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President's Message

Dear Fellow Seminoles,

The Florida Legislature concluded its work on March 11th and overall Florida State fared very well.  The 2018-2019 state budget included funding for several important Florida State University initiatives, including preeminence, faculty hiring and graduate student excellence.

Additionally, FSU was one of just three universities to receive Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds this year—for our Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Building, Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building, our new College of Business (Legacy Hall), and a hurricane special-needs shelter at Florida State University Schools.

We are extremely grateful to our legislative leaders for their financial support. To be granted this level of funding during a session that included several unanticipated budget issues was greatly appreciated.

At the national level, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory was recently awarded $184 million in funding for the next five years by the National Science Foundation. This renewal grant represents a 10 percent increase over the last five-year funding period and will allow the MagLab to remain headquartered at FSU. We appreciate the NSF’s confidence in FSU to continue to operate the world’s most powerful and innovative magnet lab, which brings together more than 1,700 scientists from around the globe each year to conduct leading-edge research.

Florida State University continues to rise in national prominence.  You may have heard that we received a record number of applications for undergraduate admission this year. Likewise, an increasing number of graduate students want to further their studies at FSU. Applications for admission to our graduate programs for the 2018-2019 academic year saw a 91 percent increase! This remarkable jump reflects the rising reputation of our Graduate School. In fact, the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of Best Graduate Schools showed significant boosts to FSU’s programs in criminology, business, law, education, nursing and engineering.

Thank you, again, for your ongoing support of our distinguished university, and 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