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What We're Looking For

Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written 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 freshman 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.

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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.

* Students must have earned a minimum of two sequential units of credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language.

ACT/SAT Information

We require all freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline to be considered for admission. Florida State does not require the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay. We encourage applicants to take both the ACT and SAT, and to attempt each exam more than one time to earn the highest possible score.

FSU allows students to self-report their SAT and/or ACT scores. After submitting their application, students will submit their self-reported scores on the Application Status Check. Official score reports are no longer required for the admissions review process. If admitted, students will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU, so that their self-reported scores may be verified.

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").

The December SAT and February ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the summer or fall term. Students submitting the February ACT must have at least one test score on file by the February 7 deadline.

Both ACT and the College Board offer test preparation programs. ACT has partnered with Kaplan Test Prep and will offer an ACT preparation program at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs. The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy and offers free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT test results.



Essay

Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides 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.


  • 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 teenager 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. Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission to our university.