Prospective Students


Prospective Transfers

If you are interested in transferring to Florida State University, you should start the process as soon as possible while at your current institution. Please make it a practice to contact an FSU advisor in the intended major every semester prior to your registration meeting at your current institution to ensure that you are well prepared and there have been no changes to admission requirements for your intended major.

Additional Requirements and Support for Incoming Transfer Students


Lower-Division Transfers

Students who are planning to transfer to Florida State University with less than 60 hours should click here to understand admission requirements.

New Student Orientation  .


Choosing a Major

Many majors at FSU have pre-requisites, GPA requirements, and separate application processes that must be satisfied prior to being accepted. It is important that advisors at your current institution are aware of your career goals, skills, and interests so that they can provide the most accurate information possible. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to make a decision on their major by the end of the first semester at their current institution in order to stay on track to transfer into their desired majors at FSU.

Having trouble deciding on a major? Click here to learn more about the process for exploring majors. Having trouble connecting a major to a career?  Click here to begin exploring career options. In addition, you can click here to review and compare the various majors that FSU has to offer.


PRE-TRANSFER ADVISING and transcript evaluation

The Advising First Center for Academic Planning (CAP) works with individuals who are planning to transfer to Florida State University and have general questions about majors and the transfer process.   Click here to access valuable information on CAP pre-transfer advising services that are available to help with your process from start to finish.  You should also contact prospective departments directly at least once a semester to confirm that minimum qualifications have not changed.

Any transfer and dual enrollment credit you may be bringing into FSU from another institution will be evaluated by the appropriate office to determine equivalency and how they can be applied. You can consult with your academic advisor at FSU concerning specific courses you may want to have evaluated for transfer credit.

Students who transfer having completed an AA at another Florida institution will still need to meet certain graduation requirements at FSU or with credit transferred from another institution. Click here for more information on how this may apply to you.


Applying to FSU

If you are interested in transferring to FSU, you should review the FSU admissions site constantly to keep track of deadlines to apply. Generally, you should apply at the very beginning of the semester PRIOR to enrollment at FSU.

Upper-division transfer students (60+ hours) must qualify for the intended major in order to be fully accepted into the university. The academic program guide (see “Program Description”) provides the application requirements for each major for transfer students. It is also recommended that you visit the website for your intended major as well.  I

It is important that you assess now whether you will be able to retrieve official transcripts from all institutions you have attended to expedite the admissions process. In addition, at the beginning of your final semester, you should submit a request through your registrar's office that your final transcript(s) be sent to FSU as soon as your final grades (and associates degree) are applied.


Limited Access Programs

FSU has many programs that have GPA and other eligibility requirements that go beyond the minimum standards for FSU. In particular, these programs require a separate application, may require an audition, portfolio, or additional interviews, may only admit new students at specific times of the year, and may have their own deadlines. It is vital that students considering these majors do so early in their associates programs so that they can pace their studies accordingly:

Programs Requiring a Separate Application
Always review the academic program guide and the department site for the most current program information.

* Fall Admission Only
** Fall and Spring Admission Only
***Summer Admission Only

Athletic Training**
Communication Disorders*
Digital Media Production*
Education (Elementary, Music, Social Science, Special, Visual Disability)*
Entrepreneurship (Commercial, Retail)*
Health Management and Information Systems
Instrumental Music Education
Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
Interior Architecture and Design***
Mass Media Studies*
Music (Liberal Arts, Composition, Education, Sacred, Theory, Therapy)
Music Theatre*
Performance (Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Jazz, Organ, Piano, Percussion, String, Voice, Woodwind)
Piano Pedagogy
Public Relations*
Social Work*
Sport Management*
Studio Art



Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and degree completion system. It is a recommended semester-by-semester two-year plan for transfer students. Every degree program is broken down into eight semesters or terms (Map 8). Transfer students are admitted “on map” in Term 5, equivalent to a junior year. Transfer students are admitted “on map” in Term 5, equivalent to a junior year. To review the academic map for your major,  click here and look for "Academic Map." Upper division students should review Map Terms 5-8.

Each semester, a program will have expected milestones identified in each major. Milestones can be courses, specific grades in courses, specific GPAs, or other programmatic requirements that must be achieved by specified stages within a student’s college career.

Failure to achieve a milestone for a given semester/term identifies a student as “off-map” (off-track for graduation) and an advising warning will be issued. After two consecutive semesters of being “off-map,” you may be required to change to a major that provides you with a better chance of graduating in a timely manner.