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Rank: 96

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 just over 32,000 undergraduates, and as might be expected, over 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 83%, which is 12% higher than schools that serve similar populations. The university will 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 his 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Florida State University says it is committed to offering as many classes in person as possible, and it has rescheduled courses or moved them to larger venues for the sake of social distancing. The school has its own drive-in testing center.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$22,800
% of students who get any grants
91%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,900
Average price for low-income students
$5,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1280/28
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
32,070
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
15%
Average merit grant
$4,990
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$19,970
Average salary within 5 years
$47,300
% earning more than $28,000
79%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Florida State University says it is committed to offering as many classes in person as possible, and it has rescheduled courses or moved them to larger venues for the sake of social distancing. The school has its own drive-in testing center.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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