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Florida Southern College

  • Lakeland, FL
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 59%41%
    student ratio
  • 2,192
    total students
  • $29,340 | $29,340
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 49%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 545
    sat math
  • 545
    sat reading
  • 532
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Engaged Learning at Its Best

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is one of the nation's best private colleges and an award-winning, national leader in engaged learning. With a 13:1 student-faculty member ratio, FSC is committed to providing personalized, hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom.

In addition to plentiful opportunities for service-learning, performance, and collaborative research with faculty members, FSC guarantees each student an internship and a study-abroad experience at no added cost. Through the Junior Journey program, students work with faculty members to create an international travel experiences that support their academic goals, earning course credit and gaining worldly perspective by studying in places such as Costa Rica, China, Turkey, South Africa, England, France, Italy, and Spain. The guaranteed internship program further ensures that each student has the opportunity to apply classroom concepts in a real-world environment -- while gaining valuable professional experience.

As part of FSC's engaged-learning model, business students have established strategic plans and operational reports for both corporate and non-profit organizations; nursing students have delivered babies in Tanzania; and chemistry students have collaborated with faculty members to become published in national academic journals, such as "The Journal of Physical Chemistry." An ongoing partnership with The Washington Center has brought political science students to Washington, D.C., to intern for members of congress, the Secret Service, and the U.S. State Deparment. Fine arts students have performed alongside talented faculty and visiting performers such as opera stars Vale Rideout and Priti Gandhi.

FSC offers over 50 majors including business, psychology, biology, chemistry, nursing, fine arts, and communication, with recently added programs in musical theatre, marine biology, and dance. FSC is also a top destination for high-quality pre-professional programs in medicine, veterinary studies, and law. Ninety-six percent of graduates reports finding a job in their fields or going on to graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Top-Ranked for Campus Beauty and Student Life

Nationally renowned for its campus beauty, FSC boasts an impressive collection of inviting gardens, including a world-class rose garden, as well as citrus trees, shaded walkways, and even a traditional Hindu meditation garden--all wi-fi equipped. The west campus, home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, is a National Historic Landmark and popular tourist destination. FSC is an hour's drive from Tampa and Orlando, providing easy access to pristine beaches, spectacular amusement parks, premium entertainment and shopping, and leading pro sports venues. Distinguished by architectural brilliance and adorned by natural Florida beauty, FSC has ranked among "The Princeton Review's" top 10 for Most Beautiful Campus for five years, including an unprecedented 2-year run as the no. 1 Most Beautiful Campus in 2012 and 2013.

Students enjoy outstanding campus life programming, including 19 championship NCAA Division II sports; a nationally recognized intramural sports program; over 70 clubs and organizations; a comprehensive National Greek system; and a diverse selection of weekend activities, including watersports on Lake Hollingsworth, downtown shopping and dining, and excursions to nearby entertainment venues such as Walt Disney World. FSC is ranked #5 Best Baccalaureate College in the South by "U.S. News & World Report" and is included in "The Princeton Review's "379 Best Colleges and the prestigious "Fiske Guide to Colleges."

With state-of-the-art technology centers; modern residence halls featuring stunning views and top-tier amenities; a humanities building that includes a language lab, film studies center, and theater; a communications building with a full media studio; simulated patient labs in a cutting-edge nursing building; a cyber café that serves Starbucks products; and renovated dining halls, students enjoy an environment that encourages reflection, inspires imagination, rewards curiosity, and creates energy while preparing to make important and significant contributions to their careers, their communities, and the world.


Location & Contact

111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
FL 33801-5698

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agricultural Business and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Turf and Turfgrass Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication and Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Youth Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musical Theater
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

49% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,963
    • Accepted2,476
    • Acceptance Rate49%
    • Enrolled2,192
    • Female Applicants3,158
    • Females Accepted1,581
    • Female Acceptance Rate50%
    • Male Applicants1,805
    • Males Accepted895
    • Male Acceptance Rate49%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.62
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan December 15th December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 545 500 590
    • SAT Math 545 510 590
    • SAT Writing 532 480 580
    • ACT Composite 24 23 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,340
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,340
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$650.00
    • Room and board *$10,000.00
    • Room only *$5,740.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,192
    • Male Student Percentage41%
    • Female Student Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.22%
    • Black or African American5.7%
    • White or Caucasian72.9%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.18%
    • Asian1.55%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races4.06%
    • Unknown.5%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.79% representing 49 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students36% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 79%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Toastmasters, Association of Campus Entertainment, Beyond (Campus Ministry), Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty233
    • Full-time Percentage56%
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 2,144 students to 164 faculty


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