International Freshman Requirements
International freshman applicants attend a variety of different educational systems. Students educated in the United States, or attending a school that follows an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system, 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 U.S. equivalent grade point average. We recommend a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. All academic records must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.
In addition, all applicants should:
Freshman 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 that you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The academic profile of the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in Fall 2017 was:
4.0-4.5 academic GPA; 27-31 ACT composite; 1240-1360 SAT total
Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include exceptional visual and performing artists and 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 English courses, 5 math courses, 4.5 natural science courses, 5 social science courses, and 3 world language courses.
We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score to be considered for admission. 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 February 7 deadline.
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.
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 February deadline will not be considered for applicants applying for the summer or fall term.
- English proficiency exams are valid for 2 years.
The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines.* Please note that there are two deadlines with corresponding decision dates for summer and fall terms.
|Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By:||Decision Available Online:|
|November 1, 2017||January 25, 2018|
|February 7, 2018||March 29, 2018|
* The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. The University does not accept freshman applicants for the spring term.
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.
Remember to Monitor Your Application
The Application Status Check allows you to monitor the status of your application and required materials 24/7. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on your Application Status Check account. It is your responsibility to check your email account and the Application Status Check on a regular basis. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include firstname.lastname@example.org in your address book.
The demand for a Florida State University education is on the rise with a record number of first-year applicants seeking admission.
Florida State received more than 48,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2018 summer and fall semesters before the first round of decisions that were released January 25.
That number is already ahead of last year’s record total of 41,411 applications for first-year admission to the Tallahassee campus. This year’s total is expected to surpass more than 50,000 applications as prospective students still have until the Feb. 7 final deadline to apply. The final round of decisions for first-year applicants will be announced March 29.
“The tremendous interest in Florida State University reflects our growing national prominence,” said President John Thrasher. “Word is out that FSU offers the education of a top research institution in a warm, welcoming and diverse academic environment.”
Over the past two years, Florida State has moved up 10 places in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. FSU is currently No. 33 among national public universities and boasts several Top 20 academic programs.
“FSU is a destination university where student success always has been and continues to be at the core of who we are,” said Hege Ferguson, director of admissions. “Students want to be a part of that experience.”
As more and more highly talented students enroll at Florida State, the university’s graduation and freshman retention rates also continue to soar. FSU’s freshman retention rate in 2017 ranks among the Top 15 public universities in the country.
It’s not just the number of applications that is increasing — the caliber of the applicants is, too. The middle 50 percent of accepted students for the fall semester had a grade point average in the range of 4.1-4.5 with a 1290-1400 total SAT score and 28-32 ACT composite score.
“We have an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year,” Ferguson said. “It is a daunting task selecting students from such a large and strong applicant pool, but in the end, it is about finding the right fit for the student and our university.”
While FSU is not able to admit everyone who wants to begin their first year at the main campus, the university has expanded opportunities for admission through the Seminole Pathways Program and the TCC2FSU Program.
Students selected for the Seminole Pathways Program are given four options of admission to Florida State, including beginning their studies at the FSU Panama City campus or at one of FSU’s study centers abroad. The TCC2FSU Program offers students a pathway to FSU upon earning an associate degree at Tallahassee Community College.
Students with admission notices have until May 1 to confirm whether they will enroll. FSU expects to enroll about 6,200 freshmen in the Class of 2022.