First-Year Applicants

How to Apply

You’re a first-year applicant if:

  • You’re still in high school (even if you completed dual enrollment credits), or
  • You graduated from high school or earned your GED, and didn't enroll in college-level coursework.

Note: Service members or veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces should apply as transfer applicants.

1. Review the application process.

Before starting the application, be sure to review the application process, deadlines, and requirements. This will help you better understand what we expect from our applicants.

2. Complete your application.

You can apply to FSU in one of two ways – the Common Application or the FSU Application. On the application you’ll be able to choose your major, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards.

  1. Common Application
    The Common Application can be accessed through the CA website, and may be used to apply for the Day Division only.
  2. FSU Application
    The FSU Application can be accessed through the admissions portal, and may be used to apply for the Day or Evening Divisions.

Please note, all students will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to attend FSU. For more information, visit the University's COVID-19 website.

High School Transcript

Your official high school transcript will need to be submitted by your school counselor, and should include course grades for grades 9 through 11. A copy of your courses in progress for grade 12 should also be submitted (these courses can be listed on the transcript or application). Course grades from first and second quarter of grade 12 should be submitted by your school counselor when available.

GED/HiSET Results

If you have completed a General Education Equivalency (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), the testing agency must send an official score report. Your official high school transcript for the period high school was attended will also need to be submitted by your school.

Standardized Testing Policy

FSU is test-optional, meaning you may choose to apply with or without SAT or ACT scores. 

If you choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, official test results must be sent to FSU directly from the testing agency. 

  • SAT Code: 3519
  • ACT Code: 1904

It is your responsibility to have all required materials forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline. We will not accept transcripts or score reports sent via fax.

3. Pay the application fee.

When you submit the application, you’ll need to pay a non-refundable fee of $50 or provide an application fee waiver. The application fee or application fee waiver must be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed.

You may apply for an application fee waiver through the Common Application, College Board, NACAC, or by school counselor request. We also provide a fee waiver if you participate in an official campus visit.

4. See if you have additional requirements.

If you plan to pursue a certain major or you’re an international student, you may have a few more things to do.

International Applicants

You should be aware of some additional requirements.

Studio Art Applicants

You will also need to submit an art portfolio (regardless of concentration). More information is available through the Department of Art and Music.

5. Check your application status.

Once you’ve submitted your application, use the admissions portal to check its status. If you applied through the FSU Application, you can use that account to view your status. If you applied through the Common Application, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access the admissions portal.