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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There isn't much to do here in Lakeland. There is always kaus, but it can get very old and gross because of all the drunks. The house parties are always nice. There is always Linksters too, but you have to be 21 or older since it is just bar.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The caf is decent because you can eat all that you want on a swipe, but sucks because if you run out of swipes it cost you a lot of points to get in. The undercaf is good, just very fattening since it is all fried food. Tutus is great for coffee!!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's pretty nice living on campus because it is so small so you really are near everything. Where I live, I am living with my friends so I am able to be with them and we are always doing something

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party, sometimes I'll go to events with my hall but I don't go out much.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I've only had two academic classes but my writing class in my first semester was excellent and the teacher knew the material backwards and forwards. My American History class this semester is adequate, my professor isn't as great but it'll do. One thing though, the registration process for classes is a nightmare. Since the wifi here is iffy, the network goes down during course registration because of the massive amount of people registering and you can instantly lose your spot in a class. Also, seniors are given first priority for classes (as in most colleges) but by the time the hierarchy of class registration reaches freshmen, the necessary core classes needed are full. I am only taking twelve and a half credits this semester because I had to settle for two art classes, one practicum class, and one academic class.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Lakeland is great, from what I've seen. I don't have a car so I can't comment on downtown too much, but it was nice when I went.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: This school offers on-campus apartments but students are not permitted to live off-campus unless specifically requested with specific reasons.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Other than a friend telling me about a stolen bike, I haven't heard anything about campus crime. Freshmen are required to get a safety button to press in case of emergency, and it alerts safety officers where we are. There are also a few emergency phones around campus and safety officers are always roaming campus in golf carts. I feel very safe on this campus, even at night.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from Florida Southern is highly valuable. I don't have many academic classes here so I don't know much about quality but the few academic classes I've had ranged from awesome to extremely confusing and hard to follow. I haven't seen any recruitment by employers on campus but many alumni have come back to the Theatre department to design shows for us. I haven't been to the career center so I don't know much about it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't dine off campus often, only when someone comes to pick me up when I go home for the weekend. I don't have a car. There's nothing really within walking distance, but you can rent a bike and go downtown if you want. I haven't explored downtown so I don't know much about the dining options there. There's an Olive Garden a couple miles from the school, as well as a Denny's, Cracker Barrel, Smokey Bones, Starbucks, and fast food chains like McDonald's and Burger King.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Bathrooms aren't stocked fully (no paper towels or soap supplied by housekeeping), two flights of stairs but no elevators so people with disabilities are out of luck, the building is run-down, and there are issues with insects. I was informed before the school year began that I would be housed in a quad, I received a double, but the room itself is a single room, so everything is a bit cramped. However, everyone is very friendly and if you leave your door open, people come by to say hello. The lobby is a chill place to hang. The laundry room needs more machines. I can't explain how many times I've had to wait twenty, thirty minutes for a dryer. Overall it's alright.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: This was the school I got the most money from but it's still expensive for what you get.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The best of campus housing: freshman dorms are centered on campus, it's not unheard of to snatch a room that belongs to you and only you for no greater price (though it's decided by lottery), there's a furnished lobby in most of the dorms, and it's very safe for being a school in a city. The worst: bug problems are frequent and not appropriately dealt with by maintenance, and several of the dorms are very old.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: FSC has great food as far as campus food goes- Tutu's literally serves Starbuck's coffee! - but it is definitely not good ol' homecooking and gets old after the first month. The cafeteria serves greasy, over- or under-cooked food that repeats week after week; there are few healthy options (okay, salad, sandwiches, and smoothies are great, but what about green beans? peas? asparagus? fish that doesn't taste like it's been dead for 3 months?). As far as that goes, there aren't very many water fountains, either. So, it works, but not satisfying for long-term.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Florida Southern is located in Lakeland, and is surrounded by restaurants everywhere you go, though there are only a few within walking distance (hope you have a car or a friend who does and will take you out). The most delicious place I've been is called Harry's Bar and Grill - a New Orleans-style restaurant with red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, etouffe, and plenty of other options; the downside is the high cost of everything. Hungry Howie's abound at almost every corner if you're in the mood for pizza, though, and there's a Domino's, too, if that's your preference. There's a Mom-and-Pop Chinese restaurant, an IHOP, subs, Starbucks, McDonalds, Fat Maggie's, the Butterfly Bistro, Patio850, Cozy Oaks, Reececliff Cafe, and the Black and Brew, all either walking distance or a short drive away.

4 College Senior

Athletics: For a small school, we have some won quite a few national championships. Some teams are always great and some are not so great, but overall I know we are a respected school among others for our athletic teams. Home games are always full of school spirit and fan support.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never been nervous about my safety on campus and I frequently see security officers.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have had very good teachers and have come away from the class with vastly more knowledge on a subject. On the other hand, I have had a fewer number of teachers that need some work.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have heard from a network of employers that they want to higher graduates from Florida Southern College because it is a private school and costs a lot of money to go to. They said that these students take their education seriously. From my experience, the career path I have chosen has provided what my work will be like in the real world because of the excess internships available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is a huge issue on college campuses. With that in mind, the health and safety of the student body is better than average, considering FSC is a smaller campus. Each student is handed a safety button to press when in danger so the campus police can quickly locate them. The campus police are also always present roaming campus on their golf carts so they are available at a moments notice.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is more-or-less like any other campus administration. However, since it's a smaller campus, they have the ability to be stricter in some instances, but in the end it's for the students benefit, even if the students don't realize it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are plenty of meals options to provide a wide-variety of choices on campus. Whether you want pizza, a burger, salad, wrap, or smoothie, there is a place on campus to get it all. And when you don't want a greasy slice of pizza or fatty hamburger, there are healthier options to opt for, too. It's just up to the student to choose the healthier option, even if that slice of pizza hits the spot.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The water pressure may very, the rooms may be freezing, and the walk to-and-from class far, but it's running water to shower with, perfect temperature for snuggling up at night, and most importantly - a roof over my head. I wanted the whole college dorming experience and I got what I asked for.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Compared to the other schools I applied to, I got the best bang for my buck at FSC. I may still have loans to pay off, but who doesn't. All that matters is that I received more scholarships here than anywhere else, making it possible for me to even attend college.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are not what I expected, considering my original first choice school was known for football and the current school I am attending has no football team whatsoever. However, the school prides themselves on their basketball and soccer teams, plus have a wide variety of intramural sports open to any and all types of students - whether they be seasoned athletes or beginners. I myself have participated in flag football and bowling and found both to be awesome. That being said, I chose my college based on their academic standards, not their athletics department.

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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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