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Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL


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Florida Southern College


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 in and out of the classroom.

FSC guarantees each student an internship and a study-abroad experience at no added cost as well as plentiful opportunities for service-learning, performance, and collaborative research with faculty members. Through the Junior Journey study abroad program, students earn course credits and gain worldly perspectives by studying in places such as Costa Rica, China, Turkey, South Africa, England, France, Italy, and Spain. These international travel experiences support student academic goals. 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 through the guidance and mentorship of their faculty who are with them during their adventures.

As part of FSC's engaged-learning model the College ensures that students gain knowledge of their field beyond the theoretical: 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 Department. 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-seven percent of graduates report finding a job 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 side of 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 category for Most Beautiful Campus for five years, claiming the number one spot two years in a row in 2012 and 2013.

Students enjoy outstanding campus life programming, including 20 championship NCAA Division II sports; a nationally recognized intramural sports program; over 100 clubs and organizations; and a comprehensive National Greek system. There is 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 #4 Regional University in Florida by "U.S. News & World Report" and is included in "The Princeton Review's "382 Best Colleges and the prestigious "Fiske Guide to Colleges."

FSC offers amenities that allow students to 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.

State-of-the-art technology centers and a communications building with a full media studio allow students to never miss the opportunity to enhance their skills. FSC’s modern residence halls featuring stunning views are just steps away from its renovated dining halls. The humanities building includes a language lab, film studies center, and theater. simulated patient labs in a cutting-edge nursing building. When in need of a quick refreshment or snack, a cybercafé that serves Starbucks products is located inside the comprehensive library.

Location & Contact

Address 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL  33801-5698
United States

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
One recommendation
Recommended Essay

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen May 1st Not reported
Out of state Fall freshmen May 1st Not reported
Early decision plan November 1st December 1st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 614 580 660
SAT Math 598 550 640
ACT Composite 26 23 29

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
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Hispanic/Latino 12.49%
Black or African American 6.43%
White or Caucasian 70.73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.1%
Asian 3.27%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.07%
Two or more races 0.62%
Other 1.95%


Male (35%)
Female (65%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 79%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Blast-off, Winter Wonderland and Fairwell Festival

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Astronomy Club, FLoSoCo, Beyond (Campus Ministry), ACE and Garden Club

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Sand Volleyball No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 Checkmark
Sand Volleyball No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 149
Part-time - 168
Male - 155
Female - 162