Top 8 Buildings at FSU You Need to Know


For any student attending his or her college for the first time, one of the most important things to know is what and where all the buildings are, whether they be lecture halls, students centers, or dining halls. Below are the buildings you need to know at Florida State University (FSU).

1. Bryan Hall

An image of Bryan Hall

Address: 182 Convocation Way, Tallahassee, FL

Bryan Hall is the oldest extant campus building, having been constructed in 1907 and named for William James Bryan, a United States Senator from Jacksonville. Bryan is conjoined on the north with Suwannee Dining Hall and Jennie Murphree Hall.

2. Gilchrist Hall

An image of Gilchrist Hall

Address: 702 University Way, Tallahassee, FL

Gilchrist Hall was named for Governor Albert W. Gilchrist. The east wing was constructed in 1926 and the south and west wings were added in 1928. The three-story structure has been continuously used as a dormitory.

3Dodd Hall

An image of Dodd Hall

Address:641 University Way, Tallahassee, FL

Dodd Hall is the most elaborate example of Collegiate Gothic architecture on campus. When entering the lobby of Dodd Hall, note the beautiful painting ceiling and the large oil painting on the rear east wall. At the west end of the Museum is a memorial stained glass window depicting four of the university’s best-known buildings.

4. Diffenbaugh Building

An image of Diffenbaugh Building

Address:625 University Wy (at Convocation Wy) Tallahassee, FL 32306

The original Diffenbaugh Building was built in 1922 and was known as the Science Hall. It was the third academic facility built on campus. It has since been enlarged and modernized, although the original Gothic entrance was incorporated into the main façade.

5. Health and Wellness Center

An image of the Health and Wellness Center

Address:960 Learning Way, Tallahassee FL

The Health and Wellness Center is an establishment that offers health services for the body and mind. It offers skin care services and body services such as fitness, personal training and nutrition consulting.

6. Landis Hall

An image of Landis Hall

Address: 714 University Way, Tallahassee, FL

When the first group of young women moved into Landis Hall in 1939, it was the largest dorm on campus, designed especially for seniors. Landis, today, is a modern, co-ed residence hall for approximately 400 honors students. Located in the heart of campus, students have direct access to the beautiful sprawling green space where they love to sunbathe, join in a game of Frisbee, and possibly strike up new friendships or a romance.

7. Strozier Library

An image of Strozier Library

Address: 116 Honors Way, Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University’s main library anchors the north side of Landis Green with Landis Hall bordering the south side. The three-story structure, along with a five-story annex addition, provides vast digital resources, books, fast Wi-Fi connections and comfortable study space for thousands of students. While an historic building on the outside, the library boasts a modern and high-tech connected interior, complete with the nation’s first double-sided Starbucks, providing a caffeine fix for students both inside and outside the library.

8. University Centers

An image of the University Center

Address: 364 Learning Way Tallahassee FL

The University Centers are devoted to student recreation and socialization. They contain lounges, wellness centers, dining facilities or vendors, and entertainment venues. The student center is the center of student affairs and activities and may house the offices of the student government or other student groups. They also contain a small conference center, with its meeting rooms rented out to student groups and local organizations holding conferences or competitions.


Interesting facts about Florida State University

1. Florida State University’s efforts to expand student engagement in undergraduate research have received national recognition from the Council on Undergraduate Research.

An image of Florida State University research


In both 2015 and 2016, the Washington D.C.-based council selected Florida State as one of six research-university finalists for the Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA). About 25 percent of FSU undergraduate students currently conduct out-of-class research with faculty members, with many more participating within the classroom.

2. Florida State consistently delivers an affordable, high quality education and offers distinctive opportunities to engage its students.

An image of Florida State University college value


In 2018, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best College Value,” ranks Florida State as the 4th best value among public colleges for out-of-state students, an eight-place jump over last year. FSU was rated 14th best value among public colleges for in-state students. FSU is ranked #25 among public institutions in Forbes‘ 2017 “Best Value Colleges.”

3. Florida State has received a great deal of recognition for its top ranked programs.

An image of Florida State University top ranked programs


The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked Florida State’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice No. 1 in the nation for faculty research. U.S. News & World Report, “Best Graduate Schools,” 2018 edition, ranks the School of Information’s school library media program No. 1. Variety lists FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts as one of the world’s Best Film Schools, 2018. The College is also ranked among the Top 25 Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter, 2018. Numerous other programs at Florida State rank in the Top 5.

4. Florida State has won recognition as having the best online programs for veterans.

An image of Florida State University best online programs


Military Times ranked Florida State No. 22 in the latest “Best Colleges 2018” rankings, which are published annually by the magazine. Florida State’s online graduate program in criminal justice is ranked No. 4 nationally for educating veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Programs for Veterans” rankings (2018).

5. Florida State has been recognized for its plethora of diversity around campus.

An image of Florida State University's diversity statistics


Florida State’s continuing efforts to move diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the university mission have received national recognition as the institution earned INSIGHT Into Diversity‘s “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, which annually recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Florida State University has also been identified as a top performer for black student success, with one of the highest graduation rates among African-American students of nearly 700 universities examined in a 2017 national study by The Education Trust.

6. Florida State is the only FBS school in the nation to have each of its sports advance to the NCAA postseason for two straight years.

An image of Florida State University NCAA basketball


Since 2010, Seminole teams have qualified for NCAA postseason play in 167 of 174 opportunities.  In 2017-18, Florida State student-athletes posted a cumulative record GPA above a 3.0. FSU was the only school in Division I to have its football team play in a bowl game and send its men’s and women’s basketball teams and baseball team to the NCAA postseason.

7. FSU has the best four-year graduation rate of any public university in Florida.

An image of a Florida State University graduation


At 68.4 percent, FSU has the highest four-year graduation rate in the State University System’s history. All three Rhodes Scholars from public universities in Florida since 2006 were FSU students. The university has the highest percentage of alumni giving back than any university in Florida. The university also has the highest amount of National Science Foundation research and development expenditures in the state.



Author: Chelsea Wang

First-year student at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a B.S. in computer science with an additional major in mathematical sciences.

Leave a Reply