Florida State University
#153 Overall Influence#174 Desirability Rank

Florida State University

University in Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Florida State University (FSU) was established in 1851. With a student enrollment of about 41,500, FSU is the second-largest university in the state, after the University of Florida.

FSU is made up of 16 colleges and nine professional schools, as well as over 110 institutes, laboratories, and research centers, which altogether offer more than 360 programs of study. The university also offers some 60 online course programs for distance learners.

The Florida state legislature has been designated FSU a “preeminent research university.” The university is perhaps best known for its College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and for the FSU Film School.

Six Nobel laureates have been associated with FSU, namely:

Other distinguished FSU-connected individuals include the following:

  • Ecologist, Thomas S. Ray
  • Philosophers—Jaakko Hintikka, Alfred Mele, Michael Ruse, and Randolph Clarke
  • Novelist, Jeff Shaara
  • “Gonzo journalist” and author, Hunter S. Thompson
  • Actors— Burt Reynolds, Vic Morrow, Faye Dunaway, Christine Lahti, and Cheryl Hines
  • Film director, Barry Jenkins
  • Singer, Rita Coolidge
  • Singer-songwriter, Jim Morrison
  • Symphony conductor and classical composer, Ernst von Dohnányi
  • Classical pianist, political philosopher, and columnist, Balint Vázsonyi
  • Economist, Randall Holcombe
  • Former US Senator, Kay Hagan
  • Former Florida Governor and current US Representative, Charlie Crist
  • Current US Representative, Matt Gaetz
  • Former US Representative and current Whitehouse Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows
  • Current President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi

FSU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


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What's it like to attend this school?

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Where will you be attending?


222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee FL 32306-1037

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

10 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

58 per 100k

Violent Crime

9 per 100k

What is Florida State University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#12 World Rank #11 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#26 World Rank #22 USA Rank
Social Work
#83 World Rank #30 USA Rank
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Earth Sciences
#155 World Rank #58 USA Rank
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Political Science
#156 World Rank #87 USA Rank
#165 World Rank #89 USA Rank
Computer Science
#157 World Rank #94 USA Rank
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Religious Studies
#321 World Rank #118 USA Rank
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Influential People

Who are Florida State University's Most influential alumni?

Florida State University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Nursing. Florida State University’s most academically influential people include Faye Dunaway, Hunter S. Thompson, and Robert A. Holton.

Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway

American actress

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Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson

American journalist and author

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Robert A. Holton

American academic

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Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Earle

American oceanographer

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Robert L. Millet

American theologian

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Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison

Poet, novelist, critic

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Norman Thagard
Norman Thagard

United States Marine Corps officer, aviator and astronaut

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Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds

American actor, director and producer of film and television

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John Earl Haynes

American historian

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Mark S. Wrighton
Mark S. Wrighton

Chancellor of Washington University

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David Norton

American business theorist, business executive and management consultant

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Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

American singer

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