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Study at 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 centres, 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.

Profile of Florida State University

The campus of Florida State is in Tallahassee, FL, which is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Florida State include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Florida State is known for its programs in music, real estate and construction management, family and social work, liberal arts, and construction trades.

Florida State Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 540. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 550 and 640.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Florida State is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 40, 555 students enrolled (36, 327 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Florida State values student athletics, and belongs to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Florida State Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Florida State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts2, 543English, political science, international relations, social services, library science, economics, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, . . .
Business and Management1, 455finance, accounting, marketing, business, business management, international business, MIS, insurance, . . .
Education and Teaching976elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, school Counselling, music teaching, education of learning disabled, English teaching, social science teaching, math teaching, . . .
Family and Social Work817social work, family and consumer science, family studies, public administration
Science473biology, atmospheric sciences, physics, biochemistry, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, oceanography, . . .
Therapy and Counselling440psychology, music therapy, educational psychology, marriage and family therapy
Security and Law Enforcement427criminal justice and safety
Media354media studies
Engineering279civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, chemical engineering
Construction Trades268apparel and textiles
Law234law, foreign lawyers
Computer Science and Engineering224information technology, computer and info science, computer engineering
Music193music performance, music, music theory and composition, musicology, voice
Nursing and Emergency Medicine193registered nursing
Fine Arts169fine arts, art history and criticism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy145parks and recreation management, dietitian, vocational Counselling, exercise science
Drama and Performing Arts130drama, dance
Design97interior design, graphic design
Real Estate and Construction Management91real estate
Hospitality90hospitality management
Religion and Philosophy86philosophy, religion
Medical Support and Technology81audiology and speech pathology
Mathematics74mathematics, statistics
Medicine68medicine, public health, neuroscience, health professions, gerontology
Photography and Commercial Art58cinematography
Architecture and Planning32urban planning
Art Studies17arts management

Contact: Florida State

Florida State University

211 Westcott Bldg

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037

General Phone: (850) 644-2525


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