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What Makes Us Unique

Florida State University (FSU) is a comprehensive, research institution, conducting groundbreaking research in state-of-the-art laboratories, where the campus' "community" atmosphere enhances the learning experience. FSU takes pride in its ability to offer the benefits of a small, liberal arts college and the resources of a major research university.

Florida State's academic programs are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the student and to best impart recent developments in each academic area. Undergraduates are required to participate in a liberal studies program as part of the curriculum, to ensure diversity in learning and provide a perspective on the qualities, accomplishments, and aspirations of people; cultures; and the world — past, present, and future.

The previous fiscal year brought an increase in research funding that outpaced the national trend in funding by federal sources. The outstanding faculty includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Academy of Sciences members, and recipients of University, state, and national teaching awards. They teach academics and life skills in classrooms, laboratories, and by one-on-one individual study. They are one of the greatest resources offered by FSU.

There is so much more to the college experience than academics. Student life outside the classroom at FSU includes service learning, cultural exposure, social organizations, and athletic events. University incentives for participating in community service encourage students to discover the rewards of giving back to the community; theatre, music, and dance performances and art exhibits expose students to new cultural experiences; campus organizations allow students to meet others with similar interests or goals; and Seminole sports invite them to join other avid fans to support their nationally-known ‘Noles. FSU is truly a global university, offering study-abroad programs to afford students the opportunity to visit the places in their studies or learn a new language in its native land.

Famous Alumni

  • Christine Lahti - Actress
  • Derrick Brooks - NFL linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Emilie Richards McGee - Novelist
  • Janice Huff - NBC Meteorologist
  • Lee Corso - Sportscaster
  • Mel Martinez - United States Senator
  • Deion Sanders - NFL cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons

Fun Facts

FSU is home to the greatest collegiate show on earth with the only student-run three-ring circus on a U.S. campus. The Flying High Circus started in 1947 and performs for groups all across the southeast and occasionally in the Bahamas. The circus members consist of FSU students with no previous circus experience.


Traditions / School Myths

FSU welcomes new and returning students in the fall with Seminole Sensation Week, 10 days packed with activities and sponsored by Student Affairs. 2005's event kicked off with Breakfast for a Buck at FSU's Park Avenue Diner and featured Dinner and a Movie on the Green, Rec Fest at the Leach Center, and performances by comedian Tom Cotter and rock band Jimmy Eat World. One of the most popular activities is the Seminole Uprising, where students learn about traditions surrounding the Seminoles and show their team spirit.

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