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President's Message

Dear Fellow Seminoles,

The Florida State family showed its strength in 2018, and together we experienced incredible success. 

In September, U.S. News & World Report announced its “Best Colleges 2019” rankings and Florida State jumped seven spots to number 26 among national public universities. That is the biggest single-year improvement in university history!

We’ve moved up 17 spots since 2016, which is impressive. So many people have played a part in FSU’s upward trajectory, including the Florida Legislature. We thank them for their commitment to fund our university, and ask that they continue that funding again during the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.

We will maintain our drive to be recognized among the top public universities in the country by doing what we do best at FSU – focusing on student success and preparing students for 21st century careers.

Our 4-year graduation rate is now the best among all public universities in Florida, and ranks among the top 20 nationally.  Our 93 percent freshman retention rate also ranks among the top 20 in the country. It’s no wonder FSU is becoming increasingly popular among parents and prospective students.

Applications are already up more than 14 percent compared to this same time last year. We expect as many as 60,000 students will apply to FSU by the February deadline. That’s a lot of competition for about 6,200 spots in next year’s freshman class!

The 2019 Legislative Session begins on March 5th, and we are asking for funding in recognition of our preeminence and our performance. These funds will support our continued efforts to hire world-class faculty and scholars, advance our professional and graduate degree programs, support our academic excellence and maintain our facilities.

We truly could not have come this far without the support of the Florida Legislature and I am optimistic about the upcoming session. Please take the time to look at the complete list of legislative priorities posted on this website.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of our distinguished university, and your willingness to lend your voice on our behalf.  I am looking forward to seeing what we will accomplish in 2019!


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John Thrasher


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