Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Pretty Good – I have not had a car all 4 years here, I have even lived on campus, and have never had a serious problem with the public transportation

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Not Very Good – You usually get weekly "FSU Crime Emails" about campus crime

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's All Greek to Me – The Greek life dominates at Florida State with beautiful sorority and fraternity houses. Greek parties are exceedingly frequent and walls around campus are painted with decorative Greek life updates and information. It's not a big deal if you don't join and your college experience will be just as enjoyable, however if you like the lifestyle, FSU's got a good opportunity for you.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Delicious and Something for Everyone – There are two major campus dining halls that are similar but differ in menu choices every day and change three times a day-- the Suwannee Room and Fresh Foods. These buffet dining halls have hot meals and convenient grabs for everyone, including vegetarian alternatives and meat lovers' delight. The food is very student friendly, varying from comfort foods to the ever healthy salad choices. Students pay on entry either with their FSU cards and corresponding meal plans, or with cash options as well. Once a student is admitted they may stay all day, however if they leave, they must pay for reentry. The food tastes like a good home cooked meal and you won't regret it after a long day of classes! If you prefer other dining options, there are also various restaurants on campus such as Chili's, Starbucks, etc.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Now Do "The Chop" – Florida State is pretty amazing. The buildings are gorgeous, and the students are willing to help anyone at the drop of a hat. There's the smell of competition in the air with serious, passionate students but you never fail to hear the sounds of rocking fountain water after a night of letting off some steam. The insightful professors and the relationships you can build with them are priceless, not to mention the opportunities for undergraduate research are endless. Before I came here, I didn't realize just how appreciative I'd be that I turned down all the rest. Go 'Noles!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses, Buses, Buses Galore! The transportation is pretty good considering the campus is fairly compact and centralized. There is a bus service especially for FSU students called Seminole Express that takes the students around apartment complexes and off-campus housing-- free of charge. There is also another bus system called the Night Nole that allows for students to get picked up and dropped off on campus only at late hours of the night to ensure safety (it usually stops running at around 2AM). The StarMetro is another good example of a bus system that not only runs on campus, but all over Tallahassee as well. These systems are all in addition to the specific engineering buses taking students to specialized institutions of research. Again, all of these buses are free of charge to all students with their FSU cards.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Perfect College Experience – The dorms are a lovely size with beautiful views, and plenty of resources. They have a full kitchen on every floor and allow you to bring in your own microwaves in your rooms. RAs are very welcoming and get creative with hallway wallspace every month. The FSU dorms allow for an awesome college experience before moving out to any apartments or off-campus housing. With 24/7 air conditioning and a pretty good size closet space, what more could you ask for?

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The Perfect Discipline – There is definitely strictness here t FSU but it doesn't impede on my ability to have the right kind of fun!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Beautiful City of Life – Here there are so many beautiful places, even a simple walk around campus is beautiful. The activities are always fun and there is always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Went Very Well for Me – This process was smooth and considerate and I appreciate all that I received

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Decent but Some Days Disappointing – The dining hall Suwannee has really good options most days, but there are some days where I am disappointed by what I see.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: They have loads of sports and work out programs, as well as martial arts classes. Also a great workout facility, equipped with all the latest equipment.

3 College Senior

Computers: Decent Labs, but Not Much Support. Computer labs are abundant. Some even have mac computers for the design and art students which are also equipped with Photoshop and various other art programs. However, the support and help in these labs is not fantastic.

3 College Senior

Parking: While the parking permit is free at FSU, parking is not a pleasant experience. I would advise arriving 10-20 minutes early on campus to look for parking.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Walking Alone – I never feel unsafe but of course walking alone at night makes me weary with the large amount of people on campus but that aren't out at night. Only a few muggings around and the school alerts you when something happens!

5 College Junior

Majors: Love of the Environment – If you have a pssion for the environment, conservatin, biology, humanity, or procuring the safety of future generations then this program has the potential to shape your college career. I am a junior at the Florida stat university, majoring in environmental studies and I could not be more happy with my decision. The classes to choose from are interesting and intriguing, the professors actually care about you, and the opportunities to get involved are endless. FSU also offers a variety or extracurricular activities to connect you to students who share similar passions, as well as ways to get hands on experience with the topics you learn about inside the classroom.

5 College Junior

Majors: Sustainable Tallahassee – As an environmental studies major, I am required to work with the school as well as the larger community in order to accomplish my goals. This can be done in a variety of ways; however, many students, such as myself, chose interning as an option. These positions can be paid and unpaid, and the hours demanded vary based on the job, the variety of responsibilities, and the individuals in play.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Florida weather but you're far north so the winters get pretty chilly.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Best Four Years of My Life. I would not trade my college experience for anything in the world. I'll always be proud to represent Florida State as an alumnus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I just have the say the facilities seem very well kept, almost modern. And indeed, many of them are new construction! Buildings are spacious, and large - but, that is to accommodate the huge student population. I think the architecture is wonderful, and the surrounding parks make it a very relaxing environment to study. There is always something going on, and there are always people on campus.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Cool, Hot, Hot and Humid, FREEZING! Tallahassee is incredibly awful. Starting from the fall, everything is nice a temperate. Expect mid 70s to low 80s. Then all of a sudden things get REALLY cold. Expect winter temperatures to hit the twenties and thirties. Things warm up again around Easter. It then gets hot during the spring, and summer is just disgusting, with heat indexes in the low 100s.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Bring a Laptop – While there are numerous computing facilities and libraries around for students to use, they get crowded quick! FSU is a fairly large campus with a HUGE student population from all financial back grounds. They have wi-fi accessible anywhere, bring a laptop and don't worry about it.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Plenty of Opportunity – There are plenty of opportunities for internships at FSU. In fact, many majors require it. They have an entire team dedicated to helping pick the best internship and get selected. As some internships are mandatory, you won't have to worry about the competitive selection process. I will participate in an internship once I start graduate school; but, for now my major doesn't require it.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not Many Options – In short, your options are really limited. We have a few night clubs in town, but nothing like you would find in larger cities like Orlando. However, the frats throw HUGE parties that are free, and have better music. The great thing about the frats is that you don't really have to worry about drinking and driving. Speaking of which, there is no need to drink and drive. FSU provides shuttle transportation with your overall cost of attendance. Additionally, city transportation is free for students. Lastly, if you find yourself out past the last bus, there is a free service available in which you can be picked up and delivered safely to your dorm or apartment.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Good and Bad – The gym and football stadium are great. Some areas of campus look bad.


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Cheryl Justis
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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