Office of Admissions
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The FSU Panama City Preview Day is an excellent opportunity for students, families, and guests to learn more about the Panama City campus experience. The campus's faculty and staff will be available to assist students in learning about academic programs and discovering the campus's unique student engagement opportunities. Learn more about the event at Seminole Pathways.
Which type of student are you?
Click the boxes below to learn more about the admission process and requirements.
High school seniors or first-time-in-college students
Students with an A.A. or with 60+ credit hours from another college or university
Students with a bachelor's degree interested in pursuing a graduate degree
Degree-seeking students enrolled at another institution
You were previously enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program
If you are interested in taking a course(s) but not earning a degree
Step 1: Submit your Application
Once you have decided on a start term and identified the correct application type, complete and submit your application online using the application portal link above.
Additional information for First Year applicants can be found on the First Year Applicants page.
Additional information for Transient applicants can be found on the Transfer Applicants page.
Additional information for Graduate applicants can be found on the Graduate Applicants page.
Step 2: Receive email invitation to Application Status Page
After you have submitted your application, you will be routed to your Application Status Page. The Status Page is where you will pay your application fee, add recommenders to your application if required (graduate only), and upload required application materials including transcripts.
We recommend checking this page often for updates on your application, important university updates, and contact information for your department.
Step 3: Complete your Application: the Application Status Page
Required application materials vary by department and will be reflected on your Application Status Page within one day.
If your application requires letters of recommendation, you will be prompted to input recommenders' information. Be sure to notify your recommenders in advance that they will receive an email from FSU with instructions for uploading their letters directly to your application.
Students who qualify for an ACT, College Board, or NACAC application fee waiver or who meet other indicators of economic need may have the application fee waived by selecting the qualifying application fee waiver category on the admissions application.
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.
*If the University deadline falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to submit their applications and all supporting documents. In addition, the University reserves the right to close transfer admission earlier if warranted by enrollment limitations and the number and quality of applications.
Many of our communications, including your admission decision, are sent electronically. Please make sure that we always have your most up-to-date email address. You will need to check your email account and the Application Status Check on a regular basis.
To ensure receipt of our emails, include admissions email@example.com in your address book.
What We're Looking For
Our application review process is a holistic and selective process, where no single criterion guarantees admission. Our holistic review process is centered on three of our institutional core values — Vires, Artes, Mores.
The first torch, Vires, represents strength. We look at rigor, grades, and previous course work taken. Each applicant is evaluated based upon performance within the context of the student's academic environment.
The second torch, Artes, represents skill. We want to see how students use their out-of-classroom time, whether through sports, clubs, organizations, family responsibilities, employment, or other achievements.
The third torch, Mores, represents character. We evaluate the information students have shared with us to learn who they are, any formative experiences they may have had, and what their life goals may be.
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