Florida Southern College

Most beautiful campus

Everyone plays intramural sports

Source: The Princeton Review, The Best 378 Colleges, 2014 Edition

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the campus of FSC

Address 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801
Metropolitan Area Lakeland
Yearly Tuition In/Out-of-State $28,580
School Type Private-Christian
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Year Founded 1883
School Website flsouthern.edu

Florida Southern College, often referred to as FSC, is a very highly regarded private college located in Lakeland, which is about halfway between Orlando and Tampa. The campus, located on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, features ten buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (more than any other location in the world) all connected by covered walkways also of his design.

Many college guides rank FSC as one of the best private colleges in Florida. It’s almost up there with Rollins and Eckerd, but the students at FSC are not nearly as liberal.

2013 Admissions Data

Fall Application Deadline March 1
Acceptance Rate 56%
Average High School GPA 3.63
Average SAT Scores Critical Reading: 500-590
Math: 500-600
Writing: 470-570
Average ACT Scores Math: 21-27
English: 22-28
Application Fee $30
Financial Aid Deadline July 1 (March 1 for priority)

When applying to Florida Southern College be sure to submit at least one academic letter of recommendation, since admissions at FSC are somewhat selective.


Number of Majors Offered 50
Most Popular Majors Biology
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Student to Faculty Ratio 14:1
Four Year Graduation Rate 38%

The academic programs at Florida Southern College give the school an excellent reputation. It is ranked in the number two spot among all colleges located in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

Classes are generally small and professors here are known to be very invested in how students perform, often helping students one-on-one. Most classes meet for four hours per week (as opposed to the usual three) where the fourth hour is devoted to more engaged learning activities.

Excellent internships are provided to FSC students and students are guaranteed an internship that can boost their resume.

A program at FSC, the Junior Journey, provides all entering students a chance to study abroad (or somewhere else in the country) during their junior year at very minimal cost.

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Student Body

Undergraduates 2,278
Postgraduates 148
Male to Female Ratio 43:57
Percent Out-of-State 30%
Student Heritage

People at FSC are friendly and since there are only about 2,000 students, they tend to feel that they are part of a real community.

Student Life

The beautiful campus of FSC provides many places for students to participate in popular group activities, or just chill out.

Being located in Lakeland means students are close to both the theme parks near Orlando and Gulf beaches.

FSC has 20 sports team and they participate in NCAA division II Competition.

There are nine fraternities and seven sororities as well as over 70 other student organizations at Florida Southern College.

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