Division of Undergraduate Studies

FSU’s record first-year student retention rate places among Top 15 nationally

Innovative campus-wide efforts nearly eliminate retention disparities among undergraduates Florida State University is retaining first-year students at a record rate, according to the most recent data reported to the Florida Board of Governors. Ninety-five percent of FSU’s first-time-in-college students who enrolled in Summer/Fall 2019 stayed for their sophomore year — a record for the university. […]

‘Florida State Anywhere’ connects campus to students from wherever they are

Engaging with students has always been a top priority at Florida State University and, as the university community continues to navigate through a global pandemic this fall, that won’t change.  New undergraduate first-year and transfer students who are living away from Tallahassee and taking classes remotely will still be able to take advantage of programs and services that will connect them to the […]

New FSU students connect through new Nole2Nole Peer Mentor Program

Florida State University has rolled out a new mentoring program for incoming freshmen who are beginning their collegiate careers a bit differently than in past summers. Last month, about 2,200 incoming freshmen started taking their first-ever college classes during FSU’s Summer C session, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are being taught remotely […]

FSU Assistant Provost expands role as Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie has appointed Assistant Provost Joe O’Shea as the new dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, effective May 20. O’Shea succeeds Dean Karen Laughlin, who passed away earlier this month. An FSU alumnus, O’Shea has served as assistant provost since 2016, where […]

FSU mourns Dean Karen Laughlin

Members of the FSU family pay tribute to Dean Laughlin on social media Florida State University is mourning the loss of Dean of Undergraduate Studies Karen Laughlin — an influential, tireless and dedicated educator who, for almost four decades, helped define the very nature of an undergraduate education earned by countless FSU students. “I was so […]

Filar pushes FSU students to dream bigger

When Craig Filar first started as the director of Florida State University’s Office of National Fellowships, he knew how competitive it is to win some of the nation’s most prestigious awards. But that didn’t stop him from encouraging FSU’s high-achieving students from dreaming bigger. Instead, he started likening his position at ONF to that of […]

Profiles in Leadership: Laughlin guides student success on FSU’s path to Top 25

Florida State University is on the rise: record-breaking application numbers, all-time high graduation and retention rates and a U.S. News & World Report ranking of 33rd best public university in the nation. At the root of this incredible success is inspirational leadership from campus administrators like Dean of Undergraduate Studies Karen Laughlin. “This work has […]