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How to Apply

Florida State makes it easy for students to apply by giving them several options.

  • It's important to remember that students should only submit one application for admission. Florida State does not have a preference as to which application is submitted.
  • Students will be considered for the term listed on their application and should apply for the term they wish to enroll in at the University.
  • To apply for the University Honors 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 Application, visit the Honors website. To be considered for the University Honors Program, you must complete the Honors Application by November 15, 2021.
  • 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 2
Application Available
October 1
Apply for Financial Aid
November 1
Priority Application & Materials Deadline
February 17
Decision Day
May 1
Admissions Deposit & Orientation Registration Due
Classes Begin
Summer: June 20
Fall: August 22
Ready to Apply?
Step 1

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

Step 2

Create your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR), using your official high school transcript. 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 by copying the 32-character code from your SSAR account.

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 also regularly monitor the 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.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida State University's first year application fee is $30. Both the Common App and the Coalition application carry 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.

FSU requires the Personal, Contact, Demographic, Citizenship, and High School and College Information sections of the Coalition application. Additionally, while FSU does not require students to submit an essay, The Coalition does require students to provide an essay, as other Coalition schools may require one. If you do not wish to submit an essay to FSU, please enter "N/A" into the Coalition Essay prompt.

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