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Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Dry College Town – Tallahassee has a very active night life for the three colleges that are up here, but other than that, there really isn't much to do. The malls are horrible and when you leave campus you pretty much sit around and wonder what you can possibly do.

1 College Student

Scholarships: Financial aid didn't really help me with anything.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Good Officers, Not So Good Crime Rate? I mean, the officers are not the problem, it's definitely the criminals. FSU is located in downtown Tallahassee like many universities, which leads to higher crime rates. There have been a few incidents close to the dorms and around campus, but nothing too bad. Officers are doing their job, and hopefully crime will start to decline sooner than later.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Okay, so when I first visited Tallahassee I couldn't understand why it was considered one of the biggest party schools in America. Now that I go to school here, I understand. The clubs are really close to campus for the most part, I have never had to drive to a club. The Night Nole is a free bus that takes you and picks you up from most clubs, and the Nole Cab is a private cab service sponsored by the school that will take you mostly anywhere in Tallahassee for 4 dollars, and 4 people fit in the cab, so $1 per person is NOT bad at all. Everyone here is down to party and everyone finds a group of people and a club scene that fits their likes. Seriously, I come from a big city and experience this small town nightlife is bizarre to me. Never in a million years would I have expected it to be this great!

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good Choices, Even Healthy Ones! There's a lot of places you can go for lunch here. Aside from the two dining halls (which one of them looks straight out of a Harry Potter movie), there are also many popular chain restaurants like Chilis, Quiznos, Einstein Bagels, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Flying High – FSU, unlike any school in the US, has a circus on campus that is performed solely by students. There are a couple classes offered that allow you to take part in this experience; however, it isn't "clown college" as you cant get a degree from it. I feel that thats the one thing FSU will have over everything else, and it is truly unique.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I lived in Salley Hall my freshman year, and I loved it. Everyone there was so social and easy going. My RA made it a point to constantly have floor meetings and gatherings where we would just hang out and be able to meet new people and feel at ease with our "neighbors." I met some of my best friends to date in Salley Hall.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Atmosphere – I got into every Florida school that I applied to, but what set FSU apart from everywhere else was its lifestyle. This is purely a college town with a great student spirit section. If you enjoy football, FSU is a school for you. Everyone here is practically a "die-hard" seminole fan. We even do the warchant at the bars and clubs. FSU offers a once and a lifetime experience that I believe anyone would be foolish to pass up.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe when I am on campus. There is such a great environment and I feel completely comfortable at my school. I always make sure not to walk alone at night and act responsibly when I am out with friends.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love It! I absolutely LOVE Florida State. Of course I know many people who let the college life get the best of them but if you can stay away from partying everyday then you should be just fine.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Go Noles! Here at Florida State University it doesn't matter whether we win or lose there is always incredible turnouts at athletic events! The spirit isn't just confined within campus grounds but can be felt all throughout the town. I can truly say that we bleed garnet and gold. Did I mention that Doak Campbell Stadium (our football stadium) is the nations largest free standing brick building?!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of Help in Exploratory Major – I came in undecided to Florida State University. The school created the Exploratory major for undecided students, and the faculty in the Exploratory program is very friendly and helpful in pushing students to explore their options. The program has many resources that aid students in taking their interests and applying them to appropriate majors and careers. Exploratory students are given the opportunity to really think about what they want before they declare their majors, so they don't end up overwhelmed with mistakes and indecision.

3 College Junior

Weather: Cold in the winter (for Florida) and very hot in the summer. It keeps things interesting.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The closer to school the apartment is, the lower in quality.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There's Plenty...But Not Infinite – There is always parking available. Overnight is a little tougher if you live on campus and want to park as close to your dorm as possible. However, you don't have to leave for class more than 5 minutes earlier than you normally would to ensure a spot. In addition, most apartments for commuters are right off campus and those students either walk, bike, or take the school buses that come around every 10 minutes. There's always a place to park, but not always right next to where you want to go. If you don't mind a walk you will never have a problem.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The frats are all off campus in their own gated community on the northeast side of campus and are usually well behaved. There are almost infinite options to choose from, and the housing is very nice. The sororities are on the south side of campus, actually on campus. There are just as many options to choose from, and all the houses are absolutely beautiful and well maintained.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: FSU has its own movie theater at the Student Life center which plays movies Monday through Saturday every week. We average 2-3 advanced screenings per semester. Our Leach Center (three levels) has a full choice of weights and indoor pool and track with stairs. There are also two basketball courts and several rooms that can be used for racquetball or similar activities, and a smoothie place inside. Tully Gym,next door, has more courts that can be used for basketball, volleyball, wrestling, or anything else you can name. There are two outdoor field complexes which can be used for baseball/softball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, etc. Our libraries, one of which is always open 24 hours, all have wi-fi and ample labs and space. There are also reservable study rooms. If you like to party, there are plenty of bars and clubs on the north side of campus. On the south side are all the sorority houses, and the frats on the northeast corner in their own gated community. The school also has its own venue, Club Downunder, where performers come to play and people can go to watch or dance. It has it's own bar upstairs and is free to attend. The union has an art center and bowling alley as well as a Chili's and Smoothie shop. There is also a 24-hour Denny's on campus. We have several parking garages and lots that are overnight and tons that are commuter. Commuter lots are overnight on the weekends as well. Faculty lots open after 5pm during the week. Our libraries also have free tutoring available for almost every subject imaginable and if they don't they will try to set it up. Professors are accessible in person by either appointment or office hours and are very flexible in meeting with students. We also have a high girl to guy ratio with about 3-5 girls per guy attending classes. There are plenty of dorms and on campus events and over 500 student organizations available to join with more starting up every semester.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Movies, Gym, Libraries, Union, Oh My! Florida State has awesome facilities! Ranging from daily free movies at the Student Life Center which also has plenty of computer for gaming to the Leech Gym Center with weights and machines, an indoor pool and track, and rooms for racquetball and two basketball courts. Tully Gym has tons of room for basketball, wrestling, volleyball, you name it. We also have two outdoor field facilities for soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, etc. We have several libraries all of which have study rooms, computer labs, and free tutoring. We have fast food everywhere, and on campus salad place, smoothies, and a Chili's as well. There is also a 24-hour Denny's on campus. There are also plenty of fine dining restaurants right near campus as well. On the North side of campus is the strip with bars and clubs, if you are into that sort of thing. On the south side of campus are all of the sorority houses, and the frats are on the northeast side in their own little community. We also have an awesome student union with too many things to list, but included is an art center and computer labs. You can get from any side of campus to the other in no more than 15 minutes, and yet it is still pretty big and beautiful.

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.

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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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