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Reviews 6251 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not Many Drugs, Mostly Alcohol – Drugs are around, and you can find them if you want, but they're not a big deal. Some people smoke pot, but mostly people just drink way too much.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's What You Make of It – Okay, so FSU isn't renowned for its academics, but the education you get here can be Ivy League-caliber if you want it to. I was pre-med, and majored in biochemistry, and I was consistently challenged. Participating in the Honors Program was a big component of this - it gave me the opportunity to do research and write a senior thesis, as well as access to special classes and priority registration. On the other hand, I have friends who picked less challenging (ahem, communications) majors, who did very little work, partied a lot, got good grades but don't have much to show for it. It's students like this who give FSU its reputation.

The professors were, for the most part, very friendly and available to help. A lot of big undergrad classes were taught by TA's, but honors classes were always small and taught by highly ranked professors.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: When I was there (2002-2007) the food was pretty bad - bland, repetitive and mediocre. I wasn't expecting gourmet food from a college cafeteria, but for those prices it should have been a little better. I'm vegetarian, and I often left the dining hall hungry because the one veggie option was invariably something weird that they just threw together with whatever non-meat ingredients they happened to have on hand. I know they've added dining halls since then, so maybe the situation has improved.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: An Okay Place to Be – Tallahassee is a mixed bag for students. The farther from campus you go, the nicer it is. The area right around FSU is really bad, and there's lots of crime, but there are some nice, safe neighborhoods around the city.

There are a lot of things to do around Tallahassee - great parks, lots of outdoor activities, museums, cultural events and some decent restaurants. There's one good mall and one crappy mall, and pretty much all of the stores you'd expect to find in a city that size. Closer to campus it's mostly just bars and stuff related to football, if that's what you're into.

The people in Tallahassee are fine with the students. A ton of people who live there are FSU alumni themselves, so they like to hear what's going on campus and reminisce. Basically just don't be a stereotypical (loud, obnoxious, drunk) college student and you'll be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If people want to drink, they are going to drink. Many people drink underage and not underage. It is a habit in many peoples lives on any day of the week. If you don't want to drink though, there are ways around and peer pressure is not in my life at all.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The libraries are really great. They have everything that is needed. They get busy sometimes but for the most part they are excellent.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Northwest Florida is completely bipolar. My hometown is actually only an hour away, so I know from experience. It's because we are in Florida, but not south enough to have completely warm weather, and we are close enough to Georgia and Alabama to get some of the cooler weather. It can shift from being warm to freezing cold within a week. So, you just have to be ready to dress for any type of weather.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: All Inclusive – One reason why I decided to attend Florida State University is the diversity. There is such a great mixture of people. Just walking around campus, you will see Black, White, Asian, Hispanic people all around. FSU reflects how America is, a melting pot of people and culture. And no one makes you feel like you are not welcome. Whether you are gay, straight, Christian, Buddhist, Black or White, none of that matters! Plus you can always find a group that you can belong to.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: All Inclusive – Florida State University was never my first choice school. I never thought that I would end up here, but now that I have, I would not want to leave. What makes FSU so incredible is that there is something for everyone! I know that many schools boast about this, but at FSU it's the truth. There are hundreds of student organizations that anyone can find a home in. The facilities are top notch from the gym to our own reservation. There is always something going on at campus. The surrounding community offers something for you to do at any time. I could gush about FSU for hours, but the only way to find out for yourself is to apply and attend the Florida State University!

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is simply not enough parking. You have to get to campus before 8 a.m. if you want the premium parking spots. Then some of the others you can get there until 10 to find something. There are building a new parking garage, so that will help some, but not enough. Best advice would be to get to campus an hour early if it is later in the morning, because you will be driving around for awhile. I have been pretty lucky, however, as I live in the Southern Scholarship Foundation housing, so I always have parking at my disposal.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Something for Everyone – Tallahassee is not the largest city, but there is so much to do here! You just have to know where to look. From the many clubs that students frequent, to the small finds like First Friday, Tallahassee is full of life. Plus, if you really want to become a party of the community there are countless of volunteering opportunities that will really make you appreciate the community that surrounds the school. To add on to the countless of activities around Tallahassee, there is so much to see in the surrounding areas. Tallahassee is only minutes away from beautiful countryside locales such as Wakulla Springs that should not be passed by. All-in-all, Tallahassee has so much more to offer than meets the eye. So don't sell it short!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Mostly Luck of the Draw – Fsu uses a lottery system to fil their dorms. most dorms are nice and all have AC unlike UF the northwest side of campus has older dorms and all the other dorms are clean and pretty.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Things Can Get Old – I did not have a meal plan but I heard all about it. The food at Suwanee and Fresh Foods are really great those first few weeks, but their creativity runs out and all the food is the same after that. Which makes sense, when making food for thousands how gourmet do you expect out of them. Out of dining halls there are great options in the Union like Einsteins, Salad Creations, Pizza Hut, Sushi, Freshens and a few others, next year you might even see a new Subway and Chick-Fil-A. On a hot day nothing beats some fresh squeezed lemonade from the Mom and Pops truck on your way to class.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Have Had So Manny Opportunities – There have been so many amazing experiences all packed into one year. I got to go to Alabama and help with relief work after the tornado's, I got be a part of a Service Seminar that helped me get involved with the school and the community. I have had lots of fun roaming around this town finding all my favorite places. Plenty of picnics on Landis Green during the beautiful days. I have had some really great professors that helped define out where I want to go and met a lo of people who have been shaping my character and values. All around I couldn't ask for more.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Tallahassee Life – Tallahassee has a lot to offer much more than it's popular party scenes. From the coffee shops to rock climbing to great vintage stores there's really fun things to do with your friends. Also it is only a short drive from other great places like Thomasville, GA and Wakulla Springs. I have had to start a list with all the things I want to go to before I graduate and I'm not anywhere near the end and it keeps growing.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: East Side Dorms! The East Side dorms, like Landis, Broward, Gilchrist, Jennie Murphree, Reynolds, and Bryan, are the best. They're overall cleaner and they're suite-style, so you don't have to share a bathroom with the entire floor. Stay away from Smith, Kellum, and Salley if you can. They're the worst.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not That Safe – A lot of robberies happen on campus, sometimes armed robberies. It's not a good idea to be walking around campus at night, especially the west side. And DO NOT walk around the edges of campus at night alone, even in pairs. Always walk with a group. Tallahassee isn't a safe city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Mr.Robotos – Mr. Robotos is the best restaurant off campus in Tallahassee. They serve hibachi Japanese food. They are very well on pricing and on time.

2 College Senior

Local Area: The Colleges Are the Town – The city of Tallahassee is similar to a small town. Once the semesters are over, the students go home, traffic disappears and your left with the locals. There is only one functional mall, really great events are rare so it's important to take advantage of them when available.

2 College Senior

Majors: Easy to Get in...Easy to Get Out – It is extremely important to maintain an excellent work ethic to remain in the Biology major program. If you do not maintain your grades or get off track for graduating on time, you will be dropped from the program and unable to graduate with that degree

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Typical College Party Town – There are plenty of nightclubs, house parties and bars on the weekends. If you do not like to party your weekend options are limited.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: Overpriced, Overrated, Often Unavailable – There are 2 dining halls which often frequently repeat menus causing a lack of diversity. On the weekends, you are limited to a single menu the entire day and they do not open until 11 am- which is a brunch not breakfast. There are no other options on the weekends on campus other than chili's. The food options need to be expanded and more culturally diverse.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: More Aid Needed – The process is simple and easy but there should be more financial aid available other than loans

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From Boy to Man – You grow up fast, make lots of friends, lifes good

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lots of Different Scenes – Great Food, diverse culture, Big town, and historic


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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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