Florida State University
Isabel Padilla

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Mascot : Osceola and Renegade

Campus History and Origin

Florida State University is a four year university whose 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

Florida state is one of the largest and oldest of the 11 institutions in the State University System of Florida. In 1854, the City of Tallahassee had established a school for boys called the Florida Institute. In 1901 the Florida Institute became Florida State College. In 1909, the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women. On May 15, 1947, Florida State College for Women became Florida State University.

One hundred fifty-nine years after its founding, The Florida State University started the 2010-2011 academic year with a student population of about 40,000 and recognition as a major graduate research institution with an established international reputation.

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Admission Requirements

ACT/SAT Information

  • Writing - 21 on the ACT English and ACT E/W or 500 on the SAT writing
  • Math - 21 on the ACT math or 500 on the SAT math
  • Reading - 22 on the ACT reading or 500 on the SAT critical reading

Required High School Course Units :

4 units of English, at least three with substantial writing requirements

4 units of mathematics at the Algebra 1 level and higher

3 units of natural science, at least two with laboratory experience

3 units of social science

2 sequential units of the same world language or American Sign Language

2 elective units, preferably in the above subject areas

Tuition Costs

*Estimated costs cover two semesters*

Florida Residents :

Tuition/Fees : $6,512

Housing : $6,160

Food : $4,048

Books/Supplies : 1,000

SUBTOTAL : $17,720

Health Insurance : $1,828

TOTAL : $19,548

Non-Florida Residents :

Tuition/Fees : $21,678

Housing : $6,160

Food : $4,048

Books/Supplies : 1,000

SUBTOTAL : $32,886

Health Insurance : $1,828

TOTAL: $34,714

Campus Life : Pow Wow

Pow Wow is an annual evening of entertainment and laughter held on the night before FSU's homecoming football game. FSU performers entertain the audience and an unforgettable performance by a well known comedian is also part of Pow Wow. During Pow Wow, Florida State's Homecoming Cheif and Princess are announced along with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each homecoming category.

Degree Plan : Criminology / Criminal Justice

To graduate with a major in criminology and criminal justice, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a total of 36 semester hours in criminology.
  • Make a grade of C or better in the three core courses: CCJ 2020, CCJ 3011, CCJ 4700.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and receive no more than two grades below C- in criminology coursework.
  • Complete the requirements necessary to earn a minor or second major in another department or program or fulfill the requirements for the Criminology Internship Program.
  • Earn at least 27 (of the 36) semester hours in CCJ coursework directly from the College. (A maximum of 9 semester hours may be transferred in to the major.)
  • Fulfill University requirements for either a bachelor of arts (BA) or the bachelor of science (BS) degrees.

Career Information : FBI Agent

FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Agents are authorized to carry firearms and are often called in to capture high profile criminals. Agents may face dangerous situations, work erratic hours and be required to travel extensively. This can include sudden traveling with very little notice and job relocation around the country.

FBI agents are in charge of investigating over 200 different categories of violations related to national security and federal law. The criminal activity a FBI agent may investigate includes bank robberies, terrorism, corruption, cyber crime, organized crime, espionage and drug trafficking.

In September of 2014, FBI Agents had a median salary of $64,33.

The required education for an FBI Agent is a bachelors degree in criminal justice. To become an FBI Agent you must complete the FBI training program and meet physical fitness standards.

Cover Letter for Position at the Federal Bureau Investigation Academy

Mr. Nicholas Hernandez

FBI Safety CO

4321 Safety Leaders Dr.

Quantico, VA 32456

June, 25, 2028

Mr. Hernandez, I am applying for a position at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. I have a degree in Criminology from Florida State University which I graduated from in 2022. I have active experience with firearms, drug trafficking, cyber and other types of crimes.

I am currently at the Florida Police Academy as a police officer but want to go farther with my degree. I am very passionate for what I do as a police officer but I want to become someone bigger and better. My skills as a police officer include : using a firearm correctly, knowing what to do during certain situations, gathering as much evidence as possible, talking to witnesses and victims of crimes to get out as much information as possible from them, and communicating with my partner for cases I am assigned to.

I understand the huge responsibilities a FBI agent has to take on and I believe without a doubt that I am ready for those huge responsibilities. I will use my skills to be on task with those responsibilities. I will serve this country the very best of my service to protect them.


Isabel Padilla

12345 Apple Creek Rd



Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Isabel Padilla, for her acceptance with a position at The Federal Bureau Investigation Academy. Ms. Padilla is an exceptional student who is intelligent, sophisticated, and is always involved. She has always had a great passion for the Criminal Justice field.

One of Ms. Padilla’s many aspects, is her ability to keep a positive, determined mindset. Throughout our time together, I have observed the numerous talents she possesses, and most of them show her desire to better her future with characteristics such as quick-thinking, organization, and her overall caring personality.

Isabel will fit the position at the Federal Bureau Investigation Academy because of her many skills as a police officer. She was one of my students that I know will become someone known and will go far in life. I most definitely recommend her for a position to become an FBI Agent.

Thank you,

Asia Delgado

Criminal Justice Professor

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL 32360


Persuasive Essay

There comes a time in your life when as a soon to be high school graduate you want the best for you. You have everything planned out and you hope everything goes in the right direction. I have been working so hard to get a chance to attend Florida State University. I believe that I deserve to attend Florida State University because I am very committed to my school work and feel that Florida State University is the university for me.

These past four years have had there ups and downs but as part of the future class of 2018, I am proud to say that I will make it. Reasons being as to why I will make it is because I have worked so hard to be where I am now. I have dedicated a lot of my time these past four years to my education. When I was 13 I grew a sudden interest in Criminal Justice. As a teenager girl, I had my favorite shows that I would watch a new episode every week. One of my favorite shows, was Criminal Minds. I would sit every night with my mom and we would watch it, trying to figure out what is happening and who the killer would be that episode. That is what I would look forward to wednesday.Every since I started watching that show, that is how I grew an interest in Criminal Justice. I had finally figured out what I wanted to be. Ever since then, I have been focused on my studies because I wanted to be the best of the best. I wanted to serve my country and help solve the most hardest cases in the United States.

From what I have read I believe Florida State has one of many best Criminal Justice Programs in the United States. I have read many successful stories from students who have attended Florida State for their Criminal Justice Program. I feel that Florida State can offer me success that no other university will which is exactly why Florida State is the university for me.



Isabel Padilla

Career Objectives

Get my bachelors in Criminal Justice
Go to FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia
Get my training done
Become an FBI Agent

Education History

Aug. 2015 - June 2018

Pebble Hills High School
10th - 12th Grade
El Paso, Texas

» AVID Student 10th - 12th grade

Aug. 2014 - June 2015

El Dorado 9th Grade Academy
9th Grade
El Paso, Texas

» My Freshman year I was in the IB Program which is part of El Dorado High School. I finished IB my freshman year and dropped out of IB before entering my Sophomore year to attend Pebble Hills High School due to better education purposes.

Work Experience

June 2017 - Jan. 2018

El Paso, Texas

Feb. 2017 - May 2017

Chick- Fil-A
El Paso, Texas

July 2016 - Jan. 2017

Menchies Yogurt
El Paso, Texas

Volunteer Experience

June 2016 - July 2016

Sierra Providence Medical Center
Volunteer for Miscellaneous work
El Paso, Texas

Sept. 2015 - May 2016

St. Stephen Catholic Church
El Paso, Texas           

June 2015 - July 2015

El Paso Public Library
Library Volunteer
El Paso, Texas

Awards & Certificates

» Softball 8th Grade MVP Award (May 2014)

Extracurricular Activities

Student Council, Business Professionals of America

Hobbies & Interests

» Cheerleading
» Softball
» Track

Skills & Abilities

» French
» Spanish

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