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IPEDS ID: 475121
OPE ID: 01303900
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South University–Savannah Online
All programs offered completely via Distance education
709 Mall Blvd, Savannah, Georgia 31406
General information:  (912) 201-8000
Website:  www.southuniversity.edu/online#location=online%20programs
Type:  4-year, Private for-profit
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  10,781 (6,875 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  33 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty6880
Instructional6880
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees$14,647$14,647$14,568$13,420-7.9%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,5000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,244$8,484$8,400$8,4000.0%
Other$4,800$5,628$5,832$5,433-6.8%
Off Campus with Family
Other$8,193$8,094$4,080$3,803-6.8%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Off Campus$26,191$30,259$30,300$28,753-5.1%
Off Campus with Family$24,340$24,241$20,148$18,723-7.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
Tuition$13,488
Fees$219
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid162882%————
Grant or scholarship aid60579%$3,076,010$5,084
Federal grants56574%$2,676,480$4,737
Pell grants55873%$2,528,034$4,531
Other federal grants11014%$148,446$1,350
State/local government grant or scholarships476%$19,237$409
Institutional grants or scholarships17122%$380,293$2,224
Student loan aid53470%$2,164,953$4,054
Federal student loans53470%$2,164,953$4,054
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,63075%$28,439,396$4,290
Pell grants5,11658%$18,649,438$3,645
Federal student loans4,95756%$31,177,566$6,290
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$25,521$21,347$25,175
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$25,665$21,239$25,369
$30,001 – $48,000$26,176$21,669$25,980
$48,001 – $75,000$27,783$23,220$26,481
$75,001 – $110,000$30,087$25,144$29,698
$110,001 and more$30,660$26,191$30,259
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment10,781
Undergraduate enrollment6,875
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment766
Graduate enrollment3,906
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 21%
Female: 79%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 35%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 47%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 20%
25 and over: 80%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 12%
Out-of-state: 88%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 19%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in 2009-10
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 3%
Transfer-out rate: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 3%
Female: 3%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2009-10 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 1%
Hispanic/Latino: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2009-10 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and seeking a bachelor's degree, who earn a bachelor’s degree within a specified amount of time. At this institution, 40 percent of the overall cohort were pursuing bachelor's degrees in 2009.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in 2007-08]
4-year: 0%
6-year: 1%
8-year: 2%
[Began in 2009-10]
4-year: 0%
6-year: 2%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting--9d--
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping15d----
Business Administration and Management, General-148d51d--
Business/Commerce, General98d----
Organizational Leadership--18d--
Category total113d148d78d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Science/Studies39d71d16d--
Category total39d71d16d--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing--159d-35d
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--541d-67d
Health and Wellness, General-94d---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-84d57d--
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary289d----
Nursing Administration--22d--
Nursing Education--49d--
Nursing Practice--9d6d-
Public Health, General--6d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-557d---
Category total289d735d843d6d102d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration--14d--
Criminal Justice/Police Science22d61d---
Category total22d61d14d--
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal11d18d---
Category total11d18d---
Psychology
Psychology, General-56d---
Category total-56d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--24d--
Category total--24d--
Grand total4741,0899756102
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 580
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 110
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 290
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 20
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,453
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $7,303
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,081
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,812
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
  • No campus security data reported for this institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate15.8%17.0%23.1%
Number in default2,9153,3504,658
Number in repayment18,36919,66120,158
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)