Tallahassee, FL
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Reviews 4896 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Delivery! Almost every place delivers, which is really great. Some places can be a little more pricey than others, but there are plenty of options (not just pizza.) Most places are college student budget friendly, you can find coupons all over the place. I'd say some of the better restaurants are west of campus, on Pensacola St. & W Tennessee

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pain in the Ass – I hate dealing with financial aid. Paying for classes or anything else like new a FSU card or parking tickets is a pain. They charge a $7 online convenience fee. As for paying for school, there are limited scholarships through the school but I've been given a decent loan that more than covers tuition, housing & books.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Diverse – You'll find all types of people at Florida State. And most of them happen to be pretty good looking. There are plenty of frat packs and sorositutes, but if that isn't your thing.. that's okay, because I've found that most people aren't.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs Are Pretty Convenient – Almost every building has wireless internet and have places to sit with outlets, which is nice inbetween classes if you have your laptop and can't make it to the library. There are also several computer labs around campus, you just have to know where they are (strozier, the union, the science library..)

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Thank God for Fall and Spring – Fall and Spring are the only comfortable times to be at Florida State. During the summer, it is so hot that you will be sweating by the time you get to your class. During the winter, you have to wear 3 coats to prevent from freezing. Both summer and winter make it a hassle to walk to campus. However, during fall and spring the weather is so beautiful that it's a pleasure to walk to class.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm Not Greek, but It's Big – Although I'm not involved with Greek life, I know it is a huge part of FSU. All of the houses near campus are very extravagant and spacious, the fraternities and sororities are advertise all over campus, and they are deeply involved in Florida State.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Nice, Food Could Be Better – No one expects to be living in the Ritz for their freshmen year, but I was quite satisfied with the dorms at FSU. The worst part was the cafeterias. Since there were only two cafeterias, they were always crowded and very loud. Not to mention that the food was low quality and repetitive.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Lifetime Changing – On thing that has been good for my future was joining the co-ed fraternity. I was able to travel to different cities and tour corporations. This connection will help me later in life when i am applying for a job. It has been a huge networking system

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best Experience Ever – I love being at this school but if you aren't careful the social life can take over. I was lucky and joined a student organization called Alpha Kappa Psi, which has opened my horizons to new business opportunities. I have also met my best friends in this organizations. In the end this was my top choice i do not regret it!

5 College Junior

Athletics: This semester has proven how well our team can perform. We have beaten our two biggest competitors and won the title of state champions. This has not been done since 2005. It has been quite an accomplishment. We also had the chance to play in the ACC Championship game. You can tell the fan devotion with the crowds at the game and the dedicated fans that traveled to Charlotte for the championship game.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Busses Are All Right – The campus has a bus system that works fairly well, however, the busses are almost always either 5 minutes early or 10 minutes late. This causes students to miss a bus that they may have been "on time" for or end up 5-10 minutes late for a class because of the unreliable transportation available to them.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are many different races and ethnicities on the FSU campus. Blacks, Whites, Asains, Indians, etc. I've never had a problem with fellow students involving race. People are equally treated and respect one another for the most part.

3 College Senior

Facilities: There are a lot of new buildings popping up all over campus, but there are still a lot of old, dilapidated buildings that are in dire need of renovations. There is also way too much construction on campus right now, making it difficult for students to get to certain parts of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – Personally I always feel safe while walking through out campus, but there are incidents where people are involved in crimes such as robbery, etc. If your responsible for your actions then you will always be safe. There are also many security phones you can use if needed in an emergency situation

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug/Alcohol Visibility – Drinking is pretty much at every party you're invited to. I have not experienced peer pressure, and I've only seen/smelled drug usage nearby once or twice.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't party too much, but the few times I have, the town is small and college-oriented. Therefore, apartments complexes and parties are always local and easy to get to. Clubs are popular and for the most part clean and inexpensive. Transportation is everywhere and safe.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Both dining halls are always filled with a variety of food to choose from whether you are a meat lover, vegetarian, or health-addict. The facilities are well-sized and always clean; there are always employees available for your service. The other food places are located conveniently around campus near ATM's and serve high-quality food as if you were buying off campus. I would recommend a meal plan to anyone attending FSU.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus can be a bit difficult if you are not acquainted with the campus. There are many lots where students can park, but they are not necessarily on campus (across the street). Permits are part of the tuition.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academic Process – Academics offered at my school are amazing. There is something for everyone and the school strives to cater to everyone's needs and interest. The registration process is easy and the advisors are readily available to help students when needed. Professors encourage students to ask for help and are very flexible when it comes to meeting with students to discuss the class and any problems they may have.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: You can find any drug you want. Alcohol, pills, does not matter. If I wanted somehting I could get it. We revolve around bars.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Ok, Nothing Great – The dining halls are quite gross. They have the same food over and over and does not taste so good. We have a union with Chilis, Einstein, Quiznos and Papa Johns. They all have good food but absolutely horrible service.

2 College Senior

Academics: Physical Education – Physical Education has been cancelled at FSU. We were given a date to finish the major, if we do not we must transfer to another school or change majors. There is not much to offer with my major.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Best in the Nation! Florida State has the best Varsity sports in the nation, in my opinion. Fan support, school spirit, everything is A plus. IM sports are big too. I love IM Flag Football, it's the best!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus isn't that strict, they have their guidelines for what is expected and they are only enforced when challenged.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: FSU is mainly a white campus, with lots of races intertwined. So far I have seen no racial challenges, each race has the opportunity to form special groups and hosts many event.


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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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