Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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The online courses are very frustrating. I do not struggle academically but struggle to get the information I need from the school to complete the courses. The online modules are of very low quality. I have seen assignments due with little to no instruction on how to complete them, have seen assignments that are themselves flawed or incomplete. Not all courses but enough of them. There was one assignment that I didn't receive from the instructor until 2 days after it was due. The assignment in the module was the wrong one and led to a lot of confusion. There are many instances where the flaws are so simple, it is as if there is nobody reviewing the module material for quality. Most all of the frustration with these courses is lack of instruction and confusion due to the poor quality of the modules. There were some courses where the quality was great but that required the instructor to go out of their way to make videos and give additional material above and beyond what is in the module. Other instructors do not give anything additional. If you take classes here, know that there will be classes that will challenge you. Not so much academically, but will challenge your ability to handle needless and unnecessary frustration due to the poor quality of most of the modules.
I had a great experience at SNHU. There is a lot of research and writing required. You absolutely need to follow the rubric for each class. There are no surprises. You know exactly what is expected. My instructors (except one) were great. One semester I had a hurricane come through leaving me with no internet for days and a short time later, a case of the flu. They were very understanding. The college is regionally accredited. With my completed BS degree, I was able to continue on with my education, currently working on my Juris Master at FSU School of Law. I will say this... Obtaining an on line degree requires commitment. You can't wait until the day it's due to complete an assignment and receive a good score. You need to invest your time if you want to succeed. Don't take shortcuts. If you do, expect your score to reflect it. My ending GPA was 3.967. Some states issues with financial aid. I received financial aid and never had an issue. Just don't wait until the last minute to apply for it.
I received a Master's in Accounting and Finance from SNHU with a GPA of 3.97. I learned a lot from the courses I took and it prepared me for getting a job in the field of my interest. The courses are set up like any online environment. You have to do discussion posts. Your posts have to be meaningful to the subject, follow the professor's guidelines, have references and not be really short. The papers also have to be well-researched and written with proper APA style grammar and reference citing. I had the option to purchase or rent text books, which I preferred especially when reading on how to perform financial calculations. I didn't really like the e-books much because of my learning style. However, I could manage with e-books and for some people I am sure they work very well. The professors were always available to help, answer questions, provide additional resources, even recapping the highlights of the modules every week. We also were made aware of what to study to prepare ourselves for the final exams. One class I really enjoyed required us to watch a movie based on corporate takeovers and write about it. We had to answer specific points in the paper relating to our book so it wasn't just a summary of the movie plot. The hardest class was the one on Cost Accounting. I received a very good grade but it was definitely a hard earned grade. I had one Professor that never responded to students and I wondered if he even read any papers or discussion posts at all. There was zero communication other than the introduction in the first week. That was probably the only negative experience I had at this school. The good thing is you can do a survey at the end of the course to point out the bad apples. Just make in constructive because if you go on a rant it can go unheard. The advisors were great and always available to assist me. I had no problems with financial aid.The Career Services person assigned to me helped fix my resume and make it presentable to employers. I learned a lot on how to search for a job and enrolled in a nationwide job search program through them based on my industry. I ended up finding a job outside of that service but the advice on my resume was extremely helpful in me landing my current job.
It's been a long road to getting my Master's degree, but I finally made it. The program wasn't overly interactive, so if you are the type of person who needs that extra personal touch, this might not be the place for you. However, if you are self-motivated like I am, you will find that the experience is quite enjoyable. There was only one course that I dropped out of because it wasn't well organized, but when I took it the second time it was great like all the other courses. My advisor, Mawn, always responded to me within 24 hours and was very helpful any time I had a concern. Instructors for the most part were knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I am very pleased with my experience and wholeheartedly recommend this school to others.
I was very excited to begin my bachelors in psychology and my advisor was very helpful setting up my classes and being interactive with me; emailing and calling me to check in. This was my first time attending an online school and the online classroom was relatively simple. It was also convenient to attend fully online. The online library was very extensive and useful for the assignments that were required of me. The writing center was not the most helpful; when I turned in a paper for help and feedback, the questions and clarification I had requested regarding certain aspects of APA were responded to by giving me the Owl Perdue APA website link. An incredibly irritating situation was when I was told during my second to last class of my degree that I was going to have to pay for my last class out of pocket which was very frustrating seeing as I was not working (I am a military spouse and we had just moved overseas) and I had a limited amount of time to find the funding for it. The individuals I communicated with in the financial department were friendly and they directed me to their scholarships, most of which are for students fulltime on campus and therefor useless to me. TIP: If you are going to file a dispute concerning money, do not expect it to come out in your favor. Even if they are in the wrong, expect a fight and a lot of back and forth. SNHU is nonprofit but they are greedy and will look to get and keep money from students any way they can. Be sure to look into what discounts they have and make sure they are applied because they will not tell you during the enrollment that they have any. They also charge $150 to petition to graduate which is ridiculous. The professors were hit and miss with how engaged and helpful they were but I overall felt that I was reading the materials and teaching myself. The professors were responsive and understanding for the most part if I was having trouble understanding an assignment or if personal issues came up. The final projects for the classes were very repetitive with only a few being truly fun and interesting. The absolute worse professor I had was during my final capstone class. The assignments were unclear and her feedback provided on the rubric was very condescending which made me feel even more disconnected from the course and made me apprehensive to communicate with her. I overall feel that all of the previous courses I took, at least concerning the assignments and final projects, did not prepare me for the final project in that course. Now that I am done it seems they have washed their hands of me. They have not assisted with career placement or resources and they have not questioned whether I want to go further with my education and resources regarding that. They got my money and that all they were concerned with. I cannot say to definitely attend or not attend this school but I can say proceed with caution. Get as much info as you can to get a feel for the school before you decide and if you start and find it is not for you, get out asap because you will not be able to withdraw and get your refund after the first week (which is really not an adequate amount of time).
Horrible school with crazy policies and poor student services support. I had 1 Professor that was obviously biased and graded to whatever standard she wished with no regard for the rubric. I complained to the school about the unfair grading procedures and they said they would have to review all my work for Plagiarism, I agreed and they still returned a verdict that sided with the biased and possibly racist professor. I quit immediately and will find another school with some more credibility. I am aware that liberalism is the majority of the thoughts in educational institutions but this school is over the top with leftist instructors that push those thoughts on their students and grade them poorly if they don't agree.
SNHU is quite possibly the worst school I have ever been involved with, they do not care, they do not work with any students. There are many other good schools, this isn't one of them. STAY AWAY!!! TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME. NO-VALUE FOR DEGREE. SCAM ALL THE WAY. I am hiring an attorney, this school is along the same lines as ITT!!
PLEASE FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE. Find a school that genuinely cares for their students and teachers. They will let you start school WITHOUT your funds being in place and will charge you out of pocket no matter how much you try to dispute it on their end. So not only are you out of a degree and going back to school, but if you have families and children they do not care if your children go without eating or a roof over their head as long as they get their money. I have gone to college before locally and the school was very personable to help you through every little process to make sure your funds are available BEFORE you start. They want to provide security on their end and the students, however SNHU DOES NOT WANT TO DO THAT. 3 weeks in for 2 classes you will approximately be charged 1,900 like I was. Please review a school before going to school and SNHU has a good number of student complaints about the financial aspect of SNHU.
The program was fun and I learned a good deal. Although, It did not feel like the most rigorous program out there. The career services have been a complete joke, though. Frequent unanswered emails and have had to repeat myself to counselors over and over again.
I have been at the school since April 2019. I have taken only 3 classes so far but at this point, its been a challenging school. I know some are saying this a diploma mill. If it is, I can't see it yet. So far the classes have been challenging, make you think, make you learn, make you apply. You have to put some time in to make a good grade. If you just jump in with no plan of action of how to organize your life and do the classes, it's going to be difficult (trust me, I am still figuring out a time management structure so I can balance life and school). If or when you do start, take a week or two or more to organize when you will be able to sit down, how many hours, which days, how much work you want to complete in those hours, what days do you want to do less work, or take a break for the week. You just can't show up. You will have to organize first, so the experience is effective. So far so good. What I have seen from the instructors so far is depending who you get, will depend on many factors. So far, out of the 3 classes, only one of them the instructions were hit or miss, so I had to re-read, read other documents, re-read, read again, (for like 30min-45min) to understand what was required. The one class instructions were not very clear. So if you have questions or issues, I recommend you ask the instructor around Sunday-Wed, not Thursday-Sunday so they can get back in time or you can chase down your admission counselor. That's my 3cents so far in my experience. After taking at least 5 more classes, I will update if anything changes. But so far I don't see a diploma mill. I see a teaching university that means something when you get out. Again, so far.