Tallahassee, FL
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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.

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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.


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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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