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Florida Southern College


LAKELAND | Florida Southern College, the oldest private college in Florida, is located on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland and features many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Founded in Orlando in 1883 as South Florida Institute, the school made several moves before it settled in 1922 on the shores of Lake Hollingsworth. In 1935, its trustees adopted the name Florida Southern College.

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Florida Southern is a liberal arts school that takes pride in its promise of internships for students.

With about 2,185 undergraduate and 134 graduate students enrolled, some 44 states and 50 countries are represented.

The school has some 50 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, along with graduate programs in business, nursing, and education.

In February it broke ground on the Bill and Mary Ann Becker Business Building at Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road.

In fall of 2013, FSC opened the Frank Lloyd Wright Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, located on Frank Lloyd Wright Way (formerly McDonald Street) between Johnson and College avenues. The center features the newly built Usonian House, designed in 1939 by Wright. The opening was a milestone for the school, which takes pride in its status as the largest single site collection of Wright's architecture in the world.

Phone: 863-680-4131


Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Mission statement: "The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society."

Created: April 20, 2013 11:59 p.m.
Modified: April 17, 2014 12:41 p.m.
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