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Colleges / Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

Florida Southern Admissions

If you want to apply to Florida Southern, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is May 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Florida Southern Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Florida Southern's admissions stats.

Florida Southern 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 24%
Mean SAT Score 1244
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist No

Florida Southern College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Florida Southern College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15

Want to Apply Early to Florida Southern?

Florida Southern offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Florida Southern will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Florida Southern is 86%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 61%.

Florida Southern accepts around 79% of early action applicants and 61% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Florida Southern admitted 51 of the 59 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Florida Southern admitted 2,138 of the 2,76 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Florida Southern College Admissions

Is Florida Southern Hard To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Florida Southern. Florida Southern evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Florida Southern accepted 61% of all applicants, about 6,571 from the 10,759 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Florida Southern, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Florida Southern College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Florida Southern

Florida Southern has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Florida Southern Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Florida Southern

What does Florida Southern consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Florida Southern for more information on admission factors.

Florida Southern 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Florida Southern, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Florida Southern's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Florida Southern?

Students admitted to Florida Southern have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Florida Southern 24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 57.6% were in the top 25% and 88.2% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Florida Southern College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 35.6%
3.75 and 3.99 23.7%
3.50 and 3.74 20.7%
3.25 and 3.49 11.1%
3.00 and 3.24 5.7%
2.50 and 2.9 3.2%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Florida Southern directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Florida Southern looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Florida Southern is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 27% of Florida Southern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Florida Southern?

To be competitive with other Florida Southern applicants, you should strive to earn between 1170 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Florida Southern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Florida Southern student is 1244.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Florida Southern students scored 655 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Florida Southern students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Florida Southern?

To be most competitive at Florida Southern, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Florida Southern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Florida Southern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Florida Southern College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Florida Southern. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Florida Southern during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Florida Southern Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Florida Southern?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Florida Southern.

Does Florida Southern accept transfer credits?

✅ Florida Southern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Florida Southern accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Florida Southern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Florida Southern accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Florida Southern?

❌ No, Florida Southern is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Florida Southern's acceptance rate?

✅ Florida Southern has an acceptance rate of 61%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Florida Southern?

✅ Florida Southern's early decision acceptance rate was 86% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Florida Southern?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Florida Southern was 79% in 2021.

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Florida Southern Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Florida Southern? Florida Southern is a somewhat selective institution. The Florida Southern acceptance rate is 61%. This means that the institution accepts 61 out of every 100 applicants.


Florida Southern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Florida Southern is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Florida Southern is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Florida Southern ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Florida Southern is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Florida Southern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Florida Southern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1310


Math SAT Range

570 - 655


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1170 to 1310


1170 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Florida Southern students is 1244. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Florida Southern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Florida Southern.

Florida Southern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Florida Southern, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.73. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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