May 21, 1998 - by

This is Florida State

With the combined strength of his-tory and innovation on its side,
Florida State University has grown from its modest, yet portentous creation as the Seminary West of the Suwannee in 1857 into one of the nation’s premier research institutions.

In 1994, Florida State was classified a Research University I by the Carnegie Foundation, a distinction shared by less than 3 percent of the nation’s universities.

Located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida and building rapidly on the framework of a highly regarded liberal arts college for women, as well as that of its coed predecessor Florida State College, the university has emerged during the past 51 years to become an institution of national and international esteem.

Now, FSU, a residential campus with 30,519 students, stands ready to lead the technological revolution remaking colleges and universities nationwide. Building on a unique public-private partnership with online information giant LEXIS-NEXIS, FirstSearch and other providers, FSU has made availability of online computer information services a top priority. In the wake of a major modernization effort to renovate and upgrade the university’s residence halls, FSU is wiring all rooms for direct Internet access.

Moreover, this access is free to all FSU students and includes other online services such as UNIVerse, which FSU co-developed with LEXIS-NEXIS. UNIVerse users have access to thousands of sources and more than 1 billion documents ; more than all the sites of the World Wide Web combined.

A senior member of the 10-member State University System, FSU’s operating budget is $474.3 million. Faculty and administrators generate more than $100 million annually in external funding to supplement state-sponsored research.

Additionally, the FSU Foundation, Seminole Boosters and FSU Alumni Association bolster the university’s financial well-being, and academic and athletic standing.

FSU’s main campus comprises 452 acres in Tallahassee, which is the sixth largest city in the state. Since the early 1990s, the university has actively acquired land in Leon, Bay, Franklin, Gadsden and Sarasota counties to increase its academic offerings to all Floridians and now owns roughly 1,281 acres in those counties.

In 16 colleges and schools, students may earn baccalaureate degrees in 91 programs and master’s degrees in 97 programs. There are 28 advanced master and specialist degree programs, 72 doctoral degrees and one professional degree program.

The academic divisions are the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Human Sciences; Law; Social Sciences; and the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering; and the schools of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Information Studies; Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts; Music; Nursing; Social Work; Theatre; and Visual Arts and Dance.

As a leader in basic and applied research, FSU is home to the $100 million, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is a consortium of FSU, the University of Florida and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

With 1,655 members, the FSU faculty has included nine National Academy of Sciences members and 10 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members and has included five Nobel laureates. Backing up the faculty are 2,122 administrative/professional and support staff.

Of FSU’s 30,519 students, 55.2 percent are female, 44.8 percent are male, 20.1 percent are minorities and 2.5 percent of the total enrollment are foreign students.

FSU students represent all 67 counties in Florida, each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and 139 foreign countries.

The freshmen class of 1997 had a 3.5 average high school GPA and averaged 1145 on their SATs. In that class are 264 National Merit Finalists and 40 National Achievement Finalists. Approximately 68 percent of all FSU students receive financial aid, which totaled $162,448,744 for 1996-97.

These gifted students are a continuing testament to Florida’s first Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, which was installed at Florida State College for Women in 1935.

From firmly grounded roots in pre-Civil War Florida through nearly 150 years of upheaval and progress, Florida State continues to be a standard bearer for higher education throughout Florida and the United States.

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