South University Online Reviews

  • 116 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,594 - $17,014
33% of 116 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 116 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Reggie P Weston
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2022
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"The criminal justice curriculum was thorough, and complemented by the impeccable real-world instruction of the professors. I would highly recommend that others attend South University, especially working adults. South University offered many valuble resources that assisted me in successfully completing my program and graduating with honors."
Alicia M. Rincones
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2022
  • Degree: Counseling
"I am surprised by some of these reviews, and yet I am not. Communication has been challenging for a lot of schools during this pandemic. So, I urge anyone considering South to go to the campus, and ask questions for yourself. Reviews are based on our experience and opinions. What happens with you might be different. I am both a South University Alumni (Bachelors in Psychology and Counseling program), as well as a current student in the Masters in clinical mental health counseling program. I have attended both online, and on campus with SU Virginia Beach, and they are excellent. The professors are excellent educators, realistic, transparent, and well educated. However, above all they have not forgotten that they are still counselors. There have been small issues with communication due to the pandemic (financial aid), but that was an easy fix, I simply emailed the dean. Overall, I think that the Virginia Beach campus is great. Best to you all pursuing higher learning."
Tina Kennimer
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"Graduated in 2017 and still cannot get a job as nurse practitioner because of no experience. I don’t feel the classes prepared me at all and certainly did not help me with the certification. The only thing that helped me was my amazing preceptors. A huge waste of time and money. I continue to work as an RN."
Holly Y Porter
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2021
  • Degree: Business
"The online environment with South University was great. The only issue that I have is the finance department is terrible. They set up payment plans with an outsourced vendor and upon graduation send them to collections when an arrangement is in place. You also have trouble assessing anyone in the finance department, as well as your academic counselors are constantly changed without you being informed. The instruction and education was very helpful in my career and the starting my own company in the field of my degree."
Emily
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2021
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"Do not waste your time with this school. Online is the WORST. The instructors do not email you back if you need help, they are easy to offer criticism but will not help you when you have questions about the work. The advisors are even worse. You can never get anyone to answer your calls and rarely answer your emails. Please, take my advise... Find a different school."
Mr. C
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2021
  • Degree: Business
"I am really shocked at all of the negative reviews I am reading regarding the education and services offered at South University. I am enrolled at the Austin, Texas campus but take all of my classes online. I have had a great experience while attending this school and have had tremendous support from all aspects of the school staff. This includes my program director, financial aid, admissions, and academic counseling. Transferring credits from my previous school 30 years ago was effortless, and this staff has always worked hard to accommodate any questions or concerns I have had. Of course, some instructors are better than others, and as with some of the comments, I have experienced a few instructors that were completely hands off and were not responsive at all to the students' needs. However, this was the exception, not the rule. I think this school is quite expensive, but I was willing to pay the extra money for the convenience and support I was provided. I finished my four-year degree in 2.5 years and will continue to complete my MBA at South University after graduating in 12/2021. I would highly recommend this school, especially for adult, professional students who have full-time jobs and families and need flexible schedules to complete their education."
Keri Lee Burgess
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2021
  • Degree: Paralegal
"I had an absolutely amazing Admission's Advisor, Benjamin. He walked me through every step. He even walked me through my first day of school. The proffessers and advisors are always available. You have a huge support team if you just reach out. I think the only thing I had a small issue with was my financial advisor, she's no longer there. I definitely give them ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"
New Chamberlain College Student
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2021
  • Degree: Accelerated BSN
"This is in reference to the Columbia, SC Campus for South University. The program director/ care instructor takes pride in low test score and high first time failure rates, there is no real effort or desire to provide a quality learing experience. Low percentages of students complete the course on first attempt and the program director boast about this fact openly. Students are held to a high standard while the test are poorly written ( odd syntax, missing information, ambiguous statements) and the challenge process is a joke, you have 24 - 48 hours to provide challenges based on your own recollection of questions. There is a systematic problem with padding university success at the expense of proper student instruction and eviroment focused on achievement ( low progression leads to higher percieved success stories). Another issue is that while students are all charged for specific editions of textbooks, these books are rarely used in the making of the tests, many tests source materials from editions that are significantly older than the books required if used at all. This leads to tests with old terminolgies and even no longer used procedures, acronyms, practices and EBP sourcing. To sum it all up, the primary goal of the program director appears to not be one that prioritizes actual instruction, instead it champions toxicity, mediocre teaching and mentoring. If you want to go to university for a quality enviroment that prioritizes and facilitates the learning process look elsewhere. I would like to add that there are some quality instructors at this institution but when the program director champions toxicity most students dont stand a chance at achiveing success."
Jt
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"From the beginning (enrollment) to graduation and beyond South University has been nothing more than a frustrating JOKE. Communication was horrendous, that’s if you got a response. That was professors, financial, student services and etc. I graduated and to get transcript to pursue my doctorate has been the worst"
ReeRee
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2021
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I must say, I can not believe the reviews I am reading. My experience with SU was amazing. My enrollment counselor and financial counselor were amazing. Anytime I had any questions they responded immediately. My professors except one, were great. I had no problems with the online classes. Even when I became sick, my professors were understanding and gave me an extentions on my assignments. I have 2 degrees from SU. My BA and MHA in Healthcare Administrative. I have no regrets attending this university. I am actually debating now if I am going back for my 2nd Masters. I just graduated with my MHA with a 3.8 GPA.Magna cum lada."
Lokesh Vempalli
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2021
  • Degree: Information Systems
"I am an international student.I felt very comfortable with the school. Everybody supported me and all the staffs ar very friendly.Especially my professors moulded me in correct shape. South university made me a successful person. I surely recommend this school."
CJ Professional
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"South University prepared me for success. The classes were challenging and relevant to my career. The policies are strict and they prepare you for the policies within the field. The instructors were people who had practical experience as well as degrees so they knew what they were talking about. My degree allowed me to move up significantly in my profession and the investment was well worth it. I see some negative reviews here and many of them are written so poorly that it should come as no surprise they had difficulties with academics. Like everything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If you want to excel and succeed, everything you need is at South University."
Rebecca Kelly
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Worst school to attend. They are claiming I have to have 180 credits to graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree. After doing research, all other schools are showing you only have to have 120 credit for Bachelors and another 60 credits for masters, but not this school. I was just informed my financial aid has supposedly run out as well, but according to FAFSA, if I am enrolled in a 4 year course, I am eligible for FAFSA for up to 6 years. Now I am left with a balance with the school, student loans and NO DEGREE. Professors don't care if you have family problems and need extension to complete work. I have been through at least 6 financial advisers as they change roles like people change underwear. This school needs to be investigated."
Dee
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2021
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Please do not attend this school. Take your money and hard work elsewhere. The faculty is a bunch of unethical individuals who appear to be somewhat of a clan and try to brainwash students that they have done things that are not true. They will lie to the end. Veterans especially, please do not go here, take your money and benefits elsewhere. They are bloodthirsty vultures who thrive on ripping people off at any expense. They have no moral compass and not sure how they can be educators. Whatever they see works in the moment to get them by or cover up some corruption, this is exactly what they will do. DO NOT GO HERE!! DO NOT GO HERE!!! They are fraudulent and will pull some scheme to have you retake a class so they can make more money. BE CAREFUL PEOPLE AND LOOKOUT FOR YOUR OWN WELFARE!! Steer clear of this for profit organization looking to line their pockets."
Worst mistake I've made.
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I dropped out from this college my first year, why? Because I am a first generation college student and didn't know a thing about how college works, I expressed this greatly to my financial counselor "Beth" and she would always ignore it. They would have me apply for loan after loan with no explanation as to why I needed to apply for so many. I was told "you don't need to pay until you graduate" grate right? Boy was I lied to, about 4 months in I got a letter, I had 30 days to pay 2,000 or I would be kicked out of college, i was horrified, I wasn't making enough to cover that bill and my rent,water, gass ect. So naturally I called Beth in tears, she tried to tell me she told me this, now mind you most our conversation would happen threw email, (this way I had a record of everything said) so I had pulled up the exact email who she expressed that I didn't have to pay until I graduated, she then tired to explain that because I was taking more than once class a term, (at the time I was taking 5) that policy had changed, without me knowing. Now you're probably thinking, what about the classes? They were horrible, it felt like a cheap YouTube video, the "reading material" was laughable, I learned more from crash course than I ever did in one of the classes held by south university, if I ever emailed a question to my teachers for help I was told to use the "resources" which were websites leading to OTHER college pages and once again cheap YouTube lectures, you take 1 class (if you don't ask for more) for 4 weeks and in all honesty the class is a joke, not challenging at all."
Seth R.
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"South University is the one of the absolute worst higher education institutions in America. From enrollment to graduation, I had nothing but problems with them. These issues were with office staff, primarily financial advisor, and some "professors". The majority of the online professors were very good, but had no real standard. By that I mean, at one point I was told by a professor that I was doing too much in my work, and did not need to be so thorough. This was evident in just about every class I attended in which many fellow students lacked the ability to discuss things using comprehensive, grammatically correct sentences. This sentiment remained all the way through senior level classes. I will give South University a little credit, their process to get me re-enrolled after having to take a leave of absence due to deployments, but that's about it. Furthermore, the degree path I chose ended up requiring 180 credits for my Bachelor’s degree, for no reason. I expressed to South University, that if I was not in my junior year when I had to take my leave, I would not have re-enrolled at their university. I recommend any perspective student stay far away from anything related to South."
Jerland
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2020
  • Degree: Ministry
"I spent a year at South University and things were going well with me until this year 2020. There are only a few instructors who have you in their heart some, are just I have found to be racist. They are a private school but not compassionate. In 2019 I dropped a course because of not keeping up with things and having to learn a different format. So my academic counselor said that it was okay for me to dropped that course and only take a course at a time. I retook the course that I dropped and failed with a "D". My counselor told me that I could stay in the course that I was previously in and I would have retake the course. During our break I tried to log in to my course and I couldn't. Before MLK the 20th of 2020 I get this email stating that I am no-long a student at South University. So, after I finally got to talk with my counselor she says that I was dropped because I failed the course twice..but, you didn't tell me that. Most of the staff and the counselor that I dwelt with are not understanding they only have their interest and families at heart. During the time of this last course the 10th week I moved and I was just stressed out, just tired. The professor that I had said that plagiarism was part of my paper. My counselor offered me to fight my "D" grade but you know what the Holy Spirit said to me no just stop talking with her because you know they have you on a recorded line. Well, with the review that I'm giving South University it doesn't matter who knows about what I am saying. The counselors and some instructors are not there to help out. They are there only for the money. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I wish I'd listen when I started a year ago. This school cares nothing about your well being. If you are keeping up with your GPA that's great. After that if you are failing then they are ready to dismiss you. We learn with our mistakes and pass it on. Do not attend this school."
Krista Will
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"The courses seemed to overlap in certain materials, the tuition rates are extremely high, but the instructors and counselors were very helpful. Overall the school was great, I just wished so knew there were cheaper options. But I had two other coworkers attend and speak very highly of it. Admissions were very easy to apply, get help and get started. The instructors thrived on student interaction and feedback which made it fun to submit assignments. Some of the coursework was tedious but I was able to learn the business side if healthcare which is scary and impressive. Healthcare revenue is some of the largest in the world but costs are rising also. Each term is 10 weeks long with one class per 5 weeks is considered full time. I was taking 4 classes a term to sped up graduation as I had gotten into a rhythm with work, school and life. The classes being only 5 weeks was great because if you disliked it, it was over very quickly and you were on to the next one. The instructors are from all over, all walks of life, so you have a good eclectic mix. Scholarships, financial aid and grants are all available. Each term you are awarded the money and the remaking amount is dispersed back to you."
NA
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
"I cant believe i did not listen to all the bad reviews. STAY away, the will steal your money. I was sent to collection, when i had loans and i was never notified that i owed them any kind of money, specially since i have loans. They are very unprofessional and do not do their job."
MAry
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2019
"The WORST of the WORST "Please do your research. I did but I ignored it thinking people take to the sites to complain. I was scammed and manipulated. They have been sued to the U.S. Department of justice research please before you make the same mistake and loose a year or are scammed another way!""