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How to Submit an Appeal

Admission to Florida State University is selective, and applications are reviewed in a holistic manner. No single criterion guarantees admission to the university. Rather, we consider all information submitted with the application. This holistic review process confirms that you have graduated from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, have a competitive cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and have achieved a competitive ACT or SAT test score. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of the courses and curriculum you have taken while in high school; the strength of your senior schedule; your senior-year math level; the number of sequential years you have had in a world language, the quality of your written essay; and your extracurricular activities. Due to the thoroughness of our application review process, it is unusual for us to reverse an admission decision. We will consider an appeal only if it reveals new academic or personal information that was not present in your initial admission application.


Our mid-ranges for students accepted for the fall are:

Academic Core GPA SAT Score ACT Score
4.2-4.6 1250-1400 28-32

Please carefully review the appeal requirements described below.

APPEAL REASON REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Grade Change—One or more of your grades has changed.
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Updated SSAR including changed grade(s)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)
Learning Differences—Refers to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding or use of verbal or nonverbal information.
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Adult NORMED Psycho-educational evaluation
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)
Medical—A medical condition/illness/surgery that negatively impacted your grade(s).
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Documentation from your healthcare provider detailing the medical condition.
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)
Other Life Circumstances—A life event that negatively impacted your grades.
  • Appeal letter written by the student
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstances.
  • Updated SSAR including mid-year grades (if not already on file)
  • Official high school and/or college dual enrollment transcript(s)
Information we will NOT consider:
  • appeal letter written by anyone other than the student
  • SAT/ACT scores from exams taken after March of the student's senior year
  • an increase in extracurricular and/or non-school-related activities
  • an in-person interview

You must email your appeal letter and all supporting documents to admissions@fsu.edu. Please add Appeal in the subject line.

All appeals are reviewed by the University Admissions Committee and all decisions are final.