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Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a large variety of different housing options off-campus near Florida State. The apartments closest to campus vary in quality, but seem to be a little more expensive. The bus system, however, is very efficient and reliable, so even if you don't have a car, living further from campus is still an option.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The school has some top-notch programs such as a great film school, a leading real estate program, and a top-notch risk management and insurance program as well. Most students don't take advantage of these opportunities but increased academic funding from the past three years does increase the school's academic potential.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strictness is rather selective. Violations with felony potential (like drugs and alcohol) are taken very seriously but noise and visitation are usually looked the other way. Its also pretty hard to set protests/demonstrations (haven't seen one since I started college).

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The opening of Madison social makes Tallahassee even more of a nightlife venue than it should be.

4 College Senior

Majors: Home to a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and many famous poets -- the English department is a hidden gem in the institution. With a high focus on a smaller classroom-setting and a big focus on one-on-one instruction, it's a great opportunity to strengthen one's writing skills and develop a nice portfolio.

4 College Senior

Majors: My personal internship was fine--it wasn't paid but I did a lot of work where I felt like the internship was worth it. Something to think about is that internship opportunities are buried as emails. A lot of internship opportunities are off-campus. While that might be good it can shift focus from the school to the internship.

3 College Senior

Weather: While snow is extremely rarely an issue, a lot of rain and sunshine mixes up the campus's weather experience. The campus is very lucky to not worry as much about inclement weather (like snowstorms) but this does force students to pay attention to the weather more (after all we do have a meteorology department)

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Variety seems to be an issue here. You have to go far off-campus to get the most diverse food selections--and often the greatest restaurants are farther away as well. But at the very least the restaurants off-campus aren't half-bad. Some are good and some you have to stay away.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty good given the money you're paying for. Lightning-fast internet, prompt maintenance, and a thriving residence-life community really show how powerful campus housing is. The decline of community-style halls will negatively impact campus housing's potential in the future however. But for now, it's swanky.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's poor that Tallahassee, Florida's capitol, is not a prime example of an idea city (let alone a college town). A limited public transportation system, unbalanced urban planning (anything outside FSU's circle is bare until you get to the Chiles High School area), and a limited demand of advancement make this city more sleep than it should be.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The institution does run its own off-campus marketplace... of sorts. However most off-housing facilities are run by one housing company. As more luxury apartments open up closer to campus, living farther away from campus is becoming more appealing by the minute.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Reaching Financial Aid by phone is an absolute no-no. And it's a pain that the office is located deep inside the stadium. While the financial aid officers seem mechanic they are at least helpful.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus police has been diligent in keeping itself up-to-date, such as new squad cars (the Chevy Caprice PPVs slowly replacing the SUVs) and new technologies such as the FSU Guardian. On the health side, the institution has taken great strides to make campus pro-health with a new and massive wellness centre plus a recently-ratified non-smoking policy.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The rate of diversity is not anything special in this institution. Except for an racially-insensitive incident that made campus news back in September 2013 the institution has not become the groundbreaking example for diversity nor a harbinger of homogeneity.

4 College Senior

Transportation: It's easy to use and there are many busses that run a lot of the day and night.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It was good for the first year to be on campus. The dorms were decent do for being older. It just cost a lot more to live in a dorm rather then a house or apartment

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The scholarship process was only ok for me. If I had better people in high school to guide me towards scholarships, it might have been different. It is also difficult when your parents are still together and my a decent amount of money to get any aid. While both my parents work and make ok money. It's not enough to send me and brother to college but many scholarships offered go to stud mets whose parents make less than mine do.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police do what they need to do to keep potentially threatening people away from our campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: FSU provides a bus with tuition, which can be fantastic but also overfull of students and running behind. I suggest you arrive early just in case the bus is full so you aren't late for classes.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I wish some classes would have been available more semesters, and not once every 3 years (mainly marine biology type classes). If I could do it all over again, I would space my classes out per semester and not try to do them all at once. My career goal is to become a Veterinarian and I am concerned that the job market will drop for general practitioners with all the specialty that has been occurring.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As long as your GPA is good, you will have no problems getting into the biology program. I recommend lots of studying, attending every lecture and letting off some steam once in a while to prevent the buildup of stress.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: FSU has a very diverse population of students. Most people are friendly and open to making new friends, but some fraternities can be very selective and judgmental. Most people have an open mind to everything.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: While I loved my apartment, the computer lab could use some fixing up. It was a bit on the expensive side, but close to campus. Parking was difficult and often hard to find at night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Professors really care and try their best to encourage students to seek help if needed and participate in lectures.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There are a variety of things to do. From hitting up the strip, to clubbing off Pensacola street, or the bars/pubs downtown such as Andrews.

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Cheryl Justis
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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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