Florida State University Visit Report by nycollegedad
Visit to Florida State University in August 2007 by nycollegedad(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2008)
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Admissions Interview: Yes - We met with an admissions rep. Did not have an appointment. Reviewed our son's application and got feedback on his chances. Highly recommend this, if possible. The admissions staff was very helpf
Information Session: Yes - We were at FSU on Friday and we were the only ones signed up for the 11am Info session. The admissions rep we had at our session was great! She answered all our questions and gave us some great tips.
Campus Tour: Yes - we took the 9am tour. We figured with the temp getting up into the mid to high 90's by mid day, we would take the early morning walking tour. Our tour guide was terrific and a wealth of info for
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Campus Visit Notes for Florida State University
We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and stayed through Sunday morning. We are from New York and flew into Tallahassee airport. We have looked at several Florida schools for our son, now a high school senior. We stayed at the Doubletree in downtown Tallahassee. Our first impression of the school was "wow". We were driving down a road from the airport and suddenly there appeared Doak Campbell Stadium. It was very impressive to see. Later during our tour, we went into the stadium. That was cool. We were at the campus during the tail end of Seminole Sensation Week. For those who don't know, this is a week of activities the school sponsors to get new students involved and welcome back old students. The campus was very busy, but never seemed crowded. We took the walking tour and felt like we really got a great feel for the campus. Our tour guide, a sophomore was a stand out. Despite the heat, she had a ton of energy and really got us excited about the university. There is some construction going on (which we thought was good). New buildings, updated buildings all signs that the college is re-investing money back into making FSU better. The dorms seemed nice, but the only one we actually toured was Degraff which was brand new. We attended several of the activities on campus (trip to "The Rez", saw an illusionist perform in the union and attended a concert Saturday night) and really got a good sense of what the student body and staff were like. One night we went to the "Park Avenue Diner" a 24/7 on campus diner style restaurant and got a milkshake. It seemed like a really social location for the students and was convenient right near the center of campus. All the students were so nice and so passionate about how much they love FSU. The parents we spoke with who were dropping off kids also spoke very highly about the university. We took the advice of another CC member (parent2noles) and ate lunch at one of the dining halls (Suwannee). It had different food stations (pasta station, sandwich, breakfast etc). Seemed like your typical college food. The rec center (Leach) was very nice; we saw the marching band practicing which we found interesting. Clearly the state of Florida has some great universities for its residents to choose from. FSU certainly belongs at or near the top of the list.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Doubletree seemed fine. It is in downtown, need to drive to campus. We tried to get a room at the new hotel closer to campus (residence inn on Gaines street) but it was booked.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
we ate lunch at Jim and milts bbq. Ate lunch on campus at Suwannee dining hall. Ate dinner in downtown Tallahassee at Andrews and another restaurant. Both were good. Had wings at AJ's sports bar.