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Undergrads
1,999
Tuition
$27,930
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Academics: I have never been more attended to, as a student, than I am at this school. I love it.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great programs with great professors. No complaints.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Many different options to choose as a major or a minor. Some professors are better than others, some professors you question how they were even hired and are a still a teacher after their poor student reviews. Workload is hefty if you are not used to studying hard and the transition from high school to college workload is rough depending on the selected major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Love my teachers in the biology department, they definitely make time for you.

3 College Junior

Academics: There is some study abroad trips but not as much as I would like to see. The majors list is not very big because we are a small school. I enjoy my friends in my major but I wish there were more people.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 312nd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 391st
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 417th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 455th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 468th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Ferguson
Hometown
Orlando
Major
Communication
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Florida Southern College distinguishes itself from other schools because classes are taught only by professors, not by grad students. Most of the teachers have their PHDs, so they are very passionate about their subjects and often willing to meet after class with students who have questions or comments. Most professors know students by their names and notice when they are absent. Workload depends on the teacher, but usually coursework isn't anything outrageous.

Advisers are very good at making sure students graduate on time, with knowledge about courses and the requirements for graduation. There are certain times you can sign up for classes, based on how many credit hours you have. It can be tough to get into the classes you want, but eventually you will get them. Just be patient. Generally, advisers have a small number of advisees, so they are able to give individual attention to each student. However, there are some advisers who are very popular within their department, so they have a bunch of advisees.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
106
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
107
Total FT Faculty
106
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$59,650
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
37%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
50
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 57%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 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
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Education
  • Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Pre-Professional Programs
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 13%
  • Nursing Practice: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social Science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • New York semester
  • Student-designed major
  • UN semester
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
None
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • TuTu's Cyber Café
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved! It is the easiest way to have fun, find new interests, and ease any homesickness.
  • Go to class. The weather may be beautiful or an extra hour of sleep may sound nice, but your professors will quickly notice when you are not in class.
  • Study! Most professors don't give much homework, so take 10 minutes to look over your notes or book each day. Tests are a big part of your grade.
Did You Know?
  • The average class size is 20 students.
  • Florida Southern provides more than $14 million in scholarships each year.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 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 30 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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