51 Facts About Florida State


Florida State University is a public research university in Tallahassee, Florida.

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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.

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Florida State University is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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In 1819 the Florida Territory was ceded to the United States by Spain as an element of the Adams–Onis Treaty.

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

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The 1838 Florida State Constitution codified the basic system by providing for land allocated for the schools.

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In 1845 Florida became the 27th State of the United States, which permitted the resources and intent of the 1823 Congress regarding education in Florida to be implemented.

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West Florida State Seminary was located on the former Florida State Institute property, a hill where the historic Westcott Building now stands.

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In 1883 the institution, now long officially known as the West Florida State Seminary, was organized by the Board of Education as The Literary College of the University of Florida State.

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Florida State University incorporated the Tallahassee College of Medicine and Surgery, and recognized three more colleges to be established at a later date.

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The Florida State Legislature recognized the university under the title "University of Florida State" in Spring 1885, but committed no additional financing or support.

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Florida State College was empowered to award the degree of Master of Arts, and the first master's degree was offered in 1902.

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Florida State was the largest of the original two state universities in Florida until 1919.

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Florida State today has the highest graduation rate for African-American students of all universities in Florida.

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The Westcott location is the oldest site of higher education in Florida State and is the home of Ruby Diamond Auditorium which serves as the university's premier performance venue.

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Strozier Library is the main library of the campus and is the only library in Florida State that is open 24 hours Sunday-Thursday throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

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

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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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Florida State University offers Associate, Bachelor, Masters, Specialist, Doctoral, and Professional degree programs.

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Florida State University aspires to become a top twenty-five public research university with at least one-third of its PhD programs ranked in the top 15 nationally.

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Florida State offers 104 baccalaureate degree programs, 112 master's degree programs, an advanced master's degree program, 12 specialist degree programs, 70 doctorate degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs.

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Florida State is ranked the 16th best doctorate-granting university in the US for the highest amount of African American doctorate recipients by the National Science Foundation.

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In 2012, Florida State was ranked among universities as having the most financial resources per student.

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Florida State is ranked the 29th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.

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Florida State University is one of the two original state-designated "preeminent" universities in Florida.

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Florida State University receives the highest National Science Foundation research and development award in the state.

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Florida State has four permanent study centers providing residential and academic facilities in London; Florence, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Panama City, Panama.

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In total, Florida State has fifteen libraries and millions of books and journals to choose from.

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Florida State University maintains the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee.

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Florida State currently has 19 graduate degree programs in interdisciplinary research fields.

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Florida State faculty contributed to several areas of the CMS, especially the electromagnetic calorimeter and the hadron calorimeter.

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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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Florida State University is a traditional residential university wherein most students live on campus in university residence halls or nearby in privately owned residence halls, apartments and residences.

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Florida State currently has 18 residence halls on campus, housing undergraduate, graduate and international students.

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

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Florida State's Reservation is a 73-acre lakeside recreational area located off campus.

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

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Florida State University is home to five student-run a cappella groups: Acaphiliacs, All-Night Yahtzee, Vox, AcaBelles, and Reverb .

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The Office of Greek Life at Florida State University encompasses the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council .

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Reserve Officer Training Corps at Florida State University offers training in the military and aerospace sciences to students who desire to perform military service after they graduate.

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Florida State University is served by the Tallahassee International Airport, which is located in the Southwest portion of Tallahassee and has daily services to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas–Fort Worth.

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Florida State's athletes participate in the NCAA's Division I and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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

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Florida State University has been penalized seven times by the NCAA for major infractions for the period 1968 through 2009.

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The Florida State Seminoles are one of the 120 NCAA Division I FBS collegiate football teams in America.

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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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Florida State has had 34 athletes compete at the Olympics in their respective events, most recently having ten athletes compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Florida State is represented by faculty serving in a number of renowned Academies, Voluntary Associations and Societies.

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Robert A Holton, a professor of chemistry at Florida State, developed the first total synthesis of the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel, which had previously been obtainable only from the bark of the Pacific yew tree.

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Florida State University signed a deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb to license this and future patents.

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Florida State University has been home to five Rhodes Scholarship recipients.

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