College Senior 2012-05-07T23:44:01Z
Florida State has top notch athletic facilities including the Leach Center and Tully gym. They are clean with state of the art equipment allowing students and faculty to use.
College Senior 2012-05-07T19:52:36Z
Clubs and People – the people and the clubs are great! have to be 21.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-07T18:36:00Z
Better Than Nothing – The greek life is a great way to get involved and make friends as opposed to entering college knowing nobody. Highly recommended for students who don't know anyone or don't plan to be a part of any clubs or organizations.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-07T18:30:26Z
Great Options – There are a long a different options along the strip.
College Junior 2012-05-06T23:27:01Z
The gym is open until midnight, the library is open 24/7, and the school has such a home-y feel that you never feel out of place or uncomfortable! There's always an event and many great clubs to join you will never be bored!
College Junior 2012-05-06T23:25:30Z
College Town – Other than FAMU & TCC, Florida State really makes Tallahassee what it is! Get to know other students, you'll be keeping each other company for a long time!
College Junior 2012-05-06T23:22:46Z
Always something to do! Just don't get carried away!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-06T21:53:15Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-06T21:47:13Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-06T21:40:30Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-06T21:33:15Z
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.
College Senior 2012-05-06T14:01:41Z
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.
College Senior 2012-05-06T13:59:06Z
The libraries are really great. They have everything that is needed. They get busy sometimes but for the most part they are excellent.
College Junior 2012-05-05T19:57:41Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T19:48:44Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T19:30:10Z
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!
College Junior 2012-05-05T19:14:05Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T18:48:00Z
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!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-05T17:13:48Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T15:48:42Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T15:40:12Z
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.
College Junior 2012-05-05T15:24:57Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-04T02:44:32Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-04T02:38:27Z
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.
College Senior 2012-05-04T02:35:45Z
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.
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