South University-Montgomery

  • 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 624 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • South University-Montgomery is one of 4 community colleges within Montgomery County, AL.
  • The nearest community college to South University-Montgomery is H councill trenholm state technical college-Patter (1.8 miles away).

Top Placements

South University-Montgomery places among the top 20% of community colleges in Alabama for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 33 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
South University-Montgomery(AL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty33 staff73 staff
South University-Montgomery Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South University-Montgomery has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South University-Montgomery diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has declined by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment624 students1,756 students
South University-Montgomery Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio19:128:1
South University-Montgomery Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students356 students1,004 students
South University-Montgomery Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students268 students752 students
South University-Montgomery Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South University-Montgomery Enrollment Breakdown AL All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students353 students1,004 students
# Graduate Students3 students3 students
South University-Montgomery Graduation BreakDown AL All Graduation Breakdown
% Asian
South University-Montgomery Asian (2008-2012)
% Hispanic
South University-Montgomery Hispanic (2009-2016)
% Black
South University-Montgomery Black (2007-2016)
% White
South University-Montgomery White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
South University-Montgomery More (2011-2013)
% Unknown races
South University-Montgomery Ethnicity Breakdown AL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.450.56
South University-Montgomery Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,100$29,500
South University-Montgomery Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $16,360 is more than the state average of $5,427. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $16,360 is more than the state average of $8,152. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$16,360$5,427
South University-Montgomery In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$16,360$8,152
South University-Montgomery Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%93%
South University-Montgomery % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$25,167$11,250
South University-Montgomery Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,500
South University-Montgomery Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate74%73%
South University-Montgomery Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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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Did You Know?
For Alabama public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,427 per year for in-state students and $8,152 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,889 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Alabama is 79%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Alabama community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Alabama is Herzing University-Birmingham. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.