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President's Message

Dear Fellow Seminoles,

The 2018 legislative session started on January 9 and Florida State University’s many attributes are being shared with state lawmakers.

Support from the legislature in previous years, along with the diligence and hard work of everyone connected to Florida State, has propelled our upward movement in the national academic standings.

  • The most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings have FSU as the 33rd best public university in the country. That means we jumped 10 places in the rankings in just two years—a distinction no other university in the country has achieved.
  • Florida State jumped several places in each category of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual list of Best College Values, including 14 spots to No. 14 on Kiplinger’s list of best values among public institutions for in-state students.
  • Our online programs are among the best in the nation — highlighted by five graduate programs ranked in the Top 20 and three in the Top 10 — according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Programs.

Florida State’s reputation is further enhanced by our strong graduation rates, which place us in the Top 25 among public universities for its four-year graduation rate. Currently, over 80 percent of FSU students graduate within six years, but recently the focus has been on improving the four-year graduation rate, which is now 65.3 percent—a 5-percent increase over the previous year’s cohort.

Florida State University certainly has an impressive story to tell, and with your help we can amplify these successes to state legislators during the session. Please take a moment to view the updated talking points on this website, as well as the list of our 2018 legislative priorities.

Thank you for your willingness to lend your voice on our behalf. We heartily appreciate your support.


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John Thrasher

Office of Governmental Relations
2011 Westcott North
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1440

Telephone: 850-644-4453 or
FAX: 850-644-2888