• FSU’s campuses are comprised of over 400 buildings and cover over 1,600 acres.1 The bulk of these facilities are located on the main campus, (Leon County Campus), in downtown Tallahassee. Other locations include the Seminole Reservation, the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering facility, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory..
  • FSU is an institution of 41,717 students, including 34,030 Florida residents. 40,001 of those students attend class on the Leon County campus.2 The university’s total operating budget for 2018-2019 academic year was $1.53 billion, and the budget for 2019-2020 is $1.9 billion.3
  • In 2018, FSU employed 14,311 people across all departments. 6,498 of them were regular salaried, full-time employees. An additional 135 persons were employed on a regular salary part-time classification, and the remaining 7,868 were employed under OPS classification.4
  • In September of 2018, Tallahassee City Commissioners adopted a $727.2 million operating budget for the 2019 fiscal year. This is approximately $2 million less than the FY18 operating budget.5 FSU’s operating budget for FY19 is $1.53 billion, which is more than double that of the City of Tallahassee.
  • University operating revenues totaled just under $616.1 million for the 2017-18 FY, which is a greater than $17 million increase from 2016-17. Operating expenses totaled $1.25 billion for the 2017-18 FY, up over $100 million from 2016-17. Net non-operating revenues totaled $634.4 million for the 2017-18 FY, an increase of $102.8 million from the 2016-17 FY.6
  • The average bi-weekly payroll for all FSU system employees is $28,710,710. The total payroll for fiscal year 2018 (including gross salaries and employer paid benefits and taxes) was $773,176,000.7

Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

  • University faculty and staff contribute to their local economy through their purchasing power and taxes. In 2018, the average monthly rent payment in Tallahassee was $952. Full-time salaried employee, faculty and staff contributions were estimated to be $6,184,472 per month or $74,213,658 annually.8 These contributions do not account for part-time OPS employees who may additionally contribute to the economy of Leon County.
  • It is estimated that the average resident of Leon County, with a population of 292,5029, paid $914 in sales taxes to the county (in 2018).10 The 2,497 traditional faculty members are estimated to have contributed $2,282,258 in sales taxes to Leon County in 2018. All 6,489 full-time salaried employees contributed $5,930,946 in sales tax in 2018.11
  • Florida State University employees have won seven Nobel prizes, first in 1933 and most recently in 2016. The university currently employs two Pulitzer Prize winners and 14 Guggenheim Fellowship professors. Every year since 2000, at least one FSU faculty member has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. Three FSU faculty members were endowed as Fulbright Scholars for the 2017-18 school year, and five FSU faculty members were awarded in 2016-17.12
  • As of April 2018, there are a total of 372,025 living FSU alumni. 203,427 of them are living and working in Florida, and 39,221 reside in Leon County .This concentration of FSU alumni is higher than anywhere else in the state of Florida.13


  • Total Research Expenditures (external only) were $215.7 million for the 2018 fiscal year.14
  • The total amount of Sponsored Research Contract and Grants (C&G) awards received during FY 2017-18 were $226.3 million. $177.4 million of these contracts and grants were received from the federal government, $26.1 million were received from the state and local government, and $22.8 million were privately funded.15
  • FSU researchers received $233.6 million in funding for fiscal year 2019, $7 million dollars more than 2018. Funds came from federal, state and private sources.16
  • Since FY 2005-06, the FSU Research Foundation has allocated $250,000 annually under the Grant Assistance Program (GAP), a funding mechanism to help FSU researchers transfer their work from the laboratory into the commercial market.17


  • FSU students spend substantially in the area. Students spend money on tuition, books, school supplies, housing, food, transportation, clothing, and entertainment. These expenditures vary by the residency status and degree level of each student. Student spending by Florida State University students, both in funds spent in the area and in funds spent at the university, totaled $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018.18
  • Costs for students attending Florida State University depend on each student’s living situation and residency status. Florida residents living on campus or in an off campus apartment paid an estimated $22,128 during the 2018-2019 academic year, while Florida residents living with their parents paid $16,796. This includes tuition, housing, books, transportation and other personal expenses.19
  • Non-Florida residents living on campus or in an off campus apartment paid an estimated $36,526 during the 2018-2019 academic year, and non-residents living with their parents paid $31,194.20
  • The 40,331 students at FSU’s Leon County campus are estimated to have contributed $36,862,534 in sales taxes to Leon County in 2018. This accounts for about 13.8% of total estimated sales tax revenue to Leon County in 2018.2122

Capital Expenditures

  • FSU currently has $488,964,306 dedicated to underway major projects and $66,928,618 allocated for minor projects.23 These projects are funded through the FSU budget, bondholders, FCO grants, PECO allocations, departmental funding, ESCO budget allocations, and private donations.24
  • FSU receives funding for capital expansion projects through the state of Florida’s Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) In fiscal year 2018-19, FSU received $37,827,068 in PECO appropriations. $12,959,263 went towards the EOAS building, $8,500,000 went to the College of Business, 9,500,000 went to the Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building, and $6,867,805 was allocated for other maintenance, repairs, and renovations throughout campus.25
  • FSU is the top user of electricity, using 7.05% of the electricity in Tallahassee. The state of Florida is in second place, using 3.97%, followed by the City of Tallahassee, which uses 3.15%. In 2018, the university used more electricity than Florida A&M University (1.64 percent), the Leon County government (0.94 percent), Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (1.46 percent), Wal-Mart (0.81 percent), Publix Markets (0.85 percent), and the Federal Government (0.77 percent) combined.26

Visitors to FSU

  • In 2007, almost 630,000 people visited Leon County for reasons related to FSU—from prospective students and their families to the world’s most eminent scientists and artists. Altogether, they spent over $200 million on shopping, restaurants, entertainment, groceries, lodging, transportation, sports activities and events, arts and cultural activities, and other attractions.27 In 2018, the average visitor to Tallahassee spent $243 dollars during their trip. This generated a total economic impact of $910,236,600 in fiscal year 2018. On average, each visitor to Leon County generated $384 dollars to the local economy during their visit.28
  • Football game weekends bring in a significant amount of tourism to Leon County. During football season, out-of-town attendees brought $51.1 million in direct spending during the seven home games.29
  • FSU home games host an average of 77,000 attendees per game, including 16,000 students. 60 percent of non-student attendees to FSU football games travel over 3.5 hours to Tallahassee and contribute to the local economy through food and lodging.30During the Fall 2018 season, FSU football attracted 219,600 out-of-town visitors to Leon County.
  • Visiting teams competing against FSU at Doak Campbell Stadium book an average of 160 room nights in Tallahassee per game during football season. In 2018, FSU hosted seven home football games in Tallahassee.31 At an average Tallahassee hotel stay cost of $119 per night on non-football weekends, FSU visiting teams contributed $19,040 in lodging.32
  • In addition to football, FSU varsity sports, such as baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and golf also bring participants and visitors to Tallahassee who contribute to the local economy. Visiting baseball teams booked an average of 75 room nights per weekend. FSU also hosted 13 home volleyball games in which participants booked an average of 50 room nights per weekend. In total, baseball and volleyball generate an additional $211,225 in direct impact through participant lodging in Tallahassee.33
  • Visitors also booked 74,427 nights and spent $10,125,000 on lodging. In total, 2018 FSU football home games resulted in $99.9 million of economic impact on Leon County.34 On average, out-of-town attendees to football games spent $465 per day and $1,209 per trip.35
  • Opening Nights performances and educational events attracted a total of 20,484 attendees in 2018.36


  • In 2018, 600 middle and high school students attended FSU Football Camp, 150 high school students attended Seminole Trails Cross Country Camp, 660 middle and high-schoolers attended Indoor Volleyball Camp, 402 girls attended Seminole Girls Basketball Camp, 85 middle and high-schoolers attended Seminole Gold Camp, and 490 students of all ages attended Soccer Summer Day Academy.37
  • There are over 20 academic and civics camps in session through the university every year. Every year, thousands of school students attend one of many FSU academic and civic camps.
  • 1500 students attended Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee.38 48 attended Saturday-at-the-Sea, and 40 attended Young Scholars.39
  • Every year, FSU Summer Workshop for Young Dancers recruits 45-55 middle and high school students from across the nation.40
  • There are 14 different music camps offered every summer at FSU. FSU Music Camps’ total enrollment was 1,370 students. Students gave 26 performances. 27 states other than Florida were represented, though the majority of students were from Florida.41

FSU Foundation & Volunteer Work

  • Total expenses of the FSU Foundation decreased 2.9 percent ($1.7 million) from 2017 to 2018.42
  • For the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2018, the FSU Foundation allocated $70,241,733 in total gift commitments and $24,919,342.17 in planned gifts to the university. Total gifts included $20,310,930 in pledges, $2,884,510 gifts-in-kind, $24,457,595 in deferred gifts, and $22,588,698 in cash and securities. Planned gifts included $24,476,932.63 in bequests, $7,123.76 in charitable remainder trusts, and $435,285.78 in charitable lead annuity trusts. Zero dollars were allocated for life insurance.
  • Total university endowments totaled $681,369,753, an increase of $41,998,378 from 2017 to 2018; FSU Foundation endowments were $500,910,447, an increase of $23,054,971 from 2017 to 2018.43
  • These commitments were given by a total of 21,839 donors; 60.1 percent were alumni/attendees, 10.8 percent were current students, 8.3 percent were parents, 10.7 percent were friends of the university, and the remaining donors were a conglomerate of faculty, staff, corporations, and partner foundations.44
  • The gift commitments from the FSU Foundation were allocated to various departments at the university. $11,043,502 were allocated for student financial aid, $3,531,648 were allocated to the faculty and staff, $4,059,855 were allocated for public service, $2,955,054 were allocated for property and infrastructure, $21,562,586 were allocated for the academic divisions, $699,494 were allocated towards research, $194,144 were allocated towards Strozier Library, $26,000,865 were allocated for other restricted purposes, and the remaining funds were allocated for other unrestricted purposes, such as physical plants and loans.
  • FSU was awarded $100 million in December 2015 from the Jim Moran Foundation to create the FSU Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. In 2016, Brian and Kathryn Ballard gifted real estate to the university to serve as the headquarters for the institute.45
  • For the 2018 calendar year, 7,713 FSU students reported a total of 373,217 hours of volunteer work through the FSU ServScript program. Using the value of a volunteer hour as determined by independetsector.org, this contribution of service hours saved local communities, government and nonprofit organizations $9,490,927.38.46

Economic Impact

  • In the fiscal year 2014-15, FSU generated $6.01 billion of direct revenue or expense, with $9.94 billion worth of industry output (revenue/sales), and 94,160 jobs.47 In 2018 dollars, this translates to $6.34 billion of direct revenue or expense, and $10.5 billion worth of industry output.
  • Revenue generated by FSU created an additional $3.82 billion of labor income, $1.78 billion of property income, and $501.8 million in business taxes.48 In 2018 dollars, this translates to over $4 billion of labor income.
  • The estimated economic contributions of present value of lifetime earnings differential of FSU graduates remaining in Florida, created an industry output of $7.87 billion with an additional $2.7 billion in labor income, and 59,989 jobs.49 In 2018 dollars, this translates to $8.34 billion in industry output and an additional $2.86 billion in labor income.