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Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive college and the oldest college in Florida. Florida Southern maintains its commitment to academic excellence through more than 50 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business, accounting, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 29 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Best Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a 2016 Top ROI College by Forbes; and included in The Princeton Review's 381 Best Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour's drive of both Orlando and Tampa and home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the "Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation" for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation's "Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture" by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.


Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Southern College. Florida Southern College also fully approved by the State of Florida to offer undergraduate degrees leading to teacher certification in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Music Education, Art Education and secondary education. The program also has State of Florida ESOL Endorsement for Elementary Education and Secondary English Education. The School of Education has aligned its programs to meet Florida's SubjectArea Competencies as well as the Florida Educators' Accomplished Practices (FEAP). Our Bachelor of Nursing and Master in Science in Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,and our bachelors degree in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise is currently working towards accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, Florida Southern's music programs are also accreditied by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).