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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My experience at FSU has been simply wonderful! The student body is extremely friendly. The professors are very qualified and are very easy to approach, despite the large class sizes. There is plenty to do on campus. There are 3 dining halls, more than 10 other eating options, a state of the art gym, a massive library, a movie theater, and plenty of sporting events to enjoy, all right on campus. FSU will offer great opportunities and experiences to all.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Tallahassee offers plenty of minor attractions since it is the capital of the state, and is also home to Florida State, Florida A&M and Tallahassee Community College. Florida State offers a great balance of strong academics and the relaxation of an excellent party school. Sports fans will love Florida State, with plenty of excitement on campus on gameday. The campus also offers plenty of dining choices and even a movie theater.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Good LUCK! Due to the immense number of studets the financial aid tellers rarely care about who you are or what you need. For what it's worth, there are alot of students who ask too many simple questions and exhaust the workers. Nonetheless, the financial aid office is long and necessary assertiveness is often interpreted incorrectly which leads to full blown aruements. My advice? The website asnwers alot of basic questions and you should probably try to resolve on y our own if you want to save time and a headache. If you absolutely need their assitance because the resources aren't there, approach very repectfully with patience and plenty of time to burn.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Fraternities Rule – Unfortunately, The mass majoriy of The FLorida State Univerty's students are involved in fraternities or sororities. These groups only perpetuate stereotypes about greek life and about race in an alarming way. Many kids are "stuck-up" and it is an inigma as to how they entered college, let alone manage to stay enrolled. The school is very diverse though and the small amount who haven't been tainted by greek life are really pleasant at the very least. There are definetly alot of good looking girls ( between 8-10) but, again, they are often stuck up and incredibly immature. There is also a reason why Tallahassee is considered "tallanasty" and "the chlamydia capitol". Sex, Drugs and hip-hop dominate the campus but all in all I suppose it's only a reflection of our youth and naivity.

4 College Junior

Technology: Strozier Library – Strozier Library has been recently renovated and as a result the amount of computers have nearly tripled. Computers can be found on every floor. They have also added "Smart Rooms" with some cool interactive software that makes studying in groups a little less dull. Plan ahead, however, because all these things will become very difficult to use during midterms and finas.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would fail FSU in this category, but I did, after all, receive the Financial Aid I needed so I can't complain TOO much. However, the whole process was a nightmare. I filled out the necessary forms I needed to way back in the beginning of the summer and turned all paperwork in to the office of Financial Aid during Student Orientation. Well, a week before school started, they called me to tell me none of my forms were in. None? You mean all those forms, including mine and my parents' tax return forms and social security numbers just vanished into thin air? Apparently so. I didn't even have time to worry about where the hell they all ended up and the pure lunacy of it all, because I had to complete the process, my education was hinging on receiving government compensation both of my parents were out of work at the time.

I completed everything once again and turned it in. Just when I thought the nightmare was over, it continued to roll on. I'd check my Financial Aid Toolkit on blackboard and something was always wrong. You filled this out wrong, this doesn't match your FASFA report, I need your signature here, blah blah blah. Then, of course, when you need to call them, you sit on the phone for practically an hour trying to get through to a $9.00/hour secretary who couldn't give a flying-you-know-what about your problems.

It was a very cumbersome and annoying process, but once it was completed, I did receive all the compensation I was told I would get, which I'm very grateful for. But the system really needs to be cleaned up.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: F-L-O-R-I-D-A, S-T-A-T-E (What, What?) – They don't lie about Southern college pride. Though I wouldn't consider Florida to be an atypical, southern school (it's a Florida hybrid), the spirit definitely runs deep. FSU is football first, always, though prior to this season, the school had suffered a slump with Bobby Bowden at the end of his dynasty and the spirit had fizzled out just slightly. However, now with Jimbo Fisher at the helm, he's bringing FSU back to glory, and you can feel the excitement in the air, especially after beating the hated Gators for the first time in 7 years (a hatred that you must swear an oath to upon entering the university :P). Our basketball team is on the rise, and baseball has become one of the more solid sports. Overall, athletics are a prominent part of FSU and we continue to be a consistent competitor in all NCAA sports.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing Hoopla – As an out of state student, I wasn't made aware of the "first come, first serve" process of housing, which is odd since I would think they'd try and inform all students of the process. Because of that, I ended up applying reasonably late for housing and wasn't informed until July via email that I wouldn't receive campus-provided housing. Almost every other school I looked at made it mandatory for students to live on campus in their freshmen year, yet because of the quality of some of the dorms, sophomores and juniors are given an equal opportunity to live on campus. So I was given the shaft, having to settle in an off campus dorm, which has been decent. It turns out, getting the boot from student housing may have been a blessing in disguise as there are 14 dormitories on campus and only 9 of them have been renovated since the '60s. So anyone who just makes the cut to live on campus is guaranteed to live in one of the crappier arrangements with closet-sized rooms that smell of mold.

Bottom line, anyone even thinking about applying to FSU should apply for housing IMMEDIATELY! I made a mistake, albeit one I couldn't help as I wasn't aware of the housing time table, that cost me on-campus housing. And, don't get me wrong, the new dorms are really nice; apply early and request the best ones: Wildwood, Degraff, Gilchrist, Brower, all great places to live with suite-style living (share a bathroom with 3 people instead of 50). I still wish I lived on campus, even if it meant living in the shoddy dorms, as the social life really isn't duplicated in off campus housing. So be smart, apply early, get the dorm you really want to make for a great freshmen year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student Gym – The Leech is awesome! It is huge and has a variety of different machines that I use!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have never had problems with receiving my financial aid. The staff is very accessible and making appointments with financial officers helps a lot. My aid comes through with no hassle every semester. Financial aid is there when you really need it

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally am a "Greek" myself and a proud sister of the new sorority Alpha Phi at Florida State. Although we do not have a permanent house as of yet, our sorority remains extremely close and active in the Greek community. Every sorority and fraternity has been very welcoming to Alpha Phi. Greek life heavily participates in almost all student based activities as well as with the entire community. Many non-Greeks view Greeks in a negative manner, but usually after hanging out with them change their minds. One doesn't have to be Greek to fit into the school; however, being active in the Greek community makes the college experience much more fun.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Communications Major – I'm a Communications Major and currently applying for the Communications College at Florida State. I have taken some communication classes. The staff are extremely interested in their work and are always there to help the students. The material learned intrigues me as well as challenges me to move forward in my studies as well as excel. I volunteer at the Florida State radio station, V89, by working with the Public Relations department. I attend different concerts and meet with band members to help promote the station. I'm also a member of FPRA (Florida Public Relations Association). I attend weekly meetings for both facilities as well as participate in seminars when offered.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Easy, Fast, and Efficient – I received the Freshman Scholarship without even having to apply. I keep it as long as I have a decent GPA. Good stuff!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It depends on where you go. From best to worst: Figg Dining Hall, Fresh Foods, Ogelsby Union, and then Suwannee Dining Hall. It's nice to pick what you want in the union food court, though. They just added a Papa John's and the sushi there is amazing!

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Tallahassee or Better Known Tallasassy – The hippest part of Tallahassee is Railroad Square. All the artists work there and on the first friday of every month, they hold a late night event to showcase their work. Next to the square is All Saints Cafe and the Engine Room, they're both excellent spots for college students to hang or party.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Not Very Strict at All – I can't recall any type of incident of my friends or myself getting into trouble so far... FSU is a well-known party school, so for the most part students do their thing. Your biggest look-out is really the TPD, they are EVERYWHERE.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on Where You Live – I live relatively far from campus (by TCC) and it sucks. The buses that run through campus don't run by there, but I love the place itself. Most off campus apartments are very nice though. The houses off of Jackson Bluff and that area are pretty old but close to campus and are definitely what you would see in your typical college movie. Try to stay away from of FAMU side town though, it can get very sketchy.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Delivery! Almost every place delivers, which is really great. Some places can be a little more pricey than others, but there are plenty of options (not just pizza.) Most places are college student budget friendly, you can find coupons all over the place. I'd say some of the better restaurants are west of campus, on Pensacola St. & W Tennessee

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pain in the Ass – I hate dealing with financial aid. Paying for classes or anything else like new a FSU card or parking tickets is a pain. They charge a $7 online convenience fee. As for paying for school, there are limited scholarships through the school but I've been given a decent loan that more than covers tuition, housing & books.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Diverse – You'll find all types of people at Florida State. And most of them happen to be pretty good looking. There are plenty of frat packs and sorositutes, but if that isn't your thing.. that's okay, because I've found that most people aren't.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Labs Are Pretty Convenient – Almost every building has wireless internet and have places to sit with outlets, which is nice inbetween classes if you have your laptop and can't make it to the library. There are also several computer labs around campus, you just have to know where they are (strozier, the union, the science library..)

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Thank God for Fall and Spring – Fall and Spring are the only comfortable times to be at Florida State. During the summer, it is so hot that you will be sweating by the time you get to your class. During the winter, you have to wear 3 coats to prevent from freezing. Both summer and winter make it a hassle to walk to campus. However, during fall and spring the weather is so beautiful that it's a pleasure to walk to class.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm Not Greek, but It's Big – Although I'm not involved with Greek life, I know it is a huge part of FSU. All of the houses near campus are very extravagant and spacious, the fraternities and sororities are advertise all over campus, and they are deeply involved in Florida State.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Nice, Food Could Be Better – No one expects to be living in the Ritz for their freshmen year, but I was quite satisfied with the dorms at FSU. The worst part was the cafeterias. Since there were only two cafeterias, they were always crowded and very loud. Not to mention that the food was low quality and repetitive.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Lifetime Changing – On thing that has been good for my future was joining the co-ed fraternity. I was able to travel to different cities and tour corporations. This connection will help me later in life when i am applying for a job. It has been a huge networking system

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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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