Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
65%
35%
student ratio
2,633
total students
Tuition Cost $34,074 | $34,074
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $28,756
March 1
fall application deadline
51%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
Not
Reported
sat math
Not
Reported
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
26
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 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

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

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Agricultural Business and 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.
    • Biotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      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.
    • Small Business Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sports Communication
      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.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Multiple Levels)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Literature
      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.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      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
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      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
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      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.
    • Economics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      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
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Arts
      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.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      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

51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,983
    • Accepted3,062
    • Acceptance Rate51%
    • Enrolled2,633
    • Female Applicants3,960
    • Females Accepted2,048
    • Female Acceptance Rate51%
    • Male Applicants2,023
    • Males Accepted1,014
    • Male Acceptance Rate50%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $0
    • 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 freshman3.73
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan December 1st December 15th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 540 640
    • SAT Math 530 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 26 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$34,074
    • Out-of-state tuition *$34,074
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$700
    • Room and board *$11,204
    • Room only *$6,700
    • * 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

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$28,756
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$29,865
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$27,744
    • Average Loan Aid:$5,466
    • Average Grant Aid:$21,720
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$22,505
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 75%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 28%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,633
    • Male Student Percentage35%
    • Female Student Percentage65%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.29%
    • Black or African American4.94%
    • White or Caucasian74.71%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native1.06%
    • Asian2.62%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races.65%
    • Unknown or International Student1.94%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.68% representing 52 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students38% 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 92%
  • 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 National Society for Leadership and Success, Association of Campus Entertainment, Association of Honors Students, Beyond (Campus Ministry), Multicultural Student Council
  • 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
    • Equestrian sports No 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 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo 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
    • Equestrian sports No Division C 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 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty287
    • Full-time Percentage48%
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 2,847 students to 187 faculty


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