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yOUR CAMPUS ON ThE COAST WELCOME TO FSU PANAMA CITY Choosing the right university is one of the most important decisions you will make. Colleges come in all shapes and sizes, but it all comes down to the right “fit.� FSU Panama City is a place where you can fit in, find your voice and always belong. Whether you are just starting out, continuing your education or seeking an advanced degree, the goal of FSU Panama City is to prepare you for successful career and leadership roles in education, research, business, industry, government or non-profit. At FSU Panama City, you will come first. Experience pre-eminent academics, state-of-the-art facilities, professors committed to your success and a small campus environment with small class sizes. When you join our community, you inherit generations of Seminole pride, traditions and the unconquerable spirit that will remain with you for life. When you graduate, you gain a nationally recognized degree that is respected far and wide. Located in the heart of the Florida Panhandle, FSU Panama City offers the best of both worlds: the tradition and prestige of a Tier-1, research university at a smaller, intimate campus situated on the beautiful Gulf Coast.

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FSU PANAMA CITY AT A GLANCE: LOCATION: Panama City, Fla. FOUNDED: 1982, full-service regional campus of the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. SETTING: Coastal, small-size city in the Panhandle of Florida; Sub-tropical climate CHARACTER: Comprehensive, Public, Traditional, Coeducational ENROLLMENT: About 1,400 full-time students STUDENTS: 82% undergraduate, 59% female, 19% minority, 3% out-of-state CALENDAR: Fall, spring and summer semesters FACULTY: 33 full-time faculty CLASS SIZE: 95% of our classes have fewer than 40 students COLORS: Garnet and gold

OFF- CAMPUS HOUSING FSU Panama City does not have on-campus residence halls. However, there are housing options available near campus. Many provide discounts for students. See for more information or e-mail at


EXPLORE CAMPUS TRADITIONS Seminole influences The campus of Florida State University Panama City is designed to incorporate the traditions of the Seminole nation, the living symbol of Florida State University. One of the facets of the Seminole culture is colorful, symbolic patchwork clothing. Many of these symbols are tied to Seminole legends. In honor of the patchwork tradition, the campus uses both the “Four Crossed Log” and the “Everlasting Flame” patterns in its architecture.

Everlasting flame The story of the everlasting flame shares how the gods gave fire to the chief, who would share the flame with the rest of the community. The ideas of the flame and community harmonize with western thinking about education. FSU incorporates the flame tradition within its seal. The university seal features three torches, which symbolize strength, skill and character. At FSU Panama City, the entry plaza of the Holley Academic Center comes to life with the Seminole pattern of the Everlasting Fire, which is symbolic of the passing on of knowledge throughout the University.

the four crossed logs The “Four Crossed Logs” pattern originates from the Seminole tradition of scouts searching for a better place for the community to live. Once the scouts found a suitable place, they would leave a marked trail of four crossed logs. The scouts would then lead the rest of the tribe along the new pathway. This pattern is displayed in the waterfront plaza of the Holley Academic Center. The pattern notes the responsibility of each member of the academic community to make a path to a new place and to bring others along.

Community fire At the east entrance, students have a place to relax and interact with one another. Like the fire at the center of a Seminole village, the space gives the opportunity to share in the experience of the community.




ENhANCE yOUR ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES At FSU Panama City, students have the opportunity to go above and beyond with their studies while progressing through one of our high-demand degree programs. We encourage students to do more than just go to class and pass tests. For the well-rounded student experience, join our Student Government Council and student organizations. We want to help our students surpass their potential and excel in their fields of study.



The Florida State University’s International Programs is a nationally recognized leader in study abroad programs. For high-achieving, global-thinking, adventurous students, FSU offers an incomparable once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend your entire freshman year abroad. With more than 50 diverse programs in more than 20 locations around the world, you will be able to take classes that meet your major and/or minor requirements, study with experts in their field, earn FSU credit and truly change your life forever! For more information on the program, visit

As a research institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition, FSU developed the Honors in the Major Program to encourage students to explore their major discipline in greater depth by completing a research or creative project. This program provides students with the opportunity to learn from faculty members who are experts in their ďŹ eld through completion of an Honors Thesis. For more information visit,


We are committed to helping our student population to become more effective and empowered learners. To develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life, our Student Achievement and Advising Center provides faculty and faculty-recommended peer tutors to promote the understanding of course concepts, to reinforce successful study and note taking habits and to encourage independent learning.

The Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International and Research. At FSU Panama City, the society allows students to enhance their academic experience and prepare for employment. For more information, visit

STUDENT gOvERNMENT COUNCIL Get involved! Want to decide how student activities fees are spent on campus? Do you have a favorite hobby or sport that you and your friends would like to see become a club or organization? Join the Student Government Council, and see your vision become a reality. As a member, you can strengthen your leadership skills and make lifelong friends all while having fun and making FSU Panama City a better place for years to come. For more information, visit Student-Organizations.



STUDENT ORgANIzATIONS Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Black Student Union Communication Club FSU Panama City Student Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (FSU PC AAF) Garnet Key Honor Society Psychology Club Scuba Hyperbaric & Recreation Club (SHARC) Dive Club Society of Student Social Workers (SSSW) Student Government Council Students Pursuing Engineering Applications in Robotics (SPEAR) The Signal (Student Newspaper) The Veterans of America Club



Accounting Business Administration Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science, B.A. #+ Computer Science, B.S. #+ Electrical Engineering Elementary Education Professional Communication Psychology Public Safety and Security #+ Intelligence Law Enforcement Police Science Recreation, Tourism and Events Social Science Education Social Science Interdisciplinary Social Work (BSW)

Corporate & Public Communication Elementary Education Reading Education and Language Arts Electrical Engineering Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Social Work (MSW) #+

CERTIfICATE PROgRAMS Graduate Certificate in Event Management # Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (Undergraduate or Graduate) #Online +Hybrid (Face-to-Face and Online)


EXPERIENCE SEMINOLE SPIRIT While your studies are important, it’s also important to relax in between classes. Take advantage of all the activities the Panama City campus has to offer. Students are welcome to attend main campus sporting and performing arts events.



FSU Panama City offers a variety of events just for students including Homecoming, Spirit Week and Seminole Sensation. Throughout the year, enjoy bingo, trivia events, free food, outdoor movies, video games and much more!

The Barron Student Union has all the comforts of home with high-speed Wi-Fi, big screen TV with video game systems and plenty of couches and chairs. The union also has bumper pool and table tennis. Work off the stress of classes at our student union gym. Take advantage of cardio, strength and weight lifting equipment. Have fun while getting in shape with yoga and other fitness classes.

SEMINOLE gEAR Check out our full-service bookstore in the Barron Building. Whether you need textbooks, notebooks or pens, the bookstore has everything you need to start the semester right. Show your school spirit and pickup an FSU Panama City T-shirt, mug or car decal. Want something fun to read? The bookstore carries some of today’s most popular fiction, biographies and much more! Check them out at

gET AwAy fROM IT ALL Take a walk down our pier that goes out to the bay for a relaxing water view lunch or some quiet time before the big test. Play a game of Frisbee or bring a beach towel and work on your tan in between classes out on the waterfront greens behind the Holley Academic Center.

STUDy by ThE bAy Our Library and Learning Center has a first-class view of North Bay along with plenty of computers and a friendly staff ready to help you with all your research needs. FSU Panama City students have access to millions of books and journal articles in the FSU Libraries collection — and billions more — through Interlibrary Loan.

DONNA’S DELI Stop by Donna’s Deli in the Holley Academic Center for top notch sandwiches and daily specials. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. Want to prepay? Gift cards can be purchased at the deli. Visit for more information.

fSU AThLETICS FSU Panama City students are able to attend all of FSU’s athletic events on the main campus. Tickets for football and all other sporting events on main campus can be purchased through the university at


ENgAgE IN STUDENT SERvICES Our students engage in a supportive and challenging environment designed to maximize learning and success. Our campus provides opportunities for intellectual growth and service to others. We are committed to creating a sense of community among students, faculty and administrators that embodies respect, responsibility and acceptance of all people.



FSU Panama City helps veterans and their families access the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States. Developed by and for student veterans and supporters, the Panama City campus Veterans of America Club is dedicated to providing a social network for those who have experienced life in or around the military and to aid in the transition from military to campus life for veterans, their families and their communities. For more information, visit Students/Student-Organizations.

The Office of Student Affairs is the primary advocate for students with disabilities at FSU Panama City. The Office of Student Affairs works in cooperation with the Student Disability Resource Center in Tallahassee to provide academic support services at no cost to students who meet eligibility requirements. Services may include exam readers, note takers or special equipment. Students with temporary disabilities may also receive services from this office. For more information, visit Student-Disability-Services-SDS.

vETERANS STUDy hALL Just for veterans, military spouses and friends, FSU Panama City has the James Skinner and Cameron Skinner Veterans Study Room on the second floor of the Holley Academic Center, room A212.

STUDENT SERvICES Academic Advising ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT Preparation Bookstore Health and Wellness Internship and Work Study Connections Library and Learning Center Wireless Internet Services Student Discounts



Apply online at


Submit official high school and college/university (dual enrollment) transcripts.


Submit official ACT (#0734) and/or SAT (#5219) results for every test taken. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT writing test.)

fREShMAN REQUIREMENTS Admission to Florida State University is competitive. It requires graduation from a regionally accredited high school with specific high school academic units, a cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) and test scores. Satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The academic profile of the middle 50% range of applicants we hope to admit for 2014 is: 3.5-4.0 weighted GPA; 24-28 ACT composite; 1680-1870 SAT total. In addition to the academic profile above, a variety of other factors are also considered in the review process. These include the written essay, the rigor and quality of courses and curriculum, grade trends, class rank, strength of senior schedule in academic subjects, math level in the senior year and number of years in a sequential foreign language. Please note that letters of recommendation are not required and will not be used in the decision-making process. For more information on freshman requirements, visit: Freshman/Freshman-Requirements.

REQUIRED hIgh SChOOL COURSE UNITS The units listed below represent the minimum required for admission consideration: • 4 units of English, at least three with substantial writing requirements • 4 units of mathematics at the Algebra I level and higher • 3 units of natural science, at least two with laboratory experience • 3 units of social science • 2 sequential units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language • 2 elective units, preferably in the above subject areas Satisfying these minimum required units does not guarantee admission.


The typical student accepted to Florida State has 4.5 units of English, 5.5 units of math, 4.5 units of natural science, 5 units of social science, and 3.5 units of foreign language.

ACT/SAT INfORMATION • Applicants should take both exams, since we use the best composite/total score for admission and scholarship purposes. (Applicants taking the ACT must also submit the ACT Writing Test.) • Applicants should take each exam more than once, since we use the highest subscores to create the ACT composite and SAT total. • In addition to the applicant's overall composite on the ACT or total score on the SAT, the following minimum subscores are required: Writing - 21 on the ACT English and ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading Having these minimum subscores does not guarantee admission. The typical student admitted to the University has higher subscores. The June SAT and June ACT are the latest tests that we will use in the admission process for applicants applying for the summer or fall term. The November SAT and October ACT are the latest tests we will use for spring. FSU Panama City has FREE on campus testing resources in our Library and Learning Center to help you prepare for these exams. For more information, visit Test-Prep.

TRANSfER REQUIREMENTS All transfer applicants must meet requirements for admission to the University and to the major/program of interest. They must also have satisfied the state of Florida’s foreign language admissions requirement and have college level proficiency skills in reading, writing and mathematics. For more details, visit Freshman/Sophomore-Level Applicants Freshman and sophomore applicants (12-59 semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must: • Meet freshman admission criteria. • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all college work attempted at the last institution.



The Connect! Program is an option for students who want to earn an Associate of Arts degree at Gulf Coast State College and transfer to FSU Panama City to earn a bachelor’s degree. FSU Panama City and Gulf Coast State College counselors will assist you in creating an individualized map of a four-year education program in your preferred major. This plan will help you stay on track to ensure you take the necessary courses to complete both the A.A. and bachelor’s degrees.

Admission to Florida State University graduate school is competitive. Students must meet both University and departmental requirements. Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process. The office of Graduate Admissions determines eligibility for admission to the University, and the academic department or college determines admissibility to the degree program.

To learn more or to register for the Connect! Program visit us on the web at or call 850-770-2314.

Junior/Senior-Level Applicants Junior and senior applicants (60 or more semester hours of transferable credit as determined by the Office of Admissions) must: • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all college work attempted. • Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college work attempted at the last institution. Associate in Arts (AA) Applicants Applicants transferring directly after earning the AA degree from a Florida public institution will receive priority consideration for admission.

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have: • Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree; or • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution; and • Test scores from a nationally standardized graduate admission test which is acceptable for the program to which the applicant is applying. Individual academic departments or colleges may impose more restrictive admission requirements. Program requirements may be based on other factors, such as research interests of the prospective student, letters of recommendation, personal statement, interviews/ portfolios/auditions or other factors specified by the program.

gRE, gMAT AND LSAT INfORMATION Depending on the graduate program, students must take the GRE, GMAT or LSAT in order to be considered for admission. Please check with your program of interest for necessary scores for admission. Visit the links below for more information about the GRE, GMAT and LSAT tests including registrations dates, information and practice tests. GRE: GMAT: LSAT:

ADMISSIONS DEADLINES We recommend that you apply for admission at least one semester prior to the term you would like to begin at FSU Panama City. Undergraduate Deadlines Fall Semester July 29 Spring Semester November 29 Summer Semester March 29 Limited access programs have additional departmental requirements, including admission deadlines, which may differ from University admission requirements. Contact your department for additional departmental requirements and deadlines.

Graduate Deadlines Fall Semester July 1 Spring Semester November 1 Summer Semester March 1 Many graduate programs have different departmental deadlines from the University admission deadlines. Contact your department for additional departmental requirements and deadlines.


Library & Learning Center FSU Panama City students, staff and faculty have access to the millions of books and journal articles in the FSU Libraries collection — and billions — more through Interlibrary Loan.


CONQUER FINANCIAL MATTERS 2013-2014 UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEES FSU Panama City student fees are different than those assessed at the main campus of Florida State University. Complete information relating to student fees is available at Florida Residents

Non-Florida Residents

Tuition & Fees*

$ 5,414.70






1,500 $6,914.70



* Estimated cost covers two semesters (15 hours per semester) ** Estimated average book/supply cost. Actual cost may vary depending on your degree program.

Florida bright futures All students must submit a complete, error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). No funds can be distributed until the valid FAFSA information is received. Bright Futures rates for 2013-2014 per credit hour: • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) - $103 • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) - $77 • Academic Top Scholars (ATS) - $44 Students will owe the balance of unpaid tuition and fees. Students must repay FSU for courses dropped and paid with Bright Futures. Visit or call 1-888-827-2004 to learn more about recent changes to the Bright Futures program.

TUITION DIFFERENTIAL Florida State University Panama City offers a special out-of-state tuition rate to residents of Alabama and Georgia counties whose borders are within 50 miles of the Florida border and FSU Panama City’s service area. These special rates make affording an education from a fully accredited, nationally ranked university a reality for students living in rural and outlying areas, without the need to move away from home and incur additional living expenses. As tuition rates across the nation continue to rise, an education from Florida State University Panama City is considered a tremendous value. Alabama residents of the following counties may qualify for this special rate: Baldwin, Barbour, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Mobile, Monroe, Pike and Washington. Georgia residents of the following counties may qualify for this special rate: Baker, Decatur, Early, Miller and Seminole.

*FSU Panama City tuition for qualifying residents of these designated Alabama or Georgia counties will consist of the Florida in-state tuition for course offerings at the Panama City campus plus $20 per semester hour for undergraduate and graduate courses.

financial aid The best way to apply for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at To receive maximum consideration for all types of aid for the fall term, submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 each year. For the most up-to-date information on basic costs, visit Click on the “Pay Current Fees” link to view information on how to pay your fees. FSU School Code: 001489.

veteran affairs If you are active duty military, a veteran or a military family member, you may be eligible for educational benefits. We have a representative in our financial aid office, who will be able to help you discover your eligibility. Please stop by the second floor of the Barron Building in Student Affairs. For more information on FSU Panama City’s veterans education benefits, check out Financial-Aid/Military-and-Veterans-Affairs or call 850-770-2173.

Scholarships There are a number of scholarship opportunities available that can help defray educational costs and help you achieve your goals. Scholarships are awards made on the basis of merit, financial need or other specified criteria. Scholarships may be awarded by the state, the University or by private donors and organizations. For more information and an application, visit the web link above. Visit for more information. The Office of Admissions automatically considers accepted freshmen for academic merit-based scholarships. A separate application is not required. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit (combination of grades and test scores).

scholarship application deadlines Summer: January 15-Feb. 28 Fall & Spring: April 15-June 15 Spring only: August 15- Sept. 30 Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Students must possess a minimum GPA of 2.5 and take a minimum of six credit hours per semester. To be eligible for Foundation scholarships, students must fill out the FAFSA at


QUALITY AND VALUE Enjoy the view from the top Florida State University is designated as one of two pre-eminent research universities in the state.

Florida State University, designated a pre-eminent university in the state of Florida and the nation’s most efficient university, is one of the most respected research and learning institutions in the country. Named by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a leader in very high research activity – a designation given to only 73 public colleges and universities – Florida State is home to many nationallyranked programs, including the sciences, arts, business, communication and law.

It’s a great time to be a Seminole at FSU Panama City! FSU Panama City offers you the opportunity to receive a nationally recognized FSU degree while providing you an outstanding four-year undergraduate or graduate experience at our beautiful waterfront campus. A high-quality, nationally recognized degree offered at the lowest cost provides the best deal for students and their families. As a regional campus of Florida State University, FSU Panama City offers students the same high-quality and value experienced by those who attend the main campus.

Most Efficient University in the Country

Ranked 4th in Best Value

Ranked 4th in Best Value

Ranked 26th in Best Value

U.S. News & World Report named Florida State University the most efficient university in the country in 2012. Despite decreased public funding, the university's value ranking rose from 46th among public universities to 42nd, evidence that Florida State combines an outstanding education with economic value. Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students. In 2012, the Princeton Review and USA Today ranked Florida State the fourth “Best Value” public university in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranked Florida State University in the top 50 of the nation’s public universities for 2013 and Kiplinger’s “Best Values 2012” ranked FSU No. 26 among public universities nationwide. When measuring value, both U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger consider factors such as academic quality, admission rates, retention and the institution’s four-year graduation rate. Both are concerned with identifying schools that “deliver the best B.A. for the buck.” FSU Panama City offers all of the liberal studies courses and lower division prerequisites required to complete any of the high-demand undergraduate degrees available at our campus. Our mission is to help you stay on track, achieve your goals and obtain the Seminole Pride that comes with being a Florida State University alumni. For more information on our programs, visit

Team Osceola, comprised of six FSU Panama City electrical engineering students, soared to second place in the altitude competition during the final launch events of the 2012 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI). Official NASA results also ranked Team Osceola #7 for the Overall Team award and in the top 3 for Rookie Team award. Organized in September 2011, FSU Panama City’s Team Osceola is the first Florida State University team to participate in the competition, which included 41 participating schools and universities from across the nation.


campus contacts admissions & records

Campus tours

financial aid

(850) 770-2314

(850) 770-2177

Student Government & organizations

veteran & military benefits

(850) 770-2190

(850) 770-2173

Student affairs

Off-campus housing

Student disability services

(850) 770-2170

(850) 770-2111

(850) 770-2172

(850) 770-2160

Office of undergraduate studies (850) 770-2263


DISCOvER ThE fSU ThAT fITS yOU We invite you to visit FSU Panama City. It is the best way to see for yourself why we are a place where you can make your vision a reality and define your future. Campus tours are given by appointment between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Tours are designed to allow you to view traditional and interactive classrooms and laboratories. You may also meet with financial aid representatives and a faculty member in your area of academic interest. Call the Office of Admissions and Records to schedule your visit at 850-770-2160 or toll free 866-963-7872 or e-mail Can’t visit? Visit and click “Virtual Tour” for a 360ºx360º virtual tour of the campus.



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