University of South Alabama Reviews

  • 37 Reviews
  • Mobile (AL)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,292
88% of 37 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 37 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

APN
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Overall USA has a good nursing program. Some of the instructors are great and really want to see you succeed. The school definitely has some policies that need to change compared to others. Do yourself a favor and research other schools first, talk to others that have gone to other schools, and ask about things including assignments and preceptor/clinical rotation placement. Some things at USA are ridiculous. The school has clinical affiliations that are no help. You still have to find your own preceptors. Many of the places where the school has clinical affiliations still don't take students. The school has certain rules about clinical rotations that other schools don't require such as having to rotate through BOTH internal medicine and family practice rotations for the FNP program. Many other schools give you a choice because both are still "primary care". This requirement makes it that much harder to find preceptors. There are also some courses where it doesn't matter what your overall course grade is, if you make less than a certain grade on an assignment, you can't continue in the program. Just some things to think about. There are many other programs that don't have these requirements..."
BSN, MSN, FNP
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2020
  • Degree: RN to MSN
"I attended South for my BSN and it was a great experience. The college of nursing was still located on Springhill when I graduated in 2004. I did not study for my NCLEX and had no difficulty passing the first time. When I started work I was much more prepared than other new nurses who went to other local colleges, except Springhill. It was a lot of work and it was hard but I'm glad I was at South. In 2017, I went back for my MSN, FNP online through South and had a really good experience. The writing classes were a shock to the system because they are so strict but once we got to clinicals and learning about how to manage diseases it was awesome. Prof. Herf held online, live lectures on material for each section and really made things make sense. The power points were excellent except for a very few instructors. Dr. Turnham absolutely makes this program along with Prof. Herf. Dr. Turnham is the kindest, funniest instructor and I wish I could carry her around for pep talks. Almost immediately available by email. There are so many excellent instructors that I learned from. You do go to school twice for simulation lab and OSCE which is fun. The process for getting paperwork turned in for clinicals was a little ridiculous but only because of the person in charge but that did not impede on my education. I graduated December 2019 and I would never go anywhere else. I definitely recommend South."
University of South Alabama Sucks
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Awful school, only interested in money and their graduation rate reflects that (over 80% acceptance and around a 30% graduation rate). Not to mention to ridiculous amount of hidden fees and fines. They train their employees to watch you do something that can result in a fine, and they are TRAINED NOT TO SAY ANYTHING AND GIVE YOU A FINE. The school is corrupt, don't attend."
Brianna Whitfield
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2019
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I attended the University of South Alabama (USA) where I obtained a bachelors in chemistry. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate years at USA because the campus was not too big but it was not too small. The class sizes were small enough where building a relationship with the professor was never an issue. The school offered many different organizations to allow different students to get involved on campus and meet people who shared some of the same interests as them. Getting involved on campus was extremely helpful for me because it allowed me to build friendships that I still have today. Having those close friends are vital because college is by no means an easy task to accomplish and you can not do it alone. The Department of Chemistry, my degree program, was a rather small department but being small is what allowed the students and faculty to gain a close relationship. Every Friday we would have a guest speaker to teach us about the type of chemistry work they do and give us recommendations on how to be successful after graduation. After the speaker finished their presentation, we would then have lunch which included the speaker of the day, the students, and the faculty. Along with any questions we may have had for the speaker, we would also casually talk to our professors about anything we have going on within our lives. This allowed not only the students to get to know each other on a personal level but for the faculty to get to know the students personally as well. My advice to future students would be to get out and get involved in organizations the school has to offer and get to know the professors on a personal level. Majority of the professors I built a bond with always did anything they could to help me with whatever I needed which played a major role in getting me to the point where I am today."
Disappointed BSN
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Whenever I get told by someone that they're thinking about applying to South's BSN program, I say, "DON'T DO IT!" Save yourself a whole lot of money and exhaustion by going literally anywhere else! Classes and professors are disorganized, sometimes we didn't get a schedule until a month into a semester! And then there's the feeling that nothing you can do will ever cut through the politics of the old timers who practically run the program their way and aren't going to change. The icing on the cake is the last semester - practicum - where you're spending the whole semester working for free in an area of the hospital that you may not even want to ever work in! They place you wherever they want! I'm just glad I got finished with my degree without ever failing or dropping a class - which every semester at least a third of the class did! I'm taking my degree and running with it, all the while preaching to you to not make the same mistake I made with this program."
Mechanical Engineering
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"The mechanical engineering program was very demanding and staffed with tenured professors who were very knowledgeable in the subject matter. Class sizes were small enough and there were plenty of places (campus library, computer lab, etc.) to study. As an engineer in an industry where obtaining a professional engineering license is required for advancement, south alabama's requirement to take the EIT makes the process simple. The program more than adequately prepares you for this exam, and the required time management skills that you will learn will make you a decent engineer in industry."
persevere
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am working towards my second bachelors degree. I have attended 4 different schools including USA and USA is by far the worst school I've dealt with. Communication is almost impossible at USA. If you're interested in nursings I hope you are okay with emailing 3 or 4 times before you get a response. If you leave a voicemail you will not get a call back so don't waste your time with that. I almost feel like USA doesn't want students. I believe USA provides a good education. There are some very nice and helpful professors. But I think that when people graduate from USA it is more of an accomplishment that they didn't give up due to frustrations with student services, financial aid, the business office, and advisors than it is that they passed all of the required classes. I hate to be negative because it does not suit my personality. However, I genuinely hope this will help someone and that they will not suffer the way I have."
Debra Morrow
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2017
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I was a non-traditional student at 28 years old. I had wonderful professors who taught well. They were patient with me as I struggled with the academics. I am forever indebted to them. I also had professors who were impatient, verbally abusive, and intolerant of other's views. Their reputations preceded them. The bad professors and my awful experiences because of them did not alter my getting an awesome education. South is an excellent school and affordable. Warren Buffet, third richest man in the world, said that to not pay high tuition solely on an institution's reputation. He goes on to say that many affordable institutions offer wonderful academic programs. High tuition does not equate or guarantee a superior education."
Male, 34
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It is a college that is constantly improving and striving to be better."
James Iyasse
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"I am a current student at the University f South Alabama and i graduate with an undergraduate degree this May. I will be starting Medical School this Fall at All Saints University of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica. All Saints University School of Medicine is among the fast growing Medical Schools in the Caribbean island and is recognized by the Government of Commonwealth of Dominica. This school offers the first two years of medicine at Roseau, Dominica which is basic medical sciences and students can decide to stay in Dominica to finish the entire MD program or move to Canada or the United States or any other country to complete their clinical rotations. I intend to do my basic medical sciences there and then move back to the United States to do clinical clerkship for seventy-weeks then get into internal medicine for residency . My goal is to become an internal medicine and infectious disease physician to be able to provide medical care to people around the world primarily in the developing countries."
Dual Role APN
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"Overall, my USA experience was very good. I'm sure my complaints would be common to many other most-online MSN programs. The online classes and the format of the online classes were easy to follow, some instructors more organized than others. The degree plan was a very good roadmap for graduation and I followed it to a "T". After graduation, no problem passing both Acute Care and Family boards, thanks to the preparation of USA MSN program. Will this program guide you through to be prepared to pass boards? Yes. Can some nursing programs change? Yes. If you are self-motivated, and a hard worker, you'll do well at USA and it will get you through to your goal of being a nurse practitioner."
KJ Henderson
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"USA has in excellent online and on campus program. The program and staff prepare students to past the boards on the first try. I felt more than prepared for the NCLEX. I already had my RN, I was enrolled in BSN ONLINE program this was perfect for me."
Jess Comeaux
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"My college has been an excellent place for both mental and social advancement by providing me with a variety of attainable opportunities. As a high school student, I found myself engaging in a lot of self-doubt-- I did not think that I was capable of earning a scholarship that would make it possible for me to go to an out-of-state college, nor did I feel that I would be able to excel socially in a place where I knew nobody. After being offered a place in the University of South Alabama's early acceptance Doctorate in Physical Therapy program, I knew I could not pass up the opportunity to leave my comfort zone. Within the first week of my undergraduate career at the University of South Alabama, I was pleasantly surprised to find how easily I was able to engage in a variety of academically and socially stimulating activities. I quickly made contacts with many peers and faculty members. The community I experienced in my undergraduate career invoked a confidence in me that I had never felt before. I found myself working multiple jobs, including tutoring and working to integrate new students into the South Alabama community, as well as participating in a research group of graduate level students. The University of South Alabama challenged me to not only integrate myself into campus activities, but also to help other students integrate themselves. Without the confidence I have gained in academic and social endeavors, I would not be successfully earning my Doctorate in Physical Therapy today."
Kristen Tait
  • Reviewed: 12/21/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I LOVED USA!!! If you are an involved student, there are so many fun activities for you to get involved with. The on-site gym is amazing, along with the sauna, pool and hot-tub. South offers both online classes and on campus. Everyone is super friendly and the campus is clean. I never had any safety issues, however you do find that on most campuses. South is a great school and I received a great education!"
Danyelle
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"This college is nice for students that like a college town. There is not much to do but it does keep you focused on school. The teachers are helpful and there are tutoring options. There is also a transient system called the Jag Trans. It is good to go to the student center for all your needs."
Joseph Mackey
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2016
  • Degree: Public Administration
"I attended The University of South Alabama from August 2006 to May 2008. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Public Administration. I was very proud of myself and I enjoyed my studies greatly. The campus was good and my professors were great. They had a strong knowledge of their subject matter and were excellent teachers."
Tegan Tonsmeire
  • Reviewed: 9/16/2016
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"South Alabama is a great place to get your degree in Occupational Therapy. If you're looking for a family atmosphere, quality education, and professors that know your name and care about your success, then South is the place for you! Research is an important part of the curriculum, as is hands on practice. We have cadaver labs, ADL labs, media labs, technology labs, and tons of other resources available to students and loads of field work opportunities. I highly recommend checking out South Alabama for your Masters of Occupational Therapy."
Lindsay
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Military Science
"USA is a great university with many opportunities for learning. After I graduated I went on to work for the university and I love it."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Very huge campus, awesome infrastructure. popular for medicine."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: English
"Not an impressive alma mater to have, but a decent education. The English department is better than it has any right to be because the job market for academics is so poor right now. South has a lot of talented people."