Parents and Family

Providing Resources, Staying Connected

We are committed to providing resources to help you and your family stay connected to what’s happening on campus, be aware of important dates and deadlines, and ultimately provide a gateway to the services that will support your student’s success at Florida Southern and beyond.

Get Involved. Stay Informed.

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The Link, Parent Newsletter

This monthly newsletter shares updates about the latest happenings at Florida Southern. To update your email or enrollment status, email Mike Crawford at

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Parent Facebook

Connect with FSC staff and other members of our parent community via our Parent Facebook page.

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Family Weekend

Join us each fall to connect with your student and get a taste of their FSC college experience

Day of Impact speaker

FSC Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with Program,...

Student groups organized meal-assembly initiative with local kidsPACK nonprofit.

Emma Hamrick '16

Interview With Alumna Emma Hamrick '16

The love for Disney movies and the experiences gained as FSC led Emma Hamrick '16 to wo...

Harvey E. Massey

Service Industry Executive Harvey E. Massey Speaks on Lea...

Harvey L. Massey was a special guest speaker at the Barney Barnett School of Business a...

February 10 at 7:30 PM

Jazz Faculty Highlights, Volume 1

Now in his second year at Florida Southern College as Director of Jazz Studies and Coordinator of Music Management, Jeff Benatar continues to impress students, faculty, and community patrons with his wonderful approach to jazz, both as a leader and as a formidable jazz pianist.

February 13 at 7:30 PM


In a 1920’s Berlin nightclub (Kit-Kat Klub), the Emcee welcomes audience members, assuring them they will forget all their troubles – at the cabaret.

February 20 at 7:00 PM

George Washington - The Character of a Founding Father

Gene Allen Smith - George Washington, while not a Floridian, was certainly instrumental in our nation’s founding. Many myths surround the life of the nation’s first President, whose birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday in February. Who was the real George Washington? Historian and author Gene Allen Smith will reveal why Washington’s character was essential and indispensable to our nation’s beginning.

February 21 to February 21

Janet Siegel Rogers - The Mystery of Color

In her encaustic paintings, Janet Siegel Rogers translates the aura of time and place into layers of oil paint suspended in beeswax.

Important Dates

Registrar Calendar

Fall Semester

August 17 New Student Move In
August 18 Returning Student Move In
August 20 Classes Begin
October 14 to 18 Fall Break
November 26 Residential Communities Close at 5:00 PM
November 27 to 29 Thanksgiving Recess, Residential Communities Closed
December 1 Residential Communities Open at Noon
December 6 Classes End
December 9 to 11 Final Examinations
December 12 Residential Communities Close at Noon for Non-Graduating Students
December 14 Commencement
December 15 Residential Communities at Noon for Graduating Students

Spring Semester

January 5 Residential Communities Open at Noon
January 7 Classes Begin
February 13 Convocation - attendance required
March 2 to 6 Spring Break
April 10 Good Friday
April 24 Classes End
April 27 to 29 Final Examinations
April 30 Residential Communities Close at Noon for Non-Graduating Students
May 2 Commencement
May 3 Residential Communities Close at Noon for Graduating Students

May Option

May 3 to 31 Variable Dates

Summer Sessions

May 6 to June 9 Summer A
June 10 to July 14 Summer B
May 6 to July 14 Summer C
May 6 to June 22 Summer D

Featured Services

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Dining Services

Our food service program is focused on the student and their needs and desires. We are here not only to offer good food and friendly service, but to meet special requirements for such things as vegetarian meals or special diets. Check out the many food venues, campus dining hours, daily menus, and much more!

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Campus Safety

Our dedicated, responsive staff helps to ensure the well-being of the entire college community. In addition to an emergency text message system, our Campus Safety staff are available 24/7 to meet the needs of our students.

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Airport Shuttle Services

Florida Southern College provides shuttle transportation for current students to and from the Tampa (TPA) and Orlando (MCO) airports for breaks throughout the school year.

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About Lakeland

Visiting your student for the weekend and looking for something to do while you’re here? Check out a bike and explore the city via our 26-mile Lake-to-Lake byway. Catch a show at the historic Polk Theatre, or grab a coffee or lunch at one of our many craft coffee cafes or local restaurants. There’s always something to do in Lakeland!

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Local Accommodations

Dozens of hotels in Lakeland ensure you’ll always have a place to stay convenient to campus. Don’t forget to ask about Florida Southern discounts when making your reservations!

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