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Florida State vaulted seven spots to No 26 among national public universities in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings – the biggest single-year improvement in university history.  FSU has soared 17 spots among public universities since placing No. 43 in 2016.

For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State University is among the most efficient of the nation’s highest ranked universities, according to a new list by U.S. News & World Report.

FSU has the best four-year graduation rate of any public university in Florida, according to the latest data reported in the State University System’s 2018 Accountability Plan.  The university’s four-year graduation rate is 72 percent,  placing FSU first among all State University System of Florida Institutions.  More significantly, FSU’s four-year graduation rate is the highest in the State University System’s history.

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 middle 50 percent of accepted students for the fall semester had a grade point average in the range of 4.1 – 4.5 with a 1290-1400 total SAT and 28-32 ACT composite score

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.

For the third consecutive year, INSIGHT into Diversity magazine recognized FSU as a “Diversity Champion” in higher education.  Florida State is one of 13 colleges and universities nationwide that received the award from the magazine, which is the nation’s largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

Florida State received the 2018 Platinum Level Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, a prestigious award recognizing its efforts to offer international educational experiences to students and faculty, both on and off campus.  The national award is APLU’s highest honor celebrating universities that employ inclusive strategies to internationalize their campuses.

In June, Head Coach Lonni Alameda guided the Seminoles softball team to its first NCAA championship, capping off the Women’s College World Series with an 8-3 victory over Washington.  Then, in December, Head Coach Mark Krikorian led FSU's soccer program to its second national title as the Seminoles topped North Carolina, 1-0 in the Women’s College Cup final.

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. New & World Report, “Best Graduate Schools,” 2018 edition ranks the School of Information’s school library media program No.1.

College Choice, a leading online authority on college rankings and resources ranks FSU’s master’s degree program in Sport Management the top program in the nation.

Variety lists FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts as one of the world’s Best Film Schools, 2018.


View the FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

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