South University is a for-profit school owned by the Education Management Corporation. It was originally founded in 1899 as a practical business school, but became an online university in 2003 when EDMC purchased the institution. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, their nursing program has a separate accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. There are eleven South University campuses scattered across the east coast with the headquarter campus located in Georgia. There are over 18,000 students enrolled in their programs and more than half of those students conduct their educational endeavors online.