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Academics

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are pretty hard, but at least you know that you are getting a quality education. The teachers push you to the max, they want you to work the hardest. Treat every class as if it is the only class that you are taking. If you fall behind or don't understand, do not hesitate to reach out to someone/anyone for help.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: TOO MUCH EMPHASIS on the practical over the classical. There should be more of a balance between liberal arts and the practical sciences. Auburn should not be afraid to emphasize liberal arts more, especially considering the success of the Plainsman student newspaper. It seems as if there is more concentration on being educated to getting certain types of jobs and making lots of money. As Dr. Cornel West once put in one of his books, we may be better schooled but not necessarily better educated. Like other colleges and universities, Auburn needs to further emphasize lifelong learning.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload can be pretty hectic, but it will get you where you need to be in the long run.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Our academics are literally the best. There are so many options and courses you can take to broaden your horizon. The library is a great place to study, but the Multicultural Center is also a great place to study. You can study anywhere as long as you are focused.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Our professors do care about their students succeeding and understanding the material which is great but my classes are very big since they are the general education courses. Some professors can seem intimidating but most are approachable. Auburn offers a wide range of classes and opportunities for our future.

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Most students seem satisfied with their teachers at Auburn. However, as with any university, there are some teachers that don't meet the standard. The biggest problems that students encounter with their teachers are difficulty understanding foreign teachers, particularly teacher assistants (TAs) and getting stuck in lecture classes.

As a freshman or sophomore, large classes are usually hard to avoid. However, students feel that personally confronting any teacher with a problem you might have will definitely be a benefit to them. Also, while it may be an obstacle to understand a teacher with a foreign accent, that doesn't mean they are any less willing to help students in the class. Students claim that most teachers are approachable and helpful, so don't be afraid to confront your teachers in class or during their posted office hours. Their job is to help students do the best that they can during their time at Auburn. And most teachers succeed with flying colors, particularly navy and orange.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,177
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
181
Total FT Faculty
1,177
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$82,941
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
58%
Transfer-Out Rate
20%
Graduation Rate
68%
Programs/Majors Offered
115
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 27%
  • 20 to 49 students: 59%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
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
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture, Design, & Construction
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • Veterinary Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 1%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • New Student Center
  • Ralph Brown Draughon Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't party too hard on weeknights. Part of college is having the freedom to do whatever you want. You should definitely take advantage of that freedom, but use your head wisely. If you know that you have a test at 8 a.m. the next morning, then you probably shouldn't go bar hopping the night before.
  • Go to class! Yes, you've probably heard it from your teachers and parents a million times, but in most cases, just making a presence in class will help your grade more than not showing up at all.
  • Go to football games, even if you don't like football. Auburn in the fall is completely focused on football. Parties, social events, and often tests are scheduled around football games so be sure to get in the Auburn spirit. WAR EAGLE!
  • Talk to your professors if you have any questions. That's what they are there for. In a lot of cases, professors will be willing to help you out on a test grade or homework assignment if you have a legitimate reason for questioning it.
Did You Know?
The building known as the Haley Center is where the majority of freshman classes are held. This building is also one of the hardest to navigate. Room numbers are split into three sections: floor number, quadrant number, and room number. So, for example, room 3122 would be on the third floor, first quadrant, in room 22. Good luck!

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 135 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 89 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 88 responses

  • 42% This was my dream school.
  • 49% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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