Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

  • 404 Reviews
  • Manchester (NH)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
60% of 404 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 404 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Bob Smith
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2021
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"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
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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
  • 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."
Martha Klein
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I'd give them 0 stars if I could. I had extenuating personal circumstances that caused me to be incomplete for my last class. My student advisor said I had 60 days to complete the work, however my professor would not accept that. Now SNHU wants me to pay the balance for that class though I filed a dispute and provided extensive documentation to back up my claim of extenuating circumstances. I should also mention that in my very first class there, Managerial Accounting, I actually had to report my professor for plagiarism."
Ashley
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I was really excited to start at SNHU for a lot of reasons. However, that excitement took a major turn for the worse. Although everyone I spoke to was kind when I spoke to them, I had absolutely no control over my degree. The advisor I was working with wouldn't give me any information to access a course plan, my email, or any student portal information. She registered me for my classes as well without giving me an option of what classes to take. When I finally got access to the portal I found out they were trying to charge me $2,000 dollars for one class and were trying to sign me up for student loans as well. I also found out that my advisor had signed me up for the next three terms without my knowledge. I decided quickly after reviews that I should drop my classes and work something else out and figure out my own schedule. It would not let me drop my classes, an advisor had to do it. In all my college experience, I have never felt so powerless over my own education and schedule. I sent email after email and my advisor just spun me around in a circle and wouldn't let me drop the classes. A phone advisor said my original advisor was the only one who could do it. After several days and getting nowhere, another advisor FINALLY dropped my classes for me. Then proceeded to ask what personal reasons I was dropping my class for. I never took a class from SNHU but my experience was a college students nightmare. I will not be attending SNHU and I recommend to anyone to avoid this school. All they care about is getting people to take their classes, they could care less about the student."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2020
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I am currently wrapping up my degree in public health and I can definitely say you have to decide how much you want to get out of the learning here. It is a good school and MOST of the instructors are passionate about what they teach, will give you supplemental material to review or recommend what you can do to further your learning since they can only do so much. However, it is very easy to coast through the classes without giving it the extra mile. Most of my courses were packed with great learning from those great instructors who want you to know as much as possible, but I have had a couple who give the bare minimum and it's like pulling teeth to get them to help you get that little extra something out of it. These were the "easy A" types which sound great, but if you're serious about your education, aren't so great. I assume all institutions have these types of instructors. Thankfully, at this school I have only encountered maybe 3 in my entire program. The others have challenged me and helped me grow. Now I am on to graduate school and I have many of my SNHU instructors to thank for it."
Oleta R
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2020
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I completed my BA in Communication with SNHU in 2019 and was accepted into Johns Hopkins University for a Masters in Communication. Johns Hopkins! After two terms I began to realize that I missed the connection I felt with SNHU. My advisor always called to check-in, the financial aid department was phenomenal, admin was easy to get ahold of, the bookstore responded to emails quickly, I LOVED all my professors, I LOVED the online platform (Brightspace), and I thoroughly had a pleasant experience. I have recommended so many friends to SNHU and they too are enjoying their experience. I transferred back to SNHU for a masters and I am not sad about it."
Tiffany
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2020
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"There are a lot of mixed reviews about SNHU's education quality, but personally, I could've never gotten where I am now without it. After high school, I went to art school and dropped out after a semester. Then I has a depressive episode for 4 years. A year ago, I decided to get it together and enrolled in SNHU for a second shot at life. A year later, and now I'm transferring to Temple University this fall to get a BS in environmental science. I never could've done it without my resources- my parents can afford to pay for my education and they also helped tutor me through physics and chemistry (ugh) lol. Online college is perfect for people trying to make a change in their life or better themselves in some way, without having to make a huge time and money commitment. As for the social sciences and humanity courses- it's true, some of the teachers will give you an A just for showing up. I was actually extremely frustrated when I got a 1000/1000 in Applied History with NO feedback when I worked very hard in that class. On the other hand, as a science major, let me tell you: the STEM teachers do NOT heck around. My geology teacher would sometimes write MULTIPLE PARAGRAPHS of critique on several of my assignments. The A I got in that class was hard earned and it felt enriching and fulfilling. My math teacher was also very involved, as were my biology and chemistry teachers. Physics and chemistry actually kicked my butt. I just finished a chemistry lab course and it's the first time I didn't get an A. Dr. Z takes her job very seriously. It was my last course at SNHU and my chemistry hours aren't transferring to Temple anyway, so I guess senioritis set in and I earned that C+ lol. SNHU is a wonderful tool, whether you want to complete your full education there or you want to transfer out. The advisors are very friendly and helpful. My advisor was super supportive when I told her I was transferring and arranged and emailed me all the documents I needed very quickly. Online colleges like this are perfect for people piecing their life back together like me lol."
Keith
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2020
  • Degree: MBA
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I feel like the school takes total advantage of their students and I also believe the diploma is absolutely worthless. I completed a bachelors degree and an MBA at SNHU. I have applied for hundreds of jobs in my degree field and have never been able to land a job with it. I have even been told by several large employers that they don't look at SNHU degrees real seriously. I had several issues with them along the way but the worst was when they said I didn't drop a class, when I did, and they gave me an "F" on my transcript. I would like to mention that every grade I got at this school was an "A" accept for this one class. Now when I actually took the course, I received an "A" in it. I would also like to mention that I feel that the school is definitely a diploma mill and there needs to be something done about it. I spent over $85,000 dollars on my degrees and cannot even get a part-time job with them. Also the career services are an absolute joke, don't think for a minute they are going to help you find a job. I would give the diplomas back to them in a minute to not have the student loan debt. I honestly can't same anything good about the school or diplomas."