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March 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 9


South University: Providing a Warm, Supportive Learning Environment in West Palm Beach

As a private institution, South University is dedicated to the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. Believing that all qualified individuals should have the privilege of formal academic training, South University welcomes all who seek educational challenges.

“Our flexible learning options allow students to pursue their academic goals in a manner that fits their lifestyles and their needs, says Dr. Mark Everett, Campus President of South University, West Palm Beach.
Through programs ranging from associates to doctoral degrees, South University delivers education, support and guidance designed to prepare students to establish and advance careers in areas such as:
- Physical Therapist Assisting
- Physician Assistant Studies
- Nursing
- Counseling & Psychology
- Business & Technology
- Public Health
- Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
- Healthcare Administration
South University, West Palm Beach has been established in the West Palm Beach area since 1987. It offers more than 40 programs through its campus locations and online learning platforms. These programs focus on workplace needs to meet the employer job demand and community development opportunities. Its degree programs are particularly designed to lead its students to their highest potential by combining relevant coursework and applicable experience with supportive faculty in a professional environment.
“Whether that career finds them working in a hospital, a courtroom, or a business, our students get the education that can allow them to be highly competitive in their chosen field,” says Dr. Everett.
South University prides itself on a very robust student support infrastructure that allows students to successfully complete their education. Students can learn and grow in a welcoming environment with supportive faculty and staff who provide one-on-one attention and mentorship from enrollment through graduation.
“Our goal is to help our student to build practical, in-demand skills for pursuing and growing their career, says Dr. Everett.
South University’s History
One of the oldest universities in Georgia, South University was founded in 1899 in Savannah, Georgia. The university was first established as Draughon’s Practical Business College focused on teaching the fundamentals needed by successful businesses including accounting, banking, shorthand, bookkeeping, and typewriting. However, over the past century, South University has transformed from its humble roots of a two-year college, into a university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.
South University, West Palm Beach has been serving the local community since the 1980s, provides an excellent student experience with quality academic programs, flexible course scheduling and a commitment to always placing students first. Today, the West Palm Beach campus spans two buildings, totaling more than 70,000 square-foot of space, including a landmark clock tower, fully equipped labs, modern classrooms and comprehensive library resources.
"It has evolved as a university providing a supportive learning environment that encourages students to engage with a community of faculty, staff, and students, eager to play a role in helping them achieve their educational dreams,” says Dr. Everett.
Virtual Learning
After monitoring the rising COVID-19 cases in early 2020, South University made a decision to move its campus-based students from in-person learning to a new remote learning format called SouthVR (South Virtual Remote) in the spring of 2020. This format was designed to help students continue their education during the pandemic, while also keeping their safety in mind. SouthVR differs from both campus and online classes by offering live instruction in a remote environment that encourages interactivity and collaborative working groups, while allowing for flexibility.
The university has experienced success in this modality as students shared that they continued to feel a part of the classroom community with peer to peer and faculty collaboration in real-time, while learning remotely. SouthVR continues to be available for its students and the university is anticipating its use in the future.
Southeastern Florida Sunshine High School Grant
Since South University has been in West Palm Beach for over 30 years, Dr. Everett says that they take its goal seriously to continue to be a great local partner and to support the school systems and students on the pathway to graduation. In order to better do so, they have introduced the Southeastern Florida Sunshine Grant which provides financial assistance to high school graduates seeking a college education.
“It is important now more than ever that we think about how to make the transition from high school to higher education as smooth as we can,” says Dr. Everett. “Palm Beach County is a fabulous area to stay, learn, work and grow. It just makes sense to invest in our student’s futures.”
The Southeastern Florida Sunshine High School Grant eligible applicants may qualify for up to $1,745* per quarter toward tuition in a bachelors degree program. Discover an extensive program offering in areas such as Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pre-requisite phase only), and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Eligible applicants may qualify for $1,408* per quarter in the Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program.
*Grant is issued per credit hour, up to 12 hours
• To qualify you must:
- Be a high school or home school graduate or GED recipient within Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach or St. Lucie County
- Be a first-time college student (high school dual-enrollment students are eligible)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at high school graduation
- Be accepted into an undergraduate program at South University, West Palm Beach
- Have a signed Memorandum of Understanding on file.
- To receive grant disbursements after your first term, you must:
• Pass all courses in your prior term with a C or better
• Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
• Maintain at least part-time enrollment 

Education Opportunities for Students and Businesses:

Fresh Start Grant
South University, West Palm Beach is committed to providing you with the education you need to pursue the career you want, and our Fresh Start Grant can help you get back in class and working towards your degree.   The Fresh Start Grant supports returning eligible South University students who did not complete their prior program by reducing prior enrollment balances by up to 80% of the balance owed.  
Corporate Education Program
South University, West Palm Beach, is dedicated to giving back to its community by providing local businesses and healthcare organization’s employees with opportunities to grow professionally through its Corporate Education Program.   Through the Corporate Education Program, South University will extend to partner’s employees 20% off their prevailing credit-hour tuition rate for all programs offered at South University, West Palm Beach (excluding the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program, Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science program and the RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs). This special rate is also extended to employees eligible family members.

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