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School Profile: South University

A profile of South University Online with info including when the school was founded, accreditation, online programs offered, degrees offered, tuition, financial aid options, and special programs for military personnel.

Information as of April 2010.

1. Date School Established/Online:

South University was founded in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College. In 1974, John T. South, III acquired the college from John Draughton, and later—in 1985—changed the name to South College. The name was later change again after the school received accreditation and awards.

2. Accreditation:

South University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

3. Degrees Offered:

Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s

4. Tuition:

Rates as of October 3, 2009, listed by credit hour.


Business, Accounting, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies, Health Care Management, Health Sciences BS, Health Sciences AS, and Criminal Justice degree programs: $361; Nursing RN to BSN: $352


Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration: $503; Criminal Justice: $476; Information Systems and Technology: $503; RN to MSN: $364; Nursing: $373; Leadership: $503; Public Administration: $503

5. Financial Aid Options:

Federal Student Aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Perkins Loan 
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan 
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loans

Private Student Aid

Scholarships and Grants

Military and Veterans’ benefits

6. Special Programs for Military Personnel:

Active Duty Military Tuition Discount (equal to the tuition assistance benefit provided by the military). For graduate level programs, the tuition discount is 10%.

Military Tuition (by credit hour)

  • Undergraduate: $166
  • Nursing, Master’s: $335.70
  • Criminal Justice, Nursing: $428.40
  • Other Programs, Master’s: $452.70

Military programs include:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill Participants
  • Montgomery GI Bill 
  • Benefit Extension to Spouses of Active Duty Military Personnel
  • Waived application fee
  • Additional Financial Aid

7. Career Placement Services Provided?

Yes. South University will help you prepare your resume, hone your interviewing skills, and develop solid job search skills as you approach graduation.

8. Online Programs Offered:

Accounting (Associates)

Business Administration (Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Criminal Justice (Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Healthcare Administration (Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Healthcare Management (Bachelor’s)

Health Science (Associates, Bachelor’s)

Information Systems & Technology (Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Leadership (Master’s)

Legal and Paralegal Studies (Associates, Bachelors—both partially online)

Nursing (Bachelor’s, Master’s)

Psychology (Bachelor’s)

Public Administration (Master’s)