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Each year, we enroll approximately 3,000 transfer students. The majority of our students come to us from the Florida College System and most will have completed their Associate in Arts degree. However, we accept transfer students from all regionally accredited institutions at all levels. We encourage you to apply at least six to nine months prior to the term you wish to enter and, after browsing our website, we hope you will contact us with any remaining questions.

General University Requirements

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for admission. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must upload a personal statement to be considered by the Office of Admissions. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation.

Typically, in accordance with Florida law, students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 hours for a normal 120-semester hour degree program. More information on excess credit-hour surcharge can be found at http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/excess_hours/faq/.

Junior and senior applicants (60+ semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a strong academic high school profile that is indicative of success at the college level. Very few students with less than a 3.0 academic GPA will be admissible.
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Other factors taken into consideration when transferring as a lower-division transfer student include the number of hours taken each semester (we prefer 15 each fall and spring semester), the types of college classes taken each term, and the grades earned in those classes.

World Language Admission Requirement

All transfer applicants must have satisfied the State of Florida's world language admission requirement at either the high school or college level. At the high school level, students must have earned two sequential units of high school credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language. At the college level, students must have completed through the second elementary/beginning course of one world language or American Sign Language (or documented equivalent proficiency).

College-Level Proficiency Skills in English and Mathematics

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in English and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. You can demonstrate proficiency by having a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level English composition and a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below "C". Please be aware that many majors will require that you complete six credit hours in each of these areas (depending on the amount of transfer credit you will have earned before enrolling at FSU). Detailed information about specific admission criteria by major can be found in the Academic Program Guide.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Applicants who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution immediately prior to transferring, receive priority consideration for admission provided the application and all supporting documents are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

NOTE: Applicants who graduate from high school and who will receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements AND the major requirements when submitting the admission application. If this applies to you, you must submit a freshman application.

Additional Admission Requirements

Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all of the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record to ensure you are prepared for the academic rigor you will encounter at Florida State University. The more college credit earned after high school graduation, the less we focus on your high school performance. Some colleges and departments limit the number of students they admit to their programs; thus, your intended major could factor into our admission decision.

Major Requirements

All transfer applicants must select a major. In addition to meeting general University requirements, you must also meet the criteria established for admission to your selected major. General University admission requirements are listed on this page, but you should refer to the Academic Program Guide for detailed information. The Academic Program Guide provides a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest. The Major Comparison Tool can also help you decide between similar majors. Because major requirements often include specific course requirements, it is crucial that you provide us with all AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP exam results so that we have a complete record of all the course credit you have earned.

Limited-Access Programs

A limited-access program utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Limited-access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources (student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities, equipment, or specific accrediting requirements). Criteria for selective admission include indicators of talent, performance, creativity, or ability to complete the program's required work. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and the State Board of Education administrative rules.

For a number of degree programs, access is limited at the upper-division level to those students meeting certain additional criteria. These additional criteria are applied equally to students that will have earned 52+ credit hours at the time of enrollment in FSU, AA degree transfers from Florida public institutions, and rising juniors at Florida State University.

A number of different colleges offer limited-access programs. For specific admission requirements to a particular department or college, refer to the appropriate section of the Academic Program Guide.

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training
  • Commercial Entrepreneurship
  • Communication
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Motion Picture Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music, Liberal Arts
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Retail Entrepreneurship
  • Risk Management/Insurance
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Art (BFA)
  • Theatre
  • Visual Disabilities

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 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 are not calculated in this hour count. For more information on the excess credit-hour surcharge, please refer to the Registrar's Office.