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Students & Alumni Speak about Online Learning

by South University, Online Programs
July 10, 2014

Our students are always busy. Many have full-time jobs and family responsibilities—which is why they demand an online environment that’s flexible and that can work with their hectic schedules. It’s also why we designed our online degree programs to allow students to attend class and access their study materials any time of day from anywhere with internet access.

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Hear more from our students and alumni about why they chose South University, Online Programs.

In Their Own Words

"The online courses at South University allowed me to receive my BSN and continue to work at the same time. I could log into my class at any time and from any where, when it was convenient for my schedule. Because of the easy access, convenience and availability of help when needed, I decided to return to South University, Online Programs to gain my MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner."
- Monica Peck, Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2012 graduate, Master of Science in Nursing student

"One of the main things that I enjoyed about attending South University, Online Programs was the flexible schedule it offered. I was able to start classes at my convenience without waiting a long period of time between breaks. At one point I had to take a three month break due to financial reasons, but I was able to immediately start back once I was ready."
- Joe Black, Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology, 2012 graduate

"The online experience is less rigid, much more flexible, but still has the same level of instructors as you have on the regular college campus. Plus, I like the ease of working at my own pace through assignments and at all hours of the day."
- Jack Siegel, Bachelor of Science in Health Science student

"I was working night shift at University Hospital, driving 65 miles one way to work, and raising 5 children, so I needed a program that allowed for flexibility in my busy schedule. Sitting in a brick and mortar school at a specified time for a few hours each week was not doable."
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 graduate

"I liked the convenience of taking classes online especially being a working mom and a military wife. My degrees have definitely opened up more job opportunities for me and I am very hopeful that once my family and I relocate with the military, my degrees from South University will continue to open up doors for me."
- Demetria Mills, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 graduate

"I like the online environment because it is very convenient for students to work or attend to family and still earn their degree for future careers. The online classrooms are easy to navigate and the instructors are friendly and caring."
- Sherry Boyce, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management student

"The motivation for me to pursue my education with South University was the flexibility of the courses and the care that the staff took to make sure my every step and my overall direction were geared toward achieving my goals in life."
- Tanisha Jones, MBA in Healthcare Administration, 2012 graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

by South University, Online Programs
July 10, 2014
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Students & Alumni Speak about the South University Community

by South University, Online Programs
June 6, 2014

At South University, we pride ourselves on cultivating an engaging, supportive community in which every student can grow and thrive. Between admissions representatives, finance counselors, academic counselors, instructors and even classmates, our students always have someone to turn to when they need a helping hand. Although we have much to say about the important roles these people play, our students and alumni explain it best.

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In the Words of Our Students & Alumni

The professors are caring and friendly; they went out of their way to assist students, and the tutoring center was always there to assist students with any course.
- Antonina Carollo, Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2012 Graduate

I created a bond with some of my classmates due to the fact we had multiple classes together. That bond helped with group projects, and made the class a little easier. You had a familiar person to share the same experience with.
- Shirmia Artis, Bachelor of Science in Health Science, 2012 Graduate

The instructors at South University, Online Programs are available to students via phone and internet to answer questions, solve problems, and discuss progress in classes. When contacting instructors, they are welcoming of questions and encouraging.
- Larissa Bair, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

The cohort I am in has been together since the beginning. We have been able to watch each other grow and evolve into wonderful beginner nurse educators. Throughout the entire program we have had wonderful, enlightening discussions.
- Keah Allen, Master of Science in Nursing, 2013 Graduate

The staff I’ve been blessed to have come onto my path have been so very genuine and authentic. They have listened to me and very respectfully have given me professional insight and helped set me up for success. They have worked hard and I know from the tone of their voices and the words they use that they are genuine about assisting me when I need it and offering supportive encouragement.
- Sherri Williams, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Current Student

South advisors, no matter what, are there for you to help you get through anything that is going on in life, not just in school.
- Sarah Hargis, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Current Student

There are people out there that I consider my friends and professional peers who I may never have met in person but have influenced a significant part of my professional career development, this includes faculty and students.
- Sandra Ross, Master of Science in Nursing, 2012 Graduate

What really impressed me was the staff and their willingness to understand life situations and the imperfections we all have and then work with each of us on an individual. From the beginning of the initial process of enrolling all the way down to graduation day, South University has been like an extended family. The motivation from the staff and the instructors are the reason for my success and will be as I further reach my goals in life. South University made me a stronger person and showed me that it is never too late in life to reach your dreams.
- LaKisha Silva, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 2012 Graduate

Learn more about South University, Online Programs today!

by South University, Online Programs
June 6, 2014
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Holiday Survival Tips for South University Online Programs Students

by South University
January 5, 2012

While the holiday season can be quite enjoyable, the chaos can also bring on a great deal of stress. We asked South University Online Programs students on our Facebook page how they balance their schoolwork with the festivities. This is what some of them had to say:

  • I work from Saturday through Thursday so I make sure I have my assignments done before the due date and still have extra time to shop and spend quality time with my family. – Chuck
  • Most of the time I have my assignments done before they are due and if I have one that needs to be done, I am up late the night before getting it completed. My wife and I got all our shopping done early this year and the stuff is all wrapped. –Jeremy
  • I am like the others; I get my assignments done early, at least a day before the deadline. That way I can just relax and enjoy the holidays. Most of the time when I am not doing my schoolwork I am spending time with my nephews, sister, and her fiancé. She works, and when she’s not her fiancé watches and the kids and she and I will go out and do the shopping, then we balance the holidays between families. – Lindsey
  • I make sure to keep my focus on the reason for the season. I take snapshots of all lectures and assignments like I do every other week and save to a Word document. Then, I work on assignments ahead of time so I can have plenty of time for family, friends and shopping. –Teresa

On behalf of everyone at South University Online Programs, we hope you enjoyed the holiday season.

by South University
January 5, 2012
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Students Weigh in on The Technical Support Center at South University Online Programs

by South University
December 12, 2011

In our final post in the series showcasing student responses to our “Fantastic Fall” contest, students share their thoughts on the Technical Support Center in the Campus Common and on the Technical Support team in general. Here’s a sample:

I have had to use Technical Support on several occasions in the online classroom. I think that this is a wonderful tool to have because if like some, you are not very computer savvy, you always have someone to help you with the technical aspects of your computer that you may or may not understand. They can help you with a lot of different aspects of your computer. Every time I have had to use Technical Support, I have been greeted, helped, and treated with the upmost respect and sincerity. I think this is a great thing to have available to students.—Misty Miller, BA in Psychology

The Technical Support Center is very beneficial to all South University students, whether they know their way around a computer or don't. The Technical Support page helps in many ways. There is a long list of tutorials from clearing your cache to checking your memory and hard drive, to using the school VitalSource screen reader. The plethora of topics that are covered under this section of tutorials is amazing. It’s like having your own geek squad with you at school. You can purchase Microsoft or use the free trial version, and it gives you a list and a description of what a plug in is and lists the recommended ones for your computer. For a student that hasn't yet taken Computer Literacy and doesn't know what a plug in is, this is a great place to get it and understand exactly what it is. Anything that is necessary for the proper functioning of your computer and to help you achieve success at South University is all right here in this section. –Stephanie Malone, BS in Health Science

The Technical Support Center is very helpful when you are having issues with your computer or technical problems on South’s website. Being an online student, it is very important to be able to access my classroom and other resources on the Campus Common. I have had to use Technical Support on a few occasions. The staff is very nice and knowledgeable. They showed great patience while they walked me through the process. They know their stuff! I am going into my final year at South, I couldn’t have made it without their help. Kudos to the Technical Support Center and staff. –Linda Miller, BS in Healthcare Management

Technical Support has helped me in the past and I plan on using it in the future. I was having trouble logging onto one of my classes and after not even 5 min I was able to figure out why! They are very nice, supportive, and help so much! I will definitely use them in the future because of how quickly and great service I got the first time! I recommend it to everyone! I also have learned a lot just by going through and reading the FAQ and other resources they have. –Brooke Martin, AS in Criminal Justice

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the resources available to students in the Campus Common!

by South University
December 12, 2011
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The Tutoring Center at South University Online Programs: Students Weigh in on its Benefits

by South University
December 8, 2011

In our previous blog post, we shared current students’ thoughts on the South University Online Programs Online Library, as compiled during our “Fantastic Fall” contest. In this blog post, we share what they had to say about the Tutoring Center:

On the Tutoring Center page, there is help available to all South University Online students in a variety of subjects such as math, algebra, essay writing, biology and physics just to name a few. Every student gets one-on-one help of 12 hours per quarter in areas that they choose. There are also software tutorials available online for programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and many more. The expert help that these tutors provide can make a huge difference to a student by identifying and focusing attention on the area in which that particular student needs a little help. Like the State Farm commercial says, “Like a good neighbor….” The Tutoring Center is there for you, just like the smart friend that can help you with your homework. They are available 10 am to 4 am ET seven days a week. When I encountered difficult subjects like statistics, it made the difference to know that I had someone that I could ask questions to and get that extra help I needed.—Kelly Porrey, BS in Healthcare Management

I have used the Tutoring Center many times for different classes while here at South University. They are friendly, helpful and most of all they have helped me figure out the answers to my questions that I came to them with. As college students we don’t always want to ask for help. I know that it can make me feel like I’m not understanding concepts as well as I should. Yet the Tutoring Center has never made me feel like I’m not learning. They have always pointed me in the right direction and I’m able to understand topics better and get great grades! Sometimes we just need some extra help and the Tutoring Center is a great place to ask for it. I know that they are my favorite resource and I will use their expertise again. – Rachel DenBoer, BS in Health Science

Having been in previous math courses, a subject that I am not very good at, I used the Tutoring Center a lot during my last 6 week course. I found that the examples that the tutors provided pertaining to the questions that I had presented to them helped me so much in my understanding on how to do the problems myself. Step by step instruction was so helpful to me and I was able to use these examples in figuring out my own problems. After they showed the examples, if I wanted to I could show them how I had done my problem. If I skipped any steps, they let me know that I was missing something and I needed to figure out what that something was. This is a great program for anyone who is lost in a problem or just needs a little extra help. I more then likely will be using the Tutoring Center in future courses and would recommend everyone who needs to that they use it.—Paulette Renfroe, BA in Psychology

The Tutoring Center is a great place to go for help with math, biology, and papers. This allows you to get one-on-one assistance 24 hours a day. For a working mom with two kids, this is a huge advantage to me. If I need to get online at midnight to finish homework and am having a really hard time, I know they are there to help. Another huge advantage is the fact that I am allowed 12 hours of tutoring per quarter. This means I am not running to find some help or spending extra money to get the help I need. South University has done a great job of putting the students first and the Tutoring Center helps do that. –Betsi Key, BS in Information Technology

Stay tuned for our final post in this series, where we will showcase the Technical Support Center!

by South University
December 8, 2011
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