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Seminole Pathway FAQ

For more information about the FSU Panama City Seminole Pathway program, please call the Office of Admissions and Records at 850-770-2316 or email admissions@pc.fsu.edu. Or call our general admissions assistance at 850-770-2160.

Seminole Landing On Campus Living

Located along the bay, Seminole Landing will be an on-campus apartment community for undergraduate and graduate students at FSU Panama City and Gulf Coast State College.

Apartments will feature one, two and 4-bedroom floor plans in a variety of layouts. The apartments are fully-furnished, and include an in-unit washer and dryer, vinyl plank wood flooring, energy-efficient appliances, and TV service.

Academics

FSU Panama City offers a diverse selection of undergraduate degree programs that combine hands-on learning, internships and research to engage students. Students can further tailor a degree by adding a minor or certificate

Don’t see your major listed? Don't worry! FSU Panama City offers the general education courses and electives students need to complete their liberal studies requirements.

Location

The Panama City campus was founded in the fall 1982, and it currently serves as a fully accredited regional campus of Florida State University. The campus sits on the beautiful North Bay, 25.66 acres. Our campus is located only a few minutes away from a beautiful area of Panama City Beach.

Beyond the beautiful location, Bay County enriches the lives of visitors and residents with a strong culture presence through many organizations. From amazing dining and shopping experience to festivals, concerts, and sporting events, Panama City Beach area attracts many visitors and those who would like to get their education closer to the Emerald Coast.

Student Activities & Engagement

Get involved and make lasting friendships at FSU Panama City. Our beautiful campus offers a diverse student life with campus celebrations, co-curricular opportunities, cultural events, and wellness activities. Campus involvement creates unique ways to apply classroom learning to real world experiences, share common interests and goals, and build a network of personal and professional connections.

Campus life amenities include:

  • John and Gail Robbins Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation: This common space is designed to foster creativity and innovative thinking. The Robbins Center includes the Digital Design Studio in which students can learn new design and technology, experiment with an augmented reality lab, collaborate in a study room, and receive tutoring in their courses.
  • Academic Advising and Student Success Center: Located on the first floor of the Holley Academic Center, this space provides professional advising and peer tutoring to support students as they establish their personal, academic, and career goals at FSU Panama City.
  • The Counseling Center at FSU Panama City supports students with all kinds of personal, social, and emotional concerns, promoting positive mental health.
  • Student Organizations: Student involvement allows students to share common goals and interests for a well-rounded University experience. As a member, you can strengthen your leadership skills by serving as an officer or project leader.
  • Student Government Council: SGC represents the student body to plan activities and events year-round. The council works closely with administration and the students to create meaningful experiences on campus.
  • Campus Ministry Association: CMA is a partnership of local faith-based organizations providing religious services, resources, and information for students of all faiths.
  • Recreation: Outside the classroom, the campus boasts of plenty of opportunities for recreation, such as intramurals, a sand volleyball court, outdoor amphitheater, waterfront pier and back deck, which provide limitless possibilities for to make your college experience your own.
  • Leadership: Leadership comes in many forms and we believe that all students have the ability to be a successful leader.
  • Events & Programs: FSU Panama City offers students the opportunity to participate in and collaborate on various events and programs throughout the year. 
  • Seminole Commodore Alliance: The Seminole-Commodore Alliance (SCA) is a collaboration between FSU Panama City and Gulf Coast State College that provides opportunities to enhance student engagement at both campuses.

Peer Tutoring

Whether you are stuck on a specific problem or need help writing a paper, our Peer Tutors are here to help. Student tutoring allows you the ease of talking with a classmate with the comfort of knowing they have been recommended by faculty. They know what they are talking about and they speak your language.

We currently offer tutoring services in the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • English/Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology

If the course or subject areas you need support in are not listed, please speak with our academic advising team to arrange a tutor. To request remote tutoring through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) on the Tallahassee campus, visit ACE’s tutoring page here.

  • Career Services: The FSU Career Center provides many services to students, virtually and in-person. Services include career advising, resume and cover letter critiques, job and internship searches, mock interviews, mentorships, and more.
  • Counseling Services: College can be filled with new and enriching experiences, but can also present a variety of challenges in your personal, social, emotional, and professional life. The Counseling Center is here to help you overcome challenges, attain your life goals, and enhance your personal growth, making the most of your time here at FSU.
  • Student Disability Services: Advocating for students with disabilities, SDS provides accommodations for students with a variety of abilities and needs. We want you to have all of the tools and resources available for your academic pursuits.

Value and Affordability

We are so proud that our beautiful campus provides small class sizes. On average, our student to faculty ratio is 20:1. FSU is one of the nation's elite research universities and FSU Panama City amplifies the university's efforts to preserve and expand knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities and professions. 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 change the world with strength, skill and character.

FSU Panama City offers an affordable tuition rate. Our in-state credit our rate is $180.49 per credit hour and out-of-state is $686.04 per credit hour.

For students that live in lower Alabama and lower Georgia, you may also qualify for our special out-of-state rate of $200.49 per credit hour. That is only $20 more per credit hour if you live in one of the following counties:

  • Alabama: Baldwin, Barbour, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Mobile, Monroe, Pike and Washington
  • Georgia: Baker, Decatur, Early, Miller and Seminole, Ga.

Please keep in mind that our special out-of-state rate is only available for those who apply to FSU Panama City.

Scholarships

The FSU Panama City Foundation offers a selection of scholarships based on financial need, merit, and/or community service. The process for applying is simple. Complete one of our general foundation applications and tell us a little about yourself. Don't forget about the deadlines, and we will take care of the rest. If you meet the criteria and funds are available, our scholarship committee will match you to the scholarships that best match your profile.

To apply for scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships web page. As a reminder, students should complete both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 FASFA applications to ensure eligibility.

Transportation

Students who wish to drive to campus may do so. The great thing about attending a small campus is that parking is free and easily found. Students walk, ride bikes, and navigate the pedestrian-friendly campus with ease.

As for public transportation, we have the Bay Town Trolley and Uber. Please keep in mind that you can purchase a Bay Town Trolley pass onboard any bus/trolley, by calling 850.769.0557, ext. 0305. Students receive a discount with a valid FSUID.

Students also may wish to coordinate with each other for car-pooling. Meet other students in the FSU Panama City Pathway Facebook group.

Food services

FSU Panama City houses local favorite Shane Rib Shack in the Holley Building. 

There are other local restaurants a few minutes away such as Finns Island Grub, Subway, Chick-Fil-A and the best that Bay county area has to offer.

Football Tickets and Athletics

FSU Panama City may purchase student tickets to FSU athletic events (basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, etc.) at the student price. Students may opt in to paying the Athletic Fee established in Tallahassee to receive lottery tickets for FSU Football games.

Residency

Under Florida law, being a legal Florida resident does not automatically qualify you for in-state tuition. A "Florida resident for tuition purposes" is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent, legal guardian, or spouse has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve months prior to the first day of the term. Please Note: Students, who depend on out-of-state parents for support, are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

Students who are not Florida residents for tuition purposes will be assessed an out of state fee. This fee will make the tuition bill for an undergraduate out of state student approximately 3 1/2 times higher than the tuition bill for an undergraduate Florida resident. The graduate tuition bill for an out of state student is approximately 2 1/2 times higher than the graduate tuition bill for a Florida resident.

The determination of dependent or independent student status is important because it is the basis for whether the student has to submit his/her own documentation for residency (as an independent) or his/her parent's or guardian's documentation of residency (as a dependent).

  • Independent Student. A student who meets any of the following criteria shall be classified as an independent student for the determination of residency for tuition purposes:
    • The student is 24 years of age prior to the start of the term for which residency is sought;
    • The student is married;
    • The student has children and/or other dependents who receive more than half of their support from the student;
    • The student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training;
    • Both of the student's parents are deceased or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court;
    • The student is working on a master's or doctoral degree during the term for which residency status is sought at a Florida institution;
    • The student is classified as independent by the FSU Office of Financial Aid.

A student who does not meet any of the criteria outlined above may be classified as an independent student only if he or she submits documentation that he or she provides fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of attendance for independent, in-state students as defined by the Office of Financial Aid at Florida State University (exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).

  • Dependent Student: All other students who do not meet the above definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of residency for tuition purposes.

Home ownership does not automatically qualify you for Florida residency for tuition purposes. Residence in Florida must be as a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education. Owning property in Florida, while residing in another state, will not of its own merit meet residency requirements.

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