- Apply online.
- Submit official or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary records and/or examination results. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
- Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results, if entering as a freshman or sophomore transfer student. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT Writing Test.) It is recommended that junior and senior transfer applicants also submit test scores.
- Submit all AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP results if you have earned college credit through one of these accelerated mechanisms.
- Submit official English Proficiency Test Scores if your native language is not English.
- Submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility Form.
- Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional admission criteria, i.e., prerequisites, audition, portfolio, etc.
Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and the Online Status Check at https://admissions.fsu.edu/StatusCheck/ on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include email@example.com in your address book.
All transfer applicants must meet requirements for admission to the University and to the major/program of interest. Minimum University admission requirements are listed on this page. For information about the major/program of interest, refer to the Undergraduate Academic Program Guide found at academic-guide.fsu.edu for a detailed program description, to view the academic map, and to link to the department's website. Because of mapping, it is very important that we receive all credit earned through accelerated mechanisms (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP).
Foreign Language Admission Requirement
All transfer applicants must have satisfied the state of Florida's foreign language admission requirement by having earned two units in one foreign language (i.e. proficiency through Spanish II) or American Sign Language in high school, or having completed through the second elementary/beginning course of one foreign language (i.e., proficiency through SPN 1121 - Beginning Spanish II) or American Sign Language in college (or documented equivalent proficiency).
College Level Proficiency Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. This can be achieved by having a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in six semester hours of approved college-level English and a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in six semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below "C-," or by having the appropriate subscores on the ACT and/or SAT:
- Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading
- 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
English Proficiency Information
- Applicants whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency exam.
- English proficiency exams are only valid for 2 years.
Associate in Arts (AA) Applicants
Applicants transferring directly after earning the AA degree from a Florida public institution will receive priority consideration for admission.
Junior and senior applicants (60 or more semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:
- Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all college or university work attempted.
- Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college or university work attempted at the last institution.
Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:
- Meet international freshman admission criteria.
- Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average on all college or university work attempted.
- Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average on all college or university work attempted at the last institution.
Certification of Financial Responsibility
Applicants should complete and submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) form to demonstrate proof of adequate funding. Florida State University is required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019). Applicants must show proof of financial support for the first year of study and confirm availability of funds for the length of the academic program.
International Transfer Credit
International transfer credit is awarded for coursework completed at an accredited (recognized) institution of higher learning. No credit is awarded for technical, vocational, or below-college-level coursework, or courses completed with grades below "D-." An official course-by-course evaluation is required for all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Excess Credit Hour Surcharge
In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented a new law (Section 1009.286, FS) to encourage students who enroll in a state university to complete the baccalaureate degree program as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge" by charging an additional student payment to those students who do not complete the baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. Accelerated coursework (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP, and dual enrollment) taken while in high school will not be considered in this hour count. To learn more about this surcharge, click here.
The University deadlines* are listed below; however, some academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants should refer to the Academic Program Guide for program application deadlines.
All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines. In addition, the University reserves the right to close transfer admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents.
Checking Your Application Status
Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to check on the receipt of transcripts and test scores, as well as checking the current status of your application. To access the OSC, you should go to https://admissions.fsu.edu/StatusCheck/. You will log in with your FSUID and password. (Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester, and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.)
Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and Online Status Check on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include firstname.lastname@example.org in your address book.