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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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Fitness Center – The LEACH Center is a great place. Very spacious and great hours to workout and has a lot of activities available to students.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to Florida State because I wanted to study business and earn some independence away from home. Overall the courses I have enrolled in have been helpful in many aspects, the professors have been more then just helpful and the curriculum and workload haven't been overwhelming. I enjoy going to all of my classes and have found many spots around campus where the peacefulness nature helps create a great study environment.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking at FSU is TERRIBLE. Not only is the student parking very hard to find unless you either are looking for parking at 7am or 8pm. Most of the parking is focused around faculty. Permits are added onto tuition fees and last from August of one school year to the August of the next. They mail the permit to you and it could take anywhere from 5-20 days (so order it as soon as it is available). There isn't a "need" for a car necessarily unless you live outside the campus bus routes or have a class earlier or later than the route's schedule (of course, the bus routes aren't that reliable either). Also, if you do park your car on-campus, be VERY aware of where you are parking and when. People will fine you for almost anything and if you do try to contest it, you will lose.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a good variety of off-campus dining around the West side of campus with Moes, Momos, Pizza Hut, several Japanese places, and more. Unfortunately, if you live on the other side of campus, the closest dining is McDonalds and Subway. Although, there is Zaxby's and Pita Ria (really great Greek place). Despite their location, most places deliver and there is a website called capitalcityfood.com that is pretty much a food delivery service. Most places are really good about delivering food, like pizza places and Jimmy John's. There aren't many student discounts as most people are out to make money but Bill's Bookstore does have coupon books with pretty good deals for a variety of restaurants and other stores/services.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are two main dining facilities where both meal plans, cash, credit, etc also apply. The two are called Suwanee and Fresh Food Company and has decent food including salad bar, pizza, vegetarian station, dessert, and two different entree sections. Unfortunately, there aren't the healthiest options available besides the salad bar. Also, especially in the Spring semester, with preview days and visiting parents and families and football games, the campus dining gets too busy to visit. Even worse, a lot of the staff members are extremely rude and strict.

5 College Student

Diversity: There are so many different types of races and religions at FSU and the great thing about it is that everyone is accepted. There are the typical greek sororities and fraternities but then you also have an array of multicultural fraternities and sororities as well. There are also tons of clubs and organizations for differences in political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of aparments and townhouses all over that range from $350-$700/mo. It just depends on where you want to live, if you want to live in a 1/1-4/4. Finding a student apartment is easy and there are so many close to campus. If you don't have a vehicle- no worries there is a city bus that goes to almost every single apartment complex. You just have to know the routes.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Alcohol > Drugs – I wouldn't say the drug scene is that big at FSU. If that's what you're into, then I'm sure you can find people who do it too. If people are doing drugs, they're usually smoking but drinking is a lot more popular. I guess it really depends on the people you hang out with.

5 College Student

Nightlife: The nightlife is probably one of the best of any college. Tallahassee is a college town so you don't have to be 21 to get into a club/bar most are 18-and-up. There are many different types of places you can go- whether you want to just shoot some pool, play darts and drink a beer or if you want to get dressed up and go clubbing for the night. Mostly everything is open until 2-3am and there is a public bus called "The Night Nole" that is free and will take you all around Tallahassee to the major student apartment complexes so you don't drink and drive. You can also always call a taxi and you usually won't spend more than $10. The bars and clubs are within walking distance from campus so if you live on campus most people just walk. But if that doesn't sound like your thing, there are always house parties that hire DJ's.

4 College Student

Computers: FSU has many computers around campus that can be used, but the drawback is the slow internet during midterms and finals. The main library, Strozier, can be difficult to find a computer to use so it's very important to bring your own. Anyone can rent a study room with their FSU card but it is first come first serve so get there early or you may not find a spot. The internet (in Strozier) is usually better in the basement and the first 2 floors. Once you get towards floors 3-4, the internet can get a little slower than normal. There is also free WiFi anywhere on campus, so if it's a nice day out and you want to relax, head out to Landis and do some homework while getting a tan or watching your friends play some Frisbee. If you need to print something out around campus (at any of the libraries or computer labs) make sure to bring your FSU card or else you will have to pay to print things out at the FSU printing store.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I dont have a car but i love walking to class and dont find it a problem. They have buses everywhere if you need a ride.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They are strict with drinking in the dorms and you will get punished if they do, but other than that its not tooo strict or constricting on your life as long as you respect other people.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Many times we get emails about kids getting robbed or stuck up with a gun around the outside of campus, and although this may be partly the kids fault for putting themselves into the wrong situation, it still makes you feel a little worried about your safety at night. I feel totaly safe on campus and anywhere during the day but once it gets dark you best stay with friends.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Although a car can be helpful, it is hard to find a spot at FSU. You are better off walking or even...walking more.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Prevalent – One tour around campus and you can see the spirit of the Greek societies. The university is full of frats and sororities that rock the scene.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Cute and Guys Are Stylish – The variety of girls and guys at Florida State is high. The school is a melting pot for many different people and cultures. The girls are cute and the guys are nice.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's mostly dominated by Greek Life...but there are plenty of house parties for you to find.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are some dorms you want to avoid...But most of them are bearable.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great, Just Eat in Moderation – The dining is great! I enjoy every meal, but if you eat there all the time, you won't have many other options except for outside the school.

4 College Senior

Transportation: You Get What You Pay for? There is a transportation fee included in the fees and tuition, but it allows you to ride the city buses for free, which is awesome if you dont have a vehicle. There are also campus buses that run fairly efficiently. There is also a late night bus and a campus transport for those late nights on campus.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The Noles Are FEIRCE. Sports at FSU are always a big deal. This goes for varsity and IM. The students are very supportive and it's always a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Student Discounts – The convenience of off-campus dining is crazy. I can literally walk to McDonalds, Burger King or even Dominos from campus. Also, most resturants give great student discounts such as coupons distributed throughout campus or specials such $5 pizzas or $1 subs on a specific day.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee is the pub of social life. Not only having the great Florida State University, it is also home to the famous Florida A&M University. With all resturants and clubs just minutes away from either campus, this place is great for a college student experience.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The newly renovated Strozier Library is the new hot spot to study in. Thanks to Florida State University Student Government Association, there are new computers and study areas, a convenient 24/5 starbucks and more space to study for exams or tests.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Policies Aren't That Bad – The only harsh thing about the academic life at FSU is if you cheat you get kicked out of the University. Although, you are informed of this before you start the class, so it's your own fault if you partake. Parking is also horrible, but it's like that everywhere.


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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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