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Florida State University vaulted seven spots to No. 26 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings — the biggest single-year improvement in university history.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Florida State as the 4th best value among public colleges for out-of-state students an eight-place jump over 2017 and 11th best value among public colleges for in-state students.

Florida State University is more popular than ever among prospective first-time college students as a record number of applications were received for admission to the 2017 summer and fall semesters.  FSU received a total of 42,325 applications, a 16 percent jump over last year’s total resulting in one of the university’s largest freshmen classes ever, made up of about 6500 students.

Florida State University has the most academically accomplished freshman classes in school history and is at the forefront of the institution’s exemplary accomplishments for the 2017-18 academic year with an average GPA of 4.1 and median SAT scores of 1289.

Florida State University has a four-year graduation rate of 65%, placing the university in the top 20 among the nation’s public research institutions.

Currently about 25 percent of FSU undergraduate Students conduct out-of-class research and in the next four years in-class and out-of-class research is projected to reach 100 percent.

The Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice was ranked No. 1 among the world’s leading universities in 227 subject categories, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals by the Center for World University Rankings 2017.

The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Florida State’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice No. 1 in the nation for faculty research.

U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” for 2018 ranks the School of Information’s school library media program No. 1 in the country.

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine recognized Florida State as one of ten national Diversity Champions for its continuing efforts to enhance student diversity and inclusion.  Florida State was also recognized through INSIGHT’s “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s Top 10 “Access Improver” award.

Florida State University has also been identified as a top performer for black student success, with one of the highest graduation rates among African-American students of nearly 700 universities examined in a 2017 national study by The Education Trust.  The report found 74.5 percent of FSU’s African-American students who make up 8.4 percent of the student body graduate within six years.  Nationally, about 40 percent of full-time, African American students earn a degree in six years.

Since 2010, Seminole athletic teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play in 147 of 154 opportunities.

View the FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

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