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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in a dorm Freshman year, and I knew soon after that dorm life is not for me. I like having personal space and time to myself, but living in a dorm means that none of that is possible. I did make some of my closest friends at school living on campus, but I am very happy to now live off campus. I think it comes down to the person when deciding if campus housing is good or not. I know of other students who love it and even of students who lived off campus for a year and then decided they would rather live in a dorm. But personally for me, a dorm just wasn't the right fit. But there is a diversity of housing and even programs called "Living Learning Communities" that create smaller communities based on a common interest in a subject. I lived in one of these LLCs and was the best decisions I made in regards to living on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: When I first came to this school every incoming student, and their parents, were given presentations on how "strict" FSU was on a student's academics and enforcing campus rules on safety and drug/alcohol use. It felt like scare tactic that didn't work on many students. Now that I've been going to FSU for a few years, enforcement is kinda a joke. I know and hear of people who get away with breaking many rules of conduct. For me, my morals and values are in line with following FSU's rules so this is not a problem. As far as academics go, some professors could care less of your grades and then some are extremely strict. It's a bit unbalanced.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Most of the interesting, cool things that happen in Tallahassee are based off what FSU does in the community. Many students stick to what is happening at school with their events, but that doesn't mean things aren't going on in town. There are different fairs that happen throughout the year, including an amazing carnival that occurs in the fall. We have a mall and it does the job for shoppers, but is nothing "amazing" compared to other malls in Gainesville, Orlando or Miami. We have a few museums that extremely interesting and definitely adds culture to Tallahassee, and with the Capital building being here, that adds a flavor to this town that sets it apart from other cities in Florida.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty spot on. There is some diversity and great quality in food and service. I have gone out many times with friends and have had some of the best meals of my life. I just wish it wasn't all so expensive. It can empty your wallet pretty quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The one great thing about FSU is that we have our own police station: FSUPD. They are always on campus whether walking around, on golf carts, or patrolling in marked FSUPD cars, their presence is known. I know if I was in danger, they would be there to help me. We also have something called the "Blue Light Trail," which is a series of 400 strategically placed poles around campus that each have a blue light attached to give light to the path, as well as a built in call button that if pushed will connect the person immediately to a dispatcher to help. This is an added safety to campus that gives me ease when walking alone. I am not naive and do keep watch on my surroundings, especially if I am walking home alone at night. But I have never once felt my safety was in danger.

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2 College Sophomore

Computers: I only say "bad" as of this year. For some reason, FSU's Wi-Fi and internet has been very inconsistent. I'll have a week of great internet, and then 2 weeks of terrible internet where it is slow, I get disconnected easily, and or I cannot connect at all. I have used the on-campus computer labs and those are pretty good. They have updated computers such as Mac Apple desktops or Acer desktops and those are always dependable. I don't bother to print on campus because I never know when the printer will or will not work. I usually print at home from my laptop. But if worse comes to worse, I always can rely on a computer lab to get my work done and then I'll send it to myself and print my work at home.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I say this because 1) our football team is the best in the country. So the program is very central to our school and its pride. They take care of the fans, and fans show their love and support for our team. Besides this, our other athletic programs are very diverse and work hard to acquire good sportsmanship and be the best competitors. Basketball is good, and even our women's teams are some of the best there is in college sports. I believe the biggest part of our school spirit is tied to our athletics. It brings our school together as one.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many bus services around campus at FSU, but I don't use them because they are not 100% reliable. I have been late to many classes because of unexpected stops made, drivers taking pit stops for longer periods of time and switching drivers, and students taking too long to get out of and on to the buses. I prefer to drive, but I know of many people who rely on the buses and do not experience too many bad incidents like I have.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: At FSU, there is a vast array of choices for possible housing off-campus. Most of off-campus housing is cheaper in rent than the higher class dorms are on campus. That is one of the main reasons I left the dorm life. Some of the pros have been less noise because I live more isolated from people verses being in a dorm on a floor with many people crammed together, I have my own space for privacy and freedom, I have a kitchen I can cook in, and I can entertain people for dinners, movies, or just hanging out, verses being cramped into a small dorm and having to wait to use the housing building's floor kitchen. Cons would be that FSU does not have great parking, so living off campus means either taking a bus to campus or driving my car and finding parking can be a huge frustration.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee only sucks if you don't venture outside of the three miles that comprise the college area. There are countless parks and springs and rivers to enjoy, a great comedy scene, an amazing theatre scene, and a big emphasis on local businesses.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: The bus routes are great, and the Nite Nole has saved so many people from drunk driving. There are apps to see where the buses are and how long until they get to certain stops, and also that show how much availability there is in all of the parking garages. Can't complain at all.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Like any other large public university, you will wait a minimum of an hour to speak to a financial aid counselor in person, and likely two hours on the phone.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Not a lot of racial diversity, but that's largely due to the fact that one of the biggest HBCUs is next door. Undoubtedly a predominantly white school. Wide ranges of religions and political beliefs actively promoted and discussed all throughout campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus housing to choose from.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi on campus has its moments.

The library also offers computers and laptops to check out for a time limit if your computer is not working

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do, its also very laid back.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Tallahassee, Florida has its good days and bad days

It gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and it can rain, but thats anywhere in florida.

Doesn't effect the love for my school though.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our school is very safe about drugs.

Your in a college town so you might be exposed to those who use drugs but there is no peer pressure to use them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It has its perks cause your directly on campus.

Some dorms are newer than others.

The rooms are a decent size, but no one in particularly likes living in a dorm.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is buses all over campus and it takes you to off campus housing as well.

Local transportation is free for students with a valid ID.

Long distance you have to pay for yourself, but there is many options to get back home.


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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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