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Reviews 6109 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: FSU is a very old campus, so many of the classroom buildings are older. However, even the older buildings are very charming, with a common brick exterior, making the campus feel historic and homey. There are many dining halls and restaurants, a movie theatre, bowling alley, and ceramic shop on campus for entertainment. FSU has a lot of new technology and much of it available for students to check out and take home - iPads, laptops, projectors, cameras, video cameras and more. Study space is abundant at FSU with private SMART and study rooms.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Very cold winters, windless, steamy summers and rainy springs epitomize Tallahassee weather. However, stretches of bad weather don't last very long overall, so for most of the year, the weather is sunny with tolerable heat.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is good at devoting time to helping students find scholarships. However, it is difficult to find need-based scholarships at FSU. There are many grants and scholarships for students with 3.8-4.0 GPAs, but not too much in the way of an average student needing financial assistance.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I can't speak about RAs and such as I don't live in a dorm, but other than that I know they are pretty strict, but will work with you. I have seen many underage drunk students get busted. Most of the time, the officer is more concerned with getting the student a ride home safely than getting them in trouble, and will often find a roommate and let the student off with a warning. When it is football season, however, at tail gates, cops are more strict with issuing tickets for underage drinking. There is much less tolerance for illegal drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: During finals week, etc, it can be difficult to find a computer to work on, but other than that there should never be a problem finding a computer.There are several computer labs and libraries all over campus. You can even go to Strozier Library or the Johnston Building to check out laptops and iPads.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Tallahassee (especially the area around the campus) is absolutely full of diverse and local food options.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was surprised to find that when you simply apply to FSU that you are automatically entered into certain scholarships based off of your GPA

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The availability of parking spots close to classroom buildings is ridiculous. You have to leave about an hour before class to find a spot and walk the long distance from the garage to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports is exactly what FSU is about. Football and basketball are huge on campus and the students support for the Seminole's is outstanding. I have never been to any sort of sporting event at Florida State without losing my voice from cheering on our team.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors have in class participation in order to explain material in many different ways. Also, they normally hold great office hours and spend a good amount of time in class holding review sessions

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors I have taken have had an obvious love for the subject, making it extremely easy to grow the desire to attend class everyday.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: To say that Florida State University is extremely school spirited with their sports is an understatement. We tend to focus on Varsity Football more so than the others but it's a life changing feeling being apart of our Game Day traditions. It's almost as though time stops and the most important thing is being dressed in your garnet and gold outfits cheering on your team and chanting with your fellow students and alumni in the stands
"F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E
Florida State!
Florida State!
Florida State!
Woo!!" The whole excitement and experiences are comparable to non and I am blessed to call myself a 'Nole.'

4 College Junior

Local Area: Everyone around seems to like FSU, unless of course you encounter a rival after a game. Also, since it is the capitol, it is not really the "college town" vibe you get during the summer. Yes, the campus is more calm, but not the town around it. The clubs are always having something going on.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Since the fall of 2004 Florida State University has removed the possibility of receiving "grade forgiveness". This previous Grade Forgiveness Policy allowed students a second attempt in a class to replace their previous grade and not have it affect their cumulative GPA. Now, however, students are able to drop classes before the end of the 7th week (minus exclusions) and be charged out of state tuition. I believe this is a positive change because although now it could potentially hurt the student (financially more so) it forces students to constantly thrive to do their best.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Florida State University offers a few places to access computer labs. Most people tend to bring their own lab tops which helps open space for those who do not. The library also features designated "quiet areas" as well as private study rooms and "smart rooms" for optimal educational focus.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I don't recommend getting a meal plan, unless you plan to convert it to FlexBucks. Fresh foods and Swanee are a great experience for everyone, but not something you want to have to go to all the time. I go maybe two or three times a month, because I love breakfast food and the make-your-own waffles! There is a lot of different places to eat in the union though. Poppa John's, Chili's, Subway, and quite a few others, which is where I use my FlexBucks I converted. Also, there is tons of food all around campus.

2 College Junior

Weather: The weather in Tally is really unpredictable. In one day it can vary by 30 degrees, and I wish I was joking. ALWAYS carry an umbrella with you!! It may look like clear skies all day and you walk out of class to a downpour. It doesn't snow, but it still gets pretty cold for Florida.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus police have always been helpful. And they don't really tend to arrest people for underage drinking, even the local police (as long as you don't have a bottle in hand). My RAs were really friendly, there if I ever had questions and always brought donuts to our hall meetings! Only thing is you need to carry your FSU card with you. You need it for turning in tests or going into the libraries, you won't be allowed in without it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of dining options off campus. There are fast food restaurants so if you are eating on a budget or there are more upscale restaurants to choose from. The campus provides the students with a card that gives you discounts at a lot of fast food restaurants. I love it because there is a lot of variety also. If I am craving Chinese, Mexican, or Italian there are several different places to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University has a lot of different clubs etc. which makes it easy for you to meet friends and people that are your ethnicity or religion.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at the FSU campus. There is a police department on sight and if you need a law enforcement officer to escourt you to your vehicle they will assist you. The campus has it set up where students can receive text messages on their cell phones when there is some type of crime at the school. The school also has good lighting at night which makes me feel better when walking to my vehicle.

3 College Junior

Administration: Cops can be strict with drinking but they're not very active.

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1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Buildings are pretty rundown and the dorms are nasty and bug ridden.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek Life is very strong and an active presence on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is awful. There are hardly any spots open and often times you have to drive around for a while before you find anything, if you even are able to find anything.


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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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