Academic Quality Soars As FSC Opens Academic Year With Record-Setting Class

Aug 18, 2017

by Staff

On August 22, Florida Southern College begins its 132nd academic year by welcoming its best-credentialed and largest-ever class of first-year students in the College’s history. 

Approximately 830 new students are entering FSC this fall, including 725 freshmen, the largest entering class in the college’s history. The class is diverse, with 42 states and 20 countries represented. This is the fourth year since 2012 that FSC has set a record for the size of its incoming class. The new class will bring total enrollment, including 385 graduate students, to approximately 2,750.

“The faculty and staff of Florida Southern are gratified that more and more of the brightest students in the nation are making FSC their destination college,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management John Grundig. “We strongly believe our reputation as a college that strives for excellence is the reason for our upward trajectory in academics and enrollment. The incoming class is full of promise, and we are sure these students will uphold the high standards that have been set by previous classes.”

Among the members of the incoming class are 10 valedictorians; a winner of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award; students who achieved a perfect score on sections of the SAT and ACT; a student who helped create a solar-powered car; a published novelist; and the fourth-ranked male water skier in the world.

FSC is the only college in Polk County listed in the just-released guidebook, The Best 382 Colleges, by The Princeton Review, which recognized the college in its Most Beautiful, Intramural Participation, and Best Collegiate Theater categories. Among the college’s recent graduates is Zoe Trout of South Portland, Maine, who was the recipient of a 2017 Fulbright Award and is spending a year in Thailand as a teacher.

New academic majors include medical laboratory science, cyber-security, and exercise science, reflecting a continued emphasis on science, technology, and healthcare-related fields of study.

In addition, the college welcomes 22 new faculty members, including Dr. James W. Fenton, Jr., the new dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. Dr. Fenton brings more than 35 years of experience in academics and industry to the Barnett School, which is named for Publix executive and FSC alumnus Barney Barnett.

On Saturday, the college will open its residence halls, and arriving students and their families will be assisted by FSC’s characteristic concierge service, in which the staff facilitates the new students’ check-in, assisted by members of the faculty, athletic teams, and fraternities and sororities, who see to it that the students are quickly settled in their residence halls. The process ensures a positive start for new students and their families.