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Higher Education: Dorms

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Wesley and Nicholas Halls
Wesley and Nicholas Halls, designed by renown architect Robert A.M. Stern, are both lakefront. [Photos: Florida Southern College]

Wesley and Nicholas HallsWesley and Nicholas Halls

Florida Southern College, Lakeland
Building cost: N/A — the facilities were funded by FSC alumni Carol Jenkins Barnett (class of '79) and Barney Barnett ('65) and Publix Super Markets Charities.
Beds: 240
Opened: 2008 and 2009

Amenities: Lakeside view, meeting rooms, contemporary student lounges with flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and Danish-style furniture

Floor plans: Singles and doubles

Rates: $5,182/year (double), $6,612/year (single); meal plans range from $2,544 to $3,826.

Notable: Most bedrooms have a view of Lake Hollingsworth. Designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern (dean of the Yale School of Architecture), the twin buildings were built to complement the style of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed many of the buildings on FSC's Lakeland campus. Reserved for upperclassmen, the two buildings (collectively known as the Barnett Residential Life Center) feature spacious living quarters, four student l ounges, pendant lighting by avante-garde designer Enrico Franzolini and a loft lounge with kitchen facilities on the fourth floor.

Wesley and Nicholas Halls
View of the lake from inside Wesley and Nicholas Halls. [Photo: Florida Southern College]

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