Sullivan University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
I felt as if the the proper expectation for new students is not is very poor. Especially for young students trying to attend the school. I truly regret attending Sullivan University. The reason why the school is still open is because of the hidden fees.
During my Senior year I had only 4 classes remaining. These were CORE CLASSES I needed to complete to graduate with a Marketing BA. I waited 6 semesters for them to offer these classes and they kept saying next semester they will have them but never did. I would never recommend this school to anyone. They would tell me they're offered online though. These were my toughest courses in the entire program and they only offered them online. I would have never went hear had I known this. I finished the 2 year but not the 4 bc my last 4 core classes were never offered in a classroom setting.
Admissions and advising was courteous and helpful. But then, beware if you are a returning student with credits from another school. At first they accepted the credits and then after a couple of classes they switched advisors and claimed I needed more credits to graduate then what was agreed upon at the beginning, which means more money for them. Administration was not helpful. Also, get a financial report from them each semester plus a report from student loans. They may be different. Classes were not exceptional education wise.
There were some fine educators at Sullivan during my two years there, but for every halfway decent thing you can say about this 'university', there are four or five negatives. First, everyone should understand that as a for-profit, proprietary (and many would say 'predatory') school, the main concern of management, from the despicable 'dean' (a rabid right-winger) on down, is your ability to keep your payments on schedule. There were few if any students that weren't thrown out of at least one class because of a late payment (and by late, I mean an HOUR late, not a week or two late). New instructors are often brought in to be given a trial run, which can be disastrous. One accounting night class was taught (ha!) by a poor guy who developed stage fright every time he tried to open his mouth in front of us. Still, for several months we had to suffer through his incomprehensible stammering, since all of our complaining and protesting to the higher-ups fell on deaf ears. By the end of the quarter, we ALL somehow passed the class, even though not a single one of us knew a thing about the subject matter (I received an A, and I couldn't tell you the first thing about Cost Accounting if my life depended on it). The teacher was gone after that one quarter, never to return, but that didn't do us any good. Pitiful and pathetic, but not uncommon. Another Finance class, headed up by a relative of a local politician, consisted of spending the entire quarter learning how to operate a financial calculator. I am not joking. Still, as I said, there are fine teachers there. One of my Accounting instructors spent 25 years teaching at one of the prestigious local universities before being lured out of retirement to teach at Sullivan (probably because they always need a certain number of Ph.D's on staff). But even the good ones seem to be running on empty much of the time. I would describe the typical attitude of the teaching staff as 'near exhausted'. Another area to be VERY weary of is their claim of near-perfect employment after graduation. This is a pure scam. First of all, contrary to everything you hear before enrolling, Sullivan's employment placement and job-assistence is a joke at best, and virtually non-existent. That they can get away with telling this lie to prospective students is appalling, although it does help explain why 'Dean' Sullivan is so cozy with Tea Party right-wingers and anti-regulation obsessed politicians. It's a blatant lie, and it should be illegal, but I guess that would infringe upon this corporations right to freedom of speech, even if it is totally false speech. Even though the tuition is expensive, I would have still paid it for the scheduling luxury and the online classes IF the school operated totally above board and showed a little more concern for their problem areas. Unlike the utter con jobs of ITT Tech and the now-defunct Corinthian College, Sullivan does have some genuinely knowledgeable, talented people teaching genuine college-level courses in Finance and Accounting. But it's a shame that the good is completely outweighed by the greed of the Sullivan family (who are already worth several hundred million dollars - seriously). Nothing is ever done to improve the overall education quality. All decisions are centered around profitability, period. Sullivan clearly is a very good business, and its made the Sullivan family very, very rich. As a school, it's basically a place where older, working people with no ability to attend a community or four-year college can go as a last-ditch option. That's a shame, because it could be so much more.
My experience with Sullivan was positive. The material was rigorous but focused on real world application of business principles. Most of my professors were also working in the industry, not researchers or full-time teachers. This keeps the material relevant, but does cause them to be a little less engaged than full time academics might be. They definitely don't coddle students and leave it to the student to drive their own success. Again, very real world. Since graduating my career has advanced considerably in a short time. I have since hired Sullivan alumni to work for me and have yet to be disappointed.
All they want is your money ! They staff and faculty i s rude. Career services is a joke, no one returned my phone calls, nor did they reply to my emails. I sent them a resume and no one replied back. I feel like I wasted my money and time at this school.
Sullivan University is a very career-oriented school. Few electives and general education courses are required; rather, classes relate directly to your major. Also, the programs are concise which allows you to enter the workforce sooner.
I really enjoy this school. They help you with entering in as a new student, they are very respectable to your age and educational status. They send you assigned assistance and always are there to help.