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3 College Junior

Weather: Humid Heat or Dry Cold: Only Two Temperatures – Florida State's campus is land-locked so when taking summer classes there is no summer breeze. It is so humid so students tend to study by the pool. There isn't much of a transition of seasons in Florida so it quickly turns to winter. During winter, it is frigid cold, but unfortunately not enough for us to enjoy snow.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Convenient – Transportation around Florida State is great. There are free buses around campus running 6 days per week and have a night bus called the "Night Nole" that will pick students up until 2am with the routes mapped online.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Galore – There are many off campus dining facilities near campus, and many of these have student discounts. There are a decent number of restaurants open late, and some, like Jimmy Johns will deliver.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Less Challenging Than Expected – I came to Florida State University because of it's renowned study abroad program and international affairs program. The professors are helpful, and overall great at what they do, but I am a little concerned that what I am learning may not apply directly to any particular career. While I am learning lots, the courses are not nearly as challenging as I had hoped. This may be because I am still a sophomore, but hopefully over the next two years I will learn much more. Campus life is wonderful and the campus is full of bright students wanting to make a difference in the world.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Night Life and Parties – There are multiple connecting clubs nearly 0.2 miles from campus. They are very popular and allow students the possibility to walk there rather than drive. Clubs are the most common entertainment for night life. Not too many people have house parties.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Decent but Room for Improvement – I eat on campus twice a week. I enjoy the food, however I feel that there could be more of a variety. I prefer the surrounding off campus options much better than the on campus options.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the College of Business and I really love it so far. My major is Business Administration. I have met wonderful peers. My professors are very bright and knowledgeable. I have grown tremendously as a person through the relationships built at the Florida State University College of Business.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Free, Free, Free – I think the thing that I have grown to appreciate the most at Florida State is the fact that almost everything is free. Transportation, sporting event tickets, carnivals, and much more. The other thing I love is that there is always something to do on the weekends. There are tons of clubs and bars for partying, or if you would rather do something more cultured, there is always a festival or event going on that include arts and music.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: From the South to the North – I am from south Florida, where it is always hot and humid. Moving to a school that is practically southern Georgia was a big change for me. I have never seen snow and never lived in a place that gets below 50 degrees during the day. I have grown to love Tallahassee during the winter time. I have actually gotten to see the seasons change and experienced cold weather more than I ever have before.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse as Diverse Gets – I feel as though Florida State University has an incredibly diverse campus. I have met so many new people that come from different states and countries and practice a multitude of religions and traditions. There are many groups on campus dedicated to different religions and cultural groups. We even have a large multicultural fraternity and sorority branch on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Nole for Life – Florida State University is the best school in the world. The atmosphere is filled with a community of students all striving for one purpose, and that is to become successful. There are so many tools and resources available to become successful all for FREE. Although tuition has increased, I can honestly say that FSU is good with being resourceful and having activities and events that are free and that students can engage in. As a minority student on campus, I feel like no one judges me and that everyone is equal. There are so many opportunities and ways to get involved on campus. All in all, I can say that coming to FSU is the best decision I have made in my life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are Geeks – Greek life at FSU is pretty divided as expected on any campus. I must say that Greek letter organizations on campus is extremely involved on and off campus. Greek students are not viewed any different by non-Greeks on our campus because most Greek organizations have members who are on executive boards with different organizations of students who are not Greek. Many Greek organizations host events with different non-Greek organizations to show that there is no social difference of campus. As far hosing, there are many houses that the Greek students get to stay in and scholarship houses in honor or different Greek letter organizations.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety and security on Florida State University campus is excellent. There is a fully accredited law enforcement agency, the FSU Police Department (FSUPD). The SAFE Connection is available when students need a free safe escort on or around campus. The emergency Blue Light Trail is one most useful tools on campus. It is a light pole with emergency speakerphones and strobe lights so if there is an emergency, help will come almost immediately. The FSU id is required to get into most of the facilities as well to everyone protected.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol Are Everywhere. Drugs and alcohol are easily accessible for everyone. If you know where to look you can get it. Marijuana is a huge problem for FSU as it is for every campus and has gotten people in major trouble. On alcohol, be safe and smart if your underage and drinking. Cops are always trying to bust unders.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity at FSU. The school has Student Unions for Blacks and Hispanics. There are also many religious groups on campus. There is something for every race, religion, and belief.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: When you get tired of FSU dining halls, the off campus options are limitless. You have your basics like Chilis and Applebees, but there are many local places like Monks, a burger joint, and Momos, pizza with slices the size of your head. They are priced well and are fantastic places to take visitors.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Academics and Fun – Florida State is known for a few things: football (maybe not this year :( ), fraternity parties, academic programs and the law school. The atmosphere on FSU's campus is reminiscent of a North Eastern Ivy League university. It's such a peaceful, goal oriented place to attend school. We have awesome programs that are top rated, including Criminology, Theatre, Dance, Music, Political Science, Religion and Athletic Training. When you're done with class, FSU is known for its AMAZING parties thrown by one of our prestigious sororities or fraternities, as well as nightly trips to "The Strip," a stripmall-esque building that houses seven different nightclubs and bars. FSU is an amazing place to go if you want to get a good education, as well as have the best time of your life.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Back and Forth – The rules on most people are not strict at all, it's pretty hard to get arrested on campus for underage drinking or public drunkenness. However, Greek organizations are often the victims of the school's over strict policies on student organizations. If you're Greek, you're FAR more likely to get arrested for a non-violent crime than a non-Greek is. This goes for both girls and boys.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Pot – For the most part, "hard" drugs aren't extremely popular on campus, minus a few specific organizations that are known for their coke use. Most students drink, which is expected, and a lot smoke pot, but aren't "constant users."

4 College Freshman

Weather: Overall, the weather is very nice here. Some days there will be a cold front, but then the warm weather is back. It's still in the 70's during November. Plus, it is nice to see the leaves still change colors here.

3 College Freshman

Administration: When living on campus you are not suppose to drink or do drugs, obviously. Some buildings are stricter than others. Most buildings will have many entrance options to get into the building without running into the R.As on round. The campus has its own police force and they are easy to reach.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campu Dining – There are a ton of dining options near campus. Depending where you live those options could be right across the street. There are a ton of fast food chains, sports bars, restaurants and ethnic food options. All meals range from around $5-$20.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Personally, my favorite experience at FSU has been my Directed Individual Study Program at FSU. I have been working in the Psychology lab conducting experiments and coding data under the supervision of one of the professors here. This experience will get me a letter of recommendation for grad school. Also, Tallahassee is a great place to be if you are in any type of law program since it is Florida's state capital.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse – Florida State University has a very diverse student body composed of people of different races, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religions, and sexual orientation. People at Florida State University tend to be very accepting.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Tallahassee is a very congested town. Tallahassee is home to the Florida State Capital and many other landmarks. I wouldn't consider Tallahassee a very safe town. There are many places to shop in Tallahassee. Sports are a very big deal at Florida State University. I would definitely consider Florida State University a party school, although it does take quite a bit of studying and concentration to keep your grades up.

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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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