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Florida State receives record-breaking number of admissions applications

Florida State received more than 48,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2018 summer and fall semesters before the first round of decisions that were released January 25. (Photo: UC Photo Services)
Florida State received more than 48,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2018 summer and fall semesters before the first round of decisions that were released January 25. (Photo: UC Photo Services)

The demand for a Florida State University education is on the rise with a record number of first-year applicants seeking admission.

Florida State received more than 48,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2018 summer and fall semesters before the first round of decisions that were released January 25.

That number is already ahead of last year’s record total of 41,411 applications for first-year admission to the Tallahassee campus. This year’s total is expected to surpass more than 50,000 applications as prospective students still have until the Feb. 7 final deadline to apply. The final round of decisions for first-year applicants will be announced March 29.

“The tremendous interest in Florida State University reflects our growing national prominence,” said President John Thrasher. “Word is out that FSU offers the education of a top research institution in a warm, welcoming and diverse academic environment.”

Over the past two years, Florida State has moved up 10 places in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. FSU is currently No. 33 among national public universities and boasts several Top 20 academic programs.

“FSU is a destination university where student success always has been and continues to be at the core of who we are,” said Hege Ferguson, director of admissions. “Students want to be a part of that experience.”

As more and more highly talented students enroll at Florida State, the university’s graduation and freshman retention rates also continue to soar. FSU’s freshman retention rate in 2017 ranks among the Top 15 public universities in the country.

It’s not just the number of applications that is increasing — the caliber of the applicants is, too. The middle 50 percent of accepted students for the fall semester had a grade point average in the range of 4.1-4.5 with a 1290-1400 total SAT score and 28-32 ACT composite score.

“We have an exceptionally strong applicant pool this year,” Ferguson said. “It is a daunting task selecting students from such a large and strong applicant pool, but in the end, it is about finding the right fit for the student and our university.”

While FSU is not able to admit everyone who wants to begin their first year at the main campus, the university has expanded opportunities for admission through the Seminole Pathways Program and the TCC2FSU Program.

Students selected for the Seminole Pathways Program are given four options of admission to Florida State, including beginning their studies at the FSU Panama City campus or at one of FSU’s study centers abroad. The TCC2FSU Program offers students a pathway to FSU upon earning an associate degree at Tallahassee Community College.

Students with admission notices have until May 1 to confirm whether they will enroll. FSU expects to enroll about 6,200 freshmen in the Class of 2022.