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Savannah, GA 31406
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South University-Savannah

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Established in 1899 by Dr. John Draughon as Draughon’s Practical Business College; South University-Savannah enjoys an old tradition of distinction in education and personalized student attention. Since its inception, the institute has experienced sustained growth transforming from a two-year college into a full-fledged university offering four-year degree programs. Apart from the campus in Savannah, the University also operates campuses in Columbia, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Montgomery, Novi, Richmond and Virginia Beach, Tampa and West Palm Beach.


South University is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; American Bar Association; Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association; Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant; Programs Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; and more.

The University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in diverse areas of study such as accounting, accelerated MBA, business administration, healthcare administration, information systems & technology, leadership, and public administration.

The Savannah University business administration associate’s program is designed to offer students a broad exposure to the responsibilities and requirements of running a business. The Associate of Science degree program in Business Administration at South University- Savannah provides an opportunity to the students to gain an understanding of management concepts required for an entry-level management career.

Students are exposed to the basics of finance, management, accounting, economics, and consumer behavior. The goal of the South University- Savannah is to provide a practical working background that prepares the students to obtain an entry-level position in their fields of interest. The program provides a strong academic foundation to seek entry into the bachelor of business administration degree program upon graduation.

Schools and Colleges:

South University-Savannah offers a variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates through the following academic divisions: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy.

Online Education:

The online degree programs at South University Savannah are designed to provide students the freedom to attend class anytime, anywhere through Internet. At South University, the students are in control of their education. The online courses offer the best opportunity for individuals who are unable to attend traditional college due to various personal and professional commitments.

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Freshman students seeking admission to South University-Savannah must be a high school graduate or the equivalent. Applicants must send the complete admission form, along with official transcripts, and SAT/ ACT score to the institute. Getting a transfer to the institute is quite easy. Transfer students must meet the criteria established by the university. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission.

Financial Aid

South University-Savannah believes in providing equal educational opportunity to all. Hence, it offers a variety of financial aid programs through various mediums such as grants, loans, scholarships, and federal work study programs. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Federal loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. Some of the student loans offered at the institute are Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, PLUS loans, and other private loans.

Students can also opt for the federal work-study programs that allow students take up part-time jobs to meet the college expenses. The institute helps students find suitable part time job in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2325th for the average student loan amount.
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South University-Savannah boasts an enrollment of more than 1,300 students. The students enjoy an active campus life with excellent education facilities and extracurricular activities. The library at Savannah University houses a large collection that includes extensive law, business and medical books, reference materials, journals, magazines, and online resources. As a student, you can retrieve the articles in print and electronic formats from the collection of periodicals, many of which are available anywhere from on or off-campus. Some of the sources include WESTLAW, EbscoHost, and PQ Central.

The university also offers housing facilities to the students. The housing environment in which students live in while attending South University creates a big difference in their overall educational experience. Moving to a new, strange city and starting college life can be overwhelming. Thus, the Office of Student Affairs department offers school-sponsored housing to help you in meeting students’ housing needs.

South University contracts with local apartment communities to provide housing to students who wish to reside in an environment with other university students. The university groups the students based on their likes and dislikes, study habits, academic levels, and program of study.

The school-sponsored apartments are suitably located near the South University Savannah campus. All apartments are well equipped with modern amenities such as full kitchens with a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, and dishwasher. The students are allowed to bring additional items such as a stereo, television, and computer.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

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The Career Center at South University offers counseling services to assist students in resolving academic, career, and personal issues. The university counselors help students plan their academic programs and offer support in adapting to the demands of university-level studies. Personal counseling sessions are offered to students seeking assistance in understanding and solving individual personal problems. Counseling services are available on all campuses by appointment.

The Employment Center at South University helps students find the right job opportunities in their field of interest. Students seeking part-time and full-time jobs can seek assistance from the center. The services include job search strategies, personality development, skills enhancement, and other career related services.

South University also provides special services to qualified students with physical and psychological disabilities. The Disability Services office offers reasonable accommodation facilities and other support services to qualified students with disabilities. The University is committed to providing disable students with an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits, rights and privileges of college services, programs and activities in agreement with The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


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Ranks 119th in Georgia and 3449th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Savannah, GA 31406
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population34,753 (34,501 urban / 252 rural)
Households13,516 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,875
Families9,237 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1183rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,185 $16,185 $16,185
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $175 $175 $175
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $473 $473 $473
FT Graduate Tuition $22,821 $22,821 $22,821
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,250 $1,250 $1,250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $602 $602 $602
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $31,897 $31,897 $31,897
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,550 $29,550 $29,550
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $26,043 $26,043 $26,043

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $31,935 $31,935
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,250 $1,250

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,910 $16,360 $15,910 $16,360 $15,910 $16,360
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,230 $9,105
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,064 $4,998
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,613 $5,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,327 $6,249
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,358 $8,253

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 95 (32 male / 61 female)
Admitted 49 (15 male / 34 female)
Admission rate 52%
First-time Enrollment 36 (11 male / 25 female)
FT Enrollment 31 (9 male / 22 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (2 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment1,510

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity43
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,405
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 316th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $94,133 ($95,544 male / $77,014 female)
Number of FT Faculty 47 (23 male / 24 female)
Number of PT Faculty 134
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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