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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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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New to Town but Happy – The FSU campus is pretty neat! It's hilly which is a nice change of pace from flatter places in Florida. The campus is also near downtown which is cool, there's tons of restaurants around. I haven't lived here very long but I live in a comfortable part of town with a really cool vibe to it and I love it.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot Hot Hot – The weather here is normally hot in the summer and spring. Very hot over the summer, but during the summer it gets pretty cool. I grew up in Florida, but it gets pretty cold in Tallahassee. I don't tolerate the cold very well. Most students think that it doesn't get too cold in Tallahassee.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Pretty Popular – The majority of students do not drink, but the ones who do are well known that they do. Drinking is the most prevalent activity. If there are drugs, it is usually just smoking.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Extremely Time Consuming to Try to Find a Safe Space for Your Car. If you can't take the bus directly from your apartment, it's best to park somewhere safe off campus and catch the bus to campus. It will be much less stressful and time consuming. The worst thing is when you think you've found a space, only to realize it's illegal for whatever reason to park there. However, there is a new garage being built off of gaines street' hopefully will ameliorate the issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Stadiums and Buildings – The football stadium at Florida State is one of the best i have seen for a college level team. As far as the seating and area surrounding the field, the university makes sure it is always well maintained.

The school also gives a great importance to the appearance and maintenance of its other buildings, whether it be buildings used to for teaching or for living. They are constantly remodeling and fixing parts of the buildings that might need some touch-up in order to look new all the time.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For a small college town, it feels quite big because of the campus and how vibrant the community is altogether. I've had a great experience, meeting so many people and having many places to go on the weekends. Professors are great and classes are not too hard. Love it!

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Pretty Bad – Parking is one of the downsides at FSU. You spend hours looking for a spot on campus, even sometimes in the garage.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee is a small town but there is a great variety of things to do and see around the area. Florida State University for one, is a top attraction for students since it is a college-town. The bars, clubs, and mall are major hangouts during both the weekdays and weekends for students. There is also the Rez, where you can go to get some sun and midtown, a central location for some fun.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Awesome Professors – The great thing about the Hospitality major is the professors. They are so inspiring in they way that they teach. You can just tell that they love their jobs by the way that they explain the curriculum and put in their own real life experiences that they have been through as well. They also have all the connections to help you get to where you need to be, and help you gain interpersonal skills on a whole new level how to make it through the business.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Hospitality Intern – I personally have not had a hospitality major, but I imagine it being a very fun and interactive one to say the least. Hours are probably long and intense, but that's what makes you a stronger and harder working individual, as well as getting maximum training time in as possible which is very important. There are some paid an unpaid internships out there as well.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Great Choice – Declaring Hospitality and Event Management as my major has been one of the best decisions I have made. The classes are so interactive and the professors have really inspired me to continue in the industry and really pursue my goals I have in my future careers. It really is a great choice for me since working and living in a comfortable atmosphere is one of the most important things to me, and loving what I do. It's nice since you are constantly learning new things everyday which you can use in your own perspective and life as well.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Relatively Easy – The process was not that bad at all. First you must talk to your academic advisor and define which requirements and courses you must accomplish in order to start the application process. It is important to keep your grades up and follow the academic map as closely as possible. Once you have approval from your advisor, you are in!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I recieved Florida Bright Futures that paid for almost all of my undergraduate degree so I did not have to deal with financial aid much.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Entertaining Classes – There are such a variety of classes one can take, so everyone is able to find a subject they enjoy. The professors are of high quality and the learning environment is very positive.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: During the summer, it gets very humid and hot. It also rains more during the summertime. There are a few weeks between the sticky summer and the dry winter in both spring and autumn, but they are very pleasant. IWhen it rains, it only pours for fifteen minutes before letting up, making it easy to get to class if planned right. Rain boots are recommended as a necessity and popular fashion trend.

3 College Freshman

Majors: History Is Good – I really enjoy the classes with my history major. There is not an immediate demand for those with history degrees, but there is a wide variety available. The major requires a minor and a foreign language (if you are not double majoring), which helps expand prospects. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. My career goals include utilizing the history major, a minor in Museum Studies, and a foreign language in Italian to work in museums. Since there is not a great demand, I do have some concerns finding a job, but I am also willing to go anywhere I could be used.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Buildings Great, Construction Not – About half of the buildings are relatively new while the others are older. They're all maintained very well but the difference is still noticeable. The gym is great and offers a variety of equipment. The many restaurants throughout campus are also great service and quality. The libraries are expansive, but they get congested especially near midterms and finals. The student union is very open and there is a market every Wednesday; it can easily be avoided if necessary. The only negative aspect is that there is sporadic construction that obstruct pathways and can last for over a semester.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: History Very Easy to Get – As I applied for Florida State, the application asked what my intended major was. I put history and it has never changed. There were no requirements and it is very easy to be admitted.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Internships Easy If Needed for Major – There are no necessary internships with the university for history majors, but it is very easy to search for one and there are employees willing to help find one in the Career Center. I do plan to have an internship since it is a part of my minor, Museum Studies, and they have connections to museums in Florence and other places in Tallahassee.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a history major, I am very pleased with the enthusiasm from the teachers who have a passion for history. They really enjoy what they do and they enjoy teaching nearly as much. They're very helpful, especially with papers. The classes are slightly spread around campus so it's nice to take advantage of the different buildings. The advisers, too, are very helpful and knowledgeable about different career paths.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: All About Tradition – Florida State is known for their athletics and their alumni, so it only makes sense that we have great facilities and a lot of them are donated by alum. Gamedays for football, basketball, and baseball almost take over the whole campus. Seating for games is extremely easy to attain if you're a student as well. We don't have to pay anything for a home game ticket. We also have huge IM's. They have several tiers so everyone can participate; including men, women, and co-ed teams. They also have different divisions for greek life and other students. They also go on all semester long so if you miss registration for one sport you always have the opportunity to participate in another. Also the facilities and and IM's are all student ran and governed. Recently FSU invested in creating a new sportsplex which resides off campus which is slightly inconvenient but it is huge and houses 21 fields. Also we have the Reservation which is a lake off campus where students can kayak, rock climb, play beach volleyball and more.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Reliable Yet Crowded – The transportation that goes around campus is reliable when it comes to time pick-ups and bus stops off campus usually have a time schedule to tell you when the bus should be there every day. They hit all major apartment complexes around campus but can get extremely crowded, especially in the middle of the day when most people are on campus. If you have to make your way across campus your best bet is to walk because it would be a lot faster than riding the bus that travels on the outskirts of campus. And if a bus is packed don't expect to squeeze in, they'll usually tell you theres one coming right after them. Overall the bus is a great form of transportation to get to and from campus but you're better off walking once you get there.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: If I could earn my degree at another college, I would in a heart beat. The requirements for this degree make no sense for students who really want to understand material and be prepared for graduate school or professional programs. It gives you a very, very basic collage of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. If you really want to be prepared you must go above and beyond your requirements. I'm doing all of the cellular biology courses (the degree only requires biology 1 and 2, genetics, and one cell biology course...much too little to get a grasp on the bio aspect of biochemistry), immunology, and evolution courses as well as mathematics and computer science minors. My extra courses are the only thing that make me feel like I have a secure future, no thanks to Florida State degree requirements or advising.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Only If You Like to Party – If you don't find partying fun, you won't find the local atmosphere very exciting at FSU. A large portion of restaurants are chains, the others are expensive, and if you want to just go hang out somewhere at night, you can't. Tallahassee is dangerous. Renting an apartment (even with roommates) is expensive, especially when factoring in utilities.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Noles! Overall we have one of the best athletic programs in the country! We also have so much school spirit. We rank in the top 10 for fan attendance as well. We have great athletics for men and for women. Its great to go to all the games, and they are FREE for students!

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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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