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Florida State University Data & Information Overview

438 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
37% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Florida State University Ranked?

#121 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in FL
Criminal Justice & Corrections Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Florida State University was awarded 438 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice & corrections.

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Overall Quality

Florida State landed the #121 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 77 colleges in Florida, Florida State is ranked at #3.

See all of the rankings for Florida State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Florida State?

37% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida State University is a competitive 37%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to Florida State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 580 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida State University  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida State University  ( 580 to 660 )
Florida State received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida State University  ( 26 to 30 )

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Florida State University Faculty

22 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Florida State University, this rate is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida State University is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida State University

94% Freshmen Retention
68% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Florida State University has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Florida State for first-time, full-time students is 68%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Florida State University.

Florida State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,072 Full-Time Undergraduates
38.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 32,543 undergraduates at Florida State with 29,072 being full-time and 3,471 being part-time.

How Much Does Florida State University Cost?

$9,946 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
$24,560 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Florida State is $9,946. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Florida State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,950 $7,349 $11,506 $15,203 $16,126

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Florida State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Florida State, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $6,140 a year. That adds up to $24,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Florida State is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Florida State Graduates Make?

$53,449 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Florida State make about $53,449 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Florida State students since it is 26% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Florida State University make the most money.

Location of Florida State University

Florida State
29,072 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Florida State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
Phone: 850-644-2525

Florida State University Majors

98 Majors With Completions
10,046 Undergraduate Degrees
3,442 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 98 majors graduated from Florida State University. Of these students, 10,046 received undergraduate degrees and 3,442 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 824 $26,859
Criminal Justice & Corrections 565 $31,412
Finance & Financial Management 557 $51,300
Marketing 520 $46,163
Political Science & Government 477 $31,872
Computer Information Systems 398 $54,221
General English Literature 340 $27,906
Human Development & Family Studies 328 $25,541
General Biology 328 $22,171
International Relations & National Security 317 $30,421

Learn more about the majors offered at Florida State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Florida State

58% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 26,129 students took at least one online class at Florida State University. This is a decrease from the 42,355 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 26,129 5,957
2019-2020 42,355 33,875
2018-2019 19,802 3,306
2017-2018 17,294 2,738
2016-2017 16,355 2,461

Learn more about online learning at Florida State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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