Southern College admissions, enrollment up
New freshman class the second-largest in 20 years
Fla. (Sept. 5, 2001) - Florida Southern College opened the 2001-02
academic year Tuesday with 679 new students, raising the total full-time
undergraduate enrollment to 1,772. New resident students increased
by 30 over last year. The college retains its student-faculty ratio
of 16 to 1 with new faculty hires.
pleased with our enrollment," said Florida Southern College
President Thomas L. Reuschling, "We have about 100 more students
than last year, and though students are still going through drop/add
to square away their schedules, we anticipate a great year."
Of the 679 new
students, 515 are freshman, making the class of 2005 the second-largest
class in 20 years. This year is also the first time in 40 years
Florida Southern has had two consecutive freshman classes of more
than 500 students.
did we see an increase in new students, our freshman applications
were up 12 percent this year, and transfer applications were up
38 percent," said Reuschling. "We've also improved our
freshman retention by nearly 4 percent over last year. The programs
we've instituted on campus have had a significant impact on that
Last year, Florida
Southern began a new program called First-Year Experience to assist
new students who may have found it difficult to adapt to college
life. The program offers one-on-one sessions with counselors and
steers students to tutoring resources in writing, math and computers.
year at college is a critical one for getting off on the right foot,"
said Linda Moser, director of First-Year Experience. "Sometimes
students just need someone to talk to about their concerns, and
that's exactly why this program was designed."
looking forward to a very productive year," said Reuschling.
"We achieved this enrollment increase with a strong recruitment
effort and a total commitment from everyone at Florida Southern
to retain our students and make them successful."
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.