Mission Statement & Creed

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The Florida State University Mission Statement


Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts. The University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, creative endeavors, and service. The University strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity.


Florida State University will be one of the world’s premier institutions of higher
education, devoted to transforming the lives of our students, shaping the future
of our state and society, and offering programs of national and international
distinction in a climate of inquiry, engagement, collegiality, diversity, and

The Seminole Creed

Values and Morals at Florida State University

The guiding ethical norm at FSU is responsible freedom. As a member of this community, I promise the following:


I will be honest and truthful at all times and work for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.


I will show respect for others, the university, the community, and myself.


I will pursue excellence in my learning and living in the university and beyond.


I will support academic freedom, including the right of dissent and freedom of speech.


I will learn from and about those who are different and work to make the university inclusive.


I will treat others in a fair manner and strive to make the university a community of justice.


I will act as a responsible citizen in the university and beyond, participating in those activities fostering citizenship.


I will take time for adventure, discovery, fun, excitement, and friendship.

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