Florida Southern College was named the no. 1 Christian College in the State of Florida for 2022 by EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and independent rankings.
Florida Southern tops the state-wide list with a score of 100, followed by Eckerd College (99.8), Palm Beach Atlantic University (99.0), Warner University (98.8), and Southeastern University (98.4)
“We are proud of our religious tradition at Florida Southern College,” FSC president Dr. Anne B. Kerr said. “From our founding, we have intertwined the ideals of our faith into Florida Southern’s mission of preparing students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.”
Florida Southern College was established by the Florida Methodist Conference as the South Florida Institute in 1883, making it the oldest private college in the state. It was relocated to Lakeland in 1922 and remains affiliated with the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. FSC became a registered United Methodist Historic Site in 2017.
“It is important to recognize the colleges and universities that go above and beyond,” added Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart. “Our goal is to highlight these schools and their commitment to higher education.”
Florida Southern College, founded in 1883, is the oldest private college in the state. It was ranked no. 8 among the “Best Regional Universities in the South” by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 “Best Colleges” guide and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2022 Best 387 Colleges guide and the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022.”
Florida Southern College has also appeared on The Princeton Review’s top 20 “Most Beautiful Campus” national listing for 12 consecutive years.