FSU, Florida State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

More than a third of all applicants get rejected by Florida State, and you're going to need relatively strong grades and test scores to get in. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the great majority of successful applicants had "B" or higher averages, SAT scores (RW+M) of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. About 75% of admitted students had a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher and/or an ACT composite score of 25 or better. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and few students with "A" averages and well above average SAT scores were rejected. 

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Florida State GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

FSU, Florida State University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
FSU, Florida State University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue throughout the graph, especially in the middle. Quite a few students with grades and test scores that were on target for FSU did not get accepted. You'll also see that  several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is largely because Florida State takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. The university likes to see a minimum of four units of English and math, three unites of natural science and social science, and two units of a world language. You'll be more competitive if you exceed these minimums and your academic record includes challenging AP, IB, and/or Honors courses. Also, keep in mind that an upward trend in your high school grades will be viewed much more favorably than a downward trend.

Optional Essay

The Florida State University application also includes an optional essay of 650 or fewer words (the same length as the Common Application essay). If your grades and test scores are borderline for admission to Florida State (or even if you are a good match for FSU), it's in your best interest to submit an essay (assuming, of course, that it is well-written). The essay is a great place for you to show a side of yourself that may not be readily apparent from the rest of your essay, and to show that you have ambition and writing skills to be a successful Florida State student.

Finally, special talents can play a role in the admissions process, and your chances of admission improve if you are highly skilled in the arts or athletics. Students who plan to major in dance, film, music, or theatre should visit the university's admissions website to learn about audition and portfolio requirements and deadlines for admission.

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