Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

  • 400 Reviews
  • Manchester (NH)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
60% of 400 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 400 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Sarah
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2021
  • Degree: Interactive Media Design
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"My experience was that SNHU hands out good grades that aren't deserved. I think they do this to keep up their numbers to look good. I have crippling depression and I struggle to keep motivated. I wanted to withdraw the first week but the academic advisor gave me a motivational speech, so I stayed. She did her job very well. I continued my History class. I barely did work in the Perspectives In History class and did not do the final project, but passed anyway. Snhu supposedly has programs for people with depression but I'm undiagnosed due to financial reasons so I cannot be in the program. Anyway, another issue was that the first two weeks of work is super easy. I have a problem with this because they only give you the first week to decide if you'd like to continue or withdraw. This is obviously not enough time but done on purpose. I chose to stay because the classes felt doable. I think they make the deadline to withdraw during the easy period so that they have you hooked. Well my depression got in the way by the third week second term, and I decided it wasn't for me. I thought I would owe for the one class I took in first term and owe a little bit for the first two weeks of the second term two classes. No. I now owe the tuition, but not the classes. The tuition, as I found, is a way for the college to be covered in the event of a student withdrawing early. Now I owe 10k for tuition fees for a degree I did not get very far in at all. The day before I had withdrawed, financial aid already sent the money to snhu and snhu is pocketing it with no remorse for my situation. I don't have a financial means to be able to pay this. I live paycheck to paycheck. I'll never be treated for depression and I will never get a degree because of depression. I am screwed, but snhu profits."
Amine
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2021
  • Degree: MBA in International Business
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I graduated from SNHU in 2017 with an IMBA degree, I really enjoyed the program... I joined the university again in 2019 for a Ph. D program hoping I will have the same experience but honestly it was way different. They have a fix tuition fees per term no matter what how many courses you’re taking which benefits them a lot ( Non profit organization 🤣). More than this, I didn’t learn anything new at all from the program, it was just a repetition of what I did in my Bachelor and Master program. I’m just paying to get that piece of paper that if I use it to get a job it will drastically cut my pay check. DO NOT JOIN THE PROGRAM IT’S WORTHLESS AND NOT CONVENIENT FOR WORKING PEOPLE"
GS81
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2021
  • Degree: Management Information Systems
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I'm not sure why people are complaining that tests are not proctored or that you don't learn anything. If you're an honest person it wont matter if tests are not proctored. You are paying for an education, why would you cheat? If you're not learning anything then you are skimming the pages and just looking for what you need to get a right answer. I have had a great experience with SNHU. I have been able to contact the professors of many of my classes late at night or on the weekends and I get replies usually within a few hours. Just like a brick and mortar school you will get a great education if you put in the effort. The material they use is current and has plenty of information. I feel like the people saying they didn't learn anything are the ones that skim through the book then complain that they didn't retain any info. That's not an SNHU problem, that's an end user problem."
Ashley
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I just graduated from this school with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I had an awesome experience with this school and considering returning for my Masters. Every employer I applied to accepts my degree, which SNHU is a non profit that has been around for years. I had three advisors during my time with the school and they really went to the bat for me. My career advisor gave me a lot of awesome tips and tricks for applying for jobs and fixing up my resume and Linked profile. I enjoyed my courses. I learned a lot about my field. A lot of the projects I did for my Psychology courses was very much similar to the work that Psychologists do when working in research. Since I was doing the general track in my program, I was allowed to pick some of my courses. I had some good instructors, there were a couple of them that were tough, but you find that at any school. The instructors were very educated and had a lot of experience in the psychology field. I have seen some negative reviews on SNHU on this website and when reading these reviews, I noticed that a lot of complaints are made by students who are not willing to be accountable for what they signed up for, are not willing to put forth effort towards their degree, and expect the easy route. College is a lot of hard work and commitment. Even if you have circumstances that happen in your life, you have to be able to deal with them and still balance school if you are a student. If you are an online student at any school, you have to be self motivated and good at prioritizing. You also have to be willing to put in the hard work if you want to do well. If you sign up and expect to just slid by, that will not only show in your school work, but employers will also notice that and you won't be able to succeed in anything in life, much less a college online program. If you sign up for college, online or campus, you need to be committed to seeing it through. If you are not willing to put in a lot of effort in coursework, are not committed and motivated, and are not willing to prioritize being a student with anything going on in life, then it may not be a good idea to sign up for college whether online or campus. Remember if you drop a course or fail, you face penalties with financial aid and will be required to pay that money back. Also if you drop out and took out loans, you have to pay that money back too. Welcome to adulthood. You have to take responsibility for everything you sign up for."
KEith
  • Reviewed: 11/17/2020
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I applied to the MBA program and SNHU accepted me and waived the first 5 intro classes. I changed my major before starting and then reconsidered and went back to the MBA program. After reapplying they said they made a mistake and required me to take three entry level classes at $1800.00 a piece. This school is all about profit and not about educating students. I am going to take my MBA courses at another college. Stay away from this college. SNHU admissions staff are greedy and they only want your money."
Dawn
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2020
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I was so excited about going back to school and, I was taking it head-on. I was trying to keep my work and assignments done a week ahead hold an A/B average in the class. I turned in a paper and, this college has a program set up called:( Turin) The, college policy and procedure states if you have written a paper that uses the (SAME) word, that is considered plagiarism. This system also grades in percentages which mines fell to 14% but their policy and procedure say 25% or higher. This system all gives color codes which my paper was in green which meant I was still in good standing. My instructor gave me a zero and HE flagged my paper gave me a zero. So, I challenged him and the College, went on his side saying my paper had "similar" writings. SIMILAR not the same. This whole time my Advisor I spoke to him twice during this whole time! He's sweet but, I felt left out to fail my instructor never allow me to make it up or make changes. I disenrolled today 10/20/2020 and no email on nothing from the Advisor"
Patricia L
  • Reviewed: 10/15/2020
  • Degree: Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"This review is based on my online schooling experience with SNHU. This school is a wonderful option for people who want to earn a degree on their own time and need to be cost effective. If you think you can attend this school and just skim by, that might work for you for the intro level classes but when you are closer to your degree completion you MUST put in detailed effort and a lot of time. Anyone who discredits an online learning experience after 2020 does not have a progressive mind set. I have interviewed for corporate marketing positions and every manager interviewing me was impressed with how I continue my education online while working full time. I had an instructors who are tough with the work load, and if you miss out on evidential information needed they have given me failing grades because of it. This school requires work and dedication. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking this is an easy option, especially if you are in the workforce as well."
Ally
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"If you're thinking about going here, DO NOT DO IT. I'm in my last two classes to complete my Bachelor's degree. This school is a complete joke. I don't even know where to begin. I wish that someone had told me this before I decided to complete me degree here. The only reason I'm finishing is because I'm not about to have a huge student loan and just quit before finishing. Not only is this school a joke to any employer after seeing it on your resume, but I have literally not learned one thing. I have said that I've had my degree on my resume (before I actually do) and employers literally don't care. "Oh the school with all of the commercials." Yeah, it's embarrassing. The class literally depends on what teacher you get. Mind you, the teachers don't need ANY experience to be hired. They just need a degree and they're hired. Basically you have the teachers who don't even know what's going on in the class or you have the power trip ones who make up rules and ask you to do more than required even though they're "not allowed to do that." The tutoring system...hahahahahah ahhh yeah that's the only bigger joke than this school. If you want any help at all, good luck. Every class is basically the same and the "curriculum" isn't even about the actual subject. You will research how to research the subject. Not even kidding you, it's almost every class. The teachers don't even grade the papers, they put them through a system. Sometimes you do get a good teacher, usually once maybe twice a year if you're lucky. If you want to actually learn and feel like your student loan debt was worth it, DO. NOT. GO HERE."
Katie
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2020
  • Degree: Computer Science
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I already have 2 prior degrees in different fields including many online classes. I noticed in prior reviews, it seemed like everyone was taking English. I don't think I noticed any STEM/Business/medical, etc. I have enough experience to remain neutral. At this time SNHU uses Brightspace. SNHU previously used Blackboard. (Blackboard is horrible.) Brightspace is much better. It is confusing at first, but effective in stating assignments, rubrics, grades, extra help, and notifying you if you have completed your work. With my degree, the learning is fairly interactive. You aren't just reading a book as your only assignment. You will have to complete a milestone and discussions for every course. The discussion standard is the same as a normal college (initial due Thurs, 2 responss due Sun). You can actually directly submit assignments late with a 10% penalty. The instructions cannot change the course personally. However, they do offer, 1-to-1 tutoring and instructed work groups for some classes (offered online). The due time is in YOUR timezone, which works to your advantage. As for the instructors/advisors, it depends on who you get. Some are really/not interactive, some are/not helpful, some are strict/laidback... Finances: Always read the financial details at **ANY** school. NEVER assume. I've only ran into small issues, but they were easily resolved. I received financial aid, paying about $200 per week semester extra. I was only using traditional FASFA (no pell grants/private loans). That it fairly cheaper in college pricing. Yes, they do lock your transcript if you owe a certain amount of money, but connect finances to get around it."
ReturningStudent
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2020
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I'm a new student and so far its been a pretty good experience, but the bad reviews have me a little shook. I was very close to my degree and then life got in the way, but I can't give up my day job to go back to school. Which is why I chose SNHU. Once I was accepted, things moved really fast and I was really unprepared and overwhelmed and I didn't fell like I got all the info I needed. So I took charge and made sure I could start in the next term and now it's all GTG. The Online environment is really easy to navigate and the course requirements are fully laid out in the syllabus. I can also pick classes and track my completion to my degree myself in my program evaluation. I feel like I am in full control of my goals and getting this done. I've attended a four year university before (with 500 people in a lecture hall) and I can honestly say it's the same - only cheaper. Yeah, the instructors have a lot going on and don't really interact but I have never had a university professor actually interact anyway. When I was in on campus environments years ago, I never even met my advisor my SNHU Advisor called me twice already. It's all pretty straight forward from my past experience. What I prefer here is that I'm not just regurgitating to quizzes and tests - I have to write to show understanding and proficiency. It may not work for you but you get out what you put in and no matter where you go, there you are. So be prepared for some extreme ownership of your progress."