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Rank: 102

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FLhttps://www.fsu.edu
Florida State is a large public university in the state capital of Tallahassee, a city near the northern border that's also home to Florida A&M University. Florida State has about 33,000 undergraduates, and as might be expected, 80% of them are from the Sunshine State. Designated a preeminent research university by the state legislature, FSU is also known for its criminal justice programs, as well as its film school. FSU's graduation rate is 80%, which is 14% higher than schools that serve similar populations. FSU is also willing to help facilitate gap years for freshmen who want to take some time to volunteer or complete an internship. FSU isn't just about academics -- Tallahassee is notorious for its party scene. The culture is dominated by Greek life and sports, and Seminoles love to hate on their rivals, the University of Florida Gators. They delight in watching Osceola and horse Renegade take the field before football games. Next time you're on campus, check out the Westcott Fountain, where tradition dictates students get dunked on their 21st birthdays, or stop by Strozier Library, which is home to the country's first double-sided Starbucks.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$22,700
% of students who get any grants
88%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,600
Average price for low-income students
$9,820
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1260/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
32,614
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
15%
Average merit grant
$4,987
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$20,250
Average salary within 3 years
$49,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
34%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 7

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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