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Established in 1899, 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, the University offers focused and balanced curricula at the associate, bachelor's, and master's degree levels in the areas of business, criminal justice, healthcare management, health science, information technology, medical assisting, nursing, RN to B.S.N. nursing degree completion, physical therapist assisting, and psychology. In addition, the University offers a Master of Arts degree in professional counseling, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration in healthcare administration.

South University in Montgomery became part of South University in 1997 and has been part of the postsecondary education community in Alabama since 1887.

South University in Montgomery has a diverse student body enrolled in day, evening, weekend, and online classes. South University is designed to accommodate the range of needs of its student body. Students are primarily commuters who live within 50 miles of the city. They include men and women who have enrolled directly after completing high school, who have transferred from another college or university, or who have experience in the workforce and are pursuing an education that will prepare them to expand their current position or help them take a new professional direction.

South University in Montgomery is located in two buildings on a 3.75-acre campus. The facilities house computer, health science, and nursing labs; classrooms; a library; a student lounge; a bookstore; and faculty and administrative offices. Since most students live within driving distance of the campus, the campus does not currently offer or operate student housing. However, housing is planned in the near future. If housing is needed, prospective students should contact the Admissions Office.

South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; 404-679-4501) to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. South University in Montgomery is authorized as an educational institution in the state of Alabama under Act No. 2004-282, Regular Session, Alabama Legislature, 2004, to conduct programs within the state of Alabama. The institution is also authorized by the State Approving Agency for the training of veterans under chapters 31, 34, and 35.

Certain programs offered at South University in Montgomery have earned programmatic accreditation. The Alabama Board of Nursing has authorized the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program to operate by the Alabama Board of Nursing. The nursing program is also accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036; phone: 202-887-6791; The Associate of Science degree program in medical assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756; 727-210-2350) on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). The Associate of Science in physical therapist assisting degree program is an expansion program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703-684-2782).


The campus is located on the rapidly growing east side of Alabama's capital city. As the state capital, Montgomery is a hub of government, banking, and law as well as a state center for culture and entertainment. Montgomery is situated in the middle of the southeastern U.S. and is less than a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and the Gulf of Mexico.

Majors and Degrees

South University in Montgomery awards the following two-year degrees: Associate of Science in business administration, Associate of Science in information technology, Associate of Science in medical assisting, and Associate of Science in physical therapist assisting.

The following four-year bachelor's degrees are awarded: Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, Bachelor of Science in healthcare management, Bachelor of Science in information technology, Bachelor of Science in health science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Arts in psychology. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program (RN to B.S.N.) for current registered nurses is also available.

Academic Programs

South University offers degree programs that are designed to meet the needs and objectives of students. Each curriculum combines didactic and practical educational experiences that provide students with the academic background needed to pursue the professions of their choice. In addition, faculty members strive to instill the value not only of education and professionalism but also of contribution and commitment to the advancement of community.

South University operates on a quarter academic calendar, and each University quarter comprises eleven weeks. Associate degree programs require a minimum of eight quarters to complete, and bachelor's degree programs require a minimum of twelve quarters for completion. Programs are offered on a year-round basis, providing students with the ability to work uninterrupted toward their degrees. More importantly, students have the opportunity to take classes on campus, online, or a combination of both through South University's unique Plus+ program. Combining campus and online classes provides students with maximum flexibility, allowing them to organize their college education around their work and/or family commitments.

Academic Facilities

The library has wireless technology throughout, comfortable seating, and quiet study space. The collection includes books, print and online periodicals, CDs, videos, and numerous online proprietary databases. Materials are housed in circulating, reference, and reserve collections and have been selected to support the academic programs. Also for student use, the library has a modern computer lab with ten workstations, each with Internet access, online database services, an office suite, tutorials, and class-support software.


For information about tuition and fees, prospective students should contact the South University Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

South University's Student Financial Services Office helps qualified students secure financial assistance to complete their studies. The University participates in several student aid programs. Forms of federal financial aid available to qualified students include the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program, Federal Work-Study Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Stafford Student Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal PLUS Loan Program. South University employs the Federal Methodology of Need Analysis, approved by the U.S. Department of Education, as a fair and equitable means of determining a family's ability to contribute to the student's educational expenses, as well as eligibility for other financial aid programs. Qualified students may apply for veterans' educational benefits. Students also are encouraged to investigate the availability of grants and scholarships through community resources.


The South University in Montgomery faculty includes individuals of high academic distinction. Of the more than 40 instructors, 38 percent hold terminal degrees within their fields of expertise. In addition to teaching, faculty members strive to help students develop the requisites to appreciate knowledge and understand how experiences in the classroom and laboratory relate to professional performance in the workplace. The average student-faculty ratio per class is 13:1. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser, who oversees the student's progress and can answer questions about academic and career concerns. Students are encouraged to discuss program-related issues with and seek academic and career advice from their faculty advisers.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to South University, prospective undergraduate students must be high school graduates or hold a GED certificate and submit an SAT or ACT score or a satisfactory score on the University-administered admissions examination. Transfer students must meet University-established criteria for acceptance as a transfer student.

All applicants must demonstrate English as a first language through submission of a diploma from a secondary school (or above) in which English is the official language of instruction. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to determine other examinations/scores that are acceptable as an alternative to the TOEFL.

Applicants not meeting the entrance testing standards for general admission may be accepted under academic support admission.

Application and Information

Applicants must complete and submit an application form along with transcripts from high school and all colleges attended. Applicants must also complete all tests administered by the University or submit their SAT or ACT scores to the Registrar's Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should be made as far in advance as possible. Admissions officers are available weekdays, Saturdays, and by appointment. An appointment for an admissions interview or tour of the campus should be made in advance.

All international (nonimmigrant) applicants to South University must meet the same admissions standards as all other students. In addition, international applicants must have official educational records prepared in English, verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program, and meet certain other immigration-mandated criteria. South University in Montgomery is authorized under federal law to admit nonimmigrant students.

For additional information, prospective students should contact:

South University, Montgomery

5355 Vaughn Road

Montgomery, Alabama 36116-1120

United States

Phone: 334-395-8800

866-629-2962 (toll-free)

Fax: 334-395-8859


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Address 5355 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL  36116-1120
United States
Contact Phone: 334-395-8800

Majors & Degrees

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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