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4 College Senior

Scholarships: A Little Bit of Hassle, but Well Worth the Trouble – It took me months to get my financial aid situation under control with the IRS, FAFSA, and FSU Financial Aid. Since they changed up the requirements, it was much more difficult to receive financial aid. This year, instead of your tax returns, each qualifying student must bring in their "tax transcripts" as well as their legal guardian's. This process takes much longer than it originally used to. My advice is to start early! Do your estimated FAFSA in early January and then revise it when your returns come. Then, immediately file for tax transcripts. That way you are ahead of the game and your financial aid estimated amount will be calculated in advance.

4 College Senior

Academics: Overall Good Teachers...Lazy Students – What I've really noticed about Florida State University, as well as many other Florida institutions, is the lack of student drive in the college communities. My colleagues, for the most part, want their degrees fast while putting forth little to no effort. The teachers do their best to educate their students to the best of their ability. It must be difficult to do so when the majority of the student body is seemingly lazy and unambitious. I can imagine why the instructors decide to lessen the work load and give out "easy" grades. I would too if I have a bunch of whiny, lack-luster young adults to instruct.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Labs Are Great and Easy to Find Spots – Besides during finals week, the computer labs here are great. A lot of space and help is always around if you need something. The only problem is that few dorms have wireless internet and the rest are stuck on the prehistoric ethernet system.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Good Fun but Not a Must – The Greek life is a great way to connect to the school and get involved in the party scene, but it's definitely not a requirement to have fun at FSU. If a fraternity is what you want, go for it. If not, you'll still have a blast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New Dorms Great, Older Ones a Bit Scary – Some of the community style dorms that haven't been renovated in some time can be cramped and aging, but the suite-style ones, especially the newer ones, are spacious and are a great place to live. Overall, live on campus the first few years; you'll be closer to your classes and meet people so much easier.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Good Access – There is good access to computers throughout the campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Hot and Cold – The summers are hot. Walking even a short distance, you will break a sweat. The winters can get cold, not north kind of cold but colder than you would assume Florida gets. The fall is the best time. The temperature is perfect to hit the late football games.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Up-To-Date Information – More communication about what is happening and what needs to be done to achieve funding,. I do have a sense of security about the funding, which causes anxiety.

4 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits are free, but don't park in a teacher spot because you will get a ticket!

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Since FSU is a big sports school, there are a lot of events to tailgate and drink for.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Undergraduate Research – There are a plethora of undergraduate research opportunities which make Florida State a unique institution.

1 College Junior

Parking: Terrible, Crowded, Inconvienient – The overnight parking garages on campus are always full. Usually the spot that you do find is at the top and you have to walk all the way up the stairs to get back. The other parking lots that they do have aren't that great and you can get ticketed. You can get around on campus fine without a car but if you want to get out of the FSU bubble you pretty much need access to a car, which seems like too much of a hassle.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depends on Where You Live – Housing varies widely depending on where you live. The newest hall, Traditions, is the best, but since it's apartment-style it's mostly reserved for juniors and seniors. Landis is also fantastic- lots of space, a great view of the campus "park", beautiful interior design, great amenities. However Landis is reserved for those in the Honors program, and you usually have to be freshman to have priority. Wildwood and McCollum are also great. DO NOT get into Sally or Kellum, they are TERRIBLE!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good School – FSU is generally a good school. It has rigorous academic programs and top-notch research programs for medicine and psychology. The professors are generally great at their job, and most of them are approachable and friendly. However, FSU has plenty binge drinking and sexual promiscuity. I've heard stories of hazing and personal attacks/harassment within the Greek community (especially sororities), so if you're looking into joining watch out. There's also the crime. My freshman year I saw a guy take off with a girl's laptop in public! Carry pepper spray with you when you're walking on campus at night.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Always Something Going on – FSU is pretty much always having something going on. For instance, every wednesday they have this thing called Market Wednesday where people sit out in front of the student union and just give away free stuff-including food and nice clothing items. If you like sports, I strongly encourage that you take part in the intramural sports teams; from flag football to baseball to rugby, they have it all. A lot of student organizations do things on campus independent of the school as well, such as sidewalk chalk drawing competitions and more. There's also this crazy game that students play called Humans vs. Zombies (abbreviated HvZ) that has too many rules to describe; long story short, it's not uncommon to see random people in bandanas running around campus with fully automatic nerf rifles shooting each other and turning one another into "zombies".. There's always something fun to do at Florida State!

4 College Junior

Majors: Lab Facilities/Research – I have not yet had the opportunity to engage in an internship program, but I plan to start applying within the next year or so. FSU has excellent advisors under the chemistry major who are more than willing to do anything they can to help you find internships and things of the like so I am not concerned about finding one for me. Internships are a great way to make your application stand out from others' when applying to graduate programs. I am hoping to get an internship in laboratory research here at the university so I can get proper training under my belt before grad school.

4 College Junior

Majors: Chemistry Major Is Awesome, but Difficult – I love being a chemistry major. It's something I truly have a passion for so attending lectures and studying for very challenging tests aren't even a burden for me. When I first got to Florida State, I did not realize that being a chem major would be so difficult. I slacked off and obliterated my perfect GPA in my very first semester. A year later and a whole lot wiser, I've finally gotten my GPA up and learned that if you're going to commit to a challenging major such as chemistry (or really anything in the math or science field), you must be willing to dedicate yourself to the great deal of work that comes along with it. If I could do it all again, I would only change how hard I worked my first semester; I wish I would have worked harder. As far as my career goals go, I am planning on graduating with a B.A. in either chemistry or biochemistry with a minor in physics. I plan to pursue my master's degree and eventually my doctorate in nucelar chemistry and particle physics/quantum mechanics. I have very few concerns about finding a job; the math and science fields have job opportunities that are steadily on the rise right now.

3 College Junior

Weather: Very Hot & Rainy – Florida State is located in Florida of course, so naturally it's going to be very hot during the summer and fall and moderately chilly during the winter and spring. Be prepared for good amounts of rain in the summer as well. Professors are not sympathetic of excuses due to weather, unfortunately. It's only during a hurricane that professors will even consider cancelling a class.

4 College Junior

Majors: Helpful Info for Chemistry Major Transfer Students – I began as a freshman chemistry major at FSU. It was not difficult to enter the program seeing as I was virtually able to choose any major offered as an incoming freshman. The advisors for the chemistry program are very helpful and seem to care a great deal about your future; they will almost always go out of their way to make sure you have the most updated and useful information on grades, classes, extracurricular programs, graduate degree programs, and student research opportunities. I am currently a sophomore with about 15 credit hours to go until I am classified as a junior. Overall, I like the chemistry program a lot. It is very challenging, I rarely have any free time, and my GPA often stays around the 2.8-3.2 range, but I have learned the ropes and have found that the only way to succeed in this program is to truly give it your all. 100% dedication is absolutely necessary if you would like to do well at Florida State University as a chemistry major. I would say that the best way to get admitted as a transfer student into the chemistry program at FSU would be to have a good background in math (calculus, specifically) and science; it also wouldn't hurt to have some volunteer work or extracurricular activites under your belt.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Dorms – Dorms are never great. You never know how the roommate situation will work out and its hard to live with some people. Overall, they're ok. The suite style dorms are clean and well taken care of but the community style dorms make me feel sick just walking by them. They need renovation bad.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Everyone Does It – Even if Florida State takes precautions, college students are going to do what they want with whatever they get their hands on. And it is not difficult to find what they want.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Right Time, Right People – Nightlife goes overboard sometimes. There is plenty of underage drinking going on, but no one seems to care. I hang out with a certain crowd of good friends. If I go out, everyone sticks together and takes care of each other but that is not the case for everyone. Be careful and take precautions.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Great Local Restaurants – We have so many local restaurants around campus. There are a lot of different types of food and never a shortage of it! Whether it's dinner or dessert I'm always exciting to go out and eat.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Football, Football, Football – I LOVE FSU football! Our baseball, softball, and basketball teams are also amazing!

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Good for Freshman – I lived on campus in Reynold Hall my freshman year at FSU. I loved it! I was close to everything on campus and met so many people. However, the noise and drama finally got to me and I decided that living off campus would be best for me.

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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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