Florida State University: Narrative Description

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Tallahassee, FL 32306
Tel: (850)644-2525
Admissions: (850)644-6200
Fax: (850)644-0197
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.fsu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1851. Setting: 448-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $405 million. Research spending 2003-04: $94.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7450 per student. Total enrollment: 38,431. Faculty: 1,486 (1,104 full-time, 382 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 22,127 applied, 65% were admitted. 55% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 15 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 26,608 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 3,765 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 126 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 12% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: audition. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous until 3/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3038 full-time, $101.25 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,544 full-time, $518.13 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to location. Part-time tuition varies according to location. College room and board: $7208. College room only: $4170. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 266 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, honors program, Gold Key Society, Marching Chiefs, intramural sports. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Dance Marathon. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 4,296 students; 4,436 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Robert Manning Strozier Library plus 6 others with 2.7 million books, 9.1 million microform titles, 38,271 serials, 75,304 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.6 million. 3,771 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Situated in north Florida, FSU is nestled in the heart of Tallahassee, the state's capital city. A classic college town, Tallahassee is not only one of Florida's oldest and fastest growing cities, it is also part of the "other Florida" with its rolling hills, canopy roads, mild climate, and southern hospitality. More than 100 state and federal agencies furnish students with opportunities for internships, research, and work-study programs that match all areas of academic interest. Part-time jobs are plentiful. In addition, Tallahassee affords a rich offering of social, cultural, and recreational activities, making it an excellent place to live, study, and grow.

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