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

Health & Safety: Campus police are strict on drug use, but when it comes to alcohol, they are more concerned with student safety than doling out punishment. I've heard of students who have been caught drunk outdoors at night getting rides home from policemen. There's plenty of public and safe transportation at night for students who have been drinking. While I always keep my pepper spray on me and limit my outdoor activity at night to walking back to my dorm from the library, I feel pretty safe on campus. I receive campus alerts through text on my phone, and in a year of living on campus, there was one alert about an attempted mugging and another about an attempted assault. The rest were weather warnings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's usually only very large parties that attract police. In those cases they only arrest visibly drunk minors. When they discover drunk students out at night, its usually the student safety that they are most concerned about. Underage or not, lone groups of students caught drinking are usually let off with a warning and often given a ride home. Campus police are much tougher on drug use and possession, both of which usually result in arrest. All in all, you have to be discreet about alcohol use, but campus police have always made me feel safe rather than anxious.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Only certain parking garages on campus allow week-long student parking for students who live on campus. All the garages are free but on weekends or game days some garages will tow student cars as they are reserved for visitors. The earlier in the day it is the easier it is to find a spot. It's best to arrive on campus an hour before your class if you want to find a spot and still be on time.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something to do here at FSU. Even during Midterms and Finals there arte non-stop parties. Get ready to get Shmacked https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTtkQwijU1U

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved with Greek life but my roommate states that it is very time-consuming

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments but they vary in distance, quality, and cost. The best apartments is Campus Circle but it is expensive - around $680 a month not including electricity, but it comes with cable, internet, a dishwasher/ dryer, and a huge tv. There are 4 other apartment complexes that are cheaper but have certain issues in there respective neighborhoods. Having a car and a job nullify these issues.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Everything has been pretty fair. Protest are allowed and your individual rights aren't suppressed by Campus PD. People do get away with the occasional drink, but overall most things happen off campus so there isn't really an issue on campus.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is for most student with exception of some clubs that are 21 or older. There is something to do for everyone at Florida State that does not always have to involve drinking.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of every race, religion, and sexual orientation at FSU which makes it very diverse. FSU is very strong on the idea of respect and respecting diversity which gives it a good reputation.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an average amount of financial aid from Florida State that was easy to achieve. I did not have to out in much effort besides the necessary requirements to receive the aid. I suggest searching for more scholarships within Florida State and speak to people in the Financial Aid department to help get everything you earned.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Florida State is definitely a walking campus!! While the parking garages are convenient with the number of available spots on a board outside, they all fill up fast!!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is at sometimes plentiful, but restricted in choice and in health. The new vegetarian section is much appreciated. There are always awkward transition periods of barley any food though between meals.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The football games are the coolest, I don't think any school has more spirit than Florida State!

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tallahasse has it's perks but the only fun things are the clubs and fraternity/sorority houses. I have yet to find something besides the arcade and mall that motivates me to go out of town. There are a few restaurants but nothing else.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, everything is so convenient and only a five minute walk away.RA's are always there to help you and you get to interact with so many people that you make a lot of friends.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Florida State University is a great school! All the professor's are very knowledgeable and easy to talk too, the community is relaxing and there is no worries of being left out. The school also hosts many events but I feel as if they could host some events more towards the interest of minorities such as middle eastern or Hispanic people.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although it is most common for students at Florida State to drink during the week and on weekends, there is drug use. The severity of drug use depends on who you hang out with. Peer pressure is not an issue, people won't treat you differently if you do or do not use. Drug use usually happens behind closed doors or in the bathrooms at clubs.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Florida State University is not only known for being extremely diverse, but also for have exceptionally good looking students. There is a large greek life community but also many other clubs that you can pretty much find any type of person. There are always opportunities to meet someone that you might get along with wether they are country, preppy, rocker, athletic, indie, or raver at all the events that are held at FSU.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The university has parking garages as well as parking lots that are usually located by major dorms. While living in the dorm I didn't have much trouble with parking because there was a lot right next to where I lived. Now that I am living in an apartment it is much harder and I usually have to leave my apartment 30-40 minutes early to make sure I get a spot and get to class on time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: If you live in the dorm, RA's and Campus PD are very strict about underage drinking and drug use. If you come home after a night of going out and are loud and causing havoc, the RA's with get campus PD involved and you will be charged. You usually have to go to a meeting set up with the university and write a bunch of essays explaining what you did and why it was wrong. If you get caught in a situation like this, it goes on file with the university so it is best to be discreet with underage drinking and drug use.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe at FSU. It's a beautiful and clean campus. There are multiple light posts where there are blue lights that will turn off if there is something dangerous going on. Also, you can press the call button and the FSU police will be at your service in less than a minuet.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are lots of clubs and groups, everyone can find a niche

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Worst options include Kellum and Smith, they are older dorms. Lots of fun things to do on campus that are free

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee is a great college city. It is great to see everyone come together to tailgate and cheer on FSU during sporting events!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at Florida State University are great. There are many options for every type of student. Each and every dorm has a different atmosphere. I personally lived in the honors dorm, Landis, and I loved it because it was right in the middle of campus. I think the best dorms are Landis, Gilchrist, Wildwood, or Reynolds because each of these dorms have a very social atmosphere and are conveniently located on campus.

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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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