02 The South University Story

South University: Where timeless values and present skills shape the future

Our History

At South University, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to apply valuable capabilities to achieve the life you want.

  • Tradition meets technology
  • Students and professors are colleagues and mentors
  • Quality Enhancement Plan: Classroom to Career
  • Support staff committed to students' growth
  • 1899

    South University opens its doors as Draughon's Practical Business College in Savannah

  • 1986

    Draughon's becomes South West Palm Beach, FL campus opens

  • 1996

    South College begins offering four-year degrees

  • 1997

    Montgomery, Alabama campus opens

  • 2001

    South College begins offering master's degrees and becomes South University

  • 2002

    Columbia, SC campus opens South University begins offering doctoral degrees

  • 2004

    South University introduces its online classroom

  • 2006

    Tampa, FL campus opens

  • 2009

    Richmond and Virginia Beach campuses open

  • 2010

    Novi, MI campus opens

  • 2011

    Austin, TX campus opens

  • 2012

    Cleveland, OH and High Point, NC campuses open

  • 2013

    Doctor of Nursing Practice launches and The College of Theology created


South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

The South University Mission

South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population.

To achieve this purpose, the institution offers focused and balanced curricula at the associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. A broad-based core curriculum is offered, promoting critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, and skills for life-long learning. Additionally, the University focuses on developing the requisites to pursue and appreciate knowledge.

South University’s approach to higher education and the resulting varied academic experiences provide students with the intellectual acumen and pragmatic approach necessary to create the foundation for personal and professional fulfillment.

South University attempts to provide a comprehensive education that instills within its students a philosophy that values not only learning and professionalism, but also contribution and commitment to the advancement of community.

Believing that qualified individuals should have the privilege of formal academic training, South University welcomes those who seek educational challenges. To this end, the University provides a learning environment, both on campus and online, that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. With this philosophy in mind, students learn by interacting with a community of faculty, staff, and administration dedicated to South University’s academic purpose.

Important Student Information

Your education is an investment in your future.

At South University, we prepare you with all the information that lets you make an informed decision about your education.

Student Consumer Information

  • South University student statistics and data

Gainful Employment Data

  • South University financing options, program costs and student success data Financial Aid Guide

Financial Aid Guide

  • South University’s resources guide to understand education funding options

Preparing to succeed and excel.

South University faculty are instrumental in preparing their students to not just succeed but to excel.
Daniel Mesaros 2008, Master of Medical Science
Anesthesiologist Assistant
South University, Savannah
Daniel Maseros

Let’s build on your goals
and how South University can help you reach them.

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