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I saw this on another board from a recently admitted student at FSU:
A few notes as I was accepted a year ago:
1. APPLY EARLY. I know it has been said a lot already, but it really gives you the best chance at getting in.
2. APPLY FOR SUMMER. I loved having my first term at FSU being over the Summer. Not only does it give you a better chance at getting into the school, but it also allows you to be on campus and get used to the college life before all the students come in the fall.
3. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. I don't care how high your GPA/SAT scores are. If you don't show your a well rounded student and are not involved with your school outside the class room, you wont get into FSU.
4. KEEP A GOOD GRADE TREND. This is very important and something I haven't seen mentioned yet. I have always believed that this is what really got me into FSU. I had an ok gpa (3.4) and decent test scores, BUT my grades had been steadily getting better throughout my high school career. I know for a fact admissions people looks for this, so if you have a little bit of a lower GPA, but your grades have been vastly improving, you have a good shot at getting in.
Remember, FSU is picking kids they think have the best chance at graduating. Something like improving grades really means a lot to them. P.S. Notice there are a lot of parents on this topic. Feel free to ask questions for one who is pretty familiar w/ the admissions process.
**and this was added by someone who worked in Admissions:
I will strongly agree with the comment about the trend. Even 7 years ago that was a big deal, and can act as a big tiebreaker to get you over the edge. That said, I think far more people OVERESTIMATE extracurriculars. I know many students whose grades suffer because they're trying to meet the extracurricular "expectations" to get into colleges. If the extracurricular isn't getting you into school (sports, art, music, & dance), it's not important. I've heard people mention in other threads that they thought things like Eagle Scout and other high-quality extracurriculars would make them a 'shoo-in.' Very few students ever make it to a point at FSU where their extracurriculars are even considered.