Populi

Populi

Cloud based college management solution for colleges

4.5/5 (40 reviews)

Populi Overview

Populi is a cloud-based campus management solution that allows clients to maintain operational data for colleges and schools. The solution manages the entire student life cycle starting from lead generation until final placements. The software is suited for small and medium sized institutes. Some of its key customers include Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, Calvary Chapel Bible College, Baptist Theological Seminary, Rudolf Steiner College, and Visible Music College.
Populi campus management solution manages all aspects of operations beginning from lead generation to user profiling. The primary features of Populi are learning management, new lead tracking, finance operations management, and content & library management. The solution includes basic search, advanced resource browsing, an alphabetical subject directory, and links to external resources.
Populi is compatible with various browsers and is available across devices such as desktop, mobile and tablets. Populi campus management solution offers open API and integration with other web based services such as Google Calendar.

Pricing

Starting from
$199/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

S
M
L

Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

Populi Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
93% positive reviews
25
Excellent
12
Very good
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Dean L.

A Jack of all Trades for Education Management

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/26
Review Source: Capterra

This product was in place when I arrived in my role supporting it. It seems to be the choice of many smaller (< 300 student) post-secondary schools. It has served us well for tracking student records but there are lots of little annoyances that cause us to adjust our workflows in order to use the product. It would seem if you had no processes in place and wanted to follow their recommended ones, it would suit you well.

Pros

- Web based
- Easy to use
- API offers advanced access to data
- Customer service is responsive (the CEO often replies to requests)

Cons

- Tries to do too much - It handles Student Information well, but our finance department doesn't prefer it and our Faculty use it for tracking marks, but don't particularly like it as an LMS
- Data exports are limited - I had to code an application in PHP to work with the API to get enrolment information out in a usable format
- Roles are not customizable - We have student call teams who can only access basic contact details if we give them a staff role (which gives them too much access)

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10
Jason A.

Thankful for Populi

Reviewed on 2014/04/03
Review Source: Capterra

Bethlehem College and Seminary is a small Christian college which sprung from Bethlehem Baptist Church and the preaching of John Piper. For over 10 years, Bethlehem Baptist had a non-degree granting institution. In 2009, after John Piper encouraged the leadership to launch a seminary, we realized that managing student data and finances would be critical. This began a search for low cost college management software that was designed for school with less than 500 students.

In 2009, there were few options. In addition to low cost and designed for small schools, we wanted a web-based solutions, because we did not have the resources or personnel to run our own servers. In addition, we are an Apple shop, and most all college management software ran on Windows servers.

Then we discovered Populi. With a flat monthly rate and a low per student monthly rate, Populi fit our financial model. In addition, Populi was web-based. This meant that we did not need to purchase any additional hardware, and all of our staff, faculty, and students were able to access the software without any additional client side software besides a web browser.

The Populi staff worked hard to help us transition our Excel files of student data into their database. They answered the phone in person and assisted us with all of our configuration. The website was simple enough that we learned on the fly. With any new venture, there are bumps and hiccups along the way, but we were able to work through those.

Over the last 5 years, we have grown at nearly 25% per year. Populi has seamlessly grown with us. They continue to improve the product and provide additional services, and so far, have not raised the price.

One recent improvement was additional Admissions applications. Since we are both a college and seminary, it was very important for us to have two different application processes. This solved a lot of headaches for us.

Five years later, this school is still very thankful for Populi.

Rating breakdown

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Ozlen K.

Great for small institutions

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/09/02
Review Source: Capterra

Even though, I had some trouble with pulling data previously with customer support we had overcome most of the obstacles. I believe with right training the program can accommodate most of our needs as small institution. I highly recommend populi to small institutions like us with an advise to inquire and receive proper training when you initial start using it. Don't hesitate to ask for training and make sure to allow your staff a time for training.

Pros

Accommodates small institutions with very reasonable pricing.
Customer support is very responsive to inquiries.

Cons

Learning how to use efficiently needs a proper training by Populi expert.
It is difficult to learn by self training through videos and tips.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Alfredo P.

Populi is simple, elegant, secure, intuitive, with comprehensive features and well documented.

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/09/22
Review Source: Capterra

All possible

Pros

It is difficult to say; documentation is exhaustive and the product is very well crafted and incredibly intuitive, but perhaps customer support is probably one of the best I have ever experienced!

Cons

With Populi, you can manually request a backup of the complete database on a daily basis, which generates and lets you download a CSV file with all the data, which is a nice feature, but I really miss the ability to schedule it on a regular basis and perhaps have it transferred to a secondary cloud storage.

Response from Populi

Thanks for the feedback, Alfredo! One note - you can schedule/automate backups using the API. We will consider making that an option without having to make use of the API. Thanks!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Kim C.

Overall it is an excellent product and serves us well.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/10/12
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

It keeps improving and is more useful today than it was when we bought in (2011). They listen to feature requests from the users and try to accommodate. Service is prompt and helpful. They fix things or educate in how to use the software. The back up and reporting features are very helpful when we need to back track to find an issue.

Cons

Searching for something in help could be improved. It seems that sometimes you have to do a fair amount of searching to find the relevant page.

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Populi Pricing

Starting from
$199/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

• Small : $199/mo. + $7/mo/billable student
• Medium : $499/mo. + $6/mo/billable student
• Large : $1199/mo + $5/mo/billable student

Populi Features

  • API
  • Attendance Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Learning Management
  • Records Management
  • Time & Attendance Tracking

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assessment Management
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Communication Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Catalog
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Data Import/Export
  • Progress Tracking
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal

Additional information for Populi

Key features of Populi

  • API
  • Attendance management
  • Auditing reports
  • Daily attendance
  • Daily backup
  • Event calendar
  • Financial management
  • General ledger
  • Help desk
  • Integrated reports, IPEDS reporting
  • Intuitive dashboard
  • Learning management
  • SAP alerts
  • Scheduling
  • Student budgeting
  • Student information/records management
  • Student portal

Benefits

• Populi's performance dashboard allows tutors and administrators to view the performance of an entire class or look into individual student and activity from multiple perspectives.
• Populi keeps data in a centralized location which can be accessed over the web at any point of time.
• Populi runs daily backup with availability for daily, weekly and monthly data snapshots. Entire data is encrypted and stored in a SSAE 16 Type II compliant data centers.
• Populi college management solution offers smart calendar feature to view daily activity and setting appointment for all users and can also sync with Google Calendar.
• It helps to manage student records, registrations, courses, generate leads and track student financials.
• The software allows school administrators to create profiles for leads, students, faculty or alumni and offers provision to create connections between different profiles.

Populi FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Populi.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Populi offer?

Populi offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: $199/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Not Available

• Small : $199/mo. + $7/mo/billable student
• Medium : $499/mo. + $6/mo/billable student
• Large : $1199/mo + $5/mo/billable student

Q. What are the main features of Populi?

Populi offers the following features:

  • API
  • Attendance management
  • Auditing reports
  • Daily attendance
  • Daily backup
  • Event calendar
  • Financial management
  • General ledger
  • Help desk
  • Integrated reports, IPEDS reporting
  • Intuitive dashboard
  • Learning management
  • SAP alerts
  • Scheduling
  • Student budgeting
  • Student information/records management
  • Student portal

Q. Who are the typical users of Populi?

Populi has the following typical customers:

Mid Size Business, Small Business

Q. What languages does Populi support?

Populi supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Populi offer?

Populi has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Populi support mobile devices?

Populi supports the following devices:

iPhone

Q. What other apps does Populi integrate with?

Populi integrates with the following applications:

Edvance360, G Suite, Stripe

Q. What level of support does Populi offer?

Populi offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials