Florida State University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(4.07 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 263 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 40,830 (32,706 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 27% part-time, 73% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,543 in-state; $26,697 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

Florida State University (Law) is a great program. The professors, placement office, and the deans are accessible and always eager to offer help and advice . The student body is pleasantly diverse, lively, and respectful but also has a healthy dose of competition.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

The FSU College of Medicine is very student friendly and centered. There is great support for myself and my colleagues to help us succeed in this stressful environment. We are still a new program and still working on improving the curriculum and leadership, but I think this school's mission will be the future model of medical education.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

There are many pros to this graduate program such the availability of professors, cost of education, campus life, as well as access to other resources. Some of the cons I have encounters are not really associated with the graduate program directly but are related to the cost of living expenses.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of my graduate program is that it is very specific to what I want to do. Transportation around Tallahassee is pretty good, and the bus system is free to FSU students. The teachers are knowledgable, and although it is a very hard program, I am learning a lot. The cons are that it wasn't as hands-on as I was expecting, at least not yet. I have been disappointed with the "practicum" class which should be the most applicable to my learning, but we were just cleaning the gym most of the time - not training the athletes like we should have been.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The professors and other students are what make this program as positive as it is.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019

It's been a great experience so far, and I am looking forward to the next semester!
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Most of the faculty is very good and open to working with you and helping you with your experiments. However there are certain politics within the faculty that can make it difficult to feel very comfortable around some professors, and the fact that the programs are separated between Biology, Biomedical and Psychology departments can leave a feeling of isolation among the three. That being said there are many funding opportunities in all three departments and even sponsors within the program. There are MANY core facilities available for use. The classes often feel a bit useless, but I think that is a common feeling of graduate students getting a Ph.D in research. Tallahassee itself is a bit of a cultural wasteland. If you are able to find a niche for yourself, such as an interest in nature or are self-motivated to find communities for singing, dancing, kickboxing, rock climbing, etc, it is easy to become socially isolated among the undergraduate scene. Of course that is true for any place--but I really wouldn't consider Tallahassee as a very interesting place for people entering their mid-twenties or early thirties. Unless you are hardcore about doing research!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

A fairly competitive graduate program that is supported generaly well by both department and faculty. Students are given a large degree of responsibility in the creation and management or their graduade career. Most graduate students are funded through fellowships or teaching assistantships, additional funding for research is available and highly competitive. Overall I think any potential graduate student should serously consider FSU if their academic or research interests align with any of the faculty here, you will not be disappointed. (Allthough the Tallahassee area could have more to offer!).
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

my program has a strong academic standing. I learn a lot from being in the program.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2015

I am working toward completion of a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, (Speech-Language Pathology-SLP). This is a program that requires over 60 credit hours of coursework and 400+ hours of clinical practicums. I am a much older student, age 57, and began the program in 2010. I am grateful that FSU has been so supportive of me and my special needs. I am able to work full time as a SLP in the public school system while working through my master's degree online. The professors treat distance learners with the same concern, care and attention as their on-campus students. The lectures, course requirements and textbooks are of exceptional quality and the professors have acquired many awards in their profession. I have had many crises, medical and personal, since I began my graduate program in 2010, most of them age related. My professors have worked with me, pushing, crying with me through my trials and encouraging me when I honestly did not believe that I had the strength to continue. I will be honest, it is a difficult medical program and the distance learning program requires the student to be self-motivated and responsible for their own education. If you do not have these qualities, it is best not to begin this program. The professors expect you to act professionally and will not chase you down to be sure that you are doing your work. The quality of this academic program is very high and I do not feel that I have missed out on knowledge because I chose the distance learning program. I will graduate summer of 2015 and had no difficulty passing the national Praxis Exam for SLPs on my first attempt. I have proven, in my current position as a SLP in Lee County, just how well prepared I have been through FSU's program. Unfortunately, several medical crises have left me in a very difficult financial position. I have a huge student loan dept because of the length and cost of the program. I am required to complete my master's degree by 2016 in order to continue working in the schools, which is where my heart is. I love my students and because of that, I have helped many of them learn to read and improve their communication abilities. Working as a direct hire in a public school will not allow me to repay the loan debt, and I will only receive an additional $2500/year with my low teacher's salary once I complete my master's degree. I still have several classes to complete before I can graduate, but cannot obtain another loan because I no longer have enough class credit hours to meet the 6 credit hour/semester requirement for a student loan. I do not have the funds, at this point, to take even one more class and have no family left to borrow from, either. I could really use the help! I have maintained a nearly 4.0 GPA, in spite of my age and health related difficulties. It has been an incredible struggle, but gaining the knowledge to change young lives for the better makes it all worthwhile. When my students come to me and say, "Mrs. Olson! I am reading another book and I AM going to college!" it gives me goosebumps. One of my students is 14 with an IQ of 45. She came to me with no ability to read and is now reading at a second grade level. She is so proud! As an SLP the opportunities to help young people are endless. Our hands are not tied like the teachers are. Instead, we can teach to the child's grade level abilities, rebuilding broken hearts who have been told over and over, "You can't do this, you can't read. Have your Mom or Dad do the work for you, and then turn it in." As an SLP, you can make a difference, whether it is with oral cancer patients, children in schools, patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes or dementia. The need is great and if you are determined to put in the time and effort to gain the knowledge required to do the job, FSU's Distance Learning Communication Disorders Program is an excellent option and will allow you to work while successfully learning the required skills.
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