Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (143)
Granted, I am just beginning this program, but having achieved a Master's degree and working on my Doctoral degree at another institution, I can say that SNHU is a very good school. I know it has its problems, but all schools have problems. The bulk of the negative replies I see are references to one teacher where a student takes one incident and tries to apply it to the entire school. This is childish at best. I think that before someone commits to an educational path, he or she should consider the pros and the cons of the deal. In addition, many people who have problems seem to believe they would not have these issues at a brick and mortar school, the truth is they would have the exact same problems.
At the start, the school seemed really helpful with some great advisers and a great career center, however, that changed fast. First if you are interested in programming or information systems do not go here, this school throws you into java programming without any pre-reqs in syntax or html.... which ultimately leaves you having no clue what's going on. The textbooks dealing with technology and programming languages does not even talk talk about the material needed to program the simple assignments. Instructors in management and economics are very rude, do not respond to emails, and rarely participate in class discussion boards. I emailed a prof. asking them to go over course material and pay attention to discussion boards which are there to ask questions (which he did not), he replied with a random response to a past project giving no feedback at all, I simply asked him to please instruct us. What I got in return was a letter from the dean telling me I was violating a school code and to refrain from emailing my instructor and to relay all concern to advising and not a instructor otherwise I would be put on academic and behavior probation. These instructors are horrible and do not help, the programs are structured horribly, and the tutoring department are out sourced over seas and do not understand English easily. The only good part of the school is that the advisors are amazingly nice.
This online program started okay, then took a hard turn for the worse. Started with a paper, which I scored well on, but then the computer program for week two did not function. I tried to figure it out on my own but after 6 hours finally gave up. I brought up the issue and was told I should have clicked on the help button on the program as if I did not try that in the 6 hours of trying to get it to work. Was also told the course modules had adequate materials. No lessons at all. I couldn't have been more disappointed in a course. Wasted time on discussion boards with make believe scenarios instead of actually learning anything.
I previously graduated from a local school with my bachelor's degree. I decided to go to SNHU for my Master's and I wanted to do it online. I must say I was impressed. The online tools are exceptional. Each course is of course unique based on the instructor. Overall it was great. My student advisor was helpful and always available. The price was fair. The regional accreditation is the highest there is. All these are reasons I chose to go there. I'd do it again.
I have read mostly the negative reviews, and I have to say that the experiences described there have not been mine. What I really find frustrating in the reviews are the people in their first year complaining that it is the worst college ever, or the people in their last year rating it really low based on a single class. I have had all the resources I need to succeed in class. If you need more than is offered, perhaps online learning is not for you.
I'm currently a student at SNHU and I love it. I was nervous at first, because I had not tried online classes before but this has been so much better for my lifestyle. I've been with this school for a year now and the advisors are very helpful as well as the instructors. Most of my instructors have been professionals in the field they are teaching and have had a wealth of experience and knowledge, in fact I still keep up with some of my old instructors for advice. They advisors will call you very often to check on you and assist when needed. I just love this school.
One of the worst colleges on the planet. Be very aware that this school uses an automated platform in which the so-called "instructor" of the class is actually a facilitator of electronic paperwork and shows little to no knowledge of the subject matter, including an inability to write and communicate clearly. Grading is absurd and based on a private "country club" concept. Do nto expect any cooperation/acknowledgement from deans or the administration. This is truly 21st century academic fraud.
I honestly enjoyed SNHU online it was an excellent college experience that I would not change for the world. I love everything that SNHU offered and I am happy that I am a college graduate. I got about 15-17 more classes to obtain my Bachelors and I cant wait. Good luck to all!
I really like this college. I had a rough start due to issues in my personal life. After starting my first class, I got very sick and had to withdraw. Then i decided to change my mind about my major. Many universities would make you apply all over again for a new graduate program, you usually can't just change majors like you can with undergrad. I was delighted that they let me simply change into the new program! Unfortunately a string of unfortunate events occurred in my life which really screwed me up. Due to a death in the family causing me to have to move suddenly to watch the now empty house, then move again when estate was settled, I was emotionally fried and let my course go. Not only that but due to the short school terms at SNHU, I hadn't realized that the new term had started and I wasn't doing any work for it! Due to this string of circumstances, I had to file appeals to reinstate my funding. But, they worked with me and my advisor was GREAT through all of it. Now that the dust has settled, I'm back enrolled again and about to finally complete my first class. The professor is great, knows the topic well, nice, communicative. The class format is easy to navigate and submit work. I think the program that I'm in is absolutely great. And there are so many good programs at SNHU that I had a hard time choosing, and and have looked at many on their website that I would whole hearted recommend to others. I've called their one stop help line a few times and the wait is never too long, they usually can help with whatever you need, or will refer you to who can. I've used their online chat to ask questions and to chat with a librarian. That plus the personally assigned advisor make navigating this school very easy! I actually did start a masters at another college, University at Buffalo in the NY state system. Even though that was in person, I felt totally alone there, like nobody had my back. There wasn't anyone guide you in the program. Your advisor did that in addition to teaching a full schedule and advising many other students. I felt lost and confused there. I'm much more comfortable and confident at SNHU. And after all my unfortunate false starts, I feel this will be smooth sailing finally :-)
Beware. The cost accounting class I took had three components: online problems combined with a text; weekly discussion board postings; and a final project that had three mid-semester milestones. This was a graduate class, however, the problems and text were pretty much the same as what I had in my undergraduate class. The discussion boards were based upon articles which often times had incorrect grammar (maybe due to translation), vocabulary that contradicted the text, and publication dates from the 1970s. Additionally, the quality of discussion was disappointing - from the students and even the professor. I can honestly say that there was absolutely no value added from any of these discussion. It was frustrating. The final project had some teachable moments; it was worth nearly half the grade. There was no constructive feedback or instruction from the instructor - it is all self-taught. Overall, the content and quality of students in this class would equate to a B-worthy undergraduate class, not a graduate class.