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Statue of Henry Flagler in front of Ponce de Leon Hall

Our Mission and Core Values


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 León, 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 León 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.

Core Values


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.


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.


Flagler College prepares students to be informed, responsible citizens.


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.


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.


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


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.


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