The Baptist College of Florida is the only institution of higher learning that is supported by the Florida Baptist Convention is the Baptist College of Florida. It was formerly called the Florida Baptist Institute and was founded by a group of pastors in 1943. It was envisioned to be an educational institution for men and women “called by God” who lacked college degrees but needed seminary-type training. From its first classes conducted in a Sunday school room in Lakeland, Florida, the Baptist Bible of Florida grew to a private Level II institution now located in Graceville, Florida.
Degrees offered by the college are many including Biblical Studies, Christian Counseling, Christian Studies, Contemporary Worship Ministry, Elementary Education, English, English Secondary Education, History and Social Studies, History and Social Studies Secondary Education, Leadership/Christian Education, Ministry, Ministry Studies, Missions, Music, Music Education/Choral, Music Education/Instrumental plus various associate degrees. Distance study programs available consist of Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Studies and Associate of Divinity. These are offered through on-line and distance site classes.
Tuition fee per credit hour is $ 270.00 for on-campus programs while the distance site tuition is $ 100.00 per credit hour. Books and supplies cost approximately $ 450.00 per semester. General fees include the application fee, matriculation fee, lab fee, technology fee for online courses and others. Students should also take into consideration the cost of board and lodging when applicable. The Baptist College of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.