|The nineteenth most populated city in Florida, Lakeland is a blend of modern conveniences and diversions. It has recently been recognized nationally by Money Magazine as the 10th "Best Place to Live in America" for medium-sized cities in the south. The city consists of over 90,000 people while more than 171,000 people live within a seven-mile radius of downtown Lakeland. Located only an hour from both Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland boasts a skilled workforce, strong economy, high economic development, lodging and convention facilities, quality health care, exceptional educational opportunities, and excellent transportation system and abundant leisure activities and cultural events.
Lakeland's Central Florida location, literally, makes both fun and work easily accessible. The major attractions of Walt Disney Word, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Sea World and Cypress Gardens are all ninety minutes or less away. The Gulf of Mexico beaches are less than ninety minutes to the west of Lakeland while the Atlantic Ocean beaches are further to the east.
Lakeland's cultural life includes The Lakeland Center, the historic Polk Theatre, the fully-accredited Polk Museum of Art, and the Sun-n-Fun Fly In Museum. In addition, Florida Southern College offers not only the largest one-site-collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in the world, but also internationally known performers as part of its Festival of Fine Arts Series.
Lakeland is also surrounded by pro sporting events. Numerous pro baseball teams hold spring training in Florida, including the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. You can also enjoy pro football and hockey in Tampa and pro basketball, hockey and arena football in Orlando.
|Directions to FSC Admissions Office
From the North (Tallahassee and Points West, Gainesville, Ocala) or west and southwest (Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples):
Take I-75 or I-275 to I-4 East. Take Exit 27 (570E, Polk Parkway exit). Proceed
approximately 6.1 miles to Exit 7 (South Florida Avenue – toll $0.50). Turn left onto
37N (South Florida Avenue) and proceed approximately 1.5 miles and turn right onto
Beacon Road. Proceed to the lake and turn left onto Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Follow
the perimeter of the lake 1.2 miles until you reach Callahan Court. Turn left. Park in the
first driveway on your right.
From the East (Orlando, Points North):
Take I-95 south to I-4 West. Stay on I-4 to Exit 33. Turn left. Bear right just after the
overpass onto SR 33 (Lakeland Hills Blvd.) The street name will change to
Massachusetts Ave. Approximately four miles from the interstate, Massachusetts Ave.
will end at Lake Morton Dr. Turn right. Follow the perimeter of lake until you reach
Success Ave. on your right. Follow Success Ave. until it ends at Lake Hollingsworth
Drive. Turn left. Take Lake Hollingsworth Drive for 0.6 miles to Callahan Court. Turn
left onto Callahan Court. Park in the first driveway on your right.
From the Southeast (Palm Beaches, Fort Lauderdale, Miami):
Take the Florida Turnpike North to the Yeehaw Junction Exit (Route 60). Follow Route
60 west toward Tampa. Once in Bartow, follow the signs for Highway 98 North. Once
on 98, proceed into Lakeland (approx. 13 miles). Watch for Grove Park Shopping Plaza
on your left. Just past the shopping center, turn left onto North Crystal Lake Dr.
Continue on Crystal Lake Dr. until it ends. Turn right on Lake Hollingsworth Dr. Go 0.3
miles and turn left continuing on Lake Hollingsworth Drive (follow the perimeter of the
lake). Go an additional 0.1 miles to Callahan Court. Turn right. Park in the first
driveway on your right.