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Reviews 5817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's cheap, plentiful and very good for the price.. You can be full under 10 bucks for sure, even 5 in some cases.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're Doing Everything They Can – FSU has its own Police, and they're very friendly and helpful. Security levels might be alarming but nothing happens to the cautious people who don't go wandering around off campus in the middle of the night. If you have to do it with a car or be good at jogging.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Only Bring a Car If Necessary – On campus, it's best to show up 30 minutes early to find parking. During morning through mid-afternoon, it can be extremely difficult to find parking, much less convenient parking. However, around 3 or 4 the campus clears up a bit. Having a car on campus isn't really necessary, because everything is within about a 10-15 minute walk at most. Parking passes are free for students, but if you don't have one, campus police are very strict about giving lots of tickets.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Average Mix – There are a fair mix of black and white people on campus, but FSU has a reputation of being the "white" school while our neighbor FAMU is the "black" school. However, there are a ton of clubs, activities, etc. for every political, religious, racial, and sexual affiliation.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: An Array of Activities – Tallahassee has something for everyone. FSU, TCC, and FAMU are all major colleges in town. We also have the capital, and a lot of Florida historical things. Tallahassee has a great art scene as well as tons of great places to eat. Surrounded by lots of natural parks, springs, and hiking trails, there is something to do for everyone- inside or out.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Good Place to Learn About New Cultures – Depending on how comfortable you are at reaching out to other people, Florida State University brings in a lot of people from other nations and states, so that you don't just encounter the same culturally entrenched people day after day. On any given day on campus, you can hear discussions being conducted in foreign languages.

5 College Junior

Academics: Big University, but a Great Place to Learn – I'm a graduate student at Florida State University, and although the university is huge, the sheer size presents a unique opportunity for advancement of any educational pursuits you wish to pursue on campus. I've been to smaller schools, and their lack of resources was always frustrating, but here at FSU I can almost always find what I need.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Creative Writing – The English department at FSU is very strong, offering a small range of high quality teachers. I very much enjoy my major related classes and can recognize growth as a writer. The workload is adequate, curriculum is challenging, and the facilities are good. There a re a number of local internship opportunities as well. The only contention I do have is with the department's focus on literary writing, which I feel is stunting to practical job applicability.

2 College Freshman

Technology: Limited Numbers – The computer on campus are good, they have ones with editing software and scanners available. There is however an almost constant shortage of computers for the students who come in needing them only to quickly print something. In addition the printing is expensive with no free page allotment, and all printers in just a few of the libraries. The internet is swift, though log on can take time every so often. I would suggest a personal computer and printer. Unfortunately, there are no fax machines available for use, which is disappointing.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Students Are Safe – The general level of crime caused by students at the university is low, most crimes are committed by non-students who come on campus. Since I have been here there have been many muggings at night by assailants that are never caught; some have been at gun-point. However the students here are generally safe enough to bet on, I've seen wallets left, bags left, and other belongings all either left alone or turned into administrators.

3 College Junior

Parking: Coming from a local, parking at FSU has been a battle for as long as I can remember. On the up side, the university has been making an effort to build more parking garages throughout campus, which is improving the situation.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Students come from all over the world to attend Florida State University. Personally, I have met and/or made friends with students from China, India, Taiwan, Korea, and France. I'm sure students come from many other places, but with such a large and diverse student population.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Vibrant Culinary Atmosphere – Tallahassee may not be the city that pops up first when you think of culinary talent and diversity, but that doesn't mean we don't have it. From top the top notch French experience of Chez Pierre to the homely southern pallet of Myra Jeans in the nearby small town of Crawfordville, Tallahassee has many different pallets and atmospheres to offer. Waterworks has to be a favorite of mine. With its hippie/boho atmosphere, retro Polynesian decor, tiki drinks, and healthy, but oh so delicious food it's an eclectic but fabulous place to both drink and eat.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are lots of students of different backgrounds at Florida State. Hispanic, White, Black, and a great number of International Students.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Wildwood Dorm – I lived in Wildwood Dorn the first year it was open. It was a great place to spend my freshman year, close to all of the sports complexes and the gym. There wasn't a whole lot that was too far away, and I didn't need to have a car.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Feeling Safe on Campus – I feel relatively safe on campus, with the exception of walking alone at night. During the day, I feel very safe walking among students from class to class, or being on my own studying in the library. The only problems I've heard about safety on campus occur in the late hours of the night when people are walking in small groups from the bars.

3 College Junior

Administration: Alcohol Seminar Woes – If you get caught drinking in the dorms or anywhere on campus for that matter you have the chance of being refered to the Housing Board. This is a lot better then having a notice to appear! Even though its a $75 class at least you are arrested if you are caught. Most of the time the alcohol is confiscated and you are forced to go to a house committee review, write an essay/letter, and pay to take the class. You aren't really put on probation. They just keep your name on file for 6 months. They don't even notify your parents.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek Life Beauty – There is a running joke that the Greek life on the Florida States campus are a grade above the rest. Hardly do you ever see an ugly person in greek letters. It is almost sickening looking at pictures taken by Nightlife Unleashed at Baja's or Pot's to name a couple. Everyone looks great all the time. The guys at the gym! OMG, and the girls can just look on from above at the gym. Thank God for the layout of that place. Great views all the time!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tennessee to Pensacola – We have everything from sushi to burgers. If you are wanting a crepe you have got to stop by the Crepe Vine. Moes, Chilies, Hobbits Hoagies, and many more wonderful restaurants surround Florida State's campus. If you feel like cooking you can hit up local grocery stores including Publix and WinDixie. Both have a stop on the FSU bus route. Tons of fast food as well as sit down restaurants cater to student life, staying open past midnight. Many stay open as late as 3:00a.m.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Best Four Years of My Life – I am absolutely in love with my school. I am actually deciding to change my major, to the communication disorders program, so I don't exactly know what to expect yet. My career goals are to get a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders, and eventually my Master's in Speech and Language Pathology. I will probably work within a school system for the first couple years and then hopefully have my own private practice. I would love to find a job working with young kids. I have several concerns about finding a good job in my field. It's all about connections and timing, so I'm hoping for both of those once I graduate.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Stay Off the Grass – Drugs are going to be prevalent at any university you attend. However, the peer pressure for it doesn't seem as abundant as I was expecting. I guess the law enforcement has been doing a decent job keeping those people in line. The repercussions for drug usage on campus is taken very seriously when caught, however, not many people get caught which is just so surprising to me. Drug and alcohol visibility is definitely obvious on campus, students don't exactly seem to be hiding it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Life on Campus – Living on campus was definitely a great idea, especially for my freshman. Even though I was not placed in the dorm I wanted to be in, I made several great friends I will keep with me throughout my life. The worst thing about the dorms that I lived in were the fact that there were pipes hanging from the ceiling. The cost was a little bit pricey, especially since I had to have a meal plan which I never really used. The convenience of the dorm was definitely the best feature about living there. It was near the gym, and in a general location to get to almost all of my classes.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Your Friends – There are numerous buses that run around campus. At night the best option is either the Safe Bus or the Night Nole. The Safe bus runs from 6-2am and it picks you up where you are.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: FSU comprimises of many religions and races. Unfortunately, like most places, these religions and races do not usually mix. Blacks usually hang out with blacks, whites with whites, Hispanics with Hispanics and etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Leach Center Is My Best Friend – The Leach Center is my home away from home at Florida State University for people who love to exercise such as myself. I am in there whenever I don't have class. It is huge! Indoor track and pool. So many machines to work all parts of your body. You just can't choose! Plus! there are racket ball courts, a volleyball court and a basketball court! Best thing of all, if you are an FSU students, its all FREE!


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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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