Change is good.
Some students leave for college unsure of what to find and realize when they get there it is not the place for them. Perhaps too they never actually went away, but had been living at home for college and are now ready to go away. If transferring to FSU is something your student is considering, they can start by checking out the requirements here. Note: the first condition is a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except for AA applicants from Florida community college enter based on articulation agreement), but some transfer students claim that it is not always as difficult as it sounds. Of course, the better the grades, the better their chances.
If students are applying for less than 60 credit hours, they will need to send in their high school transcripts, as well as any college transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. (Submitting scores is recommended if applying for over 60 credits too.) Applicants must meet the State of Florida’s foreign language admission requirement and complete the College-level Academic Skills test or an approved alternative. There may be additional requirements based on the major/program they are applying to. A personal statement is recommended if they have attempted 90+ hours of college credit.
If your student decides that transferring is the right move, the application fee is $30, nonrefundable. For spring acceptance the deadline is November 1, for summer it is March 1, and for fall it is June 1.
Once your student has made the transfer to FSU, note that 20 of their last 30 credit hours must be completed at FSU.
Transferring to a university as large as Florida State can be nerve-racking, but if there is one thing I do know…it is that there is a place for everyone. There are many resources FSU has to offer and one of them is the Transfer Leadership Institute. Transferring is a unique experience, but this makes it easier to bond with people going through the same experience as you. Through TLI, this unique opportunity allows transfer students to get acclimated to the campus, make connections and build relationships with other FSU students interested in leadership, personal, and professional development.
In addition, there is another organization called Transfers Helping Transfers. They provide chances for students to meet with other transfer students by hosting all different kinds of events, whether it’s bowling at Crenshaw lanes or watching movies in the SLC! It too is a great opportunity to make the transfer seamless.
As for classes, the Advising First Center for Academic Planning works with individuals closely who are planning to transfer and have questions about majors and the transfer process. Don’t worry, because CAP advisors are only a phone call away: 850-644-3430. You can schedule either an in-person or phone appointment easily.
Getting involved will still be just as easy, in fact, FSU has over 650 organizations. Here is a list of FSU clubs and extracurricular organizations but you can also check out our blog on Getting Involved; it has tons of ideas. Getting involved, whether it is a club, sorority or fraternity or sport, is undoubtedly an excellent way to feel like you started school as a Nole at the very beginning. As a transfer student, it can be easy to cling onto anything that makes you feel less alone in this unfamiliar place, but it is important to remember who you are. You will find a group of real friends who support and care about you no matter what! Once you transfer to FSU, you immediately become a part of the Nole Family. Florida State works to make sure that every student feels comfortable and well informed about the Tallahassee Community/support that they have.
Willow Weintraub, FSU intern for HaveUHeard
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