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How to Apply
First-year Undergraduates

Applying is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Applying to Florida Southern is the first step in making your college experience one that defines your future success.

Step 1:
start your Application

In addition to the Florida Southern Preferred application, Florida Southern College supports the most popular application platforms in higher education including Common Application and Coalition Application. Use the one that works best for you.


Florida Southern Preferred Application

One of the best ways to apply to FSC is to use our own Florida Southern Preferred application. It provides all the tools you need to quickly and successfully apply to Florida Southern.

Other Ways to Apply for Fall 2023

If you are already using the Common App or the Coalition App in your search process we also support these popular application platforms.

Check Your Application Status

Once you have submitted your application, you can view your status and see what’s missing on your Applicant Status Page. Log in using your username and PIN provided. This will be your one-stop shop for submitting documents and staying up to date during your enrollment process.

Step 2:
choose early or regular admission

Students choose the application timeline that meets their personal goals. You can apply via one of our Early Admission processes to receive your decision faster or apply later in the school year via our Regular Admission process.

Early Admission

Students who would like an early answer on their application status may apply Early Admission.

Early Action

Priority Date:
November 1

Notification Date:
December 15

Deposit Date:
May 1

Early Decision (BINDING)

Priority Date:
November 1

Notification Date:
December 15

Deposit Date:
January 15

Regular Admission

Regular Admission deadlines provide more time however applications received after the last date will be considered on a rolling space-available basis.

Before December

Priority Date:
December 1

Notification Date:
January 15

Deposit Date:
May 1

After December

Priority Date:
March 1

Notification Date:
April 1

Deposit Date:
May 1

Rolling Decision

Applicants electing the rolling decision option will receive their admissions decision within two weeks of receipt of their completed application. Because the number of spaces available in the entering class is necessarily limited, rolling admission continually narrows the opportunities for admission as the cycle progresses. As a result, students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission and financial aid consideration. Additionally, upon receiving admission, students are advised to submit the required enrollment deposit promptly to reserve their space in the incoming class.

Additional Options

We also offer a Spring Start option.

Step 3:
send supporting Materials

Submit the following as soon as possible to help us get you your admission decision.


Send your materials to:

Office of Admissions
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698



Step 4:
Next Steps Once Admitted

Congratulations! We can’t wait for you to join us on campus!

Accept our offer of admission!

When you submit your enrollment deposit, you save your space in the upcoming Class and residence halls.

The enrollment deposit is $500 if you plan to live on campus and $300 if you’ll commute. You may pay online or by phone at 863.680.4131.

Submit your FAFSA.

We encourage all families to complete a FAFSA. Be sure to include Florida Southern (001488) as a school of choice.

Students entering in January 2021 should submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA. The FAFSA opens on October 1, 2020 for students entering in 2021.

connect with us!

From video tours to online information sessions, we have lots of resources for you to experience Florida Southern virtually!

Ready to visit campus in person? Check out our on-campus visit options.

FSC EnrollMent Checklist

Complete your next steps on the FSC Enrollment Checklist. Here you’ll be able to complete your New student enrollment form (AKA: housing application if you’ve submitted your housing deposit), medical forms, and provide a proof of identification.

we are here to help!
Florida Southern is here for you.

Our professional team of admissions counselors are available to guide you through each step of the application process.

Meet Your Counselor

Frequently Asked Questions

You have some questions. We have the answers.

Video Q & A

Without my excellent marine biology education at FSC, I truly believe that I would not be where I am today career-wise. The professors at FSC are so knowledgeable in their fields and really inspired me to continue learning and pursue research. All of the staff at Florida Southern are very approachable and helpful, even just to stop and chat.

— Leyna Stemle