International freshman applicants attend a variety of different educational systems. Students educated in the United States, or attending a school that follows an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system, should create the Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). To learn more about SSAR, click here. All other applicants should submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All credentials from non-U.S. institutions must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation agency to include a U.S. equivalent grade point average. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
In addition, all applicants should:
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 that you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in Fall 2019 was:
4.1-4.5 academic GPA; 28-32 ACT composite; 1270-1390 SAT total
Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include exceptional visual and performing artists and athletes.
Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.
The courses listed below represent the minimum required for admission consideration:
Satisfying these minimum required courses does not guarantee admission. The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4 English courses, 5 math courses, 4.5 natural science courses, 5 social science courses, and 3 world language courses.
We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score 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.
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 March 1 deadline.
Both ACT and the College Board now 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.
The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines.*
Students who complete an application and submit all supporting documents by November 1, 2019 will receive an admission decision online on January 30, 2020. Students who complete an application after November 1, 2019 will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis starting January 31, 2020. The final application deadline is March 1, 2020. November 1, 2019 is the priority deadline for admission and merit scholarship consideration.
* The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. Generally, the University does not accept freshman applicants for the spring term.
In addition to applying for admission to the University, some academic programs also have different deadlines and require supporting information and/or auditions. Visit the academic department website if majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, studio art (BFA), or theatre.
The Application Status Check allows you to monitor the status of your application and required materials 24/7. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on your Application Status Check account. It is your responsibility to check your email account and the Application Status Check on a regular basis. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include firstname.lastname@example.org in your address book.