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Lakeland, Florida

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Your chances of getting into Florida Southern College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Florida Southern College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Florida Southern is 60.9%.  Its admission rate is the 20th lowest in Florida.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Florida Southern and can you get accepted?

Florida Southern is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 6,550 out of the 10,759 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 26 percent on standardized admission tests. Florida Southern College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Florida Southern?

61% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Florida Southern College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.73 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1250 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Florida Southern GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Florida Southern College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Florida Southern are to have around a 3.73 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Florida Southern accepts 61% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Florida Southern is 3.73 on the 4.0 scale. 36% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #10 in Florida for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Florida Southern is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Florida Southern College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 35.6% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.7% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 20.7% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.1% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 5.7% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.2% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Florida Southern SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Florida Southern College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 27% of students submitted SAT scores and 17% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Florida Southern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1160
SAT Scores for Florida Southern College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 655
Composite 75th Percentile 1335
Average SAT Score 1250

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Florida Southern College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Florida Southern is 1250 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1160-1335. Students who get into Florida Southern College score in the top 31 percent of all SAT test takers..  Florida Southern ranks #5 in the state of Florida and #228 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1250 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Florida Southern regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1160, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Florida Southern College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1250 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1247, you have around a 61% chance of being admitted. A 1335 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 75% chance of getting in.

Florida Southern College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1335 and Above Good >75%
1247 to 1335 Avg + 61%-75%
1160 to 1247 Avg - 45%-61%
1073 to 1160 Reach 30%-45%
Less than 1073 Low <30%
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Florida Southern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Florida Southern College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 25
ACT Scores for Florida Southern College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 30
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Florida Southern?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Florida Southern is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 25 and 30.  The school ranks #6 in Florida and #223 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 25 and score in the score in the top 22 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

17 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Florida Southern College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Florida Southern College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Florida Southern for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 61% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 77% with a 30 ACT score.

Florida Southern College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >77%
27 to 30 Avg + 61%-77%
25 to 27 Avg - 48%-61%
23 to 25 Reach 36%-48%
Less than 23 Low <36%
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High School Class Rank

58% of Florida Southern College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Florida Southern College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 57.6%
Top 50% of class 88%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Florida Southern College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,411 3,340 10,759
Accepted 4,590 1,959 6,550
Acceptance Rate 62% 59% 61%
Enrolled 541 251 792
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 13% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 66 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on May 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Florida Southern College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Florida Southern College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Florida Southern College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Florida Southern College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Florida Southern is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.73 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1250 on the SAT and 27 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=134079 IPEDS survey data for Florida Southern College.


Does Florida Southern College prefer SAT or ACT?

27% of students submit their SAT scores to Florida Southern. 17% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Florida Southern College?

61% of those who apply are granted admission to Florida Southern. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Florida Southern College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1335. The average SAT score is 1247. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Florida Southern College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.