Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are people from around the world. There is no reason to worry about avoiding someone whom you were not too fond of because the chances of you two meeting again on campus are slim.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There are quite a few parking garages, but you have to get there early in the morning to even dream about getting a spot.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is huge here. Almost everyone loves our football team and packs the stadium. It's a great experience, and we all love our mascot and other traditions! The War Chant is incredible in person. Basketball is almost as big here, but the rest of the sports aren't as big, which is to be expected.

4 College Junior

Weather: During spring, summer, and early fall, it gets pretty hot but never grossly humid. You can experience a nice chill during fall and winter, unlike in other parts of Florida, but you don't have to worry about snow!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good. They are within walking distance. Love the sweet shop.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of choices for Greeks, but you don't have to be Greek to belong.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are multiple opportunities for all students to participate at different levels in a wide variety of sports. These are supported financially by the university as well.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Everything in Tallahassee is surrounded by FSU as well as the college aged residents living there. There is a lot to do and never a boring moment!

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of stuff on campus, but off campus the activities are limited. Still, its not hard to find something to do

College Senior

Campus Housing: I imagine it would be nice, lots of food options and beautiful campus. Some dorms are like living in prison, but others can actually be pretty nice.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love this school! It is so fun. There are a million things to do and being a part of FSU is an amazing experience. There is so much Seminole pride everywhere you go. In town we have the rez and a park or two, downtown, lots of resturaunts, bars, clubs, frats, sororities, mall, movies, and best of all football:) Definitely a fun place to be. Oh and it's very safe too. I have never felt unsafe here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This campus is really safe. There are a million ways to contact the police department and it is well lit at night. They provide many services so students never have to feel unsafe such as SAFE, the bluelight system, and the night nole. I have never had to walk outside alone at night and feel completely safe walking around with friends.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of places to park. However, the parking garages that are near the main academic buildings are always full so parking can be a hassel. It is much easier to walk everywhere. If you are driving you have to leave at least 30 mins before class starts to find a spot. I dont recommend it.

2 Recent Alumnus

Computers: I haven't been enrolled at FSU in a decade, but their network was terrific when I was there, so I would expect that they have kept up with the times. I would definitely encourage a student to have his/her own computer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Tallahassee is small city and does have some good restaurants, but it's not going to have the variety of large cities like Atlanta, Boston, NYC, Washington DC. Many of the restaurants do cater to students and are reasonably priced. I haven't lived in Tallahassee for 10 years, so things may have changed somewhat.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are tons of stuff for students to do at night at FSU. We have tons of pubs and clubs here that usually let in 18+ a few 21+ locations as well. And if clubbing isn't really your scene like it isn't mine. I have greatly enjoyed the free movies offered at FSU's Student Life Center with our full size theater and well as nicely stocked gaming area.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big todo here at FSU. It is rare to not see a single tailgate or hear of a viewing party for the weekends game. It brings in tons of revenue to FSU and the local community too.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think it is great that the campus has its own police station on campus. It makes the students that work and live on campus feel safer. Also they respond quickly. Personally I like the enforcement because it makes students that maybe heading down the wrong path with drinking or drugs for example to get a chance to see what they are doing is wrong and hopefully rectify it! The police roam all day and respond to emergency calls and notifications from our safety polls which light many dark paths around campus.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The bus system is great for under grad and graduate students that live off-campus and need a safe reliable way to get to campus. Also our IDs work as a city bus pass where we can ride the starmetro city buses free of charge, which gives students many options for entertainment and living location even if they don't have a car.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I feel that I have a strong line up of teachers this year, even being a freshman. I have two classes with 500 students in them and my teachers still attempt to make the classes as interesting as they are able to. My smaller two classes are very engaging. I don't want to miss class because I enjoy what I am learning so much.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity football team at Florida State is pretty huge. They are the highlighted team throughout campus. Saturdays are arranged around the team and the games. It isn't easy to always get tickets due to the high demand of support the team gets from all of its students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather at Florida State University is always outstanding even during the colder winter months. The only issue is during the rainy season when thunderstorms are prevalent. The campus is structured on a hill with a poor draining system so areas of the campus are prone to flash floods.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Recently there have been increase in the number of bus routes throughout the day, but there have been an increasing number of options for students at night including the Night Nole bus and cab programs that allow groups to enjoy the nightlife.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge variety of off-campus dining places. There are so many different ones so close to campus too. Anything you want is probably in walking distance and many of the places stay open later than in other areas. Depending where you go, the price is okay. There are a few that have student discounts but not many. If you like pizza, a favorite place of many to go is Momos, it's a good place to go to with parents or friends.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Just like you would expect in Florida, it gets very sunny. Many students like to lay out on those sunny days or play sports outside. It starts getting colder around November and you'll definitely want a jacket in December and January. Other than that it does rain often so rain boots are a must, especially with the hills on campus! Although, sometimes it will rain for only 15 minutes and that's it for the day.

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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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