17 Facts About Florida State University

1. In 1977 Florida State University earned the first female Rhodes Scholar in Florida.

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2. Florida State University currently employs 2,548 faculty members and over 8,133 staff.

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3. Florida State University fielded its first official varsity football team in the fall of 1902 until 1904, which were then known as "The Eleven".

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4. Florida State University is known for its competitive athletics in both men's and women's sports competitions.

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5. Florida State University is one of two collegiate schools in the country to have a circus.

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6. Florida State University has more than 700 organizations and clubs for students to join.

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7. Florida State University provides 6,733 undergraduate and graduate students with housing as well as living–Learning Communities on the main campus.

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8. Florida State University established its first marine laboratory, the Oceanographic Institute, in 1949, on 25 acres on the harbor side of the peninsula that forms Alligator Harbor, which maintained a substantial research effort throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

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9. Florida State University was awarded $268.5 million in annual research expenditures, in sponsored research in fiscal year 2016.

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10. 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.

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11. Florida State University leads the state of Florida in four of eight areas of external funding for the STEM disciplines.

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12. 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.

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13. Florida State University is divided into 16 colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs and institutes offering more than 300 degree programs.

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14. Florida State University has seen considerable expansion and construction since T K Wetherell came into office in 2003.

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15. Florida State University is traceable to a plan set by the 1823 US Congress to create a system of higher education.

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16. Florida State University is one of Florida's three state-designated "preeminent universities.

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17. Florida State University is a public space-grant and sea-grant research university in Tallahassee, Florida.

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