Talking Points

Florida State jumped five points to No. 38 (from 43) in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, reflecting our strong academic reputation, talented student body and the continued support of its alumni.  Our gain was the largest in all of the Top 50 public universities.

Eight Florida State University students have received prestigious scholarships that will allow them to travel abroad to study languages deemed critical to the nation's interest.  One student has received the Boren Scholarship, a program of the National Security Education Program, and seven have received the Critical Language Scholarship, a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

One of the most academically accomplished freshmen classes in Florida State history is at the forefront of the university’s exemplary accomplishments for the 2015-2016 academic year. With an average GPA of 4.0 (4.4 among honors students) and median SAT scores of 1856 (out of a possible 2400), the nearly 6,200 freshmen who enrolled in 2015 elevated FSU’s academic standing to new heights. In addition:

  • A report by The Business Journals identifies Florida State as one of the nation’s best public universities, ranking FSU No. 31 out of 484 four-year public institutions.
  • The most recent World University Rankings by Times Higher Education has Florida State included among the best universities in the world. FSU is one of just 147 U.S. institutions on the list of 800 worldwide, and among U.S. public universities Florida State is tied with 10 others at No. 32.
  • U.S. News ranked Florida State as the 2nd most efficient university in the nation.  U.S. News looked at the public and private colleges that scored the highest on overall undergraduate academic educational quality, as measured by their position in the Best Colleges rankings, but that spent relatively less on their educational programs to achieve that quality.
  • U.S. News & World Report (2016) rates Florida State as the 50th best law school in the nation. Florida State’s environmental law program is ranked 18th best and our tax law program is 23rd best nationally.
  • The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked the faculty of FSU's College of Criminology & Criminal Justice No. 1 in the nation in published research.  The college's graduate program is also nationally recognized.  U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 7 in the nation, while the online graduate course in No. 5.
  • U.S. News also elevated the College of Business to No. 39 among public universities (up from 40 last year) for its undergraduate business programs, with the Risk Management and Insurance program at No. 5 nationally, and Real Estate at No. 6.
  • Advances in the U.S. News rankings were also achieved by the graduate programs in education (39), statistics (39), physics (44) and chemistry (49).
  • Meanwhile, U.S. News’s Best Online Programs rankings has the university’s graduate programs in nursing among the nation’s best, and four FSU online graduate programs in the Top 25 nationally: Education at No. 2, criminology/criminal justice at No. 7, information technology at No. 18, and business at No. 22.
  • Military Times elevated Florida State to No. 8 among veteran-friendly universities, while CollegeFactual.com has FSU as the 6th best for veterans.
  • Florida State came in at 178 among 750 global universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report on ten indicators of academic research performance and global and regional reputations.
  • The FSU Facilities Department provides service to students, faculty, staff and visitors in support of the University’s mission and goals:
  • Currently Facilities manages nine major construction projects valued at $467,618,663.
  • Manages approximately 176 minor construction projects in excess of $85,727,125 total value.
  • Manages and tracks over 14.5 million square feet of University owned space and nearly one million square feet of non-owned space.





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