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How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the Application

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

Please note the following when completing your application:

  • We use email as our official method of communication. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address and include in your address book.
  • 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.
  • University Honors Program: Students should select Yes to the question "Are you interested in applying to the University Honors Program?" on the admissions application to populate a separate Honors supplemental application on the Application Status Check. Visit the University Honors Program website for detailed instructions on how to complete your supplemental Honors/Presidential Scholars Application. The deadline to complete the supplemental Honors/Presidential Scholars Application is December 1, 2023.
  • CARE Summer Bridge Program: To apply for the CARE Summer Bridge Program, students should select Yes to the question "Are you interested in applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program?" on the admissions application and complete the separate CARE supplemental application on the Application Status Check. For detailed information about the CARE Summer Bridge Program and eligibility requirements, visit the CARE website.
  • 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.

Step 2: Log into the Application Status Check

After submitting the application, you will gain access to your Application Status Check. (Note: If you apply using the Common App, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days that provides instructions for accessing your Application Status Check.) On the Application Status Check, you will:

  • Self-report all of your test scores.
  • Link your Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). Please allow one to two business days after linking for the checklist item to be satisfied.
  • Upload your essay and resume/list of activities.
  • Florida Residents must complete the Residency Declaration form.

Additional supplemental applications or materials may be added to your checklist, so it is important that you frequently review your Application Status Check throughout the application process.

Deadlines and Decisions

Your admissions application and all required supporting documents must be received by your preferred application deadline.

  • At least one test score must be submitted before the application deadline, but additional tests may be considered if provided by the test score deadline.
  • February test scores are the last exam date that can be used for admissions purposes.
  • Admissions decisions are made available through the Application Status Check.
Application & Materials Deadline
SSAR, Test Scores, Essay and List of Activities
Test Score
Release Date

Early Action *Florida Students Only

October 15, 2023

December 1, 2023

December 14, 2023

Regular Decision *All students   

December 1, 2023

January 1, 2024

February 15, 2024

Rolling Decision *All students   

March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

Released on a rolling basis in early April

Application Fee & Waivers

Florida State University's first-year application fee is $30.

Students who qualify for an ACT, CollegeBoard, or NACAC application fee waiver or who meet other indicators of economic need may have the application fee waived by selecting the qualifying application fee waiver category on the admissions application.

Test Score Information

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, CLT, or SAT test score.

FSU allows students to self-report their test scores through the Application Status Page. Since accuracy is critical, students must have a copy of their score report(s) available to reference when self-reporting their scores. We strongly recommend using your complete score report when completing the SSAR. To complete this form, you must list at least one set of test scores. If admitted, student will be required to submit official test score reports prior to enrollment at FSU.

In May 2023, the Classic Learning Initiatives, Inc. published The Concordance Relationship Between the Classic Learning Test (CLT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), establishing a concordance table between the CLT and the SAT.

Earning both a High School Diploma and an Associate in Arts (AA) degree

A high school student earning both the standard high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (AA) degree through dual enrollment from the Florida College System or the State University System of Florida must apply to FSU as a first-year student. Applicants must adhere to the first-year admission deadlines. In addition, applicants may be subject to additional major deadlines/requirements. Carefully review all major requirements at Academic Program Guide.

Those students who are receiving an AA degree but do not meet the admissions requirements under the Florida Board of Governors Admission Regulation 6.002, may be considered for admission under Florida Board of Governors Admission Regulation 6.005. Students admitted under this regulation are first-time-in-college (FTIC) students although they are not required to submit SAT/ACT scores. However, they should meet the requirements for their selected major as listed in FSU's Academic Program Guide. If admitted, they must submit a $200 enrollment deposit, attend a first-year orientation session, and are eligible to apply for on-campus housing. Admitted students without a test score are not eligible to be considered for first-year merit scholarships from the Office of Admissions. Students considered for admission under FL BOG 6.005 will be required to submit all official college transcript(s) for evaluation prior to an admission offer being made; they must also provide a final official college transcript displaying the A.A. before enrolling at FSU. Any FTIC student admitted under this regulation must immediately notify the Office of Admissions if they will not receive their degree. All first-year students admitted under this regulation who do not receive the Associate in Arts degree will have their offer of admission revoked.

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.