• 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, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

School Highlights

South University-Montgomery serves 307 students (57% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 307 students
  • Private-state tuition: $16,360
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 72%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

South University-Montgomery ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 54 teachers has grown by 145% over five years.
South University-Montgomery
(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
54 staff
153 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South University-Montgomery has declined by 50% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
The South University-Montgomery diversity score of 0.46 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
307 students
1,944 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
176 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
131 students
1,075 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of South University-Montgomery.
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# Undergraduate Students
176 students
869 students
# Graduate Students
3 students
4 students
This chart display graduation rate breakdown of South University-Montgomery
AL All Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
168 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in South University-Montgomery and the percentage of Asian community college students in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hispanic
1%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in South University-Montgomery and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
68%
26%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in South University-Montgomery and the percentage of Black community college students in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
28%
58%
This chart display the percentage of White students in South University-Montgomery and the percentage of White community college students in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
n/a
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in South University-Montgomery and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in AL by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
% Unknown races
1%
5%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in South University-Montgomery.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in AL.
Diversity Score
0.46
0.59
This chart display the diversity score of South University-Montgomery and the community college average diversity score of AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,100
$29,700
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of South University-Montgomery and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of AL by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $16,360 is more than the state average of $13,921. The private state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$16,360
$13,921
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of South University-Montgomery and the private community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
86%
89%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in South University-Montgomery and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in AL by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$25,166
$11,000
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in South University-Montgomery and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in South University-Montgomery and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in AL by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
74%
73%
This chart display the percent admitted of South University-Montgomery and the community college average percent admitted of AL by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
530
SAT Math
n/a
545
ACT Composite
n/a
23
ACT English
n/a
21
ACT Math
n/a
22
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • The educational foundations of South University were laid in 1899 in Savannah, Georgia. Founded as Draughon's Practical Business College by Dr. John H. Draughon, the school was created to educate young men and women on the practical aspects of business. Over the next 75 years, the school's reputation continued to grow and develop as hundreds of promising students graduated and became respected business professionals. The academic programs and services are offered at our campuses in Savannah, GA; Montgomery, AL; West Palm Beach, FL; and Columbia, SC. South University offers a wide range of educational programs on the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. All programs are not available at every campus. 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. South University's Montgomery 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 three-hour drive from Atlanta, Birmingham, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 307 students
  • Private-state tuition: $16,360
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 72%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,206 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,921 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Alabama is J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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