Sullivan University Reviews

1.99 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
  • Louisville (KY)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,740
29% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
32% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Justastudent - 12/14/2017
Degree: Culinary Arts
Graduation Year: 2018
"To be honest to be a private school its actually terrible, high priced I have seen better campuses and more put together... to be honest the school doesnt offer as much as you would think as a private school... I went through this school because I was told it was great but in reality they arent..."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Alisha - 11/6/2017
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017
"Once I was enrolled, no one wanted to help me with anything. I took all online classes and all of my instructors were lazy and unhelpful. One instructor didn't even grade any of the assignments until week 5. The one specific teacher that i had issues with is Patricia King who graded 2 of my assignments at zero, claiming that she did not see that the claim forms were filled out. Not to mention the fact that the way the assignments were uploaded to Blackboard was dumb and most of the class had to reach out to her about not being able to complete it. She refused to help anyone, advising to reach out to the IT team. The IT team at Sullivan, in my case was unable to help me with this. When i told her, she was still no help. I reached out to the director of online affairs at this point who stated that while he didn't agree with the way she handled the situation, this is what i should expect from all of my online instructors. I then reached out to her director who never responded to me. Finally, i called IT again who had to send her an email and tell her how to look at the assignment. I then, after 3 weeks got my assignments graded. Then on other assignments got an 88%. When I asked her for some feedback on what I was doing wrong or how I can improve, she directed me to the grading rubric. I told her that I looked over the assignment and the grading rubric and felt like I had met all of the requirements and I was wanting her feedback as to why I was graded at an 88%. She then sent me the grading rubric and no other response. I then wrote her director again, asking her for a meeting. Her response was that the assignments were graded and saw no need for my email. I explained to her the entire situation and she never got back to me. I then went to sign up for my second quarter of classes, only to find out that she is the only instructor to offer one of the classes i needed. I emailed the director of online affairs, again, asking about the class and if they expected anyone else to be teaching it. His response was that I would have to deal with that instructor at some point. Basically telling me to get over it."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Find the truth - 9/26/2017
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2011
"Future students, do your homework. I know a young lady who worked at orientation and figured out Sullivan was not a good fit. She was fired. You will hear all the positive, you will be given the great spin on everything. Before you sign the dotted line go out and ask five graduates their true opinion. Don't take the admissions people who are under pressure, don't trust review sites. Some are written by angry people or Sullivan yourself. Find five actual graduates and get there opinion before you sign those papers."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Dustin - 8/15/2017
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"This school is a complete joke. It's all about getting your money. The financial aid people can never get it right. There are slim pickings of classes. The good teachers have already left. Classes you need are never offered. There is no college life. They charge for everything. They charge lab fees etc."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Dakota Beard - 5/26/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Former Student - 4/5/2017
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ms. Stewart - 5/15/2016
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
D.J. - 2/12/2016
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2008
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
SullivanMBA - 2/5/2016
Degree: MBA in Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tom - 7/5/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 1998
"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."