That year the student body numbered 252 men and women, and degrees were available in classical, literary and scientific studies. The 1905 the Florida Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized the Florida college system into a school for white males (University of the State of Florida), a school for white females (Florida Female College later changed to Florida State College for Women), and a school for African Americans (State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students).The Buckman Act was controversial, as it changed the character of a historic coeducational state school into a school for women.FSU officially launched the "Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State" on October 17, 2014.
In recognition of the cadets, and their pivotal role in the battle, the Florida State University Army ROTC cadet corps displays a battle streamer bearing the words "NATURAL BRIDGE 1865" with its flag.
As of September 30, 2016, Florida State University's "Raise the Torch" campaign has raised 8,972,249. News & World Report ranked Florida State as the 33rd best public university in the United States in the national university category.
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state legislature designated Florida State University as one of two "preeminent" state universities in the spring of 2013 among the twelve universities of the State University System of Florida.
The area, slightly west of the state Capitol, was formerly and ominously known as Gallows Hill, a place for public executions in early Tallahassee.
During the Civil War, the seminary became The Florida Military and Collegiate Institute.