A Preeminent University

Designated as a preeminent university in the state of Florida, and named by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a leader in very high research activity, Florida State University is one of the most respected research and learning institutions in the country.

Our 16 colleges, state-of-the-art research laboratories, extraordinary performance facilities, student-centered community, and more than 160 undergraduate majors provide you with an abundance of comprehensive, diverse, and intellectual opportunities.

We are a place where you will be challenged to turn research into discovery, inspiration into opportunities, and ideas into action. Located in Florida’s capital city, FSU provides unmatched access to policy makers who are shaping the future of Florida, the nation, and the world. We invite you to be a part of it.


First Year 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. Additional 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 first year admissions 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.

Undergraduate Costs

Estimated costs over two semesters (13 hours per semester)

FL Residents
Non-FL Residents
$ 5,666 $ 18,796
$ 6,988 $ 6,988
$ 4,484 $ 4,484
$ 1,000 $ 1,000
$ 1,120 $2,236
$ 4,228 $ 4,228
$ 23,486 $ 37,732
Health Insurance3
$ 2,952 $ 2,952
$ 26,438 $ 40,684

1 Click here for rental rates by residence hall.
2 Click here for the various meal plan options and the associated costs.
FSU has a mandatory health insurance policy for new students admitted to the University. The cost represents the annual individual premium for domestic students. (The premium for international students is $3,000.) Costs of meeting this requirement will be included in financial aid considerations. Students who currently have health insurance may show proof of comparable coverage and may not be required to purchase the University policy. Click here for additional information.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid at Florida State assists students with securing federal, state, and institutional aid. Each year, more than 350 million dollars in aid is awarded to students. Students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans.  

Visit Us

To learn more about our in-person and virtual events, check out your options at visit.fsu.edu/.

The Application Process

*FSU's application fee is $30. Students who apply through the Coalition application are subject to an additional $5 processing fee. If a student qualifies for a CollegeBoard, ACT, or NACAC fee waiver, both their application fee and $5 processing fee will be waived.


Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By:

Decision Available Online:

November 1, 2021 February 17, 2022

Students who complete an application after November 1 will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis starting in March. The final application deadline is March 1, 2022. November 1, 2021 is the priority deadline for admission and merit scholarship consideration.

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Application Status Check 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 Application Status Check. You are responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Application Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.

Once your Coalition application has been submitted to Florida State University, please allow up to two business days to receive an email confirmation. That message will contain instructions about how to access the Application Status Check.

ACT/SAT Information

We require all first year applicants to self-report a minimum of one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline.  Florida State does not require 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.

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").

The December 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. Students submitting the February ACT must have at least one test score on file by the March 1 deadline.

If admitted, students will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU, so that all self-reported scores may be verified.

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.

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 detailed information on the program and application process, please visit CARE.

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.