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Academics

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are amazing but classes fill up fast!

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Stroz is the most popular place to study. There are 2 other libraries with less noise and of course students love studying on Landis as well

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have only taken about a year (roughly 32) of credits here and I'd say that maybe 10 credits were taught by actual professors, the rest by graduate students or TAs. That can be both frustrating and rewarding, as TAs can be more flexible by graduate students tend to not care so much about their introductory level classes. I'd say that doing the independent study is crucial to fully understanding course material, as lectures can be sparse. I have found my classes to be challenging but not necessarily overwhelming. Although, as an engineering student, the non-major classes that I'm required to take as part of my liberal arts degree I find frustrating, partly because the selection is few, making it hard to accommodate to my major classes, and partly because I am bored to death by those classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots or resources to make you better

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I think that we have some strong programs as well as some that could use some work. We have to apply in order to be accepted into a specific school within FSU sometimes and it can be competitive.

3 people found this useful Report
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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
142
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: 3%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 372 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 199 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 199 responses

  • 35% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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