Parents & Family Frequently Asked Questions

General

Lakeland’s crime rate is lower than the state of Florida’s average and below the National average as well. In addition, Florida Southern has an Office of Campus Safety and Security that provides services to the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Internships are often communicated through faculty members. We encourage students to converse with their faculty if they are interested in an on-campus job or internship.

Additionally, our Career Center can help connect students with internships and jobs.

Our commencement webpage includes the commencement handbook as well as party planning resources for a big day.

Unfortunately, our dates for the Mocappellas is unscheduled right now due to physical distancing measures from COVID-19. Updates will be posted when available.

Information about our Student Health Center can be found on their office webpage.

Florida Southern is residential because we believe in helping our students make the transition from home to independence. First-year students are the closest to classes, and as students transition to upper-level students, residences have options such as kitchens and locations that are a little further from campus, giving independence while continuing support from residence advisors and community life.

Academic

Finals are scheduled on the Academic Calendar.

Deadline for professors to enter final grades is the Tuesday after finals.

Financial

Tuition due dates are listed in the FSC Portal.

Yes, an ATM is located near the Florida Southern Mailroom.

Mailing/Shipping

No, Students keep their mailbox numbers throughout their time at Florida Southern.

Packages will be delivered to the mailroom and the mailroom will notify students via their mailbox if they have a package to pickup.

First Year Questions

111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801. Please boldly display the student’s name and housing assignment on the boxes. Avoid shipping obvious things like flammables, etc. You may begin to ship items starting on July 15.

Yes. Ship to: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801. Please boldly display the student’s name and housing assignment on the boxes. Avoid shipping obvious things like flammables, etc. You may begin to ship items starting on July 15.

Housing

Housing information can be found on the college housing webpage.

First-year students can move in the Saturday before classes.

Break schedule information can be found on the Academic Calendar.

Yes. FSC has partnered with DormPackPros to offer packing and storage options for students.

Please contact the Dean of Students, Mike Crawford.

Freshmen find out their housing assignments in July.

Returning students find out their housing assignments in May. Dates depend on their housing number.

Community Living staff members will communicate with students about move-out procedures prior to the end of the semester. RAs will give each student information and host floor meetings for first-year communities.

Community Living will work with Junior Journey students on a schedule for move out depending on their trip.

These items are not permitted: refrigerators and microwaves (these are provided), toasters, air fryers, hot plates, candles, incense, halogen lamps, string lights, extension cords, weapons (hand knives, firearms, explosives, etc.), sleeper sofas, glow-in-the-dark stars, peel and stick wallpaper, duct tape and contact paper.

Pillows, linens, personal items, shower shoes, first-aid items, hair dryer, laundry detergent and basket, clothes hangers, study lamp, desk supplies, calendar, writing paper, envelopes, stamps, room décor, 3M strips or poster putty for hanging décor, computer, UL-listed surge protectors with on/off switch, crates or shelf for books, carpet sweeper/broom, cleaning supplies, small tool kit, flashlight, umbrella, snacks, can opener, flatware, cups, plates, bowls and business attire for classroom presentations. Optional: throw rug, coffee maker, reusable water bottle, headphones.

High efficiency laundry soap. No quarters necessary, these machines are free.

All Florida Southern College students will go through the same process for housing selection.

Beds are at adjustable heights, but yes, students can put their dressers or even desk underneath them if raised high. Bunking pins are available from the office of Community Living if desired.

We have both. Residence halls are either split by gender or they are co-ed with different gender specified floors.

Residence halls are closed for the breaks when the College closes: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet/wardrobe for each student. On-campus rooms are equipped with a MicroFridge for students to share. Window blinds are also provided.

First year students submit a housing preference form when they deposit. Returning students choose on a specified date in accordance with their housing number.

Living in a shared space can present its fair share of challenges, but it is important to be fair, honest, and considerate with one another. If you find yourself with a concern, communicate with your roommate and if needed, make sure you discuss your concerns with your Resident Advisor (RA).

There are videos of the first-year residence halls on the campus housing webpage. There is also a non-FSC affiliated instagram account @housingfsc that you can view student’s room photos.

Meal Plan and Food Options

No. First year students must have the full meal plan.

Students can see what they have left on their meal plan by logging onto the FSC Portal.

Yes. Students can see what they have left on their meal plan by logging onto the FSC Portal.

Food options for staying on campus will be communicated to students prior to the break.

Transportation

Yes. You can apply for a parking permit on the FSC Portal, under the “New Students” tab.

You can apply for a parking permit on the FSC Portal, under the “New Students” tab.

Yes. The shuttle schedule is found on the airport shuttle service webpage.

Every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Shuttle to Shop leaves Circle Drive (outside of the undercaf) on top of every hour and can take you places like Target, Publix, Walmart and Lakeside Village (Books-A-Million, Bed Bath & Beyond and even a movie theatre!)