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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 23 hours 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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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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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 - about 1 month 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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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2015
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Ive gained more as a student in my time here (Jan 14-Present) then I did in my undergrad from (Sept 2008-Dec 13). Some classes are more challenging then others, and yes there are some professors online who really dont care. However I believe that the you find more who do care. Nothing is perfect. I have had in class professors who don't care as well. If you apply yourself it will get noticed. The amunt of effort and time you put in, will be seen by professors and you will be rewarded for that.

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Don't Be Suckered -- SNHU is a Ponzi Scheme
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Degree: History, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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SNHU is running a grift on its students. Note that it gives you 3 credits for 8 weeks of work, instead of the normal 16 at a real college, but you pay as if you're at University of X or X State University. This system is in place so SNHU can suck down massive amounts of federal aid, not because it is the best way of providing quality education. SNHU exists to make money for SNHU ... tho' it is a not-for-profit unlike Phoenix and the other thieving dens. Regardless of the on-line schools' for-profit or not-for-profit status, at the end of the program, you get lots of debt for a sh!t sandwich without the bread. Now if you want to just fill a block, enroll here, but you should know that in the real world, people will in fact look down upon you for having a SNHU degree. SNHU is rotten to the core: they get only crappy professors (a great number of them educated only in on-line settings, which is why this is more a Ponzi scheme than a college) who make only $2200 a course (what's their motivation to go above and beyond for you when the prof is getting $110 on average for each student? ... that's $13.75 per week per student ... how many hours of the prof's attention each week do you think $13.75 buys you? -- about 15 minutes if your lucky); the work that students get away with performing is a pathetic (20 pages of reading a week in a class, for example) but the grades are inflated through the ceiling; and the staff designing the curricula have joke degrees (why do their deans, for example, have only MA degrees, and then from 5th-rate schools?). If you want a real educational experience, enroll at your local community college, earn your intro credits there, then go do the hard work and make the sacrifices at a brick and mortar school to get a real degree.

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Justin - 2 months ago

Sounds like someone is either bias or stupid. 3 credits in 8 weeks is half time, 6 credits in 8 weeks is full time. So at full time you're getting 12 credits in 16 weeks, which is normal for universities. As a history major, this guy obviously didn't take any basic math classes.

Each professor I've had is actively working and or publishing in their field. My last professor, and his puny little Ph.D just completed an industry defining speaking engagement in information technology.

As for pay, I can't speak to that. But if your so concerned at what your professors are making, you aren't focusing on your school enough.

Snhu may not be for everyone, but if your going to slam a school, at least get your facts straight.

Basic research. Maybe you should retake ENG 123, the basics of research and writing research papers.

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Danielle - 2 months ago

Great rebuttal! This Frank fellow has apparently been shut down! lol Happy holidays all :)

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Frank - 2 months ago

Keep believing you're getting a real eduction. The world needs dolts like you to occupy the left side of the bell curve. Just don't complain when you don't get a job or get laughed out of a professional community because you chose to be sheep and let SNHU lead you to the slaughter. Again, your choice.

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Juanita McGuire - 2 months ago

I completely agree, they are out to make money on students. That all. They are nice and give you what you want but charge you tons.of money.

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neu - 2 months ago

Virtual classroom settings will always cost more than an actual campus (classroom) setting. I thought everyone knew this, and so it is not that this university is charging you so much more. That said instead of complaining consider applying to another school.

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Jacob - 2 months ago

Frank,

There is a man named Clay C., and highly recognized, Harvard Business Professor. He coined the term disruptive innovation, which is a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors. He describes this with two great example, mini computers and personal computers, and brick and mortar education and online education. So basically SNHU, and UoP ( the school I attend) are now "displacing" traditional schools. If you look at statistics you'll find this to be true. More Americans are opting to go to for- profit and non-profit online educators. These not only provide the same educational experience, but are becoming more recognized in the work place as quality education. Also, I would like to note these types of establishments allow non-traditional students the opportunity to get educated, without going to a community college for 4 years just to get an AA. I truly appreciate schools like this. Lastly please note that many Brick and Mortor colleges, including Harvard, are now offering online course.

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Roger - about 1 month ago

It sounds like you've had an unfortunate experience with SNHU that sounds very different from mine. (By the way, SNHU is a brick-and-mortar school ... ) Your most inexplicable claim is that the online adjunct professors at SNHU aren't qualified or that most have degrees from online schools. I completed 10 courses at SNHU in 2014 and each of the 10 professors had a master's or doctorate from an established brick-and-mortar university, including Indiana, UCLA, and Humboldt State (California). Some professors were more engaged and qualified than others, just as at any other university. (During my freshman year at a traditional university I rarely took a class taught by a professor -- most were taught by graduate assistants.) Of my 10 courses at SNHU, seven were high-quality experiences, two were OK and one was a complete bust. That's an average you'd expect pretty much anywhere.

As for your allegations of Ponzi-like characteristics, you might want to have a chat with your lawyer about such loose claims. There's no doubt that schools like SNHU (or just about any other U.S. university, online or not) would not survive without federal assistance obtained by students. SNHU and other universities clearly take advantage of that system. But you do SNHU's virtual and on-site student body a disservice with your broad-brush accusations. While some students with whom I engaged in my online courses clearly were not prepared for even the most basic university course, most were intelligent, articulate and hard-working. The academic standards for the classes were typical of any state university (or even the large private university where I did most of my undergraduate work years ago).

So, Frank, calm down, find another school more to your liking and stick to the facts. It'll be good for you.

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Mekay - about 1 month ago

Just a note: I work in higher ed at a brick and mortar school. $2200 per course is pretty average for an adjunct

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John - 27 days ago

Frank,

I enjoyed your post. As a recent SNHU MS in finance (financed by my employer) with an undergraduate degree from a top 15 institution (financed by President Bush), who works in a front-office role at a top-5 global i-bank (financed by President Obama) and who loves to analyze businesses, I need your advice.

My degrees have generated a positive ROI already. The alumni networks for both universities were the means through which I was able to meet te people who I decided to work for, in addition to hundreds of other very valuable connections. Are you telling me that I'm actually a victim of what could end up being the Bernie Madoff of online education? Will SNHU be on the cover of the WSJ once you expose the evil ponzi scheme's mechanisms?

Face it, Frank, you'd be unemployed and on the street if you were CEO at SNHU or any similar school in the market a few years back. You're the type of guy who thrives on the status quo, and as a result you've probably actually been lured into a ponzi scheme - though not one involving education, unless you count that PUA crap you spend half your paycheck on.

Consider that the school was and is second-tier; they would not be making headlines were it not for their audacious and brilliant investment into growing their online education program. Were they like you, Frank, then in a few years, another private university would have the oversized competitive advantage that SNHU currently has. The revenue they generate from the online program fuels their growth - it's incredible. And I've visited their Manchester campus, by the way. It's quite impressive - especially when you consider it a "diploma mill." You'd do well to educate yourself on how to restructure a business, Frank, because you'd fail at replicating SNHU's success. Maybe you can visit their new library and read up on it?

I agree with you re: the pricing - it's excessive in every sense of the word - particularly when it's used by students at literally every university in America once they see the price tag for their textbooks. Comparables show the tuition is priced very much in-line with peers, Frank. Did you not attend college, friend? I can't decide if you're a brilliant troll or a disgruntled derelict posting from the public library in Chelsea, MA.

" If you want a real educational experience, enroll at your local community college, earn your intro credits there, then go do the hard work and make the sacrifices at a brick and mortar school to get a real degree."

Because I was able to maintain my six-figure salary while tacking on a degree for free, you lovable idiot. And I did actually *learn* a lot in addition to earning the degree, for your information. But the purpose of a diploma in the job market is no longer "personal development" - it's career development. With the MS, I'm eligible for a slew of professional designations and command more bargaining power when negotiating salaries.

I agree that face-to-face education is superior; SNHU offers that. Google it.

I guess my point is that all educational institutions are businesses, Frank, be they "for-" or "non-profit." SNHU is the latter, and they're dominating the field against all the for- and non-profit players. To end my tirade against your enjoyable post, I'd advise you to get a "real education" - print out, frame and reread my post. Learn from the learned.

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Tony - 19 days ago

Note ... SNHU is brick school. It offers an online program. If anyone has an issue with online education, it is their issue. I have a BA from an online forum, and I attend SNHU currently for my MA.

Note ... UF is a brick school. It offers an online program.

Note ... Florida State University is a brick school. It offers an online program.

Note ... my wife graduated from APUS - American Public University with a MA in Special Education. Note two ... she gets paid just a much as any special education teacher with a MA from any other brick school.

In my opinion, your though is your thought and your points are invalid. I am sorry you had a bad experience, but that sounds like your issue - not mine.

Have a great day!

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Brian P. - 12 days ago

Sorry Frank you are wrong. SNHU is a good school to graduate from. Did you know that almost all of the major universities now in the US have online degree programs. So I guess that makes them degree mills as well. Im sure the professors for the online programs at some of the top schools only get paid minimum wage from your line of thinking.

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Degree: Small Business Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have had a great experience with SNHU College of Online and Continuing Education. Application and enrollment were definitely one of the smoothest transitions I experienced during the year I transitioned out of the military. The school accepted all my recommended ATTRs credits and transfer credits from my previous traditional on-campus university experience. The Veteran Student Advisors so far have all been veterans themselves and had consistently made sure my ducks were in a row financially. I have never had a lapse post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The courses are state-of-the art and I am always finding myself surprisingly pleased with how innovative the classroom software is. My professors have all been experts in their field and are prompt with feedback and grading. The online "campus" is very intuitive and all the resources are very well organized. News updates keep you "in the know" about university and regional events including some really interesting lectures, speeches, sports events, promotions etc. The electronic library is immense and I should say too that the campus is rather charming with very nice modern classroom and campus activity facilities. The ride to campus from Massachusetts is very enjoyable. I am confident that upon graduation, with the knowledge I have acquired here at SNHU College of Online and Continuing Education, I will be able to secure employment in my field and work towards my goal of owning my own business. I am so far 100% satisfied.

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No Regrets
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I decided to write a review for Southern New Hampshire University for several reasons. First, I am a returning graduate student who is currently in pursue of obtaining a second master’s degree. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees (engineering) at a state university. What I love so much about Southern New Hampshire University is their communication approach to talking to students. I have never received such kindness from staff members. On the contrary, I have had to deal with the constant headaches from disgruntled advisors from state universities. Southern New Hampshire is not prestigious; however, they provide an excellent education. College education is not about prestige. College is about obtaining skills through quality education. Southern New Hampshire University may be small compared to other colleges, but they’re big on providing great education.

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Glad I made the switch
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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am currently enrolled at SNHU in the psychology program. I have experience with online schools so I was very reluctant to find a good one. I obtained an associate's degree from Kaplan university which was not the best online school. It was inconvenient attending seminars and the teachers were disengaged. I love that SNHU is an actual physical school rather than some made up online college. My advisors have been great and transitioning to the graduate program has been a breeze. I have six months left and I will be done with my bachelors degree. I am very pleased and happy that I decided to enroll at SNHU instead of completing another degree at Kaplan. I recommend the school to everyone who asks about a good online school. Best of all they are accredited and non profit! can't get any better than that!

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