Counselor Admissions

The Process

We understand that the application process can be a bit confusing and stressful for you, the counselor, and your students. The entire process, from start to finish, requires a great deal of work on the student's part. As you know, no two schools are alike, and what any particular college or university is looking for in a student will vary. Please encourage your students to get a head start in the admission process by checking out various college websites, visiting different schools, attending college fairs, and planning ahead.

If your students are applying to Florida State University, we recommend that they apply as soon as the senior year begins. The undergraduate application is available online August 1. In addition, the following information should be submitted to the Office of Admissions once the student has applied.

  • An official high school transcript which reflects high school credits earned before the 9th grade, as well as work from the 9th grade through the end of the 11th grade, should be sent directly from the high school to Florida State.
  • An official college transcript reflecting dual enrollment coursework should be sent directly from the college or university upon completion of each term.
  • Official ACT and/or SAT score reports should be submitted for all tests taken. (If your student is planning to take the ACT, he or she must also sit for the ACT Writing Test.) The ACT college code for Florida State is #0734; the SAT is #5219. If your students did not request test scores be sent to FSU, the scores can be ordered through ACT or SAT. Please let your students know that we will not penalize for multiple tests.
  • The essay is an important part of the application. It assists us in learning about the student as an individual, independent of his or her academic grade point average, test scores, and other objective data. While it is not required, we strongly recommend that it be submitted. The 2014 essay should address the following: "Florida State University is more than just a world-class academic institution preparing you for a future career. We are a caring community of well-rounded individuals who embrace leadership, learning, service, and global awareness. With this in mind, which of these characteristics appeals most to you, and why?" The essay should be one page in length (no more than 500 words).
  • If you are in Florida, remind your students to have their parents complete the Florida residency statement so that they may qualify for in-state tuition. Please also let them know that the statement does not need to be completed prior to an admission decision; however, it must be on file before the first day of classes. It will have no bearing on our admission decision.

If your student is majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, nursing, or theatre, there are additional requirements, and your student should check the program's website for details.

Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.

Once an application is submitted, your students will be able to monitor their progress online. We have created a system, known as the Online Status Check (OSC), which is available to applicants 24/7. The OSC will be the vehicle to check the receipt of their transcripts, test scores, and essay, as well as the current status of their application. To access the OSC, your students will visit https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/ and log in with the FSUID and password they created at the time of application. Because the University receives thousands of applications each year, please remind them that it will take time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.

Many of our communications, including the admission decision, are sent electronically, so when speaking to your students, please remind them to make sure that we always have their most up-to-date email address. As they begin the application process, it may be a good idea for them to create an email address exclusively for the college admission process. To ensure receipt of our emails, they should include admissions@admin.fsu.edu in their address book.

If you are on our listserv, we will continue to send status reports of your students after each notification date.

Requirements

Florida State University receives over 30,000 freshman applications each year; therefore, admission to the University is a competitive process. It is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school with specific high school academic units, a cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA), and test scores. Because of the number of applications we receive, satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in 2013 was:

3.9-4.7 weighted GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1730-1960 SAT total

In addition to your student's academic profile, a variety of other factors are also considered in the review process. These include the written essay, the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, strength of senior schedule in academic subjects, math level in the senior year, and number of years in a sequential foreign language.

Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include students applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program, visual and performing artists, and skilled athletes.

Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.

Required High School Course Units

The units listed below represent the minimum required for admission consideration:

  • 4 units of English, at least three with substantial writing requirements
  • 4 units of mathematics at the Algebra I level and higher
  • 3 units of natural science, at least two with laboratory experience
  • 3 units of social science
  • 2 sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language
  • 2 elective units, preferably in the above subject areas

Satisfying these minimum required units does not guarantee admission. The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5.5 units of math, 4.5 units of natural science, 5 units of social science, and 3.5 units of foreign language.

ACT/SAT Information

Test score requirements will differ from school to school, so please remind your students to always check to see if the school has a preference for which test should be taken, if the test can be taken multiple times without penalty, if the test scores will be superscored (the highest subscores are taken from multiple tests to form the highest possible ACT composite and/or SAT total), etc.

FSU recommends that your students:

  • Take both the ACT and SAT tests, since we always use the best composite/total score for admission and scholarship purposes. (If your student takes the ACT, he or she must also sit for the ACT Writing Test.)
  • Take each exam more than once, since we always use the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total.

In addition to looking at your students overall ACT composite and SAT total score, we also look at the minimum subscores within each test. The following minimum subscores are required for admission.

  • Writing - 21 on the ACT English and ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing
  • Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math
  • Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading

If you have students whose subscores are below our minimums, please strongly encourage them to retest. Unless that student is in a special program like CARE, music, dance, theatre, etc., he or she will not be admitted to the University. In addition, having these minimum subscores does not guarantee admission. As you can see from our student profile, the typical student admitted to the University has much higher subscores.

The January SAT and February ACT taken in the senior year are the latest tests we will use in the admission process. Your students can always check the OSC to see if we have received the latest scores and, if multiple tests have been taken, the highest possible subscores.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University will consider applications from students educated through a Home Education program. The prospective student should submit a transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), which shows final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of each course the student has taken or plans to take (with information regarding the teaching materials, including the title and author of all textbooks, DVDs, and other teaching materials utilized) and the methods used for evaluation should accompany the transcript. If Home Education applicants previously attended another school, or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required, and those courses should also be reflected on the Home Education transcript.

Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Official GED results, along with a partial high school transcript, must be submitted.

Conditions of Admission

Conditions of admission are outlined on the OSC. Please remind your seniors (and if you're addressing your juniors, it wouldn't hurt to tell them) that we will conduct a final review of their application as soon as we receive their final high school and college (if dual enrolled) transcripts. A downward trend in the senior year grades, any senior grade below C, and/or any changes in the senior schedule involving academic courses could result in their offer of admission being rescinded. In addition, if your students have dual enrollment credit and their cumulative college grade point average is below 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale), their admission to the University will be rescinded.

Please let your students know that we do not enjoy rescinding offers of admission but each year we have to because of poor performance in their last year of school. This is discussed in the enrollment information found on their OSC and in numerous emails that are sent to them. If you find that one of your students is struggling in the senior year, it is always best for that student to be in touch with us immediately. In some cases, we can work out a solution that would prevent us from rescinding our offer of admission.

Deadlines

All information necessary to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines. There are two deadlines and corresponding notification dates for freshmen who apply for either the summer or fall term. The University does not generally accept freshman applications for the spring term.

Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By: Decision Available Online:
October 16, 2013 December 16, 2013
January 15, 2014 March 19, 2014

In addition to your students applying for admission to the University, they should be aware that some academic programs have different deadlines and require supporting information and/or auditions. Have your students visit the academic department website if majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, nursing, or theatre.

The University always reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. We strongly encourage your students to complete their files by our first notification period, so they can receive all of our communications in a timely manner. Housing and financial aid are first come, first served.

Once an application has been submitted, your students will be able to monitor their progress through the internet. We have created a system, known as the Online Status Check (OSC), which is available to applicants 24/7. The OSC will be the vehicle to check on the receipt of their transcripts, test scores, and essay, as well as checking the current status of their application. To access the OSC, your students will go to https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/ and log in with the FSUID and password they created at the time of application. Because the University receives thousands of applications each year, please remind them that it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.

Many of our communications, including the admission decision, are sent to them electronically, so when speaking to your students, please remind them to make sure that we always have their most up-to-date email address. As they begin the application process, it may be a good idea for them to create an email address exclusively for the college admission process. To ensure receipt of our emails, they should include admissions@admin.fsu.edu in their address book.

If you are on our listserv, we will continue to send status reports of your students after each notification date.

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