About Populi

Designed for higher education, Populi is web-based college management. It covers academics, admissions, online learning, student billing, financial aid, donations, contacts, 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.

Pricing starting from:

USD 199.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Devices

Business size

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Markets

Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

English, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

USD 199.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Populi

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Features

Total features of Populi: 66

  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Bookstore Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Assignments & Tests
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • General Ledger
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(58)
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 H. Kristen H.
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  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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Great all-in-one SIS

Reviewed on 03/05/2018

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 29/08/2020

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

Reviewed on 27/01/2016

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

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.

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

Amanda H. Amanda H.
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great Customer Service and Product for Small Businesses

Reviewed on 17/09/2021

I have enjoyed Populi. Great team, great price, and a product that works great for our very small...

I have enjoyed Populi. Great team, great price, and a product that works great for our very small online higher education institution.

Pros

Populi's customer support is first class. They are always so friendly and willing to talk through any of my issues or road blocks. They teach me how to do it and why things are done that way so I can make the best decision for our school. The cost of Populi is also a great asset because we are a small online non profit institution and having a reasonably priced product really helps us with our small budget. Finally, we love the integration with Canvas. It helps our Registrar and Librarian with term set up and course enrollments.

Cons

At this time, I don't have too many cons. Most of the time when something isn't working, I just call into Customer Support and one of their representatives is able to work with me to find a solution to our problem.

Martin W. Martin W.
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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 29/04/2020

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.

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Populi FAQs

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Populi offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 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:

Authorize.Net, CANVAS, Canvas, Google Workspace, Stripe

Populi offers the following support options:

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

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