Florida Southern College
Ranked among the nation’s top colleges, Florida Southern is nationally recognized for excellence in experiential education and the opportunity for students to study abroad, participate in professional internships, and graduate in four years. Offering more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the College enrolls 3,000 students from 50 states and 50 countries. Florida Southern’s 113-acre, lakeside campus is ideally located directly between Tampa and Orlando in Lakeland, Florida—named one of the best places to live and fastest growing metropolitan areas.
Get to know Florida Southern College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
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.
RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE
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.
Through an innovative Junior Journey program, all incoming first-year students are guaranteed a 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.
“I never thought that I would get to travel the world—conducting research in the Galapagos Islands, running around with rhinos in South Africa, herding musk oxen in Alaska, but Florida Southern’s made it possible.” – Abigail Farrow ‘17, Biology, currently a second-year veterinary student at Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine and concurrently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Minnesota
All students are guaranteed an internship to help prepare them for successful careers upon graduation. Students intern locally, regionally, and world at organizations like Moffitt Cancer Center, Lockheed Martin, ESPN, Goldman Sachs, and United Way.
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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 70%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
“At Florida Southern, it’s about taking your learning beyond the classroom. Professors are always willing to go the extra mile and connect students to professionals in the field, facilitate internship opportunities, and expose them to real-world scenarios in the classroom. My professors were truly an inspiration.” – John Bryant ’17, Advertising and Public Relations and Political Communication, currently pursuing a master’s degree in government at Johns Hopkins University
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 15:1, 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 70+ programs of study, including business, computer science, nursing, communication, psychology, biology, art, education, marine biology, music, and theatre 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.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
External degree program
Teacher certification program
“This is a community where people feel connected—to opportunities and each other. Coming in as a freshman, you don’t know how college works—you’re unsure of what to expect. But connecting with various organizations leads you to finding people who are passionate about the same things you are. That’s when you become part of a community. That’s when you can truly be happy.” – Marcos Martins ‘19
FSC student life can be summed up in one word: Involved! With more than 100+ 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.
FSC offers a unique and innovative way for freshman students to connect through their studies by offering learning communities based on their major or interests. Activities in and outside of the classroom help the students develop a deeper understanding of coursework and a stronger connection to their faculty and peers.
Throughout the year, Florida Southern hosts several speaker events that focus on topics like business and free enterprise, science and exploration, religion, and theatre performance. Each one of these events are open to students as well as the larger community. In years past, the events have brought to campus the first African American women to go into space, former White House Press Secretaries, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, and scientists.
YEARLY FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
For nearly 60 years, the College has offered world-class entertainment in music, theatre, art, and dance to both campus and the community. This year-long festival features the talents of FSC students, extraordinary professors, and renowned visiting artists. In previous years, the Festival has offered exceptional performances by nationally acclaimed artistic ensembles and soloists, such as the Russian National Ballet, pianist Julian Gargiulo, and FSC’s dance company-in-residence, the Florida Dance Theatre.
JUNIOR JOURNEY TRIP
Florida Southern ensures each student is prepared to be a global citizen through Junior Journey, a guaranteed travel experience available to each student after the completion of at least four full semesters—often at no additional cost beyond the usual FSC tuition.
Florida Southern is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando in sunny Lakeland, FL. The 113-acre lakeside campus, designated a national historic landmark for its collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures, is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation.
Florida Southern competes in NCAA Division II athletics and offers 20 varsity programs, including five varsity club sports in Waterskiing, Beach Volleyball, Equestrian, Esports, and the newest addition, ACHA DIII Ice Hockey. The Moccasins have won 30 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.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 93%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Every FSC student is guaranteed an internship thanks to both the College’s location in the heart of Central Florida’s high-tech corridor as well as its 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 all rave about FSC students’ impressive educational preparation during their internships.
“At Florida Southern, you can do it all. You can have the internship or an off-campus job and have a social life. Everyone here is working to make sure that happens. A feeling of confidence is very important while you’re a student because you want to know you’re prepared for the future. If you take advantage of the opportunities offered here, the only thing that awaits you is success.” – Rachel Belli ’16, Producer at News 12 Networks, Greater New York City Area
READY FOR SUCCESS
Because FSC students have experience in meaningful internships, study abroad, and real-world research and professional performances, they are ready to experience career success right away. In fact, 97% of recent graduates report landing jobs or enrolling in prestigious professional and graduate schools.
Nearly 1/3 of FSC students attend graduate school within one year of graduation, earning advanced degrees at such major institutions 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.
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Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Standardized test scores | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 550 | 75th Percentile: 630
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25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 31
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 in school and within the community.
The Office of Admissions looks for applicants who are bright and well informed (yet not afraid to ask questions!) and who want to be engaged in the full college experience. Incoming students are at the top of their classes, have a high level of character, and enjoy a wide array of interests, including sports, the arts, community service, leadership, and study abroad. Florida Southern students are creative achievers who also believe in the value of community.
Tuition & Cost
FSC is proud to award 98% of students financial aid. First-year students applying for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarship ranging from $5,000-$20,000. Transfer students applying for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarship ranging from $12,500-$17,500. Students with exceptional academic achievement may apply for several Prestige Scholarships, which include opportunities for full tuition and full room-and-board awards. Talent- and need-based aid are also available for qualified applicants; students interested in applying for need-based aid should submit the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline.