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What We're Looking For

First Year admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider a range of factors.

Holistic Review: Senior Math Level, Activities, Exam Scores, Academic Record, Senior Schedule, Curriculum Rigor, and Essay

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.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the first year admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Academic Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.


Fall 2020 Admitted Student Profile

4.1-4.5

Academic Core GPA *

63%

Earned all A and B grades in high school

1290-1410

SAT *

29-32

ACT *

57%

Took calculus or above

40%

Took 4+ units of (or took AP/IB) world language

9

Average number of advanced level courses **

  •   * Represents the middle 50% of students admitted
  •   ** Advanced level courses include AP, IB, AICE, and Dual Enrollment

High School Courses

The Florida Board of Governors sets the minimum eligibility requirements in the State University System (SUS). Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Florida State University. Admission is selective, and admitted students typically exceed the minimum requirements.

Minumum high school courses required: 4 English, 4 Math, 3 Natural Science, 3 Social Science, 2 sequential World Language. Average high school courses completed: 4.5 English, 5.5 Math, 5 Natural Science, 5 Social Science, 3.5 World Language.

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.

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").

For a decision on February 18, we will accept test scores through December 31, provided everything else has been submitted by the priority deadline of December 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 apply to the Honors Program or be considered for University scholarships must meet the requirements for the December 1 priority deadline.



Essay & Resume

Although the essay and resume are not required but highly recommended, they provide another opportunity to learn more about you.

The essay should be no longer than 650 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below. Please note that The Common Application provides different essay prompts than the FSU and The Coalition applications.

The resume should be no longer than two pages, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. 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.


  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a student now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • 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?
  • 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.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University considers 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. In addition, all applicants must submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline to be considered for admission. First Year admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission to our university.