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Florida State University
2014-2015 General Bulletin - Undergraduate Edition

Admissions

Director of Admissions: Janice Finney

Senior Associate Director: Hege Ferguson

Associate Directors: Donna Bostwick, TBD

Assistant Directors: Melanie Booker, Lori Hamilton, Christina Klawinski, Mark Meleney, Mike Sklens, TBD

Panama City Campus Associate Director: Andrew Konapelsky

General Information

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity. Admission of students to Florida State University is within the jurisdiction of the University, but subject to minimum standards adopted by the Florida Board of Governors. The admission requirements stated below are minimum requirements, and satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee admission to Florida State University. Admission shall be on a competitive basis within curricular, spatial, and fiscal limitations.

The application for admission is available online at http://admissions.fsu.edu. When applying for admission, the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 allows colleges and universities to require the disclosure of social security numbers for the purpose of identification and verification of student records, including registration, financial aid, and academic records, and for verification of identity in connection with the provisions of its services. The University does not use social security numbers for student identification; instead, the University assigns a Florida State University student identification number (EMPLID).

The Office of Admissions operates on a scheduled notification system for beginning freshmen and a modified rolling cycle for transfers. An application cannot be submitted earlier than one year prior to the term for which admission is desired. In addition, the University reserves the right to close admission earlier than the published deadline(s), and/or increase requirements, if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.

The Office of Admissions will post all decisions electronically on the Online Status Check (OSC), an applicant’s private account created at the time of application. Admission is for a specific term, and if the student is unable to enroll for the term indicated on the OSC, the Office of Admissions should be notified immediately. A change in term will result in a reevaluation of the application. The applicant should not assume that admission will automatically be granted.

The University reserves the right to request an evaluation of any international academic document. (For transfer credit, an official course-by-course evaluation is required.) We recommend this evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Offers of admission to the University are often contingent upon the subsequent receipt of official college, university, and/or high school transcripts indicating successful performance and verification of high school graduation. Poor performance and/or failure to meet the stipulated conditions of admission can result in the offer of admission being rescinded. Failure to submit such documents before enrollment can result in the cancellation of admission and registration.

Undergraduate applicants who are denied admission to the University may appeal the admission decision if they have evidence that, due to extenuating circumstances or prior unrevealed information, the admission decision rendered was inequitable. Applicants are requested to appeal in writing to the Admissions Committee through the Director of Admissions.

An application or residency statement submitted by or on behalf of a student that contains false, fraudulent, or incomplete statements may result in denial of admission or denial of further registration and/or invalidation of Florida State University credit and related degrees.

Prior to registering for classes, accepted students must be health compliant. For information regarding this requirement, refer to http://uhs.fsu.edu. Florida State University reserves the right to cancel the admission of an applicant whose health record indicates the existence of a condition that may be harmful to members of the University community.

Admission from Secondary School

An applicant who desires admission as a beginning freshman student after graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or comparable international institution) and before attending an accredited post-secondary institution must provide the Office of Admissions with the following:

Application for Admission. The completed application for admission and a nonrefundable $30.00 processing fee should be submitted as soon as possible at the beginning of the senior year. The preferred method of payment is online at http://fees.fsu.edu. If payment is by check or money order, it must be made payable to Florida State University and drawn on a U.S. bank. The application will not be processed without this fee, and there are no provisions to waive or postpone it unless the applicant can document receipt of a fee waiver from the American College Testing (ACT) Program or College Board (SAT).

Secondary School Record. An official high school transcript (sent directly by the high school to the Office of Admissions) reflecting all attempted high school credit is required. The transcript should include high school credits earned before the 9th grade, as well as the 9th grade through whatever portion of the 12th grade has been completed at the time of application.

College Transcripts. Students who have registered for coursework at a college or university through dual enrollment or non-degree status must submit an official transcript from that post-secondary institution. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement “Issued to Student,” notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official. [An official course-by-course evaluation is required of all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. Refer to ‘Transfer Credit’ in the “International Student Admission” section of this chapter for details.]

Test Scores. Official results from the ACT or SAT are required of all applicants for freshman admission. Applicants planning to take the ACT must also take the ACT Writing Test. Either one or both of these tests should be taken no later than the February testing date of the senior year. Since the highest combination of scores is always considered, students should feel free to repeat a test.

Letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process. Applicants denied admission to the University may submit letters of recommendation and other information to support their appeal.

Auditions

Auditions are required of all applicants planning to major in music, dance, or the bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree program in theatre. In addition to submitting the University application for admission and other supporting information, prospective students should visit the Web sites for the College of Music (http://music.fsu.edu) or the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance (http://cvatd.fsu.edu) for details.

Departmental Application

A departmental application is required of all applicants planning to major in animation and digital arts; motion picture arts - production; or the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in theatre. In addition to submitting the University application for admission and other supporting information, prospective students should visit the Web sites for the College of Motion Picture Arts (http://film.fsu.edu) or the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance (http://cvatd.fsu.edu) for details.

College of Nursing

Effective Fall 2011, the College of Nursing transitioned to freshman admissions for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) traditional program. To be considered for the Nursing Freshman Admission program, students must apply to the University and indicate nursing as their major. Prospective students should visit the nursing Web site at http://nursing.fsu.edu for additional information.

Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents for Secondary School Applicants

There are two notification dates for freshmen applying for either the 2015 Summer or Fall term.

Applications and all supporting documents received by:

Decision by:

October 15

December 17

January 14

March 18

All information used to make an admission decision must be received by one of the published deadlines. The University does not ordinarily accept freshman applications for the Spring term.

Admission Requirements

Academic Qualifications

Most students accepted to the University present at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) in all academic subjects (grades 9 through 12) and test scores of at least 26 (composite) on the ACT or 1760 (total) on the SAT. In addition to academic GPA and test scores, a variety of additional factors are considered. These include an essay, the pattern and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, minimum subscores on the ACT or SAT, and educational objectives. Applicants who bring other important attributes to the University community may also receive additional consideration. These applicants include first generation and low socioeconomic students applying to CARE, visual and performing artists, and skilled athletes.

For students taking dual enrollment classes either in high school or at the college/university, their college career has begun. A separate review will occur, looking only at the types of college classes taken and the grades earned. Any grade below “C” (2.0) is cause for concern, and could prevent the applicant from being admitted to the University, or cause the offer of admission to be rescinded.

Required High School Course Units

Specific high school course units are required for admission to the freshman class. An academic unit is the equivalent of a year-long course that is not remedial in nature. Upon graduation from high school, applicants must have earned four units of English (at least three with substantial writing requirements); four units of mathematics (algebra I level and higher); three units of natural science (at least two with laboratory); three units of social science (includes history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and geography); two sequential units of the same foreign language; and two elective units (preferably from the English, mathematics, natural science, social science, or foreign language areas). The units listed above represent the minimum required for admission consideration but do not guarantee admission. Most students accepted to the University exceed the minimums.

Calculation of High School Academic GPA

The Office of Admissions recalculates all grade point averages. We do not use the GPAs listed on the high school transcript or report card. Only academic core subjects will be used in the recalculation. Grades of “C–” or better in dual enrollment, AICE, AP, and IB coursework will be weighted and receive one full bonus point in the recalculation; grades of “C–” or better in honors, pre-AICE, pre-AP, and pre-IB coursework will receive one half bonus point. For repeated courses, we will only forgive a low grade if the exact course has been repeated (i.e. Algebra I will not replace an Algebra I honors grade; if the courses are not the same, both grades will be used in the recalculation).

ACT/SAT Information

Applicants should take both the ACT and SAT since Florida State University uses only the highest composite or total score for admission and scholarship purposes. Applicants planning to take the ACT must also take the ACT Writing Test. They should also take each exam more than once since the highest subscores are used to create the ACT composite and SAT total. In addition to the overall composite on the ACT or total score on the SAT, the following minimum subscores are required: Writing: 21 on the ACT English and English/writing or 500 on the SAT writing; Math: 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math; and Reading: 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading. These subscores represent the minimums required for admission consideration but do not guarantee admission.

High School Students Earning the Associate in Arts (AA) Degree

Applicants to Florida State University who are graduating from high school and earning the AA degree simultaneously must meet freshman requirements for admission and be approved by the academic program to which they are applying. All majors have individual milestones (prerequisite college courses and/or specific college grade point averages) that must be met. In addition, some majors require auditions, departmental applications, portfolios, or other information for consideration. Refer to the “Academic Departments and Programs” section of this General Bulletin or http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu for details.

Homeschooled and GED Information

Florida State University will consider applications from students who are educated through a homeschooled program who meet the above criteria for admission. The homeschooled transcript should include 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 taken or 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 have completed courses through a 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, an official high school transcript through whatever portion of high school was completed, and ACT and/or SAT results must be submitted.

Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE)

Through the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), the University offers a special admission program dedicated to assisting students who are the first generation in their family to attend college and who are socio-economically disadvantaged. CARE provides a comprehensive program of orientation and academic support designed to ease the transition from high school to college, and to build a strong academic foundation. Students admitted to the University through CARE will begin their studies in the summer. Interested students should submit the application for admission to the University, a supplemental CARE Summer Bridge Application, a short essay describing why they want to participate in CARE, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and tax information. The minimum requirements for consideration include a 3.0 academic GPA as recalculated by the Office of Admissions and either an ACT composite score of 19 or SAT total score of 1330. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Freshman Scholarships

All freshman applicants who are admitted to the University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Recipients are selected based upon high school grades and test scores. Because scholarships are limited, students with strong academic records should apply to the University by the first notification deadline.

Early Admission

Florida State University provides outstanding high school students with an opportunity for early entry into the University. The following guidelines are used to consider these students: (1) sufficient maturity as evidenced by age at the time of admission and/or written recommendations pointing out the candidate’s maturity; (2) a 3.9 or better weighted high school GPA in the academic subjects; (3) a minimum composite score of 28 on the ACT or total score of 1860 on the SAT; (4) sufficient strength in the academic units; (5) evidence of a lack of curricular opportunity in the existing high school setting; and (6) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the high school principal or a representative of the principal.

Freshman Admission Deposit

All freshman applicants who are admitted to the University are required to submit a $200.00 nonrefundable admission deposit by May 1 to secure a place in the freshman class. Upon enrollment, the deposit will be applied toward the student’s tuition.

Admission by Transfer

Applicants are considered transfer students if they have earned twelve or more semester hours of college credit from a regionally accredited college or university (or comparable international institution) as evaluated by the Office of Admissions after graduation from high school. Applicants desiring admission by transfer must provide the Office of Admissions with the following:

Application for Admission. The completed application for admission and a nonrefundable $30.00 processing fee should be submitted six to nine months prior to the proposed term of enrollment. The preferred method of payment is online at http://fees.fsu.edu. If payment is by check or money order, it must be made payable to Florida State University and drawn on a U.S. bank. The application will not be processed without this fee, and there are no provisions to have it waived or postponed.

College Transcripts. Official transcripts from each college and university attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit posted on the record of another institution is not accepted in lieu of submitting the official transcript from the original institution. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement “Issued to Student,” notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official. [An official course-by-course evaluation is required of all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. Refer to ‘Transfer Credit’ in the “International Student Admission” section of this chapter for details.]

Secondary School Record. An official high school transcript is required of all transfer applicants. The transcript must reflect all attempted high school credits and the date of graduation.

Test Scores. Official results from the ACT or SAT are required of all freshman/sophomore-level applicants. Applicants submitting the ACT must also provide the ACT Writing Test. It is recommended that junior and senior transfer applicants also submit test scores.

Exam Results. All AICE, AP, IB, and/or CLEP results should be submitted if college credit has been earned. Refer to the tables at the end of the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter in this General Bulletin for required scores and course equivalents for which credit is granted.

Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents for Transfer Students*

Spring term

November 1

Summer term

March 1

Fall term

July 1

*Some departments may have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit applications and all supporting documents.

General Admission Requirements

Foreign Language Admission Requirement

All transfer applicants must have satisfied the state of Florida’s foreign language admission requirement by having earned two sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language in high school or eight semester hours of one foreign language or American Sign Language in college (or documented equivalent proficiency).

College Level Proficiency Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. This can be achieved by having a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in six semester hours of approved college-level English composition and a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in six semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below “C–,” or by having the appropriate subscores on the ACT and/or SAT. The appropriate subscores can be found in the “ACT/SAT Information” section of this chapter.

Associate in Arts (AA) Diploma

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

Junior/Senior-Level Applicants

Junior and senior applicants (sixty or more semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all college work attempted.
  • • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all college work attempted at the last institution.

Freshman/Sophomore-Level Applicants

Freshman and sophomore applicants (twelve to fifty-nine semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • • Meet Florida State University’s freshman criteria (refer to ‘Admission Requirements’ in the “Admission from Secondary School” section of this chapter).
  • • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all college work attempted.
  • • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all college work attempted at the last institution.

Major Requirements

All transfer applicants must meet requirements for admission to the University and to the major/program of interest. For information about the major/program of interest, refer to the “Academic Departments and Programs” section of this General Bulletin or http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu for more details.

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 quickly and 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 will not be considered in this hour count. To learn more about this surcharge, refer to http://registrar.fsu.edu/excess_hours.

Educator Preparation Programs

All students planning to pursue a teacher education program at Florida State University must be formally admitted to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education is administered by the Dean of the College of Education and assigned to the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support, 2301 Stone Building.

Note: Application for admission to Teacher Education is distinct from admission to an upper-division college or program and is a required step for graduation and certification.

Professional Behaviors and Dispositions: While enrolled in teacher education programs, the student is expected to demonstrate behaviors and dispositions that conform to the “Code of Ethics” (State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.00, FAC) and the “Principles of Professional Conduct in Florida” (State Board of Education Rule 6B-1.006, FAC). The programs reserve the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student who violates these expectations or in the judgment of a majority of the program faculty does not meet the program standards.

Section 1004.04, Florida Statutes, Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs, State Board of Education Rules 6A-4.0021 and 6A-5.066, and the Florida State University Council on Teacher Education require that all students seeking admission to undergraduate teacher education programs at Florida State University meet the following requirements prior to entering the program:

  1. 1. Have at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all college work attempted; and
  2. 2. Have a grade of “C–” or better in each required general education English and general education mathematics course; and
  3. 3. Take and achieve a passing score on all sections of the General Knowledge portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

Note: There is no minimum composite/total score on the ACT or SAT for admission to Teacher Education. However, programs with limited enrollment status may require submission of these scores and may use them as criteria for determining which students will be admitted.

Prior to entry into the degree program (upper division), students must have completed the state of Florida Common Course Prerequisites, which include: a) three education core courses of EDF 1005, EDF 2085, and EME 2040; and, b) up to fifteen semester hours of general program prerequisites specified by each degree program (see degree program sections for specific prerequisites). FSU-Teach majors entering science or mathematics teacher preparation programs are exempt from the nine-hour Education Common Course Prerequisite requirement.

Per policy adopted by the Florida State University Professional Education Advisory Council, students seeking readmission to a teacher education program shall be responsible for meeting the most current course, clinical, and certification requirements set out by that program; readmitted students in these programs will not be ‘grandfathered’ under the teacher education requirements in effect at the time of original admission to the major.

Common prerequisites and admission criteria for state-approved teacher preparation programs are subject to revision based on changes in Section 1004.04, Florida Statutes, Public Accountability and State Approval for Teacher Preparation Programs, State Board of Education Rule 6A-4.0021, Florida Teacher Certification Examinations, and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, Approval of Educator Preparation Programs.

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 ability, performance, creativity, or talent to complete required work within the program. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and by 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 AA degree transfers from Florida public institutions and rising juniors at Florida State University.

Limited-access programs are offered by a number of different colleges. For specific requirements for admission to a particular department or college, refer to the appropriate section of this General Bulletin.

Limited Access Degree Programs at Florida State University Include:
  • • Accounting
  • • Athletic Training
  • • Business Administration
  • • Communication
  • • Communication Science and Disorders
  • • Computer Science
  • • Dance
  • • Dietetics
  • • Early Childhood Education
  • • Economics
  • • Elementary 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
  • • Special Education
  • • Sport Management
  • • Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts in
  • • Theatre
  • • Visual Disabilities

Transfer Scholarships

Associate in Arts (AA) degree recipients from Florida public colleges who enroll directly at the University and who display high academic achievement are automatically considered for academic scholarships on a competitive basis by Florida State University.

International Student Admission

Applicants to Florida State University are considered international if they are not U.S. citizens, dual citizens, or Permanent Residents. The admission requirements and deadlines for international applicants can be found at the beginning of this chapter under “Admission from Secondary School” for freshmen and “Admission by Transfer” for transfers. In addition, international applicants must provide the Office of Admissions with the following:

Academic Records. Official or certified copies of all academic records and/or examination results from every institution attended are required. Records are considered official only when sent directly from the issuing institution, and must bear the original seal of the institution or the original signature of the institution’s records official. All documents must be issued in the native language and be accompanied by certified English translations. Certified documents should be true copies that are signed and dated by an educational official familiar with academic records. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.

English Proficiency Test. If an applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 55 on the PTE Academic examination, or 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Score reports are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency, and are not valid after two years.

Transfer Credit. An official course-by-course evaluation is required of all academic records from non-U.S. institutions. We recommend the evaluation be done by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (http://naces.org) or the International Education Credential Services provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (http://ies.aacrao.org).

Certification of Finances. The Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) must be completed before the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) is issued. The I-20 and DS-2019 are immigration forms presented to the United States Embassy/Consulate in order to obtain a U.S. Student Visa. The University is required by immigration authorities to verify the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20 or DS-2019; therefore, it is important that the applicant knows the costs of attending the University and has the necessary funds. More information on the CFR is available at http://cge.fsu.edu.

Notice of Admission

Formal notification of admission to Florida State University comes from the Office of Admissions and is for a specific term. The Center for Global Engagement will process the appropriate immigration form (Form I-20 or DS-2019) necessary to obtain the student’s visa when formal admission is granted and all required financial documentation is received.

If the student is unable to enroll for the term indicated on the Online Status Check, the Office of Admissions should be informed immediately. If the student wishes to be reconsidered for a different term, the Office of Admissions must be advised.

Finances

Before a United States Consul will grant a visa, international applicants must prove that they will have sufficient funding to meet all of their expenses while studying in the United States. Applicants must explain the source of funds noted on their I-20 or DS-2019 form and guarantee that they will receive funding for the duration of the program.

If the student’s government limits the amount of money that can be sent to students in the United States, the applicant should make sure that sufficient funds will be available to cover all costs while at the University. When applicants leave their country, they must have enough money to pay for travel expenses to the University, fees for the entire term, living expenses until more money arrives, and the return fare to their home country. If the applicant’s government requires verification of enrollment before money can be forwarded, the student may request verification from the Office of the University Registrar after registration is completed at the University.

A number of international students arrive at the University without being aware of the amount of money they will need. On-campus employment opportunities are limited, and most international students are not permitted to work off campus except under special circumstances. Students should have access to approximately half of the estimated total yearly amount at the beginning of each semester, since University fees must be paid upon registration at the start of each term. Students should also be prepared for initial expenses such as housing deposits, insurance, utilities, etc. The most up-to-date cost estimates for international students can be found at http://cge.fsu.edu/newStudents/cfr.html. These estimates are for unmarried students with no dependents. Additional funds must be included for spouse and/or family.

Passports and Visas

International applicants need a current passport from their own government and a visa from the United States Embassy/Consulate to enter the United States. Applicants should apply for a passport as soon as possible, although in some countries it will be necessary to provide proof of admission to a school in the U.S. before a passport is granted.

Students already in possession of a passport must make sure it will remain valid for six months from the date they plan to enter the United States. It would also be prudent for students to check with the Embassy or Consulate of their native country to find out how passports are renewed while in the U.S. In some cases, students may need to get an extension of validity from their home country.

If students are coming to the University specifically for the purpose of studying, they need to apply for a Student Visa (F-1 or J-1). It is granted upon presentation of a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 for the F-1 visa and Form DS-2019 for the J-1 visa that is typically granted to government-funded students) and proof that sufficient financial support to cover all expenses for the entire period of study in the U.S. is available. Undergraduate students holding F-1 or J-1 visas are required to carry at least twelve semester hours each semester.

Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) provides immigration advising and support services to international students. Upon arrival at Florida State University, international students must immediately check in with the CGE. An orientation for new international students is required. In addition to the International Student Orientation, all new freshman and transfer (undergraduate) degree-seeking students must attend an orientation session through the Office of New Student and Family Programs.

Health Insurance Requirement

University Health Services provides outpatient care. Because students are likely to incur costs for medical care beyond that provided through outpatient services, adequate health insurance coverage must be obtained before they will be permitted to register for classes or to continue enrollment. In addition, international students with “J” visa status who will be accompanied by dependents are required by federal regulations to purchase health insurance coverage for them. For more information regarding the health insurance requirement, refer to http://uhs.fsu.edu.

International applicants are required to complete and submit a health history form that describes previous illnesses and/or surgery. If students have had tuberculosis (or scars appearing on chest X-rays) or other serious infectious diseases, they must have a thorough medical examination before coming to the University, and must bring these reports to campus. International applicants must be immunized according to state of Florida requirements, and must show proof of such immunization prior to registration. Students will not be allowed to enroll until they have submitted the health history form and have purchased insurance or provided proof of health insurance that meets the minimum coverage required by the state of Florida.

Center for Intensive English Studies

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. International applicants who lack sufficient English language preparation must correct this deficiency before being admitted to the University. Students may do this in their home country or in the United States at a school that offers an intensive English language program. Florida State University offers such a program through the Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies. Detailed information on the Center may be obtained at http://cies.fsu.edu.

Admission to the Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies does not guarantee admission to Florida State University after the successful completion of English studies.

Admission to Graduate Study

Admission to graduate study involves admission to the department or college in which the applicant expects to study; therefore, final admission to the University is subject to approval by the specific program. While there are minimum University admission requirements, the departments can, and frequently do, set admission standards higher than these minimums. The student should determine departmental requirements first and then determine the University admission requirements. Consult the Graduate Bulletin for complete details.

Admission to the Panama City Campus

Undergraduate students who are interested in attending the Panama City campus should request information from the Panama City Office of Admissions and Records, Florida State University, 4750 Collegiate Drive, Panama City, FL 32405-1099, or apply online at http://pc.fsu.edu. The same policies, procedures, and requirements that pertain to freshmen and transfer students at the Tallahassee campus apply to the Panama City campus, except the following:

  • • The required $30.00 application fee can be paid online immediately following the submission of the application, or by check or money order sent to the Panama City Office of Admissions and Records at the address listed above. Checks or money orders must be drawn on a U.S. bank and be made payable to Florida State University.
  • • All transcripts, test scores, and other admission documents must be submitted to the Panama City Office of Admissions and Records prior to the published deadline.
  • • International applicants cannot be considered for admission to the Panama City campus.

Deadlines for applications and supporting documents at the FSU Panama City campus are typically one month prior to the start of each term. Further information is available by calling the Office of Admissions and Records on the Panama City campus at (850) 770-2160 or by visiting their Web site at http://pc.fsu.edu.

Continuous Enrollment

Please refer to the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter in this General Bulletin for continuous enrollment policies.

Readmission

Returning undergraduate degree-seeking students who: (1) have been absent from the University for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (2) have been dismissed from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (3) have withdrawn from the University and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); (4) have had their last term of enrollment at the University administratively cancelled and have been absent for two or more consecutive terms (including Summer); or (5) have earned a bachelor’s degree from the University and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, must submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admissions. Academically dismissed students are not eligible for readmission unless they have been reinstated by their academic dean. Reinstatement to continue does not guarantee a favorable readmission decision or admission into a specific major. Refer to the ‘Dismissal and Reinstatement’ section of the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Students who have attempted college work (including correspondence work) at any college or university since their last enrollment at Florida State University must have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent directly from a college or university to the Office of Admissions and contain an official seal and/or signature. Transcripts bearing the statement “Issued to Student,” notarized transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official.

The University reserves the right to refuse readmission to any student who has an unsatisfactory academic, conduct, or health record. Students who are denied readmission to the University may appeal that decision by filing a written petition with the appropriate academic dean’s office. Students who are denied readmission for judicial and/or conduct reasons may appeal by filing a written petition to the Admissions Committee through the Director of Admissions.

The readmission application and all supporting documents should be submitted by the published deadline of the term for which readmission is desired. (Consult the “University Calendar” chapter of this General Bulletin for specific deadlines.)

Readmitted students are subject to retention requirements in effect at the time of reentrance. In addition, students claiming Florida residency must reestablish their eligibility for this classification when applying for readmission.

Readmission after Multiple Withdrawals

When a student has withdrawn from the University three or more times, subsequent readmission must first be considered by a committee whose charge is to assess the student’s capability of making satisfactory progress toward a degree. This committee, appointed by the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans, will make a recommendation to the dean of the student’s college who will make the final decision.

Non-Degree Student Regulations

Enrollment as a non-degree student is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions and may be open to high school and college graduates. Refer to the ‘Admission Requirements’ and ‘Admission by Transfer’ sections of this chapter for enrollment requirements. Applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student. Students intending to register for graduate coursework under the non-degree status should consult the Graduate Bulletin for details.

The completed non-degree student application must be accompanied by a $30.00 nonrefundable processing fee and all supporting documents. Applications should be submitted for consideration one semester prior to the desired term of enrollment. Consult the “University Calendar” chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines. The University reserves the right to close the application process earlier than the published deadlines if warranted by enrollment limitations.

A non-degree student at Florida State University who subsequently decides to pursue a degree must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions. The student may be reclassified as a regular undergraduate student upon meeting undergraduate admission requirements. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to an undergraduate program.

Work taken as a non-degree student does not automatically carry undergraduate degree credit; however, up to fifteen semester hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward an undergraduate degree with approval of the appropriate dean after degree-seeking status is obtained.

The University generally does not issue I-20 or DS-2019 visa documents for international non-degree students. At the request of a department, the University will provide a visa document for non-degree students who are accepted for full-time enrollment in a certificate program. The department must contact the Center for Global Engagement (http://cge.fsu.edu), and the student must provide evidence of financial support and other information required by the United States government. In addition, the student must purchase or provide proof of health insurance coverage prior to enrollment. Foreign nationals on a student visa may not use the non-degree student status other than to fulfill prerequisite requirements or for summer enrollment if full-time status has been maintained during the academic year.

All registration by non-degree students is on a space-available basis and, in some cases, may require departmental approval. For more complete details, see the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Tallahassee Community College/Florida State University Cooperative Program

A Tallahassee Community College student wishing to dual enroll at Florida State University must obtain specific approval from the designated representative in the Office of Enrollment Services at Tallahassee Community College and the Office of Admissions at Florida State University by the published deadline. (Consult the “University Calendar” chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines.) If the student is participating in a special program, the student must also obtain approval from the appropriate departmental representative before submitting the form to the Office of Admissions. If approval for dual enrollment is granted, the student follows the prescribed registration procedures and adheres to the fee schedule established by this institution. The approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply. Florida State University students wishing to dual enroll at Tallahassee Community College should refer to the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Note: Academic rules governing regular students (e.g., fees, drop/add, withdrawal, grading policies, etc.) apply to dual enrollment students.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University/Florida State University Interinstitutional Registration

A Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) student planning to participate in the Cooperative Program at Florida State University must obtain specific approval from the designated representative in the Office of the Registrar at FAMU. Approval is also required from the department offering the course at FSU. The completed co-op application must be returned to the Office of the Registrar at FAMU by the published deadline. (Consult the “University Calendar” chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines.) If approval to co-op is granted, the student will be registered for courses at Florida State University by a representative in the Office of the University Registrar at FSU. Some courses may have limited availability, and registration for these courses may be denied or delayed until drop/add at the beginning of the term. The approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply. All tuition and fees are paid at FAMU unless the course has additional departmental fees associated with it. Any departmental fees will be paid at FSU. Florida State University students planning to co-op at FAMU should refer to the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Interinstitutional Transient Students

A student at another institution who wishes to take advantage of special resources and/or programs not available at the home institution should submit an interinstitutional transient student application that has been approved by the home institution to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline. (Consult the “University Calendar” chapter of this General Bulletin for specific application deadlines.) If approval for transient status is granted, the student follows the prescribed registration procedures and adheres to the fee schedule established by this institution. The approval of one institution does not bind the other to comply. A Florida State University student wishing to enroll as a transient at another institution should refer to the “Academic Regulations and Procedures” chapter of this General Bulletin.

Note: Academic rules governing regular students (e.g., fees, drop/add, withdrawal, grading policies, etc.) apply to transient students.