Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (161)
I attended SNHU for approximately 2.5 years in order to finish up a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology. I had taken numerous classes at a local state college before, so I was aware of what college classes should be like. SNHU made it very easy to get enrolled, sign up for courses, prompt responses from advisors and instructors. I did feel that the courses were rather easy for the most part. I would say the material itself was on par with most state college classes I took, but the course work was usually very very easy. I rarely had to put much effort into the courses I took. Working on an IT degree, I was honestly very disappointed in that material. Having an associates in IT, as well as doing it for a living, I felt that almost every course that was part of the "Core Classes" for IT, really has very little to do with IT. It was very focused on process improvement, design and project management, which to me, was completely uninteresting. Some courses were really the same thing a few times around. If you are looking to get a well-rounded information technology bachelor’s degree, I don’t know I would suggest this school, unless you are only interested in system design processes. For me, I was just at a point where I wanted to get a degree no matter what. I am getting ready to start a Master’s program which will hopefully be more interesting and beneficial. All the instructors I had for the most part were always very responsive, helpful, and want to see you understand the material. Over all, I would say it’s a pretty good school, especially for someone that maybe hasn’t taken any college classes before and needs the flexibility of online schooling.
I'm in my second term and I am pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything is going. I am a transfer student, so I've done online schooling before. The admissions process was a breeze; the counselor was amazing. My academic advisor is cool and my instructors have been awesome. The key to success in an online setting is setting weekly goals and deadlines. Never wait until the last minute to do any work(even discussions). You have to be a good self learner, but there are a ton of resources and people to help. You just have to ask for It! Good luck everyone!!
If you are really unsure of what school to attend, if you are going through review after review and asking many people what should you do, then you are where I was before I choose SNHU. I do not regret choosing this school. Every instructor is willing to help you plus you have an adviser, an online discussion board for questions and tutoring that's available to you. It's no walk in the park but it's not anything that's ridiculous either. I would say the one thing they could improve on is maybe having more tutorials. I highly recommend this school to anyone at any point in their life. I was really unsure too. I know how it feels and that's why I'm taking time to hopefully help someone make a good choice because I know you probably don't want to waste your time. That's how I felt, too. So let me keep it real with you, Choose SNHU. You will not regret it. I don't even usually bother commenting on these types of things but I feel like I should say something because I've been there.
Hey everyone. I recently completed my final class for my B.S. Computer Information Technology degree. I began as a Junior as I had already received an Associate degree from a local community college. My rating of SNHU is 8/10. The only issue I have with the curriculum is that there are not enough video lectures. A lot of other online schools implement video lectures. As a result of this, SNHU taught me to be resourceful and dig up information to teach myself, if the text book wasn't clear enough. The course work was challenging and I had multiple 10 page research papers. The programming and database courses were in-depth. I actually struggled in those courses and had to put serious effort into passing, even taking into consideration that I've taken programming courses at my prior school. SNHU is challenging, but I wish they would add more work to the role of the instructor. Their only purpose seems to be to grade work.
SNHU was great for my undergrad degree. The courses are extremely easy. I'm not sure how the quality is in comparison to other universities. I did attend Oregon State for a while and found SNHU to be worlds easier which makes me feel uneasy about the quality of SNHU. Also, none of the tests are proctored. I did get a great job after graduation within my own company. It was more luck than education, though. I'm having a hard time finding a job with a new company outside my organization. SNHU is not reputable. I started to pursue a Masters degree through SNHU in data analytics. However, they could not provide me with any stats (go figure) on the program. They told me Google stats of grads with an analytics degree. I wasn't looking for objective stats. I was looking for very subjective stats at SNHU. They could not and would not provide me with any. I quickly withdrew my active student status and will pursue a 2nd bachelors in computer science at a more reputable school. SNHU is a great school if you simply need a piece of paper saying you graduated. If you're looking for a career, look elsewhere. It's a joke school with easy classes.
I’m less than two weeks away from graduating with my degree from SNHU. I don't understand some of these negative reviews - I found this to be a fulfilling experience that allowed me to finally get a degree without having to deal with the miserable schedules and commutes I found with my past university experiences. I had two academic advisors during my year and a half (one was promoted to another position). They were both very helpful and prompt with their responses. They’re only as engaged with you as you want them to be, which is helpful when you’re the self-motivated type who doesn’t need people checking in too often. There was a period of time where we were corresponding every day regarding class scheduling, so they make themselves very available. I’m noticing conflicting reviews on here about whether the coursework is hard or easy. Personally, I found it very easy, but that is also because I picked something I enjoyed and took my time with my work. It’s a lot of writing, group discussions, power points, and some video presentations. The only time I’ve encountered “tests” is when I took a math course. My professors have all been very professional and friendly. I’ve only encountered one instance where the professor was unresponsive and halfway through the term, the professor was replaced due to a personal emergency. I have had an equal mix of professors who hold Master’s and Doctorate’s. Overall, it was a great experience with very few hiccups along the way. Staff are very accommodating and fair, as long as you meet deadlines and do your work. I would gladly consider SNHU for graduate studies.
So far I have experienced six classes with SNHU. I'm writing this review because of the reviews I have read where people complained about accessibility, when it comes to teachers, or when it comes to content. Accessibility is not an issue. Teachers always respond. And I have done schoolwork on a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, and a phone. The only content-restricting limitation I've ever experienced was with my phone. As far as accessibility is concerned, SNHU is fine. As far as the quality of education is concerned...I can't say. I'm too new to the experience. Once I have completed a year I will come back and add to this review.
Great school. Like all education, it's what you make of it. It is true, you can skate by at SNHU and one does encounter students who seem to eat paint chips in their spare time. This largely disappears once you get out of the intro classes. With that said, the teachers care and hold you to the curriculum. Hard work is rewarded and you will learn. A lot of the negative reviews seem to be from those who don't invest the time required to make online education valuable. Others seem to think SNHU needs to more closely resemble Harvard. It is not for everyone and you must take it for the modest school it is. Try hard and I promise you will feel proud of the genuinely quality education you receive.
I highly do not recommend this college or their online program. They are all about the money and not at all about the education of their students. After having dropped a business class as a first time freshman and being toyed around with by my so called counselor they tried to collect 2 grand from me for a class that I didn't even take. I had told my counselor early on i had wanted to drop this class and was ignored for the sake of them attempting to scam me and collect what they wanted for the class. Needless to say I contacted my lawyer and let their financial department who records everything students say over the phone lines in order to blackmail them into paying for services they want to argue the student received. Needless to say I refused to pay a thing and disputed the charges after I contacted the Better business Bureau and filed a complaint. Apparently I'm not the only student they have tried to pull this scam with. I am glad I have always had my own lawyer and do not recommend this school. It is all about the money. Don't believe me do the research. That is all. SCAM artists!!!!!
I have been enrolled at SNHU for about a year now, so I think it's safe to provide a little feedback as to what this educational institution offers. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geoscience with a concentration in Natural Resources & Conservation. Let me say--first a foremost--that you get from your education what you put into it. Be it online or traditionally. Naturally, if you refuse to apply the efforts necessary to earn a satisfactory grade in spite of all the resources provided to you, your education isn't failing you, you are failing it. Plain and simple. With that being said, I will now break down each section of my experience at SNHU to help keep this review as organized as possible. ADVISERS: My advisers have been extremely helpful and supportive in my academics at SNHU. They have put forth maximum effort to ensure that I not only am enrolled in courses several terms out, but that these courses are complementary to my degree. The first adviser I had was during the first few months after enrolling. After that, I was immediately assigned to my permanent adviser who is specialized in my field of study. Email responses are prompt, usually no more than 24 hours passes before I hear back from my adviser and they constantly contact me via phone and email to make sure I am doing well. Good area all around. INSTRUCTORS: This is where things can be a bit rocky. While I have had excellent experiences with nearly ALL of my instructors, I did have a bad one with my English instructor. I did not, however, allow her to interfere with my passing the course. Once it was completed, she was reported. Other than her, all of my instructors have been very nice, very helpful, prompt response to emails, providing MANY resources to help you succeed in the course, heavy engagement in discussions, and the list goes on. These are not "fake" instructors as some would assert, but rather, hold degree in the field of study for which they teach. Currently, my Philosophy instructor has a PhD in Religious Studies and a few others, and also has written numerous books on her field of expertise. So these instructors ARE skilled in what they teach, contrary to popular opinion. There is a tab within your blackboard which gives a full biography of your instructor--from their hobbies to their degrees. The coursework can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are taking more than one course like I am. It is very heavy writing, but you can understand that given that this is done online. A lot of research, essays, PowerPoint presentations, etc., but with the convenience of not having to sit in a traditional classroom, and you're able to work at your own pace. Again, you get out what you put in. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and have made Dean's List for Summer and President's List for Fall. I also bust my arse. FINANCIAL AID: I had one issue and that was it. The issue was them needing me to send a copy of my I.D. and a notarized signature proving that I am who I say I am. Weird? Yes. A hassle? Yes. You can not scan it in, you have to pay a fee to mail in the original notarized document. Not sure if I have to do this every time I re-apply for financial aid, but this was the only challenge I had. Everything else fell into place soon after and I receive my stipend when stated by the office and for the amount stated. Tuition is paid and books are covered. No fuss, no muss. I have heard numerous horror stories of financial aid issues with students, but I have yet to experience this myself. So, I think I covered the major areas of concern for most people considering this educational institution. Do not be discouraged by the bad reviews. Every educational institution you come across will always have those who had a terrible experience, but their outcomes are not your fate. Always do your research and visit every schools website. Ask questions, read reviews, check their Facebook, Twitter, and don't settle. You are in charge of your educational future, so make sure you put in what you expect to get out of it.