Populi Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


Cloud based college management solution for colleges

4.53/5 (38 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.


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Populi reviews

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Jason Abell

Thankful for Populi

Reviewed 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.

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Ozlen Keskin

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

Reviewed 2016-01-27
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Ozlen Keskin

Great for small institutions

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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. Accommodates small institutions with very reasonable pricing. Customer support is very responsive to inquiries.

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Alfredo Pineiro Baldomir

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

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-09-22
Review Source: Capterra

All possible 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!

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Kim Cairns

Overall it is an excellent product and serves us well.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-12
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Populi pricing

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

Populi features

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

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Automatic Notifications (56 other apps)
Communication Management (44 other apps)
Course Authoring (48 other apps)
Course Catalog (42 other apps)
Customizable Branding (38 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (44 other apps)
Data Import/Export (47 other apps)
Progress Tracking (42 other apps)
Registration Management (43 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (59 other apps)
Student Management (38 other apps)

Additional information for Populi

Key features of Populi

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