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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:

  • In June 2001, NBC Nightly News
    anchor Tom Brokaw donated more than 5,000 collections of World War
    II memorabilia that had been sent to him as the result of his three-book
    series on “The Greatest Generation” to the FSU Institute on World
    War II and the Human Experience. FSU created the institute in 1998
    to “save the memories of those who saved the world” by collecting
    letters, diaries, memoirs and photos from participants in the war
    effort, in order to preserve the materials for classroom teaching,
    scholarly research and public viewing.

  • In May 2001, FSU welcomed the
    charter class of its College of Medicine. The allopathic medical school,
    the first to be established in the nation in more than 20 years, will
    focus on treating the elderly and people in underserved areas such
    as rural communities and inner cities.

  • In March 2001, FSU opened the
    Center for the Advancement of Human Rights that will train undergraduate
    students from nine FSU colleges and schools to be human rights advocates
    and be placed with international human rights organizations.

  • In the blackenterprise.com 2001
    “Top Fifty Colleges for African Americans” rankings, FSU was rated
    23rd in the nation, up from 26th in 1999.

  • In the March-April 2001 issue
    of National Jurist that rated the nation’s “most wired” law schools,
    the FSU College of Law was ranked 13th.

  • The FSU School of Motion Picture,
    Television and Recording Arts was named among the nation’s top 12
    film schools in the fall 2000 “special showbiz issue” of Entertainment
    Weekly magazine.

  • During the fall of 2000, FSU had
    243 National Merit Scholars, 77 National Achievement Scholars and
    28 Hispanic Scholars enrolled.

  • In 2000, the Florida Legislature
    placed under FSU’s control the Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts
    in Sarasota, which includes the John and Mable Ringling Museum of
    Art, the state art museum of Florida.

  • In 2000, FSU bought the most powerful
    university-owned supercomputer in the world. The IBM RS/6000 Supercomputer
    can perform 2.5 trillion calculations per second. Located in the School
    of Computational Science and Information Technology, the supercomputer
    will be used by FSU researchers to predict hurricanes and compare
    DNA sequences as complex as those of the human genome.

  • The Challenger Learning Center
    of Tallahassee, a project of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering,
    is scheduled to open in March 2002. The center, to be built on Kleman
    Plaza in downtown Tallahassee, will feature a space mission simulator
    common to all of the centers, and a 300-seat IMAX theater and a domed
    planetarium laser theater. It will serve middle schools in a 66-county
    area of North Florida, Southeast Alabama and South Georgia.

  • In 2000, the doctoral program
    in the College of Business had the highest minority enrollment of
    any Ph.D. business program in the United States. In recent years,
    it has graduated more minority doctoral students than any other Ph.D.
    granting institution.

  • In 2000, the National Geographic
    Society and FSU started the Florida Geographic Alliance to bolster
    geographic education among Florida school children by preparing and
    equipping Florida’s K-12 teachers with better information and tools.

  • In 1999, FSU was selected by the
    U.S. Department of Energy to become one of the research institutions
    to operate the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multiprogram
    science and technology laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., headed by the
    University of Tennessee-Battelle. The five-year management and operations
    contract is valued at about $2.5 billion. FSU was invited to join
    ORNL because of its strong faculty research activities in material
    sciences, structural biology, computational sciences and magnet technologies.

  • At more than $287.4 million, FSU’s
    endowment has been ranked 150th in the nation by the National Association
    of College and University Business Officers, the benchmark of higher
    education fundraising success, in 2000. Since 1994, FSU’s endowment
    ranking has surpassed 156 other institutions.

  • In December 1999, researchers
    at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory used a hybrid magnet
    to conduct the lab’s first research in continuous magnetic fields
    of 45 tesla, or one million times Earth’s magnetic field. The $100
    million magnet lab, which was established in 1990 by the National
    Science Foundation, is run by FSU in partnership with the University
    of Florida and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • In 1994, Florida State was classified
    a “Research University I” by the Carnagie Foundation, placing it among
    the nation’s top research universities. In 2000, the distinction was
    renamed “Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.”

Under the leadership of the university’s 12th
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.

A senior member of the State University System,
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.

FSU’s operating budget is $656 million. Faculty
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.

Within the state, the university maintains facilities
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.

For years, FSU has reached far beyond Florida
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.

With 1,897 members, the FSU faculty has included
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.

Library holdings at Florida State include 2.3
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

FSU also maintains music, library science and
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.

Of FSU’s 34,477-student population, 43.8 percent
are male; 56.2 percent are female; 22.3 percent are minorities; and
3.7 percent are foreign students.

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