Florida State University

Florida State University

Florida State University or Florida State is a public research university, located in Tallahassee, Florida. It was established in 1851. FSU is ranked 15th nationally in the February 2008 edition of Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges. FSU's main campus covers an area of 489 acres.

The University consists of 16 separate colleges and more than 35 centers, facilities, labs and institutes. FSU offers more than 300 programs of study, including professional programs. It is home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

The school's athletic teams are called the Seminoles. They participate in the NCAA's Division I and the Atlantic Coastal Conference.

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Florida State University
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Tallahassee , FL 32306-1037
General Phone: (850) 644-2525

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Florida State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,684American studies, Asian studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Near/Middle east studies, French studies, African-American studies, East Asian language and literature, Slavic languages, ...
Business and Management1,539business, business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, actuarial science, marketing, insurance ...
Education and Teaching1,014educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, educational research, educational statistics, social foundations of education, mental retardation education, education of blind, education of learning disabled, ...
Family and Social Work646family and consumer science, family studies, public administration, social work
Science495biology, biochemistry, molecular biophysics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, marine biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, ...
Security and Law Enforcement479criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling468psychology, educational psychology, marriage and family therapy, art therapy, music therapy
Media386media studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy378parks and recreation management, exercise science, athletic trainer, vocational counseling, dietitian
Engineering335biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering
Construction Trades259apparel and textiles
Nursing and Emergency Medicine209registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering194computer and info science, information technology, computer engineering
Fine Arts180fine arts, art history and criticism
Music172music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology, voice
Drama and Performing Arts129dance, drama
Medical Support and Technology106audiology and speech pathology
Design100interior design, graphic design
Hospitality97hospitality management
Real Estate and Construction Management95real estate
Mathematics83mathematics, statistics, mathematics and computer science
Religion and Philosophy80philosophy, religion
Medicine77neuroscience, medicine, public health, health professions
Photography and Commercial Art47cinematography
Architecture and Planning44urban planning
Art Studies12arts management

Number of programs and degrees for Florida State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree2,075101
Doctor's degree36863
Bachelor's degree7,61596
Post-master's certificate6215
First-professional degree3622
Associate's degree1311

Florida State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Florida State had a total enrollment of 40,555 students (28,441 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 11%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 25%
20-21 30%
22-24 23%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New Jersey1%
New York1%

Florida State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 89 %
Part-Time 60 %

Florida State Room and Board (2007)

Florida State offers campus housing for 6,111 of its 28,441 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Tallahassee, Florida for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Florida Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Florida State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550640
SAT Math560650
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT50%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT51%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Florida State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,987
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,432
Room and board $ 8,402
Room charge $ 4,936
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,466
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 4,062

Financial Aid:
Florida State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 148900)

Florida State Faculty

Florida State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track188123
Non-tenured and not on tenure track324340

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$119,9360*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year0*2*
No academic rankcalendar year52$66,70950$59,199
All faculty totalcalendar year59$72,00352$58,672

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year326$106,00491$94,550
Associate professoracademic year213$74,357151$70,139
Assistant professoracademic year174$71,922117$65,836
Instructoracademic year3$31,3205$28,774
Lectureracademic year5$47,29611$48,305
No academic rankacademic year30$59,30077$48,323
All faculty totalacademic year751$86,577452$69,234

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Florida State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4689135

Florida State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Asian Studies/Civilization
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Demography and Population Studies
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
French Studies
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Biophysics
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Educational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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