Academics

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: fantastic and knowledgeable teachers, great variety of courses, and wonderful facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics is very good at the university due to the professors, study options and curriculum. On the other hand, registration is a hassle.

5 College Freshman

Academics: School is school, so it isn't going to come easy. But if you put in time and dedication, you will succeed. The workload is average and teachers are always willing to help.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are pretty good. Some professors are a little ridiculous and dont particularly care about you at all. Some classes forget you have a full load and think you're life revolves around that one class and all the work you have to do for it. Make sure you understand time management because procrastination will bite you in the butt. If you're trying to study, I recommend going past the 3rd floor of Stroz to the quiet zones where noone can distract you. ACE tutoring zone is the bomb!

3 College Freshman

Academics: Popular major but comes with a lot of research opportunities

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 51st
    Best Course Variety
  • 68th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 81st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 111st
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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The consensus among the Florida State University student body is that the faculty is both easy to get along with and dedicated to its profession. Most instructors are readily available to meet with students outside of class and offer assistance when necessary. No professor wants to see a student fail, but don't expect them to cater to you. Take the initiative, and they'll respect you for it. A lot of the professors make themselves available to the students, either by providing contact information (such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses) or by holding office hours, in which the students can talk to their professors one-on-one. Most students admit that the prolific number of teaching assistants can be problematic in the lower-level classes. However, word of mouth is an excellent way to find out in advance which professors to take and which to avoid. That's what upperclassmen are there for!

Academics are important at Florida State University, especially among the tenured professors. Don't expect to coast through the higher-level undergraduate classes. It's college; you're here for the academics, so expect to work hard. The teaching assistants and associate professors are more likely to cut you some slack, but even that isn't a guarantee. The school has received recognition for a broad range of research projects, and they have just created a new College of Medicine.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
26:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,259
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
379
Total FT Faculty
1,650
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,038
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
137
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 34%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 52%
  • 50 or More Students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Communication
  • College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Information
  • College of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts
  • College of Music
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 2%
  • English Language Studies: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Dirac Library
  • Starbucks
  • Strozier Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't rely on the notes written in used textbooks by the previous owners.
  • Don't skip too many classes.
  • Don't study on Landis Green in the summer. There are too many beautiful people.
  • Get to know your instructors, and make sure they know who you are.
  • If the professor offers a chance for extra credit, take it.
Did You Know?
  • Current faculty members include Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, as well as former astronauts, Dr. Norm Thagard and Captain Winston Scott, who teach in the College of Engineering.
  • The Carnegie Foundation has designated Florida State University as a Research 1 University for the Advancement of Teaching. FSU's Center for Advanced Power Systems was awarded a $52 million grant by the U.S. Navy for use in testing propulsion systems.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 29 responses

  • 26% Burt Reynolds - award-winning actor and director
  • 18% Lee Corso - college football analyst, ESPN sports
  • 16% Deion Sanders - athlete
  • 15% Jim Morrison - musician
  • 11% Warrick Dunn - athlete
  • 6% Norm Thagard - astronaut
  • 5% Richard Simmons - exercise guru
  • 1% Robert Urich - actor
  • 1% Montego Glover - actress
  • 1% Jake Owen - musician
  • 0% Alan Ball (did not graduate) - award-winning writer
  • 0% Tara Dawn Holland Christensen - Miss America 1997
  • 0% Rita Coolidge - Grammy Award-winning vocalist
  • 0% Barbara Harris - editor of Shape magazine

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 212 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 214 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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