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Freshman Admissions

The Process

International freshman applicants attend a variety of different educational systems. For those educated in the United States, or attending a school that follows an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system, they 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. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

In addition, all applicants should:

Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and the Online Status Check at https://admissions.fsu.edu/StatusCheck/ on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include admissions@admin.fsu.edu in your address book.

Requirements

Florida State University receives over 30,000 freshman applications each year; therefore, admission to the University is a competitive process. It is based on graduating from a recognized secondary school with specific academic subjects, a strong performance in all subjects, and test scores. Because of the number of applications we receive, satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in 2014 was:

3.8-4.3 academic GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1760-1960 SAT total

In addition to the academic profile, a variety of other factors are also considered in the review process. These include the written essay, the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, strength of senior schedule in academic subjects, math level in the senior year, and number of years in a sequential world language.

Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include visual and performing artists and skilled 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, 4.5 natural science courses, 5 social science courses, and 3.5 world language courses.

ACT/SAT Information

  • Applicants should take both exams, since we use the best composite/total score for admission purposes.
  • Applicants should take each exam more than once, since we use the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total.
  • In addition to the applicant's overall composite on the ACT or total score on the SAT, the following minimum subscores are required:
    • Writing - 21 on the ACT English and ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing
    • Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math
    • Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading
    • Having these minimum subscores does not guarantee admission. The typical student admitted to the University has higher subscores.

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.

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 January deadline will not be considered for applicants applying for the summer or fall term.
  • English proficiency exams are valid for 2 years.

Certification of Financial Responsibility

Applicants should complete and submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) form to demonstrate proof of adequate funding. Florida State University is required by U.S. federal regulations to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019). Applicants must show proof of financial support for the first year of study and confirm availability of funds for the length of the academic program.

Deadlines

All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines. In addition, the University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. There are two deadlines and corresponding notification dates for freshmen applying for either the summer or fall term. The University does not generally accept freshman applications for the spring term.

Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By: Decision Available Online:
October 15, 2014 December 17, 2014
January 14, 2015 March 18, 2015

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, or theatre.

Checking Your Application Status

Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to check the receipt of academic records and test scores, as well as checking the current status of your application. To access the OSC, you should go to https://admissions.fsu.edu/statuscheck/. You will log in with your FSUID and password. (Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester, and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.)

Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and Online Status Check on a regular basis. To ensure receipt of our emails, include admissions@admin.fsu.edu in your address book.

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