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Reviews 6432 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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 Food: 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

Party Scene: 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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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the frat guys are not attractive. Sorority girls, for the most part, are quite attractive but most of them are really slutty and trashy when they go out. That being said, they like country boys with big trucks, or frat guys with their mint green mopeds. There are a lot of different crowds, though, and its extremely cliquey. You definitely need to look the part to be accepted into any social group, and once you look that part, the rest will reject you.
I hate how cliquey it is, its just like high school. But for the most part, there are some really good looking guys and girls on this campus.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The libraries offer both Macs and PCs, depending on where you go, and they claim WiFi over the whole campus, which IS NOT TRUE! IF you're living in a dorm, bring a cable to plug it into the wall. Do not expect WiFi in your classrooms or outside, or even the library.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life dominates FSU. If you don't go Greek, you WILL be looked down on by the Greeks, and they won't hesitate to turn their nose up at you once they discover you're not Greek. This is rough at first, but you can still make friends in other clubs, you just have to force yourself to go. Even other clubs can be very excluding to new members, especially if all their members have been in this since they were freshman and don't want anyone else. They'll let you in, but they won't offer for your to join them or anything. I have noticed that a good majority of them are only in it for the parties, but a couple of houses are there for the brotherhood/sisterhood, and enriching each others lives.
I feel like this was harsh to say, but somebody has to tell the ugly truth.

2 College Freshman

Majors: Dietetics is super competitive and they won't hesitate to deny you for ANYTHING, no matter how tiny. I spent a while as a nutrition major while applying, which meant that I had to fulfill the nutrition milestones AND the dietetics milestones, which are actually quite different. This was really rough, as nutrition requires a lot of math, which I stink at, and that was bringing my GPA down to get into the dietetics program. "Oh, you have a C in calculus, which isn't even required for this major? Why don't you try next semester?"

3 College Freshman

Majors: If you are bad at math, you're screwed. College algebra is a required freshman course, and to take ANY science at all you must pass this. If you're a science major like me, you're not allowed to take an easy one at a community college back home. Also, check and recheck the prerequisites for EVERY class. You might be trying to sign up for that cooking class, when you realize you need to have taken organic chem I and II, and for that you need general chem I and II, and for that you need college algebra and precalc, and so on. Its a pain in the behind, is what it is. This is exactly what I'm going through right now. Also, look on the required classes for your major and start geting the prereqs done NOW. Do not put it off by taking electives. Get into every class you need for your major now. You don't want to be signing up for that REQUIRED cooking class (for dietetics majors, anyway) and discover you need 4 chems and labs! :D

4 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer and spring and early fall, its super hot! You will be dripping with sweat trying to hustle to and from classes. The only comforting part of all this is that everyone else is sweating too- this is Florida, after all. In the winter, it can be 30 for your 8am, 60 for your 10am, and then 80 for your 12pm. So dress in layers or make sure you can go back to the dorms and change.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Something I have to mention... The girls here dress up hardcore. I'm taking dresses and jewelry and make up at 8am. When I read it was "casual", I THOUGHT they meant sweats and jeans and tshirts. The "sweats" down here are leggings and running shoes and usually a *nice* tank top.All the girls wear blouses or dresses or skirts, I hardly see anyone in graphic ts, even the "nerds" or "uncool" kids, they all dress fancy.

If the girls aren't in their leggings or blouses, they're in those Nike running shorts. I feel like that's all the sorority girls wear. If you plan on rushing, stock up on these.

I came in with my graphic ts and jeans and flip flops, and I looked like a slob, especially since I didn't take much time to do my hair or make up.

Now I do a little make up and I've been trying to wear some nice things, but it just isn't me.

I'm not going to be politically correct or sugar coat this. But I want freshman to note this: Everyone looks like a snob. Seriously, every singly guy and girl looks so defensive and mean walking around campus, but if you go up to any of them, they're super friendly. Its like being in Chicago or New York, everyone walks around looking like they hate the world and they're the center of the universe with their noses in the air. But if you talk to them, most of them are super nice, except a few Greek life kids. It sounds horrible to say, but its so true.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are pretty good, but you really need that transloc app to make them useful! Sometimes they're a real pain and get you there super late or super early so its a shot in the dark whether or not you'll make it there ON time. I always say go early.


Sometimes the drivers take up to 20 minute long cigarette breaks. Also, once there was this girl talking to the driver and asked for a "favor" to drop her off off campus... And he did it. I missed an appointment because he took some long detour to take this chick somewhere.

But if you leave early enough and are patient (definitely have an iPod or a book) then they're the best thing that's ever happened.As far as the Star Metro buses... Those things SUCK! They are never on time (and they always come on the weirdest times) and they skip stops sometimes even when you pull the cord. Also the bus has gone right past my friends and I on occasion even though we were waving and everything.

Just stay on good terms with the cab companies.

Also, the cabbies will NOT allow you to overstuff the cab. Just ask for a van or two cabs, or you'll be walking!

5 College Freshman

Administration: This is probably the most relaxed campus ever and it is so nice. The cops pretty much don't care unless you throw it in your face, I know some people have been almost passed out drunk and the cop didn't care. As far as smoking goes, nobody cares. I know some people who light up in class. As long as a fight doesn't start you're pretty good with other drugs. Also, the paramedics will ignore any drugs they see or know you've done, which is nice. Actually the only time I ever encountered the cops was when my boyfriend and I were smoking in the car and he asked to see my ID, even though I knew we reeked. This has happened quite a few times, leading me to believe that their main concern is with statutory rape.

4 College Junior

Academics: All classes I've taken on campus have been excellent. The professors are knowledgeable and helpful. The TA's are all pretty great, too. The two online classes I've taken, however, have been complete nightmares. I've taken online courses at my previous school with no problem, but both times here I have not done well. I find communication with the professors leave something to be desired, and the course work seems unrealistic.

3 College Junior

Local Area: There's not a whole lot to do in Tallahassee. It's fairly safe, but there are areas to stay away from, like with any city. There's some pretty good food here, though! The Korean BBQ on Tennessee is great, so is Sakura grill on Monroe (it's a little pricy, though). Midtown is a pretty cool place to hang out. There are various bars and restaurants all within walking distance that are pretty good.

4 College Junior

Academics: The College of Music at FSU is spectacular. The faculty are friendly and helpful in and out of class. They all genuinely care about the students. The curriculum and workload are intense, but that's to be expected at a good music school. There are tons of opportunities to perform in the area and on campus. The practice rooms in the basement are a little dingy, but it's an old building and... it's a basement. The pianos are maintained, however, and the rooms are generally clean. The instruments kept by the school are a little iffy sometimes... some are in great condition, others work but are a little less than ideal, if only because they are older.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the school, and I'm getting a great education here. Go noles!

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It gets nice and cold during the winter, which is a nice difference from other Florida universities, where it's pretty much 80 degrees year round.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am extremely happy with the program. I would do it again. My career goal is to be able to apply my knowledge practically with older adults. I am extremely committed to advocating for the rights of older adults and counseling them through life transitions. I am currently working in the social work field in a health care setting. I am not worried about finding a job in the field as I have the belief the right opportunity will come as I continue to apply myself to my passion of social work.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not on campus, but have heard Greek life is awesome. I am in a distance learning program and have not had the Greek experience.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: I have had a good experience, although at times it has been frustrating to talk to a real person. Much is done online.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I have loved the Social Work program. It is exciting to be a part of a program that will support my future goals. I am in a distance learning program. It is designed to allow me to work and attend school. The professors have been awesome. I now look forward to this last year and a life-long goal finally being achieved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a lot of school pride, football is huge here. They constantly send emails out about when the games are and how to get tickets. It is easy to get tickets and go to the games.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a huge school so there is a ton of different people/styles. Definitely a lot of attractive guys and girls depending on where you hangout. They are not always the most friendliest people if they don't know you.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Florida State is really good at engaging their students in their sports. They send informative e-mails, make sure that everyone that wants a ticket knows exactly hot to get it. The workout facilities are also fabulous and always clean.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received reasonable amount of financial aid. You have to be responsible and go to the office frequently because over the phone they will give you the complete wrong information.


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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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