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I have nothing but good things to say about SNHU. Every term is 8 weeks long (so to the guy who said they won't give you a refund for dropping a class 2 weeks in, they won't because you're already a quarter of the way done with the class..). My program was very steady- online discussions due Thursdays, everything else due Sunday night. It was so nice to have every class be layed out the same way. It does seem to be "expensive" just because the terms are so close together (once you make a payment, the next one is due 2 months later).
There is nothing wrong with SNHU, but you will be doing lots of homework in such short frames that it will be difficult to have an opportunity to actually grasp the material. SNHU is very "learning objective" based, so it will not be like in a traditional classroom where the homework and test reflect the overall mood and ability of the class; you will be expected to test or do homework on every subject matter in the book. Lower level coursework that I took with this university had very active professors who would also provide their input and supplemental information. Once you reach 300 and 400 level coursework, there is little to no instruction and you are left to your own means to understand the material. This may be appropriate for humanities or writing based courses, but for mathematics it is impossible to learn material in this manner. You will be relying on youtube and google to teach you mathematics for this curriculum because the professors certainly don't. Did I mention the courses are only 8 weeks rather than a traditional 16 week course! It is pretty tough if you are going for mathematics with this online program. I would only recommend doing SNHU online if you do not have any other means to go to school during the day. This is by no means equivalent to a traditional education and I have done both.
I have honestly had a great experience while attending SNHU online. My academic advisor has kept open lines of communication with me. My instructors were always responsive and helpful when I needed them. When registering for class my advisor would register me about six classes in advance to ensure that they were covered. If an issue did arise I always knew in advance and had time to fix it so I am not sure why others were left with outstanding balances. The coursework is a lot of reading and completing research papers. I understand that online is not for everyone however it worked very well for me. Any time that I did not do as well as I should in a class I knew it was because of me and my lack of effort. Not because of the coursework or the instructors. I think the instructors and advisors are very responsive and helpful. I am glad that I have chosen this school and feel bad for other who attended the school and didn't get the same experience. I would 100% recommend the school to someone who is a self starter and has the ability to be a self learner. The lines of communication works both ways I would just advise anyone interested in attending the school to ensure that they are communicating with the advisors and instructors in a timely manner because it really does make a difference in your experience.
This program is satisfactory if you want something light, but it is not an academic experience. It is manufactured, and the rubrics are set so that you have to really not complete the work in order to do poorly. There is plenty of work to complete, but the faculty and administration do not treat you like a graduate student; it is much like being a lower level student. If you are serious about this degree, look elsewhere. If you are just having fun, this is for you.
This is an excellent school!!! They welcome all and they understand that there are people who may not have had the opportunity to pursue a degree due to various different reasons. I was disappointed to read from a prior review that this school admit "bad students whose education level may not be up to that person's personal standards", talk about that student being judgmental and elitist. My own personal experience is wonderful!!!, My advisor and my professors are very concerned about my well being and also my grades. I will most likely continue on with this school after I have completed my BA.
SNHU is a decent school and gives you everything you need to be prepared for a workforce. It's all what you put in it. Classes are very well structured and all the process of getting assignments done is flawless. Financial aid was processed in four days. I never had issues with the instructors or adviser or financial office. The only thing that I do not like is that they are basically open admission school. They admit sub par students and it is true that even doing minimal work they still can pass the class. Even though you have to put a work to get a good grade, in order just to pass the class it's enough to do the bare minimum. They keep really bad students for financial profit but it's ruins their reputation. I can't say if classes are difficult , I did first two years in state B&M school and it was not difficult for me neither , but I can tell that this online classes a bit more of a challenge than it was in a regular school. They require you not to memorize material but apply theory to practice . I learn how to use my judgment in different situations . The negative side of this school is that they ruin their reputation by taking in whatever pays and it is not fair to students who are actually smart and work for their degree.
It's hard to mess up traditional pen and paper courses. All the prerequisite traditional studies I did were flawless. Once I got into the focal classes for my video game development degree, however, it was apparent that this school has no idea how to deal with changing technologies, or properly teach them. This is especially true with their online courses. It's like their online programs are ran by luddites. The instructors were very hands off for the most part. Teaching the class pretty much included sending students to freely accessible Unreal Engine tutorials, and YouTube tutorials that weren't even affiliated with SNHU. The course learning instructions typically had the student copy broken undocumented code, teaching next to nothing about what it does. This code is always broken or buggy, so not only do we not learn anything from the code, it doesn't work in the first place. We're left scavenging the internet for solutions. After that, we would have our actual assignments, where we had to take what we (didn't) learn and make something on our own. May as well just not bother at that point and just say you took our money and pointed us at YouTube. That would have been a lot easier. Why don't students ask the instructors to fix it? We did. Apparently the instructors don't control the coursework. They just hand it out. They can't make any changes, nor do they seem to care enough to make anything change. A decent instructor will post bugfixes to the code in the announcements and have Google Hangouts face time with the students to help, but that was extremely rare. Most just acted like virtual babysitters and did nothing but post grades and introduce the next week's work. When we would ask for help, we'd be told to ask our other peers. It's like the instructors couldn't be bothered to help. Shameful. If you want to have a pleasing learning experience and actually leave the school with any sort of working knowledge outside of debugging C++ code? Look elsewhere.
My experience with this institution was awesome. The school is very organized and has a very streamlined process in all areas that I experienced. I recommend it for anyone who is looking to achieve online. I just completed my Bachelor's Degree. Work and Focus is required on your part, they provide everything else.
SNHU is a great business school. The faculty member is a very well educated and experienced. The campus is very supported students to learn in a calm environment. I got so many international exposure from many international students who study at SNHU. I am very satisfied...
I had loans all the way through, no problems. I had an advisor that was always there, start to finish. I took 2 classes per term, spent roughly 20-25 hours per week total. Got mostly A's, a couple of B's. Not extremely difficult, but I did enough work to say I am very proud of this MBA. By my calculations, I spent well over 2000 hours to get this MBA. Some say its a diploma mill. Really? Didn't feel like it to me. Bet you they put the "diploma mill" MBA on their resume now though...............and if it really is a diploma mill, you would think they would be bright enough to investigate that and determine that before they ever attended.