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Florida State University

Total Grad Surveys 28
Females 10
Males 18
Avg years at University 2.4
Research Quality B- (6.4)
Research Availability C+ (5.7)
Research Funding C (4.8)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.0)
Not Errand Runners B (6.6)
Degree Completion B (7.0)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] C+ (5.4)
Sufficient Pay C- (3.8)
Competitiveness C+ (5.2)
Education Quality B- (6.2)
Faculty Accessibility B (7.2)
Useful Research B (7.0)
"Individual" treatment C (4.8)
Friendliness B- (5.9)
Safety C+ (5.2)
Campus Beauty A- (8.2)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.5)
University Spending B (6.7)
Extracurriculars A- (8.1)
Scholastic Success B (7.0)
Surrounding City B- (6.3)
Social Life/ Environment B+ (7.6)
Sufficient PayC-
Campus BeautyA-
This review will be more about my experienceJul 08 2017Education
This review will be more about my experience with the instructional design masters program more than the university itself, but I will try to talk about that a little bit.

The instructional design program here is awful. Most of the teachers are stuck up dbags who have zero interest in helping you and are more concerned about their own research. This seems to be a big problem in big universities national wide, both undergrad and grad programs, but is easily seen here. The quality of education is abysmal. None of it will help you find a job easier nor really teach you anything useful, yet the teachers talk about their learning theories like they are gospel. The learning environment is similar to a cult in that the people teaching it tear you a new one if you basically dont agree with them on everything they say. Its a great program if you wanna fill your mind with nonsense and feel depressed all the time.

Program lies its ass off to get students. I had to pay most of my tuition out of pocket since I was under the impression that there was a decent amount of TA/GA work here for tuition waivers. There isnt. Its all given out to those applying with better grades and theres no room to prove yourself. I didnt have the best undergrad grades (still enough to get in some how) and figure I could work my way up, but nope. No jobs are posted online, most postings are outdated, nobody here wants to take time to speak to you, other departments tell you to go somewhere else, and all there is left for work are minimum wage jobs that require full time enrollment.

In terms of the university itself, its mainly a party college. Nobody here gives a crap about much outside of getting drunk and hooking up. Seems great if your right out of high school, but for anyone whos already experienced all that, theres nothing really else going on. Networking/Employment opportunities really go to those in the greek system or those who know been here and already know the right people. Not a good place to meet working people or to break your way into new work.

And Tallahassee as a city is AWFUL. Surrounding areas of FSU are mostly ghettos with crack heads. Lots of theft happening here and lots of stupid crap happening. The decent parts of Tallahassee are far away from FSU, so if you wanna live decent prepare to commute 15-20 minutes to school since traffic is bad for a small town with such narrow roads. Economy here is also bad since its mostly cheap government jobs that dont pay well. Not a great place to live since the city's economy is based around milking 18-20 year olds and no real work is done here.Overall, FSU is cool if your young, wanna party, wanna join the frats or sororities for a year, wanna watch the seminoles destroy people in football and to have fun via partying. Outside of that, its very overhyped with not much else going on. Not really a great place to get an education since the quality of life in the city is so bad and opportunities to get ahead are far and few. Do not go here unless you havent experienced college since thats what this place caters to.

Think long and hard before entering FSUDec 07 2015Education
Think long and hard before entering FSU. The university has some good things about it, but this place is not for everyone. I went here thinking that there was a lot of things I could do, but in the end I was not able to do much and left feeling mildly disappointing.

For starters, FSU feels more like a SEC school than an ACC one. The culture here is very warped around football and the southern life-style. There is some diversity here, but the diversity is mainly in asians, south americans and blacks that they imported from other countries to boost their programs. This isnt really a school for northerners/eastern europeans unlike other ACC schools.

The administration here is probably the worse I've seen at any school I've been to, but that could just be since it's a big school. Financial aid is ran by a bunch of idiots who you will have to call a billion times for them to process your paper work correctly since nothing online tells you if it's all correct.

Admissions was kind of a joke too since they tell you when they announce your admissions date, but then keep changing it on you. I found it kind of insulting to how I was unable to get into the communications program when I had the right experience for that but lacked a stupid GRE math score that isnt even relevant, but was admitted to a program that really has nothing to do with what I am really interested in.

In terms of academics, its really a mixed bag. I went into a graduate program that I did not think was really worth it. I definitely learned a lot, but it was not things that align with what I have already done. The professors range from decent to terrible. My program claimed it was #1 in the nation, but it was mainly due to the research they produced and not the way the teachers taught.

The job market in Tallahassee is pretty awful. I was able to find one job here after living in this town for three years. Getting a job at the school is next to impossible since there is so much bureaucracy that its not even funny. My grad department only offers TA/GA jobs to those with a PhD and trying to talk to anyone else on campus about employment is next to impossible since people are too busy here to give you the time of day.

Finally, the social life here is also a mixed bag. If your part of the greek system, you may have a good time, but that all depends on who your affiliated with. If you dont have any greek affiliation that is influential of the school, it's going to feel pretty awkward trying to get ahead here. The clubs arent very good since they are ran by people who dont really care about much of anything and they all try to charge you a bunch of money for useless garbage.

The best I can say about Tallahassee though is that it's a cheap place to live, the food is decent, people here arent very superficial, and it's fairly safe. I cant complain that I lived here in Tallahassee, even though it's lacking in terms of activities. The parks are nice and there are some decent hangouts, but nothing that I thought was exciting.Overall, do a lot of research before coming to FSU. Some people may really like this place, but I am not one of them. If you have some connection to this place already and know that you can do well, come here. If your an outsider who is looking to break through, I wouldnt waste my time.

FSU is meh, but it is not reallyOct 31 2015Education
FSU is meh, but it is not really FSU's fault that is so meh. College in general is becoming a waste of time since schools arent very good at giving you the skills to do whatever your trying to do in life. FSU is one of the better universities in Florida in certain aspects since it has some really good programs, but in general it is not much different than most other public schools.

The good about FSU is that its a very nice looking campus, interesting students, good football team, decent bus system, lots of places nearby to eat, cheap to attend/live by and there is a lot of people that go there. The bad about FSU is that its hard to find work here, the administration is really stupid, some of the classes are a waste of time, the surrounding area is kind of ghetto, there is no real bar on campus, the student organizations/activities are really boring, and the school is way too big.

I dont think the grad school is really worth it at FSU. Luckily my program is online and I can continue taking classes if I move, but going to class in real life is a waste of time. Even being at the school is kind of a waste since the jobs on campus are very limited and dont pay that great. Its also very hard to communicate with the faculty and staff here since people have a billion things going on and barely any time to spend with you.

I think going to FSU for undergrad is fine since it seems like its very fun to younger people. The problem with FSU/any major public university is that it kind of caters really hard to those who want to blow a bunch of money on bullshit and isnt really about education. You will do more learning on your own than in the classroom. The school feels more like a amusement park/vacation town more than a place that is about giving people opportunities and helping people learn. Overall, FSU is slightly better than your average university just because the social experience has a lot of potential to take you some places. I really wanted to go to FSU for a long time and am glad that I went, but to be honest, the place is fucking weird. I hope employers start to realize how overrated college is, since there is not much that people do at a university that is really essential to bettering society.

Jun 06 2013Architecture & Urban Planning Department
Loved my time there -- just can't find work because I choose to earn a useless degree.
2 of the faculty here are good teachersMay 19 2013Music - Performance
2 of the faculty here are good teachers and make good mentors. The others are not, they are not good teachers, are very pretentious, and one seems to be downright just burned out and is not encouraging at all! I have not felt like my strengths have been appreciated as much as they should have been and there was no effort to help me develop my own voice as a musician. I wondered why some of the students were always complaining about the program here when I first arrived. After a year, I now know why. The teachers simply aren't doing a good job and aren't on the same page about things. I found out after coming here that I had to take a class in the summer that wasn't offered any other time and that my TA waiver wouldn't cover it. There were also about $3,000 in fees and health insurance plans that I had to pay each semester. The school I could have gone to instead of this one would have given me about double the amount of stipend per month......also, I believe many schools cover the health insurance fee for their Graduate assistants. Except for one class and one special performance, it has been a waste of my time.
Students were given misleading information in advising sessiJan 04 2012Other
Students were given misleading information in advising sessions due to department politics. The graduate program is currently in suspension due to mismanagement. Students close to completion were ushered out as quickly as possible. Bad experience during my PhD. On a general note, graduate teaching assistants at FSU are not much more than slave laborers for the university. They are pushed to focus more on teaching than their own coursework and research. One would be wise to seek a graduate degree almost anywhere else.
I graduated several months ago but FSU continuesSep 01 2010Unknown
I graduated several months ago but FSU continues to contact me about my registration status and putting holds on my account so that I can't order transcripts: my bill has been paid in full for 9 months now. I have never been able to call an office or walk in and get helpful, friendly advice. More often than not, I got a "go wait in line" comment with a dirty look. No one is able to answer questions, I was very often sent bouncing from one office to the next for the entire day to find the answer to a simple question. I received the most academic support from professors OUTSIDE of my field of study. My professors were too self-absorbed and distant to care about what I was doing in their classes (considering the proportion of grad students to professors was close to 3:1). The students that I got to know were snooty and arrogant and the ones I didn't know were rude and detached; no one will say "hi" to you in passing. Violent crimes (like armed robbery and attempted rape) occurred at least once a week on campus: The campus police were severely incompetent and always unreachable. As for my particular department, it is one of the highest ranking in the country, and I understand that every department is different, but the past two years for me were the worst academic experience I have ever had. I learned nothing that I hadn't learned in my undergrad. They brag about their student assistant payment packages, yet somehow I still managed to accrue debt (after going through 4 years of undergrad with no debt). Going to FSU is a waste of time and money.
Let's start with the positives, Tallahassee is probablyJun 15 2010Other
Let's start with the positives, Tallahassee is probably the easiest college town to maneuver around. With the capitol right around the corner, it brings a lot culture and events to this quaint southern town. Being in the Deep South/Florida Panhandle, it is known to be slow-paced, chill and friendly at the same time. The scenery nearby and the campus aesthetics is gorgeous and so are the students. This school has a lot of school pride and a decent football team with a standout stadium. Although a lot of money goes to the football team instead of academics, I got to give credit where it's due, the football team does generate money back to the academic system such as the remodeling of Strozier recently (2010).

Now for the negatives. As much with any mega-public university, the university is overstretched when it comes to resources. Although we have a $500 million endowment, there are over 40,000 students to be divided up amongst. There is not enough assistantships to cover everyone in the Dept. even if they are qualified. And even with an assistantships, you still need to be prepared to take out loans. Secondly as for the faculty you will probably be impressed with half of them, world-renowned scientists and dismayed with the other half, who can barely speak English and worst yet is the politics involved, you will learn stay away from it. For the most part, I would recommend this school to undegraduates, most undergrads are friendly, respectful and have a lot of fun; or individuals obtaining a professional Masters such as MBA or MSW and are funded by outside sources. This school is also known for Law School. I would not recommend attending a full-time Ph.D. research program, a lot of students fall through the cracks due to funding. If you can get into a higher ranked, better funded school do so. The program itself isn't poor, if you work hard and finish your degree, you will get a post somewhere ... eventually. However it's the combination of amount of useless research and the amount of loans that you'd have to take in the end, which makes it seem the more worthwhile to spend more time and money to begin with applying to more schools around the nation.

After years of prayer and discernment, I electedJan 06 2010Architecture & Urban Planning Department
After years of prayer and discernment, I elected to attend this university, under the impression that there would be no man-eating wolverines involved. I was immediately disappointed by the sheer number of wolverines frolicking about campus, eating men as they pleased. Curiously enough, they were equally ravenous for women. But perhaps more disconcerting is the fact that, every Thursday at about four o'clock PM, they forcibly remove a member of the faculty or staff from his or her living facilities and pull them out to the football field, where they proceed to ritually cut their nervous throat with the dulling knife of Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan. Perhaps even more off-putting, perhaps, is the severed head of Richard Nixon, which they have pinned to the top of the science building with a stake, in order that it may keep careful watch over the school's day-to-day operation and make sure that the wolverines do not escape.
Here's a little advice,Jan 05 2010Interior Design
Here's a little advice, STAY AWAY, AND NEVER ENTER A ROOM ALONE! They have live cattle hanging from the rafters and a severed head keeps constant watch over the campus. Students are terrified, squeamish, and unable to contain their meals. All in all, too many Blacks
Research Topic(s): Why the Black Chocobo is the fastest Chocobo
I am not impressed with the ultra-conservative facultyFeb 23 2009Political Science
I am not impressed with the ultra-conservative faculty and students at this school. I could not do the research that I wanted to do because of the ultra-conservative republican faculty. If you want a graduate education, go to a smaller Florida school with more liberal faculty. FSU promotes closse-minded republican values, that's all.
I liked graduate school because it teaches youFeb 14 2008Geography and Geosciences
I liked graduate school because it teaches you to learn and think differently. The approach to learning is more round table than lecture. I felt equal to my professors for the first time, but my department was over ambitious and I could not agree with my thesis adviser on anything. I wanted to get things done quick and the department worked much slower than that. In my opinion, they had too many grad students in the dept. TA and RA spots were competitive and given to favorites. There was lots of gossip and lots of worthless work being done. There were no funding opportunities. I did not like Tallahassee either. Its good for partying, but for anything else its just a north Florida hick town. My house got broken into 3 times. Other students say that happens regularly. I was miserable in the town, so I did well in my work. The administration is strange, its like the system is set up to not work well at all, but the people within the system can be helpful. Also, too much emphasis on football and trying to be the best by constantly expanding (like the new medical school). The school is trying to compete at some high level and it is just not sustainable. A lot of smaller programs and students are falling through the cracks.
I just did my Masters at Florida StateAug 02 2007Criminal
I just did my Masters at Florida State Criminal Justice Dep. I learned a lot about research and general theory. To get experience you have to go into the working enviroment and apply these skills. A lot of the professors are nice and really smart. They sometimes come off as arrogant, but you have to put that aside and try to learn as much as you can from them
I have loved everything about my experience withJan 18 2007School of Information
I have loved everything about my experience with FSU so far (just within the College of Information) EXCEPT the Financial Aid department. They are TERRIBLE!! If you email them, it takes at least three weeks to get a reply. If you call them, you will be on hold for at least an hour (that's when I hung up). By the time you receive a reply to your email, the answer to the question is no longer needed and the answer they give is vague and unhelpful.To get your refund, you are required to either open an account through SunTrust or get it mailed to you, taking almost a week to get it (and I'm not even out of state!). So even though you are paying interest on that money from the minute they disburse it, if you get it mailed, you won't have that money for a week. Every other school I have attended has allowed me to direct deposit my refund into my OWN checking account. I do not WANT to open a SunTrust debit card through FSU because I don't even live in Tallahassee!!! (I'm a distance learning student). I am SO sick and tired of this that I have seriously thought about transferring to a more organized school - but I love my program and the professors.
Most of the doctoral faculty is approachable andJan 31 2006Business - Management and Administration
Most of the doctoral faculty is approachable and willing to involve you in research projects. You can always find research to work on. Most of the faculty encourage a nuturing environment and are invested in your success. If you complete the program, you WILL be very competitive on the market AND you will be prepared to be successful in your field. There are some political factions in the faculty. With some savvy, you can navigate around most of the minefields without getting blown up. The best approach is not to get involved in the politics (it will put you in a lose/lose situation). Ultimately, however, your selection of a dissertation chair will cast you (unwilling or not) into one of the "sides" of the political factions. Again, this is probably true at most similar institutions.

Most of the students are collegial, but a handful are arrogant and competitive (probably true everywhere). In some cases students will try to use the existing political factions to their advantage and to the competitive disadvantage of other students. As long as you are aware of this, you can survive. At some point, you'll have to make a decision to fly under the radar or choose a political path .... choose wisely. Remember, aside from your department chair and dissertation chair ... trust no-one.

Surprisingly, for a flagship university in a well funded state, the doctoral programs are grossly underfunded. The stipends available for the doctoral students are ridiculously low meaning that you will have to go into major student loan debt unless you or a benefactor have a deep stash of cash to get you through. Sometimes you can teach extra classes for extra cash, but the end result is that you lose valuable research time.

Many little tangential issues can tend to drive you nuts. Parking is attrocious. The campus has three parking garages, all of them too small and most are occupied full time by kids living on campus or in dorms. The parking police are diligent and the surrounding neighborhoods are shady. Parking for College of Business is insulting. You might find a space if you arrive at the crack of dawn. Most likely, you will have to pay for it (in addition to campus parking fees) or park in a shady (dangerous) area. They sold half of the business school parking to the local Catholic church (who now charges ridiculous prices to park) and decided to build a luxury apartment complex for students over the remaining biz school parking lots. The result is that there is literally no parking unless you want to arrive an hour early to campus and park at the football stadium (where you get to either ride a bus, or walk a mile to class). That brings me to my next point .... all of the administrative buildings that you have to frequent are built around the football stadium. That means for every little thing you have to do with financial aid, test scanning, registrar, bursar, parking, forms, etc. all occur at the complete opposite side of campus. These two inconveniences seem minor at first, but they slowly eat away tons of your valuable time.

My final complaint is with regard to the undergrads. If you need to relive your partying undergrad days, you will love them. This bunch parties morning, noon and night on every day of the week. However, as students of classes that you will teach, they are a royal headache. They hate coming to class, hate doing any assignments, they hate studying and they hate working. They will NOT come prepared for class. They will spend enormous amounts of effort to try and cheat rather than just do the work. They will try to negotiate for grades rather than earn them. They will beg for extra credit and curves. They will beg for the answers to every test before the test. They expect you to be available to them at all hours of the day, every day. They believe that you do nothing but teach their specific class. They demand that you serve them NOW. They are lazy. They are disrespectful. They will roll their eyes at you and bring newspapers, IPods, mp3 players, cell phones and food to your class. They wonder why there degrees are worth little but don't want to work for anything. Maybe this is a generational thing. Maybe this is life at a party school. Maybe this is the college scene at a public university. I just don't know. I do know that I would never work here as a Professor because of the quality of the undergrad student.

Fear and Loathing in Tallahassee:May 25 2005Communications
Fear and Loathing in Tallahassee: +Beautiful girls add to the campus aesthetic, and a lively place to spend divorced mom/dad's money on fraternity/sorority nonsense which dominates some areas. If you've got J-Lo shades and you look like Paris Hilton on crack, then hit the scene, it's all YOU...tanorexic middle-class mediocrity! If you actually study and go to the library, you will find like-minded individuals there, and you will be rewarded with good grades and letters of recommendation. Beware of criminal justice majors who want to play amateur psychologist with YOU! Beware of glory-seeking professors who will sell YOU out! Be true to yourself and have the last laugh! Remember: this is still a backwards-ass racist redneck town filled with sleazy legislators and self-aggrandizing presidential goons. Despite its faults, I love it here; and the gym is ridonculous!
I worked and studied very hard to becomeAug 25 2004English
I worked and studied very hard to become a student in a graduate program. And time and time again, I have been forced to take "Linked" courses (i.e., courses where undergraduates also are in the course). I like undergraduates. I teach them. I hope to teach them for the rest of my professional career. However, I DO NOT WANT TO TAKE GRADUATE COURSES WITH THEM!!!! I studied and worked and sacrificed to become a graduate student, and an alarming number of my "graduate" courses have to dumb down in order to accomodate the 19 year old students in them. Why in the hell did I do all this work if I'm still taking courses that basically cater to undergraduate sensibilities??????? Why did I work so hard and sacrifice so much, just to take courses in which we all have to cater to the (perfectly understandable but they have no place in a graduate course) childish and immature rantings of 19 year olds?????
Research Topic(s): The other as contagion
May 22 2003Physics
Great program!
The school overall-I would leave, but the peopleDec 07 2002Business - Management and Administration
The school overall-I would leave, but the people and nitelife are great, there is generally something to do at all times, and to top it off we keep A to Z Home Delivery on speed dial where we can have everything from our beer to groceries delivered--that is SOOOOOO worth it when we are in study group.

The pizza's here are okay- to be expected, and they are constantly adding more clubs--So overall it is worth it--

Sep 24 2001Computer Science
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