Academics

Location
Birmingham, AL
Undergrads
1,295
Tuition
$29,600
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My school is very challenging! Everyday you constantly are being challenged inside and outside the classroom.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have so many options to study whatever and wherever we please!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As I mentioned before this program provides every opportunity possible to help students find internships. The workload is surprisingly light so far.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are varied, and offer great opportunities to students within a major or outside a major.

2 College Freshman

Academics: The people in the program are wonderful, but the program lacks opportunities and post-graduate support.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 99th
    Best Registration Process
  • 101st
    Most Available Classes
  • 108th
    Smartest Professors
  • 145th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kriti Mishra
Hometown
Hoover, Ala.
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If you're looking for a place where you can bloom academically, then being at a small school is definitely a plus. Southern specializes in small classes, and there is a pleasantly small ratio of temporary or adjunct teachers. Most classes are discussion-based and require a sizeable amount of group work, and the academic curriculum is different from other colleges in the area in a variety of ways. For example, special courses for freshmen, called "1-Y" courses, are designed to enhance the freshman experience by providing more in-depth and personal classroom attention during the crucial first year. Outside of the classroom, students are required to attend at least 40 designated cultural events, such as speeches and forums, in order to graduate. Some students complain about the extra requirements, but by the time they graduate, they realize the value of having been exposed to some culture before being released into the real world. If you're looking for a place where you can slip through the cracks without ever being challenged, then BSC is definitely not the college to attend. The academic standards tend to be fairly high, and while parties do happen, Southern isn't really what you would call a "party school." Faculty and administration are always stressing the importance of learning critical-thinking skills and being well-rounded and intelligent, which is the essence of liberal arts.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
80
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
54
Total FT Faculty
80
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$64,073
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
43
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 67%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Humanities
  • Science and Mathematics
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Alumni Plaza (courtyard outside of Norton Student Center)
  • Computer labs
  • Library study rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Ask around about which professors are best.
  • Ask tons of questions.
  • Check your e-mail at least 10 times a day.
  • Don't be afraid to make study buddies.
  • Get involved as much as possible.
  • Have a good idea of what you want to do before coming here.
  • Homework is more than a joke-it can help in class, too!
Did You Know?
Need additional academic support? Visit the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for help with papers in the writing center, assistance with foreign languages in the Foreign Language Lab or guidance with oral presentations in the Speech Lab.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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