South University Online
Review Averages: 5.0 out of 10 (59 reviews)South University in Savannah, Georgia is a regionally accredited school founded in 1899. It awards online associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in areas such as accounting, business administration, and health care. A bachelor’s degree in legal studies can be earned through a combination of online learning and on-site learning, which is available across the southeastern U.S.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
South University Online Reviews:
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
July 19, 2012
WORST SCHOOL EVER. The school advisers all seem so nice but in fact they are a group of salesman with a mouth full of samples. After taking 18 months of classes and hoping to finish soon I was told that I am only half way done and 15,000 in debt from loans they took out for me. I was never contacted on these loans as they used my social security number and a so called promisary note that they "help" you make. As far as I'm concerned this is fraud. Be careful of this school because I was expecting to pay about 7g for my schooling out of pocket they have charged me 15,000 and an unexpected extra long course. (3 years verses 1 1/2 year course. The total course will be 30g if I want my credits. Not what I expected because they lie to get you in the school they make your finance section of the student profile look appealing until you think that you are done and ready to graduate. They tack on extra money that you can not defend yourself. I have hired a lawyer and have contacted federal student aid and fafsa to put a complaint in On SU.
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great College but expensive
May 11, 2012
I am about to graduate from South. South University is NOT a diploma mill college. A typical diploma mill college is one who is not accredited properly or at all. South University is accredited regionally like most any other college or university that is legit. Their original campus is in Savannah, GA and they have been in business since 1899. South is a PRIVATE college which does not receive funds from the government like other PUBLIC colleges do therefore they have to charge much more. Please do research before running off at the mouth about something you don't know anything about.
20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Very happy with the school
May 11, 2012
I am in my second year at South University Online living in California. I had some financial aid problems in the past but they were worked out. I can see many of the reviews were not great but maybe it is because these students didn't apply themselves or expected the school to do everything for them. Many of these bad reviews the student did not acknowledge how they were doing academically. I feel the online classroom experience is very interesting and much better than physically going to a classroom. The discussion forums provide you the ability to determine and learn from your fellow classmates. I currently have a 3.91 GPA and I am very pleased.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Do your research and do not blame others.
October 16, 2012
To whom this may concern, I started in June of 2011. Bryon Martin was my finical counselor. I would say that he was pretty good on getting back to me. Before I started this university I read up on it so I knew what to watch out for. I am not saying this school is perfect but I do pretty well here and I stay on top of the finical aid department so they know I am paying attention. I have a 3.79 GPA so I know that my grades are not a issue. I try very hard to be on time with every assignment.I also respect the instructors in each course and they are very helpful. I believe you have to be very focus to make it at this school. I also believe in the world today, it is our responsibility to research schools, jobs, and where we live. So to everyone who is posting out of angry, did you do your research? I hope that this clarifies this school for others, I am glad to attend South University Online and it helps me because of the flexible schedule. I can go to school at night and work in the day. Yours truly, Sy White.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Money hungry school
June 25, 2012
South University is a money hungry school. I attended this school from 2010-2011 and was on the dean’s list every semester with a great GPA. While I loved the 5 week learning online I finally realized that this school cared more about receiving my money than me as a student. I had about 24 credits from previous colleges that I attended and South only to 6 of them because they wanted me to take their classes and told me the classes I took did not match their criteria when indeed it did. It was like I was taking the same classes over. Also I never failed to realize why there was always an out of pocket expense for me. My financial aid would never fully cover my classes for the year and I was always left with at least a 1000-2000 out of pocket expense that they would allow me to pay over the year in like a 100-150 monthly payment. The icing on the cake for me was my second year when the out of pocket expense went drastically up and they were asking me to pay 500 dollars a month because of the 4,500 out of pocket expense. When they told me this i immediately withdrew and never looked back. When I withdrew I never got a letter from the dean or anyone begging or convincing me to stay which made me realize even more this school did not care about me as a student. They still owe me a dean’s list certificate for my last two semesters and till this day I have not received them because they are nasty money hungry creatures. Save yourself from this school it was a major setback for me and a total nightmare!!! You’ll be better off attending a 2 year community college which is 10 times cheaper and more credible. Please do your research imp begging you.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
South University Review
October 12, 2012
I recently graduated from South University and as far as the classes....I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had one professor that was absolutely horrible, but overall the rest of the professors I had were excellent. The school is very expensive, but keep on mind you pay for what you get. You will work hard and apply yourself if you want to earn a degree at this school. I think the people who have complaints lack discipline and self motivation. There are pros and cons to everything we do in life; therefore, ups and downs should already be anticipated before enrolling. Overall, I was very pleased with this school. I fell in love with my academic and financial advisors and highly admired my instructors. Based on who you are will determine what you will get out of the experience...but to each their own. As for me....it was an experience I will never forget because the good outweighed all the bad :).
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
make you regret attending
May 23, 2012
This school is horrible! Every other week my financial aid would change with no clear reason why......I had to pay way to much out of pocket. They keep you in the dark about your account changes.....one day I owed $800....the next they told me $7000. Wtf! They don't care about you or treat you like your human with feelings. The people in finance don't know what they are doing and are not considerate. Going to this. School was a mistake......left me with regrets and feelings of depression. Going to this school you have to teach yourself which is dumb....why overcharge me to teach myself......I have needed counseling because of the emotional distress caused by these crooks.....these liars.....these rip offs! They would make a person commit suicide!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Do not go here!!!!!!!!
June 21, 2012
I had to file a federal complaint in order to get my finances straight with this university. They took my Army TA and never credited my account, made me pay out of pocket, and then didn't give me the military rate that is advertised. This place is horrible, you can find a real university to go to, skip this school.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
THE WORST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!! SUCH A RIP OFF
May 9, 2012
South university should be called Crooks University SOLDIERS BEWARE this school is a scam they take your TA and still find a way to make you pay for something right now my husband is fighting them because they say he owes money but everytime we try and find out why no one can give an answer what do you think. I am so tired of going back and forth with them they tell us they will get it worked out and let us know the outcome and then we recieve a collection letter in the mail trust me if YOU CAN AVOID THIS SCHOOL PLEASE DO THEY WILL RIP YOU OFF AND TRY AND MAKE YOU THINK YOU REALLY DO OWE I AM REPORTING THIS SCHOOL TO THE BBB, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FINACIAL AID, AND ALSO GOARMY ED TO ENSURE THAT NO SOLDIER OR CIVILIAN FOR THAT MATTER IS EFFECTED BY THIS RIDICULOUS SCHOOL.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The school is fine, the finances are fine, and cost is high, but average.
December 14, 2012
I am reading the reviews, which are basically based on financial aid. Several people complaining that their financial aid is maxed out and the school is to blame. The fact is, the entire cost of a Bachelor's degree from this school doesn't even come close to touching the lifetime max of fafsa. These students have failed out of so many schools and wasted money for so long, it simply eventually ran out. They would blame whatever school they were attending when this happened, even if it were Yale. Which brings me to point number two. Did you read their paragraphs? They wonder why they are failing and going broke? Take a look in the mirror, and grow up. Thirdly, several others complain of the cost, at the same time as complaining about their wait for stipend checks. You have an option when doing financial aid, and you can have overages pay back in to reduce your loans or else you can take the check home. Gee...i wonder which one these "students" chose? So, the school costs too much, yet they take out extra in student loans in order to have themselves get a nice check at the end of a term. Got it. The school is fine, but a bit pricey. It is not a place to "try to figure out life", it's a career based college with a streamline fast paced curriculum. It might be right for you, or it might not. In my immediate experience, it is easy to navigate, and students who are complaining are basically perpetual victims in search of a lawsuit. If you are academically capable, and work like any other school, you will be fine.
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