Tallahassee, FL
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Reviews 4938 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different kinds of people here with varying interests. This school exposes you to many new experiences and views on life.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: All places on campus or near it are very good about accepting flex dollars. The prices aren't bad and there are restaurants everywhere.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love my school. Going to school at Florida State University has been the best experience for me and it will be bittersweet to graduate in May. I love the spirited and friendly people on campus. The staff is also super helpful. Making the Dean's List last semester was my favorite experience because it was my first time and no one else in my family has even had a college education. The only thing that is a struggle with attending this school is the cost. Working at my job still isn't covering expenses and worrying about how I will swing the rent every month and what I am going to eat the next day stresses me out constantly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It can be difficult to find parking on campus (especially in the afternoon), so I just always take the bus to my classes. Off-campus parking fills up quickly as well, and if you don't have a resident permit, you will get towed. It generally does not cost anything, it's just hard to come by.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I don't party very often, but I have gone to some of the nightlife activities on campus and they are always crowded and fun. There is a "nightnole" bus that runs throughout the whole night to transport students around town. This town is a party town and that is all I have to say!

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer labs can get crowded with students at times, but it doesn't take too long to get a computer if you just wait patiently. I see lots of students bring laptops to class; I suppose that the internet is generally reliable here (though, the few times I have brought my laptop, I had a problem getting access to the internet). Printing is eight cents a page, so it is not too bad. During registration, there is a lot of traffic on the school's blackboard site; this can be frustrating when trying to register for classes or even submit homework and check grades.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: FSU has some of the best professors. Professors here are always willing to help. The curriculum is somewhat tough, but there are generally no tricks. The workload can be a nightmare sometimes. Students are always using the library. There are free student tutors available at the library and student group pages online that students use to communicate in their classes.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: My major is Family and Child Sciences. I love it so much! Every student in this major has to have an internship the semester before they graduate. The internship needs to be completed at a school or agency that helps benefit children and/or their families. I will be starting my internship at a middle school here in town in January. I believe that the internship is a great idea because it give students the opportunity to see what they enjoy doing before they graduate. It's a great experience and makes a wonderful line to put on a resume. The workload can be harsh at times in my major, but the information is interesting and the professors are always available. Every student in my major generally gets to know each other because we all take the same classes together and work in groups a lot.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Florida State University is very diverse in all aspects. I love that students are so accepting of each other at this school. There are clubs and groups for every kind of political or religious group so that students can join and feel unified. No one is judged and everyone pretty much gets along.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses are always available for students to ride for free around town and campus. The town is always very crowded and roads are narrow, so driving places in your own car can be hectic sometimes. My family lives seven hours away from my school, so visiting them for holidays is always costly; airplane tickets are very expensive, so I always have to drive my own car home. Carpooling is a good option because there are always students who do not have cars and live close by. There are also buses that students use to visit their families that pick students up directly from campus. Depending on the quality of the bus, students may not have to pay that much to ride.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek Life (I am in Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society, but that is not considered a fraternity or sorority). However, many people that I see around campus are and it seems to be a huge deal here. There are many opulent sorority and fraternity houses that the members live in. I've heard that it is expensive to be in a fraternity or a sorority, but it is an amazing experience. A lot of students who are not involved tend to look at the Greek Life students as being stuck-up sometimes; they are also considered to be the popular and well-rounded students on campus. A lot of the students that are involved are very physically attractive and have outgoing personalities.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus police always seem to be available. Tallahassee (the town that the campus is in) is not always safe to walking alone in at night, so I feel much better walking in a group. There have only been a few instances of robberies or violence here.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better in quality than others; some are also older than others. Kellum Hall and Dorman Hall are considered old dorms on campus (they cost less to live in) and Tradition Hall, Cawthon Hall, and Reagan Hall are considered to be the nicer and more expensive dorms. There are campus buses and shuttles that are constantly running every few minutes and take students anywhere that they need to go for free. Everything on campus is also in walking or biking distance. There are restaurants near all of the dorms. The social atmosphere is nice; there are always activities going on in the dorms and many students around to participate in them.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Florida State University's Football team is number 1 in the country right now. My whole school is very spirited and supportive of all sports here. The attendance to watch any sport is always large. The facilities are all taken care of and clean for students to use whenever they have practice or games.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Florida State University's campus is safe. Campus police are always doing their job. The only complaint that I have is that it could get very noisy on the weekends or even during final exam week when students complete their exams early in the week and start partying. The honor code is strictly enforced here, so I haven't seen many instances of students cheating here. Creating a new club on campus also requires passing an exam and getting permission from several important people and organizations.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The libraries are always packed with students because they are open 24/7 and have restaurants and coffee available inside. The Student Union is also where everything goes on (event wise), so that is a popular place for students to hangout on campus. There is a bowling alley and many restaurants and shops in the Student Union. One event that every student on campus loves to attend is FSU Pow Wow; this is where a famous person (comedian or actor/actress) comes to our school and puts on a show at the Civic Center during Homecoming Week. Before the show, the cheerleaders, marching band, and dancers show off their entertaining routines for the whole school to see. Thousands of students wait in line for hours just to attend this spectacular event. One more thing that is so much fun here at FSU is attending free concerts at the Student Union on the weekends. Musical artists and bands come to FSU and put on a show and students get to attend for free with their student I.D.s!

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: There are so many academic programs to choose from at Florida State University. I also love that they have every club and sport imaginable. I am Vice President of Students Promoting Autism Awareness Club; we volunteer and places and events with people who have various special needs (even off campus). Everyone is super friendly here and the school spirit and unity is bigger here than anywhere else, in my opinion. The campus is safe and there is always something fun and creative going on..even during the evening time!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in Tallahassee.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug usage is seen but not that big of a part of campus. Alcohol on the other hand is prominent.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are free for campus. Overnight parking is hard to find on campus. Other than that parking is not that bad.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a wonderful opportunity for students on campus. It helps you make connections on and off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I have only eaten on campus a couple times but there is a variety of options available.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police is very helpful. I normally feel very comfortable walking on campus alone but being a girl I have to be more cautious.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Last year dealing with financial aid was very difficult. This year however it went much more smoothly.


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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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