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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4914 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Here a Bus, There a Bus – Every where you look there is a bus, or a bus stop. You are not going to have any problems getting around campus. I recommend simply walking; but, if you need the bus, it is there, and it is free.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Options, Busy and Repetitive – There are quit a few options on campus. It just gets repetitive after a while. In fact, I get bored with the food around here quit frequently. FSU does have meal plans, which are great for students on the run.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains a lot in the summer, but if you're a Florida resident this would not be something unfamiliar to you. Bring rain boots if possible. It gets cold towards the end of fall/ beginning of winter.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The surrounding area of my campus seems to be unsafe; I live off campus and I've seen a lot of prostutitutes around my block in the two years I've lived there. Are campus is open to anyone, so that means anyone that is not a faculty member, works on campus, and a student is invited to come on campus. Unfortunately, I've received many emails about students getting held at gun point, being sexually assaulted, and getting robbed on campus. These all happen at night, so at times when I do have to stay on campus longer, I'm too scared so I go home ahead of time.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: On campus foods tend to be expensive, especially the healthier options. This could be a big issue for college student because during the middle of each semester, we start running out of funds. We're then forced to find something cheap that will last longer. In this case it ends up being easy mac, cup noddles, or canned spaghetti/ravioli.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: More Involved Living on Campus – The worst dorms to live in are Kellum and Salley, without question. The best are Landis (Honors), Traditions (Upperclassmen), and Ragans (2nd years and up). I'm going into my third year now, and I am still choosing to live on campus. It makes it so much easier to get involved with school happenings, you don't have to worry about finding parking every day, and it makes it that much better when you can leave your room 15 minutes before class starts and still make it on time.

5 College Senior

Majors: Major University With Many Programs – FSU is a large university serving a wide variety of students and thus has a variety of educational programs. Some are average and similar to other universities, but still available and at a cheap price. Other programs are top-ranked programs, like music, law, and nursing. Even has an engineering school.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap Housing Everywhere – College town with student-minded housing everywhere. Very few students choose to live on campus after their freshman year. Most places are even near university transportation.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The area around campus isn't the best especially directly north and south of campus. East is downtown, which is nice and west is mostly the best housing. You rarely hear of major incidents on campus though and the university puts a lot of time/money into security measures as well.

3 College Senior

Computers: Libraries and Study Rooms. A really great attribute of Florida State University is that there are multiple locations around campus that give students access to computers. We have two libraries both of which have computers available to students, and a separate tutoring location that also has computers and printers available to students. We have WiFi all around campus, so if you own your own laptop or net book you can sit outside on Landis or in any open classroom or building. If you dont own your own computer, it is not too difficult to gain access to the internet at night, late in the afternoon, or early morning. However, the exception to this is during the weeks for finals and midterms.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Not Very Diverse – As far as diversity is concerned, there are not that many different races and ethnicities represented. This is not to say that there are not students of many different cultures, but they are strongly outnumbered by white peers. While this is true, there is a lot of tolerance for differences in culture, religion, and sexual orientation on campus. I have not personally experienced or seen students being bullied or picked on for being different. Im sure that it does occur, but it is not something that you would be likely to encounter.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are the Only Option – Florida State University has a great bus system that takes students on and around campus during the week from 7am to 7pm. It is great for students because it is free which is very helpful to students who do not have a lot of spending money. The bus routes are very helpful to students without vehicles and are a great way to cross campus, get groceries, or get to nearby apartment. However, trying to get anywhere on weekends is difficult unless you own a vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Having a Car Is Great, but Not Necessary – There are many free bus routes and $4.00 taxis that the school lets you know about during orientation that allow all of Tallahassee to be accessed quite easily.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Upperclassman dorms are the best if you're more on the private side. However, if you don't mind showering with 10 other girls then housing is great

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It rains alot during summer. It's HOT and we actually have winter so boots are useful

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on What You're Looking for – I live off campus in a student apartment across the street from my school. The convenience is great because I can walk to campus. I love having my own house and kitchen, and the best part of all is I have my privacy. I like to be by myself and living on campus just wouldn't satisfy my needs and wants. The only problem is to live by yourself it is pretty expensive. I pay $650 a month just for rent, not including lights and my phone bill and the other expenses I have. Even though sometimes I wander to myself why I am paying twice, sometimes even three times the amount as most of my friends, I still think it's worth it to have my own place.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Kind of Boring – FSU is located in Tallahassee, Florida. It is near the capital so there is activities to do such as the museum and visiting the capital. Besides that, if you are not an out door person, this would not be a good area for you.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Marijuana – Alcohol and marijuana usage is seen but not extreme

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Variety, but Quality Can Lack. There is a good and healthy variety of foods on campus, however toward the middle and end of the semesters, the quality of food can lack.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: FSU has a beautiful campus and a great variety of facilities for students that are constantly being updated and added.

1 College Senior

Parking: There are way more faculty and staff parking than student parking. I have had many times where I've either been late for class or missed class altogether because there wasn't any parking close to class. The best place to park is to park at the stadium and then take the bus wherever your class is.

2 College Senior

Weather: Rainy Summer Days – During the summer it rains a lot. I think it has rained for one month straight here. The winters are chilly but not too cold so make sure you bring warm and comfortable clothing.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: As a non-Greek member I notice that if you are not a Greek and they are not interested in you they tend to snuff you. But if you attend their events then they will be all buddy buddy with you.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: FSU in general is very nice. The only downside though is they will sign you up for required things, and you will have no clue about it until after you are informed you must attend. They also are not incredibly helpful when you aren't able to attend something. They are also not very informative about things therefore even if you ask and so your research you can get stuck in something you don't want to be in. If it wasn't for these things, I would give it an A because as a whole it is very nice.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many academic advisers will advice students not to become a part of the Greek life especially during their first year of college. It can bring down grades tremendously.

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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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