Florida State University

282 Champions Way, Tallahassee FL 32306
Tallahassee FL 32306
(850) 644-6200
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Florida State University is one of the oldest and largest of the institutions in the State University System of Florida, established in 1823 and enrolling more than 41,000 students. The university is currently ranked No. 97 in National Universities and No. 42 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. For Best Grad School Rankings, the school places No. 51 in Best Law Schools and No. 53 in Best Education Schools. These are just a few of the notable recognitions earned by Florida State University. The average freshman retention rate, one indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.2% at Florida State University.

Programs Offered

Online degree programs provide a level of flexibility that enables even the busiest working adults with the opportunity to advance their education without the restriction of a residency requirement. Complete programs are available from Florida State University at the undergraduate and graduate level. To ensure potential students’ readiness to enroll and succeed in online classes, the school provides a FAQ page and course evaluations, located here. In most cases, students entering the undergraduate programs must have a minimum of 60 completed, transferrable credit hours in order to complete the program online. In addition to accredited degrees, Florida State University also provides a selection of electives, courses, and certificates online to supplement or replace portions of a traditional program, if the student desires. Areas of study include computer science, criminology, social science, public safety and security, and much more.


Florida State University was awarded full accreditation as a degree-granting institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC, SACS). Additionally, specialized accreditation was awarded by 11 other agencies.


Admission for freshman applicants is based on an evaluation of cumulative grade point average earned from an accredited high school, GPA from accredited college course work, and academic profile of the student. Other factors used in the evaluation process include a written essay, grade trends, class rank, and educational objectives. Graduate admission requirements necessitate that an applicant hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all course work attempted, or hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Test scores from a nationally standardized graduate admission tests, such as the GMAT, GRE, or MAT, must be included depending on the specific program. Additional requirements may apply; for a list of degrees and their requirements, click here.


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