Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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I normally don't write reviews, but I hope my review will be helpful to someone who is considering attending this school. I have had a wonderful experience with this school. I was in a psychology program and majority of my teachers were helpful and gave good feedback. Online classes is not for everyone. There is a lot of reading, essay writing, and discussion boards which you have to make four post each week. I had one issue with this school that made me very angry. Towards the end of my program I was told that some classes from a previous school I attended, were duplicate courses. I just wish that they caught it sooner, because I had to do two extra semesters in order to graduate (The school did give me a full scholarship to take the additional courses, which was nice). I have been asked many times if I would recommend SNHU to other students, and yes I would definitely recommend this school to other people. I know that my experience will be different from other students. But I am grateful that my experience here has been good. This school has helped me in landing a great job and I'm not ashamed to say that I graduated from SNHU. In previous years I attended U.O.P (Axia online) and when I went on interviews and mentioned the school, employers would just laugh in my face. So I know what it feels like to attend a (For-profit) school that people frown upon. I have not had that experience when mentioning that I graduated from SNHU. In fact it has worked in my favor and has so far been a great experience for me.
I was an online student until I dropped out yesterday. While looking for another school worth being associated with, I found this site. Here's what my experiences at SNHU online have taught me. - Good grades are easy to get, learning not so much. - Online courses do not cater to any learning styles other than reading/writing. Just because someone learns better with visuals does not mean they're dumb, but you will feel it if you're a visual or hands-on learner taking online courses at SNHU. The school won't think you're stupid, just lazy. - Seems like most of the schools focus is on campus, some online courses are still being tested. You still have to pay for these courses though. - Tutors offered for online students are only knowledgeable in so many areas. For instance, if you need help with a programming related class, you will only be able to rely on your teacher (more information on teachers below). Visual learners will be utilizing YouTube. Your instructor will provide you with a link each week. The author of the video is not associated with SNHU, so you can view these videos for free. Ask in the comments and I'll post the link to the authors homepage and save you some money. - There are no teachers, only instructors. Teachers teach, instructors give instructions. You'll be given an assignment and told what is expected. As far as learning the material goes, you are on your own! Honestly, I can't figure out the logic in changing the way people learn when what they're used to works. From first grade up until my senior year in high school I learned so much thanks to my teachers, who valued education. Even the little advice they would give, the little tricks they would teach you to help you remember things. Just all the things that have been proven to work, you will not receive from your instructor. You would honestly think that, the less like a sponge our brains become, that learning environments would become slower and more helpful to accommodate our decreasing ability to learn new things. I swear psychology should be mandatory, equal to English and math, at least. - One teacher, many students. I had one class with over 60 students. I only know because the instructor was stressed and told me she can't take the time to help me because she had over 60 other students to attend to. Okay, so you can't attend to me? Thanks, glad to know I'm not worth the time. - Accelerated course. Every course. I have a full-time job, no kids, no pets. I spent, on average, 3 hours a workday on school work. not including, very weekend, I dedicate 1 day to school work (from when I wake up, til I go to bed minus about 1.5 hours of me-time and obvious eating and the like), and 6 hours on the other day(s). There's a lot to learn in 1 week. As I stated earlier, it's still easy to get good grades, but college isn't about good grades. If you're just looking for a piece of paper that says, "This person knows what they're doing!", then go to SNHU. If you're serious about learning something, take the extra time to find a better school. Find one that can and will cater to your learning style. For people like me, that's tough. Not only am I a visual learner but I'm also a perfectionist. I want the best education I can possibly get and SNHU can't give me that.
Have been in the school for just a little over 6 months. I think they have the right people in place. I think the professors/instructors bring in their individuality, and also have a good sense of helping out students. They are very active in discussion boards, and are also aware of issues through e-mail. The only thing that is growing tiresome, and making me completely unmotivated, is the fact of writing paper...after paper....after paper. Every single class has had a "milestone" that is due, and it's always a paper, sometimes it's 2-3 pages, sometimes it's 8-10 pages. I'm at the point where I'm not learning anything, I am just learning how to write papers, with the proper APA format. It's getting very old, and I am starting to look at other schools that do not require so much paper writing. Please, SNHU, if you're listening, ease up on the milestones and constant paper writing.
Not sure how I feel about SNHU. Getting a degree in Geoscience and SNHU was one of only a couple schools that offered it on line. Just finishing my second online term and I'm a little concerned about the quality of the education. I am also concerned about reputation, how is SNHU viewed by employers, private and government. A bunch of the negative comments have been about dealing with advisors and financial aid; so far I have employer assistance so not concerned with that. My issue is the classes seem a little ineffective so far. My first class was statistics which seemed fairly difficult as several classmates were taking for a second time. I can see how if you do not have a good foundation in mathematics the class would be almost impossible as it is basically a self study. I am naturally good at math so I was able to cruise through (did take some time and effort I will admit) by simply placing the right numbers in the right formulas. If you didn't understand math you were screwed! I didn't learn much of anything, but was able to complete the problems and earn an A with almost 100% (not sure that's a good thing). My second class is English composition, it is basically a joke. Some busy work requires time commitment but as far as learning and really being challenged, not so much. I'm a professional with an associates(+ many random classes/credits) and can write a decent paper, I'm not looking for a degree mill, but this class has me concerned that's what I've gotten into. The class is super basic, even a high school grad with basic writing skills should be more advanced than this. I also have almost 100%. I'm not looking to get an easy degree, I'd rather get B's and a good education with being challenged than just a piece of paper with a B.S. and a 3.8-4.0. I have only seen one other review with Geoscience degree. I am hoping once I get into my major's curriculum I will find it more challenging and rewarding. So far not that impressed but if you just want a degree because you need one for promotion or advancement this may be great, if you are looking to change careers and hoping for new employment?????? Not sure yet. I'll update in a class or two and might decide to transfer out. I did quite a bit of research prior to enrolling, but I can't find reputation by anybody except students. I'd like to know how employer view SNHU.
After a couple different local colleges, I decided to try the online approach. This was a second degree for me and I work in a career where I support computer technology so this seemed like it might be a good fit. I would not recommend this approach to a first time college student. I found the grading somewhat easy, relative to an in-class environment. Some professors very engaged other just mailing it in. All in all not a bad experience. I was disappointed at the end, though. Received my degree and was honored with being chosen as outstanding student in that degree program but could not attend the awards ceremony. So, it was stated that the award would be sent to me. The certificate was not sent and I've trying to find out some information on it. What I've discovered now that apparently I'm no longer writing tuition checks to them, they do not seemed to feel the need to even respond to an email. My adviser dropped me almost immediately. Was considering them for my MBA but at this point I'll probably pursue it through another university. Would have been another $20,000 or so for their non-profit pockets. Really surprised and disappointed.
SNHU is an amazing school and their online program was great. It provided an excellent work life balance. The instructors and student advisors were all very nice. I never once had anyone act rude or annoyed when I needed help with something. Great interactions with the students and online site in general. I don't get some of the negative reviews on here but you know what they say, you can't please everyone. For anyone who is seeking an online program while working a full time job I would look into SHNU!
SNHU's financial aid procedures and policies are a joke! I graduated with a 3.5 GPA and yet I can't even apply to grad school because SNHU has a death grip on my transcripts. I graduated, received my diploma, and even ordered a copy of my transcripts. Then over a YEAR later, SNHU decided I owe them $3,000 (which I unequivocally do not), and will not release my transcripts until it's paid in full. This school is attempting to scam me into paying them more money than is owed them, despite having a zero balance upon graduation. There are such better options for obtaining your education- and they won't even try to rob you in the end! Think twice about enrolling at SNHU!
I found this school to be well worth the money. Good classes and the administration was very quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I paid for my own education so I had no concerns with grants and funding. The course work was of high quality and challenging. I would recommend the school to anyone wanting a quality education for a reasonable price.
There are some negative reviews that I don't understand and it seems that it is more of a personal thing than SNHU's fault. I will be getting my Bachelor's in August 2016 and have been going to SNHU since 2014 as a transfer student. Like many have said, "you get what you put in". If you don't think the course is fulfilling enough, you are doing something wrong. Each week has a module with plenty of material for you to research and learn from. If you chose not to review it and use it, that's on you. I find that the classes are as difficult as I want to make them, I like getting good grades so I put the effort in it. There was a class that I didn't care for and put minimal effort in it and my grade showed it. Sure there are some professors that are not as responsive as others, but I have had some that a clearly capable of teaching the course and give great feedback and sometimes are very critical if they think my work is sub-par. I work full-time and SNHU challenges me enough to feel I am getting what I pay for, yet flexible enough for me to still have a life. I've also had NO problem with SNHU when I have questions or need stuff signed for work, like tuition reimbursement forms so I don't know why others say they have communication problems; I think this may be lack of effort or not knowing where to look. I'm not trying to negate others complaints, I just don't have any and I'm looking forward to continuing onto my Masters at SNHU.
OMG....this is a joke. Lets start at the beginning. My counselor seem nice at first until i wanted to withdrawal from the course. I told her there was ALOT of things going on in my personal life so want to withdrawal. She advice me to hold on and try it until Friday of the week and i did. On friday i called left a message and emailed nothing. i did the same thing on Saturday and nothing. Monday come around and she calls. I tell her i have tried to get in touch with her to let her know i wanted to still withdrawal and to my surprise she stated the last day to withdrawal was last Thursday. Now i am ready to start in another school they are holding my transcripts stating i owe money, but no one sent anything and they have someone else email account attached to my name (so i did not get a thing). I asked why they could not mail me paperwork and no answer. NO one can seem to answer the question HOW MUCH do i owe. I was send to the collection department which told me the registars office stated i was upset and they need to explain in detail why i owe, but i have to call another office to get the amount.WHAT the.....why not tell me the amount heck i am sure since the withdrawal did not go though I am sure they gave me an 'F' now snhu want me to pay them NOT (that would be the reason i do not need it to be explained to me in details) DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL IF YOU VALUE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR EDUCATION.