Academic Experience

Location
Niceville, FL
Undergrads
2,758
Tuition (in-state)
$11,376 ($3,004)
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: A lot of it is artistic, but the firm courses are well taught.

College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm working on setting a specific major. It's great for solid majors and the wishy-washy such as myself.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The academics are wonderful. The professors are easy to understand, contact and easy to get along with. The registration process is very easy through Raidernet, but if you can't figure it out yourself, it's very easy to get in and see the counselors.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The nursing program is very competitive and very difficult to get into. I haven't actually been accepted, as I am finishing the prerequisites now.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: At Northwest Florida there is a variety of classes, almost all the classes you can think of. Registration for these classes is fairly easy and although college is not easy the professors and other study groups make it all the better to learn.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 321st
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 586th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 596th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 899th
    Best Class Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tyler Scafidi
Hometown
I have lived in many parts of the Southeastern region of the United States my entire life; from southeast Florida to southwest Mississippi.
Major
Undeclared
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Students' academic experiences at Northwest Florida State College are very different. Some students who take a modest course load (i.e. 9-12 credits) do very well. Those students don't usually feel very overwhelmed. Other ambitious students tend to take 13-18 credits in one semester. With their schedule, they seem to have no time for any other aspect of their life (i.e. employment).

No matter how many courses a student takes at Northwest, he is still usually presented with great academic experiences. Most professors will elaborate in class about the lecture. Professors also offer help through e-mail and phone support. They often want to see students succeed. On the other hand, some professors' time is limited, and they do not lecture well in class. These professors can usually be found in night classes, fast-track courses, weekend college, distance learning, and online classes. This is why some students can handle one or more of these types of courses in addition to other courses on campus. However students set out to achieve their education, their academic experience is what they make of it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
27:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
102
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
219
Full-Time Retention Rate
65%
Part-Time Retention Rate
26%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
44%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Programs/Majors Offered
37
Most Popular Majors
  • Child Care Provider: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Operations Management: Unknown
  • Procurement and Contracts Management: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Approximately 20 students to 1 professor.
Student/Professor Relationships
Most professors will take their time during lectures to explain any confusion about the course material, and professors will often communicate with students outside of the classroom by phone or e-mail. Most professors are tolerant of any student who shows effort.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
In a typical day, you should expect the following:

1) You walk into class, sit down, and open your text book to the section you think will be discussed.

2) The professor walks into class and begins to go over what will be discussed that day. The lecture begins.

3) You may be given a short break in the middle of the class, but generally you will sit through the entire one, two, or three hour lecture, taking notes on what you think is necessary to remember. When you become confused, ask the instructor a question when they welcome questions.

4) You leave class. Then, if you have any questions about the course material, you can get help from fellow students, the internet, or from the campus's Academic Success Center.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
In a typical course, expect to:

1) Pay attention

2) Do Homework

3) Participate

4) Study

5) Take Exams

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • College is nothing like high school, and that the biggest difference is that it is up to YOU to determine how far you will go-nobody else!
  • It is very manageable to attend school, on any schedule.
Tips to Succeed
  • Acquire all of the recommended supplies for each class-books, notebooks, calculators, pencils, pens, etc.
  • Be aware of deadlines!
  • Don't sell yourself short!
  • Don't wait too long to start assignments.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try again.
  • If you have a problem in a class, first consult your instructor, and then follow their advice.
  • If you have free time, work on something for school.
  • If you need help, ask. That's why you are in school.
  • Introduce yourself to someone every chance you get, or at least, talk to them. This will help you gain friends.
  • Save all of your returned work so that you can keep track of your status in class. The professors usually never average grades until mid-terms or finals. Also, you can use the work as a tool to help you improve where you may be lacking.
  • Use the campus resources!
  • When you are in class: listen, take notes, ask questions, don't socialize with peers. That is, if you want to stay up-to-speed with the class.
Full-Time Faculty
102
Female Faculty
59%
Male Faculty
41%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$56,150
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 43 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 24% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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