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Flagler College Essay

Selection Process

College selection is a two-way street. You want to select the best college for your needs, and we want to select the students who help us meet our mission of education, career preparation, and support of informed, responsible citizenship.

Here’s how we’ll work through our part of the selection process:

  • We’ll look at your high school transcripts and test scores.
  • We’ll look at your extracurricular activities to understand more about you.
  • We’ll ask you to express yourself in an essay.
  • We’ll ask you to share recommendations from others.
  • Early Decision Plan

    The Admissions Committee gives preference to students who have selected Flagler as their first choice college. To identify these students, the College has developed a voluntary Early Decision Plan for freshmen and transfers who are applying for the fall semester.

    • If you choose to apply under this option, you’re declaring to us that Flagler College is your first choice!
    • Your application will be acted upon before those who choose to apply under the Regular Decision Plan.

    Dates you need to know for Early Decision application:

    Deadlines and Notifications
    November 1st

    Early Decision Application Due

    December 15th

    Notification of Admission Decision

    January 15th

    Enrollment Deposit Due for ED Applicants

    Students admitted under the Early Decision Plan are required to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges and to confirm their decision to attend Flagler by remitting an advance deposit of $200 and completed enrollment forms by January 15. Advance deposits are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and are non-refundable.

    In addition to the advance deposit, boarding students are required to remit a $200 deposit as a room reservation fee. This fee is also due on January 15.

    Boarding students may submit a single check for $400 to cover both the advance deposit and the room reservation fee, rather than submitting two separate checks. 

     

    PAY YOUR DEPOSIT NOW!

  • Regular Decision Plan

    For students unable to make the commitment required under the Early Decision Plan, the College offers a Regular Decision Plan with a deadline of March 1. If you apply under the Regular Decision Plan:

    • You’ll be notified on or before March 31, but after Early Decision applicants.
    • You understand that Early Decision applicants are given preference as the fall class is selected.

    Dates you need to know for Regular Decision application:

    Deadlines and Notifications
    March 1st

    Regular Decision Application Deadline

    March 31st

    Notification of Admission Decision

    May 1st

    Enrollment Deposit Due for RD Applicants

    Students accepted during the Regular Decision phase must confirm their decision to attend Flagler by remitting an advance deposit of $200 and completed enrollment forms by May 1. Advance deposits are credited to the student’s tuition and fees and are non-refundable.

    In addition to the advance deposit, boarding students are required to remit a $200 deposit as a room reservation fee. This fee is also due on May 1.

    Boarding students may submit a single check for $400 to cover both the advance deposit and the room reservation fee, rather than submitting two separate checks. 

     

    PAY YOUR DEPOSIT NOW!

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Admission to Spring Semester

For students applying for the spring semester, the Office of Admissions begins notifying applicants on a rolling basis after the fall class has closed and continues admitting students until the class is filled.

Space for the January semester can be quite limited, and students desiring on-campus housing are advised to complete their applications early.

Looking for information about our Tallahassee campus or Public Administration program?

 

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Academics

For those seeking "an excellent education in a beautiful location," Flagler College is a small comprehensive liberal arts school in Florida that offers a "comfortable atmosphere," "tons of history and culture," and "a perfect ratio of professors to student." The school's strong education program is a huge draw here, but there are plenty of other strong programs in Flagler 's twentyfive available majors. Hard workers get noticed, and there are plenty of opportunities to excel outside of the classroom, which "has been the most valuable aspect," according to one student.

The faculty here is "extremely enthusiastic about their jobs" and "very knowledgeable in their fields," though "there are a few that I don't think have real direction," says a student. Nevertheless, most are "always willing to meet and discuss work outside of the classroom," and the fact that "it is pretty easy to get to know the professors within your major on a personal basis makes things a lot easier and comfortable." This close-knit community breeds an environment where every person actively wants "to share experiences and knowledge with the faculty and other students." Class time is treated as an "intellectual journey," wherein one main question or discussion topic is introduced, and students explore every aspect of it using the professor as the tour guide. "This system the professors at Flagler College have evokes curiosity from all students, leaving very little room for confusion."

Aside from the "ample help from teachers," the "personable" administration is "good at communicating to all students via school e-mail." The attendance policy can be tough on some students—"you only get a certain number of absences, excused or unexcused, before you get dropped from a course"—but most still know that this tough love is in place to help students be "encouraged in a way that leads to excellent work." The best classes are the ones with eight or so people in them, as "you really lean on each other throughout the semester."

Student Body

Your typical Flagler student is "easygoing and very laid-back" ("How can you not be with the beach five miles away?" asks a student) as well as "super nice and friendly." It's not difficult to fit in at Flagler College, because "there is a crowd for everybody, despite the small size of the student body," even if this student body as a whole is a bit "homogenous." All students provide different viewpoints and "seem to be very respectful of others' views." There are quite a few surfers and artistic types, and even these groups are "very motivated and ready to broaden their education."

Campus Life

Life is "pretty chill at Flagler," where "homework usually isn't too bad most of the time." As far as making friends, this "relaxed," happy lot has no problems. "Attend a few of the many social activities that Flagler College offers. It's really easy to make friends there!" suggests one student. On the first Friday of the month, all the art galleries "throw their doors wide open and serve treats," and the "casual and quaint" tourist-centric town of St. Augustine "is an awesome place to spend your time, walking around, going out to eat, and doing a little bit of shopping." Campus activities tend to "die around 7:00 P .m .," and many students tend to live nearby off campus (due to Flagler College residential rules, which restrict interdorm visiting, drugs, and alcohol).

Sunny days mean "the pool and West lawn are the places to be," and on weekends, "many times we drive to Jacksonville and go out at night there." Biking, beach volleyball, and walking along the sand dunes are just some of the beachy pastimes here, where "the beach mentality triumphs, including surfer culture." The campus itself "is beautiful, we sometimes even compare it to Hogwarts," says a student.

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