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Student Life

Welcome from Dr. Mary B. Coburn, Vice President for Student Affairs

An exciting array of opportunities awaits you at Florida State University to learn, lead, serve, enjoy, and grow. The Florida State University community takes pride in helping each student find his or her niche for becoming involved and getting the most out of college. Whether you are interested in the arts, athletics, community service, leadership, or student government, you will find activities and organizations to join others who share your interest. Becoming involved beyond the classroom expands your horizons and makes learning come alive!

Check out a few of the many areas that you can explore when you arrive by looking at the sites listed below. Start thinking now about how you are going to get involved and leave your mark at Florida State!

Know your Rights & Responsibilities as a Student

Higher education is one of society's freest of institutions. The community standard at Florida State University, which guides conduct and influences policy is called Responsible Freedom. Responsible Freedom acknowledges that you have the right to justice and public order as well as the responsibility to protect the rights and privileges of fellow community members. Familiarize yourself with frequently used policies and guidelines which govern the student experience at Florida State University, including the Academic Honor Policy, Study Conduct Code, and other administrative policies/rules:
Student Policy Handbook.

Dean of Students Department

The Dean of Students Department supports the holistic development of students through advocacy, empowerment, leadership, accountability, and community. It does this by supporting the University's academic mission and by providing services, advocacy, and crisis management for all students through creative problem-solving, accessibility, and accountability. Areas reporting to the Dean of Students Department include Case Management Services, Family Connection, New Student & Family Programs, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Student Disability Resource Center, Victim Advocate Program, and Withdrawal Services.

Leadership & Service at The Florida State University

Leadership development, service learning, and civic education & engagement provide Florida State University students with valuable opportunities to link concepts learned in the classroom with situations found in the "real world". Leadership and service are core values in Florida State University Mission as a leading institution of higher education. Engage in your education, personal development and the world around you through The Center for Leadership & Social Change.

Garnet & Gold Scholar Society

The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well–rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of Leadership, Internship, Service, International, and Research. Be recognized for your engagement experiences by participating in this initiative throughout your duration at Florida State University by completing three of five engagement area to become a member. Visit http://garnetandgoldscholar.fsu.edu/ to learn more!

Campus Safety & Florida State University Police Department

Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD) supports Florida State University's mission by promoting a safe and secure higher education environment while providing proactive police and customer–related services aimed at reducing crime. Along with various campus partners, FSUPD works with students and staff to establish and maintain a comfortable living and learning environment. More information can be found on this topic by clicking here.

Seminole Dining

Higher education should be about great food for your body as well as your mind. Fill both while at Florida State University by using making use of the multiple dining opportunities provided by Seminole Dining. Between attending classes, studying, and having fun, you might have little time left to shop, cook and clean. Relax… Seminole Dining will do the work for you at one of FSU's all–you–can–eat restaurants or retail locations.

Your Home in Tallahassee & University Housing

  • University Housing: Enjoy the convenience, safety, flexibility, value, and community found by living on–campus in one of Florida State University's amazing residence halls or apartment settings. Remember to apply as soon as possible after you have been accepted to the University.
  • Tallahassee: Remember that you will share Tallahassee as a home with other students and citizens. Review the student information, resources, and reminders provided by the City of Tallahassee. Student Living in Tallahassee.

Seminole Athletics

Many students enjoy attending the wide range of athletic events offered at Florida State University because of the the strong sense of community and tradition it builds at the University (Seminole Athletics). All registered students, through the payment of a student activities fee have the opportunity, but are not guaranteed, to receive student athletic tickets.

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