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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, Vision, & Values

The aim of Flagler College is to provide a supportive and challenging environment in which students acquire knowledge, exercise good citizenship, and adhere to high ethical standards.

The principal focus of the College's academic program is undergraduate education in selected liberal and pre-professional studies; thus, the role of teaching is central to the College's mission.

The purposes of the academic program are to provide opportunities for general and specialized learning; to assist students in preparing for careers; and to aid qualified students in pursuing graduate and professional studies.

The objectives of the student life program at Flagler are to establish appropriate standards of conduct and to promote activities that will contribute to the development of self‑discipline, integrity, and leadership.

Flagler College was established as a memorial to Henry M. Flagler.  The Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Mr. Flagler, serves as a reminder of his enterprise, diligence, and commitment to high standards.  The College is pledged to the preservation and use of this facility and other historic and architecturally unique campus structures.

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.