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FSU Uninviting 38 Hundred Students

February 21st, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Nearly 4 thousand high school seniors who met the criteria to get into Florida State next fall will be looking for another college. The students were tentatively admitted, But as Mike Vasilinda tells us, letters arriving in the mail today will tell them there is not room for them at FSU.

Valeria Obi scored just under 1100 on her SAT before she was admitted to Florida State two years ago.

I mean I know my SAT scores werent perfect, but because my GPA was so high and I did have a lot of extracurriculars and recommendations, I feel that I do belong here, Obi said.

But now 38 hundred high school seniors with better SAT scores than Valeria are missing the FSU bus. Letters in the mail Wednesday say budget cuts are forcing the school to limit who gets in.

None of the 38 hundred students who are getting this letter can be considered slackers by any standards.

Provost Larry Abele says that all of the students had higher GPAs and test scores than the state average.

An 1170, 3.2, 3.4. I mean thats a solid student, Abele said.

State budget writers say their hands are tied. Sen. Evelyn Lynn says there is still room for students in some 4 year schools and all of the community colleges.

This is an extremely tough year, Lynn said. Its the worst weve had in 38 years.

FSU Freshman Catherine Case was admitted to FSU in last year. She has a GPA and SAT like the students now being turned away.

If you deserve to be here then you deserve to be here, Case said. It shouldnt be a matter of money, really.

The decision of the school is final. So now, 38 hundred high school seniors who were a shoe-in now need to make other plans for college next fall.

FSU also wrote lawmakers today, saying the budget crunch is forcing it to cancel its annual FSU Day at the Capitol this spring. It is a day when the college honors it graduates in the legislature and provides meals for lawmakers and the public.

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