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Florida Southern College School of Business


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Tuition & Fees In-State: $162,000*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $162,000*

Average Debt: 27,953 (as of 2021)

International: 5%

Minority: 19%

First generation college students: 16%

When do students declare their majors: Freshman or Sophomore Year

Acceptance Rate: 56%

Acceptance Rate Transfers: 56 (as of 2020)%

Average SAT: 1,229

Average ACT: 27

Average GPA: 3.76

HS Class Top Ten: 4%**

*The total cost of the degree over four years for the most recent graduating class inclusive of school fees, room, board, or living expenses.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statistics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

For those looking for a tropical getaway and business education, consider Florida Southern College’s School of Business, which sits between Tampa and Orlando. The B-School ranked No. 44th this year, up an impressive 24 places from last year’s ranking, where they landed at No. 68.

The B-School had a slightly more selective acceptance rate of 56.22% for the Class of 2023 as compared to last year’s 59.46% for the Class of 2022, and average SAT score of 1229 – up some from last year’s average of 1219. Of the three methodological categories, the B-School ranked highest in the Academic Experience category, landing at No. 41.

Florida Southern also excelled in the employment outcomes category this year. The school reported that some 71.50% of the Class of 2023 had at least one business-focused internship by graduation, well up from the Class of 2021’s 55.70%. This year, full-time employment rose more than 20%, with 98.43% of the Class of 2023 accepting a full-time position within three months of graduation as compared to 72.58% for the Class of 2021 – one of the most impressive leaps in this year’s employment outcomes category.


Florida Southern offers the normal bachelor’s in business administration degree. But where the school differs in the curriculum from other B-schools is instead of majors, it offers three “career tracks” of finance, international business, and management.

The school has also introduced some recent changes to appeal to future business leaders. First, the school boasts a “state-of-the-art” building with a Bloomberg trading room. Plus the school offers the professional Bloomberg Certification. Officials from the school claim it is one of the largest collegiate Bloomberg centers.

Even cooler, the school has a 3D modeling work area and has added majors in health care administration and sports business management. The school has also caught on with the times and has been investing in business analytics faculty.


According to our alumni survey, which surveys graduates two years after graduation and makes up the methodology in the academic experience portion of the rankings, about 47.62% of the graduating Class of 2019 said they were involved in some sort of “signature experience,” which was defined as project work, experiential learning, or an international experience. We then asked alumni to elaborate on the key experience(s) that they had. Most popular among Florida Southern graduates was the capstone project completed during the senior year.

“The final capstone class was very useful and appropriate to put all the previous college learning to use,” one alumnus told us in the survey. “It allowed everyone to see how legitimate businesses operate and how the decision-making process trickles down the chain and impacts the outside environment.”

Said another: “I completed a capstone course that gave students insight into how companies are broken down into segments to review their strengths and weaknesses. We presented our findings and analysis of a particular company as the final project and made proposals to improve the company’s current position.”

“We completed a capstone course to receive our degree. It comprised of learning the aspects of business strategy and applying these strategies to case studies,” one other alum explained. “The final project for the course was a group project where we applied all of the concepts we learned to a business of our choosing. We used models that helped us measure the business’ performance and used the results to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses. After examining the weaknesses found in the company, we developed strategies that may help the company improve their weaknesses or achieve other organizational goals.”


Alumni also rated the quality of teaching in their business courses very highly. On a one-to-10 scale, graduates from the Class of 2019 rated the quality of teaching in business courses at 9.3, which was one of the highest rankings out of all schools. That topped traditionally top schools like the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, among others.

Overall, Florida Southern provides a solid business school option for Florida residents or those looking to escape to a warm climate, in an interesting area of the state and Southeast.

What Recent Alumni Say:

“I wanted to start my own business right after I graduated and my teachers helped me make that possible. They offered me as much experience they could as an entrepreneur and they connected me with programs that would help me be successful.”

“As a student, I was tasked with developing a marketing plan with others in a group as “mock consultants”, as well as providing strategic insight through surveys and  data research. It was useful to work with an owner of an actual business. It was also beneficial to hear feedback from the companies who provided information on what to do better in the future, as well as what they thought was useful for their company.” 

“The relationships built between the students and professors made our capstone project much more fun and immersive. It felt like we were working with our professor as a team.”

“We were given an already established company that was financially unstable and about to go out of business. We had to create a business plan, marketing strategy, etc to improve their position in the industry. I believe this seminar class, as a whole, was the best preparation for the working world.” – Recent Alumni

“I worked with a group of diverse students to design a way that a company could invest in the future. We worked with a trucking company, mainly focusing on renewable energy resources, to appeal to potential investors and customers with regards to an accurate business model that we studied for most of the semester. Using a SWOT analysis, pivot table diagrams to decipher a cost analysis on the products at hand, and Bloomberg machines to find the trend the market was going we were successful in foreseeing a turnaround that would build and prepare the company in the future.”