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School Counselors

Welcome Counselors!

Because we realize you’re a key resource for college-bound students, we’re sharing information to help navigate their college selection-and-application process. Interested in learning more? Complete our counselor inquiry form to know more about the ways we support students — and counselors!

At Florida Southern, we strive to give students the care and attention they deserve—from the moment they apply until the day they graduate.

More than 50 Majors & Career Tracks

Ten most popular majors among our first-year students are: Accounting, Business Administration, Broadcast and Print Journalism, Biology, Economics, Education, Marine Biology, Music, Nursing, and Psychology.


We are a campus of doers that enjoys keeping busy!

80+ clubs and organizations. 32,000 hours of servies performed. 10 varsity sports. 30+ on-campus performances and gallery exhibitions. 10 trips to explore Florida. 25+ intramural teams and activities.

Personal Attention

At FSC, our classes are taught by professors—not grad students. That means students are exposed directly to the real-world expertise that sets our faculty apart.

13:1 student-faculty ratio. 18 average class size.

First-year Class Profile

Florida Southern College receives more than 6,000 first-year applications annually and accepts approximately 45 percent.

1134 SAT combined score(reading and math section), 3.6 GPA(weighted), 26 ACT average score

Our 2,200 undergraduates are curious and creative students and come from nearly every state in the U.S. as well as 50 countries including Venezuela, New Zealand, Sweden, and France.

Map showing which states student come from.

Applying to Florida Southern

Our application process is well documented for first-year, transfer, and international students.

Standard admissions file requirements include:

  • A completed application for admission
  • SAT or ACT
    #5218 - Florida Southern’s SAT Code
    #0732 - Florida Southern’s ACT Code
  • High school transcripts
  • Academic recommendation
  • Personal statement

We’ll also look at extracurricular activities, leadership, community service, creative projects, and hobbies — as these offer a broader picture of who you are as a person.

Application Deadlines for Fall

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By Deposit Due
Early Decision December 1 December 15 January 15
Regular Decision March 1 Within 14 days of a complete application May 1

Application Deadlines for Spring

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By Deposit Due
Regular Decision November 1 Within 14 days of a complete application December 15

Honors Program

The Honors Program is highly focused on supporting and helping bright, highly motivated students to take their knowledge to the next level.

Guided by the College’s most distinguished faculty, you’ll find yourself taking your learning beyond the classroom through advanced course work, special projects, internships, research, and community outreach.

Who’s an Honors student?

Honors students generally represent the top 10% of their class and have achieved at minimum:

  • 3.5 GPA in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum
  • 1290 SAT (Critical Reading and Math sections) or 29 ACT

Benefits of the Honors Program

  • Specialized opportunities for service learning and community outreach
  • Permission to take up to twenty credit hours per semester with no additional tuition fees
  • Priority registration for classes and campus housing
  • Internship opportunities
  • Invitation to apply for student grants of up to $1000 for thesis preparation, travel expenses, and research
  • Priority admission to the University of South Florida College of Medicine (if specific qualifications are met by the student)
  • Honors Housing (Barnett Residential Life Center)

Learn more about the Honors Program 

Prestige Scholarships

Each year, Florida Southern offers $20 million+ in college aid on the basis of academic merit, talent in athletics or fine arts, leadership, community service, student need, and other factors.

Gateway to Success

Florida Southern College may consider applicants for conditional admission as part of the Gateway to Success program.

The Gateway to Success program is designed to provide students with a gradual transition to college academia by reducing the number of credit hours in the first term to a maximum of ten hours.

Students who earn at least a 3.0 GPA in the program will be considered for traditional, full- time status. Students enrolled in the program are not eligible for institutional aid, and will be billed at the standard tuition rate for full time students.

 Download the agreement to learn more

Gateway to Success Form

Student Visit Opportunities

There are many different ways to experience Florida Southern and it’s the very best way to be sure if FSC is the right school for your students. Of course, perspective students are free to visit anytime, but we also offer special visit events that provide additional information about the Florida Southern experience.

Travel Reimbursement Program Available

We want your students to visit our campus and explore all that Florida Southern has to offer...

 …That is why we created the “Fly on Us” program. To make the trip easier, we will reimburse your flight* (up to $250) when you visit us between January 5 and April 3.

Students can take advantage of this special opportunity if they have:

  • Attained a 3.5 GPA and scored a minimum of 1110 SAT CR+M or 24 ACT
  • Applied and have been accepted to Florida Southern

Counselor Visit Program

Experience everything Florida Southern has to offer

Our Counselor Visit program offers high school counselors a unique opportunity to come to Lakeland and tour one the most beautiful campuses in the country, while also providing ample opportunity for counselors to enjoy life in central Florida.

As counselors, you play a significant role in each student’s college search process. We’d like to assist you better in helping your students with their decision by inviting you to become better acquainted with the many wonderful opportunities Florida Southern College provides. Hotel, meals, and travel expenses* will be covered.

Find out more about our counselor visit program