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Florida Southern College
Lakeland, FL
Florida Southern, founded in 1885, is a church-affiliated college of liberal arts and sciences. Its 100-acre campus, containing buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in Lakeland, 45 miles from both Tampa and Orlando.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,386
   Women 1,511 (63.3%)
   Men 875 (36.7%)
Graduate Students 379
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 46% of 6,192 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.73 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 570 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 560 average
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $47,650
  Tuition and Fees $33,100
  Room and Board $10,680
Average Percent of Need Met 76%
Average Freshman Award $27,586
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 132
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
Lakeland Population 100,710
Nearest Metropolitan Area Tampa, Orlando
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 86% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division II
Mascot Mocassins (snake)
Sororities 35% of women participate
Fraternities 35% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
4.7% Black/African-American
11.5% Hispanic/Latino
1.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.6% White
1.2% Unknown
International Students 4.2% from 52 countries
First-Year Students Returning 81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 52.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 31%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 27.0%