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Founded in 1883, Florida Southern is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida and a national leader in engaged learning, offering nearly 60 distinguished undergraduate and graduate degree programs. FSC is conveniently located within an hour's drive of both Orlando and Tampa and home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

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Overview

Applicants
5,983
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

51%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 610
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

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
287
with Terminal Degree
181

156
Women
131
Men
47
Minority

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
63%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • 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.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • 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.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • General Literature.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nursing Administration.
  • Nursing Education.
  • Nursing Practice.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • 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.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


Students Say

This tiny private college in Lakeland, Florida, is "an educational institution with a small campus and big opportunities." Home to the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, this beautiful campus offers over fifty undergraduate majors, small class sizes, a guaranteed internship, and the "Junior Journey," in which every new student is guaranteed domestic or foreign travel experience. "Going through the program with a consistent core group of peers has helped me to grow so much as a person," says one student. Resources (such as the Wellness Center, chaplain's office, and advising services) are definitely plentiful here, but "if students want more opportunit[ies] then they need to go out for them." "Faculty...aren't going to just place them in the laps of students without effort on their end." The business school is housed in a new building, and there are lots of groups and speakers brought on campus to help students "develop leadership and organizational skills."

Thanks to the small student body, professors are able to devote individual attention all around, and engaging the students in class and calling on quieter or unfocused students "to ensure we are all learning." All teachers "bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom" and "encourage [students] to become the best we can be and do nothing but try to guide us." Students readily admit that the FSC academic experience is what one makes of it: Florida Southern "is all about the student taking charge of his or her education, [and] enhancing it through the many roles they take on in addition to being a student."


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jul 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,955

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,505

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,466

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,493

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,913

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,074
Required Fees
$700
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,540
Transportation for Commuters
$1,034

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,633
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

2.85%
Asian
4.90%
African-American
10.50%
Hispanic
74.04%
Caucasian
1.67%
Unknown
4.25%
International

65% female
35% male
38% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Students Say

The campus "is small enough that you'll quickly recognize others' faces even if you've never had a class with them," and though it "may seem pretty homogeneous on the surface," Florida Southern College places a high value on individuality. People come from all of the United States (primarily Florida and the northeast), and this forms a group of "outgoing peers who you can get to know pretty well." Athletes and Greek lifers are the two main groups at play here, and "there is an extremely high level of school spirit and enthusiasm for everything that happens on our campus." "Every day I am greeted with a smile by everyone I walk by," says one student of this welcoming bunch.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Since this "very student-centered" campus is so small, students here see people they know everywhere they go, which "makes a really neat sense of community" (albeit one where residents must fight for parking). There's plenty to do between studying, including "great intramural sports and people getting together and playing soccer, volleyball, [and] basketball," as well as a modern gym (this is a Division II school) and a running trail right off campus that wraps around a lake. Students are "incredibly involved on campus"; there is "a vibrant Greek community" and so many "clubs that include people of all areas and majors [that] cliques don't really exist." The theater department puts on one play and one musical each semester; the improv comedy team puts on shows nearly every Friday night; and "the Association of Campus Entertainment brings music artists and comedy acts to campus on a regular basis, even recruiting student talent to be opening acts."

Lakeland itself is an up-and-coming town, with an old-fashioned movie cinema, farmer's markets, and tons of downtown shops. Tampa, Orlando, and of course, the beach are all accessible, and this adds to the general sunshine of the school: "It's Florida and the weather is usually gorgeous, so most people are happy," sums up a student.


Special Needs Admissions


Director
Marcie Pospichal

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
8

30% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

33% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Moccasins)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Moccasins)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

69/99

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
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Arden Mitchell
Director of Admissions

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

Phone
863-680-4131

Email
amitchell@flsouthern.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
TuTu's Cyber Cafe
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 TuTu's Cyber Cafe.

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
April 21, September 22, November 10
Full day
863-680-4131

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
fscadm@flsouthern.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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


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