About FSU

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking.

FSU's welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital.


  • Founded in 1851; oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida
  • Carnegie Commission classification: "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity"
  • 45,493 students from every Florida county and 130 countries
  • Accepted freshman profile for fall 2021:
    • 4.1-4.5 average GPA; 27-31 average ACT composite score; 1230-1360 SAT score
  • 94% retention rate for freshmen; 73% graduation rate within four years
  • 21:1 student/faculty ratio
  • 383 buildings on 1,716 acres; main campus in Tallahassee is 487 acres
  • 2,594 traditional faculty; has included 6 Nobel Laureates
  • 14,226 total employees
  • Operating budget of $1.85 billion
  • FSU's research expenditures totaled $328,604,766 for FY 2021.
  • 283 degree programs: bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist, professional


The custodian of public records for purposes of this section is: Office of the General Counsel, 222 South Copeland Street, Suite 424, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1400.

Florida Board of Governors Statement of Free Expression

The State University System of Florida and its twelve public postsecondary institutions adopt this Statement on Free Expression to support and encourage full and open discourse and the robust exchange of ideas and perspectives on our respective campuses...