From The School

Florida Southern looks for two things in applicants: performance and promise. The majority of applicants who have been admitted as freshmen have had a grade of B or better in college-preparatory courses (including four courses in English, three in mathematics, and the balance divided among science, foreign language, and social science), have ranked in the upper half of their graduating class, and have earned scores of at least 500 on each of the verbal and math portions of the SAT I or a composite score of at least 23 on the ACT. Nevertheless, the Admissions Office is committed to reviewing individual applicants on their own merits, based on the level of challenge attempted, patterns of grades over time, recommendations from appropriate references, and an applicant's own assessment of the learning environment ideally suited to his or her needs. Applicants must graduate from an accredited high school with a minimum of 19 credits, 16 of which must be academic. Qualified high school juniors may apply for early admission if they have the recommendation of their secondary school and have had a personal interview with the Director of Admissions. Applications from transfers are welcome, as are those from students resuming their education and from older students who have delayed their entrance into college. Transfer applicants should have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be graduates of or eligible to return to their former institutions. Transfer students with fewer than 25 semester hours must submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. Applicants who hold Associate of Arts degrees from regionally accredited two-year institutions are typically granted junior standing. One reference (academic) is required. All applicants are encouraged to interview; an interview may be required for some candidates.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
December 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

All degree programs require the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Grading is traditional, with a pass/fail option available. The College operates on the semester system with two 15-week semesters and three four-week summer sessions. The average course load is 15 hours per semester. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of liberal arts and science courses in addition to their major course work. Credit by examination is awarded on the basis of successful scores on Advanced Placement tests, the International Baccalaureate (I.B.), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Florida Southern has a Career Center that assists students in clarifying their career and life goals and that provides opportunities for them to explore these goals. Approximately 20 percent of Florida Southern graduates go immediately on to graduate work. Internship experiences help to place the vast majority of other graduates in field-related jobs within a few months of graduation.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Florida Southern College offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science degree in the following majors: accounting, art (art education, art history, graphic design, and studio art), athletic training, biology, business administration (concentrations in computer information systems, finance, human resource management, international business, and marketing), chemistry, citrus, communication (advertising, public relations, print and broadcast journalism), computer science/mathematics, criminology, economics, education (educational studies; elementary education, including specific learning disabilities; prekindergarten/primary/elementary education; and special education), English (dramatic arts, literature, and writing), history, horticultural science, mathematics, music (music education, music composition, and performance), nursing, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, religion, secondary teacher certification (biology, English, mathematics, social science, and Spanish), sociology, Spanish, and theater arts (performance and technical). Divisional majors are available in humanities and social science. Preprofessional programs are offered in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, physical therapy, theology, and veterinary medicine. Interdisciplinary professional programs include music management, sports management, Programs in environmental horticulture include recreational turfgrass management as well as two tracks in production and landscape design. Students who wish to teach at the secondary level choose a major in a subject area and complete the requirements for certification by the State of Florida. An honors program provides special opportunities for a select group of entering freshmen to explore topics of common interest in an integrated and interdisciplinary fashion. Selection to the honors program is highly competitive; the program is limited to approximately 10 percent of the entering class.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Small Business Administration/Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Political Communication
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Sports Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • General Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Practice
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Students Say

Florida Southern College, a small suburban school between Tampa and Orlando, offers more than fifty majors, a tight-knit community, and a core educational structure based on the premise of engaged learning. "Everyone is very involved and loves advancing the school," to the point where "it's hard not to get involved with events just about [every] day." The entire population is "striving to have the best community, student body, and school possible," and FSC constantly "asks [students] what they can do to improve and then follows through with those suggestions." FSC offers a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee that says that if students follow certain guidelines and still do not graduate within that given time, the school will cover tuition until they graduate. Internships are also guaranteed, and all students have the opportunity to study abroad for one to two weeks at no additional cost through the Junior Journey program. The theatre program is a sizable draw, and the arts receive unabashed support from all: "Every single school theatre show sells out every night."

"Most professors are some of the best people I've ever met, let alone the best educators," says one student. They "do a great job sharing their enthusiasm with their students" and provide lots of opportunities such as internships, volunteer events, and research opportunities that students "would not be able to get if [they] did not have such involved and motivated teachers." "If you are late to class or not coming to class your professors will 100 percent be texting you to make sure everything is okay and to help you out if you need anything," says a student. Experiential learning goes along with class discussions and lectures, and with smaller class sizes, "it is easier for professors to slow down and focus on specific areas and students."


Doctoral Other

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Hoyt Robinson Barnett
Vice Chairman, Publix Super Markets Incorporated

Abdalla Salem El-Badri
Secretary General of OPEC

James Carl France
President, International Speedway Corporation

Charleene Closshey
Film and television star, Broadway actor, and classically trained musician

General Don Kerrick
retired three-star general and Deputy National Security Advisor

Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis
Supreme Court of Florida

Rick Ruffner
President, Avanti Press, Inc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The comprehensive cost for 2006 07 is $27,315 ($20,175 for tuition and standard fees and $7,140 for room and board). There are additional fees for individual music instruction and the use of practice rooms. Florida Southern estimates that another $1000 is adequate for books and supplies, and an additional $1000 should cover personal expenses, exclusive of travel to and from home. Members of fraternities and sororities have additional expenses related to membership in these organizations.

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid Office offers students its counsel and assistance in meeting their educational expenses. Aid is awarded on the basis of an applicant's need, academic performance, and promise. Ninety-three percent of the students at Florida Southern receive financial assistance. To demonstrate need, an applicant is required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Various forms of aid, such as scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment, are used to help meet students' needs. Merit scholarships are available, and awards are based on academic promise; performance ability in music, theater, or art; or athletic ability in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, or volleyball. Applicants for aid must reapply each year. Florida Southern participates in the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study college-based programs. All applicants are expected to apply for any entitlement grant for which they are eligible, such as a Federal Pell Grant and, for Florida residents, a Florida Student Assistance Grant and the Florida Tuition Voucher. The Federal Stafford Loan Program is also available. There are extensive on-campus employment opportunities. The completed FAFSA and the College's financial aid application must be filed with the Student Financial Aid Office by April 1. Early application is encouraged for students seeking academic scholarships.


Application Deadlines
Jul 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The Student Government Association represents the student body in matters involving the College administration, faculty, and student body and is responsible for coordinating student government. Each full-time student is a member of the association and has a vote in its affairs. The subsidiaries of the association are the Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE), the House of Representatives, the Student Senate, and the four classes: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



63% female
37% male
37% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

Only a couple thousand undergraduates roam this "beautiful" campus, but they make a "colorful and diverse" group. Friend groups "are not usually confined to the people within a major or hall," and students assure that if you are involved in any organizations, "you know almost everyone on campus. You can recognize anyone that you walk past." Each student brings his or her own culture and background to the table, and many say "it's amazing to see such diversity yet a sense of togetherness within the student body." Athletes, Greeks, and people involved in the arts do tend to be more inclusive, but "everyone feels like family."


From The School


Florida Southern's campus consists of approximately 100 acres on the shore of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida, a pleasant community of about 90,000 residents in the heart of central Florida's high tech corridor. Lakeland is 45 minutes from Tampa and an hour from Orlando. Within an hour's drive of the state's major recreational attractions, including Walt Disney World and major beaches, the College is ideally situated for internships and job opportunities with leading corporations that tap into one of the largest markets in the U.S. Members of the community come to the College campus to attend Fine Arts Series performances in music, the Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, dance, and drama; to hear distinguished speakers; and to participate in College and business symposiums. The Lakeland Center also offers many cultural and entertainment opportunities.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Florida Southern's Roux Library houses a collection of 172,803 volumes, 650+ periodical subscriptions, access to over 2000 full text electronic periodicals and 10,000+ electronic books, a 5700-item media collection that includes videocassettes, CDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, and a substantial microforms collection, as well as seating for over 350 students. The Branscomb Memorial Auditorium seats 1,800 and is nationally known for its nearly perfect acoustical properties. The Ludd M. Spivey Humanities and Fine Arts Center includes the Marjorie M. McKinley Music Building, the Melvin Art Gallery, and the Loca Lee Buckner Theater. The theater seats 350 and is equipped with a hydraulic thrust stage, a computer-controlled lighting system, and laboratories for costume, makeup, and set design. The Polk Science Building houses the College's recently renovated, state-of-the-art science laboratories and one of the few planetariums in central Florida. The Pre-School Laboratory provides an opportunity for students majoring in prekindergarten/primary education to observe and teach preschoolers.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The College sponsors a number of study-abroad opportunities, including May Option experiences at Harlaxton Manor (England), Cuernavaca (Mexico), Salamanca and Alicante (Spain), and study-travel on an annually designated itinerary (e.g., Greece, Italy, Cities of Modernism in Europe). Other study abroad options include Angers (France) and semester or year-long programs in England, Northern Ireland, and Mexico or through one of the College's consortium programs. Florida Southern participates in the Washington Semester of American University in Washington, D.C., through which selected students spend a semester in Washington studying government and international relations. Selected students may also spend one semester at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, studying various aspects of the United Nations through Drew University's United Nations Semester.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Florida Southern College "is not just great for classes; regular life here is top notch as well." Facilities and resources get rave reviews. The wellness center offers "a spectacular amount of gym equipment," the library is stocked thousands of books and movies, "dorms are nice and usually spacious," and the student lounge is a great place "to just chill out and play games, whether it be ping-pong, pool, foosball, or simply watching TV." FSC's prime location means "a lot of kids also have passes to Disney and Universal," where they can blow off steam for the day. Downtown Lakeland itself ("the perfect college town") is "very fun to go to," especially the first Friday of every month when the city puts on big events.

On campus, the main dining hall is a popular spot at night ("steak AND shrimp every Saturday!!"), and with over eighty clubs and activities, such as "Winter Wonderland, Southern Takeover (a big concert), comedy shows, [and] service events," means "there is never a dull moment." "There are so many different ways to get involved on campus and it's so easy to do," confirms a student. Greek life is "a very big experience" here, and its members "tend to participate in intramurals, community service, and fundraisers."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

34% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

37% participate in intramural sports
16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Moccasins)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Moccasins)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Allies is a student organization that supports LGBTQ students and allies. The group holds regular meetings throughout the year to address the challenges, needs, and interests unique to LGBTQ students and to plan social and awareness events.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: USF Tampa


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Arden Mitchell
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
111 Lake Hollingworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
TûTû’s Cyber Café
Wellness Center and Pool
Mr. George’s Green – a 2-acre central campus lawn for recreation
The Buck Stop: an outdoor dining are in the center of campus
Jenkins Field House – home of our intercollegiate athletic teams
Our sunny campus offers something for everyone, including more than 80 clubs and organizations that cater to every interest. On beautiful Lake Hollingsworth, students enjoy free kayaking, sailing, and canoeing. Our popular, lakefront Wellness Center offers classes in everything from yoga to karate to water polo in our competition-sized pool. If the arts are your passion, visit the Melvin Art Gallery, which exhibits the works of students and internationally recognized artists. Take in an opera, play, or concert through the renowned Festival of Fine Arts series, or catch a movie under the stars on Mr. George’s Green. Our championship Division II NCAA sports programs mean there’s always something to cheer about and intramural sports such as flag football, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and soccer give you a chance to get in the game. And if you’ve worked up an appetite, grab fresh, made-to-order food from the Buck Stop Outdoor Pizza Oven & Grill in the Badcock Garden or enjoy a cup of Starbuck's coffee and a bagel on the patio overlooking the Water Dome at TûTû’s Cyber Café.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disney World Resorts, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld in nearby Orlando.
Lakeside Village upscale outdoor shopping and dining
Downtown Lakeland shops and restaurants
The 3-mile paved walking/biking path around Lake Hollingsworth
Florida's stunning Gulf Coast beaches

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Orlando International Airport is 1 hour from campus and Tampa International Airport is 45 minutes from campus. Nearby Downtown Lakeland houses an Amtrak train station and Greyhound terminal.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Tampa or I-75 take I-4 East. Follow I-4 to Exit 27 (570E, Polk Parkway). Follow Polk Parkway east to Exit 7 (South Florida Avenue/North). Turn left at South Florida Avenue to Beacon Avenue. Go right on Beacon to Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Taking the right fork, follow the perimeter of the lake. Turn right onto Callahan Court. From Orlando take I-4 west to Exit 41 (570E, Polk Parkway). Follow Polk Parkway west to Exit 7 (South Florida Avenue/North). Turn right at South Florida Avenue to Beacon Avenue. Go right on Beacon to Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Taking the right fork, follow the perimeter of the lake. Turn right onto Callahan Court.

Local Accommodations
Terrace Hotel: 888-644-8400 Marriott Courtyard: 869-802-9000 Hampton Inn at Lakeside Village: 863-603-7600