Florida State University is considered one of the nation’s elite research universities. It combines an academic environment with championship athletics on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is in the heart of the state capital in Tallahassee, and it has campuses around the world.
One of the largest and oldest of the 11 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, FSU had its beginning as early as 1823 when the Territorial Legislature began to plan a higher education system. Over decades, the school went through major changes, becoming Florida State College for Women in 1909. By 1946, large numbers of returning war veterans brought men back to the campus. In 1947, it was renamed The Florida State University.
- Known for: Top ranked Seminoles football team. Home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Alumni include actor Burt Reynolds, actress Cheryl Hines, former NASA astronaut Norman Thagard, and ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso.
- Cost: Main campus tuition beginning Fall 2012 for one year (30 credits) – in state $5,176.00, out-of-state: $20,400.00
- Class size: With an overall student body surpassing 40-thousand, Liberal Arts classes tend to be large.
- Student facts: Diverse student body represents every county in Florida, all 50 states, and over 128 countries. Minorities represent 30 percent, and women represent 57 percent of the student population.
- Fun fact: Some of the young filmmakers behind the groundbreaking “Blair Witch Project” were students of the FSU film school.