Florida State University, a graduate research
institution, stands among the nation’s elite in both academics and athletics,
as it celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2001.
Located on the oldest continuous site of higher
education in Florida, the university is situated in the heart of the
state’s capital city. The university’s main campus blends Jacobean Revival
and modern styles of architecture with the oaks, pines, dogwoods and
azaleas of North Florida.
As the university has progressed and grown –
from its pre-Civil War beginnings as the Seminary West of the Suwannee,
to the Florida State College for Women and, finally, returning to coeducational
status as a university in 1947 – it has developed into an acclaimed
research institution, a top-ranked competitor in intercollegiate athletics
and as a standard-setter in the basic sciences and the performing arts.
The university has entered the 21st century with
excellence in all areas of its mission – teaching, research and public
service, including such milestones as:
Under the leadership of the university’s 12th A senior member of the State University System, FSU’s operating budget is $656 million. Faculty Within the state, the university maintains facilities For years, FSU has reached far beyond Florida With 1,897 members, the FSU faculty has included Library holdings at Florida State include 2.3 FSU also maintains music, library science and Of FSU’s 34,477-student population, 43.8 percent
president, Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, who took office in January 1994,
FSU continues to build on the foundation of its history of excellence
in scholarship, research and service.
FSU was founded as an institution of higher learning in 1851 by legislative
act. It began in Tallahassee with its first class of male students in
1857 and added women in 1858.
and administrators generate more than $116 million annually in external
funding to supplement state-sponsored research. Three direct-support
organizations serve to bolster the university: the FSU Foundation, which
raised $301 million in private gifts during the university’s first capital
campaign, Seminole Boosters and the FSU Alumni Association. The main
campus is spread over 463.4 acres in Tallahassee; FSU, which has one
of the smallest campuses in the SUS, has been actively acquiring land
in the 1990s. FSU encompasses 1,422.7 acres in Leon, Bay, Franklin,
Gadsden and Sarasota counties.
at its 25-acre campus in Panama City, its Marine Laboratory at Turkey
Point on the Gulf of Mexico, the Appleton Museum in Ocala and the Asolo
Performing Arts Center in Sarasota. The Center for Professional Development
and Public Service, housed in the Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida Conference
Center on the edge of the campus, provides extensive credit and non-credit
continuing education programs statewide.
through international programs in Switzerland, France, Panama, Costa
Rica, Spain, Russia, Vietnam and the Caribbean. FSU’s student centers
in Florence, Italy, and London, England, are considered by many to be
the nation’s best in Europe. Florida State offers 294 graduate and undergraduate
degree programs through its nine colleges – Arts and Sciences; Business;
Communication; Education; Engineering (operated jointly with Florida
A&M University); Human Sciences; Law; Medicine; and Social Sciences
(which also incorporates the Reubin O’D Askew School of Public Administration
and Policy) – and eight schools – Criminology and Criminal Justice;
Information Studies; Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts;
Music; Nursing; Social Work; Theatre; and Visual Arts and Dance.
nine National Academy of Sciences elected members, 10 American Academy
of Arts and Sciences fellows and five Nobel laureates. It is backed
by 3,136 administrative/professional and support staff.
million book titles and 6.6 million microforms. The main library facility,
the Robert M. Strozier Library, is linked by computer to other state
university and national research libraries. The Paul A.M. Dirac Science
Library is located at the heart of the university’s science research
law libraries, and the Mildred and Claude Pepper Library. FSU’s 6,367
graduate students pursue advanced degrees in fields as diverse as business
administration and theoretical particle physics. A majority of research
done at FSU is the direct result of student effort, culminating in numerous
books, monographs and journal articles relating to the whole spectrum
of intellectual interests and the practical needs of society.
are male; 56.2 percent are female; 22.3 percent are minorities; and
3.7 percent are foreign students.
Under the leadership of the university’s 12th
A senior member of the State University System,
FSU’s operating budget is $656 million. Faculty
Within the state, the university maintains facilities
For years, FSU has reached far beyond Florida
With 1,897 members, the FSU faculty has included
Library holdings at Florida State include 2.3
FSU also maintains music, library science and
Of FSU’s 34,477-student population, 43.8 percent