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Tallahassee, FL
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28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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Average
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4 College Junior

Transportation: The buses are very useful and convenient however more buses run around one way of campus than in the opposite direction so they should make the buses run in both directions coming every 10 minutes to each stop. The buses start early in the day and end late at night which is good. The Night Nole is great late in the evenings when you want to go out or get home from a bar or something.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently apart of the Exploratory major. I have come to really enjoy this option because as a graduating senior going into college, it was really scary not knowing what I wanted to study. The thought of all the options and opportunities for majors really freaked me out. Through the excellent Exploratory program at FSU, I was able to narrow down my options and learn more about myself and who I want to be. I have also learned that I do not have to settle on one track in my life. My exploratory advisor has been extremly helpful in guiding my towards my major by showing me how to research majors and make a decision. By the end of Spring I should know what major I really want to embarq on during my time at college. Due to coming in to my freshman year of college as an Exploratory major, I have learned more about myself, and I am confident that the decision I will make for my actual major will be perfect for who I am. I encourage anyone who is unsure of what major to pick or what they want to study to become an Exploratory major. The advisors in this department are really nice and genuinely care about helping their students find the perfect major. Being an Exploratory major will not hold you back in any way because you take classes that are required while figuring out what interests you. The Exploratory major is really close nit and have programs to help their students, such as Pizza and a major where they bring in pizza and talk about how to find the major for you. Most of it is figuring out who you are as a person, what your values, interests, and goals are in life. The Exploratory advisors then help you match those with a major that fits you best. Anyone who starts off as and Exploratory student will still have the same opportunities for internships and jobs in the future as anyone else. I highly recommend being an Exploratory major if you are still undecisive as you go into college.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a hassle they need more parking by the dorms.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The bars and clubs are a lot of fun but sometimes it gets boring and I wish there were some better things to do.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I live in Degraff and I am always scared to be walking around my dorm at night. I am always sure to walk with someone around campus at night. During the day campus is safe and beautiful but at night it can be scary and sketchy

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments can either be very close to campus or very far (5-10 minute drive). The FSU bus system does a great job at reaching almost all apartments in the area but bus rides take long and sometimes the busses fill up leaving you waiting for the next. Some complexes that have prime locations next to campus are old cheap motels that have been bought by companies and then leased to students. However, many prime locations are popping up every semester. There are also a good amount of houses, both new and old to look for near campus.

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4 College Senior

Academics: I am an Italian major at Florida State. The department is small so everyone knows everyone. You don't get generic responses to your questions but rather detailed help. Almost all of the professors in the department are very knowledgeable about the major requirements, scholarships, and study abroad opportunities. One study abroad program was actually developed by two of our program's professors.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its a must to live on campus your first year. I lived in Smith one of the oldest dorms but it was close to 4 other dorms and I met so many people.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Its very easy to get around on the buses at FSU. It is a free service.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winter it is in the 50's and summer you have to deal with the 98+ and rain. But its great.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The general feeling on campus is safe and well secured; there are campus police and night-lights on campus. However, there are alerts about theft and burglary frequently.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Tallahassee has several city buses that are constantly running. There is also a campus bus that loops around the campus during the day. If you need a ride at night, the campus has a shuttle bus that you can call for a ride within campus. There are also always convenient taxis.

4 College Senior

Weather: Usually the weather is warm and sunny, making walks to class enjoyable and putting you in a good mood to get through the day.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I love the weather here! Currently, it's the middle of December, and it's still getting up into the 70s. It rains a lot, but a lot of the walk ways are somewhat covered by trees so it's not too bad going to classes, and it doesn't get too cold.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football team is ranked very high in the nation, and the team spirit is very high. While football is one of the most highly regarded sports at FSU, our other sports are also successful as well. We have a lot of talented athletes, and we have great facilities for training- for both athletes and us regular folks!

5 College Junior

Transportation: Buses come by every 10 minutes and there are stops all along the immediate outskirts of campus!

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You'll find all types of guys at Florida State! You can find rednecks, city boys, skaters and more! A high majority of the girls are very good looking too! Florida State is a melting pot of people. You can find people from all of the country that want to go here. Our school is centered around a good time and football! We always win best football mascot! GO NOLES!

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I haven't had the opportunity to live on campus. But, that doesn't change that I've experienced a lot of the features of student life. There are restaurants all around, coffee shops with interesting folk, places to study, places to meet up with friends. There are a lot of nice features. This school is lacking in events though. There are only a few publicized events outside of concerts at the music school, or sports games. I have only ever seen 1 flyer for a movie at the cinema here on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I've been pretty satisfied overall with the academics. Since I was a Transfer Student, it was a big shock going into the Chem. Eng. Program here at FSU. The workload is pretty heavy, but that is to be expected. The program is built to prepare people for the real world. I believe this program does an awesome job of that. The program also stresses the importance of the internships that are available. There are people every year who come to the school looking for interns. These people are from both regional and international companies.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are some really good facilities here at FSU. The scientific laboratories are fully equipped and top-notch. Definitely on-par with the best in the world. The libraries are awesomely stocked with books and computers and coffee. There are some innovative study areas. There are also study rooms which are pretty cool. There are lots of green spaces. It's quite a lovely facilities experience.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to FSU because It was the university my mother went to as well as it being the dominant university in Tallahassee ( the town in which I grew up). I went here to save some money instead of going away to Gainesville or Jacksonville for school. I really enjoy it. I am currently employed here and I like the atmosphere. I do wish, however, that there were more international opportunities. I've been looking at some for Engineering and they seem to be cost-prohibitive in terms of prerequisite classes. I would really enjoy going abroad, but I don't think there are any programs that fit my needs here at FSU

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football program is a huge deal, although they disappointed us this year. They still won the conference championship, but they're are national championship expectations around here with Jimbo's new recruiting classes. FSU is defending the ACC's basketball title too, we lost a lot of seniors but we're the tallest team in the NCAA. Mostly freshman, so the basketball team will be good in the next few years too (might even get #1 recruit.) The only thing to complain about is students leave games early during blowouts at halftime so they can go party more. But for marquee games (Gators, Clemson, Oklahoma) the atmosphere has to be experienced. You will get the chills the first time you see our mascot throw the spear in the ground at mid-field, and nothing will ever beat the pride of doing the Tomahawk Chop at the game.

4 College Freshman

Weather: If you're here for a summer semester, it's ridiculously hot. Then again so is the rest of Florida. But between October and March the weather ranges from really cold (for florida) to 60s and 70s. Thats when the weather is amazing. When your walking on campus it's definitely the best weather on a Florida campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat on campus during the day, but there are very few options at night, after 10:00 or so.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are lots of clubs available for people who are into that sort of thing. There are also venues to see live music.

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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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