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The Latest Scoop on Florida’s State University System (SUS) Schools – Part 3: FSU, FAU, USF

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Part 3 of this blog series on Florida’s state university system (SUS), you’ll learn some interesting facts about Florida State University (FSU), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the University of South Florida (USF), and Florida International University (FIU). As before, our colleagues at International College Counselors contributed some of information in this blog, and all GPA, ACT, SAT score, and admission rate information that appears below is based on a recent SUS Admission presentation and follow-up emails to and from some of the schools.

Florida State University (FSU)

The first admission deadline is October 19 (earlier than all the other SUS schools’ deadlines), leading to a relatively quick decision on December 8. The second admission deadline is January 18, with decisions announced on March 16. It’s easier to get in if you file your application and scores by October 19. But in both cases, test scores must be received by one of these deadline dates.

This year's essay requires your response to one of three prompts that were selected from the five prompts on the Coalition Application. The essay for CARE students is different, because the prompt asks students to share their stories of resilience.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is due by December 1; first award letters will be sent in December.

FSU’s College of Medicine offers three new majors: Pre-health Profession, Community Health Education, and Interdisciplinary Sciences. It also offers a new degree, Environment and Society. The College of Education will be offering a combined bachelor's and master’s degree that can be completed in five years.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.50-4.10 for summer session admissions and 3.90-4.40 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 24-28 for summer session admissions and 26-31 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1640-1880 for summer session admissions and 1740-2000 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1240-1400 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 52% for summer session admissions and 46% for fall admissions.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

Twenty-two student-produced albums have been released to date through FAU's music program, whose student songwriters have had their original work published under the HOOT label. For students aiming for a career in the medical professions, FAU's Med Direct pipeline rewards high-achieving high school students with conditional acceptance into FAU's College of Medicine at the time they’re admitted into FAU’s undergraduate college. There’s also a partnership between FAU's College of Science and College of Medicine that strengthens FAU's continuing growth in the field of scientific research, including new and innovative collaboration with the Max Plank Institute in Jupiter.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.42-3.90 for summer session admissions and 3.73-4.37 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 18-23 for summer session admissions and 21-25 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1390-1620 for summer session admissions and 1490-1760 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1080-1250 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 57% for summer session admissions and 51% for fall admissions.

University of South Florida (USF)

The USF college system is comprised of three campuses with distinct campus cultures, educating in total more than 43,000 students annually. USF is among the most affordable state universities in Florida, with approximately 82% of students receiving some type of financial aid. Its Biomed Science, Engineering, and Psychology majors have grown in popularity, and that could account for the increase in GPAs and test scores of USF students. Freshman are no longer required to live on campus. USF has implemented “Finish in Four,” a new initiative aimed at educating students about the benefits of graduating in four years.

For students eager to learn of their acceptance, USF offers rolling admissions and provides notification as early as October. The priority deadline is November 1, and the financial aid deadline of January 1. Scholarship and Honors College eligibility information will be sent out shortly after application.

Mid-50% GPA: 3.38-3.85 for summer session admissions and 3.83-4.39 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 23-26 for summer session admissions and 26-30 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1500-1700 for summer session admissions and 1680-1940 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1140-1310 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 65% for summer session admissions and 40% for fall admissions.

Florida International University (FIU)

FIU is one of only 36 campuses in the country considered a "Change Maker Campus" – one that helps students solve the problems our world faces. It’s a “solution center” that asks students to discover the real causes of the world’s problems and the solutions to those problems, and it’s also a top-tier research institution.

FIU’s Personalized Education Pathway provides individualized guidance that allows students to choose the “best fit” route to their undergraduate degrees. That fits nicely with its Supported Transition to Excellence Program (STEP) that provides guidance to students who might need additional help to achieve success.

 

Mid-50% GPA: 3.70 for summer session admissions and 4.00 for fall admissions

Mid-50% ACT: 21 for summer session admissions and 23 for fall admissions

Mid-50% Old SAT: 1530 for summer session admissions and 1700 for fall admissions

Mid-50% New SAT: 1180 for fall admissions

Admissions rates: 52% for summer session admissions and 48% for fall admissions.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO UF & FSU: Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This year, both FSU and UF require students to complete this online self-reported academic record as part of the application process. Apparently, some students aren’t getting it quite right, so FSU has issued some clarifying instructions. The most common errors are: Read More

You clicked SUBMIT. NOW what?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



Regardless of a college’s deadline date, do not wait until the night before to submit the application!
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Applying to UF or FSU? Then you'll need to complete the SSAR

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Applying to UF or FSU? Don’t forget to complete your SSAR (Student Self-Reported Academic Record) instead of sending your official high school transcript. In fact, don’t send a transcript unless you’re accepted and make a commitment to attend one of these universities. Read More

When your GPA doesn't equal your GPA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When it comes to your GPA, the one that’s on your transcript is not necessarily the one that colleges will use! For example, the average GPA for a student admitted to Emory is in the 3.7-3.8 range, while the average GPA for a student admitted to Miami is 4.1-4.2. These numbers could lead you to draw an incorrect conclusion – that Miami is tougher to get into than Emory – but that’s simply not true! Emory uses a core GPA (counting courses only in English, math, science, social science, and foreign language) without any additional weight added for AP or Honors courses, while Miami takes the highest GPA directly off your transcript. In most cases, the GPA on the transcript includes all your courses and is heavily weighted to account for the Honors and AP level. Emory, on the other hand, separately analyzes the rigor of your curriculum, and that unweighted 3.7-3.8 GPA is complemented by a challenging a curriculum with a significant number of AP and Honors classes.  Read More