Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

  • 421 Reviews
  • Manchester (NH)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
60% of 421 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 421 students said they would recommend this school to others
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LTJames
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"From the advisor Department (Carol too) & The other staff(Amanda) that was absolutely patient with me Ty.With that I uploaded my picture to make my profile more personal & From the Professor S to my peers it was a disaster,I was ignored & given a bad grade!I write & speak to people for a living & I don’t understand this.I’ve been upset for hours.I watched her interact with everyone except me.If this isn’t Biased behavior I don’t know what is..Don’t think for a second that bias/racism stops behind the keyboard where do you think it begins?!"
LinzLx
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2021
  • Degree: Anthropology
"Snhu is fast paced. It's online, and ultimately could do it online without, the answer is yes. Have I learned anything before returning to school though all these online resources were available. Of course. Did I study the subjects my assignments and homework demand of me? Heck no. If I leave school, will I then continue on the same course of study? No. I can just attend a local school and continue with my studies, will I do it? Probably not. School is discipline, achievement, and enjoyment. Do I enjoy the online environment? Absolutely. Do I appreciate my Professors, absolutely. Are they always available. Absolutely. Is advising always available, absolutely. Is financial services, available. Absolutely. Is this astro turf, heck no. Anyone can learn anything online. Do I pop on videos on if I have problems, heck yes, do I use search engines, heck yes. That is the reality isn't it? For example, how familiar is your universities research regarding ultra-short pulse lasers and their potential to render nuclear waste harmless? Are you aware this is the case? Well SNHU demanded that I discover this. Zotero, use it? An app, right? This is the reality, online is ultimately good for the environment, no gas used, right? School is what you put into it. Sort of like the pharmacist at Walgreens who drove a fancy sports car vs the pharmacist who drove the old Honda civic so his kids and wife could have the nicer cars but who worked at a major hospital. Who has the better education? Both I am sure. It is what it is. Discussion posts allow us to know each and every students thoughts. SNHU demands we do, profound benefit. Their system works. A degree guarantees nothing. Pursue your love where ever that may be. SNHU will never hinder transfer. I am not tranferring."
Shane
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2021
  • Degree: English
"I have very mixed feelings about SNHU. First, let me begin by explaining that I have attended a private traditional liberal arts college before and then left for awhile. After that brief hiatus from higher education I went to night school at a community college. Finally, I transferred here because I figured the online program seemed reputable, was accredited and would fit my full-time work schedule. The quality of education seems on par with the previous institutions I have attended and I like how each course has the same set up, it makes going from class to class a breeze. BUT let me explain some problems that I have encountered here and I suspect both current and prospective students face: The rubrics. SNHU has streamlined every class so that there is a rubric for each assignment that the instructor, always an adjunct and never an actual professor, is in charge of administering and grading. Often, I have had the unfortunate experience of encountering that the rubric says to do one thing and the instructor either is not interpreting it accurately or else dislikes it and finds ways to grade that penalize the student for following the rubric. I am not a bad student. I have never had anything less than an 'A' in any of the classes that I have taken here but I will say the instructions given on the rubrics and the instructors grading style aren't always matched quite well. I suspect if the instructors were allowed to come up with their own assignments and administer them this problem might easily be fixed. In addition, other problems I have noted are that one either encounters instructors who are passionately dedicated and micro graders or noticeably aloof and detached. There never seems to be a happy medium between the two. In addition, a review of adjunct comments on websites like Glassdoor which feature reviews from employees seems to show that SNHU underpays and values their instructors little which is sad because that has a direct impact on how they perform and how students are treated. The coursework is challenging enough. I'm an English major and have learned a lot in my core classes. Like any university there will be a bunch of general education requirements. Suck it up, this is how college is. I see a lot of reviewers complaining about taking them but I swear, it is the same at every college. My advice: get them out of the way first or take them at a community college where they cost less and will easily transfer. In order to receive accreditation, SNHU is mandated to make you take them. Those classes are usually not fun but I will say that SNHU made them easier to get through. I've always been rather bad at math but the math class I was required to take at SNHU was designed for students who were liberal arts majors so it wasn't so bad. Also-I like that each course is only 8 weeks so if one doesn't like a class or feels like they are struggling it isn't so long to suffer. Finally, the other negative is that everything has sort of a strange corporate feel. When I initially applied here I was bombarded with marketing calls from what seemed like sales people from admissions. They were nice but annoying. But this seems to be happening at many institutions because higher education is facing disruptions from technology and dwindling student enrollment. I did appreciate the way financial aid was handled and each time I have had a question I receive a pleasant and quick response. Advising is helpful, too. My adviser is easy to talk to and handles a lot of registration related stuff for me. She's also motivating. Overall this is the takeaway I want to give you if you are considering this school: It is a mixed bag. Pros: They understand most of the students are working adults who need degrees and have a very flexible platform and streamlined process that is easy to learn. Advising seems to care. Each class is structed the same. Degrees are accredited. Cons: Unclear instructions on rubrics, some bad apples that are adjuncts, cost is higher than some public universities, strange corporate marketing that makes it seem less like a college and more like a business which I suspect in many ways it is I'm going to give the school a solid 3. It is giving me what I need and I do plan to graduate but I would not say I love it. Nor is it for everyone. If you are a self motivated person and can handle meeting deadlines and do not need much hand holding this could be for you. If you are more traditional, need a lot of personal explanation or attention than look elsewhere, perhaps at a brick and mortar school."
Amine Oulmaati
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2021
  • Degree: International Business
"Joining a PhD. at SNHU was one of my worst decisions ever. Throughout the program I didn't learn anything valuable that worth all the time and money that I sacrificed. For each term you have to pay $5333 regardless of how many classes you are taking. In my last term I had one class and they charged me $5333 for a summer class. This university is a pure scam. They advertise for the university as a non-profit organization but it’s a pure profit! I really regret it."
Fred L. Bell Jr
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"21 years of active duty Military Service, over the course of my studies some of my friends passed away which took a toll on me. My advisor was good but the instructors were trash. I explained the situation. The school just wanted the money. Guaranteed GI bill money."
Greg
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2021
  • Degree: Finance
"Unprofessional.They absolutley DO NOT take care of their students! This school is all about profit and not about educating students. The courses are extremely insubstantial and lack direction. Before you enroll they seem promising and are always there to assist you at any time, but once they get you to enroll all of that goes out the window. Done with this "excuse" for a school."
Chris
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Business
"LIBERAL, LEFT LEANING AND DOES NOT SUPPORT THOSE OF FAITH. I attended SNHU to finish my Bachelors degree and found that the school was very left leaning (liberal) and consistently trampled over faith and conservative view points. I completed my program but was disappointed by their political and social push. I would not recommend SNHU unless your looking for a skewed perspective. I am saddened that SNHU and other learning institutions have followed political and social view points over education. The class work was not difficult or challenging and did not expand on topics, as I expected from a college level course."
Lakisa Ellis
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"When I first started with SNHU it was great, everyone seemed so nice and helpful. As the semesters went on,I noticed that the helpful support and quality course materials had started to dissipate. The majority of the office staff at SNHU appear to be air headed students with no experience in customer service. Im seriously considering leaving this institution, if you file a dispute they will never side with the student. They act as if their professors can do no wrong, but their not even real professors. They stand firm by the rubric, and issue assignments that have been pre-determined by some committee prior to the semester. My advisor refused to let me talk to the dean and I'm just not feeling this school anymore. They start off great, but once they get you enrolled they could care less about your issues as a student. Im going to petition for the VA to stop supporting this institution. They need to learn how to treat people, especially veterans."
Tatiana
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"This is probably worst place to get your degree. Communication with your advisor and regarding any financial questions leaving unanswered, they only forwarding emails to each other which is doesn't help at all. Benefits for military members doesn't work as suppose too. I was charged extra and University sent me a due amount after I completed 4 classes, which is doesn't make sense, because I still had a tuition assistance, but those amount just disappeared. Extra money for books, they trying to offer you loans and extra money, to make you pay more. Especially if you in the military - do not go to this University, you'll just waste your time and money out of pocket. I'm very dissatisfied and didn't know that in USA exist such a bad education system."
Brooke
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"Proceed with caution. I was excited to attend Southern New Hampshire. I was supposed to graduate this year and instead my life was turned upside down and I was left with a balance over $8,000. During COVID my State which is Michigan was on a strict stay at home order. Around that time the Department of Education requested a notarized Statement of Identification form which I could not provide, being that everything including the courthouse was closed. This resulted in my money being sent back and me being left with a balance for classes I had already completed. No matter what I say they refuse to listen and their appeals department keeps denying me. Up until then I was pleased with the school. Now I am disappointed and feel they don’t stand by their values. I work full time, and I am a single mom of two disabled children. I can’t believe after working so hard all these years my educationally journey would’ve turned out this way due to no fault of my own. If you want a University with understanding and compassion employees who aim for the success of their students please look elsewhere."
Jamie
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"As others have stated you get out what you put in. Before enrolling I would really recommend taking time and properly researching the degree you wish to achieve (job satisfaction, expected growth within the field, earning potential, etc.). Once you are secure in your choice, are confident you can commit to doing the work and making the most out of each class, you should find a lot can be learned that will be beneficial to your chosen career path. I originally did two years in accounting and the entered the cyber security program and earned my bachelor’s degree. I have heard people question the value of a degree from SNHU (which is understandable). I cannot speak for others but my experience has been that an SNHU degree opens doors. Less than a week after finishing (didn’t even have my diploma yet) I was offered a position making $95,000/ year, my own office, the freedom to work from home up to 3 days/ week, and a company car. 💯 would not hesitate to recommend SNHU...as a matter of fact, my son is now working towards his bachelor’s degree at SNHU."
Bob Smith
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2021
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Finished my B.S. from SHNU and I must say it has paid off from a knowledge standpoint. SNHU is all about what you put into it. If you put in the bare minimum, your knowledge will be the bare minimum. For those thinking about going to SNHU, just remember is about how much you want to learn. If you want to know to learn a lot, it's there for you. If you want to learn a little, that's there for you to, but again, your knowledge will be little. SNHU courses challenged me to stretch myself, which is what I needed to learn something new, and obtain an accredited degree. The professors overall are pretty good. There are some who grade harder than others. There are some who don't do much at all, and just give you the work and expect you do it. Some of those professors when helping sometimes, their explanation is very scarce and you have to re-read things or ask for help in the discussions. Overall they are good, but on the lookout for some who are better than others. I recommend SNHU to anyone."
MK
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2021
  • Degree: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
"Absolutely do not waste your time at SNHU! I earned a 4.0 GPA on my MS and completely wasted my GI Bill in the process. They are just feeding off military veterans in an extremely predatory way. An I/O Psychology degree isn't recognized by employers in the business world. No one will hire you for even entry level recruiting, training, or HR jobs. You cannot switch to clinical because there is no internship in the degree program and those hours are absolutely required by the APA and NBCC for even minimum licensing. When you contact SNHU to figure out a way forward in your career, in ANY direction, you will find the college cares little if their produce hireable graduates and will not transfer any classes for you to get another MS in a different concentration of Psychology (even if it was earned at THEIR college and original degree progression was a difference of 4 classes!), just for the necessary internship to actually advance your career. They will make you start from scratch, because money is far more important to them. SNHU also won't let you just take the necessary classes as continuing education, even though your printed degree will say "Master of Science Psychology," and nothing of the I/O part. Why? It makes no sense beyond the previously mentioned predatory practices. If I have a "Master of Science Psychology", I should a.) be able to utilize my degree in the filed of psychology, b.) be able to take extra graduate classes necessary to actually utilize that degree without having to start over. Fun note, real world I/O Psychology positions are held by those with clinical degrees. In the business world I/O Psychology isn't even recognized and jobs that are there, are held by those with business degrees. When you enroll, they will make it seem like I/O Psychology and their program is highly acclaimed and easy to start a career in. Neither is true. You are really just paying for a very expensive, very useless, piece of wall decor. I've been job hunting for 6 years, over 400 jobs applied to, with absolutely nothing to show for it, and no money to start over."
Sarah L Perez
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I highly recommend SNHU on several occasions 1. They help their students to stay motivated 2. The teachers are there to help the students and they never give up on you. I am happy to say that I am now a student at SNHU. Keep your head up and dont let others bring you down."
Lindy
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"SNHU is great. I learned a lot. I had great instructors and a great academic advisor. If there are people who say it’s easy, they are probably taking easy classes. I have learned more here than I ever did in the UW system and that’s saying a lot(well besides a few classes I loved at UW) Thank you SNHU"
Sarah
  • Reviewed: 1/21/2021
  • Degree: Interactive Media Design
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."