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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 4896 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not Worth It – Both of our dining halls are over-priced and serve low-quality food. I would much rather spend my money buying groceries and cooking for myself then eat the processed, full-fat foods they have at Suwanee and Fresh Foods.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: A Little Bit of Hassle, but Well Worth the Trouble – It took me months to get my financial aid situation under control with the IRS, FAFSA, and FSU Financial Aid. Since they changed up the requirements, it was much more difficult to receive financial aid. This year, instead of your tax returns, each qualifying student must bring in their "tax transcripts" as well as their legal guardian's. This process takes much longer than it originally used to. My advice is to start early! Do your estimated FAFSA in early January and then revise it when your returns come. Then, immediately file for tax transcripts. That way you are ahead of the game and your financial aid estimated amount will be calculated in advance.

4 College Senior

Academics: Overall Good Teachers...Lazy Students – What I've really noticed about Florida State University, as well as many other Florida institutions, is the lack of student drive in the college communities. My colleagues, for the most part, want their degrees fast while putting forth little to no effort. The teachers do their best to educate their students to the best of their ability. It must be difficult to do so when the majority of the student body is seemingly lazy and unambitious. I can imagine why the instructors decide to lessen the work load and give out "easy" grades. I would too if I have a bunch of whiny, lack-luster young adults to instruct.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Labs Are Great and Easy to Find Spots – Besides during finals week, the computer labs here are great. A lot of space and help is always around if you need something. The only problem is that few dorms have wireless internet and the rest are stuck on the prehistoric ethernet system.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Good Fun but Not a Must – The Greek life is a great way to connect to the school and get involved in the party scene, but it's definitely not a requirement to have fun at FSU. If a fraternity is what you want, go for it. If not, you'll still have a blast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New Dorms Great, Older Ones a Bit Scary – Some of the community style dorms that haven't been renovated in some time can be cramped and aging, but the suite-style ones, especially the newer ones, are spacious and are a great place to live. Overall, live on campus the first few years; you'll be closer to your classes and meet people so much easier.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Good Access – There is good access to computers throughout the campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Hot and Cold – The summers are hot. Walking even a short distance, you will break a sweat. The winters can get cold, not north kind of cold but colder than you would assume Florida gets. The fall is the best time. The temperature is perfect to hit the late football games.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Up-To-Date Information – More communication about what is happening and what needs to be done to achieve funding,. I do have a sense of security about the funding, which causes anxiety.

4 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits are free, but don't park in a teacher spot because you will get a ticket!

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Since FSU is a big sports school, there are a lot of events to tailgate and drink for.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Undergraduate Research – There are a plethora of undergraduate research opportunities which make Florida State a unique institution.

1 College Junior

Parking: Terrible, Crowded, Inconvienient – The overnight parking garages on campus are always full. Usually the spot that you do find is at the top and you have to walk all the way up the stairs to get back. The other parking lots that they do have aren't that great and you can get ticketed. You can get around on campus fine without a car but if you want to get out of the FSU bubble you pretty much need access to a car, which seems like too much of a hassle.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depends on Where You Live – Housing varies widely depending on where you live. The newest hall, Traditions, is the best, but since it's apartment-style it's mostly reserved for juniors and seniors. Landis is also fantastic- lots of space, a great view of the campus "park", beautiful interior design, great amenities. However Landis is reserved for those in the Honors program, and you usually have to be freshman to have priority. Wildwood and McCollum are also great. DO NOT get into Sally or Kellum, they are TERRIBLE!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good School – FSU is generally a good school. It has rigorous academic programs and top-notch research programs for medicine and psychology. The professors are generally great at their job, and most of them are approachable and friendly. However, FSU has plenty binge drinking and sexual promiscuity. I've heard stories of hazing and personal attacks/harassment within the Greek community (especially sororities), so if you're looking into joining watch out. There's also the crime. My freshman year I saw a guy take off with a girl's laptop in public! Carry pepper spray with you when you're walking on campus at night.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Always Something Going on – FSU is pretty much always having something going on. For instance, every wednesday they have this thing called Market Wednesday where people sit out in front of the student union and just give away free stuff-including food and nice clothing items. If you like sports, I strongly encourage that you take part in the intramural sports teams; from flag football to baseball to rugby, they have it all. A lot of student organizations do things on campus independent of the school as well, such as sidewalk chalk drawing competitions and more. There's also this crazy game that students play called Humans vs. Zombies (abbreviated HvZ) that has too many rules to describe; long story short, it's not uncommon to see random people in bandanas running around campus with fully automatic nerf rifles shooting each other and turning one another into "zombies".. There's always something fun to do at Florida State!

4 College Junior

Majors: Lab Facilities/Research – I have not yet had the opportunity to engage in an internship program, but I plan to start applying within the next year or so. FSU has excellent advisors under the chemistry major who are more than willing to do anything they can to help you find internships and things of the like so I am not concerned about finding one for me. Internships are a great way to make your application stand out from others' when applying to graduate programs. I am hoping to get an internship in laboratory research here at the university so I can get proper training under my belt before grad school.

4 College Junior

Majors: Chemistry Major Is Awesome, but Difficult – I love being a chemistry major. It's something I truly have a passion for so attending lectures and studying for very challenging tests aren't even a burden for me. When I first got to Florida State, I did not realize that being a chem major would be so difficult. I slacked off and obliterated my perfect GPA in my very first semester. A year later and a whole lot wiser, I've finally gotten my GPA up and learned that if you're going to commit to a challenging major such as chemistry (or really anything in the math or science field), you must be willing to dedicate yourself to the great deal of work that comes along with it. If I could do it all again, I would only change how hard I worked my first semester; I wish I would have worked harder. As far as my career goals go, I am planning on graduating with a B.A. in either chemistry or biochemistry with a minor in physics. I plan to pursue my master's degree and eventually my doctorate in nucelar chemistry and particle physics/quantum mechanics. I have very few concerns about finding a job; the math and science fields have job opportunities that are steadily on the rise right now.

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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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