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FSU president says 2017 was full of "unprecedented achievement"

FSU president says the university is "rising"
FSU president says the university is "rising"
Posted at 4:42 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 12:51:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - President John Thrasher said the university is thriving and continuing to grow while acknowledging challenges along the road.

He said 2017 was a year of “unprecedented achievement” and that he’s excited about the future of FSU.

FSU was ranked as the 33rd best public university in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Thrasher says achievements like a 93 percent retention rate helped FSU jump 10 spots in two years.

Enrollment continues to grow and so is the demand to study at FSU. 43,000 students have applied to be part of the next freshman class.

Thrasher mentioned challenges FSU faced this year, including Hurricane Irma and the loss of a student last month. Thrasher says overall, the university has become stronger in its mission to help students succeed.

“Our university is rising," said Thrasher. "We’re 33rd ranked public university in America, and we’re on, I think, a real good trajectory for even doing better, and it’s because of the faculty and the great students that we have and the support we’ve gotten from the Florida legislature and our donors.”

Thrasher also mentioned continuing development on campus, with new residence halls and a renovation of Oglesby Union next year.