Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The school has so many things going on at once that you never really know where to begin. The social scene is great and the campus life also is. You can pretty much do whatever you please on your free time as long as it is legal and abides by the schools rules and regulations.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife for students that are 21 and older is far more diverse than what is available for student that are younger than 21. However, there are a few clubs for those who want to pay to have a good time. I would say that house parties are far more fun than the club scene because they are free and people of all ages are there.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The activities and athletic centers are great. There are many things to do and many clubs to join on campus so you will never be bored. The gym is open almost all the time which is useful if you want to work out any time of the day.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The campus is absolutely gorgeous but the weather changes every 60 minutes or so. It'll be really cold, sunny, windy, and humid all in one day. It's really annoying when as a student when you have to walk to classes and you're only properly dressed for the weather for only a portion of the day.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is difficult, but there are plenty of busses to take instead.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of different apartment complexes for students, varying in price, distance from school, and spaciousness.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: FSU offers various methods of late night transportations such as Safe Bus that picks up and drops off on campus from 7pm to 2 am. The Night Nole public bus goes around various places in Tallahassee as well. Cabs are also a good way to get around. I always see campus police going around campus but some walkways are some what dark which I avoid especially if I'm by myself.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls at Florida State vary but for the most part the majority people here are really social and engaging. Students dress nice especially when going out to clubs or bars, and many people here are in shape and really good looking. I would say FSU has the some of the best looking students by far as well as friendliest.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The scholarships are great. Some are awarded strictly on your performance while others require essays and lengthy applications. For example, my major is communications and media studies and I have to write an essay on why I want the scholarship and what I will do with it.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are really convenient. They are usually on a good time schedule. Nice on cold or rainy days. Also good if you live off campus since parking is hard to find through the week.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Fresh Food is really easy and convenient if you live on that side of campus. The service is good and the food is pretty good usually. You have a lot of options, including vegetarian meals. I had the unlimited plan and would go in there when my friends did to socialize. Also met a few new friends there.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Salley Hall was not the best. Very small room to share with someone. Ragans apartment style is nice for on campus, but kind of expensive. At least you get your own room and only share a bathroom with one other person. I recommend Ragans if you're a sophomore or above.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Psychology major, but also going into Pre-Med, and I can safely say the workload is plentiful but not overbearing. There are tons of opportunities for internships, jobs, and joining student organizations, and so far I can't say I have any complaints about the teachers/professors. Overall, I am very happy with my experience here at Florida State.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No sign of drug use on campus, but like you can expect from every college, there are certain cliques who partake in the activity.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I live right on "Greek Row" so I get a good helping of the Greek life. It is surprisingly quiet most of the time, but if you are looking for a good party you can find one almost any day of the week and every week of the year, except for major test weeks.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and the rent is pretty decent, plus I live about three blocks away so parking is not an issue and its good exercise.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The permits for parking are free for all students. However, there aren't enough spaces for everyone. I have found myself, several times, searching well over an hour for a spot, and ending up parking almost a mile from my dorm. This isn't always bad...unless you have groceries with you. :(

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has an excellent bus system that is free for all students, runs every fifteen minutes, and is almost always going where you need it to. Also, the Tallahassee public buses are free for all FSU students, and will take you almost anywhere. Taxis also have specials for students who need rides at night. If you're going home from a club, before 3am, the cost is only $3 to get to campus. FSU also has night systems for when you don't feel comfortable walking alone in the dark. There are numbers you can call and be picked up, no questions asked.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You never see anyone drinking or doing drugs in the streets. Most students who do drink are over 21 as it is really controlled by the police force at FSU. I have never personally seen anyone doing drugs other than smoking cigarettes outside of classes.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone in Tallahassee is extremely friendly. I went from a town in which no one cared to this city where everyone is courteous. The streets are always clean, especially around campus. Downtown is beautiful with cobblestone streets and quiet music coming out of all of the small cafes. There are plenty of places to hang out, whether you like to party, go to the movies, or just study. My favorite is the $3 movie theater 10 minutes away.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are average. The food is not that great. Not very many vegetarian options.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing can be nice but way too expensive for what you get.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at FSU are quite the lookers. We have a big frat scene so we naturally have a lot of the frat guy types, you have the artsy Starbucks guys, the good ole Southern Boys, and you have the average guys. A majority of the guys are a little full of themselves,but there are also lots of sweethearts!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is kept clean and pristine. I love the athletic centers. The library is very high tech and easy to use. However the old dorms need work.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love our "market wednesday". It is great to see all the artistic people sharing their creativity. I encourage their work. Quidditch is great.

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Cheryl Justis
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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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