The West Florida Seminary, founded in 1851, began operating in 1857, only twelve years after Florida achieved statehood. It was located on the hill where the Westcott Building now stands, which has been the site of an institution of higher education longer than any other site in Florida.
In a 1905 reorganization of Florida’s educational system by the Legislature, six state institutions of higher learning were consolidated into two when the University of Florida in Gainesville was established and designated a men’s school and the Florida State College became a women’s school named the Florida Female College. In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women; an institution, which grew to become the third largest women’s college in the nation during the 1930’s.
The school’s beginnings date as far back as 1823, when the Territorial Legislature began discussing plans for a system of higher education. FSU was founded in 1851 as a small public institution. It became a four-year school in 1901 and received university status and its current name in 1947. The institution existed in many different forms prior to becoming a university, including separate male and female colleges.
The university now awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. With a total enrollment of over 40,000 students, it has grown to the size of a small city.
In 1905, the state Legislature reorganized Florida’s educational system and consolidated six state institutions into two, with the establishment of the University of Florida in Gainesville as men’s college and transformation of Florida State College to Florida Female College. Later, the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women, in 1909. Demand by returning World War II veterans had brought men back to the campus, in 1946, when the Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida was founded.
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