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

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Misunderstood by Non-Greeks – Greeks are very stereotyped at Florida State. I know many Greeks who are perfectly nice and down to earth people, but group of Greeks have created stereotypes for the different sororities and fraternities on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: As long as it isn't during midterms or finals, you can almost always find a place to study in the libraries. There is also wifi throughout the campus, so some outdoor area are always available to study at.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options Near Campus – Right on the outskirts of campus there are many options to eat. There is fast food, sit down, and carry out options and all of them within walking distance from each other and the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process can be tricky. Fill out your FAFSA ASAP! The university will go through it and offer you scholarships based on your FAFSA and high school achievements. There aren't many scholarships for people until they are Formally Admitted to their College. (i.e. The College Of Humans Science or the College of Arts and Sciences) Until that point it is really important that you apply for scholarships through websites like Fastweb.com

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Clubs Are Pretty Good – The clubs and Night life around FSU vary. There are a lot of Fraternity Parties, tons of clubs, and tons of house parties. You can always find somewhere to party and there are many options for underage nightlife as well, even the on-campus bowling alley. The strip(which has several clubs) is right across the street from the edge of the east side of campus. There are tons of dining options close and even some "classier clubs" which the FREE Night Nole take you to. Some clubs are a little run-down and some are better than others.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: We Have Both! RA's aren't quick to rat out their residents to the police, it's easy to get a drink as an underage at the local clubs, and drinking in the dorm rooms is a very common occurrence. Hookah is wildly popular, and illegal drugs are somewhat prevalent. Peer pressure isn't very high, however, and if one identifies his or herself as a non-drinker or non-smoker, he or she will not meet much opposition.

3 College Junior

Diversity: FSU is mainly white students, but FAMU, an almost entirely African-American student population, is a short drive away. Of course, there are honors societies for different ethnicities, but the population is definitely primarily white.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: What's up in Tallaclassy? The clubs are fun but small and dirty; yes, it's the state capital, but honestly it's a pretty small city. Still, Tallahassee has a few nooks and crannies all her own. Railroad avenue boasts an eclectic group of small restaurants and shops, including Railroad Square, which I lovingly call Hipster Paradise. Lake Ella features a beautiful lake view and another group of quaint shops. So don't come to Tallahassee if you're looking for a thriving metropolis or the safest city around; however, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere.

4 College Student

Transportation: It's Decent – Transportation at FSU is all right. They have a seemingly well planned bus system - they have or seven routes, each with 2 buses following the route from 7am-7pm. One of them loops campus and the other buses take students to off campus locations. The buses are free and only for students/faculty. However, they aren't totally reliable. The on campus one is supposed to be at its stops every 10 minutes and the off campus ones every fifteen minutes, but they are always late, and for something that could be the only way that some students can even get to class at all, it just seems like it should be reliable. A great thing though is called the night nole which is a bus system that runs at night from 10 pm - 3 am, and takes students from apartment locations to the strip to places around tallahassee to prevent drunk driving. the night nole is also free.

Also, students can ride for free on any city bus as long as they have their student id card.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: TONS of Restaurants Around Town – There are a ton of restaurants immediately off campus, especially on Tennessee and Pensacola, which are the two roads that go right next to campus on either side. Within walking distance of the school is Chipotle, Ruby Tuesday's, Whattaburger, Jimmy John's, Panda Express, Subway, Sumo Sabi, and a bunch of other places. If you go to Appalachee - about a ten minute drive when there's no traffic, there's a Chili's, Logan's, Outback, Genghis Grill, Olive Garden, etc. And there is a TON of frozen yogurt places around.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot When Its Hot – Because it's Florida, and Tallahassee is inland, it gets really hot in the summer. But in the fall, there is nice weather and people lay outside a lot. In the winter and spring it rains a lot. I had to buy rainboots just so I could walk outside. The coldest it gets is highs of 40's.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Fine for the First Semester – While I had a meal plan last semester, I went to the dining hall about 4-5 times a week. There are only two dining halls on campus. They offer good food, but after a while, it all seems the same. I also didn't feel like it was that healthy...probably because it was buffet style and I would eat about 3 plates of food. Other than dining halls, There are only 4 other places to eat on campus. They're all clustered in the union.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team Spirit Galore – At Florida State we are all about the Seminoles. Football season is pretty huge here. We have a lot of fans and alumni come and tailgate all over campus. Usually on game day, you cant find a bare patch of grass in a mile radius of the stadium. We have amazing facilities too. Our stadium is fairly new and our gym is great. We have an indoor pool, tennis courts, baseball stadium, a dozen soccer fields, and much more. No matter what sport you play, the students are always behind you 100%.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It seems that even though there are 1000s of students at FSU, it is very easy to run into someone you know because the students on campus stay together and attend everything so no matter where you go in Tallahassee, you will meet a FSU student doin something entertaining.

2 College Freshman

Parking: From all the stories and from what I've seen, parking at FSU is a monster. There are never any spots and the towing company are ready to pick up any car at a moments notice. A car is not recommend for FSU unless you live far from campus.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Pretty Damn Awesome! I am underage and there is no problem find a club. All clubs allows 18yr olds and the clubs are all fresh. House parties are awesome too! Driving can sometimes suck but besides that the nightlife is amazing in Tallahassee

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Osceola Village and West Ten – Probably two of the best off campus houing options. Osceola is right off campus and West Ten is a very nice, rich looking place too. There are other places off campus that are okay but some that you want to stay away from, these places include Frenchtown apartments or the like .

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There is no wireless networks in most dorms but the Ethernet cables provide very fast internet. You can get wireless internet in many classrooms and on Landis. I have not been the most successful on Landis Green but some people are. The computers in the libraries are pretty new since the first floor was newly redecorated. It can get pretty busy but there are usually computers open at any time. If not on the first floor then on the floors above. Printers work really well and only cost 8 cents per sheet. It is very nice and convenient having your own printer and computer because it's cheaper in the long run. Plus having your own computer means you can take notes in classes that you would prefer to do so.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safe Place – tallahassee is a very safe city, and not much dangerous happens on campus. there have been isolated incedents.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Bad – The only thing I have ever seen the school be strict on is parking tickets, thats all I have been exposed to.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always Something to Do! There are always house parties, always something cool at the clubs, the people are always ready to have fun, and always lots of fun.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The apartment style halls at Florida State are decent. You do pay a premium for living on campus and parking spots aren't guaranteed but I always feel safe. It's fun to be on campus when there are football games!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally, Its Been Worse Than Expected – I chose this school over an ivy league because i assumed it would be cheaper for my undergrad. However thanks to their IDIOTIC housing system I am out almost the same amount I would be if I had gone to my top choice. To be told that you don't have housing two months before school starts after thinking you had it for months is devastating. My advice would be to do everything extremely early and if you need help from financial aid go in. Mornings are best, there's barely a line.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Modernized Mind Games – The romantic aspects of the student body are the one thing I am not proud of when it comes to my campus. I sometimes feel like alot of the guys who come to this school are only here to "get laid". This image has much to deal with the role models our generation has been given, but its quite unnerving for those of us who are looking for a serious relationship. Alot of the girls just feed their thirst. THey really should gain a little bit more respect for themselves. Just because your popular or a sorority girl does not mean you have to be a slut.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: A New World Within the Old One – Though it holds many traditions, FSU is always fighting to stay modern. The amount of diversity on campus great;y surprised me when I first arrived. The social customs and prejudices that poison the rest of the world are at a minimal here. There is of course the normal school aspects, but I find myself friends with people I never even looked at before, and the atmosphere of the school is what made that happen. Be it my on campus job, the clubs i join, or the campus activities, I never find it tough to make friends here. Which can be a weight off your shoulders when you've always been considered different and an outcast.


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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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