We enhance communities and create opportunities by providing access to high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs as well as encouraging regional military and business research partnerships to enrich and empower individuals to engage and change the world with strength, skill and character.
Florida State University is one of the nation’s elite research universities and FSU Panama City amplifies the university’s efforts to preserve, expand and disseminate knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities and professions.
Our Bayside campus is home to a community of innovative thinkers who create programs that support and anticipate the sophisticated needs of business and industry in North Florida, preparing workforce-ready students to meet the region's economic demand.
Our history at a glance
- 1972: Florida Board of Regents directs the University of West Florida to establish a center in Panama City
- 1976: Bay County Commission purchases 17.5 acres between then Gulf Coast Community College and the waters of North Bay
- 1982: Florida State University accepts responsibility for the Panama City campus
- 2000: Full-time, daytime undergraduate programs begin in Electrical Engineering, Information Sciences, Elementary Education, Social Science Education and Social Work
- 2004-2006: The Legislature funds construction of the new Administrative and Academic centers
- 2012: FSU’s Board of Trustees approves a four-year academic plan
- 2013: FSU Panama City admits its first freshman class