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Southern New Hampshire University Online
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Exceeded my Expectations
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am in my late 20's and am currently a teacher seeking to advance my career in the educational field. Initially, I was hesitant about pursuing a degree online for a few reasons. I questioned the legitmacy and quality of the program. I also completed both my undergraduate degree and Post-Bac on a traditional campus state school, where I believe I received a good enough education. To be perfectly honest, getting a degree online was not my first choice--I would rather avoid it. However, attending a traditional campus is not an option for as A) I live in a very rural area and the nearest town is over 80 miles away and I will not commute B) I have a career and the flexibility of taking online classes is much more befitting at this point in my life. I don't aspire to be a CEO or some high-powered big shot, so the degree I will get serves the purpose for most average people, such as myself. This degree will provide me with a means of advancing my career so I can have some relative degree of autonomy (I aim to be a Curriculum Director, an administrative position). About the SNHU itself: I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of education I have received so far. The Blackboard interface is easy to use and user friendly. My professor (have had the same for 2 classes) provides thoughtful feedback and the work is engaging, comfortably challenging, and relevant to the times. If you are getting a Master's degree, don't whine about your instructor not giving you enough supplementary material. In an undergraduate course of study, instructors hold your hand, but as a Master's student, you should be expected to extend beyond the classroom on your OWN and exercise critical thinking skills. Education is what you make of it, regardless of what institution you attend. There will be good and bad at any school. I got an A in my first class, which was the Educational Researcher and let me tell you it was no "walk in the park." I had to deliver a mixed-method research report including data in both qualitative and quantitative form which equated to 30 pages as a finished product. I am proud of my achievements so far and again, I will reiterate that attending school online was not my first choice BUT I am happy with the school and the course of study. I would highly recommend SNHU to any working professional such as myself. Online classes are not as daunting as they are made out to be, and they are becoming the new norm. Many universities, state schools such as SNHU are offering online degrees these days to cater to increasingly busy lifestyles. Don't be dissuaded by bad reviews--it is up to you to maintain communication with your advisor, professor, and stay on top of your course work. If you can do that, I think you will be surprised at how far your knowledge and success will grow. Thanks.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
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I like SNHU. I attended two brick and mortar establishments (a private for profit and a state school) prior to SNHU. The private university proved too costly considering I was not working, and the state school was absolute garbage. I decided to go back to school once I had an employer who provided tuition assistance, and I chose SNHU. The reason I selected them (this was in 2012) was because they seemed reputable, the people I spoke with were friendly, and I didn't care much for the reputation of the other schools which offered exclusively online degrees. Plus, the tuition rates were lower than the company partnered school believe it or not. I am a relatively intelligent person, I had a 3.6 GPA when I left the private university, and was on the Dean's list every semester at the state school. I graduated SNHU's undergraduate program with a 3.834 GPA, and I am halfway through the MBA program with a 4.0. Granted, not all of the work is difficult. But, it takes time and dedication to ensure that you submit assignments when they are due and to an adequate level of quality. I have had both good and unsavory professors, but no matter what, I do have to spend considerable time ensuring things are completed. This is not a cakewalk with a 40+ hour a week job and two courses per term. I thrive in a self study environment, and I think that's really what this type of educational forum caters to. I have no major complaints with communication, feedback, or grading. As for those who state professors go easy grading, I was accidentally sent an assessment for another student's assignment (we had the same name), and they received a 14% (and deserved it). Admitting any student does make it more difficult for group projects and discussion board interaction, but it does reiterate the effort you put forth in your own work. It's really a shame for anyone to suggest that a degree from SNHU is not respectable. Anyone who spends their time attempting to get a higher education should be congratulated, especially considering how difficult it is to get out from under student loans. The ROI on investment isn't a guarantee right now. I get it, it's not Harvard, but I am not an idiot just bumbling through assignments and getting free A's either. I have recommended them to many people (both of my siblings now attend) and I'm considering a second Master's program. The only thing I cannot really comment on is the financial service. I don't have any student loans and I never get any scholarships or grants. I pay them, they don't bother me.

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Very disappointed
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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For online learning, You log in listen to a few chat, read a book, send in a paper, Hmm, that's NOT how one achieves a quality education. As an executive, I will never consider hiring someone from such a program. I took a class to "test" the quality of the program, they failed. I already have two Master Degrees. If you want the "paper" degree, fine. Also, There is major mismanagement of student case loads and student aid not processed correctly putting students in a spot where they own cash. I had a death in the family and they never processed my withdraw and demanded 40% extra in fees! I offered a payment plan they refused what they said was a partial payment without additional earning in interest and fees for the University. They never called to warn me that if I drop regardless of my Father's death, they would still charge me and issue a grade! Instead, they played to time table so they could have a excuse the bill me a year later! The President of the school never responds back to request to talk, ever! They send generic no name E-mails asking for cash too. Their collection partner tells your friends your personal information such as your DOB asking if that is me and ID their agency to clearly let everyone know they are a collection agency for SNHU. In some cases, they work with waive fees for younger student per the BBB, yet the older students they firmly demand large fees. It's only a matter of time they will have legal issue from many censored students. If your a victim, contact a lawyer. The University activity censors negative comments on Facebook. Also, their younger on campus students are encouraged to rate 5 stars to tilt the fact of the quality of this program.

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Questioning poor grammar - 13 days ago

For someone claiming to have Two Master(missing the "s") Degrees, this comment posted by "Very disappointed" demonstrates the need to better educate undergrad "Education" majors in the proper use of the English language. All of the points mentioned may very well be justified, yet they raise a greater question. How was this student commenter qualified to be in a masters program in the first place?

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Greg Lowes - about 15 hours ago

Yes. I got into this program without knowing how to write. I admit it

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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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This is a great school and very helpful instructors and academic advisors. Worth the money but be prepared to write a lot of papers. Previous college credits will be applied and you'll be on your way to a great education. This school actually exists and not considered a 'diploma mill'.

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Stay away from this scam
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2099
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Very terrible. After I withdrew and disagreed with them, they sent my account to collections wanting 6,000 dollars. I contacted SNHU who in turn blocked me. In the past when the recruiter called me I said I found a better college, she loudly sighed and hung up the phone.

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Overall Good Experience at SNHU
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was a little skeptical about SNHU (and online education in general) when I first decided to go back and finish my bachelor's degree in late 2013. I have attended both a traditional brick and mortar state university as well as an exclusively online experience at SNHU, so I have a decent amount of experience in both settings. Overall, I have been fairly happy with my experience while attending SNHU when I compare it with my experience at a state university. First of all, you have to be comfortable as an independent learner to have any sort of success as an online student. I knew plenty of very intelligent students when I was at a tradition brick and mortar university who would have likely struggled as an online student due to the lack interaction with the instructor. If you are the type of student that has to be in your professors office hours every week, online education might not be a great fit for you. Fortunately for me, online education is perfect fit for me because I enjoy learning and discovering new things on my own. There is no "right" way to to learn. Find the way the best works for you and run with it. I had some very good instructors and some not so good instructors at SNHU, but I had a similar experience with my instructors at a state university. For the most part, I have been impressed with the level of instruction from the adjuncts at SNHU. As a business major, I think learning from professional who are still active in the field is a terrific way to build business acumen. As I mentioned, some instructors are good and some are bad, but that's pretty much the same experience you're going to have at any university outside of the the top tier. One of the areas where I had an issue with SNHU was the quality of some of the other students in class. Since SNHU will admit just about anyone willing to pay the tuition, you get a lot of students in class who do not belong in a college classroom (virtual or otherwise). It is very difficult working on group papers with people who cannot write at a college level. I noticed that this wasn't as much of an issue as I progressed farther into my degree program, but even ran into this problem over the last few weeks in my final term. Overall, I have definitely had a positive experience with SNHU. Whether you attend SNHU or Stanford, college education is what YOU decide to make of it.

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Elle Jones - about 1 month ago

I'm a grad student here and I agree with your comment regarding the other students. It is difficult completing group projects with other students who either are not prepared for graduate work, or who are not committed to the work. That has been the only drawback so far for me.

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Cindy - 29 days ago

Was your actual graduation ceremony the typical?

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Degree: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
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Great online school they encourage you every step of the way but you must do the work not a school for lazy people

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Great school.
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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Excellent school. I have read some reviews speaking bad about SNHU and it poor online degrees, but if you look at all the major universities they are all going online. PSU has a masters that is online, Georgia Tech masters online, a ton of undergrad programs from top schools are online. The argument is flawed to say online is not a worthy degree otherwise it would have died out long ago. I highly recommend SNHU and other online programs from established accredited universities it is worth it.

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K E - 26 days ago

I absolutely agree. I received a masters from Northeastern University, one of the top schools in the country. The program was 100% online and mirrored the program offered on campus. It was challenging and was taught by highly educated people. I understand that there are some less desirable programs out there. Do your research and you can find some pretty valuable programs.

Most Helpful School Ever!!!
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017
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I love the help I have received through every course. If a person fails at this school, it is because he or she does not do the work at all. All any student has to do is ask for help or let the instructor know he or she is struggling with the material and help is given by other students, tutoring, the instructor, the adviser, and online material like Khan Academy.

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What has happened to this University?
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2002
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Before its nationwide mass marketing campaign two years ago SNHU offered an excellent online education to its students. It was top quality with great value. I know, I was a student at one time and so impressed I later became an adjunct instructor for the program over a period of several years. Now with its push for rapid expansion nationally it resembles more of a for profit diploma mill. It seems more is spent on advertising than on the quality of education they offer. This is a true loss for any would be or current student, not to mention those alumni who paid or are paying dearly on tuition loans to fund that degree at what is now rapidly becoming considered low grade and low quality. Direct experience has shown repeatedly that the administration which is growing by leaps and bounds is disorganized and has little concern for the quality of the curriculum that instructors are given to use, and instead are much more focused on developing methods to push students through the motions to up their enrollments and revenues.

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Paperboy - 2 months ago

Unfortunately, you provide no examples of practices you are criticizing other than, it seems, the fact that the school has stepped up its national advertising campaign. I agree that this is potentially an issue -- SNHU needs to continue to focus on quality over quantity. But many brick-and-mortar schools like SNHU are doing the same -- Arizona State University among the more noticeable. This doesn't have to coincide with a reduction in quality. As a 2014 graduate of SNHU, I can say that the education I received was equal to or better than what I would have received at a typical state university.

So long as SNHU remains: 1) Non-profit. 2) Fully accredited by meaningful organizations. 3) Focused on growing its brick-and-mortar programs as well as its online effort. And, 4) hires top-quality adjuncts (which, in my view, requires as increase in adjunct pay from its current levels), it will provide a valuable education and a degree with some gravitas. So far, it seems to be achieving those goals.

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