About Populi

Designed for higher education, Populi is web-based college management. It covers academics, admissions, online learning, student billing, financial aid, donations, directory, library, bookstore, and more. Secure and intuitive, everyone at your school can use it. Our plain, simple pricing scales with your enrollment with no hidden fees or upfront costs. Every customer gets friendly, responsive customer support, together with implementation, data migration, training, and software updates.


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4,5 /5
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Value for Money
4,7/5
Features
4,3/5
Ease of Use
4,4/5
Customer Support
4,7/5

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Kristen
Kristen
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  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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Great all-in-one SIS

Reviewed on 2018/05/03

Pros

This software is very intuitive, and staff, faculty and students have gotten completely up to speed in a very short period of time. Being hosted on the web means students and staff can log in from anywhere with any device and backups are taken care of automatically. The built in LMS features are really robust and have eliminated the need for google classroom, survey monkey, and other fixes we had been using.

I am also very impressed with the built in reporting; there are preset reports for clearinghouse, IPEDS, retention etc.. and the ad-hoc reporting tool allows for almost unlimited custom reporting.

The support staff team are very kind and responsive, and the data conversion from our old system was virtually painless. When searching for a new SIS we interviewed over 8 firms and are very glad we settled on Populi.

Cons

There are very few things we have found that we wanted that the system was not already set up to do, but for these you can always suggest product enhancements to the support team.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A solid, straightforward choice for higher-education relationship management

Reviewed on 2020/08/29

Populi is a terrific platform for integrating various data silos across your organization. We moved...

Populi is a terrific platform for integrating various data silos across your organization. We moved from a number of different databases into Populi recently, and the combination of all of our information in one place has streamlined our communication process with incoming students and allowed us to more easily collaborate in helping students through processes like enrollment and financial aid. We've struggled with finding some features at times, and in the case of marketing automation, we've discovered that Populi's system isn't quite fully-featured enough for our needs. The UI, also, has a dated feel. Nevertheless, it's a solid, stable platform that gives us integrated access to our contacts.

Pros

Populi is very straightforward, and makes it relatively easy to manage a high number of complex relationships with contacts
Tracking a contact from first inquiry through to alumni donor is very simple
Contacting contacts directly from within Populi works more smoothly than the communication platforms on some competitors
Support is extremely useful and quick

Cons

The automation platform is time-based and lacks some of the triggers and sophistication available in competitors
Some features are hidden inside of layers behind the straightforward UI, and it can be frustrating to track them down
Sometimes, a seemingly simple feature will be missing, and require extensive conversations with support. Support is top-notch and very helpful, but it can be annoying if you prefer to do things yourself.

Ozlen
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You get what you pay for and perhaps a little less!

Reviewed on 2016/01/27

Pros
Easy to register, add students, course scheduling. Fast customer service however, not very...

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Easy to register, add students, course scheduling. Fast customer service however, not very satisfying responds.
Cons
It is not user friendly, very difficult to customize features. Even sending emails to selected students is a hassle. Adding meeting times to courses is awfully difficult and annoying. If you are a new, small institution and need statistics / have to be able to pull out a data any minute when requested I would not recommend this product. Our application information wasn't transferring to system and we found out after customer service that our application was not set right. The reason for that is Populi updated their admissions feature a while ago but our applications were not adopted to new system. So I had to enter age, gender, address, email etc manually for the each student in the system to be able to have an accurate data. No help offered for an error caused by their own management system! Again reporting features lack accuracy and not customizable.
For accreditation purposes I found this system not reliable, I will start looking for alternatives.

Response from Populi

Hi Ozlen, I didn't realize how frustrated you were after our conversation yesterday! My apologies.

I don't remember discussing your difficulties emailing students or adding meeting times. I'd be happy to hop back on the phone to go over that with you!

Regarding applications, its true that we updated admissions a couple of years ago and released a bunch of new features. Applications that were set up before that time have to be tweaked to take advantage of the new features, but I'd be happy to schedule a time to work through that with you. I think there were only a few fields that needed to be tweaked, but lets set up a time and we can make sure its good to go!

Again, I'm sorry that you've had a frustrating experience. We'll be in touch to see if we can win back your loyalty!

Sincerely,
Isaac Grauke, CEO
Populi

Dakota
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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Populi works well for school!

Reviewed on 2023/11/02

Pros

The ability to track the progress of a class is very useful and allows me to keep track of what I have left in a class.

Cons

One thing that could be improved is the ability to see how the grade is impacted by a weight assigned by a professor as well as the ability to see what a score on an assignment would have a student finish the class grade-wise.

Martin
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best SIS system for smaller colleges that we have used

Reviewed on 2020/04/29

We couldn't be happier. Our sales contact gave us multiple demos of the different modules, trained...

We couldn't be happier. Our sales contact gave us multiple demos of the different modules, trained us and was there for us during every step of the implementation. Everything was done remotely but it works well and there is no additional cost, which is extraordinary. I have helped implement three different SIS systems and the data transfer to Populi was the most efficient and painless I have experienced. The customer support is responsive and goes above and beyond what I expected. Overall they seem to really care about our success and we enjoy working with them.

Pros

It's designed by people who obviously understand the needs of a higher education institution. It is easy to use, intuitive, flexible and fast. You don't have to find ways to work-around problem areas, it just works amazingly well. The integrated LMS is smooth and very capable. The integration of the different modules e.g. student billing and financial aid, is seamless. The customer support is amazing. The implementation costs are next to zero.

Cons

It is designed to be simple to use so reporting and security permissions are not as flexible as our previous system. We have adapted to that though because the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. The customer support team also run customized reports for us when we need them and they are constantly making improvements to the system.

Alternatives Considered

Blackbaud Student Information System

Reasons for Choosing Populi

Our old system was end of life. We retained Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge for our fundraising but we wanted a system that was very strong on the academic management side (SIS), that was hosted in the cloud, that would work well with an LMS and was reasonably priced. Populi ticked all those boxes. After a very quick implementation, and using the system for two semesters now, we are very happy that we switched to Populi.
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Populi FAQs

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Populi offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$199,00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

$199 per month for unlimited faculty and staff + $7 per month per billable student

Populi has the following typical customers:

2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500

Populi supports the following languages:

English, Spanish

Populi supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Populi integrates with the following applications:

CANVAS, Canvas, Google Workspace, Stripe, authorize.net

Populi offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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