Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews - Accounting

2.83 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
64% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 22 students said they would recommend this program to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
Martha Klein - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jo - 8/25/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Megan - 7/18/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2023
"I am currently a student at SNHU. This is only my 2nd term with them and I have had the best support from both my advisor and my instructors. I feel bad for whoever has had a horrible experience here, but I receive call backs same day from my advisor and my instructors have even provided me with their cell phone numbers for quicker response times. Yes, there is alot of reading and assignments but what else would you expect from an online school? Again this is only my 2nd term but I love it."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Nelson - 3/29/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have been an online student at SNHU since May of 2015. I am an accounting major in my junior year with a 3.98 GPA. I have received my AS in Accounting as of the end of February. I will say that my success has NOTHING to do with the help or teaching I have received from SNHU. That GPA is all me. At first, it was great. The instructors were engaging; the resources provided were excellent I was actually learning what I needed. Then, a little over a year ago, things started changing drastically. It is as if SNHU is now more concerned with their enrollment numbers then with the actual student success they so proudly advertise. I picked SNHU after months of intensive research on the online schools available, and I chose SNHU because they promoted the student and their success is our priority . This is NOT the case at all !!! Over the last year, I have noticed a huge decline in the quality of the adjuncts that SNHU employs they give little to no constructive feedback, and when asked to help with assignments it is look in your textbook get a tutor ( this is nearly impossible seeing as how there are like two peer tutors for the ENTIRE accounting program, not to mention they are only supposed to tutor the ACC201 & ACC202 class there are NONE for any of the upper-level accounting class AT ALL ) I cant help you blah blah. They give cookie cutter or copied and pasted replies if they actually make replies to discussion posts and give the same feedback on graded assignments. When a student voices their opinions or worries about a class or instructor it is always the same thing file a dispute well, that department 9 out of 10 times sides with the school and the teachers. This is an ACTUAL quote from a supervisor of the SNHU conduct team, and I will never forget it We will run this school the way we see fit. Here are some numbers just some food for thought in 2014 there were 32,000 online students . Now in 2019, there are over 100,000 !!! That is HUGE when you take into account the numbers rising, but the quality of the education and the resources provided to the online students has declined. In addition to all this, the quality of the actual course material is severely lacking. For example, I am currently taking ACC-331 Federal Taxation II, and the course material was dated back in 2014 YES, I said 2014!!! That is unacceptable, and when I ask about it (before I registered .. took paid the whopping $960 to take the class), I was told As you can imagine, there are lots of moving parts here, and the academics team tries to keep advisors updated as much as possible. We think you'll find the course to be still very relevant. Many instructors supplement the material with the newest tax information, but regardless, the course is designed to teach concepts, such as how to research, approach, and apply tax laws, regardless of how those laws may or may not change. This is a quote from the Dean of the online accounting program at SNHU. Now to me, this is very disconcerting because you're telling me the info I will be learning is still relevant to the current tax laws and code even though this material was dated back in 2014 ?!?! Come on how stupid do you think we are ?!?! Really ?? This is a Federal TAXATION class over corporate taxation !!! This is SNHU mission statement: Southern New Hampshire University transforms the lives of learners. Our success is defined by our learners' success. By relentlessly challenging the status quo and providing the best support in higher education, Southern New Hampshire University expands access to education by creating high quality, affordable and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of each and every learner. - https://www.snhu.edu/about-us This term will be my last here at SNHU. I will be transferring to another college that hopefully will help prepare me to further my career. The lack of respect, teaching, and attention to students concerns at SNHU is unacceptable to me. There is zero instructor support, and zero help from anyone in the upper management positions. SNHU is not about the student success all they care about is the enrollment numbers as my numbers above have shown. In 2011, President told the NY Times, Undeniably, the for-profits have a lot to teach us about improved service to students. I can not be a part of a school that does not practice what it preaches. If SNHU does not do something and quick the degrees they hand out each year will not be worth more than the paper they are written on. They will become just another diploma mill or for-profit college that President views as inherently evil. I will share these fascinating article I found just recently. Yes, one was written in 2014, but it shows you what people were saying then was going to happen, and it is happening now. SNHU needs to open their eyes and fix this before it is too late to repair the damage to our (the students) lives. "
5.0 out of 5 stars
J.B.Tucker - 1/8/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"As I have reviewed many comments regarding students experience at SNHU, I wanted to provide my experience during the past 3 years. SNHU is a school in which if you dont put in the effort to do the work, then you dont have any reason being in school. I found the school to be very challenging and I learned a lot over the past three years. Most of the teacher I had in both the accounting and taxation part of the program were very good. I only had an issue with one professor, with whom developed the taxation program. But after understanding his teaching style and what he expected from the students, I was able to successful complete both of his classes with a B+ in one and an A- in the other. Hence, I wanted to complete my program with a 4.0, at the end of the day, once I received my diploma in the mail, my overall GPA wasnt reflected on it (3.902) From an administration standpoint, I found my advisors and the school to be very helpful over the past 3 years. I was able to talk to my advisor anytime I needed to. When taking online classes, you must put in the effort and time to get the work done. Over the three years, I created over 720 documents for all my classes. I finished my program on December 9, 2018 and by doing so, I am now eligible to sit for the C.P.A. exam, in which I plan to take in the Spring of 2019. The school offers a lot of services, the programs are challenging and if you put in the work it can be very rewarding. My goal with to get my MS in Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation and be able to sit for the C.P.A. exam. I have reached my goal and look forward to using what I learned at SNHU in my career."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Alicia Nielsen - 9/19/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"SNHU advisors set you up for failure. The advisors and the school do not inform of you deadlines, requirements and expectations. The advisors go out of their way to prevent you from enrolling in classes. Advisor refuses to help students even after an issue he casued. I have had to put in requests for new advisors, to be talk to their supervisors and still do not get the help needed to be able to complete my degree. I am only 2-3 classes away from completing a Masters degree and SNHU is actively preventing me from finishing my degree. I have had to file an official complaint against my advisor. If SNHU does not respond to my complaint and am not allowed to finish my degree I will file a complaint against the school for discrimination and if needed hire a lawyer. My goals and career is too important to allow SNHU and an advisor with a chip on his shoulder to discriminate against me."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Ashley - 5/1/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had mixed feelings starting a program online to turn my associates into a Bachelor's degree, I saw negative reviews and was very nervous starting at this school and doing is online. The courses are challenging and of course some professors are hard to grasp, but it is beneficial to reach out to classmates, advisors and other resources to complete work. reading everything about the class, webinars are very helpful and 90% of my experience with teachers (even the small few I did not enjoy) all communicated back and all had attentive dialogue. Some people are not cut out for online learning and need the in-classroom scene, i discovered I could complete work after everyone was in bed and being able to do the work on my own time since I work full time. Anyone in their later years should talk to an advisor if they are thinking of coming back to school, I'm glad I waited until I was 30 to decide my degree path instead of jumping into a different degree I would have no use for. Financial aide was a little bit of a headache so I recommend you understand all paperwork that needs completed so your funding isn't changed mid way. Financial services are helpful. The learning communities are also helpful , I did accounting and the accounting community gave great help with tutoring."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed - 3/12/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am writing this review because potential students need to be informed. I thought I found the perfect school to obtain my Master's in Accounting with Auditing. However, my issue isn't about that, my issue is about the evaluation of prerequisite courses. According to the program, if you have an undergraduate degree in Accounting, courses already taken will be waived. However, what they don't tell you is that these courses, especially the Individual Income Tax course, has to be taken within two years. Fellow students, this is rigged to force everyone to take this Income tax course again. They do not mention this in the program. I tried to dispute it but the mediator was one of their own and not neutral. So be wary. Unless you enjoy wasting money on classes you have already taken and plan on Mastering in Tax Accounting, tuition being cheaper may not be as cheap as it looks when you have to retake classes, because of their policy."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rosa Agosto - 8/1/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015
"SNHU Online is a great program for people like me that have already started their career and want to finish their degree but it's difficult to take classes in campus due to all of life's demands such as work, family and church. I would definitely recommend the program, one day after I finished I had already found a position within my filed of study."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Accountant 1 - 6/24/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"So I've seen quite a few mixed reviews regarding SNHU and thought I would post some personal insight based on my own experiences. I currently work as an accountant for one of the top five companies in San Diego and completed my first bachelor's degree from a top tier university in the midwest. While I did not go to school for accounting, through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck I was promoted into the financial field. Since I didn't go to school for accounting and am preparing to sit for the C.P.A exam it goes without saying that I do not meet the requirements despite having in-field experience. With a full time job, a son, and a family, returning to a traditional brick and mortar school for night class wasn't one that particularly fit my schedule-so I decided to enroll in SNHU online (yes, SNHU's accounting credits are accepted by the California Board of Accountancy). If you're attempting to try and hold SNHU to the same caliber as schools such as UCLA, IU, or many other top state schools, it goes without saying that SNHU isn't in the league of best of the best-but that doesn't mean it's a BAD school. While the classes aren't as difficult as those of my first bachelor's, there is still a great degree of learning potential if you WANT to learn. As with any employer, having a degree with an A average doesn't necessarily ensure job security. In regards to many of the complaints I have seen regarding the University, I have to disagree with a few. Highlighted below: Administrative: Have had little to no issue with scheduling classes and communicating with advisors. I spent some time before orientation figuring out how to navigate blackboard and found little to no issues. Of course, it does take some time and effort to figure out (although not much), but if you didn't wait until the night before class to start you shouldn't have a problem. As far as teacher response time? No teacher I have ever had responds right away. But, if you plan ahead of time, you usually get a response. I can't speak for anyone else, but there isn't a lot of hand-holding involved. The class procedures and technologies are relatively straightforward...so I'm slightly confused as to why there is so much disdain regarding the subject. Quality of education: Don't expect the same type of curriculum as a traditional four year college. You are in charge of teaching yourself and are responsible for your own time management. Yes, you'll do fine if you skim the material and put some effort into the assignments, but it won't help your career. If you don't actually learn and retain the information pertinent to your career, your degree is somewhat worthless rather than for nailing that first interview. Do well, intern, volunteer, set yourself apart from your peers and you'll be fine. There are many employers who screen for a bachelor's degree before even viewing a resume...if anything the degree will get you past step one. When it comes down to it-use your head. If you feel you are being taken advantage of, figure out why. Make sure your degree will allow you to perform in your desired career. Make sure you will receive the kind of education you need before continuation. Double check if the school is right for you. For some, SNHU may not be the best choice. For others, it may be great. At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for making your own decisions. Figure out if SNHU will give you what you need and allow you to go where you need to go. I need to meet the requirements to sit for the C.P.A exam. SNHU satisfies that requirement. Do your research before making decisions that may cost thousands of dollars (particularly if you are considering graduate school!). Best of luck to all. Oh, and try to only take out subsidized loans if you can. You aren't charged interest accrual until you graduate;)"
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