Southwest University

Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10 (13 reviews)
Ranking: #12

Southwest University is a distance learning school based in Louisiana. Southwest offers a variety of certificates, undergraduate degrees, and masters degrees in business, management, marketing, and criminal justice. Most courses can be completed in six to ten weeks. Military tuition assistance at Southwest covers a military member’s entire tuition bill.

Accreditation: Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
For-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Graduated. Highly recommend for working adults
Criminal Justice - September 16, 2017
I finished my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. I can highly recommend this school for working adults who can't sit in a classroom all day and who are looking for a flexible accredited institution. The materials are very comprehensive and support is very fast. Some books are slightly outdated by one edition but still have the essentials you should know. Dean Lee and her staff are very supportive and dedicated. I am extremely satisfied. I am considering entering their Masters in Criminal Justice as it is very comprehensive.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Masters in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice - June 12, 2017
I have been in the law enforcement field for over 35 years and currently serve as a Chief of a Federal Police agency. I graduated from Southwest with a BS in criminal Justice. My time with this school was so well spent I decided to complete my Masters in Criminal Justice from Southwest as well. The degree's have been widely accepted by the federal government,and I find the university; flexible, supportive, and very budget friendly. The Masters Program has been everything I was hoping for yes its a lot of papers to write but it has an enlighten adventure lots of research, but lots of support from the University. If you are a busy professional with a lot of irons in the fire this is the school that will provide you the support you need to get ahead.

Capella University focused on money not education
MBA - March 5, 2017
This University is focused on money not education. I already have a PhD in Chemistry from a brick and mortar University but decided to continue my education many years later with a degree in Business. The classes were very good and I learned a lot. However, the doctorate portion of the program was very lacking compared to what I did in my previous graduate studies. It was not going well and I requested to be placed on leave while I decided if I would continue. This was done for a quarter but then I was charged for the following quarter that I had not requested to be signed up for. I have sent many letters to Capella explaining that I did ask to be enrolled and explained why I left. They will not even talk with me about the program unless I pay for the quarter I did not attend. I would like to discuss the option of completing the program with a Masters but this is not their priority only the money.

Great Personalized Experience so far!
Criminal Justice - January 19, 2016
I enrolled with Southwest coming from Ashworth College. Ashworth was great but the curriculum was lacking for my promotional needs and Southwest has good Police Management courses. The school is great for the selfpaced adult learner. You have 10 weeks per course and extensions are available. The payment plan is wallet friendly and the staff is great and personalized. The send me birthday greeting, holiday greetings, ask if I need any assistance, etc. The school sends a study guide per course in a large binder and it is very comprehensive. Text books are your responsibility if you are not on TA. Great school.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
MBA student review
MBA - August 12, 2013
I am in the MBA online program. This program is challenging and VERY ORGANIZED. The instructors are completly dedicated. I have a science degree from a Big Ten and this school requires you to work, but the work is doable. Just keep up and you will do fine. Whenever I need help the admin team is friendly and "on it". It is AACSB? No. However the lectures are AACSB videos and the texts are from AACSB professors at AACSB schools. The school gives you a computer (iPad) and all the texts are online so you don't have to buy them. As someone who has taken classes at very "name" schools, watch out. This one is on the way up.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Value for money
MBA - September 20, 2011
I graduated from Southwest with a B.S. as a foreign student. Yes, there are better schools than Southwest but where I am concerned, the fees fitted into my budget, and the open enrolment suited my hectic and unpredictable work schedule. Though the degree did not help me to get a promotion or land a job, it did improve my work skills tremendously, and I am now the author of several books.

MBA - February 19, 2011
I had an excellent experience going to Southwest University, and my degrees have greatly helped me in my career both in knowledge and advancement.

Excellent College & Programs
Criminal Justice - December 5, 2008
The coursework and study guides are well designed and easy to folllow. Courses can be completed in the time alloted and exams are well put together. Assistance is always a phone call or email away. I am working on my B.S. in Criminal Justice and will proceed through my M.S. in the same.

Decent Program
MBA - June 22, 2008
Currently, I am in my sixth class in the MAOM program. I will admit that the course work might not be as hard as say Yale or Harvard. However, there is a good amount of work and the staff is very helpful. I know that the school being only DETC accredited might cause problem for some. Nevertheless, I have spoken with some regionally accredited schools that will accept me into their PhD programs. Anyway, for a small university it fits my needs.

Great Service
MBA - January 23, 2008
The staff at Southwest University have been great. A co-worker who is in the military with me told me about the university. He is currently preparing himself to become a police officer. I am in the Masters in Organizational Management program and it has been great. The program is very flexible and works well with my family and work life.

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Old Comments

July 3, 2010, 2:47 p.m.
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The website needs a lot of work. Not very professional or even enticing...
Jan. 2, 2009, 4:33 p.m.
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I graduated from Southwest Univ. in 1991 with both my MBA and my PhD. In those days they offered a PhD in Business. I have been very pleased with my degree and have been teaching as an adjunct in several colleges and universities since I graduated. I have found that my education is in no way compromised by graduating from a non-traditional university. You get out what you put in and the support I had from Dr.Lee and others was extremely helpful.
June 13, 2008, 1:28 a.m.
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Southwest is a good small university.  You get a lot of one on one with your instructor.  Dr. Lee is very personable and responds quickly to any and all questions.  The course are independent.  Therefore, you are not require to log on or anything like that.  You can work at your own pace. I have attended other colleges, which your work was based off of team  projects.  This method of learning seems to work best for me.
June 9, 2008, 6:04 p.m.
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anybody doing the BSBA degree at southwest. if you are please contact me.
May 30, 2008, 12:37 a.m.
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Shawn I am happy to hear from someone who graduated from Southwest.  Currently, I am taking my sixth course in the Master of Arts in Organizational Management.  I would agree with that the customer service is great!  I have enjoyed being a part of a small university.  At Southwest I feel like a student and not a number.
May 25, 2008, 6:47 p.m.
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I had a great experience with Southwest and I completed the MA in Organizational Management as well as the MBA program. The instructor interaction is great and the customer service is top-notch.  The courses are challenging and the course materials are very well put together.  You must have discipline to make it work though!!
May 7, 2008, 4:19 p.m.
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Who cares about your arguments concering DETC schools.  They provide a service that working adults need!  They are good enough for the needs that people desire.  Therefore, if you are not a Southwest student then get off the site and get a life!
April 10, 2008, 2:22 a.m.
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Read and learn the truth about DETC accreditation...
Oct. 16, 2011, 10:08 p.m.
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hmmm, not sure when it changed, but this school is now fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commision (HLC)  North Central Association. That is the same as all the major Universities. 
Feb. 27, 2008, 6:55 p.m.
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Hi Sarah,

I emailed you and have not yet received a response.  However, if you have any questions or concerns just send me a post.
Feb. 25, 2008, 2:14 a.m.
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Hey shadeed7 contace me.
Jan. 31, 2008, 9:26 p.m.
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Southwest University is a very small university.  The university is small but the customer service is great!  The tutition is not that bad there as well.  The courses are only $750 a class.  The only draw back is you have to pay for your books and materials to be shipped.  However, the university is a good place to get an education.  I would recommend the university.
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:03 p.m.
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Yes, southwest university is an online school. I do recommend any degree program to any busy adult individuals that need flexiblity and personal attention. I have less than a year left and will transfer to another school to get my masters, but as far as my bachelors...there is nothing better.

Dec. 31, 2006, 5:35 p.m.
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I had a great experience with Southwest University. I would recommend for graduate programs and continued education. Continuous interaction with instructors and the same program available at most schools.
Sept. 14, 2006, 2:43 a.m.
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For-Profit, Yes is not affiliated with Southwest University in any way.