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Undergraduate Requirements

Applying for admission and getting accepted is the first step in your journey to joining our Seminole family. Once accepted, you should apply for financial aid, schedule a personalized tour, and sign up for Orientation (readmission, transient, and non-degree students are not required to attend Orientation).

Once you have applied, the Online Status Check (OSC) will allow you to monitor the status of your application and required materials. (Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester and it takes time for files to be updated, especially around deadlines.)

FSU uses electronic communications (i.e. email) as its primary form of informing students about their academic status. Please add admissions@admin.fsu.edu to your email address book.

There is a non-refundable $30 application fee for all freshmen, transfer and non-degree seeking applications. Applications are not processed until after the application fee has been received.

Freshman Applicants

Freshman admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record and test scores to ensure you are prepared for the rigorous curriculum you will encounter at Florida State University. The holistic review process is based on graduating from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) with specific academic courses, a cumulative grade point average based on these courses, and test scores.

Applicants who graduate from high school and receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements and the major requirements when submitting the admission application. The Panama City Campus Undergraduate Program Guide provides you with a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest.

Admitted Fall 2016 Middle 50% Profile

We hope to admit our freshman class of 2017 at the same academic profile as the middle 50% range of the freshman class of 2016: 

  • 3.5-4.1 academic GPA
  • 24-28 ACT composite
  • 1190-1320 New SAT total
  • 1670-1860 Old SAT Total

Additional factors include the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum taken, strength of senior schedule, math level in senior year, number of years in a sequential world language, and the written essay.

The Process

  1. Create your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR). To learn more about the SSAR, view our FAQ and watch our how-to videos.
  2. Apply online.
  3. Submit your official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. Test scores must be received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.
  4. Submit the essay.
  5. Submit the residency form.
  6. Submit the FAFSA, available in October.
  7. Log on to the Online Status Check regularly to monitor the status of your application materials.

*Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process.

* The June SAT and June ACT are the latest tests that FSU Panama City will use in the admission process for applicants applying as freshman.

*Effective Spring 2017, applicants are not required to submit the optional ACT writing score or the SAT essay score.

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

Deadlines

The Office of Admissions must receive all of the information used to make an admission decision by the published deadlines:

Applications and All Supporting Documents Received By: October 19, 2016

Decision Available Online: December 8, 2016

After December 8, 2016, all freshman application decisions will be made on a continual basis.

The final deadline for freshman applications is July, 1 2017

Required High School Course Units

Specific high school course units are required for admission to the freshman class. An academic unit is the equivalent of a year-long course that is not remedial in nature. The units listed above represent the minimum required for admission consideration but do not guarantee admission. Most students accepted to the University exceed the minimums.

  • 4 units of English (at least three with substantial writing requirements)
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I level and higher)
  • 3 units of natural science (at least two with laboratory experience)
  • 3 units of social science (includes history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and geography)
  • 2 sequential units of the same world language
  • 2 elective units (preferably from the English, mathematics, natural science, social science, or world language areas)

Satisfying these minimum required units does not guarantee admission. The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5.5 units of math, 4.5 units of natural science, 5 units of social science and 3.5 units of world language.

Remember to Monitor Your Application

The Online Status Check (OSC) allows you to regularly monitor the status of your application and required materials. Most of our communications, including our admission decisions, will be available on the Online Status Check. You're responsible for regularly checking your email account and the Online Status Check. Please ensure that we always have your most up-to-date email address, and include admissions@pc.fsu.edu in your address book.

ACT/SAT Information

We require freshman applicants to submit at least one ACT and/or SAT test score to be considered for admission. Beginning with applications for 2017, Florida State no longer requires the optional ACT writing score or the optional SAT essay. We encourage applicants to take both the ACT and SAT, and to attempt each exam more than one time to earn the highest possible score.

In March of 2016, the College Board launched the redesigned SAT. Information about this and other changes to the test can be found on the College Board website. Students applying for 2017 admission can submit old and new SAT scores.

When evaluating students for admission, we use the highest earned ACT and SAT sub scores to calculate the ACT composite and/or SAT total (a process known as "super scoring"). Due to the scoring differences between the old, three-part, and new, two-part, versions of the SAT, FSU will calculate separate super scores for each version of the exam.

The June SAT and June ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying as freshman.

Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC)

Prospective students who have not yet been admitted to FSU may use the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) resource at no charge on one of the computers in the FSU Panama City Library and Learning Center (LLC) located on the first floor of the Holley Academic Building.

This online resource provides practice tests and prep materials for: ACT, SAT, AP, CLEP, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and MAT.

Essay

Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides another opportunity to learn more about you. The essay should be no longer than 650 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below:

  • Describe an experience from your life that either demonstrates your character or helped shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

Accelerated Credit

Up to 45 semester hours of credit can be awarded by taking AICE , AP , IB , or CLEP tests and achieving appropriate scores.* To receive credit, official test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Students enrolled in college coursework prior to graduation from high school (dual enrollment) may be awarded college credit. An official college transcript will be required for the posting of credit. We will not post college credit from a high school transcript.

*Subject to change. Recent legislation calls for an annual review to determine the appropriate examination scores and courses for which credit is to be granted. 

The Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)

Think of SSAR as a version of your high school transcript created by you. It replaces the official high school and college transcripts used by the Office of Admissions during the initial review process. At the SSAR Website you will be asked to list all of the classes and grades earned or in progress.

The easiest way to create your SSAR is from a copy of your high school transcript. When you go to the SSAR website, you can refer to the transcript to accurately reflect your classes and grades. Accuracy is important because all acceptances granted by the Office of Admissions and Records will be validated, using your official high school and college transcripts sent to us after you have graduated. Students with inaccurate data on the SSAR may be denied admission to the University, have their admission revoked if admitted, or have their registration cancelled if enrolled.

To learn more about SSAR, view our FAQ and watch our how-to videos.

Instructions for changing or updating a SSAR once you have completed the application process.

Home Education and GED Information

Florida State University considers applications from students who are educated through a Home-Education program, or who have earned a GED. Home-Education applicants must complete the SSAR, while students earning a GED must submit official GED results along with an official, partial high school transcript.

Transfer Applicants

The majority of our students come to us from the Florida College System and most will have completed their Associate in Arts degree. However, we accept transfer students from all regionally accredited institutions at all levels. We encourage you to apply at least six to nine months prior to the term you wish to enter and, after browsing our website, we hope you will contact us with any remaining questions.

The Process

Review the transfer admission requirements below.

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official high school and all college/university transcripts (sent directly from each institution). College coursework from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency.
  3. Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. It is recommended that junior and senior transfer applicants also submit test scores.
  4. Submit all AICE, AP, IB, or CLEP results if you have earned college credit through one of these accelerated mechanisms.
  5. Submit the residency form.
  6. Determine if the major/program of interest has a different application deadline and/or additional admission criteria, e.g., prerequisites, audition, portfolio, etc.
  7. Use the Online Status Check to monitor the status of your application and materials.

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

Deadlines

The University deadlines for transfer students applying to the Panama City campus are listed below; however, some academic programs (i.e., Social Work, Education, etc.), have earlier deadlines than those established by the University, or may admit only for a specific term. Prospective applicants should refer to our Academics webpage for program application deadlines and additional program applications that must be submitted after applying to the University (if required by the program).

A transfer admission decision can be made after an applicant has submitted a complete application and all supporting documents.

  • Fall Semester - Deadline: July 29
  • Spring Semester – Deadline: November 29
  • Summer Semester – Deadline: March 29

Students applying to the Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) at FSU Panama City are only considered for fall admission. Students must submit BOTH a university application AND a separate program application for consideration. The BSW program application must be submitted no later than June 1 to be considered for the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Transfer admission is a holistic and selective process, and no single criterion guarantees admission. Rather, we consider all of the documentation you submit, and we carefully review your academic record to ensure you are prepared for the academic rigor you will encounter at Florida State University. The more college credit earned after high school graduation, the less we focus on your high school performance. Some colleges and departments limit the number of students they admit to their programs; thus, your intended major could factor into our admission decision.

Major Requirements

All transfer applicants must select a major. In addition to meeting general University requirements, you must also meet the criteria established for admission to your selected major. General University admission requirements are listed on this page, but you should refer to the Academic Program Guide for detailed information. The Panama City campus Undergraduate Program Guide provides a detailed program description, an academic map, and a link to your department of interest. Because major requirements often include specific course requirements, it is crucial that you provide us with all AP, IB, AICE, or CLEP exam results so that we have a complete record of all the course credit you have earned.

General University Requirements

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to admissions@pc.fsu.edu. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation.

Typically, students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 hours for a normal 120-semester hour degree program. See below for Excess Credit Hour Surcharge details.

Freshman/Sophomore Level Applicants (12-59 hours)

Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a strong academic high school profile that is indicative of success at the college level. Very few students with less than a 3.0 academic GPA will be admissible.
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades. 
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

Junior/Senior Level Applicants (60+ hours)

Junior and senior applicants (60+ semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all attempted college courses. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
    NOTE: The best indication of your potential academic success at Florida State University is your calculated transfer GPA. Very few students with less than a 3.0 calculated GPA will be admitted.
  • be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 calculated GPA on all work attempted at your last institution.

World Language Admission Requirement

All transfer applicants must have satisfied the state of Florida's world language admission requirement at either the high school or college level. At the high school level, students must have earned two sequential units of high school credit in one world language (e.g. Spanish I and Spanish II) or American Sign Language. At the college level, students must have completed through the second elementary/beginning course of one world language or American Sign Language (or documented equivalent proficiency).

College Level Proficiency Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

All transfer applicants must have demonstrated college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to being considered for admission. You can demonstrate proficiency by having a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level English composition and a minimum of three semester hours of approved college-level mathematics with no grade below "C". Please be aware that many majors will require that you complete 6 credit hours in each of these areas (depending on the amount of transfer credit you will have earned before enrolling at FSU). Detailed information about specific admission criteria by major can be found at the Panama City campus Undergraduate Program Guide.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Applicants who have received an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution immediately prior to transferring, receive priority consideration for admission provided the application and all supporting documents are received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

NOTE: Applicants who graduate from high school and who will receive an AA degree at the same time must meet the freshman admission requirements AND the major requirements when submitting the admission application.

Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented a new law (Section 1009.286, FS) to encourage students who enroll in a state university to complete the baccalaureate degree program as efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge" by charging an additional student payment to those students who do not complete the baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. Accelerated coursework (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP, and dual enrollment) taken while in high school are not calculated in this hour count. For more information on the excess credit-hour surcharge, please visit http://registrar.fsu.edu/records/excess_hours/faq/.

Readmission Applicants

If you have never attended Florida State University as a degree-seeking student and wish to apply, please review the freshman or transfer admission requirements above.

If you meet any of the conditions below you may continue with the readmission application process.

  • You were previously enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program at Florida State University and have been absent for three or more consecutive semesters, including the summer.
  • You were academically dismissed from Florida State and have been absent for three or more consecutive semesters, including summer. (Academically dismissed students are not eligible for readmission unless they have been reinstated by their academic dean. Reinstatement to continue does not guarantee a favorable readmission decision or admission into a specific major.)
  • You withdrew from Florida State and have been absent for three or more consecutive semesters, including summer.
  • Your last term of enrollment at Florida State was administratively cancelled and you have been absent for three or more consecutive semesters, including summer.
  • You earned a bachelor's degree from Florida State and wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree.

Application Process

  1. Apply online selecting the Transfer application.
  2. Submit an official transcript from every college/university attended since your last enrollment at Florida State University.
  3. Complete the Florida Residency Affidavit. This is required for all readmission applicants who wish to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes. Students who were previously coded as non-Florida must go through a reclassification process through the Residency Section of the Office of the Registrar.
  4. Readmission will require approval from your academic dean with final approval by the Office of Admissions.

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

Deadlines

FSU Panama City campus deadlines for readmission applications at the undergraduate level are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - Deadline: July 29
  • Spring Semester – Deadline: November 29
  • Summer Semester – Deadline: March 29

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Enrollment as a non-degree student is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions provided the student is in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student.

Course registration is on a space-available basis and, in some cases, may require departmental approval. Coursework taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit.

  • Up to 15 semester hours earned as an undergraduate non-degree student may be applied toward an undergraduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate dean upon acceptance into a degree program.
  • Up to 12 semester hours earned as a graduate non-degree student may be applied toward a graduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate department chair and dean upon acceptance into a degree program (provided that a grade of "B" [3.0] or better has been achieved).

Non-degree students must adhere to the same academic rules that applies to degree-seeking students (e.g., application deadlines, fees, drop/add, withdrawals, grading, retention policies, etc.).

Students who subsequently decide to pursue a degree must submit the appropriate admission application. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the University as a degree-seeking student. All information used to make an admission decision must be received by the published deadline.

Apply online

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.

Deadlines

Non-degree seeking applications may be submitted online no earlier than one semester in advance of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission. Deadlines for each semester are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - Deadline: August 1
  • Spring Semester – Deadline: December 1
  • Summer Semester – Deadline: May 1

Transient Applicants

If you are an undergraduate student in degree-seeking status at another Florida State University System (SUS) institution or Florida state/community college, you may apply to FSU Panama City as a transient student. Approval from your Home institution through Florida Shines is required.  This program enables students to enroll at both their Home institution and a second public institution of higher education or to sit out a term at their Home institution and take classes solely at another one.  Once approved through Florida Shines, students may register at FSU during the scheduled enrollment window, paying our established tuition and/or registration fees.

Deadlines

FSU Panama City campus deadlines for transient applications at the undergraduate level are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - Deadline: August 1
  • Spring Semester – Deadline: December 1
  • Summer Semester – Deadline: April 1

Florida State University encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status in accordance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws on non-discrimination and equal opportunity.