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South University

(Private)  
Education - Teaching - Administration
HQ: Savannah, GA   |   501 - 1000 employees  |  
Overview
South University enjoys a long-standing tradition of excellence in education and personalized student attention. The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon's Practical Business College in Savannah, GA.

Since its humble beginnings, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a four-year, SACS-accredited University offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs with campus locations in Savannah, GA, Columbia, SC, Montgomery, AL, Tampa, FL and West Palm Beach, FL.

Today, South University continues to build on its more than a century of academic excellence by continuing to be a recognized innovator in higher education. With the introduction of South University Online, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master’s degree programs ranging from Criminal Justice to an MBA.

South University is affiliated with parent company Education Management Corporation (www.edmc.com). EDMC is among the largest providers of public post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue, with over 66,000 students as of fall 2004 at 72 primary campus locations in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. EDMC's education institutions offer a broad range of academic programs in the media arts, design, fashion, culinary arts, behavioral sciences, health sciences, education, information technology and business, culminating in the award of associate's through doctoral degrees. EDMC has provided career-focused education for over 40 years.

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Benefits
  • Accounting
  • Allied Health Science
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Science
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapist Assisting
  • Physician Assistant
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies
  • Professional Counseling
  • Career Opportunities
    As a public academic institution comprising expert educators and highly motivated business people, South University offers a diverse range of employment opportunities for qualified professionals. South University is a place where you can pursue your career goals. Our organization and willingness to pursue the best idea help to make South University a dynamic place to work, giving you the advantages of a large institution, with the agility of a small University. This is a place where your voice is heard.

    Our campuses give you flexibility for change, the opportunity to learn more, expand your horizons and provide outstanding career options.

    At South University, it is often said, that you work with some of the brightest people in our fields. With faculty and staff members from GE, Emory, Clemson, University of Florida and more, we believe it’s a place where you can not only pursue a career that reflects your skills and passions, but utilize your experience and expertise to deliver the best education for our students. Our culture is built on core values that promote learning and critical thinking and our University is structured to take the “best idea” and put it to work for our students.
    Mission
    South University is a public academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population. The institution offers focused curricula at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

    We promote the development of critical thinking skills, effective verbal and written communication abilities, and an appreciation for life-long learning. South University also attempts to instill in our students a value for learning and professionalism, as well as a commitment to contribute to and advance the communities in which they live and work.

    The faculty, staff, and administration of South University uphold the belief that qualified individuals should have the opportunity to pursue formal academic training, and we welcome those who seek educational challenges. The University provides a learning environment that helps students identify goals and the means to achieve them. In this setting, students and faculty learn from each other by interacting both inside and outside of the classroom.
    History
    South University enjoys a long-standing tradition of excellence in education and personalized student attention. South University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon's Practical Business College in Savannah, GA. Since then, South University has achieved the following milestones:

    1899 John Draughon established Draughons Practical Business College, launching a more than century of excellence in education in Savannah, GA.

    1974 The family of John T. South, III acquired the institution and changed its name to Draughons Junior College.

    1976 Institution established a second campus in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    1985 Received accreditation from The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to confer associate degrees.

    1986 Draughon's Junior College becomes South College.

    1996 SACS accredits South at bachelor’s level.

    1997 South College merges its third campus in Montgomery, AL, and introduced a bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies in Savannah

    2001 SACS accredits South at the master’s level and becomes South University.

    2002 South University merges its fourth campus in Columbia, S.C.

    2002 SACS accredits University at doctoral level – the only institution of higher education in Savannah accredited at that level.

    2003 First Doctor of Pharmacy class begins at the Savannah campus. Acquired by Education Management Corporation, one of the largest providers of public post-secondary education in North America.

    2004 Master of Medical Science, Anesthesiologist program launches; Online bachelor's degree programs in information technology and business administration begin.

    2005 Launched online bachelor's degree programs in healthcare management, nursing and criminal justice.

    2006 Launched online master's degrees in business administration, criminal justice and healthcare administration.
    Contact
    Columbia Campus
    9 Science Court
    Columbia, SC 29203
    Phone: 800.688.0932

    Montgomery Campus
    5355 Vaughn Road
    Montgomery, AL 36116
    Phone: 800.688.0932
    Fax: 334.395.8859

    Savannah Campus
    709 Mall Boulevard
    Savannah, GA 31406-4805
    Phone: 800.688.0932
    Fax: 912.201.8070

    Tampa Campus
    4401 North Himes Avenue
    Suite 175
    Tampa, FL 33614
    Phone: 800.688.0932
    Fax: 813.393.3814

    West Palm Beach Campus
    1760 North Congress Avenue
    West Palm Beach, FL 33409-5178
    Phone: 800.688.0932
    Fax: 561.697.9944