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4 College Sophomore

Academics: FSU is the perfect fit for me. I worked my butt off in high school taking 10+ AP classes, so classes are right in my comfort zone. It's all about taking notes and studying. My major needs to offer more classes that are on the course catalog and I've had some average and less than average professors, but a few gems each semester. It's undergrad at a state school... Classes/professors are hit or miss.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I'm a psychology major, and I absolutely love it! The professors are amazing and all of the classes are extremely interesting. The work load isn't bad. Most of the psych classes only consist of 4 exams throughout a semester, but like any area of study, there's a lot of information to remember. There are plenty of research opportunities for students looking to go to graduate school, and they're also great opportunities to get letters of recommendation. The psych advisers are always emailing us updated lists of internships and jobs. They also are a huge help with deciding on what you want to do after you graduate and help you stay on track to achieving your post-grad goals.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: FSU has so many resources to help students get the most out of their classes!

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4 College Senior

Academics: As a biology major and chemistry minor, I have had to take many classes students would be terrified of taking. I have a huge workload, but the professors are good so it's not extremely painful.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors in my school, or at least the ones who have taught me, are absolutely amazing. They are passionate about the subject matter they teach, and are always easy to contact.

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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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 60 responses

  • 25% Burt Reynolds - award-winning actor and director
  • 15% Deion Sanders - athlete
  • 15% Lee Corso - college football analyst, ESPN sports
  • 14% Jim Morrison - musician
  • 8% Norm Thagard - astronaut
  • 8% Warrick Dunn - athlete
  • 7% Richard Simmons - exercise guru
  • 2% Rita Coolidge - Grammy Award-winning vocalist
  • 1% Jake Owen - musician
  • 1% Alan Ball (did not graduate) - award-winning writer
  • 1% Barbara Harris - editor of Shape magazine
  • 1% Robert Urich - actor
  • 1% Montego Glover - actress
  • 1% John Thrasher
  • 1% Kate Pankoke
  • 0% Tara Dawn Holland Christensen - Miss America 1997

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 217 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 218 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.

How often do you:    Based on 51 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 51 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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