The Florida State Flying High Circus, whose student performers receive no pay or course credit, rivals any professional circus and is one of only two collegiate circuses in the country.
History & Tradition
Florida State occupies the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, and its original predecessor was founded in 1851 by Thomas Jefferson’s grandson, Francis Eppes.
The revered relationship the university maintains with the Seminole Tribe exemplifies Florida State’s respect for heritage and diversity.
Florida State’s first permanent study abroad center was established nearly 50 years ago in Florence, Italy, and since then others have been added in London, England; Valencia, Spain, and Panama City, Panama.
Florida State’s Office of National Fellowships is exclusively focused on supporting students who apply for scholarly awards, and Florida State students have earned esteemed Fulbright, Goldwater, Truman and Pickering awards in astonishing numbers.
Florida State University is among the nation’s top research institutions for producing student Fulbright scholars, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Florida State students’ exceptionally high levels of involvement and community service earned the university Campus Compact’s award for “most engaged campus” in Florida.
The annual Student Veterans Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival focused on issues military personnel face in their transition from active duty to civilian life.
The Florida State campus is gradually being transformed into an arboretum, as its plant life is labeled, cataloged and mapped for scientific and educational purposes.
Among the richest collections in the Special Collections and Archives unit of the university libraries are those regarding Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, political papers, and the history of Florida.
No other intercollegiate athletics program has had every one of its teams qualify for postseason play for two years in a row – but Florida State has.
In 2012, for the third straight year, the Florida State University athletic program has finished in the top 10 of the final Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.