Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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So I've seen quite a few mixed reviews regarding SNHU and thought I would post some personal insight based on my own experiences. I currently work as an accountant for one of the top five companies in San Diego and completed my first bachelor's degree from a top tier university in the midwest. While I did not go to school for accounting, through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck I was promoted into the financial field. Since I didn't go to school for accounting and am preparing to sit for the C.P.A exam it goes without saying that I do not meet the requirements despite having in-field experience. With a full time job, a son, and a family, returning to a traditional brick and mortar school for night class wasn't one that particularly fit my schedule-so I decided to enroll in SNHU online (yes, SNHU's accounting credits are accepted by the California Board of Accountancy). If you're attempting to try and hold SNHU to the same caliber as schools such as UCLA, IU, or many other top state schools, it goes without saying that SNHU isn't in the league of best of the best-but that doesn't mean it's a BAD school. While the classes aren't as difficult as those of my first bachelor's, there is still a great degree of learning potential if you WANT to learn. As with any employer, having a degree with an A average doesn't necessarily ensure job security. In regards to many of the complaints I have seen regarding the University, I have to disagree with a few. Highlighted below: Administrative: Have had little to no issue with scheduling classes and communicating with advisors. I spent some time before orientation figuring out how to navigate blackboard and found little to no issues. Of course, it does take some time and effort to figure out (although not much), but if you didn't wait until the night before class to start you shouldn't have a problem. As far as teacher response time? No teacher I have ever had responds right away. But, if you plan ahead of time, you usually get a response. I can't speak for anyone else, but there isn't a lot of hand-holding involved. The class procedures and technologies are relatively straightforward...so I'm slightly confused as to why there is so much disdain regarding the subject. Quality of education: Don't expect the same type of curriculum as a traditional four year college. You are in charge of teaching yourself and are responsible for your own time management. Yes, you'll do fine if you skim the material and put some effort into the assignments, but it won't help your career. If you don't actually learn and retain the information pertinent to your career, your degree is somewhat worthless rather than for nailing that first interview. Do well, intern, volunteer, set yourself apart from your peers and you'll be fine. There are many employers who screen for a bachelor's degree before even viewing a resume...if anything the degree will get you past step one. When it comes down to it-use your head. If you feel you are being taken advantage of, figure out why. Make sure your degree will allow you to perform in your desired career. Make sure you will receive the kind of education you need before continuation. Double check if the school is right for you. For some, SNHU may not be the best choice. For others, it may be great. At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for making your own decisions. Figure out if SNHU will give you what you need and allow you to go where you need to go. I need to meet the requirements to sit for the C.P.A exam. SNHU satisfies that requirement. Do your research before making decisions that may cost thousands of dollars (particularly if you are considering graduate school!). Best of luck to all. Oh, and try to only take out subsidized loans if you can. You aren't charged interest accrual until you graduate;)
I have previously written a positive review for my undergraduate psychology degree at this University. I have just finished my first master's IT class, IT 505, Core Technologies. The instructor (M. Gallaher) was amazing, and incredibly engaging with his students. He is employed with NASA (yes, SNHU has excellent instructors). The Core Technologies class was an introduction to information technology, and I am looking forward to taking the rest of the courses in the program to graduate with a Master's of Science in Information Technology with a Web Development concentration. If you are looking for a quality education, excellent advisers, and an organized financial aid department, this school has it.
Extremely happy with my experience at SNHU. I learned a tremendous amount from the program, which has helped me to find a new job making 15% more annually. It was an excellent investment. Like most programs, you will get out of it what you put into it. There were some students in my classes that obviously were just trying to get a piece of paper. Others were very engaged. The Professors were great. Only one did I feel was not engaged, which out of 7 different Professors is pretty good. My student advisor was very helpful. She laid out my entire program for me and helped me every step of the way. Thinking of taking another Masters program at SNHU due to my great experience with my first Masters. My workload was about 15 hours per week. I studied every morning from 4-6am and then on when I could on the weekends. It is just the right amount of workload.
Southern New Hampshire was a great school for those who want to seek an education after seeking a career first. For those seeking skills to go into business immediately afterwards, seek a school close to where you would want to live. Networking and placement was a challenge.
I am at the end of my first semester at attending SNHU. I thought it would be great initially but as the weeks progressed I started to feel otherwise. Also the financial aid office just cannot seem to get it together. I emailed and called them with the information. Of course, you get the automatic email telling you your paperwork will be processed in 3-5 days. Then, they wait an entire week before telling me it couldn't be processed on a Friday afternoon and they are closing. No one could tell me earlier in the week? I also notice that my advisor likes to do the same thing. Do your job people! I am seriously considering another school, because they do not have it together. This school was a waste of time and waste of money.
GIMMICKY SO CALLED COLLEGE; THEY'LL RIP YOU OFF! MISDIRECT/ADVISE YOU THEN STICK YOU WITH THE BILL! Poor inexperienced student advisors; Misleading, lack of authentic information! Beware they will constantly call you, once you are hooked into believing they care about your success and they are just trying to meet their student enrollment quota! Prey on inexperienced college students, get you to enroll then pass the buck and hide behind their "Policies." My entire experience has been a NIGHTMARE and I was only enrolled for 2 weeks.
Out of all of the online schools that I've researched/attended, SNHU was the worst. I originally received my Associates degree with the University of Phoenix, but wanted to find a cheaper alternative for completing my Bachelor's degree, and ultimately found my way to SNHU. After spending just one term with this institution, I immediately wondered how they are accredited. The instructors are quite possibly the most inadequate people I could think of to teach others, the online platform/course structures are egregiously poor quality and unorganized, and I felt as if my time was wasted from day one. The entire experience was quite frankly, appalling. Even after dropping all courses to finish my degree elsewhere, SNHU still charged me for a book that I didn't order in a class that I didn't take (but would have had I stayed on in the term). To this day, I am still dealing with their incompetence. Do yourself a favor and take a hard pass with this school. Even if you do make it through graduation, you will have done yourself a disservice by receiving such a low level of "education".
My mother was diagnosed with cancer suddenly in 11/2015. I had been her primary intermittent caregiver, a long with my husband, for 10 years since her COPD diagnosis. I was a licensed Rx tech working 40+ hours per week and my husband also worked equal hours per week. Unfortunately, my siblings had "better" jobs and paychecks than did I and could not seem to find time to help us care for mom. In addition, my husband's mom was just prior diagnosed with lung cancer and we chose to take FML unpaid for her chaperone summer of 2015 treatment in Tampa research hospital of University. I am so thankful for my husband's and my understanding employers during this time. Again, as noted, shortly thereafter, my mom was diagnosed and within 3 months I took another unpaid FML leave from work to care for her. I explained all of this to my adviser while attempting to keep my grad school full-time brain intact and maintain my good grades for hopeful graduation to come of soon. I made a choice to withdraw (within the SNHU and student loan guidelines) from 2 of my 4 enrolled courses just in time to advert any $ penalties with SNHU contract. I tried to maintain my other 2 courses, but mom's cancer quickly metastasized and my care giving became a sudden 24/7; literally. I made the decision (knowing the financial aid consequences of withdraw contract in the 3rd week of one course) to withdraw from the 3rd course. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to pass my MS first time level Stat course during this time (4th course I didn't withdraw from); but I did... I just don't remember it. Despite all of my stress and feeling so alone as a primary full time caregiver during this time...I never stopped communicating with my SNHU adviser. She assured me that she understood, that all I needed to do was to re-enroll with no problems when I was ready after mom died. She did advise me one thing; that if I waited after my enrollment calendar year, that I would probably need to go through the entire enrollment process again. No problem, I thought; that seems logical and fair to me! I kept in contact throughout the summer of 2016 with my adviser just to keep her posted that I had not given up my passion to finally get my MS soon! No problem, she always reassured me. So, my adviser signed me up for Fall 2016 course ( a repeat course that I had previously withdrawn from but grade was an A); and then after I get all excited again because I think I'm done grieving... I get an email stating that I'm academically dismissed due to my GPA going from a 3.+ something (possibly less due to that Stat C grade) to a 1.0 GPA! What? Now, this is important to all reading....; before I was sent the academic dismissal, I was only told that in order to re-enroll I needed to "just" pay off $2k from that course I withdrew from too late. No problem, I thought...SNHU has withdraw policies and I adhere to that. So, my husband cashed in a part of his retirement fund so that I could continue in the Fall of 2017. Again, I cannot stress enough how much in constant contact I had been with my SNHU adviser, SNHU financial aid department and also my student loan provider (I am a sucker for needing constant reassurance). So, I'm 3 weeks into a repeat course, maintaining an A average grade when I get another letter stating I'm academically dismissed again due to SNHU financial aid stuff...same thing! I complied, was assured, told over and over and again that I was "good to go back to class again." I was repeatedly lied to for over 6 months in regards to "your good to go! You paid your student loan exceeds off and ...yep! You are good to go!" In a final nutshell, my adviser stated that "no problem, it's standard procedure for SNHU to dismiss due to GPA because of withdraw and because of attendance status." Okay, what next adviser of constant communication for the past year now? "Just fill out the appeal forms and send them to me and I will review them all. Before I send the appeal forms to the committee I will connect with you and together we will make any necessary changes, if needed." Great! I spent 2 months and two appeals only to be denied twice, with not a nary of an ounce of reason at first for denials. A little probing and re-reading an appeal denial email, I realized that I was so surprised that I did not actually read the reason for my twice denials...which stated this from the appeals committee...(only this reason)...[paraphrasing but darn close]..."you failed to provide adequate reason(s) for your academic dismissal(s) and how you might in the future with SNHU change or do something differently to PREVENT your previous situation...how could or might you prevented this and what and how will you plan [better] in your future academic education with SNHU?" Really? I sent in 2 copies and one original of my mom's death certificate and I will admit that I just could not figure out how I could've changed or prevented my mom's diagnosis and ultimate death soon thereafter. And now, all I get from SNHU is how I owe them another $1800.00. No condolences from two appeal board committee members or my adviser.
Great content in the courses. There is some inconsistency in what the instructors require of the students in terms of supporting research to back up discussion posts, but overall, the engagement level of the instructors themselves and the assignments really expand your proficiency in the body of knowledge you are studying.
I attended this school for 4 years and I cannot express my displeasure towards this school enough. They are very inconsistent and have many policies in place that don't make sense. The financial services they provide will go out of their way to try and get extra money from you. This school also does no provide adequate instructors. While there are some good instructors at this school there are more that will not help you in any aspect. It is very clear to me now that the university does not care about the students at all, they are only trying to find as many ways as possible to take more of your money. I sincerely feel bad for anyone who is attending this school, and if you plan on enrolling at Southern New Hampshire University, don't. Avoid this school at all costs.