Flagler College is a residential college enrolling approximately 2,660 students on its main campus in St. Augustine and 600 additional students in the Public Administration program or at its Tallahassee campus. The College offers 24 majors, 29 minors, and two pre-professional programs leading to the baccalaureate degree.
Founded in 1968, as a women’s institution, Flagler became a coeducational college in 1971. Flagler College developed into a highly respected institution, offering a high quality education at a relatively low cost compared with other private colleges and universities. Women comprise 60 percent of the student body, and about 65 percent of the students are from Florida. Students come from 47 other states and 26 foreign countries.
Flagler College has achieved remarkable growth, stability, and national recognition. Since 1971, the College’s enrollment has increased from 223 students to nearly 3,000 students, including its Tallahassee campus. The endowment has grown from $5 million to more than $53 million; plant valuation has grown from $1.5 million to more than $100 million. Since 1975 the College has added $50 million in buildings, $9 million in land, and $53 million in building improvements to its campus.
The College’s reputation continues to grow, also. Flagler is ranked 10th in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” among baccalaureate colleges in the South and is listed in The Princeton Review’s The Best 376 Colleges. Flagler is one of the most affordable private colleges in the nation and is listed in America’s 100 Best College Buys. According to The College Board, the average cost for tuition, room, and board at a four-year, private institution was $35,636 (2009-2010); at Flagler those costs are $22,500 (2011-2012).
For fall 2011, the Admissions Office received almost 4,400 applications, extended 1,771 offers of admission, and enrolled 805 new students. According to the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, most small, private colleges accept between 70 and 85 percent of their applicants and enroll 20 to 40 percent of those accepted for admission. Flagler accepted 55 percent of its applicants and enrolled 45 percent of those accepted for admission.