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Want the scoop on Florida State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Florida State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Florida State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Florida State University was awarded 304 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

Florida State is ranked #160 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 62 colleges in Florida, Florida State is ranked at #3.

See all of the rankings for Florida State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Florida State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida State University is a competitive 49%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 38% of students accepted to Florida State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida State University  ( 600 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida State University  ( 590 to 660 )
Florida State received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida State University  ( 26 to 30 )

Learn more about Florida State University admissions.

Florida State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Florida State University, this rate is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida State University is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Florida State University has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Florida State the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Florida State University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Florida State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 32,472 undergraduates at Florida State with 29,040 being full-time and 3,432 being part-time.

Florida State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 86.62 out of 100, Florida State is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.62 out of 100
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How Much Does Florida State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Florida State is $10,744. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Florida State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,168 $7,322 $11,964 $16,152 $17,406

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Florida State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Florida State, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $7,443 a year. That adds up to $29,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Florida State is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Florida State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Florida State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $46,400 in their early years. That's great news for Florida State students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Florida State University make the most money.

Location of Florida State University

Florida State University is a public institution located in Tallahassee, Florida. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Florida State University

Contact details for Florida State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
Phone: 850-644-2525

Florida State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 97 majors graduated from Florida State University. Of these students, 9,875 received undergraduate degrees and 2,692 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 756 $27,500
Finance & Financial Management 585 $48,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 564 $30,000
Marketing 494 $43,500
General English Literature 420 $27,200
Political Science & Government 411 $32,100
International Relations & National Security 366 $28,100
General Biology 342 $21,800
Computer Information Systems 339 $50,800
Economics 317 $39,300

Learn more about the majors offered at Florida State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Florida State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 17,253 students took at least one online class at Florida State University. This is an increase from the 16,355 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 17,253 2,738
2016-2017 16,355 2,461
2015-2016 14,985 2,385
2014-2015 12,858 1,877
2013-2014 10,942 1,780

Learn more about online learning at Florida State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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