Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4896 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Was Difficult – As a master degree student getting hlep for fincancial aid is lacking

5 College Freshman

Majors: I absolutely adore being in exercise science, it is similar to biology but it does not include evolution or plants. Exercise science focuses more on the body which I love. I want to become a cardiovascular doctor or a physician's assistant for trauma. I am slightly concerned with getting into a physician's assistant program, but after I get in I believe everything will be smooth sailing. Doctors are always needed.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty Easy – The process of getting into my exercise science major was pretty easy for me because I came in with a lot of credits already, but for others it maybe more tedious. There wasn't really an abnormal application process. To declare, I believe you need a specific GPA and likewise you need to complete a certain amount and specific credits.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Constantly Rated – Maxim magazine has consistently rated FSU one of the best party schools in the nation. Our nightlife has a fair mix between 21+ clubs and bars that allow 18 year olds. Happy hours in Tallahassee (usually Fridays) take place at Potbelly's and the nightclub Paradigm. Both are great venues that cater to different groups (Potbelly's has more of a Southern feel and Paradigm is great for LGBT students and people with a taste for techno/dubstep.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Best in the Nation – Our football team, men's baseball team, women's basketball team, women's soccer team and men's basketball team are some of the best in the nation. We have consistently made it to each sports' particular championship tournament, or in football's case, had an incredible season and a good recruitment class.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Not Enough – While the computers are definitely high-functioning and work well, there aren't nearly enough at FSU. In the evening, you can walk into one of our libraries and see every single computer taken. This may be made up for by our awesome amount of mass-media/production equipment.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good Amount – On a racial level, there are far more whites and Hispanics than blacks or Asians. However, this is overshadowed by the fact that everyone is extremely welcoming and inclusive and there are a great deal of organizations on campus that service the needs of nearly all "minority" groups, including a Black Student Union, Pride (LGBT), Buddhist Student Association, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Day Time Campus Shuttle Turns Into Nightime Club Bus – For me it will be a B because you have to be creative in doing something you like other than the club and bar scene such as catching a movie at the Student Life Centre or the theatres or planning a sleep over with friends. If you like the club scence you have the Night Nole to take you home if yourtoo drunk too drive depending on where you live.

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2 College Sophomore

Majors: I Always Get a Compassionate Look When I Tell People My Major – Individual: "What is your major"
Me: "Biology"
Individual: :\ O wow

More than 50% ofte people who start out in this major end up switching. It takes a lot of pople more than four years to finish and it destroys your GPA. The smart ones switch to another major, the extra strong ones stay an make it through and the not so fortunate ones make it some way or another. If you are into marine biologyand animal biology and research theyou may be the kind to like it. I feel that if you are more inclined on medicine do something else and then take courses such as Genetics, Molecular Biology etc to get a minor otherwise you will be takin Plant Biology,Evolution, Vertebrae Physiology (which is more like a rush through of Anatomy and Physiology). There are a lot of uninteresting, brutal courses you would have to take if you are good at memorizing you would be considered one of the extra strong ones.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Scenery – Everyone loves the landscaping that FSU have even got transfers from UF because of that. Also it is not so huge to where you end up getting lost

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A Ghost Town When College Students Are Gone – If it had not been for the thousands of college students entering each semester Tallahassee would have been a ghost town. Many businesses such as restuarants,shops, apartments,home owners and clubs would not be able to make any money from the students trying to survive in this place as they get their degrees. I feel that the apartment complexes treat us the worst as they expect us to pay thousands of dollars for old,broken down apartments and high utilities and not very good business and honesty. If it was not for Florida State trying to keep events and even the organizations on campus holding parties I beleive a lot of students would die here. Also the clubs and bars are what keeps things booming here for some people but for more low key and conservative people you would have to be more creative such as going to the Rez for outdoor activities and sports activities such as basketball,volley ball, jogging picnics in the numerous parks Tallahassee have available. There are different places to shop as well such as the famous GW Fashions (Goodwill) to local boutiques in different areas in Tallahassee. There has also been an increase in student business here in Tallahassee as well. So there are good,bad and sometimes ugly here in Tallahassee but as they say the strong would survive.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You'll Get Over It – The nightlife is pretty okay and there's plenty of 18-and-older clubs but after a while you get bored of it. The Strip which is a whole line of clubs on a street, is literally like a block away from campus although lots of people get bored from it and look for elsewhere to go. After your first year though you realize that house and frat parties are most definitely better.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options for off campus housing. Some are of course really expensive but it is far less expensive to live off campus than on campus. There are bus systems that drop off and pick up near apartments so it is not a necessity to have a car though it is way more convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Security on campus for the most part is average. FSUPD are more like rent a cops and aren't very reassuring. Underage drinking is really strict especially at football games.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Florida State has top notch athletic facilities including the Leach Center and Tully gym. They are clean with state of the art equipment allowing students and faculty to use.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Clubs and People – the people and the clubs are great! have to be 21.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Better Than Nothing – The greek life is a great way to get involved and make friends as opposed to entering college knowing nobody. Highly recommended for students who don't know anyone or don't plan to be a part of any clubs or organizations.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Options – There are a long a different options along the strip.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The gym is open until midnight, the library is open 24/7, and the school has such a home-y feel that you never feel out of place or uncomfortable! There's always an event and many great clubs to join you will never be bored!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: College Town – Other than FAMU & TCC, Florida State really makes Tallahassee what it is! Get to know other students, you'll be keeping each other company for a long time!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always something to do! Just don't get carried away!

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not Many Drugs, Mostly Alcohol – Drugs are around, and you can find them if you want, but they're not a big deal. Some people smoke pot, but mostly people just drink way too much.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's What You Make of It – Okay, so FSU isn't renowned for its academics, but the education you get here can be Ivy League-caliber if you want it to. I was pre-med, and majored in biochemistry, and I was consistently challenged. Participating in the Honors Program was a big component of this - it gave me the opportunity to do research and write a senior thesis, as well as access to special classes and priority registration. On the other hand, I have friends who picked less challenging (ahem, communications) majors, who did very little work, partied a lot, got good grades but don't have much to show for it. It's students like this who give FSU its reputation.

The professors were, for the most part, very friendly and available to help. A lot of big undergrad classes were taught by TA's, but honors classes were always small and taught by highly ranked professors.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: When I was there (2002-2007) the food was pretty bad - bland, repetitive and mediocre. I wasn't expecting gourmet food from a college cafeteria, but for those prices it should have been a little better. I'm vegetarian, and I often left the dining hall hungry because the one veggie option was invariably something weird that they just threw together with whatever non-meat ingredients they happened to have on hand. I know they've added dining halls since then, so maybe the situation has improved.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: An Okay Place to Be – Tallahassee is a mixed bag for students. The farther from campus you go, the nicer it is. The area right around FSU is really bad, and there's lots of crime, but there are some nice, safe neighborhoods around the city.

There are a lot of things to do around Tallahassee - great parks, lots of outdoor activities, museums, cultural events and some decent restaurants. There's one good mall and one crappy mall, and pretty much all of the stores you'd expect to find in a city that size. Closer to campus it's mostly just bars and stuff related to football, if that's what you're into.

The people in Tallahassee are fine with the students. A ton of people who live there are FSU alumni themselves, so they like to hear what's going on campus and reminisce. Basically just don't be a stereotypical (loud, obnoxious, drunk) college student and you'll be fine.


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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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