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Whether your student’s first home is in Florida, another state, or another country, Florida Southern College is committed to keeping you informed and connected while your student transitions to collegiate life. Your student’s experience at FSC will be transformational, and your partnership plays a key role as we prepare your student to make a positive and consequential impact on society.

We are dedicated to providing resources to help you and your family stay abreast of what’s happening on campus, sharing important dates and deadlines, and ultimately providing a gateway to the services that will support your student’s success at Florida Southern and beyond.

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The Link, Parent Newsletter

The Link, Parent Newsletter

Parents and families are automatically added to our monthly newsletter which shares updates about the latest happenings at Florida Southern.
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Parent Facebook

Parent Facebook

Connect with FSC staff and other members of our parent community via our Parent Facebook page.
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Campus Safety Messaging

Campus Safety Messaging

Students are automatically enrolled in the emergency text message system but parents and families are welcome to join as well.
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Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Join us each fall to connect with your student and get a taste of their FSC college experience.
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Reading List

Reading List

Suggested reads for parents and families to learn about supporting students' transition to college life.
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FAQ

FAQ

Questions? Check out our FAQ for parents and families.
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Gifts for Students

Gifts for Students

Send a care package, birthday cake, or other gear to let your student know they are on your mind.

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Calendar

Fall 2023 Academic Calendar

August 19 to 21
Orientation and Registration: New and Transfer Students – Day Undergraduate Program
August 22
Classes Begin at 8:00 AM
August 28
Last Day to Register and Adjust Class Schedule
September 20
Final Day to Withdraw from “A” Courses
October 10
A Term Ends
October 16 to 20
Fall Break (No Classes)
October 23
B Term Begins
October 25
Last Day to Add "B" Courses
November 3
Final Day to Withdraw from Courses Without an Academic Penalty
November 21
Final Day to Withdraw from "B" Courses
November 22 to 24
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
December 8
Classes End
December 11 to 13
Final Exams
December 16
Mid-Year Commencement
Christmas Holidays Begin

Spring 2024 Academic Calendar

January 8
Orientation and Registration: New and Transfer Students – Day Undergraduate Program
January 9
Classes Begin at 8:00 AM
January 15
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes)
January 16
Last Day to Register and Adjust Class Schedule
February 7
Final Day to Withdraw from “A” Courses
February 27
A Term Ends
March 4 to 8
Spring Break (No Classes)
March 11
B Term Begins
March 13
Last Day to Add "B" Courses
March 22
Final Day to Withdraw from Courses Without an Academic Penalty
March 29
Good Friday Holiday (No Classes)
April 9
Final Day to Withdraw from "B" Courses
April 11
Frank Lloyd Wright Day (No Classes)
April 19
Fiat Lux
April 26
Classes End
April 29 to May 1
Final Exams
May 4
Spring Graduation

Featured Events

In-Person

Becoming Othello

Discover Florida

Becoming Othello

Mar 20

Interspersed with verses from Othello and dynamic multimedia elements, Byrd bares her soul in this vulnerable, personal, and resonant story of perseverance, discovery, and unconditional love.

Registration opens 2/28/24

Registration closes 3/13/24

Location: Orlando Shakes

Cost: Free

In-Person

FSC|Dance: Perpetual Motion

FSC|Dance: Perpetual Motion

Directed by Erin LaSala Phillips

Mar 22 7:30 PM

The annual spring dance performance features choreography by FSC Dance Program faculty and invited guest artists that celebrates the dynamic and seemingly endless possibilities that encompasses dance movement. The first act of this exciting program includes an excerpt from the beautiful classical ballet La Bayadere, followed by innovative and riveting original choreography in the second act - all showcasing the talented students of the FSC Dance Program. For more information, call 863-680-4296.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $10 child/$20 adult.

In-Person

FSC|Dance: Perpetual Motion

FSC|Dance: Perpetual Motion

Directed by Erin LaSala Phillips

Mar 24 2:30 PM

The annual spring dance performance features choreography by FSC Dance Program faculty and invited guest artists that celebrates the dynamic and seemingly endless possibilities that encompasses dance movement. The first act of this exciting program includes an excerpt from the beautiful classical ballet La Bayadere, followed by innovative and riveting original choreography in the second act - all showcasing the talented students of the FSC Dance Program. For more information, call 863-680-4296.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $10 child/$20 adult.

In-Person

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Directed by Paul Bawek

Apr 5 - Apr 7

Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s fight to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end. For more information, call 863-680-3089.

Location: Buckner Theatre

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff, and Students. Reserved Seating Tickets $10 child/$20 adult.

In-Person

FSC Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra Present: Dido and Aeneas

FSC Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra Present: Dido and Aeneas

by Henry Purcell. Staging directed by Mark Thomsen/Orchestra Directed by Martha Placeres

Apr 5 7:30 PM

Loosely based on book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, the Queen of Carthage, Dido, offers a Trojan prince, Aeneas, safe harbor on his journey home after the war. While Aeneas is in Carthage, Dido falls in love with him. The plot thickens as a vengeful Sorceress hatches a plot to separate the lovers through a storm at sea. The Sorceress sends one of her demonic servants disguised as the god Mercury to persuade Aeneas to return home immediately, thereby leaving Dido. Aeneas is persuaded to leave and tells Dido he is leaving. Having learned of Aeneas’ departure, Dido realizes she cannot bear to lose him, and sings her final aria, the famous Dido’s Lament. For more information, call 863-680-4296.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $5 child/$10 adult.

In-Person

FSC Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra Present: Dido and Aeneas

FSC Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra Present: Dido and Aeneas

by Henry Purcell. Staging directed by Mark Thomsen/Orchestra Directed by Martha Placeres

Apr 8 2:30 PM

Loosely based on book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, the Queen of Carthage, Dido, offers a Trojan prince, Aeneas, safe harbor on his journey home after the war. While Aeneas is in Carthage, Dido falls in love with him. The plot thickens as a vengeful Sorceress hatches a plot to separate the lovers through a storm at sea. The Sorceress sends one of her demonic servants disguised as the god Mercury to persuade Aeneas to return home immediately, thereby leaving Dido. Aeneas is persuaded to leave and tells Dido he is leaving. Having learned of Aeneas’ departure, Dido realizes she cannot bear to lose him, and sings her final aria, the famous Dido’s Lament. For more information, call 863-680-4296.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $5 child/$10 adult.

In-Person

FSC Jazz Program Highlights

FSC Jazz Program Highlights

Directed by Jeffrey Benatar

Apr 10 7:30 PM

Featuring all FSC Jazz Ensembles, this concert highlights music from the Jazz canon, old and new, in a variety of ensemble combinations.

Location: B202/Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

In-Person

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Directed by Paul Bawek

Apr 11 - Apr 14

Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a rich widow. The stakes are high with shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts from the dock and a young man’s fight to escape the hangman’s noose. Generally regarded as one of Christie’s most accomplished plays, this suspenseful thriller keeps audiences guessing until the very end. For more information, call 863-680-3089.

Location: Buckner Theatre

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff, and Students. Reserved Seating Tickets $10 child/$20 adult.

In-Person

The Art of Music Choir Concert

The Art of Music Choir Concert

Conducted by Beth Gibbs

Apr 16 7:30 PM

While music is an art in and of itself, choral music is often inspired by other art forms and can bring a deeper understanding to the works that inspire it.  For this evening’s concert, both the Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir will present selections that were directly influenced by paintings, sculpture, and poetry. Featuring excerpts from Randall Thompson’s A Peaceable Kingdom and works highlighting many additional languages and cultures, this evening of music is sure to bring you closer to The Art of Music. For more information, call 863-680-4296.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $5 child/$10 adult.

In-Person

FSC Symphony Band Spring Concert: The Spring Collection

FSC Symphony Band Spring Concert: The Spring Collection

Directed by J. Jossim

Apr 18 7:30 PM

A collection can be described as a group of items that one acquires sparked by some kind of emotional connection.Let the rhythms and dance of our Spring Collection take you on a musical journey full of promise and must-haves. The Symphony Band is in full swing and promises to offer the perfect addition to a music lovers' collection.

Location: Branscomb Auditorium

Cost: Free for FSC Faculty, Staff and Students. General Admission tickets $5 child/$10 adult.

In-Person

Summer String Camp

Summer String Camp

At Florida Southern College

Jun 23

Featured Services

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Dining Services

Dining Services

Our food service program is focused on the student and their needs and desires. We are here not only to offer good food and friendly service, but to meet special requirements for such things as vegetarian meals or special diets. Check out the many food venues, campus dining hours, daily menus, and much more!
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Campus Safety

Campus Safety

Our dedicated, responsive staff helps to ensure the well-being of the entire college community. In addition to an emergency text message system, our Campus Safety staff are available 24/7 to meet the needs of our students.

Campus Safety Office

Text Message System

Airport Shuttle Services

Airport Shuttle Services

Florida Southern College provides shuttle transportation for current students to and from the Tampa (TPA) and Orlando (MCO) airports for breaks throughout the school year.

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About Lakeland

Looking for things to do in Lakeland? Check out a bike and explore the city via our 26-mile Lake-to-Lake byway. Catch a show at the historic Polk Theatre, or grab a coffee or lunch at one of our many craft coffee cafes or local restaurants. There’s always something to do in Lakeland!

Local Accommodations

Be sure to check out these select local accommodations while staying in Lakeland.

Questions? Contact

Ryan Walsh Ryan Walsh

Assistant Dean of Student Support and Family Engagement

Office of Financial Aid Office of Financial Aid

 863.680.4140

 863.680.4567

Office of Student Life Office of Student Life

 863.680.3000

 863.680.4112