South University Online Reviews

2.12 out of 5 stars
(81 Reviews)
32% of 81 students said this degree improved their career prospects
38% of 81 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Melissa - 12/28/2017
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018
"The counselor and advisors were thorough and J. still makes weekly or bi weekly calls to check up on me. Also, they are great with making sure you stay up to speed with things. They give you a printed out schedule soyou know exactly what to expect"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Carl Counts - 12/16/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care)
Graduation Year: 2017
"I just finished the Nurse Practitioner program with South University. My overall experience with South University was good. I would recommend South University. My financial and academic advisors were great. They checked on me constantly and were there for me when needed. The only difficult part was having to find my own preceptors for clinical but other than that it was a good experience."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pharmacy Student - 11/8/2017
Degree: Pharmacy
Graduation Year: 2017
"This is one of the worst Pharmacy Schools nationwide. Their tuition is the highest and the quality of education received is poor, they have the lowest graduation rate yet the highest retention rate because the hold students back every chance they get for remediation so they can get more tuition. The program is supposed to be 3 years yet they are quick to make it 4 while you wait a whole year to restart with loans due. I think it is a disadvantage for being a small university because professors have favorites! No one could pay me enough if I had to do it over again, i would have gone to one of the many 4 year colleges I got accepted to. If you decide to go please be prepared to pay some very expensive tuition which will increase every year until you drop out or if you are fortunate enough to graduate with the 15% that do. Go to public university, you will save your money and save yourself the stress. Runnnnnnn from South!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
On the way - 10/31/2017
Degree: Pharmacy
Graduation Year: 2018
"You get out of something what you put into it, right? This school is hard. Its supposed to be. I can say that I feel prepared to go out into the pharmacy setting daily and make my patients lives better. That is why I went to school, to learn, to network, and to help people in the long run. South is a very tough program, and I am thankful because it taught me discipline and determination I can now carry through life. Being a real pharmacist has had its adjustments, but I am proud to say that I am a South University Columbia graduate and I cannot wait to see where my doctorate takes me in life."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Christine - 10/27/2017
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2017
"The High Point, NC location is Fantastic. I did not feel like a number there and my success was important. Whenever I needed to talk to someone, someone was always available, even without an appointment. The librarians are awesome and helped me learn APA format. I always receive emails on job opportunities as well. I graduated from their RN-BSN online program in 8 months. I would highly recommend this program."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Svhool - 10/27/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"I think South is a great school. I completed my BSN with them, each instructor was very professional. I can agree, its overwhelming, classes arent designed for the working family. HOWEVER, they were very understanding and sensitive to my daughters illness. They worked with me during her hospitalization , chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Darrell S. - 9/26/2017
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017
"Most of my schooling went alright. The counselor's were always changing. The only counselor who really helped me along my journey was A. F. and they moved him to only help military applicants. Towards the end of finishing, the school decided as always to try to make changes to the program. It deleted all of my remaining funding amounts that were due to hit my account in less than a week. It took almost a month to correct this issue. A manager calls after a week and says they fixed and funds are to be expedited and how much I would have in a stipend. The account was not fixed and the stipend was only for 1/3 of what the manager who called after one week told me I would receive. Several calls of no answering or when I did get someone on the line, NO ONE seems to know what is going on. Most of the Instructors are alright; it is the school administration that is the problem. I tried researching information to contact the school Dean and it is no where that I could find. I highly recommend anyone considering this school to RUN the other way. The school is expensive for dealing with this much nonsense."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Regretful NPstudent - 9/8/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult)
Graduation Year: 2019
"I grossly regret signing up at this school. I have been with them for close to 2 years and it's nothing but b*******. I stayed with them because they accepted all my work from my BSN classes and if I wanted to transfer elsewhere, half the credits will not transfer over. However, I'm getting to the point where I want to just get the H*** out of the NP program and pay extra to go elsewhere. The classes are very rushed to where you don't have time to learn the material. The Nurse Practitioner program was not designed for working families. They give you so much busy work weekly that it pulls you away from your family and job. It's all just busy work! It is not work that you learn anything from. Weekly, you have over 6 chapters to read with each being over 60 pages, a discussion post, a quiz, i-Human computerized assessment c***, a SOAP note and a big project. Once we can prove that we know how to do a SOAP note, why are we doing one weekly? And, i-Human is just a waste of time. This is SU's way of getting a computerized website to be your teacher so the actual teachers have less work. And, it's a lousy website. You hit dead end in many of the spots to where you just want to hurry through it because you can see you are not getting anything from it. So, who cares if I can get the class done in 11 weeks when I don't remember the materail when I go to take my boards because the classes are so hurried and they keep giving you busy work? Do not go to this school. It is the biggest mistake of my life. The counselors are friendly but you must be a d*** fool if you think they are there to represent you. The instructors think you have nothing else going on in your life but their class and have this grandious mentality like they are teaching at an Ivy school....and not at one with a 7% graduation rate. Some of the instructors look like they need a mental health eval. I honestly feel like they hire anyone. Most will degrade you to where you feel like c***. The school couldn't care less if you pass or fail the class as long as your tuition is paid. The classes are hard. You don't have time to learn the material so you better hope you have a strong nursing background otherwise you will never pass the weekly quizzes, midterm, and final. And, the reason is because you don't have time to read your chapters because you are too busy doing the assignments that will not benefit you, you c*** on your family because of all the stress the school induces upon you, the online library resources are s***....most of them don't even open....I mean, there is nothing nice to say about this place! None! I am working with another school to get the H*** out of this one. This place needs to be examined."
4.6 out of 5 stars
R.O. - 7/20/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"SU Columbia campus has an exceptional criminal justice program. The majority of CJ professors have decades of law enforcement and military experience which had a significant impact on the quality of the education. Just like any college, some classes are challenging while other are not. Most of the instructors for the general education courses were helpful. The school is expensive, but the program allows schedule flexibility for working adults. The Columbia campus has a large veteran presence which made it more comfortable for me since I am prior service Army. The amount of pessimism directed at this school is due to unrealistic expectations by new students. I can only speak of my time at the Columbia campus and online program. (Hybrid program). I graduated from SU with a 3.9 GPA which allowed me to enter into a top national university in the D.C. area for grad school without having to take the GRE. The Columbia campus English department was instrumental in preparing me for writing at the graduate level. Hope this helps."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tina - 5/29/2017
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care)
Graduation Year: 2015
"The NP program was brand new when I started here, they are still developing the program and lots of changes while I was there and from what I hear, still lots of changes! I had no problems with the administration, was able to complete all of my clinicals on time. You do not get much help securing preceptors, it truly is up to you to make that happen. I have heard similar complaints from online students at Walden, UAB, etc. It is a doable program, worked for me as a single mother and I worked full time while completing! It's expensive because it is 'for profit'. There may be better deals, I did not shop around much. If you decide to attend South, keep documentation of everything, be your own advocate, and you'll do fine!"