|Draughon's Practical Business College,
|Chancellor||John T. South, III|
South University is a system of for-profit schools owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC). South University's programs focus primarily on degrees for business and health professions. The school offers degree programs at the doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate level. The main South University campus is located in Savannah, Georgia and was originally founded as Draughon's Practical Business College in 1899. As of 2013, South University operates 11 campuses and an online program; just over half of all students are enrolled online.
South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees. The school's nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the pharmacy program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
South University's main area of academic focus is business and health professions, though the school also offers degrees in art and criminal justice. The university offers degrees through their College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy. South University also operates a College of Creative Art and Design at The Art Institute of Fort Worth, The Art Institute of Dallas, The Art Institute of Charlotte and The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.
The original South University school was founded in 1899 by John Draughon as Draughon's Practical Business College. The institution, which was a secretarial training school, was purchased in 1975 by John T. South, III and his family. The Souths changed the school's name first to Draughon's Junior College and then, in 1986, to South College. In 2001, the school became South University. This new name resulted in a 2002 legal dispute with Sewanee: The University of the South, which had registered the name "The University of the South" with the U.S. Patent Office. The issue was resolved in 2003 with both schools retaining their names.
South University is currently owned and operated by Education Management Corporation. As of 2013, the school had a total enrollment of 18,370 students. Fifty-two percent of South University students are enrolled entirely online.
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