Admission to Florida State University is competitive. It requires graduation from a regionally accredited high school with certain high school academic units, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in those academic units, and test scores. Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
A variety of other factors are also considered in the review process; these include the written essay, the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, and educational objectives.
Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.
Required High School Course Units
The units listed below represent the minimum required for admission consideration:
- 4 units of English, at least three with substantial writing requirements
- 4 units of mathematics at the Algebra I level and higher
- 3 units of natural science, at least two with laboratory experience
- 3 units of social science
- 2 sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language
- 2 elective units, preferably from the English, mathematics, natural science, social science, or foreign language areas
Satisfying these minimum required units does not guarantee admission.
The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5 units of math, 4.5 units of natural science, 4.5 units of social science, and 3.5 units of foreign language.
- Applicants should take both exams, since we use the best composite/total score for admission and scholarship purposes. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT Writing Test.)
- Applicants should take each exam more than once, since we use the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total.
- In addition to the applicant's overall composite on the ACT or total score on the SAT, the following minimum subscores are required:
- Writing - 21 on the ACT English and 21 on the ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing
- Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math
- Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading
- Having these minimum subscores does not guarantee admission. The typical student admitted to the University has higher subscores.
The June SAT and June ACT exams are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the fall term. However, it is not recommended that students test for the first time in June. These exams should only be used to improve your previous scores.
Homeschooled and GED Information
Florida State University will consider applications from students who are educated through a homeschooled program. The prospective student should submit a homeschooled transcript that includes a list of all coursework (both completed and in progress), showing final grades and units earned for each course completed. A brief description of each course the student has taken or is planning to take (with information regarding the teaching materials including the title and author of all textbooks, DVDs, and other teaching materials utilized) and the methods used for evaluation should accompany the homeschooled transcript. If homeschooled applicants previously attended another school, or completed courses through the Florida Virtual School or dual enrollment at a local college or university, official transcripts are required, and those courses should also be reflected on the homeschooled transcript.
Applicants who present a GED will also be considered for admission. Official GED results, a partial high school transcript, and ACT and/or SAT results must be submitted.