Flagler College

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Flagler College
Established 1968
Type Private, nonsectarian
Endowment >$60 million[1] (as of April 2011)
Chancellor Dr. William L. Proctor
President Dr. William T. Abare, Jr.
Students 2,500
Location St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Campus 19 acres (7.7 ha)
Colors Crimson and Gold         
Nickname Saints
Website www.flagler.edu
Courtyard of Ponce de León Hall
Lobby inside Flagler College.
The Dining Hall with Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass windows.
The Flagler Room, originally the hotel's Grand Parlor. One can see Tiffany Austrian crystal chandeliers and a massive onyx Thomas Edison clock (one of the first ever to be used in a public building).
A statue of Henry Flagler, who constructed the Ponce de Leon Hotel, stands guard at the King Street entry to Flagler College.

Flagler College is a private four-year liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1968.[2]

The college has been named in recent years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the southeast region's best comprehensive liberal arts colleges,[3] and is included on its list of "America's Best Colleges".[4] Its 2010-2011 tuition was $15,860 (excluding room and board[5]) and its acceptance rate is an average of 35 to 45 percent of its annual applications.[6]

The Princeton Review ranks Flagler in the top tier of southeastern colleges,[7] and its campus as one of the most beautiful in the United States.[8] It is currently included in The Princeton Review's Best 366 Colleges Rankings.[9]

It is now known, however, that the U.S. News & World Report rankings were based on falsified data submitted by Flagler College and that if correct data had been submitted, U.S. News & World Report would have classified the college as unranked.[10]

Flagler College is home to WFCF/88.5 MHz FM (Channel 203), a community-run station. As of the 2006-2007 school year, the college also broadcasts on local public-access television cable TV television as FCTV. It also publishes a campus newspaper, The Gargoyle,[11] and an annual literary journal, The Flagler Review.[12]

On February 17, 2014, college President William Abare announced to the media that the college's vice president of enrollment management had resigned, after it was determined that he had been altering student test scores, GPAs and student rankings to enhance the college's image, standing and reputation.[13] The college hired a Jacksonville law firm to investigate. U.S. News & World Report will not make any decision on Flagler's ranking until after the investigation is concluded.[14] The Investigative Report was published on August 8, 2014.[15]


The school is located on 19 acres (77,000 m2), the centerpiece of which is the Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1888 as a luxury hotel. The architects were John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, working for Henry Morrison Flagler, the industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr., was the driving force behind the development of Flagler College. It was his vision to create a small, private liberal arts college on the grounds of the old hotel. Lewis served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Flagler College for more than 20 years, guiding the College through a re-organization in 1971. He directed millions of dollars through foundations, family and personal funds into new construction, restoration projects, endowment and various other programs to ensure the continued success of Flagler College. Lewis was related to Henry Flagler through his mother, Louise Wise Lewis Francis, who was the niece of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, who married Henry Flagler in 1901.[16]


Flagler's campus is located in the heart of St. Augustine, just 4 miles (6 km) from the Atlantic Ocean. The campus comprises fifteen buildings, some of which are located throughout the historic district of Saint Augustine. Ponce de Leon Hall is the focal point of the campus, where the female dormitories, as well as the dining hall, are located. The individual rooms consist of the former hotel rooms along with the former hotel employees' rooms. The male dormitories are located at Lewis House, which opened in 1987, and Cedar Hall, which was constructed in 2004. Most classes are taught in Kenan Hall, which is adjacent to Ponce de Leon Hall. Classes not taught here can be located in the Ringhaver Student Center, Proctor Library, the Communications Building at 31 Cordova Street, the Art Building directly behind Kenan Hall or the Flagler College Auditorium at 14 Granada Street. The campus is located in historical downtown St. Augustine. The College recently acquired the former Florida East Coast Railway buildings on Malaga Street, which opened as men's and women's dormitories for 2008 fall semester.

Since it was founded in 1968, the college has spent more than $43 million restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. The newest buildings are the three-part former headquarters of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) buildings on Malaga St. which have been converted into one female, one male dorm building, and one coed dorm building where each gender is separated by floors; Cedar Hall male dorm rooms on the corner of Cedar Street and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue; and the Ringhaver Student Center. Flagler's 19-acre (77,000 m2) athletic field is 2 miles (3 km) from campus. While the college has recycled some historic buildings into new uses, it has also stirred up much controversy by seeking to demolish historic buildings surrounding the campus.[citation needed]

Organization and administration[edit]

The college had an endowment of over $60 million as of April 2011.[1]

Academic profile[edit]

Flagler College offers 20 majors, 35 minors and two pre-professional programs in selected studies emphasizing liberal arts, education and business.

Student life[edit]


Flagler offers membership in nine honor societies, including Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Alpha Delta. In addition, there are over 25 active student clubs and academic organizations on campus.


Flagler athletics logo

Flagler competes in 14 varsity sports (basketball and Cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis for men and women, baseball for men only, and volleyball and softball for women only) in Division II that compete in the NCAA. Its teams are called the Saints. In the 2009-10 season Flagler athletics began to play in the Peach Belt Conference.[17] The Flagler College Lady Saints Volleyball team has made an impact on the Peach Belt since entering the conference. In 2009, the Lady Saints made it to the National Championship, and finished in the top four of Division II volleyball teams in the nation. In 2010, the Lady Saints made it to the Regional Finals, finishing top 16 in the nation. Track and Field has recently been added. [18][19]


The Gargoyle is the college's student-run newspaper. In 2010, the Gargoyle went online-only and began publishing from its website, gargoyle.flagler.edu. [20] In 2012, The Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards. The online-only publication took five awards, including two more first places for editor Michael Newberger in online opinion writing and sports editor Mari Pothier in online sports reporting.[21]

Since becoming online-only in 2010, The Gargoyle has won nine Regional Mark of Excellence awards and published three more from Flagler Communication Department classes. Before 2010, the publication had only won two SPJ awards in its history.[21] In 2007, the publication was a finalist Associated Collegiate Press 2007 Pacemaker Awards.[22]

In 2006 and 2007, there were several allegations of censorship or alteration of articles in the Gargoyle by the college administration. In 2006, one issue of the newspaper was removed from circulation due to an alleged error in its headlines about rising tuition.[23][24][25] In April 2007, the college administration again exercised editorial control over the paper due to alleged fact errors.[26] Students rallied and organized a protest against any type of censorship of the newspaper, calling for a free and independent student press.[27]

After September 2007, working on The Gargoyle was no longer required of communication majors. An advisory board and operating guidelines were set up to handle any situations which may arise and to help outline the function of The Gargoyle.[28]

U.S. News & World Report survey[edit]

In 2014, Flagler College was ranked eighth among Regional Colleges in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report college survey. It has since been discovered, however, that Flagler College falsified the data submitted, and that if correct data had been submitted, it would have been "unranked" in the survey.[10]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Flagler College Spring 2011 Commencement Program" (PDF). St. Augustine, Florida: Flagler College. 23 April 2011. p. 4. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Florida Times-Union: November 17, 2008 Flagler changes, yet remains the same as it approaches 40th anniversary by Adam Aasen
  3. ^ "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (South): Top Schools" U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007.
  4. ^ "Flagler College: At a glance" U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007.
  5. ^ "Admissions & Aid: At a glance"
  6. ^ "Flagler College" EdRef college search directory.
  7. ^ "The Best Southeastern Colleges" Regional Guide to Colleges on the Princeton Review.
  8. ^ "Quality of Life: Most Beautiful Campus" Princeton Review.
  9. ^ "The New 2008 Best 366 Colleges" Rankings The Princeton Review.
  10. ^ a b http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2014/09/25/update-on-flagler-colleges-data-misreporting
  11. ^ "The Gargoyle" Flagler College Gargoyle.
  12. ^ "The Flagler Review - The literary voice of Flagler College" The Flagler Review.
  13. ^ http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2014-02-17/flagler-college-vp-resigns-after-investigation#.UwQnj2JdXsZ
  14. ^ http://members.jacksonville.com/news/2014-02-18/story/flagler-college-hires-jacksonville-law-firm-look-doctored-student-stats
  15. ^ http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2014/08/08/Flagler_College_External_Review.pdf
  16. ^ "Remembering Molly Wiley" Flagler College Magazine
  17. ^ "Montevallo and Flagler to Join Peach Belt Conference" Peach Belt Conference
  18. ^ http://athletics.flagler.edu/sports/2008/12/4/sidebar_340.aspx?path=wvball
  19. ^ rp_primary_Casey_Gnann3_vFMU
  20. ^ "Flagler Gargoyle earns website honors" The St. Augustine Record.
  21. ^ a b "Gargoyle wins best independent web site at SPJ regional conference" The Gargoyle.
  22. ^ "2007 ACP Online Pacemaker Winners" Associated Collegiate Press
  23. ^ "Newspapers Pulled from Shelves at Flagler" WJXT Jacksonville.
  24. ^ "College confiscates newspapers" The St. Augustine Record.
  25. ^ "College paper pulled from stands for faulty headline" Student Press Law Center.
  26. ^ "Administration, newspaper staff at odds at Flagler College" Florida Times-Union.
  27. ^ "Cry of censorship rallied Flagler College students to protest decision" The St. Augustine Record.
  28. ^ "Gargoyle establishes advisory board" The St. Augustine Record.

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