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What Makes Flagler Different

Flagler College students take advantage of an engaging curriculum of carefully selected majors and minors. This is done purposefully to maintain quality programming.  We value the size of our student body and encourage partnerships and the development of personal relationships among faculty, staff and students.  Our campus is set in beautiful and historic St. Augustine, FL, providing a unique backdrop for academic and social growth.  Please enjoy the sights and sounds of Flagler College and we look forward to seeing you on campus!  

Our Mission

Flagler College is a small private, residential college located in historic St. Augustine, Florida. The centerpiece of its campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a grand hotel constructed in 1888 by Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, philanthropist, railroad pioneer, and developer of the east coast of Florida. The Hotel Ponce de Leon 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 its campus.

The mission of Flagler 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 historic, coastal location and its beautiful campus. Flagler 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 responsibility, self-discipline and civility; and embraces accountability and stewardship. Flagler College encourages principled entrepreneurial thinking, fosters a sense of community, and promotes good citizenship.

Our 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 people.

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.

Our History

Flagler College celebrates 45 years of providing a rich comprehensive liberal arts education in a small, supportive environment. Its heritage, however, extends back more than a century.

The school’s historic campus is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of St. Augustine, Fla., the “nation’s oldest city.”

The college is named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a Gilded Age industrialist, railroad pioneer and partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil. In 1888, Flagler built the Hotel Ponce de Leon, his first in a series of luxury resorts along Florida’s east coast. A masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture and the first major poured-in-place concrete building in the United States is now known as Ponce de Leon Hall. This National Historic Landmark serves as the centerpiece for the Flagler College.

The grand hotel launched the careers of young architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings who are noted most for the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Office Buildings adjacent to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Edison Electric Company powered the building with steam heat and 4,000 electric lights, making the Ponce one of the nation’s first electrified buildings. Louis Comfort Tiffany is credited with the building’s interior design including the stained glass and mosaics. Murals were completed by George Willoughby Maynard and Virgilio Tojetti.

The hotel was gifted to Flagler College when the institution was founded in 1968. Since then, the college has spent more than $60 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. One of the latest additions to campus is a multimillion-dollar Student Center on Sevilla Street. The college has also developed a 19-acre athletic field just two miles from campus.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr., one of Henry Flagler’s principal heirs, founded Flagler College. The philanthropist envisioned a small, private liberal arts college on the grounds of the magnificent old hotel.

Opened as a women’s college, Flagler was reorganized as coeducational in 1971. Lewis served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Flagler College during these formative years, from 1968 to 1988.

The college has grown with time and has remained true to its mission of providing a high quality education at an affordable cost.