Lakeland, FL
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Reviews 532 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone supports athletics. You will always find a student section at every athletic event. Plus our mens basketball is pretty good.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Harry's downtown is the best! There is also a lot of chains like McDonalds, Wendys, Moe's, Chipotle, Hooter, etc. There is a lot of different food options.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a lot to choose from. You meet so many different people from many different places. There is a lot of selection of people to hang out with.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It is nice 90% of the time. There is usually sun and it hardly stays cold for long. The summers a little bit much, but if you hate the cold you'll love it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is a little heavy at first, but if it's what you really want to do it's definitely worth it. You learn a lot and get a lot of hands on experience.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity of students is definitely getting better. There are more and more of different students coming in every year.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you can find a party or go to kaus, you should have a pretty good time. There are no clubs in the area. If you want to really go out you'd have to go to Tampa or Orlando.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You are an hour away from Tampa and Orlando, and that's where everything really happens. Lakeland has shops and a mall. It has a lot of food options. Harry's downtown Lakeland is the best!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have monthly health and safety checks. If you feel unsafe walking to your car, Safety will come and escort you. Safety is constantly driving around campus making sure everything is as it should be.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are some dorms that are not fantastic and the rules against off-campus living are far too strict. There are plenty of decent housing options on campus, however, and the campus owned apartments and the Barnett Community (only for freshmen right now) are fantastic.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers on campus, but for convenience it is best to have one of your own. The printing facilities are okay but not fantastic and can get expensive if you print beyond the per-semester quota. The campus has wireless access available almost universally, but it can be slow and the school's IT people frequently break the network while attempting to "improve" it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Aside from a few less-than-stellar gen ed's, I've never had a bad class. For the most part, there are top-notch professors across the board, and if you're motivated to do well, the small class sizes will give you access to the quality individual attention needed to help you succeed.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: FSC is a "dry" campus. In theory, there is no tolerance for any alcohol or drugs, but in reality there is a lot more leeway for those things than what FSC tries to make people think. There is not an oppressive sense of peer pressure into doing drugs or drinking, but rather just a decently strong presence of people who do them. In most cases it is completely harmless, and for people who just enjoy illicit substances casually it is generally not too difficult to fly under the radar of administration. One must be cautious if they choose to store or partake in drinking or drugs on campus however, as people do still get caught and sometimes they get kicked out for it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prevalent and generally pretty great. There are plenty of social opportunities whether or not you're Greek, but one thing to note is that the frat-parties are pretty exclusive to actual members after the first month or so into the fall semester when they're done recruiting potential members. There is sometimes a mild sense of rivalry between the different Greek organizations, but mostly everyone gets along.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health services on campus are atrocious. If you need anything but free ibuprofen, hit up one of the urgent care clinics (or the hospital) nearby and you will be much more efficiently and effectively taken care of.

The safety services are okay - they're mostly friendly and they're frequently visible driving around in their golf carts. But that's all they really do. Luckily there is hardly any crime (and no violent crime I've ever heard of) on campus, as if there was they wouldn't even be able to react to it appropriately as most of the officers are too old and overweight (and completely unarmed) to protect a student's livelihood. All safety has ever done for me was unfairly written several parking tickets.

The areas near campus are mostly non-sketchy but there are better spots than others. There are occasional townies or unwelcome friends-of-friends on campus that have lingered on campus for periods of several weeks, but never has it been a safety issue.

College Freshman

Diversity: There is a decent level of social consciousness on campus, and yet at the same time, enough people who totally lack said consciousness to be pretty bothersome. The student body's political and social views tend to be a bit polarized toward the right-winged side of the spectrum, but it's not overbearing. Overall, students are accepting of the array of people's different groups and backgrounds, but occasionally a noticeable insensitivity to minority groups (whether they be ethnic, religious, LGBT, and so forth) is present not so much because there are "bad" people, but rather just that some (not all) of the students coming from the more stereotypically "southern" backgrounds (admittedly) never really were exposed to some of the social issues that people in other areas of the country are more enlightened to.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Coming from Miami, Lakeland is boring. In the grand scheme of things there are plenty of amenities, but not a lot to do off campus. The nightlife is so-so and quality food or entertainment options are harder to find without driving to Tampa or Orlando. There is a bit of an ultra-conservative/confederate flag-waving mentality among some of the locals but there are plenty of friendly open-minded people too. Overall the area is okay, but I do not plan on living here after graduating

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school is quite diverse, but that does not matter. For example, if one was to look at Greek Life, all the different fraternities and sororities have different ethnicities, races, political views, sexual orientation, etc. This school is very accepting and does not care about that stuff: we are all humans.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Florida. And Lakeland. Weather is great but it could rain any day. Most of the time students are outside but if it does rain we find things to do inside, like go to the wellness center and play sports

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Florida Southern is a dry campus. Yes, students still partake in drugs and alcohol. Drugs are a little less active on campus. Drinking still occurs but students are not looked down on for not partaking. I do not drink and my social life is fantastic. Even though drinking still occurs enforcement of no alcohol and drugs is still very high

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Besides college owned apartments where students still have to follow the policies of no visitation and alcohol (even though most students living in these apartments are over 21), the college does not allow students to live off campus at all. Students must be over 23 years old to live off campus, and by that age most students have already graduated.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are very involved in athletics whether it is in intramurals or varsity sports. Here at FSC school spirit and fan support are very high. The only negative about athletics is the wellness center students use, it is just okay could be better.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Florida Southern is a dry campus, and they enforce it. Alcohol and drugs are a huge "no no," and you will be punished if you break this rule. Visitation is frowned upon as well. If you have a significant other don't expect them to be able to stay the night because it won't happen.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is alright; it is relatively expensive compared to the value of the rooms. The community with other residents is great though. First year students live in great dorms while the upper classmen are left with the poor quality rooms. The policies for on campus life are unfortunate as well.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are not very many options or much variety.

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Students have to be open to the help and advice that is offered at FSC; it's easy when the professors' enthusiasim is contagious. The small community holds options for recent graduates to obtain jobs because the area is riddled with alumni who are more than willing to help out an FSC graduate. Although the amount of different social and academic groups may be fewer than what is available in a larger school, students have many more opportunities to hold leadership positions and gain experience through clubs. The smaller size also gives students more opportunities to participate in campus events, such as free Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits on certain Fridays.

FSC is unique because of the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. A point of pride at the school, the buildings have a sense of prestige because they are all exquisite. The absence of bland, boring buildings makes the environment for learning much more appealing. FSC is distinguished as one of the top 10 most beautiful schools in the nation for a reason. 

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