University News

President Thrasher Announces Special Task Force on Anti-Racism and Racial Equality

Dear FSU Family, The past month has provided each of us an opportunity to confront and reflect on our weaknesses and aspirations related to racism and racial equity. The recent sobering and horrifying moments of violence and racial injustices have profoundly impacted me and the students, faculty and staff of Florida State University. I have […]

FSU claims three national awards for excellence in communications and advancement

Florida State University’s Office of University Communications garnered two national awards and the FSU Foundation claimed another in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards competition.   The Circle of Excellence awards showcase outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing. The awards are open to professionals working at member colleges, universities, independent schools and […]

Psychology Professor Anders Ericsson — the world’s top expert on expertise — dies

Florida State University Professor K. Anders Ericsson, an internationally renowned psychologist who pioneered the concept that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, died June 17. He was 72. Ericsson, the Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, spent much of his career studying what makes the world’s top athletes, chess players, […]

Florida Board of Governors approves FSU’s Fall 2020 plan

The Florida Board of Governors approved Florida State University’s plan for Fall 2020 during its meeting Tuesday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  FSU faculty, staff and administrators consulted with state and local authorities and health experts to develop a detailed but flexible plan that allows the university to adjust its strategy if the situation in the community changes in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan […]

FSU receives new designation for its commitment to first-generation student success

Florida State University has received designation as a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, recognizing its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Florida State is one of just 11 schools nationally to earn the designation from the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. Selected institutions […]

Legendary FSU history professor Jim Jones dies

James P. “Jim” Jones, a retired Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History who fascinated generations of Florida State University students with his astonishing knowledge of the American Civil War and World War II, died Saturday. He was 89.  Jones began his teaching career at Florida State in 1957 as a “temporary acting instructor,” […]

A message from President John Thrasher: Anti-Semitism and religious discrimination

Anti-Semitism and religious discrimination have no place at Florida State University. I am aware of a controversy involving the FSU Student Senate President who has posted offensive anti-Semitic rhetoric online. I want to take this opportunity to unequivocally state that we will not tolerate discrimination against groups or individuals. I understand that some Jewish students […]

FSU Board of Trustees approves Fall 2020 plan

The Florida State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the university’s plan for Fall 2020 during a special meeting Thursday.   Next, FSU administrators will present the plan to the Florida Board of Governors for approval during an in-person meeting on June 23 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  “The health and safety of the university community is our top priority as […]

FSUPD’s Chief Brown to serve on Florida Police Chiefs Association’s new subcommittee on accountability and societal change

Florida State University Police Chief Terri Brown has been named as a member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s newly formed Subcommittee on Accountability and Societal Change and cited the 8 Can’t Wait guidelines as a starting point for the subcommittee’s discussions.   8 Can’t Wait is a national campaign advocating for police departments to make eight major changes to policy […]

FSU greets new students virtually with ‘Welcome FSU’

More than 2,000 freshmen will start their college careers at Florida State University during Summer Session C, which begins Monday, June 22. While they will not be together in the traditional sense, FSU’s Division of Student Affairs is aiming to foster a sense of community through a virtual version of Welcome FSU. Welcome FSU is […]

FSU-Gadsden Upward Bound program posts perfect graduation rate

Florida State University’s Upward Bound Program — a 31-year partnership with Gadsden County High School — celebrated the graduation of 100 percent of its 35-student class last month.   Each of this year’s Upward Bound graduates will go on to complete their education at a four-year institution or community college or enlist in the military.   Upward Bound provides college preparation to students living or attending school […]

Incoming FSU students begin virtual orientation

This week, thousands of incoming Florida State University students and their families will begin orientation as they prepare for collegiate life and the Summer C and Fall 2020 terms. There’s just one change — sessions are being held virtually to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all. “Orientation is an essential part to student […]