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How to Apply

Complete ONE of the applications below. Florida State does not have an application preference.

  • Students should apply for the term they wish to enroll in at the University. Students are not automatically considered for the summer term if not eligible for the fall term.
  • To apply for the University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program, students should select Yes to the question "Are you interested in applying to the University Honors Program?" on the admissions application. By selecting Yes, a separate Honors supplemental application will appear on the Application Status Check. For detailed instructions on how to complete your supplemental Honors/Presidential Scholars Application, visit the Honors website. To be considered for the University Honors Program and the Presidential Scholars Program, you must complete the supplemental Honors/Presidential Scholars Application by December 1, 2022.
  • If you plan to major in dance, film (animation or production), music, studio art, or theatre, contact the academic department directly for specific major requirements.

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Important Dates
August 1, 2022 Admission Applications Open
October 1, 2022 Apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA
October 15, 2022 Early Action Deadline
*Florida Residents Only
December 1, 2022 Regular Decision Deadline
December 1, 2022 Honors Application Deadline
December 15, 2022 Early Action Decisions Release
February 15, 2023 Regular Decisions Release
February 15, 2023 Honors Decisions Release
March 1, 2023 Rolling Application Deadline
Beginning in Early April Rolling Decisions Release
Ready to Apply?
Step 1

Apply online using our institutional application or the Common App. Students should only submit one application.

Step 2

Create your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR), using your official high school transcript as a guide. To learn more about the SSAR, view our FAQ and watch our how-to videos.

Step 3

Complete the following items on the Application Status Check by the application deadline:

a. Self-report all ACT and/or SAT scores.

b. Link your SSAR through your Application Status Check. Please allow one to two business days after linking for the checklist item to be satisfied.

c. Choose one essay question and upload your essay.

d. Upload one resume/list of activities.

Step 4

Complete the Residency Declaration form.

Track Your Application Status

We use email as our official method of communication. Students should regularly monitor their Application Status Check to confirm the status of their application, required materials, missing items, and admission decision. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include in your address book.

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, student will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU.

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

Application Plan Application & Materials Deadline Last Scores Considered

Early Action
*Florida Students Only

October 15, 2022

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

Regular Decision

December 1, 2022 December ACT and SAT (if scores are provided before January 1, 2023)

Rolling Decision

March 1, 2023

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida State University's first-year application fee is $30. The Common App carries an additional $5 processing fee. If a student qualifies for a CollegeBoard, ACT, or NACAC fee waiver, the entire amount, including the processing fee, is waived.

Please allow up to two business days to receive an email confirmation from Florida State University. That message will contain instructions about how to access the Application Status Check.

FSU requires the Profile, Family, Education (excluding Grades and Current / Most Recent Year Courses), Writing, Institution-Specific Questions, and Recommenders & FERPA sections of the Common App.

Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.