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About Florida Southern College

Florida Southern has a lot to offer.

At Florida Southern, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind living and learning experience on the nation’s most beautiful campus.

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College Mission

The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.

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Florida Southern holds everyone on campus to the highest standards providing a foundation that ensures a strong and cohesive community.

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Engaged Learning

Florida Southern is a leader in engaged learning — learning that engages students in their subjects and puts education in action.

One of the best and most interesting schools in the U.S. — Fiske Guide

Florida Southern Guarantees

Our willingness to go above and beyond the conventional college experiences sets Florida Southern apart. In fact, we guarantee signature educational opportunities in the following three key areas.

guarantee number one. graduate in four years
guarantee number two. incredible internships
guarantee number three. study abroad

Recognized as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Top guide books all recognize Florida Southern’s thriving residential campus life, outstanding academics and engaged learning opportunities, and robust financial assistance.

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The Princeton Review
US News and World Report
Bloomberg Business Week
Colleges of Distinction
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Student Body Statistics

student body statistics. twenty-five hundred undergraduate students from nearly every state and fifty countries. seventy-four degree average temperature. three hundred and thirty-one days of sunshine. sixty percent of our students come from florida with the remaining forty percent coming from out of state. forty percent are male, sixty percent are female. florida southern has an eighty percent retention rate for first-year students.

Campus Traditions

Central to the total Florida Southern experience, our rich traditions are among the most cherished memories for Florida Southern College students and graduates.

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Love Where You Live

Distinguished by TIME Money Magazine as one of the “best places to live” in the United States, Lakeland truly is a gem among cities.

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Did you know?

Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. It was founded in Orlando in 1883 as South Florida Institute.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Florida Southern College is home to the largest single site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world and a National Historic Landmark.

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