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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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Average
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3 College Junior

Facilities: We Have a Circus! The most unique aspect of FSU is our Flying High Circus, where students can participate in a club which allows them to learn circus acts and perform them once a semester in a big showcase for the student body and any interested citizens of Tallahassee. It's not a major, there are some classes but they aren't really for academic credit.
There is also a pretty good radical punk scene which gets involved in a lot of grassroots events protecting the environment and raising awareness for lots of causes, particularly the rights of feminists and minority groups.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of Colors, Languages and Cultural Events – Although there are a lot of southern white people, there are tons of people of different races at FSU, all speaking different languages, wearing different clothes and eating different food. We ahve a center for cultural engagement which holds events representing these cultures, a vegan hari krishna lunch buffet every week day, as well as many options for languages to be taken in the language center. This is a pretty culturally diverse school for it's location in the middle of nowhere north florida. We are also really close to FAMU and often work in conjunction with their campus, which has a very large African American population, making the area around FSU very diverse although the areas around campus are not so. For sexual diversity, the culture still hasn't caught up to the times, but we do have a Pride center on campus and lots of students working to make the air on campus more tolerant. Unfortunately, not many members of the student body have caught up with this trend.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining is pretty great near FSU, even as a vegetarian I've had a very easy time finding affordable places to eat that are open very late. Almost all restaraunts are open past 10 during the week, past 11 or even midnight on weekends. Best places include Mr. Robotos (meals between 7-12 dollars, lots of food, vegetarian options), Momo's Pizza (3.75 for a slice, never met a person who can eat more than one huge slice, any toppings you want for just a little more), the Pitaria (more expensive, about 10 a plate, but delicious, vegetarian options and well made, open late). Lots of froyo places which are by the oz and have coupons out and around campus as well as promotions all of the time. We also have the classic Moe's, Chipotle, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King and Jimmy John's. On campus we have a Chili's which can be paid with with flex bucks. The dining situation is one of the best parts of this school. All restaraunts listed are within walking distance of any place on or around campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation at school is relatively good. There are always buses going to and from campus, allowing people to easily get to school. There is little to no parking however, which makes it really hard to get to class on time if there is no parking.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The Drug scene at FSU is relatively low. I have never been asked or seen anything that I was not comfortable with. Most people are above the influence, and it makes hanging out and studying a lot easier when no one is giving into peer pressure.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee Community – The local atmosphere for the Tallahassee community is very laid back. Everyone is very friendly, and willing to help others in need. There is always somewhere to go hang out, no matter your age. Both partying and studying are looked up to, so you never feel left out.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love this campus and the people I have formed relationships with.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Don't Have to Be 21 to Have Fun – Always something happening, football season is the best!

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Up and Coming – Freshman dorms are not the best, however, FSU is in the process of demolishing and replacing 2 of the oldest dorms. That being said, campus living is very convenient since parking can be brutal. The University does have a transit system with buses running all day and into the early evening. Lots of great places to eat, watch movies, bowl right on campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel very safe on campus all the time, police is always available when needed.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking is the one bad thing about FSU. I live off campus and in order to make it to class on time I have to leave my apartment an hour early to ensure that I will find parking.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – There are so many places to eat of campus! There is a good variety right off campus but there is a lot more in Tallahassee that is delicious. As long as you have a car you should be good.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The food is pretty good. The nice thing is that there are always a lot of options and there are always sandwiches, salads, cereal, pizza and dessert along with other options. For the most part my dining experience has been good. There have only been a few times that I have been disappointed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: MIX SAFETY WITH FUN – HERE AT FSU, THE CAMPUS ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS TO EXPERIMENT WITH THEIR INDEPENDANCE AND FINALLY BEING AWAY FROM HOME BUT ALSO MAKES SURE THAT EVEYRONE DOES IT IN A SAFE WAY THAT DOES NOT PUT THEM OR OTHERS AT RISK.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: MAKE ONE OF THE LARGEST UNIVERSITIES SEEM SMALL – IF YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING, GOING GREEK IS THE WAY TO BE. GREEK LIFE CAN BE SEEN IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE SEMINOLE LIFE.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: ACC CHAMPIONSHIP & MARCH MADNESS – WE'RE THE UNDERDOG WHO MADE IT TO THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOOTBALL AND EVEN BEAT OUT NOTRE DAME IN BASKETBALL DURING MARCH MADNESS.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: All Aboard the Trolley – FSU Panama City main transportation relies on the trolley or the campus shuttle. If students need to get somewhere quickly or in a timely manner it is best just to use your own car. The campus parking lots are great and well-kept so there is no threats of break-ins.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Cut & Dry – The Panama City Campus is more diverse in the age range of students. There you'll find people of various ages obtaining there degrees. Nonetheless, the campus lacks a solid minority population. But, everyone is still friendly regardless of race or age.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Living – Housing on the Panama City campus is totally on the students. The campus isn't as big as main campus so everyone commutes to school. If you check the Student Affairs Office though, there are flyers for potential housing.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Well Hello There, Sunshine – Living in Florida, we usually have great weather all year round. In springtime, it is usually very sunny and people usually lay out on the grass, in their bathing suits, in front of their dorms or on Landis Green, which is a very popular place to gather and hang out. Summertime, many students go back home and campus is usually very quiet but one can observe other students just sitting outside reading, doing their, homework, riding their bikes, and skateboarding, just to enjoy the beautiful weather. A lot more outdoor activities being to occur like frisbee games and water balloon fights. When fall comes around, the leaves begin to change colors and this is when more indoor activities begin but this is also when our football season begins and everyone is usually very pumped up and ready for that to begin. When winter begins, it can get very cold here. To others 20 and 30 degree weather may not be considered cold, but when one is used to 70 and 80 degree weather all year long, a couple days of this cold weather can be brutal.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not So Bad – Alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs at Florida State. I have yet to see any one use any sort of hard drugs like ecstasy, heroin, or crack around me even though I am sure they are being used. Some students have experimented with cocaine but for the most part, people stick to marijuana and alcohol on the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Florida State is known for the amount of parties that go on every day of the week. There are a plethora of clubs to choose from, and every day of the week, there is a club that has a larger crowd than others. For example, there is a pub called Potbelly's that is very popular for FSU students because it is located relatively close to campus and they have drinks for a reasonable price. However, for those that do not have the expenses to go out to the club that often, there are usually parties thrown weekly by sororities and fraternities that are usually free. Another plus is that FSU has a bus system that runs from 9PM to 3AM that hits almost all of the popular places that are frequently visited by us college students. This service is completely free and was put into place to prevent students from getting behind the wheel while they are intoxicated. Just previously implemented, there is a taxi service, funded by FSU's SGA, that will pick up passengers and take them anywhere in Tallahassee for a small fee of $5.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – Everyone goes to the home football games. I haven't been to many others but you can hear how many people are there if you walk by. Everyone on campus is always wearing their Florida State apparel. I'm in the Marching Chiefs and we always go do stuff like pep rallies which are so much better in college!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Registration is very simple. Each major has an academic map that is available online if you can't meet with your advisor. Your advisor will tell you what classes you need to take to graduate and also suggest optional courses that can enhance your degree. Registration opens at different times according to how many credits you have. The system has never given me a problem.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are several computer labs located around campus, a short distance from most dorms on campus. Some are available for specific majors only which makes it easier to get in. The libraries also have computers and printers where you can print things for cheap.

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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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