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Reviews 5401 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Drug use is usually pretty easy for students to get away with. There are many officers who will warn you and simply discard your drugs in front of you. Many people have fake IDs and get banded over. There are undercover cops on busy bar nights and they tend to be very strict when encountered.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There will never be a lack of parties. There are many options for everyday of the week.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is pretty good. I would avoid any dining hall, because the meal plans are costly and students often do not get their money's worth. I would use FSU cash over Flexbucks, because FSU cash can go towards any purchases on campus including but not limited to books, chili's, and and food establishments outside of the dining halls. It is your own money so there is no limit on what you can spend per meal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus is a great option for students regardless of their priority number. Though the priority number dictates if you can live in a new and refurbished dorm, I highly recommend on campus living for the first year. There are some bad dorms which have been known for their age, humidity, and mold. These community styled resident halls are known for bringing students closer together, and allowing students to build bonds based off living conditions. I would not recommend living on campus for more than one year, because there are a variety of walking distance apartments. In addition, lower priority dorms can lead to health issues throughout the year. By living on campus for a year, you have the potential to meet friends which you will carry through the rest of your years.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm way happier living off-campus! I'm lucky I managed to find something really cheap and close to campus, but I have very few amenities myself. There are many other locations near campus which are also fairly cheap, or at least close to a bus route, and they have more amenities than my own apartment complex. You can definitely find housing, the challenge is to find a place you're comfortable living that's close and affordable. I think all of the apartment complexes have their own parking, though many rent out spaces during the football games. Most of them are pretty safe too.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: You're mostly left to manage things for yourself. If you're caught drunk driving you'll definitely face consequences, but it's okay to call in for someone underage who has been drinking if you need help, and you won't get in trouble. Just don't do anything stupid.

There is a somewhat strict honor policy, mostly upheld by the professors. Some professors promote collaboration, and therefore are more okay with students submitting the same work or similar answers, while others consider that plagiarism and will fail you for it. It's best to get to know your professor's preferences on that.

As for dorms you can usually have visitors, especially if you live in a suite style dorm, or have your own room. At the beginning of the year you and your roommate will have to sign a roommate agreement, so you'll be bound by that. Some dorms allow only the same-sex overnight, but I think all of your dorms can have overnight guests.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: So far dealing with the office of financial aid has been pretty easy. Trying to get more aid, like loans or scholarships, has proven difficult though. They recently gave me a packet with general scholarship stuff, and another time they gave me a paper with just the basic info about loans. They've never really matched me with specific ones or done more than look at my account to answer my questions. If you go often you'll see scholarship notifications on their board, and there are some posted on their website, but I haven't found it very helpful for finding scholarships. I've been losing financial aid since I started college due to circumstances beyond my control, and they really haven't helped much in supplementing that. They basically gave me one option: loans.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are lots of options for eating on-campus. If you're not feeling the dining halls, which actually have a fair variety, but get repetitive quickly, then you can always eat somewhere else. They've made the meal plan a lot more flexible recently, so you can use meal swipes at different locations on campus, and if you're out of those you can always use Flex bucks. We recently got a Chick Fil-a and a Rising Roll. There's also Subway, Salad Creations, Pollo Tropical, Papa Johns, and a couple others.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you have a bit more money in college and can afford a nicer dorm, like suite style, it's great. Otherwise you're probably living in a community style and don't have much space. There are lots of amenities, and most of the dorms require meal plans, so you'll also have food. It's very convenient since it's right there on campus it saves you from needing a car or much other transportation. I'm honestly happier off campus though. I found something both cheaper and more spacious fairly close to campus.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Need to help students with difficult roommate situatins

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus living can certainly be less expensive than on-campus living, if you find the right places. There are many apartment complexes and townhome neighborhoods that are close to grocery stores as well as campus and anything you might need, and for hundreds less than a dorm.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Go to MoMo's pizza. It's fantastic! And close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The parking enforcement seems like solely a money-making machine. It's a bit ridiculous. But they are strict in other ways too, that I find important, like domestic violence, drug abuse, and protection of our students on and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Patience is important, but also persistence. Sometimes you have to direct the questions and make sure you're talking to someone who can actually fix/implement your financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties, that's true. But not all the time, which is also nice. You can find a quiet place even on a Friday night, but there's always somewhere to go if you're looking to go out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything seems to be more expensive than a college student can really afford on a daily basis. The meal plans are very expensive, and unfortunately, required when living in some of the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great living in Cawthon--so close to the College of Music, the dining hall, Strozier library, and a garage pretty close by! The convenience is the best part about it. And the community has been great--getting to know people in the music Living Learning Community.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on how much one is willing to pay, there are definitely good places to live that are close to campus. The houses in Tallahassee are old, but cheap and close to campus. The apartments can range in cost and can be reasonable or really expensive.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Gordos is really good, and so is Momo's pizza. Off campus dining options are spot on and there is definitely a variety!

5 College Junior

Administration: I have never personally interacted with the administration, but they do provide a positive outlook on the school and the students and they really do care about the campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The beginning of each semester is a headache and is stressful especially within the financial aid office, you just need to stay on top of things and be patient.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got enough financial aid to pay for books and classes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls get gross after you eat there for a while. If you don't eat much, you'll do better to buy and make your own food.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The on campus housing is pretty nice there are only two community style dorms and a few are upperclassmen apartment style. It also depends on what you make of it.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live 2 blocks off campus right next to where it turns into FAMU and I feel so safe. If you pay a little extra at the nicer apartments then they have security guards and security systems. The little bit of extra money goes a long way.


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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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