South College dates back to 1882 when Jacob T. Johnson established a branch of Nashville Business College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The College was later known as Knoxville Business College. It occupied several historic downtown buildings as it evolved and grew, including the Keyhole Building and the Cherokee Building. By the turn of the twenty-first century, Knoxville Business College had outgrown its original model of providing just business classes, and the name officially became South College. In the following years, South College has acquired a second campus in Knoxville, as well as additional schools in Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Asheville, North Carolina.
Today, South College operates as a business-minded private, non-sectarian, co-educational academic institution that adheres to the traditional higher education mission philosophy of teaching, service, and scholarly contribution. Remaining consistent with its long heritage, the institution places primary concern on providing quality bachelor’s and master’s educational opportunities and associated student support services for the professional, intellectual, and social development of a diverse student body within the School of Business and Technology and other departments.
South College delivers more than 60 Certificate, Associate, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral programs to meet the current needs of students across Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and the internet through online learning. The School of Business and Technology is continually developing new academic programs based on local, state, and national employment trends for the locations.
Each program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students for the career of their choice in a supportive and challenging environment. Business school leaders are committed to students every step of the way, beginning with the admissions process. The School of Business and Technology currently offers a BBA and MBA with a plethora of specializations. Concentrations within the MBA include Business Analytics, Criminal Justice, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Information Systems Management, Human Resources, Accounting, and Marketing.
Student organizations exist to represent a variety of interests at South College. Involvement in student organizations provides students with the chance to apply skills, improve knowledge, and enhance the overall college experience. Organizations and activities that meet students’ needs and center on academic achievement and career advancement are encouraged. Groups with goals that specifically support the educational growth and career interests can easily be formed. Students interested in developing new clubs or organizations have the chance to meet with the Student Activities Coordinator to share the group’s goals. Student organizations must be approved by and registered with the Dean of Student Services. Groups are matched with a faculty advisor. All organizations must create and operate within a set of by-laws and hold elections.
Students discover a variety of career-focused degrees at South College’s School of Business and Technology that can be completed 100% online or as a hybrid in-person and online program. With online education, students can plan and manage their learning experiences around their other life commitments, including family and work. South College distance learners use Canvas to access their online assignments and courses. The business school’s online classroom encourages engaging, lively interactions, making it easy to share thoughts and respond to comments from peers and instructors. All BBA and MBA programs are featured within South College’s online degrees.