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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Tutus and the gym is very popular during the school year. Campus activities are popular in the beginning of the school year and then fade in the end.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The water dorm splash looks like fun and the athletic events are awesome!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I guess one thing that sets Florida Southern apart is that it is a small school.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is great. The gym offers plenty of classes for students to attend. The library has very good hours, and Tutu's is open pretty late for a great place to study.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: You can rent bikes for free at the wellness center and the teach hours are good. Tu-tu's is a great place to study and since it's open until 3am it's a fun place to hang out with the opposite gender after curfew.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 482nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 691st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 746th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 925th
    Best Student Centers
  • 967th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Ferguson
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Florida Southern College goes above and beyond when it comes to the beauty of the campus. The lawns are always green and trimmed, the gardens are filled with red and white flowers, and the fountains are beautiful and soothing. For those not used to the tropical foliage of Florida, the campus does not disappoint, with palm trees and citrus trees fanning the campus. In terms of buildings, the Wellness Center is a great place for health and fitness. A good assortment of exercise equipment is available for use, with recent additions allowing students more opportunities to exercise. The library is adequate, with three levels of books and movies. Almost any category of reference material is available. However, the amount of current fiction novels is very small, and the movies are mostly popular titles from about the last 15 years.

Even though the campus lacks a student union, this does not mean students are lacking entertainment on campus. During the day, the campus mostly revolves around classes, so students generally relax, work out, or just hang out at one of the many places to eat. As the day proceeds, the activities begin, with many club meetings and Greek activities. In the evening, generally some kind of event is going on, sponsored by one of the many clubs, Greek organizations, SGA, or ACE (Association of Campus Entertainment). Overall, the College is small, but growing every year. A new humanities building and a new technology center are among the latest additions, but several new buildings are being planned, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
100 acres
Student Centers
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Roux Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Around Lake Hollingsworth
  • Dorm rooms
  • Terrace Café
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
TuTu's Cyber Café has Starbucks coffee, along with other drinks and pastries.
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Recently, the College built a LEED-certified garden, which uses sustainable designs, recycled materials, and native plant species. Also, bins for recycling plastic water bottles have been placed in some dorms and around campus to initiate a green program for students. Overall, the effort to go green is slowly gaining momentum.
School Slang
  • Caf: Its formal name is Wynee's Bistro. This is the largest place for food, with buffet-style dining.
  • Underbelly: The formal name is the Under Café. This is a place to get quick food, such as hamburgers, wraps, and Freshens. It is located next to the bookstore.
  • Fair-Well Festival: Complete with rides and food, this carnival is held in April as an end-of-the-year celebration.
  • Founders Week: During this week, a nationally-known individual is named as the honorary chancellor. At the end of the week, there is the Founders Ball, a semi-formal dance held at a fancy hotel.
  • Rush Week: One week during the fall semester, students interested in joining a sorority or fraternity can meet all of the respective organizations, with different fun events during the week.
  • Week of Impact: During one week in February, organizations and individuals volunteer in different local activities. This is especially popular with Greek organizations, who have a volunteer competition during this week.
Urban Legends
  • In Lake Hollingsworth, there used to be a working submarine. The city decided to drain the lake, and therefore, needed to move the submarine. Its new location is somewhere on campus, with only a select few that have ever seen this artifact.
  • Supposedly, tunnels are under the school, put in place in case of bombing. The exact location of the entrance to these tunnels is unknown to most, but some say they have been down there.
Favorite Things To Do
Students are generally very active, so they take advantage of Lake Hollingsworth, whether running a couple of miles around the lake or enjoying a stroll with friends. Also, FSC has many fun events presented by the Greek organizations and also by the campus entertainment committee.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Southern
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most popular clubs and organizations on campus (besides Greek life) are Student Government Association and Association of Campus Entertainment. Students normally join at least one organization, especially within their own department. New clubs and organizations are fairly easy to be accepted by SGA (Student Government Association), who approves new groups on campus, but it can be difficult to gain members if the word about the group is not spread. There is a club fair in the beginning of the year for students to get information and sign up for different clubs.
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Florida Southern College has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.
  • There are more than 70 clubs and organizations at Florida Southern.
  • More than 32,000 hours of community service are volunteered each year by students.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 42 responses

  • 19% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 33% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 31% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 17% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Allen spiveys ghost



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