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Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4876 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I always feel safe on campus, FSUPD are extremely helpful and reliable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good but Expensive! The food tastes great, I never got bored with it . However it is very repetitive and sometimes unhealthier than I would have liked. The meal plans are a bit expensive I wish I had gone with a cheaper one, but again the food tastes great!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: forlife for the most part it is the football team, the baseball team, and the basketball team that we all care about. They are our teams, they represent us and the school, and even if they don't play a good game or play a good season, everyone on campus continually cheers ands supports them and we are all very proud that they are our teams.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at FSU. Although I am not involved in Greek life it is quite obvious once you visit FSU that it is a huge part of the University's culture. Sorority houses are lavish mansions located next to campus and a handful of frat houses are located about a mile away in their own housing complex.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is extremely popular at FSU. 3rd party university housing is located all around campus and houses are easy to find. Just be careful on choosing what neighborhood to live in.

5 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs are located throughout campus allowing for easy access. The internet is extremely reliable and fast.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Absolutely Terrible – On campus dining is absolutely horrible at FSU. Chili's and Denny's are the only restaurants open on the weekends, so unless you feel like traveling off campus, you're screwed. Off campus dining is a little better, but if you're traveling between 8 am and 7 pm Monday-Friday chances are you'll be inconvenienced when coming back on campus, especially if driving your own car. The Union Food Court and all other dining options are decent, but it closes at 6 pm.
I tend to avoid the dining halls because with my allergies I can't take the chance with everyone taking food and possible contamination. This is also why I lack a meal plan, but I have found that FlexBucks work perfectly.
Between the hours and repetitive food options, FSU could use some updating!!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Party Environment – The "drug environment" at Florida State University is not that big. When students go to parties, they tend to smoke or drink. However, outside that "party environment" there is not much of a drug scene, mainly because most of the students are concentrated on the studies.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love FSU so much because of the green and architecture. The buildings are all brick and there are lots of places to study outside when the days are nice. I also like the social scene and the amount of academics and IM sports offered. Also because everyone is so socially and racially different, you get to experience a lot of cultures everyday!

College Freshman

Greek Life: I Don't Know Much – I don't really know much about the Greek life in school but I do know that thay are always proactive in recruiting new members.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have looked all over the place to find the best possible apartment and when I found it Ii realized that all the places I've looked at was worth the price and the benefits. I think that everything around the FSU area is reasonable and safe. Plus they provide shuttle buses for people with no cars. I also love the freedom of apartments or houses. No quiet hours, visitation limits, you can have candles, not like the dorms.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Intelligent Students Beware!!! If you worked hard at all during high school and care even the smallest bit about the quality of your education, I implore you, please reconsider coming to Florida State. Please take this advice from a person who made all the right choices except one and do not choose this university. You deserve so much more than what FSU has to offer; please, please, please consider your other options- you will be much happier in the long run!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Why the H*** Would You Live in a Dorm??? The better housing is farther away from the school, although most students live in the blocks surrounding campus to be near the party scene. If you don't mind driving moving farther away will give more bang for your buck; if you just want a cheap "college" apartment they are not in short supply by any means- you'll find tons surrounding the school.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Better Than on Campus by a Ton – Tally has a lot of really good restaurants; one of the few things to do in the city is eat out (though if you do this all the time you will probably gain some weight!). Try to get away from the campus areas for the better quality options- lots of good places on the north side of the city.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do in Tallahassee if you do not like drinking/recreational drugs. FSU is an enormous party school, so if you like that scene you will not be bored. If, however, you are not into binge drinking constantly for entertainment, you will spend most days hanging out at home.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not the Worst – Financial aid is pretty accessible, and you don't have to jump through too many hoops to secure it. Once you follow the steps, financial aid personnel are very helpful, and you don't have to put too much time into it. Occasionally there are screw-ups, but that is to be expected with such a large student base.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is great opportunity for those who decide to join the greek life at F.S.U. They are fairly involved in campus life, and many do a lot to help out the community. The best part though is the major-supportive sororities and fraternities. But going greek isn't of huge importance campus-wide, and there isn't much conflict between greek and non-greeks.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit, team performance, athletic facilities, all of these are excellent! Everyone in the community, and even across Florida, feel like they are "apart of the team".

2 College Senior

Parking: I am sure that most large universities struggle with a lack of parking, but I find FSU particularly frustrating when it comes to this subject. I have had days when I drive around for half an hour looking in several lots and garages and end up either missing class or getting a ticket for parking illegally. They definitely need to come up with better parking solutions that are closer to campus.

College Senior

Drug Safety: I am not really sure about drugs at FSU. I am sure that several students use them, but I have only heard of people doing it, not been exposed to it. Alcohol however, is everywhere. There is a lot of underage drinking both on and off of campus. I think that it is very easy for students to obtain alcohol, whether they want to or not. I would love to see FSU take some more action on preventative measures for under-age drinking or binge drinking because there is too much of it in my opinion.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The students at FSU are extremely versatile. I am a dance major and am usually grouped together with the other dance majors. Most of the students in my major are very artistic and tend to dress either casually, athletically, or creatively. There are many students involved in greek life, who have tendencies to look and dress very nicely- focusing on what is most in style to wear, etc. The general social life of the FSU population is very busy and outgoing. People are constantly caught up in school work, jobs, or extra-curricular activities. When they have free time, many students go out to clubs, bars, and house parties. A great place to really catch a glimpse of our student diversity is to go to the student Union on a Wednesday afternoon. There you will find all kinds of guys and girls trying to promote a cause, an organization, or a team. I think it is a fun atmosphere where you can notice that FSU has a wide range of people on campus with many looks, interests and focuses.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I love the History program! The Professors are super chill and know what they're talking about.
If I could do it all again. I would make my major International Affairs. That department is on the ball with 3-5 different study abroad programs to choose from.
DIS opportunities are plentiful in both dept.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: There is 0 tolerence for hazing and drinking on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is hard to predict what the weather at Florida State is going to be like, but it is always beautiful. The trick is to wear layers. A light jacket in the morning, a t-shirt around lunch, and a Columbian jacket at night is about all you will need.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Go Greek!! Greek Life is huge at Florida State University, we have 16 sororities and even more fraternities. There are socials every fews weeks between sororities and fraternities as well as crushes. Sororities are paired up with fraternities for homecoming and other philanthropic events. Greek life at Florida State holds you to a higher academic standing and helps you get involved in both your community and your campus.

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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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