South University

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South University

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South University

South University is a private for-profit institution of higher education that offers associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. With over a century of academic excellence the school is consistently recognized as an innovator in postsecondary education. It is committed to providing high quality academic opportunities for the intellectual, professional, and social development of a unique and diverse population of students. To achieve its mission, South University offers curricula that are focused and balanced. The core curricula is broad-based that promotes effective written and verbal communication, critical thinking, and the essential skills for lifelong learning.

South University’s approach to education provides students with the intellectual insight and pragmatic approach that is required to build a foundation for professional and personal satisfaction. The university strives to provide a comprehensive education that inspires students to not only value professionalism and learning, but to take pride in contribution to the community.

There are a wide variety of convenient and flexible online programs at South University. The online programs are designed for adult students and give you the freedom to attend classes any time that fits your schedule from anywhere with an Internet connection. They provide the same high quality education and personal attention as the on-campus courses. As an online student, you are provided with the same curricula, variety of learning options, high quality instruction, student support, and earn the same degree as you would at any of the campus locations. You can also earn your degree in shorter time with the accelerated year-round programs. The online classes are designed to be small to provide quality personal interaction among students and instructors.

Dr. John Draughon founded South University in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College in Savannah. In 1974, the family of John T. South acquired the college and the name was changed to Draughon’s Junior College. In 1986, the college was renamed to South College and 15 years later to South University in 2001. The online division was launched in 2004 and the first online graduates graduated in 2007.

South University’s main campus is located in Savannah, Georgia and there 5 others campuses in Columbia, South Carolina, Montgomery, Alabama, Tampa, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The online programs are available to students nationwide.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools regionally accredits South University.

Schools of Education

The College of Arts and Sciences offers academic programs in a variety of areas that are built on a strong general studies foundation. All programs strive to prepare students to lead successful careers.

The College of Business enables students to build a strong foundation in business while being competent in general academic studies as well. The programs are intended to help students build essential management and leadership skills to lead successful careers in a variety of areas.

The College of Health Professions offers programs that provide high quality instruction to prepare graduates successful entry into the ever-changing and growing field of healthcare. The programs focus on the importance of professionalism and the faculty combines the teaching of theory and technical information related to the healthcare industry.

The College of Nursing offers programs that prepare graduates to enter the field of professional nursing. The nursing programs provide the essential administrative, clinical, ethical, and technical training that is necessary to become a successful nurse.

The School of Pharmacy focuses on providing students with high quality education. The school intends to help fulfill the growing demand of pharmacists by providing students with an innovative educational experience that partners a solid foundation with real-life hands-on experience.

Scholarships available

There are many scholarships available at South University including Access to Better Learning and Education (ABLE) Grant, Bright Futures Scholarship (BFS), Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship, José Martí Scholarship?, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP), Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) program and Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG).

Financing Options

There are many options to finance your education at South University including federal financial aid programs such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). State grants are also available where applicable. Other financing options included Veterans Benefits, and alternative or private loans.

Credit earning options

South University will grant transfer credit from previous accredited institution and students must submit an official transcript and courses are evaluated on an individual basis. Students can also earn credit from College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Services (DANTES) examination, military experience and training, and Adult and Community Education (ACE) certifications. Credit earning is limited to 60% of the total credits required for an undergraduate degree with not more than half of the major core courses earned through transfer or exemption credit.