Flagler College – Tallahassee Campus
|Type||Private, nonsectarian, satellite campus|
|Chancellor||William L. Proctor|
|President||William T. Abare, Jr.|
|Location||Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.|
|Colors||Crimson and Gold
Flagler College-Tallahassee is located in Florida’s capital city, serving as a branch of the St. Augustine-based private four-year liberal arts college. The satellite campus, hosted through Tallahassee Community College, commenced in 2000 as the product of a legislative mandate to expand opportunities for four year degree-seeking students.
The school currently offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in five majors including Accounting, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and Strategic Communication.
Founded in 1968, the main campus is situated on 19 acres (77,000 m2) in St. Augustine, Florida. Its centerpiece is the Ponce de León Hotel, built in 1888 as a luxury resort by architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings for Henry Morrison Flagler, the industrialist, oil magnate, and railroad pioneer. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lawrence Lewis, Jr., who served for more than 20 years as the school's Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 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. In 1971, Lewis guided the school through a re-organization where he directed millions of dollars from foundations, family, and personal funds into new construction, restoration projects, endowment, and various other programs to ensure the school's continued success. Lewis was related to Henry Flagler through his mother, Louise Wise Lewis Francis (the niece of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler who married Henry in 1901).
Development of satellite campus
The branch campus is the outcome of a combined effort between former Tallahassee Community College President T.K. Wetherell and past Flagler College President, and current Chancellor, William Proctor; the two were longtime colleagues, knowing each other from Wetherell’s time playing for the Florida State Seminoles where Proctor served as assistant football coach.
When Florida’s Legislature passed a mandate to increase opportunities for four year degree-seeking students through two year institutions, Wetherell contacted Proctor to begin development of a Flagler College branch through the TCC campus. As a result, Flagler College-Tallahassee opened its doors in the Fall Semester of 2000 with its first class of 56 students graduating in 2002. The school has since produced over 2,000 graduates across multiple disciplines.
Organization and administration
The college had an endowment of over $60 million as of April 2011.
Degree programs are available for
- Business Administration
- Elementary Education
- Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement
- Strategic Communication
Tuition is US$225 per credit hour with financial assistance available through Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and the Florida Minority Teacher Scholarship.Awards are also offered under the Florida Bright Futures Program and the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG).
Admission is open to students who have earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, or 60 transferable college credits in addition to meeting major requirements. To be considered for acceptance, prospective students must provide an application for admission, sealed official transcripts from all schools attended, and a degree audit if transferring from TCC. The college’s acceptance rate is an average of 40 percent of its annual applications.
- In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked Flagler College at #6 in its Best Colleges guide for Best Regional Colleges in the South category
- In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked Flagler College at #8 in its Best Colleges guide for Best Regional Colleges in the South category
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