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International Freshman Requirements

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 to include a US equivalent grade point average. 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:

  • Apply online.
  • Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT Writing Test.)
  • Submit official English Proficiency Test Scores if your native language is not English.
  • Contact the academic department directly if majoring in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.


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 2015 was:

3.8-4.3 academic GPA; 26-30 ACT composite; 1750-1960 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.

SAT/ACT Information

When evaluating students for admission, we use the highest earned SAT and ACT subscores to calculate their SAT total and/or ACT composite score (a process known as "superscoring"). We encourage applicants to take both the SAT and ACT, and to attempt each exam more than once to earn the highest possible scores. SAT and ACT scores are also used in the scholarship consideration process.

Florida State University requires freshmen applicants to submit at least one set of SAT and/or ACT exam scores in order to be considered for admission. Beginning with applications for 2017 admission, writing section scores are no longer required by Florida State.

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.

The 2016 Redesigned SAT

In March of 2016, the College Board launched the redesigned SAT exam. Information about this and other changes to the exam can be found on the College Board website.

Students applying for 2017 admission will be able to submit results from the previous and/or redesigned SAT, as the College Board will provide guidance on how the scores compare.

Another very exciting change to the SAT is the College Board's partnership with Khan Academy, which will offer free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT exam results. We encourage all students to explore this incredible opportunity.

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.


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, 2015 December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016 March 16, 2016

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 the current status of your application. To access the OSC, you should go to 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 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 in your address book.