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3 College Freshman

Academics: I've only had two academic classes but my writing class in my first semester was excellent and the teacher knew the material backwards and forwards. My American History class this semester is adequate, my professor isn't as great but it'll do. One thing though, the registration process for classes is a nightmare. Since the wifi here is iffy, the network goes down during course registration because of the massive amount of people registering and you can instantly lose your spot in a class. Also, seniors are given first priority for classes (as in most colleges) but by the time the hierarchy of class registration reaches freshmen, the necessary core classes needed are full. I am only taking twelve and a half credits this semester because I had to settle for two art classes, one practicum class, and one academic class.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The biology department is one of, if not the most rigorous programs. The professors are very dedicated and push their students with a lot of work and real life information that can be useful in the future.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Every professor I've talked to is friendly, helpful, and easy to talk to. The curriculum is challenging and fast-paced, but not difficult if you make sure to set aside adequate time outside of class. Registration, though, is frustrating for all freshmen and sophomores. There are just enough classes for everyone to register and be full-time, and most classes fill fast. It also takes place online, so slow connection can make the difference between the perfect schedule and a nightmare. As you accumulate more credits, it gets easier though. The most popular study areas are in the dorms and in the library. There aren't very many other places that make it very convenient.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The nursing professors I have encountered are very easy to talk to, and always willing to help you. The building is new and update and has a lot of resources

4 College Junior

Academics: The class sizes are small, the professors are always involved and seem to care about your education. The workload is sometimes a lot at once and then nothing heavy for a while, but that is expected.

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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.

How often do you:    Based on 12 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 12 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 50% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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