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In preparation for the release of admissions decisions for first-year students on February 17th, please see our counselor notice with information on these decision updates as well as our FAQ.

Welcome Counselors

Important Changes effective Summer and Fall 2022:

No longer automatically consider fall applicants for summer term

Priority decision release will be on February 17th for students who submitted application materials by the November 1st deadline. Applicants will receive one of these three decisions:


Students who apply after the November 1st priority deadline AND deferred applicants will receive one of these decisions in April:

Seminole Pathways
Spring Transfer Pathway

Top 20 Public University

Florida State is ranked among the Top 20 public universities in the nation according to US News and World Report.

95% Retention Rate

Florida State's first-year retention rate is among the Top 15 public universities in the nation.

Number 11 Best Value

Florida State was ranked No. 11 Best Value College in the Princeton Review's most recent annual rankings.

#1 Four Year Graduation Rate

Florida State has the highest 4 year graduation rate in the State of Florida University System.

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

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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. 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.


For a decision on February 17, we will accept test scores through December 31, provided everything else has been submitted by the priority deadline of November 1.

Our final application deadline is March 1. Students who meet this deadline will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis starting in late March.

Please note that students who want to be considered for University scholarships must meet the requirements for the November 1 priority deadline.


The Self-reported Student Academic Record (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 create their SSAR by logging in to the SSAR website. Once completed, they will be given a 32-character SSAR ID number which must be entered into the SSAR Field on the student's Application Status Check.

For more information on the SSAR, please refer to our SSAR FAQ and How-To Videos.

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 November 15, 2021.

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