Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone loves every sporting event and there is a lot of school spirit

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments/Old Houses – Very nice apartments to very cheap ones. Also a lot of old homes and on campus living

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I rarely used the dining halls on campus. They were not in a convenient location for me, plus I didn't have a meal plan and they were quite pricey without one. I would love to see a Subway on campus, but as of this year, there isn't one there.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Giving free parking permits to every student, student parking is definitely taken advantage of at FSU. There is a good amount of spots, but the easiest ones to find spots in are a little harder to locate for they are gravel lots behind areas of campus. There are a lot of places you cannot park, like teacher parking. I know from experience, DO NOT PARK IN THE RED LINES. Because you will get a 20$ parking ticket. From 7:30am-5pm on weekdays, stay inside the white lines of student parking, and you should be fine. And to the level of necessity of a car on campus, its not necessary for your friends will have one, and a lot of places are within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Available, Not Overbearing – If you want to find drugs or alcohol, there's a good chance you will be able to find it if you make a few calls or ask a friend of a friend. Marijuana is the most common drug along with alcohol, of course. Other drugs are there, but it just depends on what scene you hang around with. But even with the easy access, FSU students are not known for peer pressuring and let others choose what they want to participate in.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Perfect College Town – With 3 colleges in a 5 mile radius, Tallahassee definitely lives up to its name as a great college town. A lot of the spots around town cater to students wants and needs and there's always something going on to suit anyone's interests. The nightlife scene never disappoints young coeds, being that FSU is recognized as a top party school. Let's just say I've never met someone whose been to Tallahassee and left disappointed.

5 College Freshman

Weather: When the sun comes out, it shines, but not in that sticky, humid way. It's more of a warm sun-kissed feeling that doesn't leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon. The cold is pretty chilly, but it's wonderful!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's Always Something to Do! Whether it be a house party or clubbing at The Strip or heading to downtown, there is always something going on every night of the week to keep you from those midnight blues.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have grown up wanting to go there, going to many football games, and it is just my dream school.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Libraries Help a Lot – The libraries on campus do a great deal to help with my school work. I don't have a printer in my apartment so I go to the library all the time. There are plenty of high speed computers to access and plenty of printers. The only time the library is crowded is during finals week.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Getting to Know My Professors – As an accounting major, there are tons of business and accounting type classes that I need to take. I've taken a good share of them and each one I have got to know each professor personally. Getting to know my professors on a personal level will benefit me in a number of ways. I will be able to relate to them if I have a problem because I am closer to them than the other students. Also, by getting to know them, I will have a better chance of learning from what they have done in their careers to help me out with my future endeavors.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses, Go for the Buses!! The bus system is AWESOME just because the parking is so horrendous, on a normal day if you don't arrive at 7 am, you won't find a spot for two hours unless the parking gods have mercy on you. And seriously, the buses may be late, but they are a lot more reliable than gambling with the parking garages. The city buses are free to students too, so just do the bus. ESPECIALLY if you're a freshman..

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Walking around campus, there are three types of girls : the ones that don't care what they look like because they are too busy studying, the divas, and the sorority chicks. For the guys, you're either frat-tastic or a regular guy.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Plenty of a Mix – It really depends on your major, but walking around campus I would say that it's pretty much split evenly. There are also several different fraternities/sororities catering to different ethnicities.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a good reason to live on campus. If you live on campus, you need to either get to campus before 8am or plan to spend an hour looking for parking. At least once in your college career, you WILL park illegally out of frustration to get to class on time.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Quite a Range – Some community style dorms, such as Kellum and Smith, are very small and the amenities are minimal.. but these options are also very affordable. Suite-style dorms like Landis are very nice- plenty of space and privacy and lovely buildings. Non-traditional housing is also available, like apartments at Ragans or townhomes at McCollum.

4 College Junior

Computers: Plenty of Options – Computers are available in all libraries and some relevant buildings (computer science, etc.) have computer labs of their own. Also, most dorm buildings have a computer lab where students can use computers and print documents for free. Laptops are available for rent at Strozier Library. Wireless internet is available in every building and outside most locations.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are buses in many locations, as well as the Night Nole for those that are incapable of driving after a late night.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The amount of clubs at FSU shows the extreme diversity of the town and the college. They all respect each other's goals, morals, and values, and are not discriminant at the slightest bit. Pretty much anyone can join.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tallahassee is described as a college town, therefore, all of the dining places are conveniently located very near each other. It doesn't matter what side of campus you live on, across the street you will always find a place to eat. Furthermore, the places to eat are fast, inexpensive, and suitable for the needs of young adults.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rainy Days – Sometimes we have pouring rain and it is impossible to get to class without getting soaked. I suggest bringing a heavy duty umbrella and rain boots. It gets pretty cold so don't expect to wear flip flops and shorts all year round.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Interesting People – You find every type of person at FSU from jocks to punks. The school is well rounded and you will never be alone. Everyone is friendly and fun.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a bunch of libraries on campus and there is plenty of student/athletic centers and activities to do on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No Drugs – Florida State University has a strict honor code policy that everyone has to abide by no matter what. You don't see anyone using drugs, minus smoking cigarettes, or drinking alcohol on campus. There is not even any peer pressure that students have to worry about unless they were in a frat or sorority.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nole Power – The athletic teams perfrom very well and make it to the top levels in competitions. School spirit is out of control when it comes to football and everyone goes to the game to see what our team is made of.


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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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