Save the date for these upcoming events!

by South University 29 August 2014

Don’t miss out on the full student experience at South University! Sign up for one of our upcoming September library workshops, webinars and other informative online events. Want to learn what’s going on with the Student Community? Interested in the library resources available to you? Not sure how to use Connections?

After you review the list of events below, get more information and register using the events calendar in the Campus Common.

Library Workshops – 9/2/14-9/22/14

The South University Online Library is hosting a series of workshops designed to teach you about library resources that relate to your area of study.

• Business students: 9/2/14
• Information technology students: 9/8/14
• Legal studies students: 9/15/14
• Psychology Students: 9/22/14

How to Perform College Level Research – 9/29/14

In this workshop hosted by the South University Online Library, attendees will learn to create research questions, conduct background research, form thesis statements, and identify keywords.

Supreme Court Criminal Law Case Review – 9/11/14

This is a continuation of the Supreme Court series. This webinar concerns the Riley v. California, Plumhoff v. Rickard, Martinez v. Illinois, and Kaley v. U.S. All of these cases are recent United States Supreme Court cases related to criminal law. The Riley case addressed whether a cell phone be routinely searched incident to arrest. The Plumhoff case addressed whether using deadly force to end a dangerous, high speed pursuit, is Constitutional. The Martinez case addressed whether the swearing in of the jury signals the start of a trial, triggering the Double Jeopardy Clause. The Kaley case addressed whether a federal grand jury indictment also supports the seizure of assets connected to the crime.

How to Access & Navigate Connections – 9/19/14

If you’ve never used Connections, or it’s been awhile and you’re curious about what’s new, please join us for this informational webinar! In this session, you’ll learn:

• What Connections can do for you
• How to set up your profile
• How to join organizations
• How to set up your own lounge

Student Activities Night – 9/24/14

Attendees will learn:

• What the Student Community department is
• Which honor societies and organizations are available to online students
• What the benefits of membership are
• How to apply to student organizations

Congratulations Class of 2014!

by South University 19 August 2014

At South University, we're excited to congratulate the Class of 2014! We’re so proud of the hard work each and every one of you put into earning your associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Take a look at our graduation recap to learn about this year's graduating class.

Commencement hatsGraduate Breakdown by Campus

Over 3,400 South University students graduated at our 11 graduation ceremonies held this summer. Here are the campuses with the most graduates in 2014. Because many fully online students attend graduation in Savannah, we combined the two below.

1. Savannah/Online Programs: 2,100+
2. Columbia: 372
3. West Palm Beach: 264
4. Tampa: 253
5. Montgomery: 145

More than 740 students from 44 different states participated in the graduation ceremony in Savannah! You can watch highlights from the ceremony in Savannah here.

Largest Commencement Ever

We’re proud to announce that the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 was the largest ever at:

• South University, Columbia
• South University, Novi
• South University, Virginia Beach
• South University, West Palm Beach

First Commencement

Our Class of 2014 grads made history as the first students to earn their degrees at the following campuses:

• South University, High Point
• South University, Cleveland
• South University, Austin

More 2014 Graduation Firsts

We also celebrated a number of other exciting landmarks this year, including:

• First Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant graduates from South University, Tampa
• First Master of Science in Nursing degrees awarded from South University, Novi and South University, Montgomery
• First Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology graduates at South University, West Palm Beach

Notable Speakers

We were honored to have a number of esteemed speakers address our students at graduation this year, including:

South University, Virginia Beach: Virginia Delegate, Former Navy SEAL, and frequent FOX News commentator/analyst Scott Taylor
South University, Montgomery: Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey
South University, Savannah: Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Scott F. Giberson served as keynote speaker at the School of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony

Most Memorable Graduation Ceremony Quote

“Graduates, I also want to congratulate you personally on your achievement. Obtaining a higher education or advanced degree is not easy. You are here today because of your hard work, dedication, and perseverance. We have been proud to call you South University students. And we will be very proud in a short while to call you South University alumni. Congratulations on a job well done!”
─ Chancellor South

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The True Value of a Bachelor's Degree

by South University 14 August 2014

Wondering whether it's worth it to earn a bachelor's degree? The answer is an emphatic YES -- and the reasons may surprise you. Read on and discover 4 reasons to consider completing your bachelor's degree instead of settling for an associate's degree or high school diploma.

Graduation Cap imageYou'll up your earning potential

The age-old rumors about a bachelor's degree upping your earning potential are true. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a person with a bachelor's degree will earn almost 1.5 times as much per week as someone with an associate's degree, and 1.7 times as much as someone who has only earned a high school diploma. Simply put, a bachelor's pays off over time.

You'll have a better chance of finding work

Sure, a bachelor's will help you earn more, but did you know it will also help you find work? The most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 1.6 more earners with associate's degrees are unemployed in the current market. When you enter the workforce with a bachelor's, you enter with a leg up.

It will open career doors

Have you ever taken a look at entry-level job listings? Most companies won't consider applicants who don't have bachelor's degrees. More and more, a bachelor's degree is perceived as an entry-level degree necessary to take your career to the next level. Make sure you're ready to enter the fray with the right degree.

You can be proud of your degree

Here's something you can't put a value on -- the feeling of true pride when you see your name on that degree. A bachelor's degree is a symbol of the hard work and effort you've put into your education. When you earn your baccalaureate degree, you're taking part in a tradition that's existed since the Middle Ages. Your degree is evidence of your commitment to learning. Earning a degree shows just how much you value education.

Whether you get a degree for its career impact, because you long to continue your education past a high school diploma or associate's degree, or just because you're passionate about learning, remember: a bachelor's degree is something worth striving for and a real educational achievement.

Request information to find out how to get started on your bachelor's degree at South University, Online Programs.

How to Choose the Right Graduate Program for You

by South University 12 August 2014

Now that you’ve decided you want to attend grad school, you’re faced with a very important decision ─ what to study? While you may be tempted to just choose the area in which you earned your undergraduate degree, that isn’t always best option. Instead, look at the big picture of your career and make a decision based on what you hope to get out of your grad school experience.

BookBelow are three common goals of graduate students. Understanding where you fit in can help you determine what program is the best choice for you!

Goal – Enhance your current career.

You’re already working in an area you enjoy, but want to gain the additional skills and knowledge needed to advance your career. Many high-level positions require a master’s degree to be considered for the job and, even if it’s not a necessity, having one can give you a competitive advantage. In this case, pursing a master’s degree in your current field may be your best option, as it will pick up precisely where your undergraduate studies left off. For example, if you’re currently employed in public service, obtaining a master’s degree in public administration is the perfect way to expand your current skillset.

Goal – Move to a related field, or work in a new way in the same field.

You want to earn a graduate degree because you strongly believe gaining knowledge in another field will complement the expertise you already have. Often times obtaining a graduate degree in an area that’s new to you is the best way to develop your skills. Combining knowledge from different programs allows you to broaden your perspective and become a more well-rounded professional. While this may be out of your comfort zone, you’ll have the opportunity to challenge yourself in new ways and emerge from the program as an extremely competitive candidate. For example, if you have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, earning an MBA could help you apply your knowledge of psychology to understanding how organizations and the individuals within them operate.

Goal – Enter a new career.

You want to make a change and you’re ready for an entirely different career path. Go for it! Pursuing a master’s degree can help you gain the necessary skills and experience to excel in a new field. Taking the initiative to head back to school for an advanced degree also shows employers that you’re dedicated to succeeding in your new endeavor. You’ll learn to blend the skills you’ve already acquired through years in the workforce with those necessary to start this exciting new chapter in your life. For example, if you’ve been working as a teacher, pursuing a master's degree in public health can allow you to put the skills you already have to work to bring positive changes to many people.

To learn about the graduate programs offered at South University, Online Programs, request information today!

You Know You’re Ready to Pursue a Graduate Degree When…

by South University 4 August 2014

Deciding to attend grad school is a very big move. If you’re currently going back and forth on whether it’s time to earn a master’s degree, there’s a good chance you already have your answer. If most ─ or all ─ of the 10 characteristics below sound familiar, you’re probably ready to hit the books.

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You’re leading the team more often than not.

You’re already a natural leader. Grad school is an incredible opportunity to further develop those leadership skills and to help you prepare for a future in management.

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You’re always part of the solution.

As a natural problem-solver, grad school is a place where you can thrive. You’ll be given complex assignments and teamed with classmates to complete projects, allowing you to challenge yourself and further develop your abilities.

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You’re challenging to do more work outside your current scope.

Show your boss you’re serious about taking on more stimulating assignments by taking the initiative to gain the knowledge needed to excel on advanced projects.

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You realize that you’re a lifelong learner.

As a naturally curious person, you deeply enjoy learning. Stimulate your mind by pursuing a master’s degree.

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Your mentors encourage you to advance your degree.

You trust your mentors to give you sound career advice. If they recommend pursing a master’s degree as a way to help advance your career, you can rest assured that this investment will be worth your while.

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The majority of your mentors have an advanced degree.

You chose your mentors because they’re people you’d like to model yourself after. If most of them have an advanced degree, it’s very likely that pursuing one could also help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment.

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You’re debating to yourself the pros and cons of getting an advanced degree.

Grad school is heavily weighing on your mind if you’re already evaluating the pros and cons of earning a master’s degree. If you know you want it, go ahead and let yourself pursue it. With flexible online learning options available, you can do this, even with your busy schedule!

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You’re eyeing up a job that requires an advanced degree.

Don’t hold yourself back from your dream job. Get the master’s degree you need to excel at the position and let yourself have a career you truly enjoy.

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You already know what you want to study.

You’re already focused on what you want to learn, allowing you to maximize your investment.

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You’re passionate about advancing your knowledge in a specific field.

Not only are you hoping your master’s degree will give you a competitive advantage in the workforce, you’re also excited to learn more about your chosen area of study, because you can’t get enough of it.

How many of the items listed above sound like you? Request more information about South University or explore our programs today to get started!