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Books, beer, and bowl bids
From Silver Screen to Specimen Slide
FSU’s standout School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts has won accolades for its excellent faculty and state-of-the-art amenities. As you might expect, gaining entrance to the program is highly competitive. But film isn’t the only thing that FSU does well: Its programs in English, engineering, and fine arts put in strong showings year in and year out. The sciences have also been coming on of late, biology being especially well regarded. But as a large state school, FSU presents the typical large-state-school pitfalls. The student-to-faculty ratio is an impersonal 22:1, and many courses are of the big-lecture variety. Professors labor under the often-competing obligations of teaching and research, and the administration confronts students with a bureaucracy some describe as Byzantine. All of these factors may leave a lone ’Nole feeling lost in the shuffle. The onus is on the students to find their place and strike a balance between studying and partying.
You Can’t Fall off the Floor
At FSU, partying is a serious pursuit. The school is a perennial contender in
A Seminole Influence
Situated on the outskirts of Tallahassee, less than an hour from the Gulf Coast, FSU offers a small-town pace with big-city resources. Students find such living generally agreeable but are often eager to go off the reservation, enjoying spring break capitals such as Panama City or celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But Seminole fever infects students and townies alike, and relations between FSU and its host city are generally friendly. Although the student body is large, the campus is a compact 451 acres. There is a dearth of parking options, and the residence halls vary in quality. These hassles are offset by the palpable school spirit pervading the student body, largely a result of the shared passion for football and its attendant festivities.