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 June 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. (500 words)
  • In what field/specialty of medicine do you envision yourself working ten years from now? Please list no more than three (3) specialties. (500 words)
  • Write a short statement describing how you envision using the specialty/ies you listed above to advance our mission. (500 words)


  • Please provide a description of your family. (500 words)
  • Please provide a description of where you grew up (i.e. rural area, large city, etc.) (500 words)
  • Indicate what you do for fun and diversion (hobbies, special interests, etc.). (500 words)
  • What is a unique trait, experience, or interest that we would not normally learn about you? (500 words)
  • 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. (500 words)
  • What do you feel are your personal and scholastic qualifications for the study of medicine? (500 words)
  • How do you feel you will contribute to the success of the FSU College of Medicine and our unique mission? (500 words)
  • If you have previously interviewed or applied to the College of Medicine, what steps have you taken to improve your application? (500 words)
  • 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. (500 words)
  • If FL has previously been your state of residence but it is not your current state of residence, explain (500 words)
  • If you were never a FL resident, explain ties to FL (500 words)
  • Criminal/academic discipline question (500 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $30
FAP Waiver: Yes
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: No
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.