Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Freshman

Parking: There is simply not enough parking. You have to get to campus before 8 a.m. if you want the premium parking spots. Then some of the others you can get there until 10 to find something. There are building a new parking garage, so that will help some, but not enough. Best advice would be to get to campus an hour early if it is later in the morning, because you will be driving around for awhile. I have been pretty lucky, however, as I live in the Southern Scholarship Foundation housing, so I always have parking at my disposal.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Something for Everyone – Tallahassee is not the largest city, but there is so much to do here! You just have to know where to look. From the many clubs that students frequent, to the small finds like First Friday, Tallahassee is full of life. Plus, if you really want to become a party of the community there are countless of volunteering opportunities that will really make you appreciate the community that surrounds the school. To add on to the countless of activities around Tallahassee, there is so much to see in the surrounding areas. Tallahassee is only minutes away from beautiful countryside locales such as Wakulla Springs that should not be passed by. All-in-all, Tallahassee has so much more to offer than meets the eye. So don't sell it short!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Mostly Luck of the Draw – Fsu uses a lottery system to fil their dorms. most dorms are nice and all have AC unlike UF the northwest side of campus has older dorms and all the other dorms are clean and pretty.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Things Can Get Old – I did not have a meal plan but I heard all about it. The food at Suwanee and Fresh Foods are really great those first few weeks, but their creativity runs out and all the food is the same after that. Which makes sense, when making food for thousands how gourmet do you expect out of them. Out of dining halls there are great options in the Union like Einsteins, Salad Creations, Pizza Hut, Sushi, Freshens and a few others, next year you might even see a new Subway and Chick-Fil-A. On a hot day nothing beats some fresh squeezed lemonade from the Mom and Pops truck on your way to class.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Have Had So Manny Opportunities – There have been so many amazing experiences all packed into one year. I got to go to Alabama and help with relief work after the tornado's, I got be a part of a Service Seminar that helped me get involved with the school and the community. I have had lots of fun roaming around this town finding all my favorite places. Plenty of picnics on Landis Green during the beautiful days. I have had some really great professors that helped define out where I want to go and met a lo of people who have been shaping my character and values. All around I couldn't ask for more.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Tallahassee Life – Tallahassee has a lot to offer much more than it's popular party scenes. From the coffee shops to rock climbing to great vintage stores there's really fun things to do with your friends. Also it is only a short drive from other great places like Thomasville, GA and Wakulla Springs. I have had to start a list with all the things I want to go to before I graduate and I'm not anywhere near the end and it keeps growing.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: East Side Dorms! The East Side dorms, like Landis, Broward, Gilchrist, Jennie Murphree, Reynolds, and Bryan, are the best. They're overall cleaner and they're suite-style, so you don't have to share a bathroom with the entire floor. Stay away from Smith, Kellum, and Salley if you can. They're the worst.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not That Safe – A lot of robberies happen on campus, sometimes armed robberies. It's not a good idea to be walking around campus at night, especially the west side. And DO NOT walk around the edges of campus at night alone, even in pairs. Always walk with a group. Tallahassee isn't a safe city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Mr.Robotos – Mr. Robotos is the best restaurant off campus in Tallahassee. They serve hibachi Japanese food. They are very well on pricing and on time.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The Colleges Are the Town – The city of Tallahassee is similar to a small town. Once the semesters are over, the students go home, traffic disappears and your left with the locals. There is only one functional mall, really great events are rare so it's important to take advantage of them when available.

2 College Senior

Majors: Easy to Get in...Easy to Get Out – It is extremely important to maintain an excellent work ethic to remain in the Biology major program. If you do not maintain your grades or get off track for graduating on time, you will be dropped from the program and unable to graduate with that degree

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Typical College Party Town – There are plenty of nightclubs, house parties and bars on the weekends. If you do not like to party your weekend options are limited.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Overpriced, Overrated, Often Unavailable – There are 2 dining halls which often frequently repeat menus causing a lack of diversity. On the weekends, you are limited to a single menu the entire day and they do not open until 11 am- which is a brunch not breakfast. There are no other options on the weekends on campus other than chili's. The food options need to be expanded and more culturally diverse.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: More Aid Needed – The process is simple and easy but there should be more financial aid available other than loans

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From Boy to Man – You grow up fast, make lots of friends, lifes good

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Different Scenes – Great Food, diverse culture, Big town, and historic

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek or GO Home – Many benefits: social, academic, business, and more

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strictness Is What You Expect for a College – If you know what to expect for breaking a policy, FSU is on-par with that punishment. Not too harsh or too light of a punishment.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Trade This Past Year for the World – At every preview and tour and orientation I went to for FSU, they kept on saying "It has all the perks of a big research university with a small campus community atmosphere!" Over and over and over I heard those lines. I thought that was just what they used to lure you in. I didn't care. But after spending the past 8 months here, I realize those words couldn't be more true. Because this school is so big, the opportunities are limitless, but somehow, it doesn't feel like a big school at all. Everywhere I go I either make friends or run into people I know, and this campus feels more like home to me than anywhere else in the world.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus System – There are FSU buses that go all over tallahasse, but they are always crowded

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally the campus is safe but you will get a few robbery alerts every few weeks or so.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking and Drugs – Drinking and ALL types of drugs are popular in Tallahassee in general. I know people who have done coke or pills and of course Adderall. Drinking and smoking weed are more well-known.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: GO FOR THE CRAPPIER DORMS IF YOU ARE AN UNDERCLASSMAN, THEY ARE WAY MORE FUN AND YOU WILL MEET A TON OF PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE AN UPPERCLASSMAN, LIVE OF CAMPUS, ITS USUALLY CHEAPER ANYWAY.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: ITS A PRETTY SAFE PLACE, THE SURROUNDING AREA IS KIND OF SCARY.

4 College Senior

Facilities: THE LEACH – THE LEACH IS GREAT. IT HAS ALL SORTS OF EQUIPMENT, THE CLASSES ARE AMAZING AND THE STAFF IS FRIENDLY. WISH WE HAD AN OUTDOOR POOL THOUGH!

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Cheryl Justis
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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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