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Florida State welcomes largest freshman class in school's history

Florida State University
Posted at 2:47 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 14:47:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University will welcome its largest freshman class in school history as the new academic year kicks off on Monday.

University officials say about 6,900 freshman are coming to the Capital City in pursuit of a degree from FSU. The top five majors selected are business, biological science, psychology, engineering and nursing.

Touting this year's class as "one of the brightest and most diverse," they say the average high school grade point average of the incoming freshman class was 4.2, with women making up more than 60 percent of the class.

“It’s a joy to welcome such a talented freshman class as we begin another academic year,” said President John Thrasher. “There’s never been a better time to be a part of the Florida State family. Across the board, the university is enjoying unprecedented success.”

Florida State’s four-year graduation rate also ranks among the Top 10 public universities in the country and No. 1 in Florida.

Graduate enrollment also is at an all-time high after FSU received more than 10,000 graduate school applications. This year’s graduate student cohort will be FSU’s largest with more than 2,150 new students — a 6 percent increase over last year.

FSU’s 18 residence halls, which are operated by the Office of University Housing, will open for the Fall 2019 semester at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22. The residence halls will house 6,691 students this year.