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Overview

Web-based management for higher education. It's secure and easy-to-use, with simple pricing, great customer support, and no upfront costs.

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Ready to take your child care business to the next level? Go completely paperless with Sandbox — powerful, award-winning...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

199

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

59

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

59

5

4

3

2

1

35

19

4

1

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

4.9

103

5

4

3

2

1

92

9

2

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

Pros

I believe it's a good product and it has good potential, given the team's impressive efforts toward meet the rapid changing needs of their current and future customers.
Very satisfied and have experienced a great deal of positive and helpful customer support. Really, no walks through a string of phones tree choices to get to someone who can help.
While it may take a moment to input your needed data, the interface is user friendly and the customer service is top flight. Students and faculty celebrate.

Pros

Love the Parent Portal feature and ease of registration. We love being able to communicate with parents and send pictures to them throughout the day.
Sandbox Software is easy to use and the customer service is outstanding. Records and data are compiled in an easy format to learn and use.
Parents love the ability of paying online and seeing real-time posts from teachers about their child. Sandbox Customer Service is Top Notch.

Cons

Even sending emails to selected students is a hassle. Adding meeting times to courses is awfully difficult and annoying.
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.
Compared to some competitors however, Populi is limited.

Cons

There are some confusing settings with the billing feature.
I have parents get confused when they login with their personal email when the account is setup under the other parent and see a zero balance.
Financial records are confusing and I sometimes have a hard time getting the forms I want.
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Key features

  • Total features63
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookstore Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Independent/Private
  • Invoice Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Wait List Management
  • Total features51
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Tracking
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookstore Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Communications Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Daily Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Employee Management
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Immunization & Allergy Tracking
  • Independent/Private
  • Invoice Management
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Live Chat
  • Meal / Nutrition Management
  • Member Database
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Parent Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Self Check-in/Check-out
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Summary Reports
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Support
  • Wait List Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations6
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations1
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

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Mazher Hussain A.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

Valuable software

Reviewed 4 months ago

The students get the best solutions of their basic problems related to their search of higher education

Pros

Student management is a very resourceful feature

Cons

The software seems perfect for higher education

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Anonymous Reviewer

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Higher Education, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

New to me

Reviewed 3 years ago

Populi helps with evaluation, management and storage of assignments, accreditation of work

Pros

This software is new to me but, in my transition from one higher education institution to another it has been simple and user friendly to understand--looks like it keeps everything in one place, so helpful for student and educator!

Cons

I am still learning it, even though it is user friendly it is not as intuitive as I would like for it (me?) to be

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Jason G.

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Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Populi

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

Reviewed 5 years ago
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.

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Meghan M.

Used other for less than 6 months

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Love using Populi!

Reviewed 5 years ago
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.

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Donna H.

Higher Education, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

Best Decision We Ever Made

Reviewed 5 years ago

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.

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Paul S.

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Populi

Shines for the Classroom, Great for the Blended

Reviewed 8 years ago

I have been using school management systems since at least 1992 and course management systems since 1995. Well over 20 years of a dozen different systems, including all of the big names. I just wanted to formally express my delight with Populi. I really believe that on balance, this is the best product I have ever used. It may not be as powerful and have the same smooth work flow as the major...

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Dr. Mark V.

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Populi Delivers

Reviewed 8 years ago

Populi provides a high quality, easy to use college management interface that is adaptable, efficient and effective in meeting the needs of small to mid-size colleges. While it may take a moment to input your needed data, the interface is user friendly and the customer service is top flight. Students and faculty celebrate! Populi provides tried and true solutions to your educational needs.

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Donna H.

11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

Best Student System for Small Colleges

Reviewed 6 years ago

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.

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Excellent Course Mangagement System

Reviewed 8 years ago

Populi is a great college management system. I have been administering the system for 3 years now and no complaints. The design is sleek and very manageable. Populi developers are amazingly open to suggestions in regards to improving their system with additional features from their clients. Their support team speedily respond to emails and in troubleshooting and resolving any issue. I highly recommend Populi as a solution for your institution! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions (from a user standpoint).

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Jeremiah M.

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Great company, great product

Reviewed 9 years ago

I had the pleasure of working with Populi for five years when I worked at a small private college. We were looking for cost-effective college management software that fit our needs. Once we found Populi, we knew we had found the right solution. The user interface is intuitive and well thought out. Students, faculty, and administrators love Populi. It does everything a small college requires and a whole lot more (online courses, academic records, online tuition payments, library, bookstore, etc....). If something didn't work right, or there were features missing, Populi was very good at listening, and often incorporated feature requests into future releases. In my opinion, the best thing about Populi is working with the Populi staff. They are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.

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Jason A.

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Thankful for Populi

Reviewed 9 years ago

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...

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Populi

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

Reviewed 7 years ago

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...

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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...

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I'd give 6 stars if possible

Reviewed 6 years ago

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...

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