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Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

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Florida Southern College overview
Location Lakeland, Florida
Online flsouthern.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Florida Southern College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Florida Southern College, established in 1883, is a private liberal arts college located in Lakeland, Florida, approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando. Renowned for its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Child of the Sun" collection of buildings, the campus merges historical architecture with a scenic lakeside setting. The college offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate programs, with Business, Communications, Education, and Nursing being among the most popular majors. A moderately selective institution, Florida Southern maintains a commitment to academic rigor and personalized education through small class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio that encourages individual attention. Residential life is an integral component of the student experience, with a variety of housing options available on campus. While Florida Southern College fields a range of NCAA Division II athletic teams known as the Moccasins, it is particularly recognized for its baseball program.

In the most recent statistical year 11,120 prospective students applied, and 6,295 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 754 enrolled in the school.  2,983 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 298 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $39,700 plus fees of $800. Florida Southern is ranked 425 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Florida Southern is rated within the top 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Florida Southern College overview
SAT 1080/1290
ACT 22/29
GPA 3.73

Applications Accepted

Florida Southern College overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Florida Southern College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$800
Room and Board $12,400
Budget for Other Expenses$3,050
Total One Year Cost$57,200

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$42,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Florida Southern College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Health Professions 12%
Education 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication 8%

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Current students may use the Florida Southern College GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.