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Flagler College

Flagler College
Established 1968
Type Private, nonsectarian
Endowment $60 million[1]
Chancellor William L. Proctor
President William T. Abare, Jr.
Students 2,500
Location St. Augustine, Florida, U.S.
Campus 19 acres (7.7 ha)
Colors Crimson and Gold
Nickname Saints
Website .edu.flaglerwww

Flagler College is a private four-year liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1968.[2]

The college has been named in recent years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the southeast region's best comprehensive liberal arts colleges,[3] and is included on its list of "America's Best Colleges".[4] Its 2010-2011 tuition was $15,860 (excluding room and board[5]) and its acceptance rate is an average of 35 to 45 percent of its annual applications.[6]

The Princeton Review ranks Flagler in the top tier of southeastern colleges,[7] and its campus as one of the most beautiful in the United States.[8] It is currently included in The Princeton Review's Best 366 Colleges Rankings.[9]

It is now known, however, that the U.S. News & World Report rankings were based on falsified data submitted by Flagler College and that if correct data had been submitted, U.S. News & World Report would have classified the college as unranked.[10]

Flagler College is home to WFCF/88.5 MHz FM (Channel 203), a community-run station. As of the 2006-2007 school year, the college also broadcasts on local public-access television cable TV television as FCTV. It also publishes a campus newspaper, The Gargoyle,[11] and an annual literary journal, The Flagler Review.[12]

On February 17, 2014, college President William Abare announced to the media that the college's vice president of enrollment management had resigned, after it was determined that he had been altering student test scores, GPAs and student rankings to enhance the college's image, standing and reputation.[13] The college hired a Jacksonville law firm to investigate. U.S. News & World Report will not make any decision on Flagler's ranking until after the investigation is concluded.[14] The Investigative Report was published on August 8, 2014.[15]


  • History 1
  • Organization and administration 2
  • Student life 3
    • Organizations 3.1
    • Sports 3.2
    • Newspaper 3.3
  • U.S. News & World Report survey 4
  • Notable people 5
  • Gallery 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The school is located on 19 acres (77,000 m2), the centerpiece of which is the Ponce de León Hotel, built in 1888 as a luxury hotel. The architects were John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, working for Henry Morrison Flagler, the industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr., was the driving force behind the development of Flagler College. It was his vision to create a small, private

  • Official website
  • Athletics website

External links

  1. ^ a b "Flagler College Spring 2011 Commencement Program" (PDF). St. Augustine, Florida: Flagler College. 23 April 2011. p. 4. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ ADAM AASEN. "Flagler changes, yet remains the same as it approaches 40th anniversary -". 
  3. ^ "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (South): Top Schools" U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007.
  4. ^ "Flagler College: At a glance" U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007.
  5. ^ "Admissions & Aid: At a glance"
  6. ^ "Flagler College" EdRef college search directory.
  7. ^ "The Best Southeastern Colleges" Regional Guide to Colleges on the Princeton Review.
  8. ^ "Quality of Life: Most Beautiful Campus" Princeton Review.
  9. ^ "The New 2008 Best 366 Colleges" Rankings The Princeton Review.
  10. ^ a b "Update on Flagler College's Data Misreporting". US News. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  11. ^ "The Gargoyle" Flagler College Gargoyle.
  12. ^ "The Flagler Review - The literary voice of Flagler College" The Flagler Review.
  13. ^ Gardner, Sheldon (2014-02-18). "Flagler College VP resigns after investigation". Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  14. ^ "Flagler College hires Jacksonville law firm to look into doctored student stats |". Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Remembering Molly Wiley" Flagler College Magazine
  17. ^ "Montevallo and Flagler to Join Peach Belt Conference" Peach Belt Conference
  18. ^ "Flagler Athletics - Women's volleyball statistics". Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  19. ^ rp_primary_Casey_Gnann3_vFMU
  20. ^ "Flagler Gargoyle earns website honors" The St. Augustine Record.
  21. ^ a b "Gargoyle wins best independent web site at SPJ regional conference" The Gargoyle.
  22. ^ "2007 ACP Online Pacemaker Winners" Associated Collegiate Press
  23. ^ "Newspapers Pulled from Shelves at Flagler" WJXT Jacksonville.
  24. ^ "College confiscates newspapers" The St. Augustine Record.
  25. ^ "College paper pulled from stands for faulty headline" Student Press Law Center.
  26. ^ "Administration, newspaper staff at odds at Flagler College" Florida Times-Union.
  27. ^ "Cry of censorship rallied Flagler College students to protest decision" The St. Augustine Record.
  28. ^ "Gargoyle establishes advisory board" The St. Augustine Record.


See also


Notable people

In 2014, Flagler College was ranked eighth among Regional Colleges in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report college survey. It has since been discovered, however, that Flagler College falsified the data submitted, and that if correct data had been submitted, it would have been "unranked" in the survey.[10]

U.S. News & World Report survey

After September 2007, working on The Gargoyle was no longer required of communication majors. An advisory board and operating guidelines were set up to handle any situations which may arise and to help outline the function of The Gargoyle.[28]

In 2006 and 2007, there were several allegations of censorship or alteration of articles in the Gargoyle by the college administration. In 2006, one issue of the newspaper was removed from circulation due to an alleged error in its headlines about rising tuition.[23][24][25] In April 2007, the college administration again exercised editorial control over the paper due to alleged fact errors.[26] Students rallied and organized a protest against any type of censorship of the newspaper, calling for a free and independent student press.[27]

Since becoming online-only in 2010, The Gargoyle has won nine Regional Mark of Excellence awards and published three more from Flagler Communication Department classes. Before 2010, the publication had only won two SPJ awards in its history.[21] In 2007, the publication was a finalist Associated Collegiate Press 2007 Pacemaker Awards.[22]

The Gargoyle is the college's student-run newspaper. In 2010, the Gargoyle went online-only and began publishing from its website, [20] In 2012, The Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards. The online-only publication took five awards, including two more first places for editor Michael Newberger in online opinion writing and sports editor Mari Pothier in online sports reporting.[21]


Flagler competes in 14 varsity sports (basketball and Cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis for men and women, baseball for men only, and volleyball and softball for women only) in Division II that compete in the NCAA. Its teams are called the Saints. In the 2009-10 season Flagler athletics began to play in the Peach Belt Conference.[17] The Flagler College Lady Saints Volleyball team has made an impact on the Peach Belt since entering the conference. In 2009, the Lady Saints made it to the National Championship, and finished in the top four of Division II volleyball teams in the nation. In 2010, the Lady Saints made it to the Regional Finals, finishing top 16 in the nation. Track and Field has recently been added. [18][19]

Flagler athletics logo


Flagler offers membership in nine honor societies, including Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Psi Chi, Alpha Kappa Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Alpha Delta. In addition, there are over 25 active student clubs and academic organizations on campus.


Student life

The college had an endowment of over $60 million as of April 2011.[1]

Organization and administration


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