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Flagler College: Exeptional Beauty, Traditional Values

Flagler College’s enrollment is about 2,400 students, representing 46 states and 21 countries.


It’s been a big year for Flagler College. For the 20th consecutive year, the College in St. Augus-tine, Florida, has earned national ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Flagler placed 15th out of 105 Southern colleges in the comprehensive category.

But maybe even more significant for the 40-year-old school was its inclusion in The Prince-ton Review, which listed Flagler in its 2008 edition of “The 367 Best Colleges.” The book, which is based on a survey of 106,000 students from colleges across the country, named Flagler as one of the “Best in the South.”

An independent, four-year liberal arts school, Flagler sits nestled in historic St. Augustine, which has the distinction of being the Nation’s Oldest City. The College is housed in the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, a luxury hotel that was opened in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flagler. Flagler was a railroad tycoon, developer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in founding the Stand-ard Oil Company.

But today these historic buildings are filled with students.

Flagler has 24 majors and 29 minors, the largest majors being business, education and communication. Other courses of study include special education, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, pre-law, fine art and graphic design, sport management, and accounting.

Small by intent, Flagler College’s enrollment is about 2,400 students, representing 46 states and 21 countries.

Its size, however, has not kept the college from excelling. The College’s Society for Advancement of Management team won an unprecedented eighth national title this year up against the likes of much larger schools including Auburn University, Texas A&M and Bentley College. No other school has won the title so many times.

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Another team, Students in Free Enterprise, has also placed well in national competitions and helped start a very successful, and profitable, shop and historic tours operation called “Flagler’s Legacy.” In 2004, SIFE won the national championship and placed second in the world competition held in Barcelona, Spain.

Flagler also runs WFCF, 88.5 FM, Flagler College Radio, a 6,000-watt student-run station with an eclectic mix of shows and music. The station, which will grow to an even more impressive 10,000 watts when a new tower is completed, was voted the No. 2 radio station in St. Augustine by readers of The St. Augustine Record.

Chartered in 1968, the College now has more than 5,000 graduates, an excellent academic reputation, and one of the lowest fee structures for any institution of higher learning. At $19,330, including room and board, Flag-ler remains a tremendous bargain when private college tui-tions routinely exceed $30,000, with an additional $10,000 in room, board and fees.

The College is situated on 19 acres in the heart of downtown, and 13 of its campus structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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When Flagler built the Ponce in the late 1800s, he imported craftsmen from across Europe to lay intricate marble mosaic floors and carve beautiful oak pillars, which support an 80-foot-high rotunda dome. George W. Maynard, whose paintings grace the Metropolitan Museum of Art, painted the ceiling in the Rotunda and the grand Dining Hall, paying homage to the Spanish explorers who founded the town. Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famed stained glass artisan, was the interior decorator of the hotel, and his full-sized stained glass walls in the Dining Hall provide extraordinary light and color. Thomas Edison constructed the hotel’s heating system, along with a beautiful onyx clock, the first electric clock in a public building.

John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, the two architects Flagler hired to design the Ponce, went on to design the House and Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C., among other notable structures.

In its glory days the Ponce hosted Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Warren G. Harding, as well as notables like Will Rogers and John Jacob Astor.

Millions of dollars have been spent over the years by the College, and through numerous grants and donations, to restore the campus to its original glory.

It is in this environment of exceptional beauty, traditional values, and small classes where students receive educations leading to acceptance in 145 graduate schools.

For more information on Flagler College, visit or call the Admissions Office at 1-800-304-4208.

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