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As I've transferred around the country during my career I've attended 5 different colleges. In addition, as a person who retired young from a position as a Sr. hiring manager with a major multinational corporation, I got to know the quality of education for many colleges through the process of interviewing and hiring many hundreds of people. I can honestly say that SNHU is the worst college I've ever seen. In many courses there is basically no instruction provided other than reading assignments. Communication with instructors is by email or discussion board, taking days for a response making that response too late to help clarify inadequately articulated assignments by the due date. Instructors are often adjunct faculty that appears to "instruct" (and I use that word loosely) the courses as a side-line for extra income in addition to their day jobs. The course work is poorly designed and open to subjective interpretation, followed by a student assessment done with a cookie cutter approach. Although I got A's, I learned very little and finally dropped the school from my life, judging the quality of education there to be nearly worthless. As a Sr. hiring manager, I would not hire anyone who's resume indicated their primary education was from SNHU. I'm surprised the school maintains accreditation.
I originally went to an expensive non-profit-private brick and mortar school in Los Angeles County. After 5 semesters I was heavily in debt so I dropped out and joined the military to help pay for school. I wanted to find an online school so that I could continue to work full-time and have flexibility. I was very skeptical of getting a degree that was 100% online because of the horror stories that we all hear, so I did a lot of research and realized that it's the for-profit school that are the trouble makers. So I only applied to non-profit universities. I eventually got accepted to Park, Florida Tech, and Southern New Hampshire but I chose SNHU because their online program seemed to be the most innovative and the majority of my credits transferred. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The classes are more difficult than the first university that I attended and I have to put in a decent amount of work into each class. When I read the negative reviews, I am thinking that those are just negative people who wanted to get a degree with little work, which you won't get at SNHU. Luckily, I am retaining more information at SNHU than I did at my old expensive university so I know that my hard work is actually strengthening my skills. So I recommend that you put in the work, expect to spend about 12 hours a week working on each class that you take, and get the most that you can out of the program. SNHU online program is very innovative and it truly exceeded my expectations. Extra note, their advisors are top of the line!
There are many issues to beware of with this school. Most significantly, the curriculum. Assignments are often poorly designed and ambiguous, with poor clarification from the instructors who seem to mostly be part-time adjunct faculty. You spend a lot of time trying to decipher what the problem is asking for, then working on it (usually in a long English essay or paper), only to find out you interpreted it wrong cause it was worded wrong. I dropped the school over this. I can't afford to waste time on poorly developed coursework. It's the school's job to develop clear instruction, not my job to decipher their contorted articulation of the assignment. Also, going to this school feels like taking one long English writing class. Every week you have one to two writing assignments regardless of the course and it becomes very tedious. Thirdly, most of the text books they use are only for online, so you don't get to keep the books you pay for nd it's often a hassle getting access to your online books. I have a lot of industry experience and I felt I could teach all the courses I was taking, however it was unnecessarily a struggle because of the poor curriculum design and lack of instruction. Too many of the instructors are giving out vague instruction in writing and running through a checklist when grading assignments. As I've transferred around with my career, I've now attended 5 different colleges. I just wanted to finish up a Bachelors with SNHU. The subject matter is easy for me, but the school's methods made it cumbersome. I'll finish my degree elsewhere. I'm sorry I wasted my valuable time and money with this school.
I am pursuing my degree outside f the United States and I am currently 1 year into my education. Ive seen a lot of negative reviews here regarding financial aid. While I cannot touch that topic because I am paying for my education out of pocket (and I live/am from outside of the U.S.), I will leave my review on other aspects. I am 27 years old with a mortgage/family/ demanding job so going to a local on campus school would not have worked out for me. While I am paying for my classes myself, I hope to get a scholarship from my work this year , the cost of classes are not expensive in my opinion . If I did not have a house loan I would have been able to pay for school full time. Enrolling was straight forward and my enrollment officer was an extremely nice and outgoing person. Once enrolled I would say my advisor was not as interesting as the person who enrolled me. That is not to say she was bad, she just seemed to be doing an OK job. It does feel empty at times, but that is because I do not go out of my way to utilize SNHUs social applications. I got straight As in all my classes I took in 2017 and I will say that the work was not hard, but it was not necessarily a cake walk either. You really have to focus and allocate time towards your education. My professors were ok, I only had a semi-bad experience with one professor who took way too long to grade out work, which affected us doing the following module assignments. I had one amazing professor who was my English composition II teacher. Dr. M. She was very bubbly and extremely helpful with any questions I had. All in all I would SNHU is a very nice place to further your education online , just keep in mind that if you put crap effort in, you'll get crap grades in return.
Out of all of the online schools that I've researched/attended, SNHU was the worst. I originally received my Associates degree with the University of Phoenix, but wanted to find a cheaper alternative for completing my Bachelor's degree, and ultimately found my way to SNHU. After spending just one term with this institution, I immediately wondered how they are accredited. The instructors are quite possibly the most inadequate people I could think of to teach others, the online platform/course structures are egregiously poor quality and unorganized, and I felt as if my time was wasted from day one. The entire experience was quite frankly, appalling. Even after dropping all courses to finish my degree elsewhere, SNHU still charged me for a book that I didn't order in a class that I didn't take (but would have had I stayed on in the term). To this day, I am still dealing with their incompetence. Do yourself a favor and take a hard pass with this school. Even if you do make it through graduation, you will have done yourself a disservice by receiving such a low level of "education".
At first, I was happy with SNHU because everything seemed so easy and organized. I was able to buy books online instantly, takes classes, see my grades and see my academic plans. However, since starting my second term, I've had nothing but issues. The classes are beyond easy and now I understand why most University students call SNHU a joke. Weekly reading is 10-20 pages, substantially lower than typical textbook reading. The weekly tests are multiple choice and you can delete and retake as many times as you'd like. The next big grade is for weekly discussion board, which generally is a video to watch and discussion after. This discussion is loosely based on materials studied from the class. One of my biggest issues has been the Milestone projects and final projects. They are way too easy (junior high level) and can be completely by someone who has not even taken the course. Thus far, every course I have taken has ended in a Final Project regarding Personal Development and having nothing to do with the course itself. On top of all that, my Advisor is IMPOSSIBLE to get ahold of! I've had questions which I've emailed her about four times in two weeks and have not received a reply. Also, our new term starts in two weeks and my advisor has NOT registered me for ANY classes! When I changed majors she promised to send me my new program outline the very next day, it's now been three weeks. On top of that, for my degree I have to do Research Program internships (which I found out on my own and was never told by my advisor) if I want to go to Grad School, which was always part of my educational plan with SNHU. To apply for internships I have to have letters of recommendation from my Advisor and one Professor... all of my Professors and my Advisor have declined saying it's against policy and to offer to provide a letter from an employer. One of the worst things thus far is the impact SNHU will make on my future education. For Grad School, I have to take science courses with labs during my BS. How am I supposed to take labs when I go to SNHU online? I was informed by SNHU that if I attend their Grad Program I will not need the labs... so basically my education will not meet the requirements of other Universities, only SNHU. What a joke! So now I will have to transfer to another University because 1) I can't get any letters of recommendation 2) I'm really not learning anything 3) I will not meet the pre requisites for grad school with a degree from SNHU and finally 4) many Grad Schools will NOT accept students who obtained degrees online I understand that a SNHU degree says nothing about being online, the diploma just says SNHU BUT grad schools look at transcripts which clearly say ONLINE and make an SNHU degree worthless... in most cases of course.
I am still completing my online degree with Southern New Hampshire University. My experience has been fantastic so far. I am a thirty-something student who works 60-70 hours a week and SNHU is willing to work with that. To be honest, I have only taken advantage of that once so far but the offer has been made. Another reviewer said that they were confused as to how they are supposed to complete their assignments and that there is no intellectual curiosity built into this classes. I disagree entirely. First of all, they practically spell it out for what needs to be completed half of the time. That being said, however, if you want to get good grades, you get out of this program what you put into it. Do not expect to have your hand held the whole time; but if you ask for help, you will get it. Online schools can be difficult as far as I can tell. This is the only one I have attended so I cannot speak to other programs. What I will say, however, is that there are a wide range of learning tools. Do you learn by doing things? There's a section for that. Do you learn by reading? Obviously, there's a section for that. Do you learn by watching videos or listening to audio? There's a section for that too. It's up to you HOW you will retain the knowledge and IF you will retain the knowledge. My advisor checks in often--although I don't always get to speak to her. The financial aid office and registrar's office has been great. My professors are thorough--they check in if you don't log on within a certain timeframe. There are assignments due twice a week so the programs have structure, which was important to me. The online textbooks are reasonably priced and generally chock full of information. The classes, I feel, are reasonably priced. For one year, full time classes, you're paying $11k? $12k? For a private university? Yeah, to me, that is not bad at all. Overall, I have had a great experience at SNHU and I am considering continuing my education after I have completed my Bachelor's.
Very unhelpful staff with out of date technology,and poor course availability for online classes. I am surprised it meets the accreditation standards for colleges, At first glance it looks ok, but the reality is that it felt like a diploma mill or at best a school of low standards.
Overall I have had no issues with the school. I'm still attending and have maintained an A average. My advisors really do try to interact but I don't answer the phone cause I don't need assistance. The courses are expensive. 960 a course or 900 range. Overall the blackboard is easy to use. There are times when I try to get on the final day assignments are due and there are issues with the website. I've tried calling the helpdesk but I've never been able to get a hold of anyone. When it comes to assignment grades, especially those you need to know what you got for next week's assignments can be slow receiving. I think it's poor time management for a professor to wait till Thursday or Friday to give you grades.
SNHU is absolutely Horrific in regards to student advising, communication and support. Over and over again I tried communicating with my instructors to no avail. My professor made several project and grading mistakes that directly effected both my grade and my attitude. It was readily evident many online instructors are revenue driven and have lost sight of the necessity of individual student support. This is what education in America has come down to, a system where instructors are paid piece meal, promoted and rewarded primarily on the amount of revenue they make for SNHU, and the direct impact they make on students in regard to interaction and quality support.