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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

The University

The Florida State University Mission Statement


Florida State University will be one of the world's premier institutions of higher education, devoted to transforming the lives of our students, shaping the future of our state and society, and offering programs of national and international distinction in a climate of inquiry, engagement, collegiality, diversity, and achievement.


Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts. The University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service. The University strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity.

University History

Florida State University, one of the largest and oldest of the twelve institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida, had its beginning as early as 1823 when the Territorial Legislature began to plan a higher education system. In 1825 the Federal Government reserved two townships for the purpose of maintaining two such institutions in the territory, and in 1845 the United States Congress, supplemental to the act admitting Florida as a state in the Union, added two more townships. This led to an 1851 act of the Florida Legislature establishing two seminaries, one to be located east and the other west of the Suwannee River.

By 1854 the city of Tallahassee had established a school for boys called the Florida Institute with the hope that the state could be induced to take it over as one of the seminaries. In 1856 the Legislature of Florida chose to accept the offer of the Institute's land and building and designated Tallahassee as the site of one of the state seminaries because of its railway connections, its "salubrious climate," and its "intelligent, refined, and moral community."

Francis Eppes, who spent his formative years on the estate of his grandfather, President Thomas Jefferson, at Monticello, in Virginia, and who shared his grandfather's views of the importance to a democracy of a liberally educated citizenry, was the Mayor of Tallahassee who made the offer. Eppes served as President of the Seminary's Board of Education for eight years and instilled in the institution the Jeffersonian ideals that characterize it today.

In February 1857, the institution began offering postsecondary instruction to male students as the Seminary West of the Suwannee River. The school first became coeducational the following year when it absorbed the Tallahassee Female Academy, begun in 1843 as the Misses Bates School. Thus the West Florida Seminary, founded in 1851, began operating in 1857, only twelve years after Florida achieved statehood. It was located on the hill where the Westcott Building now stands, which has been the site of an institution of higher education longer than any other site in Florida.

Classes were held at the West Florida Seminary from 1857 until 1863, when the state legislature changed the name to The Florida Military and Collegiate Institute to reflect the addition of a military section that trained cadets. During the Civil War, cadets from the school, ranging in age from 12 to 18, fought in the Battle of Natural Bridge and helped make Tallahassee the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not captured during the war. As a result of the brave action of the West Florida cadets in this battle, Florida State University's Army ROTC cadet corps is today one of only three in the nation authorized to display a battle streamer with its flag, a streamer which bears the words "Natural Bridge 1865." After the end of the war in 1865, however, Union troops under General McCook descended upon Tallahassee and occupied the city (including campus buildings), remaining for more than a month.

Following the war, the institution entered a period of growth and development. In 1884 the first diplomas, Licentiates of Instruction, were awarded, and by 1891 the Institute had begun to focus clearly on what we would today call postsecondary education; seven Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded that year. By 1897 the institution had evolved into the first liberal arts college in the state, and in 1901 it became Florida State College, a four-year institution, with the first master's degree offered in 1902. That year the student body numbered 252 men and women, and degrees were available in classical, literary, and scientific studies. In 1903 the first university library was begun. The following quote from the 1903 Florida State College Catalogue adds an interesting footnote to this period:

"In 1883 the institution, now long officially known as the West Florida Seminary, was organized by the Board of Education as The Literary College of the University of Florida. Owing to lack of means for the support of this more ambitious project, and also owing to the fact that soon thereafter schools for technical training were established, this association soon dissolved. It remains to be remarked, however, that the legislative act passed in 1885, bestowing upon the institution the title of the University of Florida, has never been repealed. The more pretentious name is not assumed by the college owing to the fact that it does not wish to misrepresent its resources and purposes."

In a 1905 reorganization of Florida's educational system by the legislature, the University of Florida in Gainesville was established and designated a men's school, and the Florida State College became a women's school called the Florida Female College. The male student body moved from Tallahassee to Gainesville, taking with it the fraternity system and the College football team, which had been state champions in 1902, 1903, and 1905. In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women, an institution that grew to become the third largest women's college in the nation during the 1930s. The College became fully accredited in 1915, and a chapter of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi was installed in 1925, the year after the College was placed on the list of standard colleges and universities approved by the Association of American Universities and became a member of the Association of American Colleges. In 1935 the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the state, Alpha Chapter of Florida, was installed at the College, a mark of its status as a true liberal arts college.

The year 1947 saw many changes. Demand by returning World War II veterans had brought men back to the campus in 1946 with the establishment of the Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida and in 1947 caused the Legislature to return Florida State College for Women to coeducational status and name it Florida State University. A permanent president's residence was acquired. The student body, numbering 4,056, chose a new alma mater and selected the Seminole as its mascot. The Flying High Circus was born, and football was started again when the first home game since 1905 was played in October. Three years later, Campbell Stadium was built. The first Student Union was established and housed in the "O Club" on West Campus, a former Army Air Base which mainly housed male students and provided some classroom space three miles west of the main campus.

The 1950s brought significant development and expansion to the University. To the colleges and schools that had existed since the Florida State College days—Arts and Sciences, Education, Home Economics, and Music—were added Library Science, Social Welfare (later split into Social Work and Criminology), Business, and Nursing. A student in the Department of Chemistry was awarded the University's first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1952. A new building was completed for the Developmental Research School, which in 1905 had evolved from the High School and the College Academy of earlier days as the Observation and Practice School created to provide on-site opportunities for experience and research to students in education. Tully Gymnasium, Strozier Library, and the Business Building were completed to enhance the education of the ever-increasing student population. In 1957 the Panama Canal Branch was opened.

In the 1960s the University acquired the Shaw Poetry Collection, established the Institutes of Molecular Biophysics and Space Biosciences, and constructed nine new buildings, including the Oglesby Union and the Fine Arts Building. During this period, the Program in Medical Sciences was established. The first black student enrolled in 1962, and the first black PhD candidates graduated in 1970. Programs in African American Studies and Women's Studies were established. Continuing the liberal arts tradition begun in the 1890s, the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century program required of all undergraduates was expanded and strengthened.

In each succeeding decade, Florida State University has added to its academic organization and now comprises sixteen colleges and the Graduate School. It has expanded from the original few acres and buildings to 391 buildings on 1,650 acres, including the downtown Tallahassee main campus of 476 acres; a farm, which for many decades supplied the Florida State College for Women with food; the Seminole Reservation—a recreational facility; the Marine Laboratory on the Gulf Coast; the FAMU–FSU College of Engineering facility; the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Division of Research at Innovation Park; and the branch campus in Panama City, Florida. One hundred and sixty-five years after its founding, Florida State University started the 2016-2017 academic year with a student population of over 41,000 and recognition as a major graduate research institution with an established international reputation.

In Fall 2016, Florida State University enrolled students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and 131 foreign countries. The enrollment breakdown by class included 600 law students, 475 medical students, a total of 32,669 undergraduate students, a total of 7,929 graduate students, and a total of 1,265 non-degree-seeking students. Out of 41,867 students enrolled at the University that semester, 44.5 percent were men and 55.5 percent women. The University employed a total of 2,351 faculty members in Fall 2016, 57.1 percent men and 42.9 percent women.

The Panama City Campus is located on beautiful North Bay, one hundred miles west of Tallahassee, near the Gulf of Mexico. The campus, with its modern classrooms and offices, has been designed to utilize the natural landscape of the site, creating an aesthetic and effective educational setting.

University Organization

Florida State University is one of twelve units of the State University System (SUS) of Florida. The State Board of Education (SBOE), established pursuant to Section 1001.01, Florida Statutes, on January 7, 2003, oversees education governance in the state through the Commissioner of Education, who serves as Secretary of the SBOE. The Florida Board of Governors (FBOG), established pursuant to Section 7(d), Article IX of the state constitution, coordinates the State University System. The FBOG oversees the thirteen-member Boards of Trustees for each of Florida's public universities through the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida. Florida State University's Board of Trustees sets the University's policies and goals and serves as its legal owner and final authority responsible for efficient and effective use of its resources.

The main campus of the University is located in Tallahassee, the state's capital. FSU International Programs has over sixty years of experience and ranks 12th in the nation in providing students with extraordinary study abroad experiences. Through our more than sixty academic programs, students can choose to study in over twenty locations throughout the world. Program opportunities include spring, summer and fall semesters at our four study centers, summer terms in additional locations, Spring Break programs, First Year Abroad and First Semester Abroad for incoming freshmen, and international internships. The year-round study centers are located in Florence, Italy; London, England; Panama City, The Republic of Panama; and Valencia, Spain. Summer programs are currently being offered in locations including China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, Tanzania and Thailand. FSU credits are earned for all courses and are transferable within the US university system, in accordance with each student's home university regulations.

The chief executive officer of Florida State University is the President. The President is assisted by the Provost (who is also the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs), the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Research, the Vice President for University Advancement, and the President of the Faculty Senate.

The President's Office also coordinates alumni affairs and the solicitation of external funds to support scholarships and loans for students, capital construction, excellence in academic programs, and intercollegiate athletics, along with coordinating programs to improve understanding and support of University academic programs and activities through its units, including governmental relations.

Additionally, University Communications reports to the Office of the President, and coordinates efforts to improve the public's understanding of the University's academic programs and activities through internal and external media, both print and electronic. It includes the Public Broadcast Center (public radio, public television, and public access channel), Publications and Media Relations.

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for the operation of the academic program of the University. It includes the Office for Faculty Development and Advancement, which interprets all faculty personnel policy, including faculty development and welfare, monitors all academic rules and regulations, including those related to academic integrity and grade appeals, and facilitates the operation of the Faculty Governance System of the University; The Graduate School, which is responsible for the graduate enrollment, general advisement, university fellowships, and special programs; and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, which is responsible for undergraduate advisement, retention, and special programs. Further support is given by associate vice presidents and directors, who are responsible for such academic matters as continuing education, international programs, computing and information resources, learning systems, libraries, the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Admissions.

The Division of Finance and Administration maintains the physical plant, administers the personnel program, and receives and disburses nearly all University funds.

The Division of Student Affairs offers and coordinates programs that provide housing, career guidance, health care, recreation, child care, self-governance, and enhancement of academic skills to students. It is also responsible for programs and services for international students, disabled students, and student activities and organizations.

The Division of Research coordinates all research programs and mediates between extramural sponsors and faculty conducting research, development, and training under such sponsorship.

The Faculty Senate is an elected representative body of faculty that establishes academic policy regarding admission and graduation of students, curricula, and academic standards, and advises and recommends about all matters affecting the academic program of the University.

Panama City Campus

In 1982, the Florida Legislature established a campus of Florida State University at Panama City. Located one hundred miles west of Tallahassee on beautiful North Bay, the Panama City campus provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in thirteen programs leading to the bachelor's degree, and six programs leading to the master's degree. Undergraduates may complete their entire bachelor's degree at the Panama City campus in the programs offered or may transfer to the main campus with an Associate of Arts degree. The Panama City campus houses the College of Applied Studies and offers three baccalaureate degrees and one master's degree independent of the main campus.

The Panama City campus strives to offer a personalized university experience. Classes are relatively small, thereby permitting an individualized approach to instruction and facilitating interaction between students and faculty.


The academic organization of the University comprises sixteen colleges. One of these, the College of Engineering, is a joint program of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and Florida State University. In addition to the Associate of Arts (AA) degree, the University offers 105 authorized baccalaureate degree programs, 123 authorized master's degree programs, 25 authorized advanced master's and specialist degree programs, 3 authorized professional degree programs, and 78 authorized doctoral degree programs. The following outlines the academic divisions:

College of Applied Studies

  • Programs: Corporate and Public Communication; Nurse Anesthesia; Professional Communication; Public Safety and Security; Recreation, Tourism, and Events; Nurse Anesthesia

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Departments: Aerospace Studies; Anthropology; Biological Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Classics; Computer Science; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science; English; History; Mathematics; Military Science; Modern Languages and Linguistics; Philosophy; Physics; Psychology; Religion; Scientific Computing; Statistics
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: FSU-Teach; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; History and Philosophy of Science; Interdisciplinary Humanities; Molecular Biophysics; Neuroscience; Women's Studies

College of Business

  • Departments: Accounting; Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain; Finance; Management; Marketing; Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: Business Administration and Law; Business Administration and Social Work

College of Communication and Information

  • Schools: School of Communication; School of Communication Science and Disorders; School of Information

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Interdisciplinary Programs: Criminology and Public Administration; Criminology and Social Work

Dedman School of Hospitality

College of Education

  • School: School of Teacher Education
  • Departments: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Learning Systems; Sport Management
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: FSU-Teach

FAMU–FSU College of Engineering

  • Departments: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

College of Fine Arts

  • Schools: School of Art and Design; School of Dance; School of Theatre
  • Departments: Art; Art Education; Art History; Interior Architecture & Design
  • Interdisciplinary Program: Arts Administration

The Graduate School

  • Interdisciplinary Program: Materials Science and Engineering

College of Human Sciences

  • Departments: Family and Child Sciences; Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences; Retail, Merchandising and Product Development
  • Interdisciplinary Program: Law and Family and Child Sciences

Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

College of Law

  • Interdisciplinary Programs: Law and Aquatic Environmental Science, Law and Business Administration; Law and Economics; Law and Family and Child Sciences; Law and Information Studies; Law and International Affairs; Law and Public Administration; Law and Sport Management; Law and Urban and Regional Planning; Law and Social Work

College of Medicine

  • Departments: Biomedical Sciences; Clinical Sciences; Family Medicine and Rural Health; Geriatrics; Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

College of Motion Picture Arts

College of Music

College of Nursing

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

  • School: Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy
  • Departments: Economics; Geography; Political Science; Sociology; Urban and Regional Planning
  • Interdisciplinary Programs: African-American Studies; Applied Economics and Law; Asian Studies; Center for Demography and Population Health; Economics and Law; Environment and Society; International Affairs; International Affairs and Law; Latin-American and Caribbean Studies; Social Science; Public Administration and Criminology; Public Administration and Law; Public Administration and Social Work; Public Health; Russian and East European Studies; Urban and Regional Planning and International Affairs; Urban and Regional Planning and Law; Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration

College of Social Work

  • Interdisciplinary Program: Law and Social Work; Social Work and Business Administration; Social Work and Criminology; Social Work and Public Administration

Institutes and Research Centers

The work of the colleges is facilitated by institutes and centers in which faculty and students from throughout the University work as interdisciplinary teams on research and service projects. The centers and institutes are heavily supported by external funds. They serve as actual and potential sites for cooperative projects staffed by faculty and students, and personnel from business and industry, and are significantly involved in supporting state agencies through research, development, and training.

The following are the Florida Board of Governors approved institutes and research centers:

Professional Development and Public Service

  • Center for Academic and Professional Development
  • The Frederick L. Jenks Center for Intensive English Studies

Learning Systems Institute

Institute of Science and Public Affairs

  • Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research and Hazardous Waste Management
  • Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis
  • Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Innovation (CHERTI)
  • Center for Information Management and Educational Services (CIMES)
  • Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy
  • Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
  • Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations (joint with the College of Human Sciences)
  • Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium and FCRC Consensus Center
  • Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center (FREAC)
  • Florida State Climate Center
  • Institute for Academic Leadership
  • Institute for Cooperative Environmental Research (ICER)
  • Institute of Science and Public Affairs (ISPA)
  • John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government
  • The Florida Center for Prevention Research

International Institutes

  • Florida–Costa Rica Linkage Institute (FLORICA)

College of Applied Studies

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (joint with the College of Medicine)
  • Center for Humanities and Society
  • Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)
  • Center for Security and Assurance in IT (C-SAIT)
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute (GFDI)
  • Institute for Cognitive Sciences
  • Institute for Fishery Resource Ecology (IFRE)
  • Institute of Molecular Biophysics (IMB)
  • Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution
  • Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
  • Karst Environmental Center (KEC)
  • Middle East Center
  • Statistical Consulting Center
  • Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

College of Business

  • BB&T Center for Free Enterprise
  • Carl DeSantis Center for Executive Management Education
  • Center for Global Supply Management
  • Center for Human Resource Management
  • Center for Insurance Research
  • FSU Real Estate Center
  • Gene Taylor: Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies
  • Institute for Applied Business Research
  • International Center for Hospitality Research and Development
  • Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
  • Sales Institute
  • The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center

College of Communication and Information

  • Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication
  • Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center
  • Communication Research Center
  • Information Use Management and Policy Institute (Information Institute)
  • Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication (iDigInfo)
  • Institute for Intercultural Communication and Research (joint with Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs)
  • L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Project Management Center

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

College of Education

  • Center for Educational Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science (CERMES)
  • Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS)
  • Center for Sport, Health and Equitable Development
  • Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development
  • Hardee Center for Leadership and Values

FAMU–FSU College of Engineering

  • Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Center
  • Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP)
  • Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC)
  • Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS)
  • Center for Intelligent Systems, Control and Robotics (CISCOR)
  • Center for Transportation and Public Safety
  • Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC)
  • Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP)
  • Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center
  • High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI)

College of Fine Arts

  • Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
  • Themed Experience Institute

College of Human Sciences

  • Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging
  • Center for Couple and Family Therapy
  • Center for Retail, Merchandising and Product Development
  • Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations (joint with the Institute of Science and Public Affairs)
  • Florida State University Family Institute
  • Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (joint with the College of Medicine)

College of Law

  • Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law (joint with the College of Medicine)

College of Medicine

  • Autism Institute
  • Center for Brain Repair
  • Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (joint with the College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law (joint with the College of Law)
  • Center for Behavioral Health Integration
  • Center for Underrepresented Minorities in Academic Medicine
  • Center of Excellence for Patient Safety
  • Center on Global Health
  • Center on Medicine and Public Health
  • Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research and Policy
  • Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (joint with the College of Human Sciences)

College of Music

  • Center for Music of the Americas
  • Center for Music Research
  • Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy

College of Nursing

  • Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Center for Research and Evidence Based Practice

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

  • Center for Civic and Nonprofit Leadership
  • Center for Demography and Population Health
  • Center for Disaster Risk Policy
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Performance
  • Claude Pepper Center
  • DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Economic Policy and Government
  • Florida Center for Public Management
  • Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education
  • L. Charles Hilton Center for the Study of Economic Prosperity and Individual Opportunity
  • LeRoy Collins Institute
  • Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy

College of Social Work

  • Florida Institute for Child Welfare
  • Institute for Family Violence Studies
  • Institute for Social Work Research
  • Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center
  • Trinity Institute for the Addictions

Office of the Provost

  • Institute for Successful Longevity

Office of the Vice President for Research

  • Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS)
  • Florida Climate Institute (FCI)
  • Future Fuels Institute
  • Health Equity Research Institute
  • Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES)

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Florida Center for Interactive Media (FCIM)
  • Institute for Intercultural Communication and Research (joint with the College of Communication and Information)

Other Research and Instructional Units

Assessment and Testing (see Office of Distance Learning)

Center for Academic and Professional Development

Director: William H. Lindner; Associate Director: Kerry McElroy

The Florida State University Center for Academic and Professional Development (CAPD) is the continuing education and academic program outreach entity for the campus, the community, and students of all ages everywhere. Housed in the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, the experienced staff of CAPD support a variety of learning opportunities as they provide services to colleges, departments, and students on campus and online. CAPD can be reached online at

CAPD promotes lifelong learning and personal productivity enhancement. For example:

  • Professional Development/Personal Enrichment. CAPD Online offers Introduction to Web Design, Web Application Development, Introduction to Digital Graphic Design and Spreadsheets for Business Environments and the Certificate in Financial Planning. These courses are instructor-led and offer an online interactive experience.
  • Test Prep Classes. CAPD also offers online and face-to-face courses, in Test Prep for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT.
  • Academic Credit. CAPD provides academic credit courses, including part-time degree and certificate programs for the non-traditional student. Courses are offered on campus and at a distance. Special courses and teacher institutes are held each summer. CAPD also coordinates returning student scholarships for students twenty-three years of age or older.

CAPD continues to identify and develop new course offerings to support lifelong learners in their quest for personal enrichment and sustain successful careers.

The Florida State Conference Center

The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center located at its 555 West Pensacola St., is adjacent to FSU's five-story St. Augustine parking garage. The Conference Center is approximately 47,000 square feet, featuring a gothic brick exterior and three floors to house a large auditorium, a 336-seat dining room, eight breakout rooms, an executive boardroom, food preparation facilities, and administrative offices. It employs the latest technology, including three video walls, LCD screens and live Webcasting, in its conferencing rooms and is capable of hosting anything from small meetings to large regional conferences.

The Conference Center, has a full service studio outfitted with industry standard equipment and capability, including teleprompting and webcasting.

CAPD's team can assist you with your training needs, Webcapturing your lessons, creating a custom Web page with a unique URL to link your training and/or convert your Webcaptured materials to short videos with specific learning objectives.

The Center's professional staff of meeting planners is readily available to put their expertise to work helping you organize events. For more information, please visit

Center for Global Engagement

Center for Intensive English Language

FSU International Programs

The Florida Center for Public Management

Director: Ben Green

The Florida Center for Public Management (FCPM) was established in 1978 to provide assistance to elected leaders and public managers in state and local governments in Florida. Its staff of full-time, experienced management consultants is available to help these officials improve their operations through a variety of services, including executive development seminars, organizational improvement diagnoses, leadership and staff team-building workshops, and various problem-solving techniques. FCPM efforts include the Florida Certified Public Manager Program, a nationally recognized comprehensive training and development program for public sector managers. FCPM is a part of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

To obtain further information about FCPM and its services, visit or call (850) 644-6460.

FSU Online (see Office of Distance Learning)


Rector: Carlos R. Langoni

Florida State University's Office of International Programs administers a permanent campus of approximately five hundred full-time students in the Republic of Panama. FSU-Panama offers a full program of courses at the lower-division level leading to the associate degree, undergraduate courses leading to the baccalaureate degree in selected majors, and graduate courses leading to the master's degree in International Affairs. The campus serves U.S. citizens and residents in Panama, Panamanian citizens, and visiting scholars from throughout the world. Courses are taught by regular and adjunct faculty as well as rotating faculty from the Tallahassee campus; students from the Tallahassee campus also study at FSU-Panama, taking advantage of the resources of Panama and the ease of receiving full academic credit from the University. Internships are arranged for Tallahassee students majoring in fields ranging from biology to international business. A full range of facilities is offered at the FSU-Panama campus, including housing, an athletic complex, a library, technology-enhanced classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and student center. The campus is located in Clayton – the City of Knowledge – across from the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal and a few miles from the center of Panama City, the nation's capital.

FSU-Panama also offers additional courses and cultural activities of special interest to U.S. students who seek study-abroad opportunities, either for one semester or for a full year. For further information, please consult the campus' Web site,, write to the International Programs office at A5500 University Center, call (850) 644-3272, or visit

Institute for Cognitive Sciences

Director: Michael Kaschak

The institute was founded in 1984 for the encouragement of interdisciplinary research, communication, and graduate study in the cognitive sciences. Its members include faculty and graduate students from the fields of computer science, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, education, business, and physics. Research has involved computer modeling of memory and problem solving, artificial and computational intelligence, knowledge-based computer systems, fuzzy logic and soft computing (e.g., genetic algorithms and neural networks), computer diagnosis of novice difficulties in problem solving, similarities and differences between human and lower-animal cognition, cultural aspects of cognition and language, linguistics and cognition, formal and natural languages, philosophy of knowledge and cognition, philosophy of artificial intelligence, study of the brain, robotics, education, and vision. Recently, research into cognitive aspects of the management of technology and of the perception of its affordability/cost has been included. A specialized studies program is offered for graduate study in cognitive sciences.

John and Mable Ringling Center for Arts

The FSU/John and Mable Ringling Center for the Arts in Sarasota, Florida is unique in the world of university museums. The complex houses the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Ca' d'Zan (The Ringling Mansion), the Tibbals Learning Center, two circus museums, the Historic Asolo Theatre, and the FSU Performing Arts Center.

Learning Systems Institute

Director: Jeffrey Ayala Milligan; Associate Director: Rabieh Razzouk

The Learning Systems Institute (LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research and development unit dedicated to improved human performance. LSI is a recognized world leader in the improvement of teaching, learning, and performance systems in school, business, industry, and military settings. LSI has generated more than $400 million in externally funded research over its four-decade history; for every dollar LSI receives in state funding, it attracts more than $15 in contracts and grants. LSI's work provides a wealth of opportunities for graduate students to gain first-hand experience with cutting-edge research. LSI faculty and students have worked in over two dozen countries around the world, in addition to leading major research and development in the United States.

LSI is organized into two centers:

  • Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM)
  • Center for International Studies in Educational Research and Development (CISERD)

LSI's learning research focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), communities of instruction, learning technologies, international development, leadership, learning disabilities, libraries, literacy, school reform, assessment, accommodations, and modifications for students with special needs, and teaching and learning. LSI's research into performance focuses on how individuals and organizations perform complex tasks and how to help them achieve performance goals.

To obtain further information about LSI, contact the Learning Systems Institute, 4600 UCC, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2540; or call (850) 644-2570. The Institute's Web site may be accessed at


Dean of the University Libraries: Julia Zimmerman, 314 Strozier Library

The University Libraries provide print and electronic collections and a wide range of services to enhance the learning, teaching, research, and service activities of Florida State University. In support of this mission, the libraries' collection is approaching four million volumes, including access from anywhere in the world to hundreds of databases and more than 70,000 e-journals. Materials not available online or at the libraries may be requested through interlibrary loan or through the statewide UBorrow system, allowing FSU faculty and students to request delivery of books from over fifteen million volumes available at all state university libraries. Library faculty also offer classes and consultations to teach critical research and thinking skills. For those researchers unable to visit the libraries, online research services are available 24/7 and library staff offer outreach to dormitories and buildings across campus.

The Florida State University Libraries include seven libraries on campus: Strozier Library, Dirac Science Library, Claude and Mildred Pepper Library, College of Music Allen Music Library, College of Law Research Center, College of Medicine Maguire Medical Library, and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Library.

Library materials and services are also available at the FSU Panama City, Florida campus, as well as at FSU International Programs study centers in London, England; Florence, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Panama City, Republic of Panama. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, has a library containing art-related research materials as well as a collection of rare books. The entire FSU community can search the University Libraries catalog via its Web site at

The Robert Manning Strozier Library, the University's main library, is located in the center of the main campus and occupies seven floors. Strozier Library is open one hundred and thirty-four hours each week during the Fall and Spring, providing around-the-clock research assistance and study spaces, and sees almost 1.8 million visitors each year. Its main floor is an undergraduate-focused Learning Commons, while its lower level is a graduate- and faculty-focused Scholars Commons. Strozier offers free academic tutoring and a robust range of academic support services and programming throughout the day and late into the night. Its collection includes a wide variety of research materials, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. The library serves as a regional depository for federal and Florida government documents as well as United Nations documents. In its technology labs, Strozier provides equipment, software, and facilities for listening to, viewing, creating, and editing multimedia materials. Internet-accessible computers with word-processing software, printers, and photocopiers are available throughout the library. Laptops, cameras, and other equipment are available for checkout. The Assistive Technology Lab provides adaptive equipment and software for students with disabilities.

University Libraries Special Collections and Archives has offices, an Exhibit Room, and a Reading Room in Strozier Library. Its collections comprise more than half a million items. Manuscript collections include Florida political collections, Southern business history, literary manuscripts, and local and regional Florida history. The rare books of Special Collections support a wide variety of disciplines and research interests. The collection includes books from small and private presses, first editions, limited edition works, cuniform, and other items. Notable book collections include Napoleon and the French Revolution, Shaw Childhood in Poetry, William Morris Kelmscott Press, and Carothers Memorial Rare Bibles. Special Collections and Archives, which includes University Archives, Heritage Protocol, and the Claude Pepper Library, welcomes class visits and provides a hands-on learning environment for students. Heritage Protocol maintains the Norwood Reading Room on the second floor of Strozier Library, where rotating exhibits of FSU memorabilia are displayed.

The Claude and Mildred Pepper Library, housed on-campus in the Pepper Center, was established in 1985 as the official repository for the Pepper Collection, a unique and multi-faceted collection of over a million items by and about U.S. Congressman Claude Pepper (1900-1989), including manuscripts, photographs, audio/video recordings, and memorabilia. For more information, visit

The Paul A. M. Dirac Science Library, located on the west side of campus in the heart of the Science Center complex, serves students, faculty, and researchers in STEM fields from its central location. For more information, visit the library's Web site at

The Warren D. Allen Music Library, one of the Southeast's major music libraries, is located in the College of Music and contains a collection of recordings, scores, books, and periodicals that support the school's curriculum. For more information, visit the library's Web site at

The Harold Goldstein Library, located in the Louis Shores Building, includes technologies and materials for information technology and library science, and is the home to a hands-on information makerspace and technology innovation center for emerging technologies including 3D printing and 3D visualization, and electronic circuitry building projects, available to all FSU users. For more information, visit

The College of Law Research Center has a collection of nearly 500,000 volumes and offers an active program of legal research instruction, an experienced and helpful staff, and extensive collections of law and law-related information. Legal research is facilitated via an array of electronic databases, including the LexisNexis, WESTLAW, and Bloomberg Law legal research databases. For more information, visit the library's Web site at

The College of Medicine Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library cultivates physicians who are expert learners, problem solvers, and agents of change by providing a supportive environment with access to high quality, relevant, and current information from 21st century information resources. The library houses a collection of books and journals, and provides access to a number of electronic medical databases. For more information visit the library's Web site at

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library is housed on the Ringling Museum Campus in Sarasota, Florida, the largest museum/university complex in the nation. The Library contains more than 75,000 volumes, exhibition and sale catalogs, and more than one hundred current periodical titles supporting art-related research. Special collections contain circus history items including John Ringling's original collection of more than six hundred books. For more information, visit the library's Web site at

The Florida State University-Panama City Library and Learning Center is located in Panama City, Florida and provides computers, e-books, e-journals, and research help. Students and faculty at this location may borrow materials housed at the Tallahassee campus libraries and may access all of the electronic resources the libraries offer. The 6,000 items in its collection of printed books and journals are available at the library of the neighboring campus of Gulf Coast State College. For more information, go to

The FSU Republic of Panama Branch Library offers services and a collection of over 45,000 items to students at the FSU branch campus in Panama City, Republic of Panama. Students and faculty at this location may borrow materials housed at the Tallahassee campus libraries and may access all of the electronic resources the libraries offer. For more information, visit

FSU Early Childhood Autism Program-Panama City Campus

Program Director: Amy Polick

Unique to the Panama City Campus, the FSU Early Childhood Autism Program (ECAP) is a non-profit, community outreach program that provides home, school, and clinic-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for clients diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. The primary mission of ECAP is to provide effective, evidence-based behavioral treatment for clients and the secondary mission is to provide supervised clinical training to Florida State University graduate students as part of their practicum with the ABA Master's Program at FSU Panama City. Service provided by ECAP include but are not limited to:

  • Individualized skill and behavioral assessments
  • Development and implementation of behavior treatment plans focuses on increasing important behaviors (e.g. language, social, and communicative skills) and decreasing problematic behaviors
  • Parent consultation and training
  • Direct 1:1 therapy and teaching with clients

ECAP graduate students conduct services under the supervision of doctorate and master's level board certified behavior analysts who hold national certification with the behavior analyst certification board. For more information about ECAP visit or call (850) 770-2241.

L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic

Director of Clinical Education: Lisa Scott

The dual mission of the speech and hearing clinic is to provide effective community service to improve the communication abilities of clients, and to provide a teaching and clinical research laboratory to develop exemplary assessment and treatment procedures for use by Florida State University students in speech-language pathology. Specific services include but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive speech-language assessment and intervention
  • Hearing assessment, hearing aid dispensing, and other clinical services related to hearing impairment
  • Assistive communication lab
  • Dialect/Accent evaluation and reduction

Services are provided by graduate students under the direct supervision of faculty members. All professional staff members are licensed by the Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Fees vary according to the nature of services. Students, faculty, and staff receive a reduced rate. Further information is available by calling: (850) 644-2238 (Voice and TDD).

Museum of Fine Arts

Located in Tallahassee, MoFA has a history of exciting projects – from lush painting to dynamic sculpture exhibitions, from challenging installations to provocative photography shows. Every season begins with an international competitive exhibition that embraces all media and every semester closes with the youth and exuberance of the graduating artist exhibitions.

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts is a member of Florida Association of Museums, Florida Art Museum Directors' Association, Florida Cultural Action Alliance, Southeastern Museums' Conference and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Naval Science

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is open to both men and women of Florida State University through the FAMU–FSU Cooperative Program. The NROTC Program at FAMU is administered by the NROTC staff. This program affords the opportunity for selected men and women to receive instruction in naval science courses, which, in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree, will qualify them for a commission in the United States Navy or the United States Marine Corps. Students enrolled in the University who are physically qualified, and who are United States citizens, are eligible to apply for the NROTC program.

The FAMU NROTC Unit offers five programs: (1) the Navy–Marine Corps College Program (non-scholarship); (2) the four-year Navy–Marine Corps Scholarship Program; (3) the two-year NROTC College Program; (4) the two-year Scholarship Program; and (5) the Tweedale Scholarship Program. Navy-Marine Corps College Program students are eligible to compete for available Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) scholarships anytime after one semester of participation in the program. Selection is based on academic achievement and military aptitude. Scholarships include full tuition, lab fees, and a textbook allowance of $375.00 per semester. Additionally, a stipend of $250.00 (freshmen), $300.00 (sophomores), $350.00 (juniors), or $400.00 (seniors) is paid per month to help defray the cost of living expenses. Navy–Marine Corps College Program students, when selected for advanced standing in their junior or senior year, receive a $350.00 and $400.00 per month stipend, respectively.

The Tweedale NROTC Scholarship Program was established to provide NROTC scholarships to outstanding technical major college students with no prior affiliation with the NROTC program. To qualify for a Tweedale Scholarship, students must have completed at least one, but not more than four academic terms of college coursework with a cumulative GPA that places the student above the peer mean (like major), or 3.00, whichever is higher. The student's transcript must reflect a grade of "C" or better in all coursework attempted. The transcript must also show that the student has completed an academic term of college-level math or science and has the ability to complete successfully all of the NROTC academic requirements.

The NROTC Unit is located in the Perry-Paige Building on the FAMU campus. For additional information, visit

Written requests for information should be addressed to: Recruiting Officer, NROTC Unit, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, P.O. Box 6508, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6508; or call either (850) 599-8412 or 599-3980; or e-mail

Office of Distance Learning

Interim Director: Robert Fuselier

The Office of Distance Learning (ODL) is online at, and provides a user-friendly interface of resources and support directed to potential and current students, instructors, and administrators. ODL staff collaborate with distance learning faculty to promote instructional excellence and technology-mediated learning environments that support student academic achievement.

Administrative Support

Fiscal and Human Resources staff provide guidance to departments for auxiliary account management and distance learning appointments. Departments typically apply for distance learning auxiliary accounts to manage the supplemental fees associated with the cost of their distance learning offerings. Visit and select the role of Administrator for distance learning fee development training, budget templates, and the steps of the approval process. For distance learning policy and the ODL Strategic Plan, select the ODL Administration link. For more information, call (850) 645-9917 for fiscal assistance and (850) 644-7531 for human resources assistance.

Assessment and Testing

The ODL Assessment and Testing facility provides a secure testing environment for a variety of examinations and for FSU courses whose classroom environments are not conducive to secure testing. Several thousand exams are proctored weekly at the UCC 1100 facility, and Assessment and Testing also coordinates proctoring at off-campus sites for distance students. Course evaluations are administered through Assessment and Testing, and a range of scanning services is available for individuals and units within the University and the community at large. For guidelines, best practices, access, and scheduling, select your role from the options provided at For more information, call Assessment and Testing at (850) 644-3017 or e-mail

Blackboard Learning Management System

BlackboardTM serves as the learning management system for the FSU community accessed through Serving over 40,000 students, Blackboard receives over 35,000 unique visitors daily. Blackboard enables technological and educational innovation at FSU by connecting people to and through instructional technology. The ODL Blackboard development team works with support systems and resources from multiple units around campus to integrate learning technology with other applications, ensuring a more efficient operation for all users. Communication between instructor and students is a central feature of the FSU Blackboard system, and for technical issues, assistance is always available through the Blackboard User Support tab and the FSU helpdesk system. Visit the Support tab within Blackboard for answers to frequently asked questions, news, resources, and technical help. For more information, call FSU's Blackboard User Support at (850) 644-8004 or e-mail

Online Course Development and Faculty Support

ODL provides a suite of services for developing, deploying, and maintaining online academic courses and degree programs. Instructional development faculty provide guidance in instructional design, pedagogy, technologies, and media selection for online delivery with the support of instructional media development services. Online courses in development undergo rigorous quality assessment by ODL faculty and the departments they serve. ODL provides training on the use of Blackboard as well as best practices in teaching online for instructors, teaching assistants, and course mentors. The Faculty Development Lab provides hardware and software for instructors to develop media for online courses using supported technologies with guidance and direction from instructional technologists. For more information, call (850) 644-4635 and ask for an instructional development faculty member for assistance with the entire distance learning application and approval process.

Online Programs and Student Support

FSU online programs are designed and built from the ground up by the same noted professors who teach the courses on the Tallahassee and Panama City campuses. Transcripts and diplomas granted by FSU show no distinction between online and on-campus students. A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees; specialized studies; and specialist degree and certificate programs and courses are offered online at FSU, including:

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching

Business Administration

Business Administration with a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Business Administration with a Real Estate Specialization

Communication Disorders

Communication Science and Disorders—Graduate Bridge Program

Computer Science

Criminal Justice Studies


Curriculum and Instruction

Educational Leadership/Administration

Emergency Management

Event Management

Health Information Technology


Information Architecture

Information Leadership and Management

Information Technology

Law Enforcement Intelligence

Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development

Leadership Studies

Library and Information Studies

Management Information Systems

Modified Program in Educational Leadership/Administration

Multicultural Marketing Communication

Nurse Educator

Nurse Leader

Nursing Leadership

Program Evaluation

Project Management

Public Administration—Emergency Management

Public Safety and Security

Reference Services

Risk Management and Insurance

Social Science

Social Work

Traditional Master of Social Work

Youth Services

ODL academic program specialists lend support to off-campus learners from the prospective student's initial inquiry through the final semester. Visit the ODL Web site at and select the Student role for initial and ongoing program inquiries. For more information, call (850) 644-4635 and ask for an academic program specialist or e-mail

Reserve Officers Training Corps

The University includes among its offerings both an Air Force and an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program; students of Florida State University may apply for admission to the Navy ROTC Program offered through Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Interested male or female freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to enroll and apply for a Navy or Marine Corps scholarship. Naval Science classes are listed in the FAMU General Catalog under "Division of Naval Sciences." The Air Force ROTC program is offered to students at FSU, FAMU, TCC, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University extension campus at TCC. The classes are listed in this General Bulletin under "Aerospace Studies." For additional information, visit our Web site at, call (850) 644-3461, or stop by 212 Harpe-Johnson Hall. The Army ROTC Program is offered to FSU and TCC students. The classes are listed in this General Bulletin under "Military Science." For additional information, visit our Web site at, call (850) 644-8806, or visit in person at 201 Harpe-Johnson Hall.

Seminole Productions

FSU's professional video production unit, Seminole Productions, housed in the College of Communication and Information, provides a variety of services to university departments. One major partner is the Florida State Athletics department. Seminole Productions produces over one hundred and twenty live events and over seventy-five television shows every year for Athletics alone. In addition, Seminole Productions has partnered with ESPN and Fox Sports to produce numerous live events and special television programming for their networks. Seminole Productions is also a leader in Stereoscopic (3D) production and programming. Mark Rodin and his team of professionals have been working in stereoscopic technology for close to ten years, outpacing universities across the nation in this medium. FSU students have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, working with state of the art equipment on real world projects, as part of their coursework. Everything Seminole Productions staff does is on a professional level for real paying clients. This ensures students are ready to meet the challenges of real world production after graduation. So whether it is working on live events, television shows, in pre- or post-production, graphics and animation, or even 3D stereoscopic production, students have numerous opportunities to become involved in Seminole Productions.

Undergraduate Education

Florida State University provides a strong liberal arts baccalaureate experience that helps students to engage and refine their skills in the areas of critical and creative thinking as well as information literacy and fluency. FSU's innovative curriculum allows students to work with faculty in exploring and participating in cutting-edge scholarly and creative work across the wide range of disciplines. The close cooperation between FSU's students and faculty fosters an ecology of learning that draws upon the life of the mind while helping students to become ethical, responsible, productive, cultured, and successful citizens of the world. The University is a concentrated resource of classroom-directed learning, research facilities, and intellectual talent that seeks to develop within each student the ability to view problems from many different perspectives and to find creative, flexible, and humane solutions to a rapidly changing social world and labor market.

The Liberal Studies for the 21st Century program, required of all undergraduates, builds an educational foundation that will enable FSU graduates to thrive intellectually and materially and to engage critically and effectively in their communities. In this way, Liberal Studies courses provide a comprehensive intellectual foundation and transformative educational experience.

Graduate Education (see Graduate Bulletin for details)

Emphasis at Florida State University is placed upon advanced degree programs entailing extensive research activities and preparation for careers in science, the arts, the humanities, the professions, and technological fields. The University's diverse curriculum leads to graduate degrees with flexible options allowing students to form the program most suited to their academic and career goals. Talented faculty ensure a steady exchange of ideas, information, and technical skills. Research and teaching assistantships and fellowships are available to allow graduate students the opportunity to work with these leaders in their fields while furthering their education. The exceptional research facilities available, together with the Robert Manning Strozier Library, its eight branch libraries including the Paul A.M. Dirac Science Center Library, and the Law Library, keep the University on the leading edge of graduate education.

Faculty Distinction

It is the official policy of Florida State University to recruit the most talented faculty from leading centers of learning throughout the world. The University faculty has consistently included Nobel laureates, members of National and Foreign Academies, Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and Fulbright Scholars. Many of its members have received national and international recognition, and the University enjoys national ranking in a number of disciplines. The Provost rewards faculty members who receive awards recognized by the National Research Council as "Highly Prestigious" and "Prestigious" with permanent salary increases. The diversity and quality of the educational backgrounds of the faculty are reflected in the institutions that have granted their graduate degrees. A listing of distinguished faculty appears in this General Bulletin.


The University participates in the Traveling Scholar Program (for graduate students), Academic Common Market, and Cooperative Programs within the State of Florida, Board of Governors. Florida State University is a member of the University Research Association; the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Inc.; The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; The Southeastern Universities Research Association; EDUCOM: The Interuniversity Communications Council; the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; ALA: the American Library Association; the State University System's Institute for Oceanography; the University Space Research Association; CAUSE: The Association for the Management of Information Technology in Higher Education and is a founding member of the iSchools movement.


Florida State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida State University. The Commission on Colleges is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the University's significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.

For departmental/field accreditations, refer to the respective college or school's chapter in this General Bulletin.

Carnegie Foundation Classification

In its 2015 report, The Carnegie Foundation classified Florida State University in the "Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity" category, its highest category for a graduate-research university. Florida State University is one of 115 American universities (81 public) to have earned this designation. In addition, the 2015 report selected Florida State University for the Community Engagement Classification. This competitive designation recognizes Florida State's commitment to exemplary institutional practices of engagement within its local, state, and global community.