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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It depends on when you are trying to park and what part of the school year. During the Fall and Spring Semesters there is literally no parking anywhere after 9am all the way through 12pm. There is a small window of opportunity when lunch time comes around because many people go off campus or home for that or do not have classes for the rest of the day. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the worst. Those are the days most people are on campus all day because most classes are held during those two days. Also during the fall and spring, make sure you arrive on campus or somewhere in walking distance to your class 45 minutes before your class starts. It doesn't matter whether your a freshman or a senior really. Every student has the same parking spaces and garages. After 5pm you can park almost anywhere. Easier parking is around 4:20pm. In the summer, there is usually easy parking.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Cultural Richness – What makes FSU unique lies in the three symbolic torches found in the school seal, which read "Vires, Artes, and Mores." These words translate to strength, skill, and character, respectively. What it means to be a Seminole is a cultured individual who lives up to their full potential and stays true to the person who he or her is meant to be.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Some Computer Labs Are Crazier Than Others – It's important where to go on FSU campus to find a calm, quiet computer lab. For example, first floor of Strozier is usually packed and incredibly loud but the upper levels are almost completely silent and have more open computers. The computer lab at Oglesby is also usually empty and quiet.

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2 College Senior

Greek Life: I've honestly never set foot into any fraternity or sorority house at FSU. I am about to start my senior year and have never been too familiarized with the Greek life. So I guess Greek life doesn't affect the social atmosphere of the campus too much. It's very possible to be very present and active on campus and not be involved in Greek life.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Could Be Worse – Parking at FSU can be a real pain. Most students have to arrive to campus at least an hour before class starts in order to drive around aimlessly until a spot opens up. ALTHOUGH, if you strategically plan out your schedule according to when campus is less empty, it is possible to find parking quickly on a daily basis. There is also another garage that is about to open, which will help.

College Sophomore

Parking: Wish I Knew – i dont drive so i dont exactly know what it is like to find parking. i do, in fact, have friends that drive and have heard that it gets a bit complicated to find parking, especially at certain hours of the day.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Could Be a Bit Better – florida state itself is safe. at night we have what is called the safe bus which works from 7pm till 3am and picks up students on campus and drives them anywhere they need to get. the bus only works on campus though. we also have the night nole which students can use when they need to get from place to around tallahassee. this is very helpful when going out at night. although we have these methods of transportation safety we get emails notifying us about some of the crimes that occur in school. some of them have been pretty bad that has made me paranoid to walk by myself. i feel as though the campus cops could patrol the school more often at night where most of the crimes occur

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Typical College Students – florida state is know to be on of the most fun schools in florida. you can find all types of guys and girls. you have your frat boys, which are the hottest boys around. florida state has been voted as having some of the most beautiful girls in the US. most of the girls are active and in good shape. most of the people that attend florida state have a good sense of style.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Okay but Needs Variety – We have various restaurants and dining halls on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is seen as a party environment by others.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Relaxed – The campus police is there more to keep you safe than to get you in trouble. I know downloading music and movies is heavily enforced however. Also, if you're at the bars then the police are a lot more strict. Otherwise it's pretty relaxed.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Surprisingly Safe – While some nights at the bars can bet a bit intense, I've never felt like I was going to be put in actual harm. The only reason I could see someone not feeling safe is because they are already involved in sketchy activities.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Mostly Marijuana – While marijuana is fairly common at Florida State University, the harder drugs can be found in some circles but they are not done very publicly like marijuana is. Drinking is definitely the favorite of FSU though.

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are in Their Own World – As in the real world, boys at FSU are not really paying attention to anything but how hot they are and how many girls they can attract. It is quite adorable.

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4 College Senior

Weather: Tallahassee is comfortably located on the Florida pan handle. The landscape includes lots of greenery and rolling hills. Northern Florida captures the typical high degrees but without too much humidity. Also, for a majority of the year temperatures average in the seventies!

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you plan on eating pizza and subs, you're good. When everyone wasnt to eat out, we go to Genghis Grill because it is a lot of food for the price. There are plenty of cheap options, but not healthy ones.. Its a college town.There are a variety of grocery stores and superstores, with 2 health food paces- Earth Fare and New Leaf. More specifically, I eat a diet of mostly produce and I find it difficult to get enough healthy foods at an affordable price in Tallahassee. I wish we had fruit stands, a Trader Joe's, or something.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The Earlier the Better – I got my FAFSA in as soon as I could, called the office early on (and before noon), and had no problems with the overall process. The office gets a bad reputations because of people's anger at their financial situations, rather than the actual office. It' simple: If you are easy to work with, they will be easy to work with. If I could improve on anything, I would make it more accessible for students to apply for smaller scholarships, or get a list of websites to look at. I have received some great help in overcoming financial obstacles and recommend FSU to anyone who thinks it might not be financially possible- it is!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse and Equal – There are all kinds of people on campus. While the stereotypical southern state school student is a good-looking 20 year old who attends sports games and has a big social life, there are plenty of others that mix in just fine. The apartment style dorms are a good example, as they house everyone from 19 year old sorority girls to Asian families with children. In large classes, I see mostly 20-something boys in sweatpants, but sitting next to 40-something men with briefcases. The campus has a strong political presence, offers church events, and has a prominent gay population. Florida State has one of the most accepting environments I've ever experienced and I look forward to meeting different people throughout my time here.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Strong Presence, but Not Necessary – I rushed Fall 2011 and was overwhelmed by the by the amount of mac powder compacts and model-bodied girls. I was welcomed by one house, which I dropped after a few days of no activity. However I met some great girls who I continued to get to know and see regularly now, a year later. In a time when I had no money for food, I was welcomed to a friend's sorority house for dinner and treated as an equal. Although a life of Vera and Lily is not for me, I must say I am impressed by the level of class I have found in the girls of Panhellenic at FSU.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not Too Much Pressure, but It's Easy to Find. I wouldn't say that there is a lot of pressure to do drugs on campus or to drink, however I will say that if you desire to do those things that it will not be hard for you to find them.

Considering that we are constantly listed as a party school on the Princeton Review and elsewhere, FSU has a reputation that precedes us and we do not tend to fall short of those expectations.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Only Wish I Had Started With the Second Major – My one regret about my college major is that I wish I had started with International Affairs, as opposed to English Literature. I reached the end of my lit major and discovered that though it was something I was good at, I didn't really enjoy it. So now, I'm working on a second major in International Affairs and I love it.

I wish the school would take more time encouraging students to explore different major paths rather than pigeon-holing us into a major the minute we show up for freshman orientation. They even give out these shirts at orientation now that have the FSU emblem and then list what school your major is in so that you can wear it and display your future plans to the entire campus.

I think if I had been encouraged to try out more courses I would have discovered my love of IA a lot sooner and would have saved myself time and money. Not that I regret my decision, but my double major could have been achieved much more efficiently.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Students from All Walks of Life. Economically there are students whom I've met whose parents are oil tycoons and people who were wards of the state. Ethnically I have met plenty of American Whites, African Americans, and a lot of kids from the USA and all over Florida, but there is a large population of international students at FSU as well. Over 130 countries are represented on campus, and there is a Global Engagement Center devoted to making these students feel at home at the FSU campus.
There are many clubs and fraternities and sororities dedicated to many different cultural backgrounds and heritages, as well as a multitude of religious organizations, organizations that embrace LBGTQ, different political organizations, etc.

I'm sure that if you think of the group, we've got an organization for it already, and if not, it will be easy for you to find a group of people who share in that diversity that will join you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Good, and Improving. Transportation options are actually pretty good at FSU. The main complaint that I have is that the campus buses don't really seem to run on a schedule, the kind of just drive around. Depending on the bus line, there should be one making it's way to each stop every 10-15 minutes, but on many occasions I have waited much longer to get a bus. If you're living on campus, this isn't a big deal because most everything is close enough together that you can make it walking from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes, but for people living off of campus, this can be a hassle. To make sure I got to school on time, I have often gotten on the bus an hour before my class starts.

As for the night options, there is a bus that runs Tuesday through Saturday nights so that students have a safe post-party/clubbing option. There is also the safe bus, but the safe bus does not run all night either. These can be frustrating if you plan to be in the library for a long time (especially since the library is 24/7 during the fall and spring) and end up leaving in the wee hours, as there will be no option available to take you home or to the garage where you are parked.

There are cheap taxis available that will give you a discount with your FSU ID card, and your FSU ID will also be valid when using the city bus system.

There are other transportation options that are becoming more and more helpful. FSU just got Zip Cars in the last year and a bike share program is getting started on campus this fall.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Great but Sometimes Late – There are about four buses that go on campus and two that only travel on campus. There is always a chance that you will find a ride within 15 minutes standing at the stop. However, you do have to prepare for the buses to be late, especially when it gets really busy on campus. Often times, it gets too crazy around noon and the bus arrives and it's packed to the maximum so I have to wait for the next bus. What is great, FSU has a safe bus that you can call at anytime at night to give you a ride on campus or off.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Somewhat Affordable but Hard to Find Safe Area – Compared to other cities, the prices for apartments in Tallahassee are affordable. There are many options but you just have to do your research and really look for what is best for you. Renting a house near campus is usually the most affordable option but you never know what kind of landlord you get. All of my friends have had great experiences with houses and if you get unlucky you can always look at it experience dealing with people. As you get further away from campus, the prices get cheaper and the quality gets so much better. More bang for your buck but I only suggest living far if you have a car and do not mind being so far from the campus life. Also, the further you live, I feel the safer you will feel. Most of the apartments near FSU campus is located where no one really feels safe walking alone at night. I personally have had an encounter or two where I hide in my car, run to my apartment while looking over my shoulder, etc. Overall, there are many choices with a variety of prices and a guarantee that you will find something that is good for you.

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Cheryl Justis
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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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