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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The city of Tally is nice, but honestly nothing special. I love the old southern feel to it and everything but if you are looking for something to constantly do, then this isn't the right city for you. I personally don't mind the city because there is so much to offer on campus but some people are slightly bitter about it. Oh, and the restaurants around here are pretty good too...try Mr. Roboto's, its SO good!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: FSU has been one of the best things that has happened in my life. I love the campus, the social atmosphere, the classes that are available, the teachers, the school spirit, i love everything about it. I don't necessarily love my dorm, Dorman, but it's community style so you honestly can't expect too much. Everyone here is really inviting and friendly. Greek life is popular but you don't have to be a part of it to have fun. You do have to make sacrifices sometimes with your social life but I mean, giving up a few parties for school is obviously more important. But yeah, overall FSU is a great school!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Popular but Not Necessary – Greek life is kinda a big deal right now, but its just the first week so all the girls are trying to show off their sororities. I think it's good to be involved, but not necessary for a fun time!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Has improved tremendously. From 2005 until now, parking services has added FOUR garages (going from two to six) and paved nearly every major lot on or near campus.

You'll still have to walk, but you can definitely *find* parking now at almost any time of day without circling/following people, if you know where to look.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Generally mediocre; some positive exceptions. Preface: I'm a fairly demanding non-traditional student. I wouldn't have chosen this school for reasons less pragmatic than finances.

Pros:
For a large university, FSU is surprisingly interested in the opinions and well-being of undergraduate students. There's a relative abundance of undergraduate research opportunities.

Some instructors are very, very good. In my program, at least, I think the curriculum is at least good enough to compare against the upper echelon schools.

Cons:
Large class sizes. Too many older (tenured) faculty who are neither interested in instruction nor cutting edge research.

State budget cuts and political incompetence are ravaging Florida's higher education system.

State budget cuts have resulted in the loss of a lot of faculty. The better (adjunct) instructors are overworked or exploited (forced into teaching dregs prereq classes across the board) and are leaving in droves. Too many faculty/instructors forced into teaching courses that they are not particularly well qualified to to run.

Summary:
Acceptable, but only for the price. At a higher (closer to the national average) per-hour tuition charge, I'd rate it a C.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors really do care that you do well in your major. The workload is doable and the curriculum is challenging. I haven't gotten a chance to experience any internships or job opportunities regarding the IT major.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly White – There are mostly white students but quite a few other raises as well and it seems like everyone gets a long.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: FSU is one of only a few schools in the entire country that has, not only an on campus circus, but one that the students can be trained to participate in! And it's free to watch for students.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: No Regrets – I decided to major in Japanese language and culture. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I don't have many concerns with finding a job with my major. Though, my main concern is that whatever career I do get, I want it to allow me to travel out of the country.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Simple Enough – If you already know what you want to major in, just declare it when you apply to the school. If you don't know, then you can declare an exploratory major and just announce your chosen major when ever you've decided. And you can always go back and change your major if you need to.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Was Easy. The financial aid officers are nice and organized. They are a busy department so be early with your information. The scholarships vary obviously.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Intructors Are Great. I have taken classes were the instructor wasn't just a professor they were working in their field of study. I had an instructor that was busy engineering disaster alert systems in places most effected by Hurricanes and other natural disasters.

4 College Senior

Technology: They Are Good. I'm from a small town and grew up using dial-up so average computer and internet speed is good for me.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dedends of on What You Spends – There is Po' Boys, Bella Bella, Kool Beanz cafe' if your looking for value and change ups Po' Boys is like a creole style place and is awesome. Bella Bella is more Italian themed and is well priced but not really for children as a large portion of their patrons are college students or older. Kool Beanz is a laid back but very trendy spot, great for different styles of foods and a killer selection of different beers. However, if your looking to spend more money than Shula's 347 Grill in Hotel Duval is your place. On the cheapest end of course the usual MickeyDs and Taco Hells that are always busy. Stick to the more upscale joints and the short waits are worth the experience and menus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Rainy in the Summer, Great in the Winter – Hot most of the time. Rainy in summer. Sept - Feb is usually around 70-50 degrees and sunny. So awesome.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The meal plan was convenient freshman year when I lived on campus, but I would not recommend it for any upper classmen. The food is buffet style which encourages overeating, and it's not particularly healthy or tasty. There isn't much variety and the food gets monotonous.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not Greek. I'm not involved in Greek life, but I have a few friends that are. There is an equal amount of things to do whether you are involved in a fraternity/sorority or not. It's just as easy to make friends at FSU without being involved.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Clean Cafeteria Food – I wish the cafeteria had more responsible healthy foods. Sometimes I find, that when I eat better I can focus better in class.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Everywhere – While on campus, drugs and alcohol aren't as noticeable, but you just have to step across the street to the Strip to find the parties. There are a lot of people with fake IDs so they drink illegally. I have been offered many times to smoke marijuana with people but had no interest. People don't really pressure you much though if you say no, which is good. It seems like the "cool" thing to do but a lot of people get caught. If you're caught with drugs and/or alcohol, especially on campus, it goes on your record.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Love the Program, Hard to Find a Job – I loved my family and child sciences undergrad. The classes interested me, I gained a good amount of knowledge, but the bachelors in itself isn't enough really to get me a job unless I just want to be a preschool teacher, so I had no choice but to go for my Masters, which I am getting in mental health counseling. With my Masters I don't worry so much about getting a job. My undergrad at least helped me in narrowing down what population I want to work with (children and families).

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Mental Health Counseling Masters – In my graduate program, there were close to 90 applicants and no more than 20 were accepted. The most important criteria for admission was GRE scores, letters of recc, and personal statement. There was also a very extensive interview process. I was worried because I didn't have the highest GRE scores and I didn't have much experience in the field, but my letters of recc and personal statement were top notch. My biggest tip would be, especially in any grad program, to work really hard on the personal statement, and work towards making relationships with professors that can give you good recommendations in the future.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Fun If You Know Where to Go. Tallahassee is known for being a college town, and for that reason, clubs and bars are plentiful. But you have to know where to go so you aren't around the crazy freshmen that get drunk all the time. I like The Moon, where they have Stetsons every Friday night, which is a chill club with line dancing and "booty breaks" as they call it. There's frequently festivals going on downtown. Maclay Gardens is beautiful, and Wakulla Springs is about a 30 minute drive south. The Governor's Square Mall is great, and the AMC movie theater is top notch. It's very much a college town.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Wishing I Lived It up While on Campus – FSU's campus offers SO MUCH and yet when I lived on campus my freshman year, I didn't utilize what the campus had to offer as much as I wish I had. There's an on campus free movie theater, a bowling alley, sports on Landis Green, a lot of campus ministries, free games to different sports, and so much more. The gym (the Leach) is also free to students and has everything one could want in a gym. The library is also great (Strozier) but can be crowded often, especially when it's close to finals. There are also free concerts and other events that frequently occur.

1 College Senior

Parking: Given the amount of students enrolled at FSU and the numkber of parking spaces the ability to find an open parking space requires the stalking of people leaving class to find one.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: One of the Best – You can find parties any day of the week, and the bars and clubs are affordable and open 7 days a week.

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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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