Florida State University, a beautiful campus located is Tallahassee Florida, is really making a name for itself. Over the past few years the university has flourished in both academics and athletics, as well as increased rankings, drawing in a more diverse and competitive student body.
This year, the university welcomed about 42,000 new students. According to the university website, about 6,200 academically talented students make up one of the most diverse incoming freshman classes in the university’s history. An estimated 21.5 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 11.3 percent are African-American or African-American and another race, and 2.5 percent are Asian.
Recently, FSU has been in the news for some pretty great things. Kevin Fenton, a music professor at FSU, organized a worldwide peace awareness project. His goal is to have choirs around the world to celebrate the power of song during the International Day of Peace. His concert will be help on September 21st. You can learn more about his work on the university website.
Florida State has also been recognized for joining up with other universities in hopes to find a cure for the Zika virus outbreak. According to the university website, Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health has found existing drug compounds that can both stop Zika from replicating in the body and from damaging the crucial fetal brain cells that lead to birth defects in newborns. All of the researchers are continuing the work on the compounds and hope to begin testing the drugs on animals infected with Zika in the near future.
The 2017 college rankings have been released and Florida State is faring well. According to U.S. News & World Report rankings FSU has jumped to No. 38 among all public national universities, moving up 5 spots from last year. FSU had the greatest gain of all of the Top 50 public universities. Also, among all national universities, including private universities, FSU ranked 92nd, up from 96th last year.
In a press release from FSU, President John Thrasher said, “We are extremely pleased that U.S. News & World Report has recognized the significant gains FSU has made in its pursuit of higher levels of academic excellence. This upward movement is a testament to the hard work of our exceptional faculty, staff and students who continue to make FSU one of the best universities in the nation.”
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