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Want the scoop on Florida Southern College? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Florida Southern offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Florida Southern College Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Florida Southern College was awarded 17 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Florida Southern as #468 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Florida Southern is also ranked #13 out of 62 schools in Florida.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Florida Southern?

Acceptance Rate

Florida Southern College has an acceptance rate of 51%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Florida Southern.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to Florida Southern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Southern College  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida Southern College  ( 530 to 610 )
Florida Southern received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida Southern College  ( 24 to 29 )

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Florida Southern College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Florida Southern College, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida Southern College is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida Southern College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Florida Southern College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Florida Southern for first-time, full-time students is 46%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Florida Southern

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,723 undergraduates at Florida Southern with 2,518 being full-time and 205 being part-time.

Florida Southern Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Florida Southern is 72.59 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  72.59 out of 100
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How Much Does Florida Southern College Cost?

The overall average net price of Florida Southern is $26,036. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Florida Southern

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,141 $20,353 $23,367 $27,022 $28,918

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Florida Southern, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Florida Southern, approximately 85% of students took out student loans averaging $7,308 a year. That adds up to $29,232 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Florida Southern is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Florida Southern Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Florida Southern make around $41,400 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Florida Southern College make the most money.

Location of Florida Southern College

Located in Lakeland, Florida, Florida Southern College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Florida Southern College

Contact details for Florida Southern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
Phone: 863-680-4111

Florida Southern College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 47 majors graduated from Florida Southern College. Of these students, 737 received undergraduate degrees and 151 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 127 $35,200
Public Relations & Advertising 67 $36,000
Nursing 65 $59,500
General Psychology 45 $24,400
Accounting 44 NA
General Biology 37 $26,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 33 $40,800
Criminology 22 $26,200
Drama & Theater Arts 22 NA
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 21 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Florida Southern College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Florida Southern

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 793 students took at least one online class at Florida Southern College. This is an increase from the 768 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 793 142
2016-2017 768 110
2015-2016 960 161
2014-2015 844 140
2013-2014 317 54

Learn more about online learning at Florida Southern College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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