With so many questions during these uncertain times, we wanted to provide you with a message from our Director of Admissions, Hege Ferguson.
We Care About You
It is easy to feel overwhelmed and even scared with the endless stream of information about the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our country and the world. Chances are that you and your family have been personally impacted. Throughout the country and the world, schools have been closed, activities have been cancelled, and social distancing has become a part of our daily lives. I think we all have more questions than we do definite answers. Dealing with the unknown can be stressful and we want you to know that we understand. So, join us in taking a deep breath, breathing out slowly and focusing on the things we can control rather than the things we can't. We are here to help, so please reach out to us if you have questions. Since we are working remotely, the best way to reach us is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to respond to you as quickly as we can.
While we are still in a very fluid situation with regards to the future, we wanted to share with you what we do know:
Walking Tours are Suspended Until Further Notice
Let’s face it – there really is no substitute for the “real thing” of taking a walking tour of campus. We take great pride in showing off our beautiful campus and we hope to open registration for campus tours as soon as it is deemed safe. While not the same, we have added several live-streaming events, including virtual campus tours led by University Ambassadors. You can register for these virtual events at visit.fsu.edu.
All courses at FSU this summer will be held online, including Summer Session C.
For many students, Summer C will be their first semester in college. While it is disappointing that we cannot offer in-person classes or housing on campus this summer, FSU is diligently working to support all our students and ensure they receive a top-notch education.
Please know that we recognize that many high schools might need to extend their academic year into June and possibly beyond. If your high school term extends beyond our June 22 start date, we will work with you to either adjust your Summer term start date or switch your admission to our Fall term which begins August 24.
First Year Abroad and First Semester Abroad Students
All Fall 2020 study abroad programs are currently expected to proceed as scheduled. The online summer International Programs course will be offered as originally scheduled. In the unlikely event it becomes necessary for International Programs to cancel any Fall 2020 programs, International Programs will notify students and emergency contacts via email, issue a refund of their paid program fees, and allow students to take classes on the Tallahassee campus or online depending on the status of the COVID-19 virus.
Admissions Deposit Deadline
We understand that some students and families may need more time before making a final decision on what college to attend by the traditional May 1 deposit deadline. If that is you, please email us at email@example.com and let us know that you need more time. We will be glad to give you more time to make this difficult decision. Please know that the earlier you can decide, the better we can plan for your arrival on campus or extend invitations to other students.
Orientation will be online for all incoming students and their family members for the Summer and Fall 2020 terms. Be sure to register for a mandatory orientation session by May 1, at dsst.fsu.edu/newnole/orientation.
Living on Campus
University Housing will not be available for the Summer C term for first-time students. If a student has already submitted a contract for housing on campus for Summer C, their deposit will be credited to their student account.
If your school has decided to change their normal grading system this year to reflect Pass/Fail grades, we completely understand this decision. At FSU, we offered a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option to our own students enrolled in the Spring term. Pass/Fail grades will not negatively impact your admission status as long as you pass! For all other students enrolled in high school, Pass/Fail grades will not negatively impact your ability to be considered for admission in 2021 and beyond.
Application Deadline for 2021
For high school juniors, we understand with the cancellation of several ACT, SAT, and English proficiency exams that you may need some more time to take these tests. Therefore, we have decided to move our priority application deadline for 2021 from November 1 to December 1. Please know that this date may be extended if fall test administrations are not available.
Visa delays for International Students
If you are unable to obtain the necessary visa to start the term for which you were admitted, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance. We also encourage you to stay in contact with the Center for Global Engagement, which assists students with their Visa process. The Center for Global Engagement can be reached at email@example.com.
These are challenging times for sure but together we will get through this! Let us know if we can help you.
Stay safe and healthy!
Director of Admissions