South University Online

Review Averages: 4.9 out of 10 (78 reviews)
Ranking: #79

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
Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You get out of it what you put in
MSN- FNP - October 10, 2017
Unlike what some of you have written about South University I think is just as good as any other school. Majority of the time when we complain about something pertaining school our complaints are based on our own short comings. What we all need to realize is that ultimately it our responsibility to complete assignments as designated by our professors. We also need to realize that just because we sign an agreement to pay for our education does not mean that a degree will be handed to us. Instead, we still have to do our part to ensure that the degree is obtained. If we had the option to buy a degree a lot more people would have them. Also we need to understand that as we embark upon obtaining our degrees we are not always going to be in agreement with the assignments nor will we want to do them. For, every one who has something negative to say about South University please do some soul searching before you type another negative sentences/phrases if you do I bet you will find that the problem is not in fact the University but yourself. Lets give credit where credit is due. Lets also own up to our own short comings.

SUO...Consistently Inconsistent
MSN- FNP - July 11, 2017
I have been working on my MSN-FNP program for the last 2 years and have 3 months to finish. My Academic Counselor is absolutely useless. He has called me twice in 2 years to see how I was doing. Each class you take will be inconsistent from the instructors from previous classes. The only thing consistent is the financial counselor contacting you when your tuition is due. The clinical coordinators are God awful and could care less if you obtain your own clinical rotations because they will not lift a finger to help you in any way. I submitted my paperwork for my last clinical rotation 5 months ago and the incompetent legal team at South decided to knit-pick everything in the affiliation agreement which still hasn't been approved and I start in 17 days. I would NOT recommend this FNP to anyone. You are better off going to University of Phoenix.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I finished not sure I would recommend
Business Administration - August 4, 2016
I started at South University back in January 2008, there weren't a lot of options for an online degree at the time and their reviews look good. I completed my BS in Information Technology in May 2011. Although some of the classes were challenging, I found the program to be very basic and not as difficult as I expected. Obtaining my bachelors has opened many doors for me. I don't think I gained a lot of knowledge doing it at South University. I grew more and more disgusted with the program as time went on, but I was so invested in it I was determined to finish. I tried to transfer, but the school I was attempting to transfer to wouldn't give me a straight answer as to how many credits they would accept. I don't blame South for this, it's common with many schools. The cost of the school is hardly worth it with so many other better schools now offering online programs. At the time it was one of the better options. I wouldn't recommend going to South for a degree. There is one advantage to going to a for profit college. You don't get the fund raising calls to raise money for one thing or another.

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Failed to Give Degree
Health Sciences - August 1, 2016
I refused to attend to South University again. I no longer live in the South Carolina any more. I have currently moved back home to with family. Got ready to transfer my credit and they are going to tell me that " I can't not get my transcript or my degree because I owe them money", So is this what yall due to your students but yall keep calling me back to attend to this school. I owe other colleges as well but this is the first college that I know of that do this. Now how can I further my education in Nursing.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Attend only if you are desperate
MSN- FNP - July 6, 2016
The university personnel were very supportive when I first began - returned calls, resolved issues,ensured that I was having a great experience. As soon as they felt like I had invested enough time and money, I was totally left to sink or swim. I began to realize they had lied about assisting me with finding a preceptor for the clinical rotations, they hardly, if ever returned calls or e-mails. All of a sudden, no one was in charge of what they were hired to do and I kept being forwarded to 5 different answering machines. It took me longer to graduate due to this reason as I ended up missing a semester, which of course, no one had the courtesy to apologize for and/or explain. What a mess!!! I am almost at the end of the program and guess what, my transcript was not sent 5 weeks ago when I requested it. The transcript office just told me that the request did not go through, but she also stated that she could see the payment I made for my transcripts in my portal. I felt like a lot of people were lying to me the entire time, not doing their job, or just there to fill space and get paid. The textbooks online are good, library is good, some good professors and some bad ones too. You will have to do a lot of learning somewhere else if you want to be a competent provider. Seriously, attend this school only if you have no other choice because it will be hell from the beginning to the end (i.e. if you even reach the end).

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend anyone to attend
Health Sciences - May 12, 2016
I have only positive things to say about South University Online. I graduated in January 2015 with an Associate Degree in Applied Health Science. I am one of those students who had to study intensively because good grades do not come easy for me. As an Online adventure, I had to say it is comparable to attending a brick and mortar building. The instructors, and support staff like the academic and financial advisors were there when I needed them. I had couple of emergencies come my way, but I kept the communication going. I am now pursuing my LPN to RN through an area College near where I live. All my prerequisites satisfied the general/science course and I will be starting in July 2016 with my ADN program. The one hurdle I had was paying my tuition. The problem was me and not the university. Nevertheless I met all conditions and graduated with a 3.63 GPA cum Laude. I am planning on returning for BS in Health Science/BSN.-E Grenke

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
MSN FNP worth it
MSN- FNP - February 6, 2016
I am in the Online MSN FNP program. It is an Online Program, you are going to get out of it what you put in. The course work is comparable to other schools in the area. I am pleased with the school and its curriculum. The professors will contact you if you need them. The pass rate on the certification exam is about 85% and this is comparable. The most challenging part is finding clinical sites. I have found this to be the case with not only South, but other schools as well. All in all its worth the time and effort.

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
please do not go here! lost 9 months, I didn't listen. Don't make the same mistake!
RN to BSN online - January 30, 2016
I enrolled in March of 2015 in the rn to bsn despite the red flags and the reviews I read. I thought that everyone takes to the Internet to complain. I thought this is an older legitmate southern university and I am 100 percent committed. I confirmed on more than one occasion that I only needed the core nursing classes because I had deadline and because that is all I needed anywhere. In Novemeber while I was in my 8th class they added 13classes to my schedule. Classes I had already taken. Before I committed to this school I looked at the cirrculum up coming and noticed several of these on there that I had taken like psychology yet I have a degree in psychology so I immediately emailed my counselor. Funny thing I knew that they would only talk on the phone it was like pulling teeth to get an email out of them so take note of this. She assured me it was a mistake and the circculum changed back to the core nursing classes until November. I have went back and forth with them no justice on more lies and manipulation. This cool is a like buying a used car that was just wrecked. I recognize now even with communication up the chain what a poor business they are. I do not believe they will sustain. Their management company education management company was just sued by the U.S. department and justice for consumer fraud and so forth. They are probation for the second year in a row with the southern colleges association. I would give a lot to have read this review before I started but I guess I read similar ones I just did not have the proof. Here are two examples the 99.5 million dollars paid and the probation so please look these up and do your own research.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Horrible! Don't do it
Business Administration - January 7, 2016
Horrible "advisors" will not assist you with anything but putting you in debt. BULLIES! You can take a class when giving birth to your 3rd child in 5 years. "If you take a semester off you won't be able to get financial assistance" When I couldn't keep up 3 weeks after the birth "the birth of a child is not an excuse for failure".

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
worse decided made
Health Sciences - June 23, 2015
I was looking for college online cause determined to get my degree in nursing I was recommended by friend to college I had never hear of but since had started I heard nothing but great things still she got her degree and found it was a worthless document and waste of money . This school is joke. I have tired to withdraw mmore than eight times refuse to. They have mess with my finical aid.and even I decided to withdraw cause enrolled local cummity college they kept trying to force me to stick with them. It been over six months now I can't start at college cause finical aid issue. I had not done any assignments with them anymore yet am still enrolled with them. So remecommed not to enroll in this university. They have ruin my chances to start my career and continue my education just cause refuse to withdraw me. Don't make this mistaken.

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Old Comments

Nov. 18, 2010, 5:27 a.m.
+1 vote/
I have my financial plan on email and it has me taking two classes per quarter a total of 6 for 1 year for that price so you are right 9,349 is for 6 classes sorry about that. But the fact remains do no attend this college you will be stuck with a large amount of loans to pay back and you will not receive hardly anything at all.  I only tried online due to fact I work 2 jobs. Proud to announce I will be going back to Troy University classes around 215$ per credit and online only is offered. I do suggest this college to all searching for a affordable college
Nov. 17, 2010, 7:26 p.m.
0 votes/
$372*184=68,448+technology every semester(not actually sure of the tech fee....but I know its gonna be alot of money)+books=your looking at $73,000.....thats if your a new student with no credits. Thats alot of money....I know school isn't free or cheap but.....thats alot of money and Lord forbid if something happens i.e, you have to stop going because of an injury or someone in the family gets sick and you would have to retake those classes and yes they do charge you again for repeating the class. I'm not telling anyone what to do, its all on you. But, take a moment to think about what your about to do before you proceed. 

Also if your interested in getting any kind of license or certification contact your state licensing dept. to see what all is required for your profession.
Nov. 17, 2010, 2:45 a.m.
+1 vote/
You are wrong newly enrolled.. two classes is NOT $9,0000.  That's CRAZY!  you misunderstood the finance counselor or something.. the cost of an undergraduate degree is $372. per credit hr, X4 credit hours is about 1450 per class.. so for two classes, 2900.  BIG DIFFERENCE!!!  Have your facts straight before you make decisions...
July 17, 2012, 3:32 p.m.
0 votes/
Newly enrolled is right. I got the same bill and am outraged.When I ask them (SU) to send me a document of all charges they suddenly have to go. This school is a scam and needs to stop. I have lawyers involved and ready to fight back. 
Nov. 6, 2012, 10:38 p.m.
0 votes/
I think a lot of us are getting taken. My financial adviser still has my account screwed up. I am owed $51.00 and it was showing I owed $8.10 on the other side. When I called him, he said it would be fixed, now it says I owe $38.00 and a $51.00 credit. I am also told I need to take 26 classes for an associates degree, then 25, then 24 because I tested out of Math, and then 23. WTH??? I already have 60 credits, I do not understand. I only have received one stipend check since I started in 02/2011. Help!
Nov. 15, 2010, 11:09 p.m.
+3 votes/
I am very glad I found this site.  I just enrolled on 11/11/10 and had no idea of the total cost and part time, full time option.  Total cost for 1 quarter (2 classes) is 9,349 my total financial aid awarded is only 10,602. My anticipated graduation date will be in 2016. I will be withdrawing from this college tomorrow.  It seems that this college is out just to make money. There is no way I will be left to pay thousands in loans and only receive a total of 1200$ for 1 year.  Thanks to all those with honest reviews of SU.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:03 p.m.
+1 vote/
All I can say is wow !!! I think I will do a little more research.
Nov. 16, 2010, 4:37 a.m.
0 votes/
All of you complaining of PRICE.. just drop it already...  SU is a private university.. not your local communicty college that is subsidized by the local state and city taxpayers.  The "total cost" of going to school is comparable to the local state university.
FYI all of you Financial Aid Stipend chasers...  SU's schedule is changing to a non-term, and it is actually PROOF the the school is for students best interest...  let me break it down for you:
One Class at a time = FULL TIME STATUS: (full time PELL Eligibility); One at a time = completing a BACHELORS' Degree in 5 years (that's how long it took me at a campus going full time - 6 classes per semester)... AND THE BEST NEWS..  with THIS Schedule, student will not MAX out of Student Loans prior to completing the degree...  unlike U of Phx, or any other "for profit" schools.  There's nothing wrong with FOR PROFIT, as long as the school has Students interests first.. and SU does.
Nov. 12, 2010, 5:23 a.m.
0 votes/
Now after reading some of these comments i am starting to question about this school.I am currently a student who is working on my Bachelors in Human Resource and Management I been doing my research looking for different online colleges i was at Park University online but wanted to switch schools due to the fact of the my spouse being in the military. What i will agree with is yes South University is expensive, but what university isn't. I will be moving to Birmingham in a couple of months and the closet SOU campus is Montgomery my question is to anyone will it be worth it to go to this school?
Nov. 4, 2010, 3:09 p.m.
+2 votes/
I had posted a comment before, and I say every one has their own view points on things. I am a single mother to a 7 year old, I work full time and I am in school full time. I take 2 classes a term, and still maintain a 4.0 average. I just recieved a certificate in the mail from SU letting me know I am on the presidents list for that accomplishments, and that it would be recorded on my transcripts. I don't make excuses as to why I can and can't do things. I agree in that you have to be very dedicated, but if you put your mind to it, it can be done. I have no one helping me and a lot of my studying is done when I put my son down for bed. I do have time for other things in my life, but I still stay on top of my studies. I am not overwhelmed with the workload as that is school and I expect more on line because it is online so you have to work a little extra harder as their is a lot more reading and research invloved. I had never had a problem since attending this school and I like it a lot. I have attented both ground school and another online institution, but I have been very satisfied with SU. I just wish everyone best wishes. If SU is not the school for you, then their is one out their that is. Again, good luck!
Nov. 4, 2010, 2:56 p.m.
+1 vote/
Part Two!

For those stating that people are taking advantage of the system becuase they are receiving federal aid and the like, are idiots. I know, for me personally, I have worked my whole life and have paid into the system.  I also belong to the group that pays the most taxes in relation to their salary.  There is no job I can think of that would allow someone to afford college tuition these days, so what the hell are you talking about with this "get a job to pay for college?"  You're really stupid.  Well, I suppose if you can live at home with no other financial responsibilites, then maybe it is a possibility, but it is not an option for most people.  If my tax dollars can be used to pay for people's food stamps, welfare, drug treatment programs,  and the medical costs for people who aren't here legally and don't have insurance, then I think I can get a little help here, so go @$%^& yourself!
Oct. 9, 2012, 1:58 a.m.
+1 vote/
I see all these bad reviews about SOU & I' shocked.I did alot of research before going back to school at the age of 35, single mom to a 6yr old.I have worked in healthcare for the last 17yrs as a CMA.I knew I wanted to earn my BSN.Most of the hospitals in VA are now requiring their ASN's to get their BSN. Even though the ASN programs are cheaper I didn't want to graduate, pass my boards & then be told I had to go back to school.I have had nothing but good experiences w/ SOU-Rich.,VA.  I attended an Open House for new students and the app fee was waived.  They were a great help w/ FA. My professors have been extremely professional & knowledgeable.It is an accelerated program...approx 3.5yrs to complete your BSN..taking 16 credits per quarter,no breaks,no exceptions! I am in class M & W from 8-12:40 & I take one class on-line. They are more expensive than community college or state u's however you also have to factor in the time. I am taking 4 classes each quarter, 16 credits..It is a commitment..a big commitment! They also have a great payment plan if you need interest,no fees..if you make your first 6 payments, they make the 7th..after your 12th, they make the 13th. I didn't have that option when I attended comm. college, they wanted their money right then or you wouldn't be registered for classes. Education cost money & with higher education/degrees you will make more money.  South has been great, even when I have had problems.  I had a 2wk medical emergency, couldn't attend classes, emailed my professors. They emailed me notes from the class discussions as well as assignments. I also received phone calls,checking in, seeing if I needed help & making sure I understood everything. I personally would not pursue my BSN solely online. I have heard of it however most of the online BSN's I know have administrative nursing jobs & that is not my career path,I want hands on. I do know that in some places if you are currently an ASN you can get your BSN online. My best advice for anyone choosing a college is to make sure the college fits you. Don't make your mind up by what you read online. If the school has a campus, go visit it. Also, if you are going into nursing beware of non-accredited programs! I was actually set to attend ECPI's MCI RN program, until I found out it wasn't accredited. You MUST make sure that not only the school but the PROGRAM is accredited! Don't believe what the school tells you, verify it thru your states board of nursing. My sis-in-law is a HR director for a national chain of hospitals. RN's are only getting interviews if they have a degree from an accredited program. Also, look at loan repayment incentives offered by your local hospitals, check with your state for grants & apply for every scholarship you can.
Sept. 17, 2012, 5:52 p.m.
+1 vote/
South University is a rip off. If you are thinking about attending please and I mean PLEASE think again. They have a rule now that you cannot receive your refund check until you finish 5 classes. That mean you wont be receiving a check until 20 weeks of class. You will not learn anything about your major your taking up. They don't even ask for any kind of id, social security, GED, or high school diploma when you sign up for admissions. Anybody can sign you up for school its that easy. I am reporting to school so they can shut it down. If anybody have experienced the same as I attending South University, please call 404-974-9303 and file an complaint about this school because this is crazy how they rip off people for money. They also play nice and act like they care at first, but after they take your money you wont hear from them at ALL. When I finally got in contact with my adviser, he had the worst attitude ever. I couldn't believe it, at first he was so nice telling me I will be a good student, but all of a sudden, he was mean and telling me if I drop out I will owe the school money, and he told me I was broke so that wouldn't be a good decision. I am so pissed off I am doing all I can to stop this school from making people lives hell.
Sept. 3, 2012, 1:15 a.m.
+1 vote/
South University is a rip off on your financial aid they take most of your money.Everyone should always weigh their options on their education and a good choice is American Public University awarded for best practices for online education do not get ripped off by SUO. I attended South University in 2010 & 2011 I earned a 3.2 GPA in that time they raised the tuition two times whereas American Public University has yet to raise tuition.My classes are $250.00 per credit hour compared to over 400.00 per class at SUO you do the math and guess what tuition is being raised again in 2012 at SUO so enjoy the hike or weigh your options. 
Aug. 9, 2012, 3:45 p.m.
-1 vote/
All the whiners that complain about the price get over it. You get what you pay for. Sound more like non-hackers than people trying to get educated. I am about to graduate in two more semesters. I plan to continue towards a masters here. Great school.
Aug. 6, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
0 votes/
I attended South University on campus my tuition was so high I had a grant, financial aid and still had to pay out of pocket. I could never find any staff that would help me, they were placing me in classes that I had already taken. They were also placing me in online courses when I asked not to be and the courses that I needed were never available so I ended up taking a lot of courses I did not need just to stay full time and receive financial aid and when my courses became available I had capped out and could no longer afford to get my degree. I'm pissed I feel that I was misguided and taken advantage of. 
July 25, 2012, 11:38 p.m.
0 votes/
I attend South now and so far everything is great. Not only do they answer all of my questions they also provide me with anything else I need. From the comments I have been reading it seems unreal to me. But you never know how things like this work. Not only do I converse with the over the phone I also use Email. So if something comes up wrong with my account I have proof of what they told me so there can be no mix up.
July 17, 2012, 3:28 p.m.
+1 vote/
Hi I am a student at SU and I loved the school until it was time to get my credits and graduate. A 18 month course turned out to be a 3 year and much more expense than quoted. Please email me at and tell me your experience so we can stop this from happening to anyone else. I have turned all documents over to a lawyer and am ready to fight back. 
July 12, 2012, 10:50 a.m.
+1 vote/
I have been attending SU for 2 1/2 years and my balance in student loans is 30,000. I have doubled up on my classes, so i can get done quicker, so i only have not even a year left. I will have around 45,000 when i am done which for a BS 120 credit hours, with an accredited private school is not that bad! Before you complain about the price, check into other universities, (not online schools) Real universities, and tell me what the prices are for them. They are about the same prices.
July 12, 2012, 10:44 a.m.
0 votes/
I will be graduating for South University in little over a year. When I originally started it was in 2009, i rushed to get into classes in the fall (kinda last min. thing). I then could not get any help with finical aid or grants because i was still 23, living on my own, paying for everything on my own, however they still went off my parents income. So i had to drop the classes i took, SU took the balance off my account, and then once i started when i turned 24, they have done what they could to help with finical aid. Yes the college is a bit expensive, but it is a legit college, that is accredited (unlike a lot of other online schools), and it's the same price if you were to go to Kent State, or another big university. 
June 12, 2012, 5:37 p.m.
+1 vote/
You have to wait at least 7 months before they even give you your money from school !!! I am a single mother and can't afford to pay for books and things out of my pocket. if that was the case i wouldn't even be in school trying to get an education!!! Then they tell you all kinds of stories why you shouldn't leave and WONT let you drop classes!! they give you the run around,,,, it's a MESS !!! never heard of a school holding your money for 7 months... WHO DOES THAT ???!!!! it's all about money with them !!! they got their money but dont want you to get yours !!! IM TOTALLY DONE WITH THEM!!
May 14, 2012, 1:44 a.m.
-1 vote/
I love this school. I have not had any serious complaints from this school. I have been in this school since 2008 and due to graduate next year. I think its a cool school. Only thing is they should give stipends more often. :)
May 6, 2012, 12:43 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am enrolled at SU,i am currently working on getting my Associates in Allied Health Sciences.I have nothing but positive things to say about SU.I love it!!! I live in CA,doing the course online, and it is awesome.
July 17, 2012, 3:36 p.m.
0 votes/
Until you are suppose to graduate, 18 month course turns into 3 years than 4 years and you never receive credits or are able to graduate.  Good luck but be careful
May 1, 2012, 6:47 p.m.
0 votes/
This school is a JOKE!!! I have been tryin to withdraw for weeks!!! The admissions Guy vs the Academic guy are on two different pages.. One tells me one thing and the other tells me something different.. Im sick of it.. I cant believe how badly I was scammed.. 
May 1, 2012, 5:41 p.m.
+1 vote/
South University Online is the WORSE SCHOOL EVER!!! Ugh I ended up withdrawing during my 4th week of classes. Yup just that bad. The counselors aggravate you but can't help you. Complete RIP OFF. And if you are military please look else where. THEY SUCK!! They don't want to certify enrollments or nothing. I HATE THIS SCHOOL & I BELIEVE IT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN.
March 11, 2012, 11:12 p.m.
0 votes/
I agree with these people south university is a scam, when I first started I got my stipend in like two months or so, but I had to wait five months or more I took 5.5 weeks for five months and still didn't receive my stipend,they said I didn't pass two classes I feel it don't matter we are the ones got to pay back all that money not them,also the instructors was no good they didn't help you like they supposed to, this school is a scam and people should know about them,we have things to do with our stipends like I needed a new computer with microsoft but they don't care long as they got their money and that is not fair, I think something need to be done about this problem.
Jan. 1, 2012, 11:16 p.m.
0 votes/
I just wished I could get a straight answer on how to withdraw from the school everytime I try someone brushed over that subject and transfer me to someone else!
Feb. 15, 2012, 8:38 p.m.
+2 votes/
I could not get a straight answer from anyone to withdraw and then when I emailed, mailed, and faxed withdraw no one would respond.  It was the worst experience ever! Everything I was told was a lie.  I have been fighting it for 5years!! 
Dec. 23, 2011, 6:16 a.m.
0 votes/
South uni is a complete joke! i didn't learn a D*** thing. i actually read this forum before applying and decided to anyway. i'm now a sophmore and i am looking to transfer fast. STAY AWAY PLEASEEEE!! the teachers do nothing but log in and sometimes post comments to your answers on discussion board. i haven't learned anything and have taken statistics and didn't learn anything also in that class and it's STATISTICS FOR PETE'S SAKE!
Dec. 18, 2011, 5:34 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am currently enrolled at this school and I hate it. I had 
a financial aid advisor by the name of Danielle Ross. I explained to Mrs. Ross I wanted to go to school for Health Care Administration. I was told by here they did not offer that program. Mrs. Ross said they offered a degree in Allied Health Sciences. I explained to her that was fine as long as I am a full time student. I asked her would I get a distburstment of the funds, she said yes. I told her since I am getting a disburstment I would go to Best Buy and put a laptop on my credit card. Here is when the problem started I noticed I am only taking one class every 5.5 weeks. I asked Mrs. Ross why am I a part time student it's going to take me 3 years to graduate. I was basically brushed off needless to say thay had me thinking. Then I see my schedule and i'm like how I get a schedule we haven't discussed anything. I noticed I have only 9 classes for the entire year. This is from my start date which was Nov 14, 2011 to Oct 25, 2012. These 9 classes is costing me $14,040 for a whole year that is $1,560 a class. This is just rediculous this does not even include books. I asked Mrs. Ross what is going on she told me that is how much it costs. I asked am I still going to recieve my stipend she said no. I asked why not she said because the classes consume most of the money. She also said when I filled my FAFSA I said any money remaining to send it back to the lender. I asked her to email me that form I signed. I get an email saying fill out and send back. I filled it out and emailed back to her. I called her,to ask her did she recieve it and BAM new financial aid advisor. When I talked to him he had no idea about what I was talikng about. I will be withdrawing tomorrow and talking to someone at the community college or the university in my town. I checked both colleges and none of them cost nearly as much as South University. These online schools are taking advantage of people thay is trying to better themselves but don't have time to do it in a traditional class setting. Ultimitly we are responsible for paying these loans back they need to be stopped using money we have to pay back for whatever they wanna use it for.
Nov. 22, 2011, 3:19 p.m.
+1 vote/
South University has started giving me the run around about my disbursement. At first they were Okay but now they are giving me incorrect information concerning my stipend. I have about a year left before getting my Bachelor's Degree in psychology and they have started giving me the run around about my finances.
Nov. 30, 2011, 6:33 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am having the same problem also I am starting to get upset about this I want my money now. 
Oct. 24, 2011, 5:48 p.m.
-1 vote/
I have been attending SUO and have been blocked out of my classes going on 2mnths now. I need advice about going threw the process to withdraw. Because honestly it is too stressful.

Oct. 20, 2011, 6:24 p.m.
-1 vote/
I am currently attending SUO, and I love it! Everyone has been extremely nice and very helpful. I have had great instructors who are always willing to help me when I need something explained. I would recommend SUO to anyone who wants further education. In fact, my mother will be starting there soon. 

Oct. 20, 2011, 1:56 a.m.
0 votes/
I'm not even going to get into the fact that this school is full of "used car salespeople." I could not have worded that better myself. I found a lot of their practices to be unethical and I withdrew after one course. The financial aid people I have dealt with are ridiculous! I set up a payment arrangement with them and have paid as agreed until last month. I made them aware when I was unable to pay the entire amount but I at least paid half of the agreed amount. I let them know the circumstances ahead of time. I worked in collections for several years and a good faith consumer is hard to find. A supposed "financial aid" person called me today & was highly unprofessional. He was on the verge of cussing me out and was very threatening. I immediately hung up after his harassment and I have filed a complaint with the FTC. I can see the allure that an online accelerated program has for so many people. As a mother of two small children, this was what drew me in the most. However, I have lived and learned a lot and this school is very sketchy to me. It may be legit on paper but something about this school doesn't sit right with a lot of people. We are all entitled to our opinions and the people that are attacking others comments should remember that! We are expressing our own personal experiences with SOU. 
Oct. 16, 2011, 12:16 a.m.
0 votes/
I would not even call this a university. The level of education is about junior high. I noticed a problem right away when i could tell that the majority of the students are not even on the same level as my 10 year old cousin. How these people are able to attend and PASS at this school is beond me. The professors are essentially useless and do not teach a darn thing. I have been able to make A's with out ever reading the "books" (which are also a joke). I am not that intellectual. I expected to really have a difficult time returning to school considering i barely passed high school. They are impossible to get on the phone and are no help with anything ever. All they do is take your tuition and you get nothing to show for it. I am transferring ASAP and i guess i will guest have to eat the tuition money i have wasted here because my credits will not transfer.  This place is a total joke and i hope some one with power finds this out soon and shuts them down! 
Sept. 29, 2011, 12:28 p.m.
+2 votes/
I received my M.S. in CJ from South and I loved it. EVERYONE was great. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this school. I am sorry that some of you have had negative experiences at South, but like I always say: You get back what you put into something. I wish all of you the best of luck with all your future endeavors. 
Aug. 21, 2011, 11 p.m.
+1 vote/
I contacted SUO to inquire about a criminal theories class that I need. In order for my college to accept it I need a course syllabus or a very detailed description of the class. The person who returned my call tried to hang up when I told her I only needed one class. She then got really snotty talking about  financial aid. I tried to explain that I was going to pay cash, no financial aid involved. She could not grasp that anyone could possibly pay for their own class. Stated the school would not provide a course description or sample syllabus unless I signed up and paid for the class. She claimed that there are no department heads or coordinators that I could contact and get information from. Very obvious from this phone call that she is on a commission of some type. I was very disappointed with the response I received. Does not sound like a credible program if they are unable to provide detailed specifics about courses or provide department contacts .
Aug. 3, 2011, 1:47 p.m.
+3 votes/
I am attending SOU at the moment. I am planning to transfer to another instistute after my last class. I did not do my research into this school before I attended. That's my fault. I should have done my own investigation.  I have had a good experience until  I had my transcripts reviewed at another campus. SOU is on quarterly , which for me means I will have to repeat alot of courses in order to be accepted into the nursing program. The smart thing for me to do is to tranfer and do semester hours again. I also found out they are going on term so one class is considered full-time therefore they are trying to keep you there longer. My EGD was suppose to be 7/1/2012. Just so happens it has been pushed up to 11/1/2013. I have not repeated any of my courses. I even transferred credits into the school. I started in 2010 , I am not doing an associates degree for three years instead of two. That is outrageous. For those planing to do online programs weigh the pros and cons , know your budget, know your graduation date, know whether if your quarterly or semesterly, find out what classes you need to take in order to complete your degree. Do some homework before you rush into something. 
Sept. 8, 2011, 9:14 p.m.
+1 vote/
I totally agree I am in the same exact situation right not, they said i have earned 40 credits but only nine are transferable! How is that if they are truly regionally transferable? They also changed my graduation date so instead of graduated next year They have no idea when my grad date is. How is that even possible? Also, I have been taking one class per 3 months which makes no since. I'M TRANSFERRING ASAP!
July 20, 2011, 11:10 p.m.
+2 votes/
I am attending SUO and I am leaving! I have a 2 really nice professors the rest are ignorant and lazy. I am sick and tired of them saying my math problems are incorrect when they are correct. I had an advanced math professor from Georgia Tech look over my math and the SOU prof is WRONG! My test was reviewed by 3 professors and the SOU guy is an idiot. I hate the school!!!! If you need help forget it!
July 16, 2011, 3:26 p.m.
0 votes/
What does For Profit have to do with anything?  Every college has a budget and has to be "for profit"  Your local State University cannot run in the black.  The term "for profit" just means that the organization has to pay taxes on it's revenues as opposed to the local college.. considering todays economy that almost seems like a plus to me..
Jan. 4, 2012, 12:30 a.m.
+1 vote/
"Anon," being for-profit has everything to do with the kind of educational experience you should expect to receive.  Non-profit schools must make a budget, however, the BIG difference is that any profits that are collected by non-profit colleges are reinvested back to the school and not used to pay shareholders.  For-profit colleges are and have been sued and investigated for financial aid fraud, misrepresentation, and several other violations.  PBS's Frontline released a revealing documentary on all the shenanigans that for-profit schools engage in, it's called College, Inc.  Check it out to educate yourself before you spout-off ignorant comments.  

People, if you really want an education and a degree that is worth the paper it's printed on, support your local community colleges and traditional non-profit colleges or universities with your tuition dollars.  Many of these schools have respectful online programs that are affordable and go through rigorous curriculum reviews and assessments.

Keep this in mind, South U admits 80% of its applicants!  What does this say about the rigorous educational experiences that you might expect?
July 13, 2011, 3:40 p.m.
0 votes/
I just completed my MPA at South University and I have to say,I really enjoyed South University,my instructors were amazing and I was never left in the dark on anything.Someone was always available to assist me!
July 1, 2011, 4:39 p.m.
+1 vote/
First of all this article is a complete lie, obviously formulated by an idiot. South University is 100% FOR PROFIT.
June 20, 2011, 6:25 p.m.
0 votes/
Does anyone know how long it takes for you to get a check after all your aid has come in? I am done with this quarter and still have not seen a check?
June 17, 2011, 1:42 a.m.
0 votes/
All of my professors graduated from schools other than South University. I have never had any problems with this school. I love my professors and classes. It is very flexible. He only problems the cost, but it is the same as any online school. 
June 17, 2011, 1:41 a.m.
-1 vote/
Wow! I have never had that problem. SUO actually sent me a stipend of 1450 and I spent it not realizing that this money was actually intended for my classes! They messed up but when I called and confronted them (very nicely), they let me keep the stipend money and they covered my class! I have kept an eye on my account since then just to make sure they didn't try to cheat me out of money because they had to pay for my class, and they haven't done anything crazy. I have had nothing but good experiences and everyone I have talked to has been extremely helpful. I am now going on my second year of SUO and absolutely love it. Financial aid covers 36 hours so if you want to double up and take more you will get enough to cover all classes as well as graduate earlier! They have really great options! The schedule is great too cause you have a new class every 5.5 weeks so you can really concentrate on a subject without worrying about all of your other classes. If you do decide to graduate earlier then you can take 2 classes at a time. 
June 15, 2011, 5:22 p.m.
0 votes/
Ok, so I was a sucker and fell for the whole SUO thing.  I'm currently in my 4th class.  I was immediately surprised in my first class that I was in a class with some extremely illiterate people.  My "salesman" as I call him now told me that that would change as I got in  higher classes as some people were just exploring the possibilities of going to college. ( how about they explore gradeschool first is how bad it was )Ok so in my second class I have an illiterate teacher who basically told us to find our answers on the internet?  Really, I'm in a computer class with a teacher who doesn't teach and I'm supposed to just find it all on the internet?  I could have done that on my own time.  Ok so my first math class was tough I knew it would be, but the professor was great.  Then I am now in my second math class doing better with a foreign professor who is constantly incorrectly grading our work.  
I also noticed my financial aide looked funny about two classes in and the answer I got was that it pulls two different times. Ok I can deal with that.  I recently asked my new advisor (yes I've already experienced the swap out) what was my total class listing because I could already see that I had classes lined up past the 18 month mark.  I was then given today by my advisor the information that I won't graduate til 2/2014 and that I still have to apply to nursing school after that!!!  I was sold on this being an accelerated program and that I would have my RN in 3years.  I am familiar with 3 yr RN programs so I did not see anything wrong with this.  When you look at it, this is not accelerated learning, in three months I accomplished 3 classes which is what you would do in a normal college, you just get to do them 1 at a time.  
I'm disgusted with myself for not looking into this more before I started here, but I will not be continuing at this college after this class.  I have a local college that does an online nursing program and at least I know that is real!
Nov. 21, 2011, 5:16 a.m.
0 votes/
Computer class

I had the same problem at UMass Boston in the 80's. It's called college. You're supposed to be able to do research. If you can you're not collage material.
June 9, 2011, 6:39 a.m.
0 votes/
None of this is true.. That's against THE LAW... but thanks for playing!!
June 9, 2011, 4:01 a.m.
0 votes/
I just want to know is South University good about giving refunds checks how much do the check be and how can you get all of it
May 16, 2011, 8:55 p.m.
0 votes/
Well, I have been enrolled at South University for six months now and I love the school. I am getting my Associates of Science in Allied Health Science. It is not a school for people that are looking for easy, it is a type of accelerated college. I love it and every person is different with different needs. 
May 4, 2011, 6:55 p.m.
0 votes/
hey! Im thinking of joining SU online.. never took online classes before, but I see good and bad.. I went to ground campus, some good and some bad. I just think its up to you. IM excited to get my associates in allied health and science..IM for it, First time.. and finish...!
May 14, 2011, 7:37 p.m.
0 votes/
Hey im doing the same class online starting next thursday
April 13, 2011, 4:03 p.m.
0 votes/
I have to say I will NEVER recommend this school to anyone, I have had nothing but trouble with them, Their financial aid department must be  1person because I have called and emailed at least 7 different times and have never gotten a call or email back and can no longer take any classes until my issues with them is resolved.  I tried to switch classes around after I barely passed Algebra 1 and they put me right into College level Math.  Well instead of transferring me they just dropped me.  So if you are considering going to this school please make sure you never need to change a class or need to speak to your financial aid advisor.
April 9, 2011, 4:31 a.m.
+2 votes/
 I am currently attending SU. I love it.I love being able to follow my own schedule. When I first started my classes I noticed that a lot of people dropped out or barely put any effort into their classes.I think the first few classes weeded out anyone who is not serious. I notice in my classes now, that everyone is really trying to learn and taking it seriously. I find that SU is less expensive as well. I hear a lot of people complaining about paying.Every college you go to you will have to pay. I have some financial aid and the rest I know I will have to pay back. It is easy to get a hold of the staff and they are very helpful. I think you get what you put into it. If you want to succeed in life you have to have action, nothing is just going to land on your lap. I would and have recommended this college.
March 28, 2011, 2:03 a.m.
+1 vote/
I would not get a degree from South unless you are already employed and are using it to meet a requirement. It will not help you get a job if you are not employed. The class work is rediculous and I am in the Master's program. It was sold to me as the best way to be flexible if you had a family and wanted flexibility neither is true. The time tables will kill you and the work does not give you flexibility. I have seen students drop out with high bills owed for tuition and they are stuck. I have a good paying job so I'll be abe to make the payments. Also EDMC is a blood sucking organization.
March 15, 2011, 9:23 p.m.
+1 vote/
To Pashaniq,
Yes, there is a real South University.  However, what is a scam is that these "recruiters" sell potential students on an education that ends up being unequal, expensive, raises our tax dollars, and will not prepare you for a "real world" job!  It is a "for profit" school so they are out to make money and that is their number one priority.  I can simply compare South University's recruiters to used car salesmen.  EDMC represents other schools and they have their problems, also.  You must do your research online and read newspaper articles on EDMC prior to signing on the dotted line!  Many graduates are going bankrupt and are unable to find jobs to pay back their student loans!  Please don't sell yourself short.  You all are worth so much more (without a degree from South)!    
March 15, 2011, 2:40 p.m.
0 votes/
South University pays its recruiters based on the numbers they bring in.  The recruiters are totally pressured to sell South University.  At the end of the day the recruiters just want to make their money.  Come on people, wake up!  If it sounds too good to be true then it is!!!  I wonder what kind of backgrounds these recruiters have?  Are they even experienced and have degrees themselves?????  That should be required if they are "advising" others on educational decisions.  A recruiter loses their job if they don't meet their quotas.  A desperate recruiter is willing to say anything to make that sale!  Please don't sign on the dotted line!
March 8, 2011, 10:52 p.m.
0 votes/
Souths da Bomb! Ask for Andrea Thompson!
March 8, 2011, 10:50 p.m.
-1 vote/
March 8, 2011, 10:47 p.m.
0 votes/
I Loved South University.  Just got my bachelors and already have a new job.  Might even go for my Masters
March 3, 2011, 6:35 p.m.
+1 vote/
Please! please! Please! can someone explain their experience about the online courses. I'm really 
not sure I want to enroll in a school with such 
negative comments. Does anyone have a positive one?
Just let me know if you completed your course studies?
Did you recieve your diploma? Has anyone been turned
away from getting hired because of this school, not 
being reputable with employers? I'M JUST NOT SURE!!!!
April 12, 2011, 2:01 p.m.
+2 votes/
I am in my last class at South, working on a BS, and have no complaints. My professors have called me, and I have no trouble reaching anyone. It is expensive, but so is every online school.
Feb. 17, 2011, 6:07 p.m.
0 votes/
South University Online is not a scam, I have personally contacted the local police department for Savannah Georgia in which the college is located and verified it is a real school.  The school is accredited and any degree obtained from the facility is certainy beneficial in earning a college level career.  I am enrolled in this online university for criminal justice and as such contacted the local police department to verify the school as a legitimate educational facility that would benefit employment.  I am not a staff member of South University just to clarify on that matter.  You can even go to mapquest and google maps to get a street view of the college facility itself.  It is not an apartment complex as some have claimed it is and if you think this facility looks like an apartment complex I would urge you to look again.  Stop posting comments about the school being a scam as that is nothing more than a lie.  Oh and do some actual research before posting false information for the public.
Dec. 18, 2011, 6:59 p.m.
0 votes/
The police department has nothing to do with students complaints. It is to protect and serve not deal with unhappy students. The people that is on this,site has had problems with this school. Look at the comments the bad out way the good of the school and that should be red flag.
Feb. 10, 2011, 9:53 p.m.
+1 vote/
The school is horrible, I would not recommend this school to anyone at all, everyone who considers this school please think twice!!!!
Feb. 10, 2011, 6:46 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am currently attending South and have had no problems so far.  In my second year and everything is fine.  As far as all of you talking about teashers typos and whatnot; they arent the ones being graded, you are.  They have earned their degree years ago.  So why all the hype about typos???  If you can read and your brain functions normally, then it will see the word as it should be.  As for the people calling and calling, you signed up for some information and they work off a comission.  So hell yeah they are going to try there hardest to get you in.  The experience you have is what you make it.  If you are growling about being charged after you dropped out after a few classes; thats common practice, they are going to charge you for the quarter or the whole year if they want.  Nothing illegal about it.  Read the fine preint when you sign into an agreement.  I love SUO, and have a job offer already at my local VA hospitals psychiatric dept for my doctorate requirements.
Dec. 18, 2011, 7:08 p.m.
0 votes/
I understand why you keep talking about people complaining about their teachers typos. That is their poor teaching skills have rubbed off on you. Look at your reply to other people comments (many, many, many, typos). But your right you get what you pay for I love your writing skills.
Jan. 4, 2012, 12:15 a.m.
0 votes/
Seems like the pot's calling the kettle black.
Feb. 4, 2011, 5:13 p.m.
0 votes/
They wil not stop calling me. Try to make me feel guilty. They tell me how a winner goes after things. People with loser mentalities make $1million less they try and tell you. Cut the crap. Stop calling. I want real schooling! 
Feb. 4, 2011, 5:06 p.m.
0 votes/
Check the credentials of your profs. They all started in sales with South or one of its affiliates and then South granted them their advanced "degrees" and then threw them into "teaching." Seriously, I'm all about free enterprise, but you get what you pay for. Employers do not take degrees from institutions like this. You will have $80,000 in debt and will be no better off than you were before, So, you are paying for an $80,000 piece of paper that they call a "diploma." 
June 17, 2011, 1:17 a.m.
0 votes/
All of my professors graduated from schools other than South University. I have never had any problems with this school. I love my professors and classes. It is very flexible. He only problems the cost, but it is the same ataxy online school. 
Jan. 28, 2011, 1:49 p.m.
+1 vote/
Brandon just FYI I am contacting the attorney General Office regarding your School turning over the balance I owe to Collections. I repeatedly asked for a breakdown on the amount owed and an explanation of why I owe that amount and your company could not tell me. You stated that South sent back a portion of funds back to the lenders Sallie Mae and Department of Education. And they on 3 different occasions told me at no time was  anything sent back to them which is Fraud. So therefore I am forced to contact my attorney to pursue legal matters on this issue . 
Jan. 27, 2011, 9:45 p.m.
+2 votes/
Many people have stated their concerns; their are goods and bads but that is true at every college. I attended school in my state at a nationally approved school and received a degree in Paralegal studies. The only thing is, my credits don't transfer. WOW a college that has a campus with credits that don't transfer.

I also went to a community college and had many horrible experiences with teachers, administrators, teachers, and financial aid. I wasn't allowed to make up a final exam when I experienced a personal emergency at home.

Life is full of bad situations and experiences but it's your reaction to the experience that determines your outcome. It is you the student that has a voice and ultimately and online forum isn't the place. You'd have a better chance getting results contacting the Department of Education.

I recently, enrolled at South but I am very cautious in making my decision. Their web page outlines their requirements, the cost per credit, the number of credits needed to graduate, and the number of credits each class is worth.

As far as expensive, I don't think so. this school has been one of the cheaper online universities I have found for the field of study I am interested in, Psychology. Many people I have spoken to that attend UNLV have stated, they are in debt a hundred thousand dollars for the same BA in which I wish to maintain.

Online schools are not for everyone because not everyone has the self discipline necessary to succeed in an uncontrolled environment. Personally, it was hard for me to be a class with hundreds of students without the personal attention of an instructor. In many colleges you are just a number or a face. It hard to get the personal experience at any school including elementary and the classes there are way smaller. 

Everyone has valid concerns and complaints but ultimately it is up to you to fight for your education and your finances. 

I wish everyone the best of luck in your endeavors and NO, I am not an employee but I am optimistic and willing to make the best out of every situation including the bad ones. The important thing is that you are able to complete what you started and move on into your destiny!
Jan. 26, 2011, 2:31 a.m.
+1 vote/
Hi everybody wanted to welcome you to NSCS South University. I am your Chapter President honored to represent the University.  Please, if you have question you need answered I will do my best to guide you were you can get the information you need.
Jan. 24, 2011, 8:43 p.m.
0 votes/
Try transferring your credits and your tone will change. My teachers had terrible grammar and typos in their assignments and comments. The grammar I can understand, Professor Keisha, but the typos are inexcusable because they have a online spellchecker that highlights errors before messages/comments are even sent!

I dealt with over 10 advisors??? Left hand did not know what the right hand was doing!

Oh and d. Remember, we are talking about the South University ONLINE.

I agree with the older posts regarding UMass and Boston universities. I will be enrolling this Spring.

At any rate, I just found out they put 2800 on my credit report so I had to dispute it. Check your credit report ASAP if you have ever dealt with them.
Jan. 12, 2011, 4:58 a.m.
0 votes/
everyone is very friendly,very helpful at this school.. it is quite expensive though but a great school all around so far. people that dont like it most likely didnt try hard enough, the school wont tollerate you messing around and missing homework due for prices what university is cheap? atleast what university worth going to is cheap? NONE. i highly recommend it
Jan. 7, 2011, 7:12 p.m.
+1 vote/
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580


FTC does not handle individual complaints, however, if there are several nationwide they will investigate. Please pass this information along so a class action lawsuit can be put together regarding fraud, theft, and any other illegal practices such as double dipping (take student loan monies and then charge you as well).

My complaint is solid. Remember, save those emails and telephone recordings if necessary!

Also, contact your State's Attorney, Department of Education and both the Federal and Local levels (South University Online has 2 locations. One in Phoenix and the other in Pennsylvania) and the Better Business Bureau. Contact them both by phone and email.
Dec. 28, 2010, 9:35 p.m.
+1 vote/
South University is a scam, I highly recommend Students to stay away from the School. 
Dec. 28, 2010, 1:52 p.m.
0 votes/
Well hello i would just like to add in that i think south is great. My advisors are wonderful and i see nothing wrong with the school.
Dec. 28, 2010, 7:14 a.m.
-1 vote/
wow it is amazing how people put incorrect info about school
Dec. 16, 2010, 4:48 a.m.
0 votes/
SU is not a great option, unless you are unable to get into  a better school. If looking for undergraduate degrees, places like Umass have programs like University With Out Walls.You can get life learning credits, up to 60 of them for the price of of 4 or so SU courses. Phoenixa and South U are good if you are clueless to your other options. Boston University has a degree completion program. If you already have at least 60 credits, you can take 16 courses (takes about two years) andgraduate with a degree from a university with a much better reputation. 
Nov. 4, 2010, 2:55 p.m.
+3 votes/
Ok, people listen up.  This is the second time I am posting here.  Yes, everybody's experience with SUO will be different.  I am really sick and tired of reading how "people should do their homework first" and "you failed yourself and are not a good student" if you have a problem with this school. I am a woman in my thirties that has attended ground schools before.  The issues with me not being able to finish my degree were always related to financing.  I asked all the questions I could think of before enrolling in SUO.  Not much that I was told turned out to be true and when you do ask for explanations and try to prepare for what is to come, they are evasive and not always helpful.  Just for the record, I am a straight A student all the way.  I busted my ass through these semesters and had absolutely no time for life at all...except maybe to do laundry. If you do not have to work full-time, then maybe this program will be suitable for you.  It is nearly impossible when you have to work full-time to support yourself and have a house to take care of.  It is not just simply "dedicating yourself" and "making sure you put forth the effort".  I did all of these things you A-holes, that is how I earned my 4.0 GPA.  The problem is you have to dedicate every waking moment if you want to do well in the online program. For those that are saying that this is just how college is and it's not supposed to be easy.....that is totally false!  As I had stated, I have been to ground schools and I have never had so much work in my life. Having to work hard is one thing...making the workload impossible for working people is just stuff it! For those of you who think the online program will be easier than a real I have read some may be shockingly be prepared. In conclusion, I don't like being told that I have "failed myself" and I just don't want to work hard. For those of you who feel that way, you have no idea what you are talking about and maybe I wish my life was so care-free as yours. I have since dropped out of SUO and I will continue at a ground school elsewhere.  I had signed up for SUO because of transportation concerns and the flexibility of logging on anytime of day.  In the long run, it was so not worth it.  My issues were not with the money or the complexity of some classes, it was the lies and excessive workload.
Oct. 27, 2010, 11:06 a.m.
+1 vote/
My instructors with the exception of one are very knowledgeable and very helpful. The one instructor has no idea how to instruct a class. I learned nothing in the class, thought it was a total waste of time and money. She never responded to answered questions in class with a rational or if it was correct or incorrect, but only with other questions, so you never knew if your posting was correct or not until the grad came out.  Many in the class dropped ad one student said she was taking the class for the 3rd time. Beware of G.  Very poor teaching
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:47 a.m.
0 votes/
Dominic as a student you are not asking for hand outs but you are asking for money that you will have to pay back and is in excess of your tuition to be paid in a timely manner. You are not being giving anything that you will have to pay with interest. Some financial aid representatives think the money is coming out of there pockets. This mentality is what creates the problem. I guess they don't realize it has to be repaid later. I need my money. I have a computer that is less than standard, the stipend could have helped to purchase another one, which is needed for online classes and that is what the money is far, but the service i have received so far has been less than standard and very poor follow up.
Oct. 27, 2010, 10:42 a.m.
+1 vote/
Doug I agree with you totally. I have been at South University since 2008 and until recently was very pleased with my advisor, she was great and always returned my calls and address my concerns in a timely manner. you are right again the billing process in difficult to understand and charges continue to pop up on your account. No one can give you a rational explanation as to why. I have been having problem with the financial aid office now for almost 3 months where my financial aid has been held up due to a mistake they made in overpayment. My account balance is steadily rising. No one returns my calls in a timely manner. I was seeking a masters but so fed up with the way they handle issues i will probably leave the university next year and start somewhere local. I have kept written records of the the times i have called, who i talked to and the results, which 2 months later is the same as when i started. Also i know there is someone in charge that is capable of handling these matters efficiently and follow up in a timely manner, but these people are hidden and names not given to the students. I signed a letter of reaffirmation with the department of education and this was still not enough for South University. I have gone up to a week or longer before my calls were returned. I called 3 people in financial aid yesterday at noon. I will see how long it takes for them to get back with me. I was told a month ago the issue would be resolved in 1-2 days  and a month later and several calls and voice messages left for the person who told me it would be resolved hasn't returned my call in over a month. This becomes frustrating and a hassle you do not need when attending college.
Oct. 26, 2010, 2:54 p.m.
0 votes/
WOW!  There are a lot of mixed reviews.  I have not seen any comments about their Counseling Program.  It appears that most of the comments are about the online programs and $$$.  With online programs you have to be disciplined to work on your own.  As far as how expensive it is...well you get what you pay for.

One thing for everyone to think about one is going to start about blog about how great something is.  They are always about the negative.  

While these sites can be helpful at times, do your own research, because everyone's experience will not always be the same.  

Good luck to everyone.
Oct. 26, 2010, 6:39 a.m.
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Do your research before posting a comment.  This school has many ground schools; is not just an online school nor do they specialize in just online learning. Great plug for your choice of schools but I don't think I would take advice from someone who just narrows it down like that. Of course you are entitled to your opinion no matter how misinformed it might appear to be. And this is just my opinion.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:16 p.m.
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I noticed that SU scored a A+ with the BBB so I am not sure what to believe now.
Oct. 22, 2010, 4:11 p.m.
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I say this: stay clear of any university who only deals with online degrees, or specializes in them. Many employers will pass you up if your degree is from a univeristy such as South or U Phoenix. Is their education good? Yes, but there is a stigam attached to online college.

My suggestion--- LSU online  has classes. I took them before i I could get accepted anywhere else. They are self paced courses for about $250 for a 3 credit course! And LSU is world renowned. You don't have to worry about not getting acccepted, as there is no application necessary to take these courses.They are for credit courses and . You can take the majority of your general education courses from here on the cheap and then transfer to a place like Penn State University, U Mass, Drexel, or Boston University. All of those are affordable and known around the world. Don't let colleges like South sell you on the fact that they offer you the luxary of keeping your job and studying from home. So do those schools I just listed and I doubt any employere will pass you up becuase your graduated from one of those shools! Most of those schools also offer the option of completing a portfolio to gain up to 30 credits for your  life expereinces.

Here are the links to check out: 


do a google search for LSU Online and check out LSU courses.  ($78/credit)


Oct. 22, 2010, 3:52 p.m.
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*********BE WARE**************
South University is by far the most unhelpful institution I have ever dealt with.  While attempting to earn a Mastetrs in Criminal Justice, I was rotated through 3 academic counselors and 5 financial aid counselors.  All of these counselors switched without notification and each of which were clueless as to where I was standing in the course or what the prior counselor had done.  I eventually had enough and attempted to withdraw from the program.  It took nearly two months for me to withdraw and upon withdrawing; I received no conformation formally acknowledging my withdrawal or my outstanding financial aid balance.  I attempted to contact the financial aid dept so that a payment method could be set up, but to no resolve, one person passed me on to another.  I finally spoke to someone (the last academic counselor) that said they would be sending two forms of notification of withdrawal, one by mail and one by email, and that all my contact information was up to date.  The only correspondence I have had with the university is the collection department.  When I explained that I would pay the outstanding balance when I received a statement by mail, they became angry and threatening.  I then found out that my mailing address had not been updated since my prior residence, in which, I lived 7 months ago.  For those of you wishing to attend, MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE DOCUMENTS TO PROVE WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL DO. 
*********BE WARE********
Oct. 18, 2010, 3:26 p.m.
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Dominic, how can you blatently critize folks for wanting the federal govt to help them pay for school? And notice that these people are looking for the federal govt to HELP them pay for school, that doesn't mean they were looking for their schooling to paid in full by someone else. And the federal govt offers funding to HELP pay for school. I think your comments are repulsive and very skeptical as you sound like a university representative. Anyway, if there is funding to go back to school, why not take advantage of it. Look, much of online learning doesn't really involve your instructors. They are there to grade papers, provide some feedback, but online learning requires YOUR ability to learn in a non-auditory environment. It is my opinion that this is not for everyone. Some people learn best when there are other people including an instructor who is physically present. Yes, working full time and having kids is rough when it comes to being able to be in a physical classroom, but again in my opinion, if you want to really learn, skip the online environment. 

Oh, and Anonymous suggests to put into a google search the name of the university with the word lawsuit in it. Very good idea as I did that and found some EXTREMELY interesting things about many universities. 

Of course, as always, these comments are my opinions.
Feb. 25, 2011, 9:06 p.m.
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How are his comments repulsive? Do you know whether the federal government gets money to pay for schooling? Tax dollars. I have taught students receiving aid and many of them do just enough to pass so they don't have to pay the money back and attend just enough to get credit for their financial aid. It is a broken system...and he is absolutely right. Education is expensive and an investment...not a handout.
Oct. 15, 2010, 6:37 p.m.
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For all of those looking to go to school for an education I recommend South University.  For those of you worrying about checks from the government...  shame on you.  To read what you have written is repulsive.  This mentality is much of the problem with our country today - You shouldn't be paid to go to school.  You would never hear a student from anywhere in the world outside the USA complain because they didn't get their money to school.  It is a privledge that the government is willing to help you pay for school.  Have an 'attitude of gratitude' and not a 'what can you do for me' attitude.  The FAFSA is in place to help you and not for you to take advantage of it.  

I take 1 class at a time, have a 40+ hr job, and have 3 kids.  If I can do it, anyone with a desire to further themselves can do it.

For those concerned about cost.  Let's be adults, education is expensive!  I did my research and every school comes out to about the same price (within dollars of each other).  If it were cheap and easy, everyone would have a degree.  I have been to Florida St. Univ. 17 years ago and nobody was there to hold my hand.  The support that I have dealt with at South University has been very good.  For those that are complaining about support...  Duh??  Call the student support #.  I have called it 10+ times and always get an answer.  It is all over their website 888-444-3404.  I think that they are there 24/7.  You may have to wait 2-3 minutes, but that is a heck of a lot better than driving to campus!

In closing, for those complaining above - I know how you are.  You have been in my class and I can't wait until the class is over because you are always turning in your assignments late and blaming the instructor.  Be adults, be responsible and realize that this is college.  If you want the things that most people don't have, you must be willing to find a way to succeed.  The tools are there for you to succeed.  For the mere fact that you are paying for school doesn't mean that you should be awarded a degree.
Oct. 14, 2010, 4:29 p.m.
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Hi folks. When reviewing schools please make sure you put into a google search the following:

name of university you are searching for followed by the word lawsuit

you might find some very interesting things.

this is just my opinion.
Oct. 14, 2010, 4:26 p.m.
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Hi folks. When reviewing schools please make sure you put into a google search the following:

name of university you are searching for followed by the word lawsuit

you might find some very interesting things.
Oct. 10, 2010, 5:45 a.m.
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Hello All,

I am a current student at South University and so far it has been a great experience for me. I have only one concern, I know that South U is an accredetied school but are the degrees worth taking the time to earn? Meaning when I graduate and update South University on my resume will employers be happy to see this school or will they run? I am asking because I really would like to know before going ahead with my current degree program!!!
Oct. 9, 2010, 3:21 a.m.
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The above comment continued...
I was becoming ever more irate,until my actual personal officer(who I had to catch in his office as he never EVER returned calls)told me that there was some mistake, and that it would be sent soon.A few days later yet another financial officer called me and said that the error had been corrected,and that the status of my Pell grant/stipend would be displayed by Friday(today). When this didn't show up,I called them and raised hell,as they had already cavalierly broken the contract. I told them that since they had obviously blown me off after the school had received their money,they could just immediately cut me a check out of their payment,as the Pell was so definitely on its way,it really shouldn't be a problem,compared to what I was going to do regarding calling the BBB,the Fafsa people, and my lawyer--see, I am on full disability,and I had told them in no uncertain terms that I wouldn't be able to attend their school without my stipend,and that this was stipulated in my contract. There was an embarrassed silence,and the officer said that he would have to contact the head of the department,and assured me that by Monday that the money would be released.I said that he'd better be telling the truth,as this constant passing of the buck and shameless lies was not only unconscionable,but that it might not make for very good publicity when their ripping off of a disabled person became known to certain folks who have the power to do something about it.
I am a straight "A" student, and not the average dolt that seems to comprise their student body. They will become most painfully and regretfully aware of this if my stipend, which is MY MONEY,isn't immediately forthcoming! I'll let you all know how this ends up.It now costs $70 for the so-called e-books,and the tuition has been raised to $565 per credit, incidentally. Outrageous! Interesting that their employees post bull*&$^ comments on here so liberally.Don't go to this school! Community College is a much more economical way to jumpstart your education.And your stipend will be quadruple what it is at SUO.I'm sadder but wiser. By the way, the disability counselors have never returned my calls either. Not good!
Oct. 9, 2010, 3:20 a.m.
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The school seemed legit initially. My first stipend arrived in a timely fashion. My next stipend was ostensibly dispensed August 11. I received a check for $124 on the 14th of that month,which I thought was a little odd. I inquired about this and was told, "Of course,the remainder will be sent Sept.4". That date arrived,yet no money forthcoming.I waited until the 10th, and was told(literally)"The squeaky wheel gets the grease!", to which I replied that I had already called two times about the stipend that my contract specified. She checked her records and said,"I'm just glad that I'm not your financial officer;the money hasn't even been applied for!Someone has screwed up big time.".She assured me that she was even then doing it,and that it would take another two weeks.The 24th rolled by,but still no check. I called the financial people again,and was told that the first woman was mistaken.There was no application that needed to be filed,but that I could expect my money Oct.1. This didn't happen either,naturally. I called back on the 5th,and was told that the money had been rejected!"
June 17, 2011, 1:37 a.m.
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Wow! I have never had that problem. SUO actually sent me a stipend of 1450 and I spent it not realizing that this money was actually intended for my classes! They messed up but when I called and confronted them (very nicely), they let me keep the stipend money and they covered my class! I have kept an eye on my account since then just to make sure they didn't try to cheat me out of money because they had to pay for my class, and they haven't done anything crazy. I have had nothing but good experiences and everyone I have talked to has been extremely helpful. I am now going on my second year of SUO and absolutely love it. Financial aid covers 36 hours so if you want to double up and take more you will get enough to cover all classes as well as graduate earlier! They have really great options!
Oct. 8, 2010, 2:06 a.m.
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What is your major? Lemme know and I can direct you into the right direction.
Oct. 4, 2010, 3:57 p.m.
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To Shell-
I took your advice and left South University. I feel so stupid that I let this school take me for what they did. On quarter was 4600. You have got to be kidding me. Rhis si so freaking stupid. I am looking for another online school does anyone have any ideas for me to look into.
Oct. 31, 2010, 8:39 p.m.
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I am a South U graduate of the MS in Leadership program. I found the program to be rigorous, demanding, lots of reading, and most professors seemed to care that you actually learned. Of course, you always have the one or two teachers who are average of below. Overall, the faculty in this program is amazing. Many went out of their way to provide relevant feed back and had a passion for the subject. The courses are fast paced and you do have to work hard if you want to keep a 3.0 GPA. You will also face a 30-40 page capstone project in your last class. I never had problems with my academic or financial advisor. In fact, my academic advisor went above and beyond to get my file audited and my final transcript issued as a "rush" because I needed it two weeks after graduation to get into my doctoral program. Finally, one reason why I was willing to pay a little extra cost is because I wanted my degree to come from a school who also had campus based programs. I personally have an issue with 100% online schools.
Sept. 30, 2010, 9:10 p.m.
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To Admissions Rep-
That is a bunch of bull!  I am sure you never tell a potential sale, oops I mean student, that they are not a fit for South University!  You are under such pressure to sell, sell, sell!  You have to make your quotas or else you will be out of a job!  I can't believe it is even legal to do all of this with our taxpayer's dollars!  Any increase in salary for you is dependent upon your sales!!!  Please don't tell me that you don't care about making more money! You all are so montivated to "help" these students get their financial aid cause that helps put food on your table, right?  Now, your graduates can't get jobs and are not able to pay their loans back!!!!  The hardworking people who pay taxes in our country don't appreciate having their money misused in your for profit schools!
Sept. 30, 2010, 9:03 p.m.
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Beth and any other prospective students-You are better off leaving even if you feel like you've spent too much money with South University.  This school takes advantage of people and they know it!!!!  Please don't feel like South University is your only option out there!  Please don't let their sales team, oops I'm sorry, their admissions reps talk you into attending this school!  These reps are only out for their own livelihoods!  Oh,wait I have an idea, instead of going to South University for a degree, why don't you get a job at EDMC as an Admissions Rep!  I hear some make six figures!  Can you believe that for the quality of education and the joke of your so called degree, that this "for profit" school can afford to pay admissions reps such high salaries?  Will you find such a high paying job so you can pay back all of this debt?  I can't believe our government gives these students loans to attend such a joke of a school!!!!  Our government is paying EDMC all of this money so that the admissions reps can make six figures off of their "sale" of this so called school??????  Come on people!  Please start thinking for yourselves.  Please read about the problems a lot of EDMC school graduates are having paying back their debts upon graduating!
Sept. 25, 2010, 10:50 p.m.
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I am currently a student of south university and I hate every part of it. In my medical terminology class the teacher was very dissconnected from the class. We did everyting but lean the terminology. I would love to go to a new school but I have already have given them so much money it is not even funny.
Sept. 21, 2010, 5:51 p.m.
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I just posted above... (Correction to the my previous post *made* -South has recently gone to e-books so you do not have to worry about buying text books. IF you do because not all of the classes are e-book (majority are) I used Book Renter. It is really cheap to just rent your book and you do not have to worry about selling it. Just send it back when you are done (it's free to send it back). What I can say about those complaining about South is...DO YOUR WORK! If you want to be in College, then act like it. It's not high school you actually need to work and EARN your degree. Ask questions, call your teacher or advisor. The numbers are all given. Online school is a bit more of a challenge than a ground campus, but it is nice to 'go to school' pretty much when you want. You are given your assignments ahead of time for the 6 weeks so you know what is coming up. Overall, you need to be willing to work. But if you are a slacker, why are you trying to go to College in the first place? This is the last step before your career. If you cannot attend school because you do not put forth an effort, then I pity you and your next boss. But to those hard workers who know what they want, best of luck to you!
Sept. 21, 2010, 5:24 p.m.
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I am currently attending South and I am extremely happy with this school. I looked around to find a school that offered Criminal Justice. I tried Pheonix, but they were practically forcing me to get my Associates first, I did not want to do that. South was never pushy about what degree I wanted and they were supportive about me going straight for my Bachelors. My academic advisor has called me several times just to see how everything was going, and if I had any concerns or questions. I also have had my professors call to see if I had any questions or concerns about the course I was taking. This is a great school with caring and patient teachers. I highly recommend this school. I am a wife and full time mom of 3 while going to school full time. I have maid the President's List twice (4.0 GPA) and am on the NSCS. I am already planning on earning my Masters in CJ from South.
Sept. 18, 2010, 5:27 a.m.
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It is typical for dispursements to come in a little late, as it is coming from the Department of Education in getting to the school.  However, there are things that can slow it down further.  Call your financial aid officer, or your admissions representative to make sure that there isn't anything slowing it down.  The most common example is a delay in the school receiving your proof of HS Graduation.  It is necessary to receive and produce that in order for the financial aid office to receive your federal funding.  Make sure all of that is in order, that could be delaying your financial aid.  Otherwise, be patient....  it's coming!!  -- Good Luck in your classes!!
Sept. 17, 2010, 3:16 a.m.
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I started school with SU in june of 2010 and I have been told that my disbursement would be in the mail 6-8 weeks have classes have started well I have fished my first and my second session and still nothing and when I call about it they keep telling that by the end of the week it should be cleared and I should have my money. It is the middle of September and I start my next session in October and I still have not heard anything from my financial aid officer. I just hope they do not steal my money. Has anyone else had a problem like this with this school?
Sept. 12, 2010, 8:50 a.m.
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I actually work for South University, as a Senior Admissions Representative.  (I'm also a Student at SUO, getting my MBA in Marketing)

Working in the Admissions Office, I am looking for dedicated, motivated people looking for an opportunity to better their position in life.  If after I speak with you, and you're not the right fit.  I'll tell you.  The goal of the entire admissions team is to provide a quality student experience.  Starting with explaining our school and programs to helping you through every step necessary to get enrolled, get your Financial Aid in order, getting comfortable with the online classroom, etc...  (try getting that level of service from your local "traditional" ground campus.. I know that I didn't when I got my BA)

If ANYONE in our admissions office is found to give misleading information regarding our programs or policies they will be out the door that day.  Not only is it not standard to "fool" you into school... but it's absolutely not acceptable on any level.

Is a degree from South University as "prestigious" as a degree from your local State University?  NO!  Of course not.  But if you can afford the time to go sit in class 4 hours a day for the next 4 years.  Go do it!!  If you work full time, and take care of a family.  Hey.. getting your degree from an accredited University is absolutely going to help you going forward.

Most of the "complaints" that I've seen in here seem like they are from people that  failed on themselves, or comments from people that have NO IDEA what they are talking about.  Working in the admissions office, I have seen successful students and unsuccessful students.  If you like to make excuses and procrastinate and not take accountability for your own actions.. .... guess what....  you'll end up in the later category whether you attend SUO or anywhere else.  

If you've read this far, and are still wondering if it's right for you...  honestly, call your Admissions Representative.  Ask them these difficult questions.  We are here to help you acheive your educational goals....  If you're not getting answers, ask to speak with a Senior Admissions Representative or an Admissions Manager.  They'll all be happy to answer your questions.  Honestly, there are good and bad Admissions Representatives.  Just like there are good and bad students... good and bad policemen...  good and bad bosses...  you get the idea.

Just do your homework... But KNOW that NONE of the Schools that hold a REGIONAL ACCREDITATION are a "Scam"  That accreditation is not easy to come by.. and is reviewed to make sure that the schools education is up to the standards set forth by the accrediting body and the Department of Education.  Just find the right school for you, and WORK HARD!
Sept. 9, 2010, 5:04 a.m.
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I have been attending South Uni since October of 2009 pursuing Bachelor in Info Tech and really like this school. I actually decided to attend based on this review site and doing more research on other sites, such as I would also like to say that a relative of mine is doing Physical Therapy on the campus of South University in Savannah, Ga and she's always super busy with her clinicals and tells me all the time how hard her classes are (she is very smart too, nerdy type, used to making A grades).

1. For those of you who say that it's a diploma mill. You're dumb--all schools cost money and South University is fully accredited.

2. My grades that I get do not feel like "Oh, this was easy to get this A or B". When I see my final grades at the end I feel proud because I actually did the work I needed to do to get that grade.

3. If you were an A/B student in high school (like me) and are use to working hard and learning from the books you will like the structure of South University school.

4. My academic adviser and financial aid advisers respond so fast to my emails. I can actually solely communicate with them by email.

5. Even though I am unemployed I am able to take courses at South that are fully covered by loans and grants. I think that's awesome.


1. The courses are not easy. You actually have to do a lot of research for assignments. You have to log on and respond to others assignments just like a teacher would and it feels like you're grading them. That's what sucks the most, but it is good because it helps you see the errors in your assignments.

2. Some of the teachers I feel grade me unfairly a bit and some of my instructors do not respond in a timely matter to my concerns of my grades and that p*sses me off so I tell my academic adviser and they respond within a day or two telling me that they've got a hold of the instructor. Sometimes too... the instructors do not list their phone numbers.

3. It seems like they always give me a new academic adviser and financial aid adviser like every month which annoys me.

4. I wish they would have more videos of the instructors themselves doing their lectures, instead almost all of the assignments are discussion based.

South University is a great school because I get to raise my kids and focus more on my family. It is not that overwhelming that I can't balance my family life and schooling. I think I could even handle the coursework of two classes per quarter with a 9-5 job if I had one. Taking on three would probably be too much (for me anyway).

The biggest problem I notice with those who drop out of the classes or fail is that they think they can just post their assignments after the due date and get away with it, do their assignments the lazy man's way with no thorough input, or just plain cheat off of the ppl who post their assignments before them. NO YOU CAN'T DO THIS LAZY CRAZY PPL!! You will FAIL each time you do!
Sept. 1, 2010, 1:49 a.m.
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I have read a lot of comments on South University, along with Phoenix University. I myself do not attend niether Universities. The reason for my post is to help someone who is really looking for a great education experience to consider Herzing University. I have been attending the University for a year now and the school is absolutely great. The instructors are experienced in every course you take, and they have degrees in the courses provided. The classroom setting is wonderful, with classmates as well as communication with the instructors in a reasonable time frame. This school does not overcrowd you with work nor with discussions. The financial aid, student services, the enrollment department, and all others treat you like you are family. They are always concerned to any of your questions. You are not given the run around with your disbursments at all. At this University you absolutely learn every detail of information needed for the courses. I have attended Phoenix and my experience was horrible. The work load was entirely to much. I would have to post a discussion response 4 days a week in both classes. Some assignments are due in one class opposite days the other one is due and it just began to be frustrating. The instructors are very ignorant as far as assisting you with any help what so ever. I did not receive my refund until 11 weeks after I started attending. After searching so many Universities, there really are a lot of rip offs. You sign up no one answers after you start. The instructors are not knowledgeable of the course materials. They get your money and act like thats it. I am a single mother of 3 kids and I was determined to find the right school to where I found the best education and staff with no run arounds. It begans to get frustrating when you are trying and someone gets over on you, I have experienced it. Thats why I would recommend for all those that are still searching to go to Herzing University. There you will not have any complaints at all and you will get the education you deserve.
Aug. 31, 2010, 11:59 p.m.
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I have to say I have read a lot of information good and bad about South University.  I have been attending South University since June 2008, and I must say I do not have any regrets what so ever.  I was attending University of Phoenix when I realized I was being pushed and pulled in different directions.  I spent several months with University of Phoenix then I was told I had to be put in Axia College because they had finally evaluated my transcripts, and I needed to start everything over except for a few classes.  However, I had a great start with South University.  My advisor constantly calls me to check up on me, my financial aid advisor always keeps me informed of up and coming events as far as financial aid, and it's so great to have contact numbers to all of your instructors.  Oh and did I mention, I will be graduating in June of 2011 with my B.S in Health Science and lets not forget, I'm on the Dean's List for the 4 time.  Sure it may be expensive, but I feel you would spend more money trying to chase dreams and looking for an inexpensive college versus settling for the best.  No, I don't have money to even afford college.  I'm a mother who wants the best for herself and her children, and if it means signing my life away to get financial aid until I complete my education then that's what I will do.  Oh, one more thing, I read where several people were concerned about paying out of pocket for books.  I did not purchase one book, I rented my books for little or nothing and not there no need for it because all books are becoming available digital through South.  NO NEED TO BUY/RENT BOOKS ANYMORE....Technology allows the books to be there on your computer once you start a class.  Good Luck to those who have considered South University, and to those who haven't Good Luck in your endeavors as well.
Aug. 31, 2010, 7:38 a.m.
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"Does anyone here know how I may contact someone about fraud commited by South University? Any help would greatly be appreciated."

Try your state's Attorney General. If they get enough legitimate complaints, the A.G. could decide to do something. But you're better off just not going in the first place.
Aug. 31, 2010, 7:32 a.m.
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Lol, and the South University planted comments in these threads are laughably transparent. You can smell the B.S. a mile away. 

I only wrote these comments because of the seediness of using obvious plants to post positive comments to counteract the all too believable true comments posted by poor saps who fell for the B.S.


"Mr. Amit Sharma made a positive difference in my life by being a great friend and mentor. I have his phone number committed to memory, it's (412) 995-4526. He still checks in on me to make sure I'm doing well in my classes!"

NOBODY WRITES LIKE THIS. Nobody "real," that is.

Again, if you spend $60,000 to get a degree from this school, employers will know you lack basic research skills and judgment.
Aug. 31, 2010, 7:24 a.m.
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These "degrees" are not worth the paper they are printed on. Seriously, if you can't get into a real school, paying for the paper with "South University" written on it just shows employers how dumb you really are.

Seriously, $60,000???? For a P.O.S. Bachelors Degree from a diploma mill?

YES, IT IS A DIPLOMA MILL. Real schools don't have "sales teams." Real schools reject applicants, not use pressure to fill enrollment slots. 

I WOULDN'T HIRE A SOUTH UNIVERSITY GRAD EVEN IF THEY WERE TOP OF THEIR CLASS. I'd hire someone from a real school, even if they weren't top of their class, because at least they had the judgment to avoid B.S. "online" colleges.

GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, DO WELL, THEN TRANSFER TO A REAL SCHOOL. Phoenix, South, whatever, they all just give you a degree that no one will respect.
Aug. 27, 2010, 10:04 p.m.
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Rachel I agree with you I also attended Kaplan University and everything was nice there was nonstop communication until the official enrollment all communication stop and calls was not returned. I have been attending South University since 2008 and will finish up with my BA in Criminal Justice next year and have been pleased with the service. My academic advisor is excellent. Everyone who is complaining needs to take a trade school because its obvious college is not for them. Complaining about how much college cost when you are getting grants and can apply for scholarships as well as loans please South University is the cheapest out of all the schools I have looked into to name some Maryland State Univeristy, Virginia College, University of Phoenix, Devry University, Kaplan University, Southern University of New Hampshire, Florida State, Caldwell College, American InterContinental University to name a few. I did my research to the fullest. Everyone is not going to make the same choices in life and I am not here to convince anyone to attend any college just giving my opinion on South University. Excellent School and is on the Dean list with a 3.5 GPA. Each is to their own and wish everyone the best who is trying to obtain a degree to better themselves and their family.
Aug. 27, 2010, 3:21 a.m.
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Run away from this school like the plag. They have a fake employment website that claims to have jobs, they lure you in and try to get all the money they can making phone call after phone call if you don't answer their calls they will call you on their cell phone. Don't do it lol.....
Aug. 21, 2010, 10:16 p.m.
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Toni 305
I understand exactly where you are coming from! I'm at South University and I transferred from a traditional college and began in May and I absolutely love it! My teachers and advisors all are just great! I have no problems at all. I'm also majoring in Health Science for my Bachelors. But I'm having no problems at all anything like these "reviews" state from other students. Good luck with everything Toni 305!
Aug. 21, 2010, 4:36 p.m.
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I personally attend South University, and know that it is an outstanding school. The instructors are personable and attentive. The ebooks are included in with tution. Such a time saver!
Bob you make me wonder.... your posts make no sense. The numbers just don't add up.
There are a lot of resources and people to talk to to help you through what ever issues a student has.
Aug. 19, 2010, 5:19 p.m.
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Thanks Shelly I appreciate your info.
Aug. 19, 2010, 2:59 a.m.
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To Leaches some of us take our education seriously and we take out extra in loans to pay our bills when we have to cut back our work hours!  I have a bachelors in nursing and work 4 days a week but when I'm in school I have to cut back my hours to keep my 4.0 and need the extra from my loans to pay the bills!  Another our stipends are payed back once we complete our degrees because nothing in this county is free!
Aug. 18, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
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All of you that are complaing about stipends and disbursements, should think about getting jobs and quit sponging off "the system"!!!  Can you honestly have self pride with not working and waiting for your stipend every quarter to live off of?  It is pathetic that their are people like you taking money off Hardworking Americans! To be honest if you dont have your degree by now- 95% chance you will never get it-so please get a job and quit taking from "Us" HARDWORKING PEOPLE
Dec. 18, 2011, 9:28 p.m.
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You must be slow school is not free and anyone going to college HAS to pay it back. How can you be a leach if its not free you have tosign a promissary note saying you will agree to pay it back. Please get off this thread if you dont know what your talking about!!!!!
Aug. 16, 2010, 5:26 a.m.
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When will the stipends be sent out! UGH!!!!! Kaplan send them out right away! And Kaplan have a live weekly seminar with the professor and the entire class once a week that is required for grade! I shouldve stayed there!
Aug. 14, 2010, 11:58 p.m.
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To all the people who say..."quit is expensive," this is a site where people can post THEIR REVIEWS of the school. Why don't you add your review if you have/are attending SU instead of telling others to "quit complaining.
Aug. 14, 2010, 7:27 p.m.
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Jane-Read the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's article from Thursday or Friday of this week.  It details some allegations and attorneys who are looking into such activity by EDMC (managment of South University).
Aug. 13, 2010, 11:40 p.m.
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Does anyone here know how I may contact someone about fraud commited by South University? Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Aug. 6, 2010, 2:36 p.m.
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I don't think anyone is saying that the school is too difficult as far as the courses go.  I would think they would be easier than a traditional school.  The comments on this page seem to say that the teachers really don't teach which would make things easier.  The comments also mention that assignments are turned in and no one ever hears about them again.  Which sounds easy to me!  Then someone posted about the quality of their fellow students in the classes.  This makes it sound like a joke.  You should be challenged by your fellow classmates not complaining that they are not ready for college!  This also sounds "easy" to me.  Also, I would be leary about whether employers will really take this degree seriously!  I guess we are living in a world where everything needs to be easy for us.  You want easy you get easy.  This is a for profit school.  One of the faculty members comments on this page that teachers often have to work multiple jobs to pay the bills.  Well, EDMC pays their recruiters pretty well.  Hmmm, I wonder where their interests lie?  In the education of the students or the recruitment efforts??????
Aug. 6, 2010, 2:08 p.m.
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Sarah, with all these problems perhaps it could be a class action, something to think about. As for me, today was the last straw. 1.No returned calls regarding my disbursements. 2. Repeated request for tax forms when neither me or my disabled husband works. 3.No number to contact the main shcool. 4.Endless run around regarding supposed money to be released. In short the process must be selective for one person to be given aid and others simply ignored.

The plot seems to be get'em enroll get the money and then roll the students by discourging them from getting an education. Thus when they quit the school thinks it will keep the funds and bill the student all cost. Guess Again.
Aug. 5, 2010, 8:32 a.m.
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Hi all I can't believe that I actually sat here and read all of this. Well I am a SUO student and have been taking classes online since Nov. 2008 (I graduate 2011). So far I have had a great experience with the online classes. The reason I choose to go here was because all of my local schools were pretty darn far so this was a great idea for me since theu offer online classes. I am a mother of 2 so I needed something that I could do while tending to my kids. My application fee ($50) was waived so I didn't have to pay it, my paperwork and transcripts were submitted with out a problem. Yes this school is expensive and at 1st I  had to purchase all of my textbooks and computer software but I was told that I could go to whichever place/website I wanted to buy my books and I was given a list of different places to go. Now the school has better technology and has it where you can read you books through ebooks, so books re included now. If you need a tutor they have them available for Math, English, APA writing skills and just about every source is available to you. The best thing about it is that you can walk with the rest of your graduating class at the Savannah campus. School is not meant to be easy, if it were to be then everyone would have the right education and degrees wanted. Some classes were harder than others but it you stick with your own learning pattern, study, ask questions, get help, read the material, and do the research then passing the classes would be a breaze. BTW yes you must log into the classroom 4 days out of the week, in my opinion that's by far the best than having to go the regular Mon. Weds. Fri. or Tues. and Thurs. traditional classes and there is lab classes for healthcare majors. I am glad that I attend this school and well on my way to get mu Bachelor's in Health Science!!! Good luck to everyone, in life we all have to make our own descisions and some may be better than others but eventually you learn from your mistakes. So never give up on something just because of bad reviews.... Find out for your self and see what "YOU" ultimately think!!!
Aug. 3, 2010, 9:28 p.m.
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Sarah-Of course they are only interested in your money as they are a "for profit" school.  I feel badly that you have quite a mess to handle right now.  
Mommy of 2-The recruiters and assistant dir. of admissions are merely just employees of EDMC who want to make their money.  It is basically a call center with "telemarketers" who are trying to make their sales pitch on South University.  There is pressure to make quotas so they are going to say and do anything possible to make the "sale".  Unfortunately, we are not talking about vacuum cleaners, Space Bags, or Orange Glo.  We are talking about an education, people!!!  This is one of the most important and expensive decisions one will make in their lives.  Please think twice before a pushy salesman forces you to sign on the dotted line!!!!
Aug. 3, 2010, 6:20 p.m.
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OK FOLKS... STAY AWAY FROM SOUTH UNIVERSITY SERIOUSLY! I have been an online student since 2007 and they have really railroaded me this last quarter. They are only interested in MONEY! I enrolled through SOUTH in Savannah since I am GA resident. I somehow got switched to Pittsburgh PENN, their online dept. NOW< they have sent my Pell Grant back as well as took the liberty to cancel MY LOANS! Bad enough that Sallie Mae sells my moans, but the school canceled them, WITHDREW ME! made ALL my loans go spiraling into repayments as i was listed on NSLDS as 'WITHDRAWN"......
I have always been a FULL TIME student and this has created a mess for me in my financial world. They DO NOTHING TO ASSIST AND HAVE HELD 'MY' LOANS UP  for weeks now!
I was invited by Savannah campus to come and join them in 'their' online program! I thought it was all one school?  OH NO, I have to withdraw and go through registration again to get back to where I originally started. 
I have hired an attorney!  :)

Aug. 3, 2010, 2:11 p.m.
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If you are really looking for a good education then you should look at your local community colleges and four year schools.  When a school has to pay people to call potential students for their enrollment well, let's just say "buyer beware".  The "recruiter" is motivated for their own salary when they talk to you about the high quality of education at South University.  They have to meet quotas of getting so many students enrolled to keep their JOBS.  Their raises are dependent on the numbers they bring in so are they really thinking about you during that phone call???  Do you really want to talk to such a person about one of the most important decisions of your life?  I am sure many of these recruiters haven't even finished their own degrees so why should you trust their judgement on your educational decisions???  It is definitely some food for thought...
Aug. 2, 2010, 3:24 a.m.
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I have also had issues with my disbursement also.  I've got 2 more days of my first class and still haven't received it.  The big issue that I have is that the degree the so called "assistant director of admissions" advised me that this degree would help me in nursing.  But really it will not.  So right now I'm trying to get information on how to drop these courses.  There's nothing I can do with an Associate of Allied Health Science in 2 years that I can't just go get a degree for LPN and probably make more money with that!!!!!
July 28, 2010, 5:57 p.m.
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Has anyone here had any difficulty in receiving their disburement stipend from this school? Well, I have. They keep asking for information that they have already received from me. Like asking me for tax return in which I do not file taxes or my husband who is disabled. After withdrawal for class cost the remaining of monies have not been released to me. There is some claim that some form of reinstatement is required per paralegal classes.
July 27, 2010, 1:41 a.m.
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I'm taking my 5th class at SUO, three being math classes which I hate I don't think I could have passed these classes in a on-ground class, I've had math classes before, never could get pass basic math, so I had to learn it. I’ve been to several colleges being in the military, so I know about all sides of this conversation, be it community college, universities, on base colleges etc…  The money issue is the same at most schools some higher than others, online classes is not for everyone, as some has stated you have to be self motivated, and yes online classes are higher period.  In the beginning it was a little awkward getting use to it, I’m also not too crazy about committing on other’s home work or there posting. The bottom line is no matter what school you attend  there are going to be ups and downs, as of this posting I haven’t had any major problem with this school, take it from an old soldier.
July 22, 2010, 2:59 p.m.
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I have been attending South University for a month now. Before coming to this school, I have done a lot of research on it, and I found nothing to be wrong with it. My enrollment was very easy, and whenever I left messages, I always got a call back. Even now, the guy who enrolled me often calls just to make sure things are still going good for me. I hear alot of comments on this school being in it just for the money, but like people say, what school out there isn't. You can't get some thing for nothing and a good education is going to cost you. I like this school and in fact a lot better than other school I attended. College is what you make it. This is not high school to where some one is going to hold your hand. You have to work through it and get out of it what you are willing to put in it. I think South University is a great school. I read these comments before attending, and I realized that people have there own views and opinions and wasn't going to stear me from applying. I am very happy with my decision.
July 19, 2010, 6:16 a.m.
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I'm debating on wether or not to go to south university.  The admission assistants do seem sort of sleazy, which is scary. They pretty much had me sign and fill out a lot of things online without letting me know what it meant.  THEY ARE ABOUT THE MONNNEEEEY, but then again who isn't?  I think i'm going to try it out after vigerous research.  Wish me luck
July 12, 2010, 10:54 p.m.
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(Part two) Vocational advice:  If you are thinking about going into the teaching game to make a good living, think again.  Chances are it won't happen, no matter where you live. Anyway, I can say that most adjuncts at SUO teach at SUO and other colleges at the same time just to keep their heads above water, making their time limited.  So if an instructor sets his or her online hours of availability, you need to respect those hours--otherwise, make a phone call or send an email. In my case, I teach at our local community college, one of the universities in our area, and also at SUO--and that's pretty typical for most of the teachers I know.  Also, I'd like to comment about course content: the courses offered at SUO are written by the college and presented exactly as written by instructors--we're allowed very little leeway.  However, this is mostly to guarantee uniformity across class sections, which is important when considering the difficulty in managing an online course platform with instructors based across the country.  Anyway, SUO is a good school, but like any online class--you have to be willing to do the extra work involved with a distance course.  That holds true even if you're taking a distance course at your local community college or university.  It's frustrating at times, because the contact normal to a traditional classroom setting is limited to what you type online--and that's a little weird at first for a lot of people.  You're going to have to learn to budget your time and study schedule, and be willing to do a lot of typing--you are what you type in an online class, and that takes effort.  I would caution anyone who doesn't have a strong work ethic and organizational skills to avoid distance courses through any school--whether its an online school like SUO, or through your local community college.  Some students do much better in a traditional classroom, so you really need to assess your own learning style before committing to online education.
July 12, 2010, 10:53 p.m.
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(Long post, this is part one) Hi--I just want to add my two cents worth as a teaching adjunct for SUO.  First of all, the standards for teachers in their online division are the same for their ground school--and the same for most institutions of higher education in this country. We all have to have graduate degrees in our particular field, and we have to have a minimum of two year's teaching experience to be considered as a new hire.  We also have to take part in an online training program for new adjuncts.  I can tell you that in my class of new hires, five out of ten had Ivy League diplomas under their belt, and all of us had considerably more teaching experience than the bare minimum required. Why would a teacher opt to teach for an online university?  Well, you have to remember that unless a teacher has a tenure track job at a university or community college, they make ridiculously little money--and tenure track jobs are increasingly rare at traditional schools.  Adjunct teachers can expect to make about $2500 per course section taught per semester in my part of the country.  If an adjunct is lucky enough to get three classes per semester, they can expect to earn no more than $20,000 per year (and MOST adjuncts won't get even that), with no health insurance or other benefits offered--and all this for a job that requires a minimum of an M.A. or M.S. degree just to get started. So when an opportunity arises to teach an extra course here or there at a reputable online school like SUO, that $1500 can come in handy in helping us to stay out of poverty.
July 6, 2010, 1:33 a.m.
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Yes, South U is a great school and no I am not faculty. The college is difficult, so don't think that just because it offers online degrees, it will be simple. Remember college is not suppose to be easy. I would disregard all comments that post otherwise, it is generally students that haven't quite reach the college level. They don't pass their courses and in return get frustrated because they are paying for an education that they think should be handed to them. The instructors are some of the best in the industry. The list of best colleges needs to be updated so this one can be placed somewhere on it. I would not go as far as saying it is the best in the world, but it does offer some great degrees.
June 25, 2010, 2:40 p.m.
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I would look somewhere else. They constantly were changing the financial arrangements, to their better. Their billing and financial department are horrible to work with. They are less than honest and try to trick you into paying more. Their billing process is hard to understand and they are hard to talk to. Charges just keep popping up, 2 years later and they are still trying to connect.
June 25, 2010, 2:10 p.m.
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Hey Jan, Hook'd on Phonix- try it before you start an english class!
June 24, 2010, 5:23 p.m.
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I just got a phone call,to enrolling in SU, i was reading Michelle,statment.I am just like(ren),I am thinking about enrolling into SU,but i don't know,they're very pushing,they told me that i can start Monday,I didn't like that.I was with ashford univ- don't go there. I call my fasfa dept and she gave me some good points about online school,she said if you do a online school take it in your state where you live that way you can go there if you have any problem. She said Kaplan rate pretty good,she also look up the rating,but i still doing my homework my self.
June 23, 2010, 7:02 p.m.
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this is for columbo, your a moron the only difference between regional and national accreditation is one is more for vocational schools and certificate programs. do your research man all the stuff you just said is wrong i just checked.
June 19, 2010, 6:13 p.m.
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I am thinking about enrolling in SU and I've read the comments on this page. Im wondering why I cannot find all the negatives things being said about this school anywhere else online. I checked the BBB and other websites posted stating what a bad school this is but i really can't find anything. Someone let me know before i make my decision please?
June 22, 2010, 11:30 p.m.
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BOB i dont think you really know what the meaning of "diploma mill" is. they would not be able to have federal student aid if they were a diploma mill. so do your research more man look into what accreditation means cause it sounds like you have no idea what you are talking about. this coming from someone who has worked for many schools.
June 15, 2010, 8:33 p.m.
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@Columbo Your an idiot! National accreditation is bullsh*t, the most highest accreditation a school can have is regional. Please get your facts straight before you post. Save yourself the embarassment why don't ya.
June 14, 2010, 11:11 p.m.
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Hi all, I's starting my Associates degree later this month (paralegal) has anyone taken or is taking these classes before?? Would like some heads ups.

June 11, 2010, 4:10 p.m.
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No matter where you go, college is expensive! South University is a great online school, if you are looking to receive a degree online! I received my bachelors degree in a little over 3 years from there and currently going to a ground university for my Master's. I wouldnt change anything and if I had to do it over again I would attend South over a ground school in a heart beat. Like anything in this world, online classes have pros and cons, but the pros out weigh the cons!
June 7, 2010, 9:16 a.m.
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People really need to do their homework BEFORE they go to school.  It is a HUGE investment of time and money.  You have to make sure you really have the desire AND that online learning is really for you.  I've attended both public and private universities, brick-and-mortar and online.  They are different. If you've never gone to college before, I wouldn't try to do it online. You have to be very disciplined,organized and resourceful in your learning style, which is an acquired skill. Develop these skills, not only because you need them for the degree, but also because you will need to use them once you have it! The peice of paper only gets you in the door, so those skills will also determine how successful you are once you've gotten into it. 
Also take time to find out about your learning style. Are you visual vs. auditory? If you need to hear everything to retain it, take traditional college courses or telecourses. Online is better for visual or combined learners. Are you better learning independently or with groups? Most online courses have web discussions or blogs that are group type learning. If you don't like that style, seek out the few online programs that don't have that style or traditional courses. Most state universities and technical colleges still offer "extension" learning that offer various styles of courses - hybrid, old-style correspondence, traditional classroom, evening and weekend college, and teleconference. 
As far as cost, most people said it already - they're all expensive! If you want the least expensive option, go to a community college or local university. It's also a better place to start college, because they'll help you "learn how to learn". If you look at the most of the reviewers of online education, the people who were the most satisfied and benefited the most were people who already have degrees.  They already know how to learn and are more flexible with their learning styles. 
As far as stipends, I will tell you that if you need them at the start of the semester, you must go to a public university. Title IV (The Fed's Fin. Aid) is disbursed first to public universities and tech colleges, then several weeks later to private universities. This is true for all 50 states and is not under the control of the universities. 
Higher Ed is a big investment - half or up to the price of a home.  Would you buy a house without checking out the neighborhood, school and crime ratings, having it inspected, checking the title, and reading the fine print in the contract? Probably not. People who would do that sometimes luck out, but most end up sorry. Take the the time to check out your options.
June 4, 2010, 7:27 a.m.
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You are correct.. All schools are in it for the money. Even Public schools are in it for the money. Its business.. 

I guess I didn't like the hard sell of SU.. They want you to sign up and sign up ASAP.. Get started as quickly as possible. You should never feel pressured into anything. 

I advise people to look around.. Nobody goes into a car lot, buys the first car they see.. You need to look at the interior, kick the tires, take the car for a test drive..Might want to look at reviews, check for lower prices at other dealers.. 

Unlike a $14,000 car.. We are dealing with a $60,000 education. AND YOUR FUTURE. 

Read the reviews, compare other schools. Look up Better Business Bureau reviews.. 

Agree School is not suppose to be easy.. You are suppose to be challenged. I really have no pity on complaining the classes are "hard". That was something one should have researched prior to taking classes..

I did not like the sleazy approach admissions had. I felt pressured into making a quick $60,000 decision without having the time to research the school.. And the calling 10+ times a day by admissions asking if I was ready to sign up was just too much.. It appeared to me as if the school seemed desperate to get students.. I went elsewhere.
June 3, 2010, 4:58 p.m.
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Colombo, you have no clue what youre talking about!!!  Regional accredidation is the best form of accredidation.  99% of all Universities are regional, technical and vocational schools are national accredidation!!  Check for yourself.  I started back for my 2nd bachelor's degree  about 9 months ago and I am happy with what I have expercienced so far.  My admissions representative has been very helpful!!!  His number is 1-888-444-3404   ext 21030.  I guarantee you will be happy!
June 3, 2010, 2:18 p.m.
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The online program is absolutley horrible!!!!  I have been lied to left and right.  When you try to get information out of them, they are very evasive and they lie.  Financial aid NEVER picks up their phone and they never call you back!  I was told by my first admissions counselor when I first enrolled that he would take care of requesting my high school transfers although I made it perfectly clear that I was willing to do it.  Less then 3 months into the program I start getting threatening phone calls that if my high school transcripts are not received in 2 weeks, I will be expelled from school.

I was also told by admissions that full-time would be 1 class, then 2 classes, 1 class then 2 classes....etc.  Well,once I was 1 year into the program, all of a sudden that pattern changed.  Keep in mind that with SUO, 2 classes is like the equivalent of 4 classes at most campuses elsewhere.  2 classes means anywhere from 6 to 9 assignments every week!  And this is supposed to cater to busy, working adults!  The assignments are extremely demanding.  The workload is impossible and even when I changed to part-time, I still had 2 classes because they run longer than the others I have already taken.  In addition to completing the ridiculous assignments, you are required to leave messages for students in every assignment discussion board as if finding the time to do the assignments isn't killling you enough.  

Now they are forcing this e-book option on everybody.  They claim this is a convenience for students, but all it does is generate more profit for the school.  You have to be online to access your book and what if you want to take your readings with you and you do not own laptop.  Good luck wasting money on ink and paper to print out the chapters.  If the e-book website crashes and you can not access your readings so you can do your assignment, guess what?  That becomes your fault and you'll lose points on the assignjment.  Now they are charging everyody a $65 fee for this e-book crap, even when you have not been using the e-book.  But, oh yeah, this process is saving us money, right?  

Some of the teachers are decent, but keep in mind that they do not have much involvement in your learning process.  If you need their help, you have to email them and wait for them to email you back.  The tutoring center is either hit or miss.  Only a few are really good and others have no idea what they are talking about.  If you use the tutoring center for help in math, be prepared to get wrong answers on assignments and tests.  I hope it's worth it to you to get a letter grade below your actual potential because this school forces you to teach yourself basically.  

In conclusion, this school is a massive joke that will do what it takes to see to it that you drop out before you get your degree because either way they still get their money.
May 27, 2010, 2:38 a.m.
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South University is a good school not a great school, It's a difference. If this is the route you need to take to get to wherever you need to be then go for it. If not, choose another school. I received my Bachelors in Legal Studies last year and I just got accepted to Florida Atlantic University Masters of Public Administration program. And so far I haven't had any problems with anything from FAU or SU. The thing is it's all about the program you choose. Check your state licensing requirements before you enroll in any college program so that way you have an idea of what to do. Just don't sign up with the first university/college that you come in contact with. Do some research first, it will save you all the trouble later. Also call local employers and/or potential employers to get information on their job prospects training/education. 

Also to the person that said,"National accredited schools are better..." you are wrong. REGIONAL accredited schools are the BEST.Schools like UM,FAU,UCF,Brown Uni., Howard Uni., Uni. of Maryland,etc have regional accreditation. Get your facts together. National accredited schools are only good for theology, and maybe oriental medicine. Other than that don't waste your time with it.
May 26, 2010, 3:27 p.m.
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wow it's amazing, you can totally pick out the planted posts. Some aren't even original and recycle some wording.  I actually started having fun just looking for the planted posts after reading a few.  You could almost make a drinking game out of this. :)
May 23, 2010, 10:25 p.m.
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I have read all the posts here and yes some are good and some are bad which you get with any school!  I am currently enrolled in the SU NP program my only complaint is that they did not tell us prior to enrollment that the program is not yet accredited and they do not know if it will be before we graduate.  The cost of these classes are comparable to other universities and the class rooms do require you to use your critical thinking skills, I like this, what I don't like is being kept in the dark about my future!  With out accreditation we can not sit for national boards.  So although I like this school I am on the search for a program that is accredited so I can sit for my boards when I graduate. 

I am just wonding if my credits will transfer to another institution? Does anyone know?
May 15, 2010, 3:34 p.m.
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rooofl so funny that people try to talk all proper and mention everyone else's grammatical errors when they too, have them. anywayyy yea i was going to go to school here and i found the staff helpful.. until i was enrolled.  i really do think they want your money. my adviser didn't know ANY of my deadlines and forced me into a stressful situation i didn't wanna be in. basically, he gave me two weeks to take the TEAS test, get 5 letters of recommendation, on TOP of taking my classes.  luckily, the semester hadn't started so i was able to pull out and call it quits.  i'm still an undergrad, and if you're thinking about nursing, you might as well start at a community college for a fraction of the price to avoid this MESS until gradschool.  i have a fair amount of scholarships and grants and was surprised to see that i still had to take out a large amount of loans.  south university is for people who plan to be VERY successful in their careers so they are able to pay all this crap off!!! if you are not 100% committed to your academics, you will be in for it.
May 13, 2010, 12:19 a.m.
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To Colombo:
I am not sure where you got your information, but, nationally accredited schools are not recognized in all states nor are the credits transferable to many of the big institutions. Having researched this issue I found that in order for many licenses that are required by states, the schools attended must by regionally accredited.
If a person wants to sit for the bar exam, or any med. exam including BCBA, it has to be regional.
Good luck with your national credits.
May 12, 2010, 5:26 a.m.
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Anyone that would hand over that kind of money without checking with the better business bureau deserves what they get. especially after all of the negative feedback. by the way they got an F. check it out yourself...]
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And one more thing for the few morons defending this worthless educational institution that are south employees (we can tell by the phrases you use and the "flavor" of your posts that you are the same person or persons)you keep talking about your SACS Accreditation. It's regional only good in (11) states making it an overpriced and practically  worthless education. Real collages are nationally Accredited!!! There good in all fifty (50) states and Washington D.C. 

If i have an IQ of 126 am i collage material? I have found that most people that use the phrase "not collage material" are almost always morons.

May 12, 2010, 12:34 a.m.
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I'm currently trying to decide rather to go with University of Phoenix or South University online programs for an associates for business administration.Where should i go?
May 8, 2010, 4:24 p.m.
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South University is being sued by the Federal government for defrauding people and the governement.  Triblive Pittsburgh
May 4, 2010, 11:45 p.m.
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I read all of your comments prior to enrolling  at South University and I have to say that the negative comments are completely untrue. As for the instructors passing students that are not up to par, this I know for a fact is untrue. I watched the discussion area and asked the students that I felt were not performing up to the appropriate standards, if they wouldn't mind sharing with me their overall grade, and I found that they were receiving the grade that I expected. I do not work for this school, I am a student in the Allied Health Science program and will use this to obtain my BSN. I always get responses promptly from my instructors as well as financial aid and my academic adviser. As for the school being over priced, I researched a lot of private education institutes and they are actually a little lower than most, so outside of attending a public school, I believe that the tuition is what is expected. I would recommend this school to anyone. I am sorry if you had a bad experience but I don't feel that you are being completely honest with your comments. I also feel that your comments could be potentially harmful to the institute, you are posting comments for others to read, and some of these readers may not have enough intelligence to do the required research, and may miss out on a wonderful school as well as experience.
April 29, 2010, 7:53 p.m.
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When I started attending South University Online, the process of enrollment was easy. Got my grants, loans, etc--no problem, so they said. 

Next thing you know, I owe $500...when they clearly stated that I was covered. I have attended AIU Online as well, and I never ONCE had an issue--got my assoc. degree in 1 year on their accelerated courses. So, already "owing" money makes me wonder. 

I make my grades--I work my ass off, and to be blatantly spit on (it seems) by their commission "needs" really ruins the educational experience. I really enjoy what the school has to offer for their psychology program and I have not had any trouble with classes. They really make a sociable environment. 

To fix this problem, it seems I will have to go part time the next quarter, which was a bit shady and unexpected. Not sure if I should continue or not...time will tell. 

I just have a disdain for paying 1-3k for opening a couple books. Having a thirst for knowledge and knowing that the government wants a "smarter" America makes me wonder why they even allow this crap to go on--education should be free, but we (me included) just sit here and whine about how much it costs. Let's DO something for a change.
April 26, 2010, 11:03 p.m.
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I'm currently a student at South University, and transfered from another University. I think the school is amazing and the people are very helpful. To all the people that complain about the cost of school, no one said education was free. Regardless, if you go to a online school or an on-campus school you are going to have to dish out money. Though, the result is a lot greater. The amount of money you will be making with a degree will be so much more. People, are always going to have their opinions, and it's the indivisual that is going to have to find the right match for them.
April 23, 2010, 2 p.m.
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Please everyone, DO NOT ATTEND SOUTH UNIVERSITY. It is a horrible school, extremely expensive and certainly not worth the money. 30k plus for an Associates, 60K plus for a bachelors.  I would have thought that doing a degree online would be cheaper because one is not using the same materials. The teachers hardly teach. You READ A LOT and complete assignments, but there is little interaction or not the valuable interaction that a classroom forum offers.  In an online classroom, your instructors do respond to your assignments but traditionally they respond by asking additional questions and not really critiquing your paper to the extent that it should be. 
Anyway, the time, many say faster, but thats only if you go as a full time student. Be prepared to spend at least 10 to 15 hours in a given week per class. 
When you speak with an enrollment advisor be prepared to be "WOW'd" because you will be. These are trained salespeople. Their goal is to sell sell sell you on the school so they meet their quotas. Its a fact, face it. They say things like "I'm interested in what you want to do" "How do you think you will feel when you get that degree, good right" "what are your goals" and that might make you feel like they care about you, but trust me, they don't. They may go onto pressuring you to go to school, "But I thought you wanted to get a degree for financial success, or that promotion or to take care of your darling children?". They care about keeping their jobs and making more money by the number of students that they seat in a class, and that is it. 

Financial Aid - Ok let's talk Pell Grants - First off you are not eligible for Pell if you have already obtained a bachelors degree level. Currently the most you can get is 5350 per school year. However bear in mind that your spending about 20k per year for this school. BOOKS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH TUITION. Financial aid can come by tuition reimbursement but most companies may only pay 1000 per year. Yes there are student loans but do you really then want to pay even more for your education? What if you get into a financial burden, what if you quit school, you will need to start paying back your loans 6 months after you leave. 

If you don't mind working independently, only learning from what you read and paying a lot of money for school, by all means go to South University. But if you want a quality education, DON'T attend South University.
April 19, 2010, 5 p.m.
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Wow! I have taken my time to read all of these reviews. I can only ask myself "Why?"
There are so many uneducated people on this site it is crazy. Given, there is no spell or grammar check on this site. Many people rely on that as a staple to sound educated. South University is a quality school. Their Accredidation speaks for itself. Regionally Accredited by SACS.
It is not the cheapest nor the most expensive program.
They have ground schools and an online program. You graduate from the ground school even if you take the online courses. I researched every school under the sun and I am going with South Online. My admissions rep is very knowledgable and is a straight shooter. I talked to at least 5 schools and made notes on every one for various reasons. South did not talk negative about any of the other schools (I tried to get them to) and did not BS me in any way.
My research lead me to South University. If you are smart enough to go to college, South is a great option.
As for all the people on here leaving nasty posts, I ask myself "How the heck did they even get a GED?"
So, if you are college material, South University is one great option.
Questions? call them and talk to an Admissions Advisor. 
April 17, 2010, 1:42 a.m.
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I started South University in Jan of 2010.  The process was much easier than when I had enrolled in my local community college.  Locally, I was going to have to take classes that I didn't need because the college was so full, I ended up getting one class (that I in no way needed or was prepared for) and being wait listed on the other classes for the term. When I went to SU, my admissions adviser, Susan Tucker, was amazing. I still keep in touch with her to let her know how things are going. She was so helpful and in no way pushy.  I am easily able to reach her, and if I have any problems I can take them to her and she immediately takes care of them.  The only thing that I have had a problem with is having to purchase the things that I need for class use, which can get expensive, but this would happen just about anywhere you go.  I have found that my class Instructors have been very patient and helpful.  They have always gotten back to me quickly if I had questions, and they had even called to talk to me and give me their phone numbers. I have not had any negative experiences with South University and I sure hope that it stays that way.

Online classes may not be the best idea of choice, but I have 4 kids at home, and they all have school and activities they are involved in.  This is the best way for me to further my education.
April 16, 2010, 7:56 p.m.
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I am an ADA "enrollment counselor" at south and I can say that it is expensive however college is expensive so if your not committed to making an investment in your future you really shouldin't even bother. As far as the bad teachers we will help you whenever you need it resources are availible to you if you choose to use them I am enrolled in the school myself and find it a legit college.
April 12, 2010, 2:45 p.m.
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I have been enrolled at South University going on 6 months. I like it. I'm not going to say 'love it' because who actually loves going to school? We are all in it to get a degree and make our lives better. Anyway, My financial aid advisor, enrollment advisor, and academic advisor are all great. They respond to my emails the same day and return calls in a timely fashion as well. I quit my job just prior to starting with South due to harassment and unethical treatment of staff and patients. I am enrolled in the BS in Healthcare Management program. Things are going smoothly and I like the layout. Even if it is a class you are bad with it only lasts 5 1/2 weeks so there is no long grueling and painful time spent. I received the Pell Grant as well as student loans and everything is covered. The only issue I had initially was the hold that was put on my stipend. I have no extra money so they charged my initial books to my account and that was taken out of the stipend before the remaining amount was sent to me. Now they have switched to electronic books which is a lot easier! I can jut print it out and don't have to deal with coming up with the money to pay on the spot to get my books in time. 
I pay $2888 a quarter and I don't feel that it is outrageous...especially for online schooling. I think it was a good choice for me but obviously not for all people it sounds like. The only thing I can say is that you should pick whichever school feels like a good fit for your current lifestyle. I think it is a good school though!
April 7, 2010, 3:35 p.m.
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I am currently enrolled in South U for the second time.  I decided to do SU online to take the 4 courses I need to get my BA with my ground college. The payoff is convenience.  I got my BA in 2006.  Once I learned that SU Online had a Master's program, I jumped on it.  I called and emailed and was responded to the next day.  I told my admiss advisor what I wanted. I didn't realize that the next session was starting that same week, but we got it together within a couple of days.
If you are the type of person that does not follow up and expects everything to fall into place, do not bother with any online schools period.  YOU must be proactive in getting your transcripts, sending them, verifying courses, completing all financial aid forms/MPN's, and following up with loan institutions. ***Note to everyone:  when applying to enroll with ANY school, get all of your OFFICIAL transcripts first!***SU online DOES NOT have a book voucher program.  Yes, you will have to pay for your books up front. Some classes have electronic resources which means the book is available at your online class which cost $65.You can sometimes find chapters online or try renting using dub dub dub(dot)chegg(dot)com and various other textbook rental sites. I also WARN you to KNOW YOUR FINANCIAL AID STATUS!  Be aware that there are FA limits to what you receive for each year you attend. My financial aid still hadn't come in by my second session so SU online started sending me bills.  Your account info is online where you log in to your student home page.  Be proactive and check transfers if you had any before starting any course session. I filled out my FA in early Jan. 2010 and by end of March 2010 SU still had not gotten a disbursement, but had received a pending disbursement just like I had via mail from Direct Loans.  I was still getting bills, and was told that this could affect me getting into my next session.SU had to file a dispute based on compliance with Direct Loan.  2 days later, the disbursement was received, applied and my stipend is on the way. Anyone can say a lot of bad things about SU, but like with most things, you get out of it what you put into it.  I am a "professional" student and have had some horrible experiences with ground schools. Based on those experiences SU online was cake for me. I agree that some instructors are less hands on than others unless you ask them a question, and yes they will direct you to a source to get the answer.  But, they will break down why you got the grade you got for each assignment and explain the answer. SU online may not be for you, but experiences will vary depending on your situation and your attention to detail.  I hope all of this helped someone.
April 2, 2010, 11:39 p.m.
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i am or was currently a student at south university online. then i was told i was being discharged because i was not able to log onto my classroom for family problems. i contacted my instructor when i returned home. she stated make up as much as you can. i then contacted my student adviser whom stated to me i had nothing to worry about. now 2 days before the start of classes i am facing discharge. i wrote an appeal letter and am waiting til next week to see what decision has been made. i am actually very upset with the whole thing. i work my butt off for what? a big slap in the face and a i can't help you attitude. not good if you have family emergencies or any emergencies at that.
March 17, 2010, 5:10 p.m.
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I am a current student at South University and I couldn't be happier. Let me begin by saying that I do not work for South U. I am employed as a maintenance planner in a large manufacturing corporation. I have successfully completed an Associates degree from South U. and I am 3 semesters away from my Bachelors. I have every intention of pursuing my MBA as well. The only complaint that I have ever had about South that my initial adviser was too pushy. After a few cross words with him and changing advisers, my experience has been wonderful. Sure, the cost is high but do your comparisons; I will finish my Bachelors in 2.5 years at a total of $44,000. I have 2 friends enrolled at N.C. State University who pay $15,000 per year which adds up to $60,000 for the same degree. The cost is fair and at least equal to that of a larger university. 
Also, the classes are very difficult. The classes were difficult as well at my local community college where I had to sit in a classroom for hours each night. The only difference is that I sit at home with my family instead of in a classroom.
I would recommend this school to anyone looking to further their career and gain an education. My instructors have always been helpful and easy to contact.
I would chose South University again if given the choice.
March 17, 2010, 3:19 a.m.
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Ok I have just enrolled in SU and some of these posting have me scared however some are just plain silly. I went to a 4year university and graduated wth a B.S in Communications.I am looking to SU for a nursing degree. The post about money makes no sense... I payed way more a credit hour then some of you complain about. I owe like 20,000+ n loans...face it... College is expensive. Im just saying!! Also in that money... my books was never included. I also got used books or went to Ebay/Craislist. Also they did tell me they are a "critical thinking" ntitution meaning do research youself. Yes it is unfair BUT a degree is needed. Also... college is hard. Just get over it!! 

I just want to know how is the Health Science/BSN program is overall?? Anyone know about SU Columbia campus?? I would like solid info on this minus the "expensive" and "Oh its so hard" post people are posting.
March 17, 2010, 12:06 a.m.
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how long b4 u get ur refund check and wat is the amount
March 15, 2010, 6:37 p.m.
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I am going to start at South University this April and I wanted some feedback on others who have atteneded the online classes. I have heard good things so far even though the undeniable doubt of an online class always raises questions in any students head....Is it a diploma mill? Will i get placed after reciveing a degree? Or better yet is the cost as effective for me as it will be for the "non profit" university? Please respond and let me know your thought.~~~~~Thanks! God Bless
March 11, 2010, 4:37 a.m.
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If you're thinking of attending South University, RUN AWAY!!! They say they cater to adult learners and busy people, but the truth is, they don't.  When something (like work deadlines, or illness) comes up, they could care less.  They'll penalize your grade in a heartbeat, and if you drop the class to protect your GPA, or if they can manage to fail you somehow, it's your tough luck, you have to pay for the course anyway, and probably will have to pay to take it again.  It *IS* a diploma mill.  The course materials don't even deal with the "textbooks" that they force you to buy at generally exhorbitant prices.  Sure, they give out reading assignments from them, but the course work doesn't have anything to do with the text book readings.  All you have to do is read a couple of pages on their online "classroom" and you'll be able to ace the homework.  It's all about the money for these folks, and if anyone tries to convince you that they care about their students, they're lying to you.
March 9, 2010, 7:54 a.m.
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I posted feedback on this school back in May of 2009. At the time, I was studying for my online BBA Degree. I just want to say that I am three classes away from receiving my MBA degree from a very reputable school, and I have South University to thank.
I didn't realize it until far into my MBA program that South has given me the tools that I need to perform at the next level. Many of the students in my classes have been from more expensive and "prestigeous" schools and have dropped classes because they were too overwhelming. I just want to know this: If South is such a bad school, how am I so prepared and doing so well at that next level?
Feb. 26, 2010, 11:08 p.m.
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i'm a counselor for south university.  let me say that the diploma you get from South University Online does not SAY online.  the curriculum is the same for the campus and online courses.  we are SACS accredited adn our legal programs have ABA approval.  we are the REAL DEAL, this is REAL college and as an advisor myself let me say--we do care about our students, a lot!  working with students and forming relationships with them is the BEST part of my job!
Feb. 26, 2010, 12:56 a.m.
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...I would just like to make one more comment about what Todd said above.  Just to clairfy, their is a link to a counseling center on students campus common where students have access to counselor if they are having any type of personal issue to give them a professional to talk to.  As any traditional university has a counseling center and even high school have guidance departments.  This is also used by advisors or instructors, so that if a student comes to them and, for example, says their husband is beating them or they are considering suicide, that instructor or advisor is not trained to handle that situation and can give that student a professional to speak to 24 hours a day regarding those very personal and serious situations. It is not there becuase most SUO students are depressed, it's there as a resource for students if they need it, as any school has.
Feb. 26, 2010, 12:40 a.m.
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I am a former SUO employee, so here is my advice to any student looking to attend there. 1) Yes, SUO is "for Profit", but if you are looking to attend college online, every school you look at is going to be.  2) When you enroll you will be talking to someone called "the assistant director of admissions" please know that their job is to have students enroll in class.  That is their job, just like a car salesmans job is to sell you a car, their job is to enroll student in class. My recommendation is to do your research.  SUO does a good job of posting all the information students need on it's website.  If you do your homework and read the fine print on EVERYTHING you sign you will understand the terms of your enrollment. 3) To attend SUO you should at least be able to copy and paste, if you cannot, then go to a ground school. You will need to use email and know how to navigate a website. If you do not know how to perform simple technical tasks, you will not succeed online. 4) If you attend SUO you need to take responsibility for your education!  Assignments have due dates and this will not be a cake walk. If you are looking for an easy route to a degree, this will not be it. You MUST be able to learn on your own without a lot of hand holding, this goes for all online schools.  If you are a student who wants to participate, do your homework, turn in your assignments ontime and do the necessary reading/homework, then you will have absolutly no problem succeeding at SUO. No one is going to hold your hand here and walk you through everythign step by step. Your instructors at any online school are going to be more of "facilitators".  They will drive the class discussions, grade assignments and answer questions, but they will not lecture or go very indepth on the topics. It would be impossible to actually "instruct" students online, and I think alot of students lose sight of this and this also goes for all online institutions. 

If you are looking to go to an online school and you are prepared to put in the effort then SUO is a good school for you. But, if you are a student who does not want to work or take responsibility for your education, then I don't believe you will succeed at SUO or anywhere. SUO offers great programs and students defiantely enjoy their education, however don't have unrealistic expectations and think everything is going to be easy.  All in all, I'm not a huge supporter of online schools in general, but SUO is certainly not the worst of them, students just have to be ready to work and have realistic expectations of themselves and their school.
Feb. 23, 2010, 7:17 a.m.
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I have attended south university tampa campus for two years doing my pre classes to get into their nursing program 
.Which I did get into,having over 100 applicants and they only accept about 45 at a time twice a year.So you do have to work very hard. I actually have had a good experience. Now some people on the website have complained about the teachers not teaching but what you have to realize is that south university mission statement and whats always on every syllabus is that it is a critical thinking school, they live on that, who wants to give a person a degree who cannot critical think on their own. Now I wasn't to happy with the online classes i am not going to lie on that part.YES it is expensive but they are bout the only school that doesn't have a nursing waiting list which those of us who try to get into nursing at other schools,especially community colleges, the waiting list can be up to 3 years long.By then I will be almost finish at south with a BSN degree.Its a very hard program to get into since you have students from usf,ut, hcc and etc trying to get in there because of the no waiting list and because it goes straight into a bachelors degree.There percentage rate for getting a job after their nursing program is 95 %.Everyone is going to have their ups and downs. I even did my research on them before I started to see if other universities take their credits and they do.I called USF to verify, and thats a good university! You have to do whats best for you, you will never be a 100% satisfy with a school. They all have their pros and cons, you just need to figure them out before you make a committment. GOOD LUCK!
Feb. 22, 2010, 9:17 p.m.
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Interesting point made by several people. The supporters of South University in this thread do sound like paid faculty trying to silence critics. What is with the personal attacks with comments on grammatical errors? Shows poor character. This does nothing to disuade readers and does not address the issue of whether South provides a decent educational experience at a reasonable cost. 
My suggestion for people who are interested in attending South or who are concerned about South's business practices is to contact the accrediting agencies. If you have legitimate concerns, hit them where it hurts, with their accreditation. Otherwise, learn from the experience; this is how you gain wisdom and will help you make a better choice the next time.
Feb. 20, 2010, 3:52 p.m.
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For those who are complaining and crying about South University really are comical...

Some noted:  

South University is a “For Profit” and “rip off” university… this is by far the most idiotic statement on here and carries no validity. You will pay no matter what college you go to. Education is like any other industry, they offer a service (education), you pay them, they render that service. You don’t like the price, ok, be gone then. There are other colleges, if you don’t have the fortitude to do the research on colleges what makes you think you can research on a college assignment? I did my Undergraduate at a Big 12 school, doing my grad work with South University and then plan on pursuing Medical school at a Big East School.

Some others mentioned they’ve had a bad experience with classroom /teachers etc.  From reading these comments it seems this negativity is rendered by those who put their own failure on other people. College is not meant to be easy, like anything in life if you want something you got to work for it, that simple. Just because you decided to “go to school” doesn’t mean you’ll get that degree handed to you. You don’t understand something? I got an idea, do your own due diligence and educate yourself, stop acting like a BABY wanting to be hand fed, welcome to the real world. Like anything you get back what you put into it. You complainers are simply not college material and those who are here complaining, but didn’t enroll, where is the validity in your statements? You have yet to take 1 class and yet you are complaining?

Lesson: Go to this college or any college of your choice if you’re serious about school. Those who are complaining are simply pessimists trying to put their own failure/misfortunes on other people.
Feb. 12, 2010, 12:45 p.m.
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I am in the South university legal studies program. I have taken a couple of classes her at this school and have had no trouble transferring them . I have had good and bad experiences at South university. The good is some of the classes actually helped me learn to write better and it is a problem I needed to address. The bad part is there are some teachers at the school like the current one I have who simply do not answer any and I mean any questions you may have. While I agree that some schools I have gone to in the past have not answered questions when in the environment of Online school this needs to be addressed.People who have no professor in front of them need to have the questions answered. I also have been indoctrinated to accept the political opinion of who ever is the current professor to the point of affect in grade point. Dissenting opinions on the subjects which you write about or your political stance on a particular subject based on your particular assignment should be accepted and this is not the case. The decision to reduce the grade goes with this philosophy hand in hand. I have seen this before at other schools as well but it when you are paying 3 times as much for a school which is private you should be allowed to voice the opinion you choose for your papers. The other thing I have noticed is that the professor I have now is devoid of support.This college tells you that when you sign up it is all about support and the professor that I have has not given one word of encouragement to anyone in the class. I find that this is common in a classroom setting however once again it does not wash in an online situation when it was promised that they would give feedback and direction. Finally there is a part of the home page which actually provides council for people who are suffering depression. I know this sounds noble and that it is very nice to think that someone cares what happens to you but if you think about it for a minute why on earth would you need this in a school setting unless there has been a rash of depression or worse? Why would someone who was depressed or despondent call someone in a school setting which is online? I find this very odd . It is not the school I had thought when I started and am somewhat disappointed with the attitude taken by the people who have taught me.
Feb. 11, 2010, 9:25 p.m.
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I am so glad that I found this website and hope to find additional information on other Online schools. I had been looking at South University and was very interested, that is until I spoke with and never received follow-up feedback from the Admissions Representative. If anyone has any suggestions for a Online/Accredited school which offers Associates/Bachelor's in Health realated sciences please post! I live in Salt Lake City Utah, and there is a lack of schools offering Online programs especially for health/science. Available schools, which are non-profit or public are limited and there are waiting lists 2-3 years long just to enter into health core programs, such as nursing! I just wished that non-profit and traditional schools, would realize that more than 40% of college students in the past 10 years are adults seeking higher education, or have the means to finally go to college! You would think,that public/not-for-profit schools would expand and capture this market!! Why can't they create programs for the working adult online or through additional calendar sessions, of course grant it if the funds are available? But... Nope, unfortunately only the "for-profit" schools realize and it seems that there is more and more negative feedback from students in such schools, feeling "rip-offed" and unsatisfied? It's scary, costly and frustrating! It's more difficult living in a state that education seems to be taking the backseat even more and I feel stuck! Maybe I should move my family to Texas! LOL I hear they have great Nursing programs with no waiting list required! :)
Feb. 6, 2010, 5:37 a.m.
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I have been a student at south for about a year now. I have made the biggest most God awful mistake of my like. This school is a FOR PROFIT ONLY school. If you are looking for an online school DO NOT CHOOSE SOUTH! I am in the process of dropping out. I have applied every quarter for student loans to pay for my material needed and have never got my money on time to start classes. This quarter I have not even had a book. South DOES NOT CARE about the education of their students. The classes are essay only and do not have any test. I have called multiple places and found out that their degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on. Be warned south is a SCAM!!!!! If you sign up you WILL REGRET IT. Please heed my advice. The post that say that this college is great are from Professors and employees of south, don't be fooled into signing up and paying for this BS. Take care and good luck in your search, but do not stop here once again I repeat SOUTH UNIVERSITY IS A SCAM!!!!
Feb. 5, 2010, 5:07 p.m.
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What I want to know is why are these institutions around if they know their degrees don't mean anything? Who wants to sit in class or sit at home, waste 3-4 years of your life, and dish out thousands of dollars to a nonrecognizable school that doesn't do anything for their students? This is just plain nonsense.
Feb. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m.
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To Ms Jeter:
So where are you attending now? The only reason why I was considering South University is the fact that they are ABA approved for their Legal Studies program and I knew that I could probably get accepted easily. Because its hard to get into Nova Southeastern University here in Broward County. As far as Bachelor degrees goes NSU & SU are the ONLY ones in the area that offer that program and are ABA approved. Well my gut told me to stay at Miami Dade College complete my studies there and transfer to St. Thomas University or Barry University. I will have my AS this May so I'm going for a degree in Political Science,Criminal Justice,or Public Administration. I am so glad to have found site because there's no way in hell I'm going to spend bookoo money I don't have on a worthless degree.
Jan. 30, 2010, 11:24 p.m.
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I am pleased with my experience.  I am a vice-president of a nationwide company that most of you probably would know of if I mentioned it.  Bottom line, I looked at many schools that offer 100% online for Business Admin(even the ones that have commercials on TV).  There were none other that were reputable.  South Univ has been a university for 111 years.  

Some of the other schools I looked at were ready to schedule me for classes because I have a pulse.  This school had me take a quick placement test and were diligent in their response time back to me.

For those above that have not thought highly of this school...  you are probably not college material.  One person above complained because they got a call at work to fax something.  If you are complaining about faxing something from work to get you into school and change your life, I am glad that you are not a fellow classmate.

As I mentioned, I did much research on this school and found that the curriculum, structure, and value of degree surpasses all those that I looked at...  and I looked at alot!!  I would recommend this school to someone that is serious about school.  If you are anything like me, I waited too long to get back to school and I will not sacrifice that lack of time with the value of my degree.  I will proudly hang my degree from South University on my wall.
Jan. 19, 2010, 4:53 p.m.
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This school is a total rip off. It is every costly to go here and it is a huge mess when you try to transfer. If you do go here plan on making payments weekly and not transferring anywhere.
Jan. 12, 2010, 7:59 p.m.
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This school is rip off, I will tell you why.  I talked to admissions office and they told me to do this and that.  After two weeks later, I received an email congradulating me for enrolling into South Univ.  And ALSO they already sent me books for the classes which I DID NOT request.  Wow I am still shocked.  They do everything they want.  I just did their entrance test and spoke to admissions faculty, and now they are enrolling me into this mess.  Wow and they actually enrolled me into one of the courses and I think it is a fishy school.
Jan. 8, 2010, 4:36 p.m.
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I am sorry to disappoint you, but there isn't a school that does think about the students first. In every institution the most important is the money they can get from you then comes you. That is in every school.* FACT, there are schools cheaper than others*  Good Luck
Jan. 7, 2010, 8:54 a.m.
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I decided at the last minute to not take classes at South University. The admissions personnel acted like sleazy used car salesmen. They wanted to Rush you in as quickly as possible before you change your mind. They were forceful on the phone and were very hard sell. They were calling at least a half dozen times per day. In most cases Requesting me to fax something, or send in various forms. The attitude of each call was I am suppose to drop whatever I was doing to submit the document. The admissions guy called me on my cell phone while I was at work. He immediately wanted a document signed and faxed back to him. I explained, "I am at work and dealing with a customer." He gave me a very unnerving remark "what is more important, your low paying job, or your future?" My overall impression appears as if the admissions people could care less about you and your needs. They only care about receiving their cut and nothing else. The financial statement I received was the last draw. I got nothing for financial aid. After student loans, there was a shortage of 3 to 9 grand each year of which I had to cover. Of Course I could get Private student loans at lets say 7% interest. I am in my 40's. If I took out the entire tuition in student loans (half of the loans compounding at 7%). It will take me to the age of 73 to pay these loans off. The admissions personal were too arrogant. The Financial end of things seemed like they were more interested in collecting commissions from Private Student Loans rather than helping you with grants. The school appeared to be money hungry. I decided to tell them "sorry not interested".. I think I can find some other school that cares about me and not money.
Jan. 4, 2010, 10:33 p.m.
+1 vote/
As long as you're doing all of the work, you may as well not go to school at all. You can educate yourself for free during whatever time you have available. It's called the Internet, and you're on it right now. Too digital for you? Try libraries.

But you don't really want an education, you want something that will help you get a job (whether you actually know anything or not). You need to get some sort of official certification that lets you pass through the employer's door. You can earn it at a real school, or you can buy it from a scammer.

If you want to buy a diploma, South is probably more or less as good as anywhere else (though more expensive than many real schools, and certainly more expensive than many scams). Most employers won't have heard of it...and the ones that have will probably laugh. Maybe you'll get lucky and interview for one of the shiny happy people who have posted here saying good things about South. They sound like they'd be pretty easy to impress.

In my experience, many employers won't bother to check with the school anyway, so you may as well lie about where you went to school, and about what degrees you received. As long as you can do the job, nobody really cares. Until they need to find a reason to fire you. is not affiliated with South University Online in any way.