Florida State University Secondary Application

Florida State University Secondary Essay Prompts

(If you have updated prompts, please submit them at updatesecondaries.com)

Prompts have been updated May 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)

All prompts have a 500-word limit.


  • Why are you choosing to apply to the FSU College of Medicine? Please be specific describing what is particularly attractive about FSU COM.
  • In what field/specialty of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? Please list no more than three (3) specialties.
  • Write a short statement describing how you envision using the specialty/ies you listed above to advance our mission.


  • Please provide a description of your family.
  • Please provide a description of where you grew up (i.e. rural area, large city, etc.)
  • Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.).
  • What is a unique trait, experience, or interest that we would not normally learn about you?
  • If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed elsewhere in the application, that you are comfortable voluntarily sharing with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine.
  • What do you feel are your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine?
  • How do you feel you will contribute to the success of the FSU College of Medicine and our unique mission?
  • If you have previously interviewed or applied to the College of Medicine, what steps have you taken to improve your application?
  • COVID-19: The Admissions Committee understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted applicants in various ways. If you wish to inform the committee as to how these events have affected you and have not already done so elsewhere in your application, please use this space to do so.
  • If FL has previously been your state of residence but it is not your current state of residence, explain
  • If you were never a FL resident, explain ties to FL
  • Criminal/academic discipline question

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $30
FAP Waiver: Yes
CASPer Required: No
VITA Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

Florida State University College of Medicine Mission and Vision:

The Florida State University College of Medicine will educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations.

The FSU College of Medicine will lead the nation in preparing compassionate physicians to deliver the highest quality 21st Century patient-centered medicine to communities of greatest need. 

Former Prompts (before 23-24 cycle)


  • Indicate your significant travel experiences and include the circumstances.

Fun And Diversion

  • Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.).


  • Identify any other traits, habits, experiences, interests, etc., that a professor or advisor would not normally learn about you.


  • Please provide a brief description of your parents.


  • Please provide a brief description of your siblings.

Practice Vision


  • Write a critical analysis of your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine and the realization of your professional ambitions.