Tallahassee, FL
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Reviews 4938 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not That Great – I live off campus so I seldom eat on campus. From what I've heard, I'm really not missing that much. The food is of mediocre quality at both main dining halls and their was a rumor that there was an ecoli outbreak at the dining halls and at some of the restuarants around town.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Are Quite Helpful – Although I've only had a limited number of science related classes it seems that a majority of the professors are relatively helpful, they hold office hours for students who need help, and frequently stop and ask if students have questions during their lectures regarding the material.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love This Place – FSU is the best place to go to school in the south! It's located in the capital of Florida and it is a sweet, charming college town. You definitely have to learn to balance your social and academic life early, because if you don't you will might have a rough time here. Overall great school, great athletics, and one amazing experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: Wonderful Place to Beverly – Florida State is a wonderful school with plenty of organizations and majors to choose. The campus atmospere is probably like every other college and is always filed with events. The sport management program is great and the professors are always available to help.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great Way to Meet People! The best part of FSU housing is definitely the Living Learning Communities. They make meeting people so much easier, and your overall college experience so much more fun. If you are interested in an LLC, definitely apply for one!

3 College Freshman

Computers: If You Need a Computer, You Can Find One – There are PLENTY of computers on campus. It's just a matter of finding them. Of course the library is usually crowded, but people are usually never in the Johnston Ground. As for Wi-Fi, the dorms don't have it. Every where else does, but not the dorms. That's definitely frustrating when many devices run solely on Wi-fi.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Depends Who You Get – Make sure to do your research before picking classes. The College of music is full of great professors and TA's but also some not so good ones. A lot of the time, many of the applied music TA's are not trained in education, but solely in performance which can be very frustrating.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse, Like the Rest of Florida – FSU is fondly referred to as the Berkeley of the South. We have a smattering of political backgrounds, from Tea Partiers to the leftist radicals (who throw a neat Radical Rush biannually); student unions for various religious groups, ethnicities and sexual orientations (think PRIDE Student Union) and are working to be the most veteran friendly school in the Southeast. Students range from rednecks that crawled out of Wakulla to rich kids from Miami-Dade.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Eh, It's College Food. Fresh Food was my jam as a freshman. Since I lived at Salley Hall, it was just a hop, skip and a jump away. The inside of the Suwannee Room is reminiscent of Hogwarts' dining hall, too. You can use the flexbucks or Garnetbucks at most of the eateries on campus, which is good for a little variety. Avoid the stirfry place unless you're getting sushi.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: At Least It's Not UF. A fairly average experience compared to other schools I've attended. My own department didn't have an advisor and so our snarky gay secretary did all of the advising (and badly!), the professors were well-trained but often disinterested in your problems, and the work load wasn't terrible either. As for study spots, Club Stroz! All the kids are on uppers like at a real nightclub and they hand out sunglasses and other fun things during exam weeks. (The Starbucks at Stroz is double countered and 24 hours, too.)

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The greek life on campus is overly active, sometimes overwhelming non greek student. For the most part they are socially the most important thing on campus, a lot of people are looked down on for not being a part of greek life.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Leech Center – The gym on campus is state of the art and absolutely incredible. The library is terrific, campus is beautiful.

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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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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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