Florida Southern College
Florida Southern College (commonly referred to as Florida Southern or FSC) is a private college located in Lakeland, Florida. It was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors, and by The Princeton Review as a Best Southeastern College, a Best Value College, and included in the Best 366 Colleges: 2008. Florida Southern is the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

The college was founded in Orlando in 1856, and moved to Leesburg in 1885 (some debate this to be the true establishment) under the sponsorship of the United Methodist Church and was open to both male and female students. It moved to Sutherland (now Palm Harbor) in 1901 and changed its name to Southern College. Due to fires in the early 1920s it was temporarily relocated to Clearwater Beach and then moved to Lakeland in 1922. In 1935 it was renamed Florida Southern College by the trustees.

The present campus comprises some 64 buildings on 100 acres (405,000 m²) of land and is the home of the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. The campus itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, due to the historic significance of its buildings.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at FSC
The collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College is called Child Of The Sun. This includes:
  • Annie Pfeiffer Chapel - First completed Frank Lloyd Wright building, begun 1938, dedicated 1941, French-door balconies restored in 2007
  • Buckner Building (Original Roux Library) - begun 1942, completed 1946
  • Ordway Building (Originally called the Industrial Arts Building) - begun 1950, completed 1952
  • Danforth Chapel - begun 1954, completed 1955
  • Polk County Science Building (Called Polk Science by faculty and students) - begun 1952, completed 1958
  • Watson/Fine Building (Administration Building) - begun 1946, completed 1949
  • Water Dome - partially completed 1949, fully completed and restored in 2007 to Wright's original plans
  • Three Seminars (Now the Business Office) - begun 1940, completed 1942, formed into one office building in 1958
  • The Esplanades - various completion times, currently undergoing restoration around the campus

Resident life
Residence Halls
  • Allan Spivey (Freshmen Women)
  • Joseph Reynolds (Freshmen Women)
  • Hollis (Freshmen Men)
  • Miller
  • Dell (Sophomore Year Experience)
  • Jenkins
  • Publix Commons (includes all sorority houses and most fraternity houses)
  • Wesley Hall (first completed building of the Barnett Residential Life Center, completed Fall 2008)
  • Nicholas Hall (second building of the Barnett Residential Life Center, completed Fall 2009)


Fine arts
The FSC Theatre Department generally puts on 4 mainstage shows a year in the Buckner Theater, with the 3rd show usually a musical. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the theatre dept consisted of two full-time professors and one adjunct professor. The music department teaches individual lessons, ensemble participation, music classes, and performance. The school's musical groups include the wind ensemble, symphony band, jazz ensemble, Moccasin pep-band, symphony orchestra, and several choral groups. Smaller ensembles include the flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone choir, horn choir, trumpet choir, trombone choir, tuba choir, cello choir, viola choir, percussion ensemble, vocal chamber ensemble, and opera theater. Students have the option of minoring in music, or majoring with the concentration of music, performance, management, or education. The music department is a prestigious component of Florida Southern College's degree of excellence.

Florida Southern's athletic teams are known as the Moccasins, often shortened to Mocs. The school adopted the nickname in 1926 (prior to then the teams were known as the Southerners). The official colors are scarlet and white, though athletes sport red, white, and blue uniforms. Florida Southern is a NCAA Division II institution, the college's athletic teams participate in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC), except for Men's Lacrosse, who compete in the Deep South Conference. Florida Southern has won 27 NCAA Division II championships in Men's Golf (12), Baseball (9), Women's Golf (4), Men's Basketball (1), and Softball (1). Florida Southern's most recent championship came in May 2010 when the men's golf team won their 12th NCAA national title. The college competes in 20 sports, 9 for men, 10 for women, and 1 co-ed sport.

The men's golf program has won 12 NCAA National Championships and produced six individual national champions. Among the more successful Moccasin alumni are PGA Tour members Rocco Mediate, Lee Janzen and Jeff Klauk. The women's team has won four championships of their own with three golfers each winning two NCAA individual national championships. The men's basketball program has experienced significant success since the inception of the SSC in 1975. The Mocs won the SSC regular season 19 times and have been crowned SSC tournament champions 19 times. FSC won back-to-back regular and postseason titles in 2008 and 2009 and has more conference wins than any other SSC team (310), along with owning the best winning percentage of any current member (.711). FSC men's basektball won the NCAA Division II national title in 1981 with a 73-68 win over Mount St. Mary's. The baseball program has also experienced its own success on the national stage. The Mocs have won 17 SSC baseball championships and nine national championships (1971, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1995, and 2005). The Moccasins finished the 2009 season with 41 wins and only 16 losses and a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Regional Tournament. In addition to NCAA play, the baseball team traditionally plays an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, who conduct their Spring Training in Lakeland.

Student life
Florida Southern College has a student population of 2,426, of which 2,278 are undergraduate students. The colleges offers a number student life options in the form of fraternities, soroities, student organizations and honor societies.

Greek life
  • Sigma Chi - Epsilon Sigma chapter, 1959
  • Kappa Alpha Order - Gamma Pi chapter, 1958
  • Lambda Chi Alpha - Epsilon Xi chapter, 1938
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon - Florida Gamma chapter, 1949
  • Alpha Gamma Rho 2006
  • Theta Chi - Gamma Delta chapter, 1946, recolonization 2007, Reinstalled 2009
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia - Theta Sigma chapter (non IFC fraternity), 1955, refounded 1962
  • Pi Kappa Alpha - Charter re-instated Spring 2010
  • Pi Kappa Phi 1948 (closed since 2001 - planned recolonization in 2011)
  • Alpha Omicron Pi-Kappa Gamma Chapter, 1946
  • Alpha Chi Omega- Beta Omicron Chapter, 1936
  • Alpha Delta Pi - Gamma Gamma Chapter, 1946
  • Delta Sigma Theta - Upsilon Eta Chapter, 2009
  • Kappa Delta - Gamma Epsilon Chapter, 1955
  • Zeta Tau Alpha - Delta Beta Chapter, 1957
  • Gamma Phi Beta - Eta Beta Chapter, 2010

Student organizations
The college has over 70 student organizations on campus, including: Sigma Tau Delta (English honors society), Beta Beta Beta (Biology Fraternity), Circle K International (Service Organization, College branch of Kiwanis), Delta Omicron (Chapter Alpha Phi, International Professional Music Fraternity), Southern Heat (Dance Team), Interlachen (Yearbook), The Southern (Newspaper), Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Fraternity), Psi Chi (Psychology Fraternity), Sigma Rho Epsilon (Religious Community Service Fraternity), Theta Chi Beta (Gimel Chapter, Religion Honorary), Phi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity, International), and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary) FSC also has a number of Campus Ministries such as: Beyond, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Newman Club (former Catholic campus ministry), Sandwich Ministry (Ministry to the homeless community), Upper Room Ministries, and Wesley Fellowship (United Methodist Campus Ministry).

Florida Southern College in Media
  • Annie Pfieffer Chapel, Esplanades and the Hindu Gardens appeared in an episode of seaQuest DSV.
  • Featured in the Adam Sandler movie The Waterboy (in particular, the medulla oblongata scene, which was filmed in Edge Hall)

Notable alumni
Notable alumni include professional golfers Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate, and two bishops of the United Methodist Church.

Men's sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water Ski (co-ed)
Women's sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Ski (Co-ed)