Campus officials say starting admission for freshman in the fall of 2013 will maximize the potential of the campus. FSU-PC is a full-service branch serving more than 1200 graduates and undergraduates. But, faculty and staff on the campus say this is a much needed push in a positive direction.
"I was born and bred a Seminole and will continue to be," said Kalab Hoover, a recent graduate from Florida State University at Panama City. The president of the student government council is now taking classes towards his masters degree.
"If I was given the opportunity to come to the Panama City campus as a freshman I would have elected to do that early on," said Hoover.
An opportunity that may soon find itself in the hands of eager freshmen looking to get a four year degree.
"We will begin offering about 200 freshman to FSU Panama City and that would require us to begin offering a limited number of courses to meet those needs," said Dr. Ken Shaw, the Dean of the campus.
FSU-PC will provide a chance for students to begin and complete their Florida State degrees.
"We will be able to maximize the campus," said Dr. Shaw. "And this from central administration and the administration on this campus is a very, very positive move."
The decision will bring many changes to the school; more adjunct professors and housing currently not offered and the satellite campus.
"It's important for families," said Dr. Shaw. "So we want to take a look at that because that is a valuable ingredient to our success."
"We want to kind of instill that tradition that Florida State has as well as create news ones for this campus," said Hoover.
Dr. Shaw has expressed interest in trying to attract freshman who have gotten turned away from the main campus who are interested in degrees offered at FSU-PC.