Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is not only accepted in Florida State University, but it is encouraged and celebrated. The university makes sure that all people have equal employment, opportunities and policies pertaining to them. The campus is welcoming, a bit close-knit and friendly. For example, the month of May is known as Asian-Pacific Islander month. It is then that diversity is celebrated. It is also the month that Japanese immigrants arrived to the United States and the transcontinental railroad was completed with the help of many Chinese laborers. Apart from the administrations goals to spread and maintain diversity, the campus has people of all different races, backgrounds, and abilities.

4 College Student

Athletics: Huge Seminole Spirit – Any kind of sport really is taken seriously at Florida State University -- but none are bigger than football. The stadium is always packed to bursting at any home games, and it can be assured that the students follow our team on the road. No matter how far, how fast, there is always a trail of garnet and gold following closely behind.

4 College Student

Academics: So Far, So Good – At of all the colleges I applied to, Florida State University was the only one to offer my major: Creative Writing. And so far -- I really can't say much, since it's only been my first year -- it's been excellent. The instructors have been encouraging and really helpful in pointing out the flaws in my work, and it's been a blast. They've gone above and beyond the call of duty and have allowed me to stay in contact with them if I have a story needing some professional opinion on.

3 College Senior

Weather: Florida Winter – Extremely windy and cold compared to the other regions of Florida, but when the summer comes it is even hotter than Miami as there is no coast near by to provide an ocean breeze

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Your Choice. Alcohol and drugs are always easy to find in any demographic of young people, but there is rarely pressure at FSU parties. Campus police and officials take drug and alcohol use very seriously, and do take action.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors at FSU are all extremely qualified in every way possible. They have vast experience working in their fields as well as in educating, and they spread their gained knowledge to the classroom. They are usually on point with curriculum.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Party Time – There is literally something from everyone! You don't just have to go to clubs, you can go to open mic nights, festivals, house parties, campus parties, musical, and everything else you can think of.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Eats – There's plenty of places to eat on campus from traditional restaurants like Chillies to Pollo Tropical, Sushi and of course the traditional cafeterias placed all throughout campus to ensure you get all those nutritional needs. FSU even has food truck vendors such as hand made taco stands, mom & pops hot dogs, and a veitnamese truck with food plates for 4 bucks!!

5 College Junior

Academics: English Creative Writing – This program offers amazing seminars and events for English and Writing majors. This year we even had an open forum discussion with Anthony Bourdain which was amazing and he spoke for 1hr 45 mins answering questions and just talking with the students. FSU is home to several prestigious writers and many of the professors and TA's have been published in well known writing magazines and are affiliated with several major network television stations. The professors all strive really hard to help the students and most importantly they challenge each student to maximize their full potential.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: workload is not that much, they rely heavily on tests so you have to know what you are doing because there is really no easy work

2 College Senior

Academics: Not Rigorous – The economics department should really consider having more than just college algebra as a requirement. You cannot learn economics the way it's supposed to be learned without at least multivariable calculus and linear algebra.

3 College Senior

Weather: weather is usually pretty nice...can get cold in the winter rime though which causes a not very pleasent walk to class if you dont like the cold.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: School is pretty strct....but have been to much stricter schools

4 College Senior

Academics: I am a dietetics major at FSU amd think it is a great program for someone who is interested in foods and nutrition and the clical aspects of the two

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I have never owned a car during my time at FSU, however I have heard a lot from other people about the parking issue. A decal to park on campus is expensive. You can be ticketed easily if you park in the wrong place (which isn't always clear). You don't need a car on campus. There are not many parking spaces available considering the ratio of students to parking spaces. It is prudent to come to campus early to find a parking spot.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The existing computer labs at FSU are nice. I often use the undergraduate lab in the psychology building. The only problem is that there often not enough computers available. The computers in the larger libraries are also nice. The speed is generally fast enough for my needs. Printing has improved over the years that I attended FSU. It has become more reliable. The internet network has always been reliable, as well as internet access. I have always had a personal computer, and would say that it is necessary. There are not always computers available to you.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I enjoy attending Florida State University for my major and minors very much. My major is psychology. The workload and curriculum are very manageable. It has not been very challenging to get A's in my classes. The teachers care about the subject and in turn the students do too. The facilities are new and complete with everything needed. The Psychology Department at FSU has a lot of psychology research labs available. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in conducting scientific research.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tutoring Is Great, Space, No So Much. In Strozier library at Florida State there is a tutor center that allows you to get free tutoring from other students. It is very helpful and beneficial, yet the space in the library is very limited. Therefore, people are usually fighting for tables and seats.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – It is safe in the daytime but even though the university has been taking measures there are pockets here it is not safe to be out alone at night. Robberies are more common.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Spread Out – Restaurants are spread all over Tallahassee and not just concentrated in one area. My favorite are Genghis grill and Azu. In Genghis grill you basically mix up what ever yo ant to eat in a bowl and they stir-fry it for you. Azu is an oriental restaurant with moderate prices. The ambiance is really good

5 College Freshman

Diversity: In my experience, I have found that FSU is extremely diverse. In every area of study, I have found people of not only many different ethnicities but of different socioeconomic standings, political, religious beliefs and sexual orientations as well. Overall, I would say the student population is not only diverse, but generally accepting as well.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Florida State University successfully manages to provide excellent facilities for every area of atheletics, academia and misc recreation. Atheletic centers, student centers, and libraries are not only abundant but well-kept and easily accessible for any student. There are thousands of activities available at no or low-cost. These include on-campus bowling, the art center, various recreational facitilies (like Leach) and many others. And to top it all off, FSU is an extremely beautiful campus!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Florida State is an awesome school. It has so much to offer and is outstanding academically. People tend to get caught up in the party scene but for me, I found that FSU offers a ton of other ways to have fun than to go to a frat house. I look forward to going to class everyday and despite being from Virginia, FSU makes me feel right at home.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fun City – Tallahassee is a very pretty city. The town is divided between FSU and Florida A&M. With the state capitol right up the street there is a strong political community on campus and a very active debate team. There are a ton of mountain biking trails and outdoor parks, as well as lots of locally owned "mom & pop" type restaurants.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of Greek Life – At FSU there are a ton of Fraternities and Sororities and it seems like the majority of students are enrolled in one. I am not personally in one, nor do I have the desire to, but between all the different frats and sororities there is a lot to do and always something happening.

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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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