Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4909 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Athletics: At the Battle's End, She's Great! Although we don't win every single game on the field, you may never be able to tell from the stands. Students get very involved with football games- the actual showdown is only a small segment of game day tradition, including massive university-sponsored tail gates, the beating of the war drum, and Chief Osceola and Renegade throwing the burning spear- the top-ranked tradition in college sports.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics at FSU are second to none. There is tremendous pride involved with being a Seminole. From university sanctioned sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and soccer to all sorts of IM's, athletics are a huge part of what it means to be a Seminole. FSU's IM fields are arguably the best in the nation, as they are among the newest, nicest, and largest in the country. FSU also boasts a 3-story gym that includes a track, a complete spa, and an Olympic size pool. There are also several basketball and tennis courts on campus.

5 College Senior

Academics: Great Professors – Professors at FSU are very engaged. They care for the well-being of their students and are very accessible and easy to approach. Aside from being passionate about their field, they are friendly and knowledgeable.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Something for Everyone – Nightlife is awesome here. There is literally something for everyone. If you're Greek, there are bars and parties aplenty. If you're not Greek, there are even more. There is a bar or club for every personality/lifestyle and the scene is very diverse.

5 College Senior

Weather: FSU enjoys absolutely beautiful weather for most of the Fall and Spring semesters. Winters are mild, and it's just cold enough to bundle up for late-season football games.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Great Social Scene – FSU's student body has something for everyone. There are all types of girls and guys, from city slickers to country boys and southern belles. The social scene is amazing, with dozens of bars/clubs for any personality.

4 College Senior

Academics: Very Engaged Faculty – I came to FSU because the psychology department is second to none. In my experience within my own department and those of others, every professor and/or TA I've had has been very easy to talk to and very willing to help students in any way they can in and outside of the classroom.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel as if classes are extremely interesting and I have no trouble getting engaged with the material. In comparison to high school, I feel as if I walk away with information that I will remember for the rest of my life, whereas high school education was in one ear and out the other.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee Living – Tallahassee isn't a big city, but it has a friendly college town atmosphere. There are a variety of inexpensive clubs and inexpensive restaurants for students (a popular spot is The Strip) and Wakulla Springs state park is a half hour's drive from Florida State University's campus. Panama City Beach is a two hours drive.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: parking is a real toughy at FSU. they build a new parking structure almost every other year or so, but more and more students bring cars to school. cars are DEFINITELY not necessary freshmen year, especially if youre living on campus. proximity is NEVER an issue because the layout is so efficient. i would suggest a bike for the farthest distances youd even have to travel OFF campus to get any type of necessaries. there are no need for parking permits at fsu unless you want to park in a handful of permit-required spots. those permits can be expensive, and the costs of fines run about 20 dollars to 150 depending on your violation. these parking fines are 99% avoidable as long as you show up to campus to find a spot in decent time before class though

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: everyone is very courteous to one another around campus no matter what race you may be. even the clubs, fraternaties, interest groups, etc. that ARE ethnic based are all really friendly. i know for a fact that this is true because i hang around my student union after lunch with a few friends before we head to class to watch "market wednesdays" where all the black fraternities hold hilarious dance offs and skits. me and my friends are white, and noboby even throws us a snide glance. nothing but friendly faces. im also friends with a number of girls in the asian sorority who are just as elegant as any other sorority girl ive met

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: No Compaints! i love my campus and fsu definitely goes the whole 9 yards to make sure everything looks spic and spam inside AND out. landscaping is constantly maintained and buildings, whether new or old, are always ready to impress any visitors or guests. its very reassuring for when friends and family visit to not be worried they will get a bad impression of your school.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe – Constant flow of emails denoting various cases of assault and muggings

1 College Freshman

Parking: It is very difficult to find parking during the week. One the weekends it gets a little easier but a lot of parking lots are far away from most of the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – Florida State has a lot of computer labs to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Strict – Parties will always go on, but it's best to be discreet about it. Campus security does take safety seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: If you need access to a computer, Florida State has probably got you covered. The library offers several computers and you can usually find a free one, unless it's the day before a big exam day like finals.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's All Right – Tallahassee is the state capital, so it's nice to be able to say that you go to school in such an important place. The neighborhood surrounding Florida State isn't of the highest quality, and there tends to be more to do on campus rather than off. As far as excitement goes, the city of Tallahassee doesn't have all that much to offer.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol on any college campus. However, FSU might take the cake. The positive is since all the nightlife events are nearby you don't need to drive and you can walk. There are lots of alcohol and it is pretty enforced. DO NOT go to Bullwinkles with a fake you WILL get it taken away or worse.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Overall, we have a great amount of computers and if you ever need a place to print something is easy to find without a problem. The ONLY problem with this category is that there is no wireless throughout the campus. They have been trying to find a way to get the wireless signal to get through the brick walls, so hopefully soon enough we will have wireless.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are a decent amount of robberies that happen around campus or even on campus late at night. Some armed robberies and at times there are cases of people getting drugged. It's not the worst safety I have seen at universities but it is still pretty sketch at times. The positive is they have these safety poles around campus that if you press the button it will call FSU PD and they will come.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be really bad. Especially around 12 pm and afternoon. Although it is beneficial to have some sort of transportation (from car, to motorcycle, to a bike) to get around town, you don't need one for on campus

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: A Night Out Never Hurts – The police force can be strict, but they won't harrass you for being noisy and intoxicated. They're more concerned about drivers under the influence and fights that break out.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The college is extremely diverse. However, I would say that most of the students come from upper-middle class families and are well off. Most are typically dressed nicely and care about their education. There is a very large population that is involved in the greek system. FSU is also known for their outstanding arts programs so there are also alot of students that are creative. There is a very good balance of races and backgrounds. You come across all sorts of different people daily, and there is always some sort of student orginazation holding events.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is set on hills in Tallahassee. The entire campus is made up of brick buildings, some older and historical and some new, but all of the best quality. We have all necessary resources and top of the line facilities there for our use. The grounds are kept nicely and there is a huge sense of student involvement. It is a school of tradition and unity.

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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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