Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,403 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
37% male — 63% female
38% of students are from out of state
2014-2015 Academic Year
122 full-time faculty
116 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio
Highly residential: 74% of students live on campus.
Lakeland, in Central Florida, is 30 minutes from Tampa and 45 minutes from Orlando and world-class beaches.
retention fall 2014
81% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 year graduation rate 2014
65% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2014
|Black or African American||6%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||3%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||1%|
NCAA Division II; 27 National Championships; 493 All-Americans. 19 varsity sports (men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track; women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, soccer, softball, track, volleyball).
Club sport: FSC has the nation’s oldest collegiate water-ski team, and it is always a national contender.
Intramural sports: basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, etc.
FSC offers 50 undergraduate programs of study, plus the self-designed major.
Most popular majors: Business; Nursing; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Communication; Marketing; Music; Psychology; and Education.
Seven pre-professional degree programs: Pre-Medical; Pre-Dental; Pre-Engineering; Pre-Law; Pre-Theological; Pre-Veterinary; Pre-Physical Therapy; and Pre-Pharmacy.
Ranked # 2 in “Baccalaureate Colleges in the South” by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 in Florida in its category.
Included in The Princeton Review’sprestigious college guide book, “The Best 376 Colleges.”
Ranked #1 “Most Beautiful Campus” by The Princeton Review.
Included in the best-selling Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.
Recipient of the nationally prestigious William Burke Award for Experiential Learning.
All students are guaranteed an internship in their field of study.
All students are guaranteed a Junior Journey in their junior or senior year.
Noted for its beauty and its awesome campus designed by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
At Florida Southern, students put their education into action every day. The College is recognized nationally for its commitment to engaged learning by the National Association of Experiential Education.
Students who Excel
Students conduct real-world research alongside their professors in all disciplines; take master classes and perform on stage with internationally recognized musicians; and showcase their artistic talents in art galleries.
Those seeking an added dimension to their studies enroll in the popular and prestigious Honors Program, which includes field studies in a variety of artistic, business, and scientific enterprises.
Junior Journey Program
Through an innovative Junior Journey program, all incoming first-year students are guaranteed an international travel experience in their junior or senior year, which is included in their tuition. Florida Southern students pursue their interests around the world in exciting locations such as Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Service to the Community
FSC students have a passion for public service, building leadership skills while logging 30,000 hours annually in support of such organizations as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army, to name a few. FSC has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll for the past five years.
Florida Southern’s dynamic professors are not only noted experts in their fields, they are dedicated — first and foremost — to their students’ success. FSC’s student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and there are no teaching assistants. Students find the small classes enable them to get to know their professors well and allow time for personal attention. Professors are dynamic and creative, and they constantly introduce innovative concepts both in and out of the classroom. With fewer students in each class, it is that much easier to access the tools, technology, and resources that foster learning.
Advisors and Academic Resources
All first-year students adjust quickly to academic life through a unique program pairing each student with a faculty advisor for regular meetings during the first semester. In addition, Florida Southern is one of the few colleges in the country with a dedicated Dean of Student Success who helps students make the most of the College’s many academic resources.
FSC students can choose from 50 programs of study including business, nursing, communication, psychology, biology, art, education, environmental studies, music and theater performance. Pre-professional programs include pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-law, and pre-engineering. Students who elect to design their own major work independently with professors, who are eager to provide the direction they need to succeed in their chosen fields.
FSC student life can be summed up in a word: Involved! With more than 80+ organizations to choose from, students enjoy great opportunities to discover new interests, make lifelong friends, and develop leadership skills. First-year students bond in their residence halls and enjoy intramural sports, movie nights, concerts, cookouts, trips to the beach, and service projects. One-third of students go Greek.
Get in the Water!
With sunshine 330 days per year and beautiful Lake Hollingsworth just steps away, water sports are popular. FSC students enjoy water skiing, kayaking, and sailing. The College also sponsors getaways to nearby beaches, canoe trips on local rivers, and hiking and horseback riding trips.
Florida Southern makes it easy to live a healthy lifestyle. The Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center offers fitness classes from aerobics to yoga, and the 8-lane competition pool is great for laps, water polo, and parties. The food — served in three new or newly renovated dining venues — gets rave reviews, thanks to our awesome executive chef.
Florida Southern competes in NCAA Division II athletics and offers 19 varsity programs. The Moccasins have won 27 national championship titles and are included in the nation’s top Division II programs. Intramural teams compete in basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball to name a few.
Every FSC student is guaranteed an internship, thanks to the College’s location in the heart of Central Florida’s high-tech corridor and to FSC’s established partnerships with nationally and internationally recognized corporations. AAA, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Disney, ESPN, Fox News, GEICO, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Merrill Lynch, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Publix Super Markets, and SeaWorld rave about FSC students’ impressive educational preparation during their internships.
Ready for Success
Because FSC students have leadership experience, complete meaningful internships, study abroad, and participate in real-world research and professional performances, they are ready to experience career success right away. In fact, most recent graduates report landing great jobs in their fields or enrolling in prestigious professional and graduate schools.
Nearly 26% of FSC students attend graduate school within one year of graduation, earning advanced degrees at major institutions such as Columbia University, Duke University, Eastman School of Music, Emory University, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, and Yale University. Florida Southern’s medical school acceptance rate is 100%, and the University of South Florida School of Medicine offers priority admittance to select FSC science graduates.
Admissions fall 2014
5,590 Total Applicants
2,505 Total Admissions
581 Total Freshmen Enrollment
44.81% of applicants admitted
Freshmen Profile Fall 2014
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||520||620|
Florida Southern College attracts students who demonstrate the academic ability and strong motivation to succeed in a challenging liberal arts discipline as well as pre-professional and professional programs. Admissions decisions are based on academic achievement, aptitude, personal character, and performance in general citizenship or leadership activities within school and the community.
The Office of Admissions looks for applicants who are bright, not afraid to ask questions, want to be engaged in the full college experience, and who are well informed. Incoming students are at the top of their classes, have a high level of character, and have a wide array of interests, including sports, the arts, community service, leadership, and study abroad. Florida Southern students are achievers but are also creative and believe in the value of community.
FSC is flexible in terms of particular course requirements for admission; however, applicants are expected to have earned credit in at least:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Math
- 3 years of History/3 Social Sciences
- 3 years of Natural Sciences (2 with labs)
- 2 years of Foreign Language (recommended)
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015
|Room and Board (on campus)||$10,160|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$40,150|
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
85% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid
$17,000 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$6,352 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates
Florida Southern has a rich tradition of awarding scholarships to students of outstanding ability and talent. FSC offers more than $20 million annually in college aid on the basis of academic merit, talent in athletics or fine arts, leadership, community service, and student need. Merit-based scholarships based on academic merit are automatically determined by the Admissions Office upon application to FSC. Other scholarships may require an audition, tryout, interview, or portfolio submission.