Reaches 20 Year High with 1800 Students
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept.
6, 2002) - Florida Southern College opened the 2002-03 academic
year Tuesday with a total full-time enrollment of eighteen hundred
students. This marks a twenty-year high in enrollment for the college.
The college's long-range plan has an eighteen hundred student enrollment
goal and it has been reached a year early.
"Obviously, we're delighted with this year's numbers," said Florida
Southern College President Dr. Thomas L. Reuschling. "We've been
working hard over the past years to achieve the eighteen hundred
goal. To achieve it ahead of schedule is especially satisfying."
The college's enrollment has seen steady increase from about 1375
in the early '90s..
New students totaled 652, exceeding the projected goal of 640. This
year's overall higher student enrollment can be attributed to the
large group of new students and the largest group of returning students
in many years. "We had large freshman classes in 2000 and 2001.
It was the first time in 40 years that Florida Southern had two
consecutive freshman classes of more than 500 students. These students
are returning in good numbers which is a tribute to the strong efforts
of our faculty and staff reinforced by the improvements to the campus
over the past few years." Last year's total full-time undergraduate
enrollment was 1,752 students.
Florida Southern continues to have strong Florida representation
in its student population. Approximately seventy-two percent of
its students are from Florida. Slightly over twenty-three percent
are from out-of-state. International students total about 4.5 %
of the campus population and minority students are approximately
"Schedules are still being finalized for a small percentage of students,"
said Reuschling. "We are anticipating a great year with full parking
The Orlando program and evening MBA classes at Florida Southern
College are also seeing increased enrollment. The Orlando program
has a 13% increase and the evening MBA program had a 6% increase
About Florida Southern College
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.