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Florida Southern College: Narrative Description

FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE L-12

111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
Tel: (863)680-4111
Free: 800-274-4131
Admissions: (863)680-3905
Fax: (863)680-4120
Web Site: http://www.flsouthern.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 100-acre suburban campus with easy access to Tampa and Orlando. Endowment: $64.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5171 per student. Total enrollment: 1,990. Faculty: 178 (109 full-time, 69 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,808 applied, 75% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 81% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,831 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 63 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 46 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 5% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at American University, Drew University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 4/1, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $24,650 includes full-time tuition ($17,860), mandatory fees ($380), and college room and board ($6410). College room only: $3550. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $450 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $380 per year.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 66 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Student Union Board, Shades of Color, International Student Association. Major annual events: Annual Concert, Christmas tree lighting, O-Week Welcome Back Dance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,242 college housing spaces available; 1,228 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. E. T. Roux Library with 172,803 books, 448,221 microform titles, 939 serials, 11,490 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $803,039. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lakeland is located in the geographical center of Florida, 35 miles East of Tampa, 50 miles west of Orlando, 100 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, 35 miles from Disney World and 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The Seaboard Coast Line Railroad serves the area. The "World's Citrus Center" is the permanent spring training headquarters of the Detroit Tigers. Excellent shopping facilities in the city; a civic center, concert association, and community theatre are part of the lively community. Recreational facilities include 12 lakes within the city for excellent fishing, golf courses, boating, hiking, and waterskiing. The annual Orange Cup Regatta Hydroplane Race is held the weekend closest to February 1st.

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