Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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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4 College Junior

Majors: I love my Editing, Writing, and Media program. They are very internship and experience based, so they push opportunities at the students constantly.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is an apartment complex for ever price range imaginable. The ones by campus are more expensive, but if you have a car you can find a good complex for a decent price range. Styles depend on preference and most are good with roomate matching. Crime is common, such as robberies & theft, but if you live somewhere with good security it shouldn't be an issue.

4 College Junior

Majors: Although we don't have every major imaginable, there are so many flexible programs for you to choose from. Some are limited entry, such as the Exercise Science program or the Mass Media & Communications program.

4 College Junior

Academics: Teachers are always challenging, and the curriculum varies between programs. Some are more internship/experience based, and some are more in-class/lab based. Do your work and go above and beyond to impress your professors and you'll be set.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The menu's get repetitive but they never taste horrible! The breakfast however is amazing! Flexbucks are used everywhere on campus, and in certain dorms, meal plans are not required. There are also kitchens in every residence hall, although I'm not sure you'd want to use them! In the food court, options are asian cuisine, Pollo Tropical, Papa Johns, and we're building a SubWay

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Buses are always running and the off campus routes are usually on time. We now have a phone app that shows the buses and their locations in live time so you'll never miss a bus again!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I've Never Had Any Problems – Yo don't have to hassle the office, but make sure you fill your Financial Aid out early to maximize the money you get back from the school and from FAFSA

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The city of Tallahassee offers several different off-campus housing options, however, in search for one that is convenient and cost-efficient may be a bit of a challenge. The closer you live to campus, the more expensive the rent. Landlords are sometimes unreliable due to the fact that some tenants are treated as if they are not an adult and may try to get over on you. Parking will always be a hassle considering the city is overpopulated with college students since it has three other institutions. Availability is pretty, however, spots can fill up fast. Florida State is enclosed with a pretty clean and safe environment.

5 College Senior

Athletics: All sports at Florida State University have great significance. The athletic training and facilities offered is a paragon among all Florida schools, as well as throughout the country. Sports are supported through student involvement and school spirit which is recorded by loyalty points, which are offered to students who attend sporting events so that they have the opportunity to engage in the big games without any fees. Football is highly praised, however, there are many other sports such as volleyball, swimming, and we even have a rowing team.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: FSU is great at helping their students to get the financial assistance they need. They are great at doing everything possible for you to succeed. They offer many scholarships/grants, especially in certain majors/departments.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I loooooooove FSU sports. In fact, that was one of the factors that influenced my decision to go here. The students have so much school spirit, and football games are so much fun. It is also nice that the students show support to the other sports activities also. It is also cool that students are allowed to eat in the athletic dining hall. Fried chicken Fridays are the best.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of variety is offered, yet it would be a little more convenient if some of the more popular restaurants were closer to accommodate those who don't have reliable transportation, especially their own vehicles.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife activities are conveniently located near the campus and is enjoyable since the location has more than one bar/club at that location. It can be a little less fun than expected since of course you have to be 21 to drink. A cab isn't necessary since as stated before, these bars/clubs are really close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pre-prepared food never beats home cooked meals yet it is still edible.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not done an internship, but I do hope to have one. This brings forth some concerns about finding an internship because of my lack of employment experience.

5 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my program is typical of other admissions process. You submit transcripts, GPA, standardized test results (GRE, GMAT, etc.), statement of purpose, and recommendation letters. The most difficult challenge I had to encounter was taking the GRE and getting a good to score to submit into admissions. The most important criteria for admission is your GPA. Most admissions decisions are based on GPA first, then standardized test results.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am just starting with my program. However, I am positive that I will be satisfied with my program. This program is needed to achieve my career goals, which is to be eventually employed in my field of study and does bring some concern about finding a job. My concern is my lack of work experience in my field.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Florida State provides a service online that helps students find off campus housing and most of the apartment selection are at reasonable price. The price is usually per bedroom and not the actual cost of the apartment. Meaning that instead of renting out apartments, they are renting out bedrooms. Making single bedroom apartments more costly then apartments with multiple rooms.

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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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