Birmingham, AL
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2 College Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Academics: Although I did not enjoy the program I was in, the professors in other academic fields were amazing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Rigorous enough to challenge even the brightest students, but not it's not overwhelming. BSC's no Harvard, but it's far from a cakewalk. Be prepared to write. A lot.

4 College Senior

Academics: In terms of academics, BSC is really a top-rate school. The standards are pretty high, so you can't expect to always get an A, no matter how smart you are, but you definitely will learn a lot from great faculty.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm only a freshman but I've been very pleased with my education so far. I'm an Elem Ed major and I have take a few educations classes already that I really enjoy. The teachers are great.


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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
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.

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Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 8 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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