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FSU Highlights

National Preeminence


  • College of Criminology & Criminal Justice is ranked #1 in the nation for faculty research by the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2016.
  • The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will be the largest degree-granting college of its kind in the nation as a result of a $100 million gift.
  • Best online computer science bachelor’s degree program among both public and private universities,, 2015.
  • FSU’s two College of Business competitors finished #1 and #2 in the International Collegiate Sales Competition; the FSU team finished #1.
  • College of Medicine is #1 in the nation for instruction in community health, Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • The #2 most competitive medical school in the nation in admissions, U.S. News & World Report, 2016.
  • Mock trial team won first place in the National Trial Advocacy Tournament, and also won first place in the 2015 National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition.
  • School of Information’s School Library Media Program ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, “Best Graduate Schools.”
  • Interior Design graduate program voted “Most Admired” in the nation by “America’s Best Architectural and Design Schools,” — for the fourth straight year.
  • The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the only national lab in Florida, holds the most world records for the most powerful magnets on Earth.
  • The College of Law ranked #2 in the nation by preLaw magazine, 2016, for public service in the category public defender/prosecutor.
  • The distinguished FSU faculty has included six Nobel laureates, two winners of the Pulitzer Prize, members of the National Academy of Sciences, fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and many Eminent Scholars.
  • A location just a few blocks from the Capitol and the Florida Legislature, affords students coveted opportunities to experience government in action through internships, fellowships and employment.
  • Office of National Fellowships mentors the university’s most talented students, who, in the past decade, have won more than 225 prestigious national awards, including 3 Rhodes scholarships, 4 Truman scholarships, 8 Goldwater scholarships, 18 Hollings scholarships, and 4 Pickering fellowships In 2015, FSU’s Daniel Hubbard was named the only Truman Scholar from Florida.
  • Tying for third in the country among research institutions, 11 students and seven faculty members from Florida State University earned Fulbright grants for 2015-2016. The Fulbright program is one of the most highly competitive, merit-based grant programs worldwide-operating in 155 countries.
  • Florida State’s many initiatives to ease transition from military to academic life have brought it recognition as the nation’s eighth most veteran-friendly school (Military Times).
  • For the second consecutive year, FSU received INSIGHT Into Diversity’s national “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Award. In addition, The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has named Florida State a recipient of the IHEP Champions of Access and Success Award. FSU was recognized as an “Exemplar Institution” for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, disabled and other underserved students.
  • The Film School is one of the world’s best (The Hollywood Reporter, Directors Guild of America). The award-winning industry professionals who comprise the faculty have produced more than 400 feature films, while the school’s outstanding students have earned more than 2,000 awards and recognitions, including many Student Oscars and Emmys.
  • The College of Music — home to two Grammy Award winners and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer — is the third largest music program in higher education. The college is highly rated among public universities, and its opera program ranks third in the United States (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Florida State provides countless opportunities for students to be involved in service learning, civic education and leadership. With more than 700 registered student organizations, as well as Service Scholars and Garnet and Gold Scholars, the university is a leader of programs focused on community development and values education.
  • Voted one of the most beautiful campuses in America, by HouseBeautiful, 2015.

#1 in Florida

  • Largest private gift to a public university: $100 million.
  • No. 1 for Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty research.
  • More National Science Foundation Funding than any other FL school.
  • Top ranked Master of Fine Arts program, U.S. News & World Report.
  • Leads in STEM funding in four of eight STEM fields.
  • Only Florida school on national list of top student Fulbright producers.
  • The only national lab — The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
  • The past three Rhodes Scholars from public universities were from FSU.
  • No. 1 law school in Florida by Business Insider; highest job placement.
  • Highest percentage of alumni giving back of any university in Florida.