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International Freshman Requirements

The Process

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 2020 was:

4.1-4.5 academic GPA; 29-32 ACT composite; 1290-1410 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.

Required Secondary School Courses

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

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

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

SAT/ACT Information

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.

English Proficiency Information

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take an English proficiency exam.
  • Applicants can take each exam more than once but exams taken after the February deadline will not be considered for applicants applying for the summer or fall term.
  • English proficiency exams are valid for 2 years.


Application and all supporting documents due by December first. Decision available online February eighteenth.

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 December 1, 2020 will receive an admission decision online on February 18, 2021. Students who complete an application after December 1, 2020 will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis starting in March. The final application deadline is March 1, 2021. December 1, 2020 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.

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.