Vires Artes Mores Essay Format

Core values have been and important teaching and learning experiences in my life. Every person has different morals or standards in which they live their life. These morals reflect one's character and their views for the rest of his/her life. The latin words "Vires, Artes, Mores" represent three values that I hold a standard to in my life.

Vires, defined as three varieties of strength, has been molded into my life since infancy. Moral strength is not something one just obtains. It takes time and personal experiences to truly understand what is right and wrong. Being blessed to have the life I have, I've experienced things that many other students have not, such as traveling to Asia and helping refugees after Hurricane Katrina. Physical and intellectual strength are important aspects in my life. Captaining both basketball and cross country teams, I have plenty of athletic experience. Not only do both teams excel competitively; I have traveled into the regional playoffs in both sports and to state for cross country multiple times, so I know how to deal with pressure physically. Doing all this, while maintaining a 3.75 un-weighted GPA shows my intellectual strength.

Artes; To show the beauty in a particular skill. Film and music collection have been two hobbies that I have most passion for. Living on the beach, I get to experience an entire different lifestyle. Filming and documenting these experiences is something I truly love to do. My older brother and I have created about five short films capturing the beach way-of-life. I don't think anyone could ever love music too much. Two genres that I particularly adore are hip-hop and rock. I find myself obsessing over finding the latest songs and upcoming artists before the rest of the population.

Many of the core values that I reflect upon are personified in the three Latin words of FSU guiding philosophy, "Vires, Artes, Mores."

Assuming that this is a college essay what is the prompt?

Core values have been and important teaching and learning experiences in my life.This sentence has grammer errors.Every person has different morals or standards in which they live their life.UnnecessaryThese morals reflect one's character and their views for the rest of his/her life.Why not just say that they effect your character and your life.The latin words "Vires, Artes, Mores" represent three values that I hold a standard to in my life.Hold a standard to? Awkward.

Vires, defined as three varieties of strength, has been molded into my life since infancy.Since infancy? How so?Moral strength is not something one just obtains. It takes time and personal experiences to truly understand what is right and wrong.Unnecessary I think.such as traveling to Asia and helping refugees after Hurricane Katrina.Show it if this is your example. Physical and intellectual strength are important aspects in my life. Captaining both basketball and cross country teams, I have plenty of athletic experience. Not only do both teams excel competitively; I have traveled into the regional playoffs in both sports and to state for cross country multiple times, so I know how to deal with pressure physically.This sentence is confusing Doing all this, while maintaining a 3.75 un-weighted GPA shows my intellectual strength. Don't say that.

Artes; To show the beauty in a particular skill.What? Film and music collection have been two hobbies that I have most passion for. Living on the beach, I get to experience an entire different lifestyle.Random much?Filming and documenting these experiences is something I truly love to do.Combine this sentence with your previous sentence. I have created about five short films capturing the beach way-of-life. I don't think anyone could ever love music too much.Random again? Two genres that I particularly adore are hip-hop and rock. I find myself obsessing over finding the latest songs and upcoming artists before the rest of the population.So?

Many of the core values that I reflect upon are personified in the three Latin words of FSU guiding philosophy, "Vires, Artes, Mores."Please do not use this conclusion

I really can't say a lot because I do not know the prompt but your writing needs improvement. Organize your ideas. Use one example each for vires, artes and mores maybe? I don't think that your essay is deep enough.

Good luck.

PS. I think this is your prompt: For almost one hundred years, the Latin words, "Vires, Artes, Mores" have been the guiding philosophy behind Florida State University. Vires signifies strength of all kinds - moral, physical, and intellectual; Artes alludes to the beauty of intellectual pursuits as exemplified in skill, craft, or art; and Mores refers to character, custom, or tradition. Describe how one or more of the values embodied in these concepts are reflected in your life.

If you cannot write about many values just pick one or two.

MottoVires, artes, mores (Latin)

Motto in English

Strength, Skill, Character
TypeState university
Sea-grant university
Space-grant university
Established1851[note 1]

Academic affiliations

Endowment$652 million[5]
ChairmanEd Burr
PresidentJohn E. Thrasher
ProvostSally McRorie

Academic staff

2,351 (Fall 2016)[6]
Students41,867 (Fall 2016)[7]
Undergraduates32,669 (Fall 2016)[7]
Postgraduates9,198 (Fall 2016)[7]
LocationTallahassee, Florida, United States
30°26′31″N84°17′53″W / 30.442°N 84.298°W / 30.442; -84.298Coordinates: 30°26′31″N84°17′53″W / 30.442°N 84.298°W / 30.442; -84.298

Urban area
Tallahassee Campus: 1,391.54 acres (5.6314 km2)

Total: 1,650.1 acres (6.678 km2)[8]
ColorsGarnet and Gold[9]

Sporting affiliations

NCAA Division I – ACC

Florida State University (Florida State or FSU) is a publicspace-grant and sea-grantresearch university with its primary campus on a 1,391.54 acres (5.6314 km2) campus in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida.[2][4]

The university is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[10] The university comprises 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs and institutes that offer more than 360 programs of study, including professional school programs.[11] The university has an annual budget of over $1.7 billion and an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.[12][13] Florida State is home to Florida's only National Laboratory – the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and is the birthplace of the commercially viable anti-cancer drug Taxol. Florida State University also operates The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida and one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.[14]

FSU officially launched the "Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State" on October 17, 2014. The campaign has a fundraising goal of more than $1 billion which will improve academics, research, and the overall student experience. As of September 30, 2016, Florida State University's "Raise the Torch" campaign has raised $938,972,249.[15] The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida State as the 33rd best public university in the United States in the national university category.[16]Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state legislature designated Florida State University as one of two "preeminent" state universities in the spring of 2013 among the twelve universities of the State University System of Florida.[17][18][19]

FSU's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known by their "Florida State Seminoles" nickname, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In their 113-year history, Florida State's varsity sports teams have won 20 national athletic championships and Seminole athletes have won 78 individual NCAA national championships.[20]


Main article: History of Florida State University

In 1819 the Florida Territory was ceded to the United States by Spain as an element of the Adams–Onís Treaty.[21] The Territory was conventionally split by the Appalachicola or later the Suwannee rivers into East and West areas. Florida State University is traceable to a plan set by the 1823 U.S. Congress to create a system of higher education.[22] The 1838 Florida Constitution codified the basic system by providing for land allocated for the schools.[23] In 1845 Florida became the 27th State of the United States, which permitted the resources and intent of the 1823 Congress regarding education in Florida to be implemented.

The Legislature of the State of Florida, in a Legislative Act of January 24, 1851, provided for the establishment of the two institutions of learning on opposite sides of the Suwannee River. The Legislature declared the purpose of these institutions to be "the instruction of persons, both male and female, in the art of teaching all the various branches that pertain to a good common school education; and next to give instruction in the mechanic arts, in husbandry, in agricultural chemistry, in the fundamental laws, and in what regards the rights and duties of citizens." [24] By 1854 the City of Tallahassee had established a school for boys called the Florida Institute, with the hope that the State could be induced to take it over as one of the seminaries. In 1856, Tallahassee Mayor Francis W. Eppes again offered the Institute's land and building to the Legislature. The bill to locate the Seminary in Tallahassee passed both houses and was signed by the Governor on January 1, 1857. On February 7, 1857, the first meeting of the Board of Education of the State Seminary West of the Suwannee River was held, and the institution began offering post-secondary instruction to male students. Francis Eppes served as President of the Seminary's Board of Education for eight years.[24] In 1858 the seminary absorbed the Tallahassee Female Academy, established in 1843, and became coeducational.[25]

The West Florida Seminary was located on the former Florida Institute property, a hill where the historic Westcott Building now stands. The location is the oldest continuously used site of higher education in Florida. The area, slightly west of the state Capitol, was formerly and ominously known as Gallows Hill, a place for public executions in early Tallahassee.[26][27]

Civil War and Reconstruction

In 1860–61 the legislature started formal military training at the school with a law amending the original 1851 statute.[28]During the Civil War, the seminary became The Florida Military and Collegiate Institute. Enrollment at the school increased to around 250 students with the school establishing itself as perhaps the largest and most respected educational institution in the state.[28] Cadets from the school defeated Union forces at the Battle of Natural Bridge in 1865, leaving Tallahassee as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River not to fall to Union forces.[29][30] The students were trained by Valentine Mason Johnson, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, who was a professor of mathematics and the chief administrator of the college.[31] After the fall of the Confederacy, campus buildings were occupied by Union military forces for approximately four months and the West Florida Seminary reverted to its former academic purpose.[32] In recognition of the cadets, and their pivotal role in the battle, the Florida State University Army ROTC cadet corps displays a battle streamer bearing the words "NATURAL BRIDGE 1865" with its flag. The FSU Army ROTC is one of only four collegiate military units in the United States with permission to display such a pennant.[33]

First state university

In 1883 the institution, now long officially known as the West Florida Seminary, was organized by the Board of Education as The Literary College of the University of Florida. The legislative act passed in 1885, bestowing upon the institution the title of the University of Florida, has never been repealed.[24] Under the new university charter, the seminary became the institution's Literary College, and was to contain several "schools" or departments in different disciplines.[34] However, in the new university association the seminary's "separate Charter and special organization" were maintained.[35] Florida University also incorporated the Tallahassee College of Medicine and Surgery, and recognized three more colleges to be established at a later date.[34] The Florida Legislature recognized the university under the title "University of Florida" in Spring 1885, but committed no additional financing or support.[24][36] Without legislative support, the university project struggled. The institution never assumed the "university" title,[36] and the association dissolved when the medical college relocated to Jacksonville later that year.[34]

However, the West Florida Seminary, as it was still generally called, continued to expand and thrive. It shifted its focus towards modern-style post-secondary education, awarding "Licentiates of Instruction", its first diplomas, in 1884,[24] and became Florida's first liberal arts college in 1897.[24] and by 1891 the Institute had begun to focus on modern post-secondary education; seven Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded that year.[24]

In 1901 it became Florida State College, a four-year institution organized in four departments: the College, the School for Teachers, the School of Music, and the College Academy. Florida State College was empowered to award the degree of Master of Arts, and the first master's degree was offered in 1902. That year the student body numbered 252 men and women, and degrees were available in classical, literary and scientific studies. In 1903 the first university library was begun.[24]

Buckman Act

The 1905 the Florida Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized the Florida college system into a school for white males (University of the State of Florida), a school for white females (Florida Female College later changed to Florida State College for Women), and a school for African Americans (State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students).[37] The Buckman Act was controversial, as it changed the character of a historic coeducational state school into a school for women. An early and major benefactor of the school, James Westcott III (1839–1887), willed substantial monies to the school to support continued operations. In 1911 his estatesued the state educational board contending the estate was not intended to support a single-sex school. The Florida Supreme Court decided the issue in favor of the State of Florida stating the change in character (existing from 1905 to 1947) was within the intent of the Westcott will.[38] By 1933 the Florida State College for Women had grown to be the third largest women's college in the United States and was the first state women's college in the South to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the first university in Florida so honored.[39][40] Florida State was the largest of the original two universities in Florida, even during the period as the college for women until 1919.[41]

"Florida State University"

Returning soldiers using the G.I. Bill after World War II stressed the state university system to the point that a Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida (TBUF) was opened on the campus of the Florida State College for Women with the men housed in barracks on nearby Dale Mabry Field.[24] By 1947 the Florida Legislature returned the FSCW to coeducational status and designated it Florida State University.[42] The FSU West Campus land and barracks plus other areas continually used as an airport later became the location of the Tallahassee Community College. The post-war years brought substantial growth and development to the university as many departments and colleges were added including Business, Journalism (discontinued in 1959), Library Science, Nursing and Social Welfare.[43] Strozier Library, Tully Gymnasium and the original parts of the Business building were also built at this time.

Student activism and racial integration

During the 1960s and 1970s Florida State University became a center for student activism especially in the areas of racial integration, women's rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. The school acquired the nickname "Berkeley of the South"[44] during this period, in reference to similar student activities at the University of California, Berkeley. The school is also purported to have originated the 1970s fad of "streaking", said to have been first observed on Landis Green.[45][46]

After many years as a segregated university, in 1962 Maxwell Courtney became the first African-American undergraduate student admitted to Florida State.[47] In 1968 Calvin Patterson became the first African American player for the Florida State University football team.[48] Florida State today has the highest graduation rate for African American students of all universities in Florida.[49]

On March 4, 1969 the FSU chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, an unregistered university student organization, sought to use university facilities for meetings. The FSU administration, under President Stanley Marshall, subsequently decided not to allow the SDS the use of university property and obtained a court injunction to bar the group. The result was a protest and mass arrest at bayonet point of some 58 students in an incident later called the Night of the Bayonets.[50] The university Faculty Senate later criticized the administration's response as provoking as an artificial crisis.[51] Another notable event occurred when FSU students massed in protest of student deaths at Kent State University causing classes to be canceled.[52] Approximately 1000 students marched to the ROTC building where they were confronted by police armed with shotguns and carbines. Joining the all-night vigil, Governor Claude Kirk appeared unexpectedly with a wicker chair and spent hours, with little escort or fanfare, on Landis Green discussing politics with protesting students.[52]

LGBTQ activism at FSU is unusual in that it was actually a fight against the school itself. The Pride Student Union (PSU), originally LGBSU, was founded in 1969 to represent LGBTQ students.[53][54] In 1980 a gay male named William Wade won the title of Homecoming Princess under the pseudonym "Billy Dahling" causing controversy.[55][56][57] In 2006 the Union Board added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy causing several student organizations to be zero-funded for noncompliance. Christian Legal Society had the student senate reverse the freezing after threatening a lawsuit[58][59] which resulted in the founding of The Coalition for an Equitable Community (CFEC) to advocate for an inclusive nondiscrimination policy.[60][61] In 2008 CFEC filed suit with the FSU Student Supreme Court against the Union Board for failing to uphold the policy though they ruled they lacked jurisdiction after hearing the case.[62] In November 2009 CFEC placed an editorial in the FSView to provide perspective on the issue.[63] In June 2010 the University Board of Trustees passed a resolution protecting students based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.[64]

In March 2002, FSU students pitched "Tent City" on Landis Green for 114 days to compel the university to join the fledgling Worker's Rights Consortium (WRC).[65] The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent watchdog group that monitors labor rights worldwide. At the time, FSU earned 2 million dollars a year from merchandising rights. FSU administration initially refused to meet with the WRC, reportedly for fear of harming its relationship with Nike.[65] At the outset of the protest 12 activists were arrested for setting up their tents outside the "free speech zone." The protest ended in July, when administration met student demands and met with the WRC.[65]

21st century

The Florida State University College of Medicine was created in June 2000.[66] It received provisional accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education on October 17, 2002, and full accreditation on February 3, 2005. The King Life Sciences Building, which sits next to the College of Medicine, was completed in June 2008, bringing all the biological sciences departments under one roof.

Following the creation of performance standards by the Florida Legislature in 2013, Florida GovernorRick Scott and the Florida Board of Governors designated Florida State University and the University of Florida as the two "preeminent universities" among the twelve universities of the State University System of Florida.[67][68] Florida State's new preeminent status calls for an increased state commitment of $75 million divided into $15 million increments from 2013–2018.[69]


Florida State University aspires to become a top twenty-five public research university with at least one-third of its PhD programs ranked in the top 15 nationally.[70] The university owns more than 1,600 acres (6.4 km²) and is the home of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory among other advanced research facilities. The university continues to develop in its capacity as a leader in Florida graduate research. Other milestones at the university include the first ETA10-G/8supercomputer,[71] capable of 10.8 GFLOPS in 1989, remarkable for the time in that it exceeded the existing speed record of the Cray-2/8, located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by a substantial leap and the development of the anti-cancer drug Taxol.


For the 2017–2018 academic year, tuition costs were:

$215.55 per credit hour for in-state students, and $721.10 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[72]Total tuition/fees :$5,656 for in-state and $18,786 for out of state[73]
$479.32 per credit hour for in-state students, and $1,110.72 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[74]Total tuition/fees :$9,940 for in-state and $22,260 for out of state[75]
Law School 
$688.11 per credit hour for in-state students, and $1,355.18 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[74]Total tuition/fees :$20,644 for in-state and $40,656 for out of state[76]
Medical School 
$479.32 per credit hour for in-state students, and $631.40 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[77]Total tuition/fees per term :$8,536.86 (Cohort 1), $12,805.30 (Cohort 2), $8,492.86 (Cohort 3 & 4) for in-state students and $20,053.93 (Cohort 1), $30,080.90 (Cohort 2), $19,987.93 (Cohort 3 & 4) for out-of-state students.[78]


Florida State University students, numbering 41,867 in Fall 2016, come from more than 130 countries, and all 50 states. The ratio of women to men is 55:45, and 22 percent are graduate and professional students. Professional degree programs include Law, Medicine, Business Administration, Social Work, and Nursing. Minority populations constitute 28.8 percent of the student body, with 8.3 percent African-Americans, 17.7 percent Hispanics, 0.2 percent Native American, and 2.6 percent Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders.

In 2016, 5.7% of FSU students were international students. Of those, the most popular countries of origin were: China (20%), Panama 10.5%, India (6%), Korea (5.4%), Colombia (5.1%), and Brazil (3.7%). In total, 2,372 international students enrolled at Florida State University.[82]

Floridians make up 90% of the student population. Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, and Leon County make up the largest Florida counties for in-state students. Students from Georgia, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maryland make up the largest states for out-of-state students.[83]

The Florida State University College of Medicine has been ranked among the nation's top 10 for Hispanic students. In 2014, Hispanic Business ranked the med school eighth, the same as last year. The college was ranked seventh in 2012, seventh in 2009 and ninth in 2007. The magazine annually ranks colleges of business, engineering, law and medicine. (The Florida State University College of Law was ranked No. 2 by U.S.News in 2018.[84]) Rankings are based on percentage of Hispanic student enrollment; percentage of Hispanic faculty members; percentage of degrees conferred upon Hispanics; and progressive programs aimed at increasing enrollment of Hispanic students.[85]


% Admitted57.855.955.456.853.658.4

This table does not account deferred applications or other unique situations.

The middle 50% of the Fall 2017 incoming freshmen class had a GPA range from 4.0 – 4.5; a SAT total range from 1240 to 1360 and an ACT range from 27 – 31.[79] FSU's freshman retention rate is 93%.[87] Florida State University has one of the highest retention rates in the United States.[88] The university has a 80.0% six-year graduation rate compared to the national average six-year graduation rate of 59%.[89][90] For 2017, Florida State University has received a record 42,325 freshman applications, therefore making admission to the university a yearly competitive process.[91]

Limited Access Programs

A number of undergraduate academic programs at Florida State University are termed "Limited Access Programs". Limited Access Programs are programs where student demand exceeds available resources. Admission is thus restricted and sometimes extremely competitive. Examples of limited access programs include The Florida State University Film School, the College of Communication and Information, the College of Nursing, Computer Science, most of the majors in the College of Education, several majors in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance and all majors in the College of Business.[92]

Honors Program

Florida State University has a nationally recognized honors program.[93] The University Honors Office supports the university's long tradition of academic excellence by offering two programs, the University Honors Program and the Honors in the Major Program, which highlight the institution's strengths in teaching, research, and community service. The Honors Program also offers special scholarships, internships, research, and study abroad opportunities.

Admission into the University Honors Program is by invitation only. The average academic profile of students that were offered honors invitations in 2015 was as follows: 4.2 weighted GPA; 32 ACT composite; 2080 SAT total. For the Honors in the Major Program students, the University Honors Office requires that prospective students have at least sixty semester hours and at least a 3.2 cumulative FSU GPA.[94] The Honors program offers students housing in Landis Hall and Gilchrist Hall. Landis Hall is the traditional home of Honors students since 1955, which is situated on Landis Green at the heart of FSU's main campus. Gilchrist Hall also houses Honors students and is conveniently located adjacent to Landis Hall. The two halls enjoy a shared study which allows Honors students living in either residence hall to easily gather with classmates and friends.


The Presidential Scholars Program is the premier undergraduate scholarship program at Florida State University. The program provides four years of support and is open to high school seniors who are admitted into Florida State University's Honors Program. The total award package for Presidential Scholars is $31,200, plus an out-of-state tuition waiver. This includes the $9,600 Presidential Scholarship distributed over four years and a $9,600 Admissions Scholarship distributed over four years. It also includes $12,000 for educational enrichment opportunities including international experiences such as Study Abroad and Global Scholars, research and creative projects, service learning projects or public service, internships, and entrepreneurial development. Support and guidance is offered through the Honors Program, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement and the Office of National Fellows.[95]

International Programs

Florida State University's International Programs (FSU IP) is ranked 12th in the nation among university study abroad programs. Every year Florida State consistently sends over 2,276 students across the world to study in multiple locations.[96] As a student of IP, students are able to take classes that meet their major and/or minor requirements, study with experts in their field, and earn FSU credit.

Florida State has four permanent study centers providing residential and academic facilities in London; Florence, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Panama City, Panama.[97]

Florida State University is well known for its undergraduate and graduate study abroad options: according to Uni in the USA, "the large numbers of students that study abroad nicely compliment the students that study here from abroad."[98]

Young Scholars Program

The FSU Young Scholars Program is a competitive residential science and mathematics program for 40 Florida high-school students with potential for careers in the sciences, engineering, and health professions.[99][100] Admission to the FSU YSP generally requires completing the eleventh grade and scoring at least 90% on a national standardized examination such as the SAT or PSAT. The PSAT math average is approximately 96% and the PSAT verbal average is approximately 94%. Many students are first in their class at their home schools, with 79% being in the top ten of their class.[101]

Rhodes Scholars

In 1905 Florida State earned Florida's first Rhodes Scholar.[102][103] In 1977 Florida State University earned the first female Rhodes Scholar in Florida.[104] In 2008, Florida State undergraduate and football player Myron Rolle earned the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship award. Rolle is the fifth FSU student overall to earn this award and the third since 2005. Joe O'Shea, an FSU Student Body President, and Garrett Johnson, an FSU student athlete, earned the award in 2007 and 2005, respectively.[105][106] Only thirty-two students in the United States earn the award each year.[107]


USNWR graduate school rankings[115]

Business: Part-time MBA66
Medicine: Primary Care87
Medicine: Research90-118
Nursing: Doctorate81
Nursing: Master's103

USNWR departmental rankings[115]

Biological Sciences93
Clinical Psychology36
Computer Science82
Earth Sciences77
Fine Arts69
Library and Information Studies12
Political Science40
Public Affairs19
Social Work38
Speech-Language Pathology28

For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida State University as the 33rd-best public university in the United States, and 81st overall among all national universities, public and private.[116]

Many of Florida State University's graduate schools have received top-50 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. In 2016, U.S. News ranked the College of Education 36th and the College of Law 50th.

In 2017, the FSU College of Business was ranked 27th undergraduate program among all public universities.

The FSU College of Law is ranked No. by U.S.News.[84]

In 2016, Florida State's graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the nation's top 100 were services for children and youth 5th, criminology 7th, digital librarianship 11th, library and information studies 13th, city management and urban policy 8th, public affairs 19th, public management administration 17th, public policy analysis 21st, public finance and budgeting 23rd, speech-language pathology 28th, clinical psychology 36th, social work 38th, statistics 39th, sociology 39th, political science 40th, physics 44th, chemistry 49th, psychology 60th, economics 64th, fine arts 69th, math 73rd, earth sciences 77th, computer science 82nd, English 82nd, history 92nd, and biological sciences 93rd.

Florida State University is currently ranked the No. 2 most efficient high-quality university in the country by U.S. News & World Report 2015. The university was also named the nation's most efficient in 2013 and 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.

In 2012, the Princeton Review and USA Today ranked Florida State the 4th "Best Value" public university in the nation. In 2012, Florida State was ranked among universities as having the most financial resources per student.[117] Florida State is ranked the 29th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings(2014).[118]

In 2010, Florida State University was named a "Budget Ivy" university by a list prepared by the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.[119] In addition U.S. News in 2009 ranked Florida State as 32nd overall amongst the most popular colleges in the United States, this ranking is determined by institutions with the highest yield rates.[120]

Florida State University leads the state of Florida in four of eight areas of external funding for the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Leads in Rhodes Scholars, claiming all three of the Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006. Highest percentage of alumni giving back than any university in Florida. Highest amount of National Science Foundation research and development expenditures in the state.[121]


As a part of the State University System of Florida, Florida State University falls under the purview of the Florida Board of Governors. However, a 13-member Board of trustees is "vested with the authority to govern and set policy for Florida State University as necessary to provide proper governance and improvement of the University in accordance with law and rules of the Florida Board of Governors".[122]

Sally McRorie became the provost of FSU in November 2015, and is responsible for day-to-day operation and administration of the university.[123]

Florida State University offers Associate, Bachelor, Masters, Specialist, Doctoral, and Professional degree programs through its sixteen colleges. The most popular Colleges by enrollment are Arts and Sciences, Business, Social Sciences, Education, and Human Science.[124]

The Florida State University College of Medicine operates using diversified hospital and community-based clinical education medical training for medical students. Founded on the mission to provide care to medically under served populations, the Florida State University College of Medicine for patient-centered care. The students spend their first two years taking basic science courses on the FSU campus in Tallahassee and are then assigned to one of the regional medical school campuses for their third- and fourth-year clinical training. Rotations can be done at one of the six regional campuses in Daytona Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota or stay in Tallahassee if they so choose.[125]

Florida State University Foundation

Florida State University receives, in addition to state funding, financial support from the Florida State University Foundation, an organization which exists solely to manage gifts and donations to the university.[126] The Foundation manages the university's endowment, currently amounting to well over half a billion dollars.[127] The endowment helps provide scholarships[128] to students of the university, support for long-term university goals and for other specific purposes as designated by the various donors.[126]

Seminole Boosters

Seminole Boosters, Inc., is designated as the Direct Support Organization for Florida State University athletics.[129] Today, Seminole Boosters, Inc., is one of the leading collegiate athletic fundraising organizations in America. Contributors account for more than $14 million in annual funds, plus at least $15 million per year in capital gifts. The Seminole Boosters Scholarship Endowment has nearly $66 million under management, and the Boosters are involved with a wide range of enterprises including affinity programs, logos and licensing, gameday parking, concessions, the University Center Club, skybox management, and the construction of athletic facilities.[130]

Colleges and academic divisions

Florida State University is divided into 16 colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs and institutes offering more than 129 undergraduate majors and 231 graduate degrees.[131]

Florida State University Libraries

Main article: Florida State University College of Information

The Florida State University Libraries house one of the largest collections of documents in the state of Florida. The Libraries' collections include over 3.2 million volumes, with a website offering access to more than 1,064 databases, 119,385 e-journals, and over 1.1 million e-books.[132] In total, Florida State has thirteen libraries and millions of books and journals to choose from. The collection covers virtually all disciplines and includes a wide array of formats – from books and journals to manuscripts, maps, and recorded music. Increasingly collections are digital and are accessible on the Internet via the library web page or the library catalog. The FSU Library System also maintains subscriptions to a vast number of online databases which can be accessed from any student account on or off campus.[133] The current dean of the Library System is Julia Zimmerman, who oversees a staff of over 268 employees and a $17.5 million annual budget recorded in 2013.[134]

West Florida Seminary main building, circa 1880. Built in 1854 as the Florida Institute. This building was replaced with College Hall in 1891. The Westcott Building now stands on this site – the oldest site of higher education in Florida
Chemistry lab in 1900, at what was then known as the West Florida Seminary
Florida State College for Women, c. 1930
Student protest in Tallahassee – 1970
Rally at Westcott, February 13, 2008
Florida State University College of Medicine
Landis Hall dormitory, the traditional home of honors students since 1955.

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