Academics

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

Academics: I absolutely love the major I am in. The courses required are exactly what I need for graduate school. So far, the classes are not too hard. But, I am not far in the major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process is easy once you learn it. Do not be afraid if you do not get the class you want. You have time during drop/add week to get your class. Professors are average. Some are great, some suck. If they suck, I learned to get help from friends or tutors.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are so many brilliant students of all different studies and its a wonderful place to harvest growth intellectually and success.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are approachable and accessible and there are so many utilities students can use to succeed.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't started mine, but heard only good things

1 person found this useful Report
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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 38 responses

  • 23% Burt Reynolds - award-winning actor and director
  • 18% Lee Corso - college football analyst, ESPN sports
  • 15% Deion Sanders - athlete
  • 14% Jim Morrison - musician
  • 10% Warrick Dunn - athlete
  • 8% Norm Thagard - astronaut
  • 7% Richard Simmons - exercise guru
  • 1% Alan Ball (did not graduate) - award-winning writer
  • 1% Robert Urich - actor
  • 1% Montego Glover - actress
  • 1% Jake Owen - musician
  • 1% John Thrasher
  • 0% Tara Dawn Holland Christensen - Miss America 1997
  • 0% Rita Coolidge - Grammy Award-winning vocalist
  • 0% Barbara Harris - editor of Shape magazine

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 214 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 215 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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