Academics

Location
Lakeland, FL
Undergrads
2,185
Tuition
$27,930
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is a little heavy at first, but if it's what you really want to do it's definitely worth it. You learn a lot and get a lot of hands on experience.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Aside from a few less-than-stellar gen ed's, I've never had a bad class. For the most part, there are top-notch professors across the board, and if you're motivated to do well, the small class sizes will give you access to the quality individual attention needed to help you succeed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great professors for the most part! Most of them really care about your education and career goals.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors will take the time to get to know you, and understand exactly your goals and help you reach them

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Its a difficult major. But advisors are generally helpful. And the professors are not the best.

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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
57
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
  • Business Administration and Management: 9%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 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

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  • 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 30 responses

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

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