Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4896 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally do not have my own apartment, but I have visited plenty. Each neighborhood seems nice, the apartments are well kept and the parking could be better. Also the rent is affordable.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Its Fun Here – Very big school, lots to do, student government seems very cool. classes are fun, campus is very attractive.

3 College Junior

Weather: Its florida so its usually hot, but lots of A/C in buildings so it works out. Other seasons are fine, winter is cold.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: People are nice, due to state capital and 2 universities most locals are government employed thus they don't feed of students. Tallahassee is very nice with lots of parks. tons of hills to, no flat roads.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses Are Unreliable – The buses span a great deal, but it's hard finding a bus within a convenient time. Not to mention that the buses stop running pretty early in the evening.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Need More Night Transportation – The clubs are great, but a bit on the pricey side. The real issue is without a car, you're pretty much stuck walking because the night transportation system is basically useless as they only drive you to the edge of campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Great New Computer Lab – The new computer lab in the library is excellent. The computers are very new, the internet speed is fast, and there are an abundance for the hectic midterm season.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We're Pretty Diverse. There's a lot of different styles on the FSU campus, but everyone gets along. There are the "frat" guys in their khaki shorts, polos and Sperrys which I think are typical to any campus. There's the normal mall-goers dressed in casual jeans and a tee shirt, my favorite look. Intermixed with the crowd are the people I sometimes may look at twice, such as those wearing all dark clothing with chains and also some wearing pants so low you can almost see the bottom of their underwear.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Awesome! Living on campus is the best part of FSU. There's always an activity to do and there are an abundance of things that go on throughout the week so it's very easy to socialize and make new friends. The worst part of living on campus is the parking in the afternoon. It's always a struggle.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Pretty Diverse – I think Tallahasse is full of different types of cuisine. I always have a large variety of choices and I appreciate the fact that I could eat at a different place every night if I chose to.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Different Views – We have alot of study abroad chances throuh out the world which is very unique.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most [professors] or stuck up and dont care about the students. only a select few make sure their students are understand but on a few.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – Average Age in safety although we do have a police sattion on campus is real rare that you see them besides at event where they are required. It is a huge campus so walking by ypurself is a no no we do have petty robbery and assult with late night walkers. but they do have services to enhance safety.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: What Punishments? I haven't heard of any punishments that were severe.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is known, however it is not really advertised, one must pay close attention to know if something was going on.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightcrawl: Explore Whenever, Wherever – When looking for somewhere to club or dance or mingle off- campus, the search is fairly easy. Eighteen year olds can get into the same clubs that are normally set aside for twenty-one year olds. These clubs are open every day of the week and they close at two a.m. (which is the only flaw). They are all very nice and sociable and the DJ plays music based off of the crowd (which is good). Now if someone doesn't want to go clubbing, there are always house parties or socials going on.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I Do Not Attend Athletic Events – Though school spirit runs rampant on campus and everyone puts on their "game face" for all the games, I have no personal interest is sports thus do not attend. But from what I hear everyone has a lot of fun and things get wild. IM are quite big and if we don't have an IM sport you can form your own team. Our gym is amazing, and in constant use.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls dress radically. Either they wear sweat pants and t-shirts to class everyday or are sorority girls that get "dressed up" no matter the occasion. There are the occasional goth kids or "scene" kids. Vintage clothing is very popular among the women.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there is a lot of variety outside of the school in terms of food, whether the food is good is up to the person eating it.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Overall, my experience at Florida State has been a good one. All of the professors are very easy to talk to willing to help (even in large lecture classes). There is a wide assortment of classes for those who wish to dabble in other subjects and plenty of interesting courses to complete your requirements.

1 College Senior

Parking: What a Nightmare. Parking is included in your transportation fee, so you pay it regardless of if you don't drive or don't ride the bus. Also, you have to get to a garage or lot at least an hour early if you want to secure a spot during busy hours like 10-1. Not nearly enough parking, but the garages are relatively clean.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Many Options – If you don't have a car, it's not that big of a deal. Tons of people ride bikes, skateboards, etc around campus and there's even a special "recycling" program at FSU where for $20 a you can rent a bike for a whole year. Also, we have a bus system that is free for everyone that goes around campus all day long and stops at the important places (the stadium, the gym, the Union, etc). The campus is not that big once you get used to it, so it may be easier to just walk. Our buses also go off campus near the popular apartment complexes, also for free. In addition, the Tallahassee Bus System is free for students if you show your student ID and it goes to Pubix, the Governor's Square Mall, CVS, and tons of restaurants. For long-distance trips, there are bus companies that take students to the major cities in Florida, such as Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Miami that cost around $75-$100 depending on the company.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You'll Find Them If You're Looking – Drug usage is popular at FSU, although drinking is probably more talked about in general. If you're looking for friends who do drugs, then it won't be hard to find them, but most people don't come right out and say that they smoke pot, etc. Beware though, the FSU Police Department takes dug usage/ possession seriously on campus and they will kick you out of your dorm if you're found with them.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety Is a Top Priority – At FSU, we have a police department that deals specifically with campus issues. The officers patrol campus all day and night, 24/7. There are also over 400 "Blue Lights" or emergency call stations strategically placed all over campus that directly connect to the FSU police department in case of emergency. In addition, we have an emergency contact system called FSU Alert, that will send out e-mails, text messages, and Facebook announcements to every student in the event of an emergency. The messages alert students to unsafe parts of campus and usually provides instructions on how to handle themselves. Lastly, every night a vehicle known as the Safe Bus can be contacted to drive students anywhere on campus in case they do not feel safe walking at night. All in all, I feel very safe on campus, and have not experienced any dangerous situations.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Always Something Happening – The FSU Student Union is always bubbling with cool events and things to do. We have a bowling alley, a live music venue (Club Downunder) where hip new bands come every week, a Paint-a-Pot art center, open spaces where student organizations can meet, and of course restaurants - fast-food and sit-down. The Union also puts on various events such as an annual carnival, Winter Wonderland festival before Christmas break, and other monthly, themed events. There's always free food and plenty of entertainment.

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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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