Florida State shatters admission applications record, again

Florida State University accepted another excellent class of students after receiving a record number of applicants for the second consecutive year.

Florida State received nearly 57,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2019 summer and fall semesters before early notifications on Jan. 31. That’s already an 11.9 percent increase over last year’s record number of total applications received, and students still have time to apply before the final deadline on Feb. 7.

“We were humbled by the large number of applications we received from interested students this year,” said Hege Ferguson, director of admissions. “More importantly, the talent, depth and diversity of this applicant pool was incredible, which again made the selection process very challenging.”

As applications continue to soar, the quality of the applicant pool remains strong. 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 1270-1390 total SAT score and 28-32 ACT composite score.

Over the past three years, Florida State has moved up 17 places in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings to No. 26 among national public universities.

“The word is out: If you are looking for a student-centered, research university with outstanding faculty, staff and students, FSU is the place to be,” Ferguson said. “Florida State is dedicated to giving students the best possible experience, and our state-best four-year graduation rate is a prime example of FSU’s commitment to excellence.”

Florida State admitted 19,230 students from every county in Florida, 49 states, Washington, D.C., and 37 countries. Out-of-state applications increased 41 percent with the acceptance rate for out-of-state students at 19.5 percent. Twenty-three percent of admitted students will be the first in their family to attend college.

Biological science, business, engineering and psychology were the most popular majors among this year’s admitted freshmen.

The final round of decisions for the 2019 summer and fall semesters will be announced March 28. 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 2023.