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About Flagler

The Board of Trustees of Flagler College announces the search for the third president of the distinctive, nationally-ranked, independent, four- year, coeducational college, located in historic St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. Flagler College opened as a college for women in September 1968, but reorganized two years later under the strong leadership of William L. Proctor, who served as president until 2001. The current president, William T. Abare, Jr., who will retire in June of 2017, has led the college as president since 2001, and he has served the institution in a distinguished fashion in other leadership capacities for more than 45 years. 

The college was established as a memorial to Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, oil magnate, and pioneer of the railroad and tourism industries in Florida. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a grand resort built in 1888 by Mr. Flagler. The hotel has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and 19 of the 32 campus buildings are historic structures. The hotel serves as an enduring reminder of Mr. Flagler’s enterprise, diligence, and commitment to excellence. The college is committed to the preservation of the hotel and other historic structures that grace the campus.

Flagler College Courtyard at dusk

Flagler College serves approximately2,500 full-time students on the 28-acre campus
in St. Augustine’s historic district, including 120 non-traditional evening students in the college’s Public Administration program who are employed in public safety and local government agencies. Approximately 400 students are enrolled at Flagler’s satellite campus in Tallahassee, Florida. Student admission is selective and competitive. For the fall of 2015, the Admissions O ce received 5,923 applications for admission, extended offers to 3,014 applicants, and enrolled 787 new students, including 620 freshmen and 167 transfers. The entering freshmen had a mean GPA of 3.54, an ACT Composite score of 23.2, and a SAT score (combined critical reading and math) of 1048. Approximately 56% of students are from Florida, 38% are from 42 other states, and 6% are from 44 foreign countries. Approximately 61% of the students are women, and about 40% of students reside on the campus. 

The college employs 112 full-time faculty and 125 part-time instructors with more than 63% holding earned doctorates. The FTE student: FTE faculty ratio is 15.2 to 1, with an average class size of 18.2 students.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition was $16,830, and room and board was $9,630 for a total of $26,460, which is approximately one-half the national average for similar private, non-profit, four-year colleges. This modest cost provides a competitive advantage for the college.

Flagler College is financially strong with an endowment of $48 M, capital reserves exceeding $30 M, and an annual operating balanced budget of $55 M. Capital debt is currently $32 M and annual fundraising for the college provides a strong supplement to scholarships, capital projects, and operating expenses. In 2015, fundraising accounted for more than $6 M. Approximately 83% of students receive some financial aid. The Florida Resident Access Grant continues to be the largest grant program for 1,749 qualifying students, with a total value of $5,062,500.


The mission of the college is to educate and prepare students for productive careers, graduate and professional studies, and informed, responsible, citizenship. Flagler College emphasizes teaching and scholarship; promotes intellectual and personal growth; and provides high quality education in a caring and supportive environment that capitalizes on its historical, coastal location and its beautiful campus. The college offers a liberal arts and pre-professional curriculum and promotes high impact learning experiences, including co-curricular opportunities, which foster the development of well-rounded students. Flagler College is committed to high standards and student success; values integrity, personal competency, self -discipline and civility; and embraces accountability and reliability. Flagler College encourages principled entrepreneurial thinking and a sense of community, and promotes good citizenship.

Core Values

Student focused.  The college’s highest priority is to educate and prepare students for productive careers and responsible citizenship, encouraging and supporting all students to achieve their greatest potential.

Teaching and Learning.  Teaching and learning are vital to Flagler College’s mission and define its identity as an institution.  The college is dedicated to the highest academic standards and the intellectual and personal growth of each student.

Quality.  Flagler College strives for excellence in everything it does.  The college is committed to the pursuit of excellence through academic rigor and continuous improvement of its educational programs and services.

Citizenship.  Flagler College prepares students to be informed, responsible citizens.

Civility. Flagler College embraces civility as essential to developing citizenship, collegiality, and a sense of community.  Accordingly, the college promotes understanding and mutual respect of all members of the student body, faculty, and staff, and showing respect for all peoples.

Integrity.  Members of the Flagler College community are expected to be fair, honest, and ethical.  Honesty and trust are the foundations of teaching, learning, high academic standards, and student development.  The college requires students to be responsible and honest in their academic work.

Collegiality.  Flagler College values collegial relationships among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community in an atmosphere of mutual respect, open communication, and trust.

Stewardship.  Flagler College is committed to the ethical stewardship of the resources placed in its trust; the college values prudence and manages its resources wisely.  The college is committed to maintaining its heritage and preserving its historic buildings.

Community.  Flagler College supports the St. Augustine community and is committed to its social, cultural, and educational advancement.

Degrees and Programs of Study

The college offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Science degrees in the following major and minor areas of study:


The college has an off-campus site, an upper division program on the campus of Tallahassee Community College.  Flagler College-Tallahassee enrolls approximately 400 students, who select from majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and Strategic Communication (Public Relations).  The program is administered by a dean, nine administrative staff, and 13 full-time faculty. 

The college also offers on the main campus an upper-division program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.  The program enrolls approximately 120 students who are currently employed in public safety, government, and community service agencies.  Classes are offered evenings and weekends.


Department of Athletics LogoFlagler College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and is a member of the Peach Belt Conference.  The college offers 15 team sports with baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, soccer, and tennis for men and basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball for women.  The Flagler Gymnasium seats 1,750 spectators and provides a home for basketball and volleyball.  The gymnasium also houses the W.W. Gay Fitness Center. The college has a 20-acre athletic facility for baseball, soccer, and softball two miles from the main campus and a tennis center with six lighted courts two blocks from the campus.  Approximately 10% of Flagler students participate in intercollegiate athletics and the college’s teams have won a number of championships in its conference.