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Flagler College

St. Augustine, Florida

At Flagler College, a degree is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning, growing, and discovering.


Located within the beautiful, historic city of St. Augustine, Flagler College exudes all the charm and wonder that has attracted generations of explorers and entrepreneurs to the Florida coast. Its forward-thinking curriculum is inspired by Henry M. Flagler himself, a remarkable innovator known for the many hotels he built to make the Florida coast the vacation destination it is today.


Flagler College is full of culture, and its students and faculty are bursting with curiosity. Its curriculum challenges critical-thinking skills and prepares students to take on the world as confident leaders.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,701 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
44% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
112 full-time faculty
126 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
91% of first year students live on campus
36% of all students live on campus

School Location

Flagler College is located in the tropical paradise of St. Augustine, Florida. This bustling tourist town is vibrant with art, eateries, and shopping centers that always give adventurous minds something to do. It is surrounded by more than 40 miles of pristine beaches, standing at the center of everything that make Florida beautiful.

Retention Fall 2015

72% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

61% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 4%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


The Flagler College Saints compete in 13 varsity sports within the Peach Belt Conference in NCAA Division II. The College has won the Peach Belt’s Institution of the Year every year since joining. The teams are supported by Lewis the Lion, who can be spotted wearing his crimson and gold at most home games!

Other Information

Flagler College is a private institution founded in 1968. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Advertising, Anthropology, Art Education (K-12), Art History, Business Administration, Coastal Environmental Science, Communication and Media, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics, Elementary Education, Elementary Education, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, English, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Finance, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, History, Honorable Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Illustration, International Studies, Journalism and Media Production, Latin American Studies/Spanish, Law Program, Liberal Arts, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public History, Religion, Secondary Education (English), Secondary Education (Social Science), Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Strategic Communication, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, Youth Ministries

More Distinctions

  • Flagler College’s new program in Hospitality and Tourism Management was approved as a major by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the recognized regional accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in the South.

  • The Florida Humanities Council awarded Flagler College a $20,000 grant to hold a week-long residential academic seminar for high school students, titled “Pirates, Protest and Preservation: Exploring the Stories of St. Augustine.”

  • Flagler College took home 15 American Advertising Federation-Jacksonville (AAF) “ADDY” awards, as well as six Daytona Beach ADDYs, which recognize advertising creative excellence.

  • More than 200 students participated in “Reach Out Raise Up,” the college’s community service day. Volunteers helped various non-profit organizations in the area, including St. Francis House, Council on Aging and animal rescue center SAFE.

  • Flagler College announced plans to unveil its first-ever master’s degree program in Deaf Education. The 36-credit, 12-course program will be offered in an online, distance-learning format with a single summer residency requirement.

  • Due to its popularity as a minor, Finance was added as a fourth major in Flagler College’s Business Administration Department.

  • Assistant Professor and Language Lab Coordinator Aggie Johnson was awarded the Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE) 2016 “You Made a World of Difference” Award for her outstanding dedication to the international education field.

  • Flagler College’s online-only student newspaper, The Gargoyle, won five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Mark of Excellence awards, including “Best Digital-Only Student Publication” and “Best Independent Online Student Publication” awards.

  • Flagler students Samantha Autencio and Kathleen Bajalia took home first place awards in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 radio and TV contest.

  • Flagler College President Dr. William T. Abare, Jr., announced that, after 15 years of leading the College and 45 years working at the institution, he plans to retire as president in June of 2017.

  • Five Flagler College students took home third place in the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) 2016 Case Competition. Alexander Esmail, Sarah Garden, Mary-Jo Lendering, Nicholas Pappas and Maria Rodas joined nearly 100 other students from 20 colleges nationwide to compete in the competition, held in Arlington, Va.

  • Flagler College received two state of Florida historic preservation grants, totaling $1.5 million, to rehabilitate and preserve the college’s historic Dining Hall, Kenan Hall, Molly Wiley Art Building, and Anderson Cottage.

  • Flagler College student Hanna Ramirez’s design of labels for “Sakura Kisses Lip Balm” recently won her a gold “ADDY” district award from a premier advertising competition. She was one of five students from across Florida and the Caribbean to take home American Advertising Awards’ top accolade in the “Sales and Marketing” category.

  • The college’s second annual Giving Day saw more than 200 alumni donors raise $47,936 for student financial aid. With a matching gift of $10,000 from alumni Ingemar Lanevi, '86, and Diane Evia-Lanevi, '87, the donations topped out at $57,936.

  • Flagler College’s online-only student newspaper, The Gargoyle, was selected as a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015 National Mark of Excellence Awards in two categories: Best Independent Online Student Publication and Best Digital-Only Student Publication.

  • Flagler College’s student Enactus team placed third at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition on May 17 in St. Louis, Mo., after reaching the Final Four round of judging.  

  • Flagler College broke ground on a $23 million downtown St. Augustine project that includes a 52,800-square-foot residence hall and 551-space parking garage on the corner of King and Malaga Streets.

  • The Historic St. Augustine Research Institute selected Dr. Leslee Keys, author of “Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace,” and Elsbeth “Buff” Gordon, author of “Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America’s Oldest City,” as recipients for its inaugural William L. Proctor Award, established to identify the best books or scholarly journal articles published each calendar year.

Flagler College encourages students to make the most of their education. To ensure this happens, the College emphasizes undergraduate research, community integrated education, study abroad, and internships.

Undergraduate Research

Priding itself in its liberal arts tradition, Flagler provides the platform to students to conduct research in any of their fields of interest. Flagler professors join research cohorts to help their students develop striking, innovative research projects that both enrich the college experience and contribute to the body of academic literature. Research at Flagler has been recognized both nationally and around the world, and with the help of Flagler’s Internal Funding Awards, students are able to travel to conferences and access materials without needing to worry about expenses.

Recent student research has covered the sociological issues of female sportscasters in the athletics industry, biological processes among a community of phytoplankton in California, and the economic complexities of China’s rivalry with America as a global superpower. Students are guaranteed the opportunity to sink their teeth into any topic within any discipline.

Many Flagler professors create innovative “Community Integrated Education” projects for their students that bring the energies of the classroom out into the world. From the humanities to foreign languages to the natural sciences, Flagler students are able to better the community while also fulfilling their educational mission.

Study Abroad

Flagler College instills in its students global leadership, and through a vast range of off-campus program options, students have opportunities to immerse themselves in the many cultures that lie far beyond the college’s walls. Studying abroad pushes students to have a deeper understanding of the world as they merge firsthand cultural experiences in with their academic work.

Students can study abroad independently, through an exchange with one of the college’s partner universities or through a Flagler faculty-led program. To date, there are seven approved faculty-led programs — to Russia, Cuba, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, Germany and New York City (a “study away” program), and several more are in progress. These programs offer courses with credits that transfer and fulfill degree requirements.

From the day one begins as a Flagler College student, Flagler works to make them a part of the academic community. Their experience is important to Flagler, from the moment they receive their letter of admittance to the day they graduate from college and explore the next chapter of their life.

First-Year Experience

Flagler College’s first-year experience pairs students with personal faculty advisors and places students in relationship-building learning communities that introduce them to other first-year, transfer, and international students. New students meet their peers and settle into Flagler through the Building Your Legacy Orientation session, establishing a comfortable foundation before beginning their coursework.

Flagler Freshmen enroll in a Freshman Seminar course that introduces them to liberal education and citizenship. The Seminar introduces a broad, big-picture perspective of topics that promote both worldly knowledge and ethical citizenship. This seminar serves as a bookend to the Capstone experience that students will take in their last semester as seniors.

Passport Co-Curricular Program

As an incentive to encourage students to cultivate their curiosities outside of the classroom, the Passport Co-Curricular Program requires students to attend a variety of events that exhibit all the great perspectives of a liberal arts education. Typical Passport-credited events include concerts, plays, and debates, all of which support and deepen students’ academics across all disciplines.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities, intrinsic to the First Year Experience at Flagler, are groups of courses that exemplify the value of a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education. Students choose and take courses that provide different academic perspectives, often taught by professors in different disciplines, around one central topic of interest. The courses fulfill general education requirements and teach students to observe cultural themes and issues with a combination of scientific, artistic, sociological, and political lenses.

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum

Flagler students and artists from Northeast Florida are able to showcase their art in the college’s renowned Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. It is a space for both reflection and innovation, acting as a venue for art pieces, guest speakers, and discussion and film series. New exhibitions are constantly cycling through the Museum, providing fresh art for guests to experience and many opportunities for students to showcase their work.

Student Activities

With dozens of campus clubs to choose from, Flagler students may participate in any combination of student-run clubs, academic organizations, honor societies, and/or special interest groups, exploring their potential for both fun and leadership.

While most clubs have their own specific focuses, the Flagler Campus Activities Board works to liven up the campus as a whole through a variety of annual activities for the entire student body. Popular events include “De-Stress Day,” a day that helps students unwind before finals week with a slew of playgrounds and obstacle courses; “Midnight Breakfast,” which is a free, late-night meal and dance party; and “Man Hunt,” a game of silly-string tag throughout campus.

Community Service

Flagler College Volunteers (FCV) is a group of students who work with local organizations and provide meaningful service to the St. Augustine community. It rallies students to aid animal shelters, child welfare centers, and assisted living centers, bringing the Flagler spirit of ethical citizenship to the surrounding city and beyond.

FCV organizes two major projects a year: Alternative Breaks and the Reach Out Raise Up Day of Service. Alternative Breaks are local, regional, national, and international trips that give students the chance to provide community service throughout Spring Break. The Reach Out Raise Up Day of Service is a campus-wide initiative that introduces the entire Flagler community to a wealth of outlets through which they can serve.


Flagler’s NCAA Division II sports teams include basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, indoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. 129 Flagler Saints have been named NAIA All-America, and 49 have been named Scholar Athletes. In 2016, Flagler College was named one of 26 NCAA Division II member institutions to be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.

A variety of other intramural sports clubs are available to all students, including club hockey, Quidditch, lacrosse, and dance. With the all-inclusive Flagler Gymnasium, students have all the facilities they need to enjoy bowling, mini-golf, yoga, and more.

Career Services

Flagler’s Career Development Center provides students with the necessary resources to pursue graduate school educations and fulfilling careers, by offering services for every step of the job application process, from career counseling and assessment all the way through mock interviews, résumé development, and job searches.

In addition its many one-on-one services, the Career Development Center also hosts career fairs and on-campus employer visits to display all the possible options that students have to explore.


Internships are offered with the help of Career Development Center. Every Flagler student has all the resources they need to find the experience that is best suited for their career paths. Many internships qualify for academic credit, fulfilling both students’ present and future needs with the same life-changing opportunity.

Outstanding Achievement

Flagler students are making strides all around the world, attending world-renowned graduate schools and leading big-name companies. In 2016, 88% of graduates had career, graduate school, volunteer service, or military plans within six months of leaving the college.


Admissions Fall 2015

5,260 Total Applicants 
2,655 Total Admissions 
620 Total Freshman Enrollment

50.48% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 588
SAT Math 470 560
SAT Writing 480 570
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 20 25
ACT English 21 27
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $16,830
Room and Board (on campus) $9,630
Room Only $4,720
Board Only $4,910
Estimated Total On Campus $26,460


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

89% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
66% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$7,428 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,596 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Admission and Aid Information

The Admissions Committee gives preference to students who have selected Flagler as their first choice college. To identify these students, the College has developed a voluntary Early Decision Plan for freshmen and transfers who are applying for the fall semester.

  • If one chooses to apply under this option, they’re declaring that Flagler College is their first choice!
  • The application will be acted upon before those who choose to apply under the Regular Decision Plan.


Dates to know for Early Decision application:

  • November 1st – Early Decision Application Due
  • December 15th – Notification of Admission Decision
  • January 15th – Enrollment Deposit Due for ED Applicants


Students admitted under the Early Decision Plan are required to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and to confirm their decision to attend Flagler by remitting an advance deposit of $200 and completed enrollment forms by January 15. Advance deposits are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and are non-refundable.

In addition to the advance deposit, boarding students are required to remit a $200 deposit as a room reservation fee. This fee is also due on January 15. Boarding students may submit a single check for $400 to cover both the advance deposit and the room reservation fee, rather than submitting two separate checks.

For students unable to make the commitment required under the Early Decision Plan, the College offers a Regular Decision Plan with a deadline of March 1. If one applies under the Regular Decision Plan, they will be notified on or before March 31, but after Early Decision applicants. They must understand that Early Decision applicants are given preference as the fall class is selected.

Dates to know for Regular Decision application:

  • March 1st – Regular Decision Application Deadline
  • March 31st – Notification of Admission Decision
  • May 1st – Enrollment Deposit Due for RD Applicants


Students accepted during the Regular Decision phase must confirm their decision to attend Flagler by remitting an advance deposit of $200 and completed enrollment forms by May 1.

Advance deposits are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and are non-refundable. In addition to the advance deposit, boarding students are required to remit a $200 deposit as a room reservation fee. This fee is also due on May 1. Boarding students may submit a single check for $400 to cover both the advance deposit and the room reservation fee, rather than submitting two separate checks.

Flagler College acknowledges that financing a college education represents a major investment. It recognizes that many students and families may need assistance covering the cost of college tuition. Flagler College conducts a comprehensive financial aid program to assist students and families in this endeavor. The primary purpose of the program is to make sure students are aware of the availability of financial aid and to provide the opportunity to apply for all available aid.

Financial Aid comes in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and/or employment. Grants and scholarships are called gift aid, since they do not have to be repaid. Loans and employment are called self-help aid, since students are helping themselves by either repaying the money loaned or working for the money. Loans are made at low interest rates and repayment does not start until after graduation. Employment involves working on-campus or at selected off-campus sites. To qualify for financial aid, students must either establish financial need or meet the other special requirements of a grant, scholarship or loan awarded without regard to financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other forms are required for this reason.

There are four basic sources of funds for financial aid at Flagler College:

  • The Federal government
  • State governments
  • Flagler College
  • Private organizations


To receive federal student aid, applicants must be one of the following:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or “Green Card.”)
  • Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
  • Other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Indefinite Parole,” “Humanitarian Parole,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”
  • A citizen of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or the Federated States of Micronesia (FM).