From the School

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.


From The School

Early Decision deadline should be November 1.


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 640

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


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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

experience into each degree program, giving students a taste of daily life in their field and a deeper understanding of the curriculum through real-world application of knowledge. Science students conduct research in the field, side-by-side with professors and present papers at national conferences; theatre and music students take the stage alongside world-renowned guest performers; political science majors spend a semester interning at a senator’s office in Washington, D.C.; and business students analyze problems and present real solutions to executives at major area corporations. Beyond these opportunities, which are a built-in part of the engaged learning experience, each student is guaranteed an internship in his or her field, a crucial step in gathering resume-building experience prior to graduation.

We also guarantee each student a study abroad experience. Once a student has completed four full semesters in good standing, they qualify for Junior Journey, often at no additional cost beyond the usual FSC tuition! Junior Journey trips are hosted by faculty members and designed to take education far beyond the classroom—political science and history students travel to Germany to study the history of WWII and the Holocaust, marine biology students head to the Bahamas to study shark conservation and biology, and theatre students travel to New York City for behind-the-scenes tours of Broadway shows. Each semester offers a host of options to suit a multitude of interests and majors, and each trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The Honors Program offers dynamic and innovative academic options to talented students who seek extraordinary inter-disciplinary learning opportunities. Honors students enjoy collaborative, team-taught courses with exceptional faculty, a series of “supper seminars” that host expert speakers, and specially designated facilities—including classrooms, the Honors Suite, and special housing—which foster an enriching living-learning environment. All honor students receive priority registration and are able to take course overloads without paying additional fees.

To ensure that all our students succeed in their academic journey, we recently launched Academic Fuel, a combination of academic, group, and peer tutoring programs, a writing lab, group study sessions, academic coping programs, and de-stress nights available from the Student Solutions Center. Academic Fuel is designed to help each student stay on top of his or her academic progress from day one. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with students helping each other and celebrating each other’s successes and professional staff to ensure each student is matched with the best support for their needs. Students are encouraged to come early and often to stay ahead of their tougher courses, but the emphasis is kept on maintaining balance between academics and life, and keeping things low-stress.

Florida Southern College courses are taught almost entirely by full-time faculty members, many of whom hold the highest credentials in their field. Our faculty members have chosen to teach at Florida Southern because they value the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. Here, your professor won’t just know your name, he or she will know you and will take an active interest in helping you achieve those goals.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Florida Southern offers nearly 60 undergraduate degree programs, including highly successful pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-law, pre-physical therapy, pre-theological, pre-engineering, and pre-pharmacy studies programs.

Bachelor’s degree programs are available in accounting, art education, art history, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, biotechnology, business administration, business and free enterprise, chemistry, citrus, communication, computer science, criminology, dance, economics and finance, elementary education, English environmental studies, exercise science, graphic design, healthcare administration, history, humanities, marine biology, mathematics, music, music education, music management, music performance, musical theatre, nursing, philosophy, political communication, political economy, political science, psychology, religion, self-designed major, social sciences, Spanish, sport business management, sports communication and marketing, studio art, technical theatre/design, theatre arts, theatre performance, and youth ministry. Many areas are available as concentrations and interdisciplinary minors are available in advertising design, integrated marketing communications, Latin American studies, pre-law, and women and gender studies.

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
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • 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
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • 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 Clinical Sciences

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

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • 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

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • 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."


Doctoral Other
Post-Master's certificate

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


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-time (12-18 credits) tuition per semester is $17,387. The standard 20-meal plan, required for all first-year students, is $2,252 per semester. The average cost for housing in a double-occupancy room is $6,700 per semester. Total tuition, fees, and room and board per year for a first-year student averages $45,978. Expenses per academic year Tuition = $34,744.

Financial Aid

Each year, Florida Southern College offers more than $20 million in institutional aid on the basis of academic merit, talent in athletics or fine arts, demonstrated leadership or service, need, and other factors. Combined with federal, state, and other private funding sources, FSC students average $42 million in overall assistance, and 98 percent of FSC students receive some form of aid. It all begins with our net price calculator, available on our website. Answer a few simple questions, and we’ll give you an immediate assessment of some of the financial aid options available to you. Additionally, your admissions counselor will work with you to ensure that you are considered for every possible scholarship, grant, and source of aid available.


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

Florida Southern currently has an undergraduate class of about 2,335 students from nearly all 50 states and 33 countries around the world. The average GPA is 3.6, and the average SAT/ACT is 1134/26.

Sports Section: Please add waterskiing to men’s sports. To women’s, please add equestrian, beach volleyball and waterskiing.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



63% female
37% male
36% are out of state
97% are full time
3% 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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Florida Southern College occupies more than 100 acres of rolling hillside on the north shore of Lake Hollingsworth in suburban Lakeland, Florida. As home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, the campus is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year. In addition to thirteen Wright-designed structures, the campus features lavish gardens, dazzling lake views from nearly every vantage point, and several state-of-the-art buildings designed by leading American architect Robert A.M. Stern. These elements, combined with Florida’s natural beauty and trademark sunshine, have led many to name Florida Southern College among the most beautiful college campuses in the nation.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Becker Business Building, dedicated in fall 2015, is one of the most technologically advanced business school buildings in the nation, featuring a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg trading terminals, an LED stock ticker, and video wall; high-tech classrooms with full distance learning capabilities; and a cutting-edge market observation room where students can perform focus groups and gather market research data for area corporations. The Chatlos Communication Building houses a newly renovated television studio where students can polish their broadcasting skills. Head over to the Chirstoverson Humanities Building for a film studies theater and modern language lab. The Rinker Technology Center is a quiet and comfortable computer lab located steps from the heart of the residential community. The recently expanded Blanton Nursing Building has the latest in nursing simulation technology, including a full mother-and-child birthing simulation lab. The Wynee Warden Dance Studio, which opened in fall 2014, houses a professional-quality dance studio with amazing views of Lake Hollingsworth. The Berry Science Building features several recent renovations, including a collaborative learning space for the Department of Computer Science and a brand new tissue culture laboratory for the biology program. For education majors, the campus is home to an on-site Preschool Learning Lab, the Roberts Center for Learning and Literacy and The Roberts Academy, a transitional school for gifted elementary-age students with dyslexia. The campus is also home to a heritage rose garden that serves as an outdoor laboratory for horticulture students, as well as a greenhouse and citrus grove. The Robert A. Davis Performing Art Center has every type of performance space a musician or theatre major could hope for, including the 1,800-seat proscenium theatre Branscomb Memorial Auditorium and the intimate 336-seat thrust-stage Loca Lee Buckner Theatre.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Located just an hour’s drive from both the world-class resorts of Orlando and the stunning beaches of Clearwater-St. Pete, Lakeland is the perfect mid-sized haven for college living. The College is a short walk from Lakeland’s lively downtown, home to an array of boutique shopping; vintage shops, and craft dining. Downtown Lakeland features live entertainment, a weekly food truck rally, and a Saturday morning farmer’s market. If upscale shopping is on your agenda, catch the College shuttle to nearby Lakeside Village, where more restaurants, shops, and department stores await, as well as an IMAX multiplex movie theater. On the weekends, pick your roadtrip: head to the some of the best beaches in the country, grab dinner at Disney Springs, or catch some thrills at Busch Gardens Tampa or Universal Orlando Resort.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
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

Marcie Pospichal

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

29% join a fraternity
35% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

36% 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:

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:

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
Sep 30, Nov 11
Full day

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

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