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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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Average
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5 College Freshman

Facilities: So Much to Do. The facilities at FSU are incredible. There are gym facilities with everything you can imagine in them. There are workshops to take at the gym that are fun and a great way to make friends! FSU also has it's very own circus. Anyone can join! It has a state of the art facility and the shows are always a big hangout spot. The student union is great too! At the union we have our own student run club that brings bands from all over to come play shows. The union also a bowling alley and a movie theatre that plays select movies before they some out on occasion. At the union there is great food too! There's a Chili's and a Bagel Boys! Also on campus is the all famous Rez. It's essentially the school's lake where anyone can go swimming and kayaking! It's always so much fun! There is never a dull moment at Florida State.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Academic Programs That Are Hard to Find – FSU offers some programs that most of the other Florida schools don't offer, such as actuarial science and risk management/insurance. I'm an actuarial science major and they are the only university in Florida that has kept this major and they are continuing to grow stronger. The amount of contacts that they have and how active the club is, will undoubtedly help everyone to find a career or help continue in graduate school. There are also previous students that have been contributing to the program by adding more scholarships, which is great news for students like me! As for risk management, they too are the lone major program in Florida and they prepare you for everything. Both provide with internship opportunities and that is something that is extremely helpful.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Hidden Choices Close to Campus – There are a lot of little restaurants around FSU that are priced with the college student in mind! I like that there are many different options to go for, whether I'm in the mood for some baklava or just a really good burger I know I don't have to travel far from campus to get it. There are also the homestyle chicken places and being that Tallahassee is a Southern town, you know you can find some gems in the rough. The lunch specials are very inviting and normally I find that I don't spend over $7 for a really big meal that comes with a drink. I haven't really used any student discounts, but then again I haven't really had to look for them. Always look for early dinner specials or happy hour at the mexican restaurants around! I recommend places like Voodoo dog, little athens gyro, and the creepevine as my top three restaurants around Tallahassee for price, quality, and quantity!

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Blue Light Trail – I have never felt threatened or scared walking across campus past midnight. I usually see campus police driving around. at any one point on campus or on a FSU trail, you are within 300 feet of a blue light pole. pressing it immediately connects to campus police. the lights are spaced so that if you hit multiple lights, the police can find you that much easier. also, there are multiple late night ride programs free with the student ID.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The Melting Pot – FSU really personifies the Melting pot. Guys and girls of all backgrounds, ethnicities, countries, and religions wander its campus and EVERYONE is cheerful and happy.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Love It – the food is good, the servers learn your face and what food you like to eat. the staff is always cheerful. FSU dining does a wonderful job!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food, Long Walks – I have a dining hall pretty close to the dorm that I'm staying in, however, if I wanted to visit another dining hall, I'd have to walk for 15 minutes over some hilly terrain. The food quality is great and the lunch ladies are super friendly, but the places that count for my meal plan are far apart!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Great, Safe Bus Too – The public transportation is great here. I only wish I took more advantage of it. The Safe Bus at night is a great, and for lack of better words- 'safe' route to take instead of walking at night.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse Group – I don't only include race as diversity, I consider opinions on certain issues and involvement a huge factor in determining diversity of a school. Being very involved on campus, I would have to say the opinions, political beliefs, and sexual orientation are what make FSU most diverse and that is why I love this school so much.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great Service, Pretty Good Food – I enjoyed having a meal plan last year- it was convenient. But I found I got sick of the food that was prepared. Everyone who worked there was very friendly though.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Price Is Right – The dining on campus is convenient between classes but the prices is out of control. It can be get very expensive so it is best to get the meal plan. It is a variety of food on campus an the menus great.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Well everything on campus is pretty lively it is different type of race, people from around the world attend my school. Therefore with the students being a different race its obviously they will have different backgrounds. Most of choose are base on the student beliefs.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: It is a Greek school everyone live in there own world. People live where ever they can afford honestly. The college to offer college dorms but i choose to live with my parents and save money.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful and It Keeps Getting Better. Most of the facilities on campus have been renovated and look gorgeous.
All of the building are brick, and it has the appearance of an old, distinguished university. There are several new building, all of which are stunning, inside and out. The school is constantly working to maintain and improve the campus, and it surely is one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.
There are also state of the art gyms, recreation centers, computer labs, and a fantastic movie theater, all free for students.
The libraries are outstanding, and so is everything else.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Usually Pretty Good, Sometimes It Falls Short – On most days, the food at both dining halls on campus is great. You can tell the food is good quality, and they have a lot of variety.

Sometimes, however, the cooks might accidentally cook the food too long, or put a little too much salt. This isn't a common problem though.

As far as nutritional value goes, all the food is seemingly well balanced, with nutrition labels put out for every meal. The only problem is sodium, which is high. For a college student, this isn't a big concern, as everything we eat has mountains of sodium, but occasionally, it might seem outrageous, like a 1500 mg of sodium sun dried tomato pasta dish.

The meal plans on campus are a good value as well.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee Has It All – Whatever your into, you can find it at FSU and in Tallahassee.
Tallahassee has it all, concert venues, night clubs, great locally owned college pig-out restaurants, beautiful parks, including a national forest minutes outside city limits, shopping malls, Lots of school and city clubs/organizations to join, movie theaters for students, rock climbing gym, arts festivals, food festivals, and much, much more.

The local attitude towards students is outstanding. They treat you with respect and decency, and so far while living in this city, i have yet to encounter an unpleasant person. Its almost unbelievable.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: They Are All the Same – At the end of the day all the places are all the same. Expensive, some look better than others, some have pools, some have courts, some have frat houses but ALL the managements swindle you and treat you like you're dumb just because you are a college kid.

4 College Senior

Majors: Pretty Happy – Like my program. Counselors aren't terrible. Would definitively do it over again. Plan on being a sports psychologist. Have some concerns considering it isn't the biggest field on the market.

3 College Senior

Majors: Easy Enough – The Psych program has set milestones in which you have to hit. When you hit them, declare your major and boom, youre enrolled

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at FSU are top-notch. The gym is colossal (complete with olympic sized swimming pool) and offers free personal training and all kinds of yoga and kick-boxing classes for all levels of experiences. The library is open 24/7 and offers everything from books to smart rooms to music and DVDs to laptops (available for you to rent!) There also just so happens to be a 24/7 Starbucks located within the library itself. Doake Campbell Stadium is the crowning jewel, it looks like Hogwarts. The place is massive, brick, and exceptionally awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Mean...They Try – FSU means well. They really do want to keep you safe, but Tallahassee can be a pretty trying place at times. There are robberies, vandalism, and the occasional stabbing. (All of those things occured during my first year there.) But these things, how ever horrible they may be, they happen. So be safe, lock your cars and doors and avoid going any where alone.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hit or Miss – As far as girls and guys are concerned, there is something out there for everone. If you like trampy sorostitutes, you will find them. If you want a good, clean christian boy, look no further than FSU. It just depends on who or what you are interested in.
P.S. all of the super attractive people like to play frisbee in their bathing suits, if anything you can people watch.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It Has Potential – Like most places, Tallahassee has its good days, and its bad ones. When the sun is out, there could not be a better place to be. The air is crisp and clean and hardly ever muggy.
However beware the rainy winter; it works in a cycle. It will be pleasantly cool outside, the next day it will rain, and the day after that will be freezing (as far as Floridians are concerned) hence the minus in my grade

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Ups and Downs – Financial aid was pretty good until this year. My award amounts got smaller and smaller every year. The people working in the Financial Aid office were also incredibly rude, slow, and unhelpful.

3 College Senior

Majors: The Psychology program at FSU is pretty well rated. Unfortunately, many of the classes you're required to take for it are repetitive; they all overlap. On the bright side, this makes most of your classes extremely easy by the time you're a junior.

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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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