Colleague is a sensible choice
March 08, 2021

Colleague is a sensible choice

Stephen Swan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Ellucian Colleague

Ellucian Colleague is our primary ERP for all areas it supports including Student Records, Financial Aid, HR, and others. Our entire university depends greatly upon this software as the primary repository of data from admission to alumni as well as employee management. We have very few areas that don't depend upon Ellucian Colleague on a daily basis.
  • Student Processing - Has a place for everything.
  • Customizable - Fields and processes can be readily adjusted.
  • Stable - Colleague has been around for a long time and works well.
  • High learning curve for management and use.
  • Doesn't integrate well with external tools.
  • Dependent upon legacy Unidata programming.
  • Customizable.
  • Student records lifecycle.
  • Decent support.
  • We could not do business without Colleague.
We originally started on Jenzabar Cars platform and then evaluated PeopleSoft and SCT Banner.
Colleague won out on cost compared to PeopleSoft and features over Banner.
We noticed that PeopleSoft had a better technical underpinning with a greater integration with workflow.
Colleague had a better out of the box experience than either of the other two even though we heavily customized it from there.

Do you think Ellucian Colleague delivers good value for the price?


Are you happy with Ellucian Colleague's feature set?


Did Ellucian Colleague live up to sales and marketing promises?


Did implementation of Ellucian Colleague go as expected?


Would you buy Ellucian Colleague again?


Colleague is well suited to those looking for a one-stop shop for Higher Education. Additionally, they provide tools to customize most of their products. They are top notch for those looking for a student life cycle. Schools looking for an out of the box solution will do fairly well here as well when paired with a company to help manage the server sprawl and updates.

Since the student area is the primary focus, there are other best of breed tools for other areas for those not looking for a student focused toolset.