Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are pretty good, but you really need that transloc app to make them useful! Sometimes they're a real pain and get you there super late or super early so its a shot in the dark whether or not you'll make it there ON time. I always say go early.


Sometimes the drivers take up to 20 minute long cigarette breaks. Also, once there was this girl talking to the driver and asked for a "favor" to drop her off off campus... And he did it. I missed an appointment because he took some long detour to take this chick somewhere.

But if you leave early enough and are patient (definitely have an iPod or a book) then they're the best thing that's ever happened.As far as the Star Metro buses... Those things SUCK! They are never on time (and they always come on the weirdest times) and they skip stops sometimes even when you pull the cord. Also the bus has gone right past my friends and I on occasion even though we were waving and everything.

Just stay on good terms with the cab companies.

Also, the cabbies will NOT allow you to overstuff the cab. Just ask for a van or two cabs, or you'll be walking!

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This is probably the most relaxed campus ever and it is so nice. The cops pretty much don't care unless you throw it in your face, I know some people have been almost passed out drunk and the cop didn't care. As far as smoking goes, nobody cares. I know some people who light up in class. As long as a fight doesn't start you're pretty good with other drugs. Also, the paramedics will ignore any drugs they see or know you've done, which is nice. Actually the only time I ever encountered the cops was when my boyfriend and I were smoking in the car and he asked to see my ID, even though I knew we reeked. This has happened quite a few times, leading me to believe that their main concern is with statutory rape.

4 College Junior

Academics: All classes I've taken on campus have been excellent. The professors are knowledgeable and helpful. The TA's are all pretty great, too. The two online classes I've taken, however, have been complete nightmares. I've taken online courses at my previous school with no problem, but both times here I have not done well. I find communication with the professors leave something to be desired, and the course work seems unrealistic.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's not a whole lot to do in Tallahassee. It's fairly safe, but there are areas to stay away from, like with any city. There's some pretty good food here, though! The Korean BBQ on Tennessee is great, so is Sakura grill on Monroe (it's a little pricy, though). Midtown is a pretty cool place to hang out. There are various bars and restaurants all within walking distance that are pretty good.

4 College Junior

Academics: The College of Music at FSU is spectacular. The faculty are friendly and helpful in and out of class. They all genuinely care about the students. The curriculum and workload are intense, but that's to be expected at a good music school. There are tons of opportunities to perform in the area and on campus. The practice rooms in the basement are a little dingy, but it's an old building and... it's a basement. The pianos are maintained, however, and the rooms are generally clean. The instruments kept by the school are a little iffy sometimes... some are in great condition, others work but are a little less than ideal, if only because they are older.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the school, and I'm getting a great education here. Go noles!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It gets nice and cold during the winter, which is a nice difference from other Florida universities, where it's pretty much 80 degrees year round.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am extremely happy with the program. I would do it again. My career goal is to be able to apply my knowledge practically with older adults. I am extremely committed to advocating for the rights of older adults and counseling them through life transitions. I am currently working in the social work field in a health care setting. I am not worried about finding a job in the field as I have the belief the right opportunity will come as I continue to apply myself to my passion of social work.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I am a distance learning student. I live in another town. This question does not apply personally.

College Senior

Campus Dining: I am in a distance learning program. I am not sure about the food on campus personally, but I have heard the options are amazing!

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I participate in a distance learning program. This question does not apply to me.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not on campus, but have heard Greek life is awesome. I am in a distance learning program and have not had the Greek experience.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: I have had a good experience, although at times it has been frustrating to talk to a real person. Much is done online.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I have loved the Social Work program. It is exciting to be a part of a program that will support my future goals. I am in a distance learning program. It is designed to allow me to work and attend school. The professors have been awesome. I now look forward to this last year and a life-long goal finally being achieved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a lot of school pride, football is huge here. They constantly send emails out about when the games are and how to get tickets. It is easy to get tickets and go to the games.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a huge school so there is a ton of different people/styles. Definitely a lot of attractive guys and girls depending on where you hangout. They are not always the most friendliest people if they don't know you.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Florida State is really good at engaging their students in their sports. They send informative e-mails, make sure that everyone that wants a ticket knows exactly hot to get it. The workout facilities are also fabulous and always clean.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received reasonable amount of financial aid. You have to be responsible and go to the office frequently because over the phone they will give you the complete wrong information.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be stressful if you don't get there on time. I prefer taking the bus but when I've had to drive I make sure I get to campus at least 30 minutes before my class starts. Cars that are parked incorrectly are frequently being ticketed and fined but they're just doing their job!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: On a daily basis the students walk around in a rush from class to class. Typical sweat pants with a tank or a sweatshirt is what is often seen. There is a vast amount of students with different styles. There are a majority of students who do put time and effort to look presentable and professional for their classes to show respect to their professors.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not that big of a problem on this campus. The consumption of Alcohol is the main concern.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The newer dormitories like Degraff and Wild Wood are well organized and maintained. Older dormitories like Smith and Sally are not as well maintained, but the experience is well worth it. College is a learning pool of how to overcome situations in life. It all starts with your living environment. Make sure you choose right.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in one of the older dorms at FSU and it wasn't very clean or updated; however there are many other newer dorms or off-campus options.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls at FSU are known to be very attractive and highly social.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Surprisingly, almost everyone here is really nice to look at. When you hear the rumors about how pretty the girls are here or how hot the guys look with their shirts off running around throwing frisbees, believe them. ;)

3 College Freshman

Parking: While parking in the garages can get a bit hectic sometimes, even though is says GARAGE FULL, there's usually a few parking spaces that haven't been accounted for. Also, there's parking on campus that isn't in the garages, it's more so along the streets on Landis Green or in parking lots around campus. Just be sure to get there early if you want or need a good spot.


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Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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You would be hard-pressed to find a graduate of Florida State University who doesn’t have fond memories of the years they spent on campus. Current students will also agree that they are happy with their decision to attend school here. There is something for everyone, from athletics to academia, and you would have a hard time finding a more comfortable setting than Tallahassee. It has so much to offer, from exciting nightlife to beautiful weather.

Although it bears the reputation of a party school, FSU also has a growing reputation for turning out some of the best and brightest graduates in the entire nation. The school is now turning its focus on research, which should appeal to those interested in science and mathematics. But never fear, FSU also emphasizes the arts through their award-winning film and theater departments. From math and science, to the arts, FSU offers a vast array of eclectic degrees, which will be nothing but helpful later in your life. Choosing which college to attend is not an easy decision, but if you’re looking for the perfect combination of a good education and a good time, you can’t do much better than Florida State University.

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