Graduate Life

Located in the center of Tallahassee, the state capital, Florida State University is well known for its beauty. Familiarly known in its beginning years as the College of the Pines, it still retains its unique mixture of Southern ease with Florida exotic. Collegiate Gothic structures are combined with modern architecture set in a landscape of rolling hills with pines, palms, dogwoods, and live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Flowering shrubs provide year-round color. Nearby a national forest, a wildlife refuge, lakes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico beaches offer opportunities for numerous outdoor pursuits.

The cultural appeal of the University is evidenced through special programs in the arts, including productions from several University and local theatres, operatic and musical (symphonic to jazz) offerings, and art exhibits. Campus recreational opportunities include, for example, the Leach Fitness and Wellness Center (e.g., gymnasium, indoor track, racquetball); over forty sports clubs (e.g., Martial Arts); Morcom Aquatics Center; Seminole Golf Course; and the FSU Reservation where students can canoe, kayak, picnic, rock climb, and swim. There are over four hundred student organizations at FSU, many of which attract graduate students. The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) is the official representative body of all post-baccalaureate non-degree, master’s, specialist, professional, and doctoral students at Florida State. For those who enjoy sports, many of the University’s intercollegiate athletic teams regularly rank nationally.

There are numerous opportunities and activities on and off campus that are available to graduate students throughout the year. Visit the following links to view the numerous events, activities, and resources that are available to graduate students.

FSU Events

Health and Wellness Services

Student Involvement

Community Service

Residential Life

Career Services

Instructional Support

Research Support


Leadership and Diversity

Tallahassee Community