Fsu Application Essay 2013




Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores. Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay. Additional consideration will also be given to applicants applying to the CARE Summer Bridge Program as well as exceptionally talented visual and performing artists and athletes.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Academic Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.

Deadlines

The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines. Please note that there are two deadlines with corresponding decision dates for summer and fall terms.


Applications And All Supporting Documents Received By:Decision Available Online:
November 1, 2017January 25, 2018
February 7, 2018March 29, 2018

The University reserves the right to close freshman admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications. Generally, the University does not accept freshman applications for the spring term.

The Process


Log on to the Application Status Check regularly to monitor the status of your application materials.


Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process. Contact the academic department directly if you plan to major in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.

High School Course Units

The Florida Board of Governors sets the minimum eligibility requirements in the State University System (SUS). Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Florida State University. Admission is selective, and admitted students typically exceed the minimum requirements.

* Students must have earned a minimum of two sequential units of credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language.


Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Application Status Check allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Application Status Check. You are responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Application Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.

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ACT/SAT Information

We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score by the application deadline to be considered for admission. Florida State does not require the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay. We encourage applicants to take both the ACT and SAT, and to attempt each exam more than one time to earn the highest possible score.

New for 2018 applicants, FSU is allowing students to self-report their SAT and/or ACT scores. After submitting their application, students will submit their self-reported scores on the Application Status Check. Official score reports are no longer required for the admissions review process. If admitted, students will be required to submit official score reports prior to enrollment at FSU, so that their self-reported scores may be verified.

When evaluating students for admission, we use the highest earned ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate the ACT composite and/or SAT total (a process known as "super scoring").

The December SAT and February ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the summer or fall term. Students submitting the February ACT must have at least one test score on file by the February 7 deadline.

Both ACT and the College Board now offer test preparation programs. ACT has partnered with Kaplan Test Prep and will offer an ACT preparation program at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs. The College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy and offers free, personalized SAT practice based on the student's PSAT/SAT test results.



Essay

Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides another opportunity to learn more about you. The essay should be no longer than 500-550 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below:


  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

A pathway to making smart college choices

Florida State University is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a consortium of 90+ public and private universities in the U.S. that have come together to offer a new college planning and application platform. The Coalition platform allows high school students to set up an account and begin learning about the application and the financial aid process as early as the ninth grade. The platform includes three main features: a Virtual Locker where the student can collect and store information that maybe useful when they apply to college; a Collaboration Platform where teachers, counselors, employers, and mentors who are supporting the student's college search can offer feedback; and finally, an Application Portal where the student can select information from their virtual locker that they would like to include with their application to Coalition member universities.

Florida State University will accept both its institutional online application and the Coalition application for 2018 admission.


Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

CARE's Summer Bridge Program is designed to motivate, prepare, and recruit traditionally underrepresented and socioeconomically disadvantaged students from Florida through a variety of programs and academic support services. Applicants selected to participate in CARE will be first-generation college students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and eligible to receive federal financial aid who have demonstrated a strong desire to succeed. In addition, these students must meet the Florida residency requirements. For detailed information on the program and application process, please visit CARE.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University considers applications from students who are educated through a Home-Education program, or who have earned a GED. Home-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results along with an official, partial high school transcript.

Must students use the Coalition application to apply to Florida State University?

Does the Coalition application cost any additional money?

Are there any differences between the Coalition application and FSU's institutional application?

What sections of the Coalition application does FSU require?

No. The Coalition application is one of two ways students may apply to Florida State. Students may also apply through the institutional application located on our website. We have no preference for which application a student chooses to submit.

Florida State University's freshman application fee is $30. The Coalition application carries an additional $5 processing fee. If a student qualifies for a CollegeBoard, ACT, or NACAC fee waiver, the entire amount, including the processing fee, is waived.

While the visual presentation of the two applications is different, the information gathered on the Coalition application is identical to the information gathered on FSU's institutional application.

Students completing the Coalition application are required to complete the following sections: Contact Information, Demographic Information, Citizenship Information, College Information, High School Information, Personal Information, Family Information, and Financial Aid.



Each year, we enroll approximately 3,000 transfer students. The majority of our students come to us from the Florida College System and most will have completed their Associate in Arts degree. However, we accept transfer students from all regionally accredited institutions at all levels. We encourage you to apply at least six to nine months prior to the term you wish to enter and, after browsing our website, we hope you will contact us with any remaining questions.

The Process

  • Review the transfer admission requirements below.
  • Apply online.
  • Submit official high school and all college/university transcripts (sent directly from each institution). College coursework from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency.
  • Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. It is recommended that junior and senior transfer applicants also submit test scores.
  • Submit all AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP results if you have earned college credit through one of these accelerated mechanisms.
  • Submit the residency form.
  • Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional admission criteria, e.g., prerequisites, audition, portfolio, etc.
  • Submit a personal statement if you will have attempted 90+ hours of college credit (see details below under Satisfactory Academic Progress).
  • Use the Application Status Check to monitor the status of your application and materials.

Deadlines

The University deadlines* are listed below; however, some academic programs have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants should refer to the Academic Program Guide for program application deadlines. All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadlines.


SpringSummerFall
November 1March 1June 1

*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents. In addition, the University reserves the right to close transfer admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Application Status Check allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Application Status Check. You're responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Application Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@fsu.edu in your address book.

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General University Requirements

Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all of the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record to ensure you are prepared for the academic rigor you will encounter at Florida State University. The more college credit earned after high school graduation, the less we focus on your high school performance. Some colleges and departments limit the number of students they admit to their programs; thus, your intended major could factor into our admission decision.

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to admissions@fsu.edu. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation.

Typically, students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 hours for a normal 120-semester hour degree program. See below for details.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Applicants who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution immediately prior to transferring, receive priority consideration for admission provided the application and all supporting documents are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

NOTE: Applicants who graduate from high school and who will receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements AND the major requirements when submitting the admission application.

World Language Admission Requirement

All transfer applicants must have satisfied the state of Florida's world language admission requirement at either the high school or college level. At the high school level, students must have earned two sequential units of high school credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language. At the college level, students must have completed through the second elementary/beginning course of one world language or American Sign Language (or documented equivalent proficiency).

College-Level Proficiency Skills in English and Mathematics

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in English and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. You can demonstrate proficiency by having a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level English composition and a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below "C". Please be aware that many majors will require that you complete 6 credit hours in each of these areas (depending on the amount of transfer credit you will have earned before enrolling at FSU). Detailed information about specific admission criteria by major can be found in the Academic Program Guide.

Additional Admission Requirements

Major Requirements

All transfer applicants must select a major. In addition to meeting general University requirements, you must also meet the criteria established for admission to your selected major. General University admission requirements are listed on this page, but you should refer to the Academic Program Guide for detailed information. The Academic Program Guide provides a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest. Because major requirements often include specific course requirements, it is crucial that you provide us with all AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP exam results so that we have a complete record of all the course credit you have earned.

Limited-Access Programs

A limited-access program utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Limited-access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources (student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities, equipment, or specific accrediting requirements). Criteria for selective admission include indicators of talent, performance, creativity, or ability to complete the program's required work. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and the State Board of Education administrative rules.

For a number of degree programs, access is limited at the upper-division level to those students meeting certain additional criteria. These additional criteria are applied equally to students that will have earned 52+ credit hours at the time of enrollment in FSU, AA degree transfers from Florida public institutions, and rising juniors at Florida State University.

A number of different colleges offer limited-access programs. For specific admission requirements to a particular department or college, refer to the appropriate section of the Academic Program Guide.

Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented a new law (Section 1009.286, FS) to encourage students who enroll in a state university to complete the baccalaureate degree program as efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge" by charging an additional student payment to those students who do not complete the baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. Accelerated coursework (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP, and dual enrollment) taken while in high school are not calculated in this hour count. For more information on the excess credit-hour surcharge, please refer to the Registrar's Office.

Freshman/Sophomore-Level Applicants (12-59 hours)

Junior/Senior Level Applicants (60+ hours)

Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a strong academic high school profile that is indicative of success at the college level. Very few students with less than a 3.0 academic GPA will be admissible.
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Junior and senior applicants (60+ semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Limited-Access Degree Programs

  • Accounting
  • Athletic Training
  • Communication
  • Communication Science and Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Motion Picture Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music, Liberal Arts
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management/Insurance
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts in
  • Theatre
  • Visual Disabilities

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