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Florida State jumped five points to No. 33 in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, the largest increase among all of the Top 50 public universities.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Florida State as the 12th best value among public colleges for out-of-state students a seven-place jump over 2016 and 28th best value among public colleges for in-state students.

FSU’s talented student body includes 59 National Merit Scholars and one of the most academically accomplished freshmen classes in Florida State history. With an average GPA of 4.1 and median SAT scores of 1848 (out of a possible 2400), the nearly 6,200 freshmen who enrolled in 2016 elevated FSU’s academic standing to new heights.

Florida State is also ranked among the nation’s best for producing Fulbright scholars with 11 students receiving awards in 2015-2016.

The national Council on Undergraduate Research selected Florida State as one of six research-university finalists for the inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA).

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.

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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 & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools" for 2016 ranks the School of Information's school library media program No. 1 in the country.

Military Times ranked Florida State No. 11 in the 2017 "Best Colleges for Vets" rankings FSU's online graduate programs in education (No. 3), criminal justice (No. 5), information technology (No. 20) and business (No. 4) are ranked in the Top 25 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Programs for Veterans" rankings (2016).

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized Florida State as one of seven 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 and 2016, 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.

Hispanic Business Magazine ranked FSU's College of Law No. 2 best in the nation for Hispanic students, while the College of Medicine ranked No. 8 by the publication. The FSU College of Medicine is the only Association of American Medical Colleges member institution ranked in the top six for enrollment of both black and Hispanic students among 136 U.S. medical schools. Its enrollment percentage for black or African-American students is double the national average.

Over the past seven years, Seminole athletic teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play 123 times in 131 opportunities.

View the FSU College Highlights and Selected National Rankings

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