SAT (if scores are provided before January 1, 2023)

Rolling Decision *All students   

March 1, 2023

  • Admit
  • Seminole Pathways
  • Spring Transfer Admit
  • Waitlist
  • Deny

Released on a rolling basis in early April

February ACT (if scores are provided by March 1, 2023)

What We're Looking For

Our application review process is a holistic and selective process, where no single criterion guarantees admission. Our holistic review process is centered on three of our institutional core values— Vires, Artes, Mores.



The first torch, Vires, is strength. Our focus in this area is rigor, grades, and courses taken while in high school. Each applicant is evaluated based upon the performance within the context of the student's academic environment.

Transcripts - GPA - Course Rigor - High School Profile



The second torch, Artes, is skill. We want to see how students use their out-of-classroom time, whether through sports, clubs, organizations, family responsibilities, employment, or other achievements.

Resume - Academic and Non-academic Involvement



The third torch, Mores, is character. We are taking the information students have shared with us to learn who they are, any formative experiences they may have had, and what their life goals may be.

Essay - Resume - High School and Neighborhood Context

Additional consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program, as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.

Fall 2023
Admitted Student Profile

4.3 - 4.6

Academic Core GPA *

1340 - 1440


29 - 33


* Represents the middle 50% of students admitted

Summer 2023
Admitted Student Profile

4.1 - 4.5

Academic Core GPA *

1250 - 1330


27 - 30


* Represents the middle 50% of students admitted

ACT/SAT Information

Requiring an ACT or SAT test score for admissions consideration is not an institutional choice. FSU, along with Florida's 11 other public universities, is subject to Florida Board of Governors admissions regulation 6.002 which requires first-year students seeking admission to submit an ACT or SAT test score. We require all first-year applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score. Florida State does not require the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay.

Self-Reporting Test Scores

FSU allows students to self-report their SAT and/or ACT scores through the Application Status Page. Since accuracy is critical, students must have a copy of their SAT/ACT score report(s) available to reference when self-reporting their scores. We recommend using your complete score report which can be found on your MyACT or CollegeBoard account. To complete this form, you must list at least one set of test scores, including all subscores. To reference your SAT subscores, please visit your CollegeBoard account and select Score Overview then Skills Insight. If admitted, students will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU.

The SSAR (Self-reported Student Academic Record)

All first-year applicants must complete a SSAR except:

  1. Applicants who have not followed an academic curriculum patterned after the U.S. system - must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. This includes students who have attended an institution not patterned after the U.S. system for any length of time. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. In addition, these credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
  2. GED graduates - students must submit their official GED transcript, along with official partial high school transcript(s).

The SSAR lists all courses and associated grades that have been attempted, or will be attempted, for high school and/or college credit. When creating their SSAR, students must have a copy of their high school transcript available to use as a reference to ensure their self-reported academic information is accurate. Students can link their Self-Reported Student Academic Record through their Application Status Check. Please allow one to two business days after linking for the checklist item to be satisfied.

For more information on the SSAR, please refer to our SSAR FAQ and our SSAR Linking Guide.

Essay & Resume/List of Activities

The essay and resume provide another opportunity to learn more about you and are used during our holistic review process.

As a requirement of the application, the essay should be no longer than 650 words and may be uploaded after the application has been submitted. Please choose a topic from the list below:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The resume should be no longer than two pages and may be uploaded after the application has been submitted. It should include a list of activities such as (but not limited to) service work, employment, family contributions such as caring for siblings or sick relatives, and extracurricular and summer activities.

Please allow 3-4 business days for us to pull your essay and resume/activities if you submitted your application through the Common App.

Honors Application

To apply for the University Honors Program, on the admissions application students should select Yes to the question "Are you interested in applying to the University Honors Program?" By selecting Yes, the supplemental application will appear on the Application Status Check. For detailed instructions on how to complete your supplemental Honors Application, visit the Honors website. To be considered for the University Honors Program, you must complete the Honors Application by December 1, 2022.

CARE Application

CARE provides services to first-generation college students who are Florida residents from historically underrepresented and low-income backgrounds. The CARE Summer Bridge Program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college while building a strong academic foundation. To apply for the CARE Summer Bridge Program, on the admissions application students should select Yes to the question "Are you interested in in the CARE Summer Bridge Program?" By selecting Yes, the supplemental application will appear on the Application Status Check. For detailed instructions on how to complete your supplemental CARE Application, visit the CARE website.

Graduation Rate

Among Public Universities in Florida
National Public Universities
U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2022"
Retention Rate

Among the Top 15 public universities in the nation
Student-to-Facullty Ratio
Academic and Professional Degrees
Including Medicine and Law
Best Value College
Among Florida Public Universities U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2022"

Counselor Portal ( is a free tool that allows high school and independent counselors to view their students' application status. Counselors are also able to upload official transcripts and other documents through this portal.

To register, visit and click the registration link in the center of the page. The first counselor to register from a school will be the designated person to manage permissions for that specific school. For a video overview of how to register and manage your school's profile, click here.

Counselor Resources

A-Z List of Majors & Minors
Program Descriptions
Academic Mapping Requirements
Major Comparisons

The Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook is a comprehensive academic advising resource made available annually by the Florida Department of Education to school counselors and advisors.

The handbook provides information regarding:

  • Middle and high school progression and promotion requirements
  • Career planning
  • Florida college readiness initiatives
  • Acceleration mechanisms
  • Diploma designations
  • Credit-by-examinations
  • Financial aid
  • Postsecondary degree programs and requirements

FSU Online Educational Leadership/Administration Certificate

In our Educational Leadership/Administration certificate program, you will master a core of professional and theoretical knowledge and demonstrate skills in applied research and the practice of leadership. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Education, incorporates a core of professional knowledge, includes an experiential component, and facilitates mastery of the Florida Principal Leadership Standards in educational leadership. For more information, visit the College of Education certificate program website.

Please note: To be admitted to the program, you must be a Florida teacher with a current Florida professional teaching certificate and have at least two years of full-time PK-12 classroom teaching experience.

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