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Florida Southern College, Lakeland

Orlando, FL
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Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Orlando FL

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Florida Southern College is in a charming though fairly poor, quite hilly (for Florida) town called Lakeland, 45 minutes inland from Tampa and one hour from Orlando. With raised views over pretty Lake Hollingsworth and the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, it makes for a serene environment. For twenty years Wright worked on his "true American campus" creation, at the college president's request. A strange, very low esplanade created by Wright connects many of the buildings. There is a huge, impressive and peaceful fountain in front of the library. The recreation center and many of the student dorms (75%) have lake views- these are super nice! The fitness center provides snorkeling trips to the Keys, rockclimbing trips, canoes and bicycles to rent. Most of the lakes in Lakeland are the result of industrial phosphate mining.

Undergraduate students (there are 2,000 of them) at Florida Southern College are guaranteed a degree in four years or their tuition is covered from then on. Every student at the college gets an internship as well as a travel experience (some are as short as 7 days abroad), and many students take advantage of the Fall break (an unusual feature of the school) to study abroad. Students are encouraged to start early at internships so they can see if their chosen field is something they really want to do. The school is very thoughtful and well-organized in this way. Many majors are career-focused and popular majors are Biochemistry, Chemistry, Business, Education, Nursing, Communication, and Fine Arts. The school is church-affiliated though not all students are religious. 63% of students come from Florida. All undergraduate students are required to live on campus for all four years- this makes for a strong sense of community, as does the monthly convocation. There are many living-learning communities such as Musician's World, Gateway to Art, Law and Politics, Nursing, and Honors. Most students are involved in an intramural sport. Throughout the year there are concerts on the green. There are also two days where classes are closed each semester so that students can perform service hours. 
If you apply, you receive a decision within two weeks! The college is in great financial shape and offers mainly merit-based scholarships.
The current president of this college used to serve Rollins College, a college which also impressed me very much with its caring, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere, and gorgeous campus. 


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Impressive windows in the Christoverson Humanities Building.
Impressive windows in the Christoverson Humanities Building.
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Calming architecture and lawn.
Calming architecture and lawn.
More Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
More Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Lawn and Frank Lloyd Wright building.
Lawn and Frank Lloyd Wright building.
Fantastic fountain outside the library- huge!
Fantastic fountain outside the library- huge!
Strange low walkways.
Strange low walkways.
Tree next to Wright walkways.
Tree next to Wright walkways.
View of walkways.
View of walkways.
Now the architecture improves, in my humble opinion...
Now the architecture improves, in my humble opinion...
Wonderful, expansive tree.
Wonderful, expansive tree.
Elephant sculptures and fountain facing the lake.
Elephant sculptures and fountain facing the lake.
Romantic architecture.
Romantic architecture.
Dorms with lake views.
Dorms with lake views.
Swing over the lake.
Swing over the lake.
Recreation center with lake views.
Recreation center with lake views.
Pool.
Pool.
Evening on the lake.
Evening on the lake.
Rainbow over Lake Hollingsworth.
Rainbow over Lake Hollingsworth.
Lush tropical landscaping in Lakeland neighborhood.
Lush tropical landscaping in Lakeland neighborhood.
 

Directions

Florida Southern College is located at 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland FL 33801, call (863) 680-4111.

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Last Updated Wed, 03 Jul 2013 23:42:24 GMT