Populi software


38 reviews(4.5/5)
38 reviews(4.5/5)

Populi is a cloud-based school management solution that caters to small and midsize colleges and provides them the tools and functionalities to manage their administrative operations and routines. Key features include a learning management solution, auto calculates Pell Grants, an online donation module and more.

Populi offers users the capability to store documents in various formats, such as spreadsheets, video, audio and pictures. It also features student information system, online admission system, streaming media server and more. Populi can be accessed only through SSL-encrypted connections. It also prevents different types of data loss with the help of backups in real-time that are stored in a centralized location.

Additionally, Populi allows its users to view daily activity logs and set appointments through a built-in calendar that supports integration with Google Calendars.

Services are offered on a monthly subscription basis that includes support via email.

Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • Kristen from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

    May 2018

    Great all-in-one SIS

    Ease-of-use
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    Quality
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    Value for Money
    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Meghan from Higher Education

    April 2018

    Love using Populi!

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    Pros

    I love the development and donor management portion of the software. It is very well organized and allows for detailed reporting and tracking details.

    Cons

    Training could be more in-depth and specific to each department. Faculty in particular seem to have a hard time with transition.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mahala from Texas Bible College

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    We use Populi for a couple of our separate departments websites and they like the ease of access

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    Pros

    The customer service and ease of use with setting up programs on our website has been tremendous. We can have settings however we want them .

    Cons

    We don't have any complaints for this software. It has been working great the couple of years we have used it.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Shirley from Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    April 2018

    Populi is a good system for our school's needs.

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    I enjoy the communications area. I find it very helpful for student contact. I REALLY like being able to use the Populi Dropbox to post emails from other sources to the students' records.

    Cons

    I'm still learning how to use Populi's finer points, which has been a challenge without the former user still on our property. However, Populi support is always helpful.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jason from Wipro Limited

    Number of employees: 10,000+ employees

    March 2018

    Nothing to write home about, but does what it's meant to

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    Pros

    Being a web based college management software, it has its cloud computing benefits for sure. The options available are extensive too.

    Cons

    Many of the features are half cooked and need a lot more work to be in a finished form. It is basic at best now.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: GetApp
  • Verified Reviewer

    January 2018

    While new to using Populi, our small school finds Populi easy to use, and staff willing to help.

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    Value for Money

    Ease of use and confidence that the company stands behind their product and ready to assist the suer.

    Pros

    Tailored for the small school, Populi is very intuitive. They have worked hard to think through typical issues of the user. Almost any question I have had as an administrator was easily addressed in the Knowledge Base. And the few times when I could not find something, the support staff was there with a ready response.

    Cons

    There is not much guidance for faculty. This deficit is not an issue for younger members who are accustomed to intuitive navigation of new websites. For older faculty, however, this is a stumbling block. That having been said, Populi support staff are willing to do video overview training.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ohchang from Westminster Theological Seminary

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    November 2017

    Recently, this software replaces my school's old Registrar system, and came out, "Successful!!"

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    This saves my time, labor, and energy. Overall, I am satisfied with this software.

    Pros

    The two major uses of this software in my institution are managing student's academic progress and student's financial status. The simple feature of the program allows students to easily access their own account and manage those. And how the program presents the contents is also clean and easy-to-look; this is much better then the old program. Students wouldn't miss the critical dates for their academic progress and payments.

    Also there are some aspects that helps communication between registrar office and students. Dashboard has "Alerts" "The Feed" "Events." And moreover, there is another tab next to dashboard tab, that is, To-dos. This shows the tasks that are assigned to individuals. So the combination of the dashboard features and To-do lists make communication really easy.

    Cons

    Well it is hard to find a particular part that I do not like. May be some other staffs from different department could find a feature they don't like. But for my use, this program is very well made.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Kim from Peace River Bible Institute

    October 2017

    Overall it is an excellent product and serves us well.

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    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alfredo from Maitripa College

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2017

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

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    Value for Money

    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.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Populi, Populi

    September 2017

    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!

  • Donna from Southwestern College - Santa Fe

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2017

    Best Decision We Ever Made

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Increased data reporting functionality and low cost.

    Pros

    It packs everything into a cost effective manageable solution for small to medium colleges. Student records, Billing, Financial Aid, Course Evaluations, Communications, Discipline, emergency text messaging, online course management, Library, Bookstore, Registration, and so much more.

    Cons

    That is very hard to say. I think the assignment grade release settings could be more granular.
    Giving approved incompletes could be refined more.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Donna from Southwestern College

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2016

    Best Student System for Small Colleges

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    Value for Money

    Moving our Student management to Populi was the best decision for our small graduate school. Pricing is scaled to size. It is feature rich and has quickly become the center of our universe. The Populi support team was with us from day one. They converted all of our data and we have never looked back. The data reporting features are flexible and easy to use. This is the best decision we ever made.

    Pros

    This system was specifically designed with small to medium colleges in mind and it shows.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Abdullah from Respect Graduate School

    November 2016

    I'd give 6 stars if possible

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    We've been using Populi since 2013. When we started a new school, we searched for an affordable college management solution that can offer an integrated solution for our basic needs such as admissions, financials, library etc. Populi was our decision and we are extremely satisfied with the product. I used a number of similar software as a student, and I don't know as an administrator's perspective but in a student's perspective I think Populi is the easiest to use. The design is very clean and modern. I think the young students want to see stuff in a particular way. Redundancy is a big turn off. It's hard to explain but for example people don't want to click save for every step of their admissions. It's like these subtle thinks that you don't really think about but when you see it you makes you pleased. The designers at Populi does that. Mobile app is available and Customer support is phenomenal. They answer fast and answer good, with screen shots and all. Fast and to the point. They listen. The users can request new features and see them getting worked on and implemented. Some users may find some features missing or hard to use and I understand that. But I can always say that, from my personal experience , the support team is there to help. Pros: Customer support, price, design, extent of features, ease of use, frequent updates for new features. Cons: Nothing that I can think of.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Rob from Wesley Biblical Seminary

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2016

    Wesley Biblical Seminary

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    I wanted to drop a line to you guys and gals at Populi. To be honest, Populi has been one of the most beneficial blessings we have at WBS. You all have given us superb support, data migration, and professionalism. Everyday our team is enjoying the process of learning how to use it more efficiently. Thanks so much.

    Pros

    Customer Service superb
    Affordability
    User Friendly SIS

    Cons

    Library System not compatible with the MARC system yet.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ozlen from American Islamic College

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2016

    Great for small institutions

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
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    Value for Money

    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.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tammy from New College Franklin

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2016

    Great Customer Service

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    Value for Money

    Excellent Customer Service. Staff very helpful and resolve issues promptly. Support staff very knowledgable about the product.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Chris from Carolina College of Biblical Studies

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2016

    Best choice for SIS/LMS

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    Value for Money

    We have loved Populi from the very beginning. Great program. Great support. Great choice for all your LMS and SIS needs.

    Pros

    Integration of the LMS and SIS. Ease of use. Video tutorials are great...keeps me from having to make them myself.

    Cons

    Waiting for a plagiarism integration.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mark from Olivet University

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2016

    Solid solution for small/medium schools

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    Value for Money

    This solution is smartly designed and offers all of the tools necessary to operate a small or medium sized school. We have about 300 active students in our system, at multiple campuses, with both online/residential students, and Populi can handle our needs well. A few features are lacking that would be of interest to larger schools, such as an integration that will allow batch processing for our F1 students in SEVIS, or in-depth form builders, but the core functionality is certainly there.

    Pros

    Good and reasonable pricing, well designed, easy to use, and excellent support.

    Cons

    There are a few features that we would appreciate, such as the ability to use the built-in video hosting without having such a high degradation of quality, but overall our experience has been positive.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mourad from Toronto Baptist Seminary

    May 2016

    Great School Management System!

    Ease-of-use
    Quality
    Support

    Populi has been a great tool for our school. It has helped us to manage our data more efficiently. It has made our job easier in many aspects. It has also given our students online access to their information. One of the great benefits of Populi has been how easy it is to use. The customer service has been great. They are very responsive to our needs.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Erin from Hawaii Tokai International College

    March 2016

    Easy to use & great customer service

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    We switched over to Populi after using a different software for years. Populi makes it really easy to create transcripts and make sure students are on track to graduate. It's great that we can integrate many different components (grades, discipline, housing, finance, etc.) in one location. It makes obtaining information quick and easy. The different roles are great for controlling who has access to what information. Also, customer service has been amazing! Phone calls help because they can see what we see on our screen, which minimizes confusion. Even if we email or submit a request online, we get responses within 24 hours. Their staff is really helpful. Their online tutorials are great as well and they've even reached out to us to do demos.

    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ozlen from American Islamic College

    January 2016

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

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    Pros 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.

    Review Source: Capterra

    Response: Populi, Populi

    January 2016

    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

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