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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4909 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Junior

Parking: Could be better, could be worse. This is more of a pedestrian campus than anything.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Less Is NOT More. If there is one thing FSU needs to improve on, its parking. They have been recently building more parking garages, but could still use a few more. But, at least they are trying.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Alright – Upperclassmen housing is the best. I lived in an apartment style dorm my sophomore year and had a fantastic experience! Because this type of housing is so popular the University just built another set of apartment style dorms. There are older dorms close to the center of campus that have recently been renovated which are really great. They are close to everything and give you a sense of the history of the school!

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5 College Senior

Academics: When I started at FSU I wasn't expecting to be offered such a wide variety of classes or subjects. The professors and the subjects are very stimulating! The classes I've taken have been small. Even as a freshman, I never had a class over 100 people. The professors really want to see you succeed and make it a priority to be available to students outside of class. Take advantage of this because it is the key to success!

5 College Senior

Academics: Art History Department Is Amazing – I'm an Art History major and have been very pleased with my overall experience. The teachers have been really amazing. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they teach. These teachers are why I've grown to love this subject so much. I've never had a bad experience in one of these classes. They are available to students outside of class to answer questions about lectures or to give advice about graduate school or employment options after graduation.

4 College Senior

Weather: Tallahassee Is Beautiful in the Fall! Like most of Florida, Tallahassee is hot and humid during the summertime. But, the weather is wonderful during the Fall and the Spring. There is nothing I love more than walking around campus in the months between october and april!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms on East Side of Campus Are Better – The difference between the dorms on the East side of campus in comparison to the dorms on the west side of campus is night and day. I lived in Cawthon and I loved it. It was located right next to the library, near the dining hall, the rooms were large and you only have to share your bathroom with the room next to yours, and the dorms are relatively close to my classes. The only flaw was that everyone living in the dorms on the east side have to buy a meal plan, which a lot of people say is a waste of money. When you become an upperclassman you can live in the newer, apartment-styled dorms which are also very nice. The only reason I didn't rate campus housing an A was because of the dorms on the west side of campus (Smith, Salley, Divinie, Kellum). Although it's not required to have a meal plan with these dorms, the rooms are small and uncomfortable compared to the dorms on the east side. Many of these dorms have community bathrooms which means that you have to share a couple of bathrooms and showers with everyone on your floor.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hot All Around – Everyone at fsu seems to be very into working out and being fit. Can you find attractive guys and girls jogging up an down the hills of Tallahassee. The majority of the people I've met are friendly and have great personalities. For being relatively in the northern part of Florida, fsu is very diverse ethnically so whatever your taste in guys or girls, you'll be sure to find it at fsu.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Relatively Easy – Most majors require pre-requisites and a certain GPA to be formally admitted into the program and some require applications before you can declare it. My family and child sciences major only required you complete 4 classes with a grade of a B- or better to be admitted. As do most majors, most students are required to complete ~4 pre-req classes with a minimal grade to be allowed into the major. The challenge that I faced was bad instructing and slightly more difficult grading procedures. College is not like high school and if you aren't on the same page as the instructor then you could fall behind very quickly.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not Much Variety – There are quite a few places to eat around campus, but it seems like they are either way over priced or cheap quality, sometimes both. There are a few gems like the Mom and Pop's food trucks or Denny's. They both give you your money's worth. Chili's and the Food Court are typically okay but can be pricey.

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4 College Senior

Computers: Computer Labs – The places with the most computer labs are either in the libraries or on the West side of campus making finding one nearest to my classes difficult. However, when using the computers you feel very secure and safe in knowing that only enrolled FSU students are able to use them and can't log onto your account to do inappropriate things. The computer quality is super awesome too.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Seminole for Life – Florida State is such an amazing place to attend. These past three years have been nothing short of fantastic with all of the friends I've made and experiences of a lifetime. From football games to campus organizations, FSU doesn't falter in it's ability to give you the best undergraduate experience most students dream of.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Streets – While it is a few miles off campus, the restaurants off of these two roads are plenty. There are places serving Italian, Mexican, seafood, Greek, southern comfort, Chinese, Japanese and many more. I love that I can practically get anything I'm craving for just a few miles away. Prices vary due to the quality of food but most are very reasonable.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The academics are really diverse and informative at FSU. The professors are really knowledgeable in their field and are very engaging. Each curriculum is different but the advising offices work with students throughout the entire process to make sure they succeed. The registration process is very simple... it is all done online via blackboard. The ability to drop/add classes is super easy. Make sure to attend class the first day or else you will get dropped. The study abroad program at FSU is another great opportunity. It is one of the best in the country.

4 College Senior

Academics: Lots of Opportunity – The college of business at FSU is one of the best! The professors and advisors do their best to have you succeed. The COB provides lots of opportunities for internships, job fairs, workshops, speakers, etc. The classes are engaging and contain a wealth of information.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Leave for Class Early! Finding parking close to your class can be difficult! Parking garages fill up really fast. Best advice is to leave at least 45 minutes before your class starts. There is also the option of taking the FSU bus which is free with your FSU card and will avoid the hassle of trying to find a spot. Do not park in a non-student lot/space... you will get a ticket!!!! If you live on campus and don't plan on going around town much a car is not necessary.... but it is definitely convenient to be able to drive anywhere around town when you need to. Personally, I would recommend a car.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Mix Temps – The summer's are pretty hot and we tend to get a lot of rain but it's Florida and that is pretty much what is expected. The sunshine is nice for laying out by the pool! Fall/Winter gets pretty cold! You have to be prepared for extreme temps... really hot in the summer but really cold in the winter!

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: At FSU there is so many different bars and clubs to choose from. It doesn't matter what your interested in there will be a place for you to go out to. The strip is more greek. Pots is more underclass man and a mixture of greek and non greek people. Coliseum is a newer club so everyone goes there on saturday nights.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: At FSU i think joining the greek life is very beneficial to your social life and for future opportunities but I also believe that if you get involved in school activities and extracurriculars you can equally benefit. When it comes to deciding whether your going to go greek or not I would say it all depends on the individual.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Yes, I Plan on Doing One – There are lots of opportunities up near Tallahassee at FSU for internships. I plan on checking them out and figuring out where and which one would be good for me. I would do it in a heartbeat if a chance opened up for me there!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: LOVE LOVE LOVE – I love the Exercise Science major! It's not as demanding as Biology yet you learn a lot in regards to health and sciences and it is a very looked up to major. I found my passion for health through the classes simply taken my first year at FSU and love it!!

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People Take Care of Themselves – People at this school focus on their studies but also make sure to point out that they take great care and caution of themselves. no one tries to be perfect but everyone pretty much has the same mindset as you when it comes to looking good for school :)

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: LOVE MY MAJOR! I'm still currently in college attending fsu. I've completed one full year there in the major of Exercise Sciences. It's awesome! I absolutely love what I'm doing and wouldn't trade it for any other!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into the program I am in was averagely acceptable. You have you maintain an exceptional grade point average and have above average test scores to be accepted.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: It depends on when you are trying to park and what part of the school year. During the Fall and Spring Semesters there is literally no parking anywhere after 9am all the way through 12pm. There is a small window of opportunity when lunch time comes around because many people go off campus or home for that or do not have classes for the rest of the day. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the worst. Those are the days most people are on campus all day because most classes are held during those two days. Also during the fall and spring, make sure you arrive on campus or somewhere in walking distance to your class 45 minutes before your class starts. It doesn't matter whether your a freshman or a senior really. Every student has the same parking spaces and garages. After 5pm you can park almost anywhere. Easier parking is around 4:20pm. In the summer, there is usually easy parking.

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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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