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Location
Upland, IN
Undergrads
1,846
Tuition
$28,514
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Christian Educational Ministries major and it's great. The profs, with exception of one are fantastic. The workload can be tough, with a lot of small papers and a few big ones interspersed periodically throughout the semester. We receive weekly emails regarding internship opportunities. The curriculum, for the most part, is pretty solid. A few poorly written books creep in now and again, but mostly, what we're given to read is on point.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a social work major and it is really interesting. The professors insist on you calling them by their first names and are very personable. The homework load is pretty decent. There are some times that is quite heavy like right before finals or Thanksgiving break. The classes are really interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the professors are past their prime, but are extremely knowledgeable. They are also willing to meet with you if you need help or just have a question. Registration is easy but it is difficult to get into certain classes as a freshman because you are the last to register. The library is a popular place to study but it closes at midnight so many students opt to go to the Euler science center that is open until 2 am.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As someone who was at the top of my graduating class in high school, I can honestly say that Taylor is an academically challenging school. The workload isn't overwhelming, as long as you stay on top of assignments, and differs a little by major. The professors are wonderful. For the most part, they are very friendly and willing to help. Some professors even give out their personal emails or cell phone numbers so that students can reach them if they have questions on a big assignment or are studying for a test and need help. The professors know their subjects and are pretty good at communicating that knowledge in the classroom. The registration process can be a little stressful, especially the first year or two, but academic advisers meet with every student individually to offer assistance.

4 College Junior

Academics: Taylor has pretty good academics, you get out what you put in. the professors are very willing to meet with you and help wherever possible. workload varys between professors.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 101st
    Smartest Professors
  • 133rd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 284th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 333rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 391st
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chandler Birch
Hometown
Billings, Montana
Major
Professional Writing
Grad Year
2014
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Taylor University is one of the leading colleges in the Midwest, with No. 1 rankings in publications across the country. Other academic bragging rights include being ranked first regionally in peer assessment, average freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, and alumni giving. Is the University academically strong? It's not even a question. Taylor's academic style is fairly unique among colleges. It's a liberal arts school, meaning that students take far more general education credits than they would at most state schools. As a result, Taylor graduates are often quite well-rounded and have remarkable capacity in several disciplines.

Though it's a great and useful thing to be a capable graduate, some students struggle to care much about their gen-ed courses, and several quickly become irritated with how bogged down they are by classes in which they have no interest. At times, the workload can seem intense, but professors are often willing to help students with questions and have been known to give their cell phone numbers to anyone who asks. In fact, many students develop relationships with their professors that long outlast a semester. If more academic help is ever needed, a number of tutors are available year-round, as well as a writing center (where students can get tips on improving their papers and research style) and the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC).

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
138
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
113
Total FT Faculty
138
Faculty with Terminal Degree
79%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,621
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
77%
Programs/Majors Offered
69
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
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
  • School of Business
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • School of Professional Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Taylor uses an online submission program called Blackboard for most courses. While it's certainly not the best or most intuitive system, Blackboard is efficient at what it does (albeit not particularly pretty). The computer science department, however, utilizes Moodle, a system that does everything Blackboard does but better. Several professors have expressed a desire for the whole campus to switch to Moodle, but their crusade has, as yet, been unsuccessful.
Best Places to Study
Zondervan Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend football games.
  • Connect with your wing.
  • Don't become involved in too many things-there are a lot of activities to choose from, and Taylor students tend to overcommit.
  • Don't feel too pressured to attend chapel every time. Sometimes, it's more beneficial to have an extra hour of sleep or studying.
  • Get plugged into whatever is happening on campus. Just because Taylor's located in a rural area doesn't mean the campus isn't involved in current events.
  • Get to know your wingmates quickly, but make time for friends from your classes, clubs, and activities, as well.
  • Open yourself up to your close friends, and don't be afraid to involve yourself in the difficult aspects of each relationship.
  • Plan your schedule in advance and stay on top of your work.
  • Pursue an opportunity to study abroad, whether during a semester, interterm, or spring break. The experience is worth the cost.
  • Study hard and do your best in class.
Did You Know?
Prospective students who maintain a high GPA and achieve high SAT scores are eligible to apply to be accepted into Taylor's Honors Guild. The program is designed to offer extracurricular opportunities to exceptional scholars, opportunities including discussions, workshops, and conversations with scholars in residence. Members in the Honors Guild also have access to the "Honors Lodge," where they may study or socialize. Honors students that complete the program graduate with the distinction of "honors" on their transcript.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

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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 39 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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