Florida State University (Florida State or FSU) is a public research university 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]

Florida State 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.[12] In 2021, the university enrolled 45,493 students from all 50 states and 130 countries.[8] 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.[13] The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Florida State University is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.[14] In 2020, the university had research and development (R&D) expenditures of $350.4 million, ranking it 75th in the nation.[15] The university has an annual budget of over $2.17 billion and an annual economic impact of $14 billion.[16][17]

For 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Florida State tied for the 19th best public university in the United States, and 55th overall among all national universities, public and private.[18]

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.[19]