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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024

FSC Lauded for Engaged Learning, Collaborative Culture in Newest Fiske Guide

Jul 11, 2023

Florida Southern College students benefit from "a solid liberal arts foundation" and support from an inclusive community "dedicated to developing well-rounded graduates," explains the newly released Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024.

Now in its 40th edition, the Fiske Guide is one of the most trusted college search aids, highlighting less than 350 of the best colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland and containing student feedback on everything from academic programs to dining options and social life. Providing an overview of "the best and most interesting four-year colleges," this is the 15th consecutive year Florida Southern has been included.

Founded in 1883, FSC has been steadfast in providing students with a distinctive combination of skill-building core courses and professional learning, the Fiske Guide notes. Students can choose from diverse academic offerings, including outstanding pre-professional programs that “boast exceptional placement rates into medical, dental, and pharmacy schools nationwide,” extensive internship opportunities, and an enriching study abroad program.

Examples of Engaged LearningThe Fiske Guide recognizes FSC as a "huge advocate for engaged learning." Through opportunities such as internships, research, and study abroad, students gain real-world, hands-on experience.

As the guide further explains: The College's dedication to engaged learning is exemplified in its classroom environment, where learning happens through collaborative activities such as debate, small-group discussions, case studies, and research. With the core curriculum revolving around eight key learning outcomes, students develop the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, including critical and creative thinking abilities, effective communication skills, and a sense of personal and social responsibility.

Fiske also lauds Florida Southern College for its emphasis on career development. All FSC students are encouraged to participate in an internship. More than 1,000 students take advantage of this opportunity annually, gaining invaluable experience with renowned organizations such as Charles Schwab, the Kennedy Center, ESPN, and NASA. Moreover, the College's Junior Journey program provides students with short-term travel-study experiences, often at no additional cost.

Most Beautiful campusFSC students appreciate the College's unique architecture and picturesque campus, which often tops "Most Beautiful" campus lists.

Along with opportunities to gain real-world experience, the College's picturesque campus, centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, offers an ideal environment for students to thrive academically and personally. The guide calls out the "inclusive" nature of the community, which not only fosters a collaborative atmosphere but also provides a vibrant social scene noting the plethora of student clubs and activities, including cookouts, concerts, sporting events, and monthly trips that allow students to explore Florida's many recreational amenities. One student shared, "[People here] are very down-to-earth and easy to get along with."

Florida Southern College takes immense pride in its continued recognition by the Fiske Guide. The College remains dedicated to providing an exceptional educational experience, shaping the leaders of tomorrow. In the words of an FSC senior, "Florida Southern College is a great community where students can grow academically, socially, and emotionally."

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