South University Online Reviews

  • 84 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,354 - $17,014
32% of 84 students said this degree improved their career prospects
39% of 84 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Lokesh Vempalli
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2021
  • Degree: Information Systems
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2021
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2020
  • Degree: Ministry
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2019
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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!""
Jessica Poole
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Im urging you to avoid this university like the plague. I am a veteran who trusted this school. Not only did they ruin my benefits by their fraud they kept 8k of my student loans. They charged my Va $2600 per class in January instead of $1300 per class. Not only that but one of these classes never even existed it. They created it just to take money from my Va. I went to an empty class room for 3 weeks before I found this out. I called and email multiple times about these issues with no response. I had to leave a 1 star review on google to just get a response. They offered me a free class and said they will fix the issue. Neither of these happened. They continued to enroll me in classes without my permission and charge my va and keep my student loans. Its now July and still trying to get this fixed. Now I am reporting them everywhere. If you are also fed up with this school and want justice email me atJessica.poole84@ymail.comI am taking legal action against them for fraud, trauma and distress. Lets stop this school from doing this to anyone else and lets get justice for ourselves!"
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"This program is good for nurses ONLY, if you have a Bachelor's in another field, don't go for MBA IN HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION. It's a year after graduation with no job, almost all of my classmates don't have a job either. I regret wasting my time, energy and resources, I have a student loan to pay.I don't recommend this school for an MBA in healthcare Administration, they need to restructure the curriculum, include internship and limit the program to nursing graduates only. It's a reap off."
Detroit Nurses
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The overall education is questionable. I would not recommend the school to anyone pursuing a degree. The debt alone is one reason. As stated in a prior review the school has been bought and sold more times than any school standing should be. The financial aid department is nothing more than a loan mill. The student loan upon graduation is outrageous. Do not let anyone pursue an education through South University."
Bill Mosso
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Graduation Year: 1900
"It's laughable that anyone on this site, except the shills, gives this school a sterling review. For many years now it has essentially functioned as a loan mill. It has been bought and sold by wall street types 3 times in the past year and a few months. So many other ways to become a nurse than to take a chance on a financial house of cards. Go to to understand my position on this so-called college."
  • Reviewed: 5/9/2019
  • Degree: Public Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"School started off ok but when my academic counselor left it went down hill for me. Each quarter I had a new financial aid advisor and the communication was HORRIBLE! My new academic advisor is a liar and not helpful at all. I had doubts about this school and wish I wouldve quit my job and went to school on campus. Now I am in debt with no degree."
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Good program until reaching the practicum. Teachers are good but the on-line administration is really bad. Its self help whether its their computer system, lack of Dr's or problems managing the paperwork. You will only get phone contact with people who are not interested in customer service or student success. They are not prompt or caring. So my advice is if you think you will need any help in any way, there are probably better options."
Worst College Ever
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2019
  • Degree: Pharmacy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This is the worst college to ever attend, and my experience at this school was terrible. First, the teachers crammed information daily, about 100 power point slides and youre tested twice a week. The teachers were very unapproachable and extremely unhelpful. I also felt that some teachers were extremely racist and only helped favorites, so we were forced to do a lot of work with minimal guidance. The teachers used intimidation tactics during class which created a stressful learning environment and made it very hard to learn and focus. Also, at the end of quarter the teachers played with grades for whom they wanted and their favorites throughout the year. Also, most of the decent professors are in Savannah, and most of your classes are on a screen where you press a button to ask questions. The technology is very outdated and malfunction most of the time, which takes time away from the instruction and causes confusion. Financial aid was a different monster. We received incorrect information and the financial aid person for the pharmacy program was active military so when we went to answer questions we never received an answer, and no phone calls were returned. She was also very rude and when asked questions she seemed to not want to answer and provided incorrect rushed answers. If you have to remediate any courses please dont, its a waste of money and a scam to get more money out of you. You will need to know that information before moving forward to any other new information, and will be held accountable for it."
South Grad
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I earned my bachelor's degree, MBA, and DBA at South University Online. I enjoyed the programs and learned a lot. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the doctoral program. I highly recommend the MBA program and strongly caution others to avoid the DBA program because it is in shambles. My first year in this program I was led by scholars in the field but after their departure it was necessary to dumb down every question, every paper, and the dissertation so that the new leadership could understand it. Students were discouraged from asking questions or completely ignored, and while I made it through others did not or had to repeat work because expectations were not clear or even known. In summary, in the DBA program you will be ignored, have to guess what they want, and then turn it in to find that your work has either not been reviewed or is not understood because it has too many statistics or big words."
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I feel bad when I see all these negative reviews. I am completely satisfied with the MSN education I paid for and completed. The courses were well constructed and my professors were responsive and encouraging. In comparison with the MSN degrees offered in our community, South University offers an excellent education."
Melissa, Nurse Practitioner
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2019
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have graduated from South University with 2 degrees. First with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and I had such a wonderful experience that I returned 8 years later to obtain my Masters of Science in Nursing with focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The South University program is laid out in a manner that is not only manageable but enhances learning. I was very pleased with the program and felt very prepared to enter clinic practice after graduation, which I did promptly."