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Freshman Admissions

  • 2016 Fall Admitted Student Profile. GPA: 3.9-4.3; ACT: 26-31; 2-Part SAT: 1270-1400; 3-Part SAT: 1770-1980;
  • 2016 Summer Admitted Student Profile. GPA: 3.5-4.1; ACT: 24-28; 2-Part SAT: 1190-1320; 3-Part SAT: 1670-1860;
  • Top States (Non-FL). 1: Georgia, 2: New York, 3: New Jersey, 4: Virginia, 5: Maryland
  • Top Majors. 1: Biology, 2: Business, 3: Engineering, 4: Psychology, 5: Nursing

Freshman Requirements

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 you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay. Consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Academic Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.


The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines.* Please note that there are two deadlines with corresponding decision dates for summer and fall terms. Generally, the University does not accept freshman applications for the spring term.

Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By: Decision Available Online:
October 19, 2016 December 8, 2016
January 18, 2017 March 16, 2017
November 1, 2017 January 25, 2018
February 7, 2018 March 29, 2018

* The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

The Process

Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.

High School Course Units

The Florida Board of Governors sets the minimum eligibility requirements in the State University System (SUS). Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Florida State University. Admission is selective, and admitted students typically exceed the minimum requirements.

* Students must have earned a minimum of two sequential units of credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language.

The Process Timeline

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Online Status Check (OSC) allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Online Status Check. You're responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Online Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include in your address book.

ACT/SAT Information

We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score to be considered for admission. Beginning with applications for 2017, Florida State no longer requires 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.

In March of 2016, the College Board launched the redesigned SAT. Information about this and other changes to the test can be found on the College Board website. Students applying for 2017 admission can submit old and new SAT scores.

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"). Due to the scoring differences between the old, three-part, and new, two-part, versions of the SAT, FSU will calculate separate super scores for each version of the exam.

The January 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.

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.


Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides another opportunity to learn more about you. The essay should be no longer than 500-550 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Florida State University is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a consortium of 90+ public and private universities in the U.S. that have come together to offer a new college planning and application platform. The Coalition platform will allow high school students to set up an account and begin learning about the application and the financial aid process as early as the ninth grade. The platform includes three main features: a Virtual Locker where the student can collect and store information that maybe useful when they apply to college; a Collaboration Platform where teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student's college search can offer feedback; and finally, an Application Portal where the student can select information from their virtual locker that they would like to include with their application to Coalition member universities.

Florida State University will continue to use its institutional online application for 2017 admission. We expect to accept the Coalition application starting August 2017.

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

CARE's Summer Bridge Program is designed to motivate, prepare, and recruit traditionally underrepresented and socioeconomically disadvantaged students from Florida through a variety of programs and academic support services. Applicants selected to participate in CARE will be first-generation college students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and eligible to receive federal financial aid who have demonstrated a strong desire to succeed. In addition, these students must meet the Florida residency requirements. For more information on this program, please visit CARE.

Students applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program are instead required to respond to the following essay topic:

  • Resiliency shows your ability to adapt and succeed in spite of obstacles or other challenges. In 650 words or less, please give an example of how you were resilient and what you learned from that experience.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University considers applications from students who are educated through a Home-Education program, or who have earned a GED. Home-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results along with an official, partial high school transcript.