Florida State University Online

Florida State University is a highly rated public institution located in Tallahassee, Fla. The school was ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as the 46th top school out of all public schools in the country in the 2012 edition of its “Best Colleges” rankings. It also ranked 50th in the “Best Law Schools” list, with the environmental law program rated as the 6th best in the nation. With a more than 150-year history, Florida State has produced U.S. senators, members of the House of Representatives, U.S. ambassadors, governors, mayors, actors, and musicians.

Programs Offered

Florida State University has 16 colleges that confer 275 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in subjects including business, law, criminology and criminal justice, education, and engineering. On the bachelor’s level, the university offers majors in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, exercise science, biological science, and more. There’s also a college of motion picture arts that offers bachelor’s degrees in animation and digital arts and production, and music performance, with tracks in piano, voice, strings, harp, and guitar.

The master’s program is just as robust, with more than 100 areas of study, including in sports management, music therapy, oceanography, and exercise physiology. Doctoral degrees are also offered in mathematics, economics, nursing, and more than 70 other subjects. Professional degrees, such as law and medicine, joint degree and dual degree programs, and graduate certificate programs are also part of the university’s academic curriculum.

Florida State also has a comprehensive online program, which includes bachelor’s degrees in computer science, criminology, public safety and security, as well as master’s degrees in business administration, communication disorders, higher education, social work, and special education.


Florida State University has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1915. It also holds 13 specialized accreditations, from associations including the American Bar Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


The university’s admissions requirements are competitive. Undergraduate applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited high school with a specific amount of credit hours in certain courses, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in those academic units, and standardized test scores. According to the university, the middle 50% of freshmen accepted in 2011 held a 3.6 to 4.2 academic GPA, 25 to 29 ACT composite score, and a 1730 to 1960 SAT score. The high school requirements are four units of English and mathematics, three units of natural science and social science, two sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language, and two elective units, preferably from English, mathematics, social science, natural science, or foreign language. Meeting the basic requirements does not mean guaranteed admission.

Transfer students must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted, and at least a 3.0 GPA on all college work at the last institution attended. The GPA requirement is the same for students applying to the graduate program. To be accepted, a graduate applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE), and they must submit all official transcripts. The admissions requirements may be different for each master’s degree plan.

Admissions Contact

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee, Fl. 32306
(850) 644-6200

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