Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews - Bachelor's in Environmental ScienceSee reviews of all programs at Southern New Hampshire University Online
My only issue is right now with the labs given for Environmental Science degrees. The kit used has materials which need to be washed, saved, etc, and the time it takes to do the experiment is not accurate from reading the instructions given. I just want to give a heads up to anyone taking lab courses online, which you have to do at home, to plan ahead like way ahead and plan to reuse all of the materials. I am barely keeping up and I thought I planned ahead and I had the heads up from other people. I am also going to contact my advisor to tell the school they need to make students aware before they begin.
I'm in my third year at SNHU Online; and I've mostly had a positive experience. The curriculum varies quite a bit - as does the effort from instructors and classmates. Overall, I've had mostly competent instructors who did not use the "copy and paste" method when giving feedback. Make no mistake, this will not give you the same education you'd get in a brick and mortar school. The interaction with instructors and classmates are completely different. I do, however, enjoy it quite a bit because I find that I learn more with the online format. Theres less pressure and discussions can be easily researched in order to show competency. Like previous reviewers said, what you learn is what you put into it. I tend to go a bit further by reading more literature and watching instructional videos in order to have a better understanding of what Im studying. Most courses are moderately challenging with some level 100 courses being very easy. Labs, on the other hand, are a nightmare! SNHU really needs to figure this out. I took a biology lab that was rough. Its not that I didnt understand the concepts, its just that the experiments were poorly explained and never really turned out the way they should have. Some materials were limited (only have a few tries to get it right) or missing. Its not like a real lab where you have an instructor to walk you through the steps. Regardless, all of the other courses that I took were fine and didn't create the amount of stress that Bio did. You have a lot of freedom with SNHU Online You can cruise through and have a 3.0 GPA, but you probably wont learn much; or you can put in the effort and actually learn a decent amount more so than you might learn at a brick and mortar.
I entered for this scholarship because I do plan on following up my Bachelor's Degree with a Master's. So far, Southern New Hampshire University is fantastic and more than I expected out of college. I have multiple post secondary school experiences with two technical diplomas and 2 years of college right out of high school and SNHU so far is the best college experience of them all. The professors answer you in a timely manner. They have too, its in their policy. They're also very helpful. The courses are difficult and challenging, but not to the point where it feels impossible. The workload is perfect. It's not too little to where you feel like you're not really getting an education and its not so much that you feel overwhelmed. They also transferred about 50 of my previous credits, making me feel like my previous schooling wasn't a complete waste of time and student loan money. I will have my degree in less than two years and I'm very excited about that. Lastly, I want to praise the student adviser staff. My student adviser calls me a few times each term to check up on me and ask me how I'm doing and how I'm feeling about the courses I'm in. I've never experienced that level of care at any previous institution. SNHU really makes you feel like they care about you as a student and about your success. Going to school here was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Not sure how I feel about SNHU. Getting a degree in Geoscience and SNHU was one of only a couple schools that offered it on line. Just finishing my second online term and I'm a little concerned about the quality of the education. I am also concerned about reputation, how is SNHU viewed by employers, private and government. A bunch of the negative comments have been about dealing with advisors and financial aid; so far I have employer assistance so not concerned with that. My issue is the classes seem a little ineffective so far. My first class was statistics which seemed fairly difficult as several classmates were taking for a second time. I can see how if you do not have a good foundation in mathematics the class would be almost impossible as it is basically a self study. I am naturally good at math so I was able to cruise through (did take some time and effort I will admit) by simply placing the right numbers in the right formulas. If you didn't understand math you were screwed! I didn't learn much of anything, but was able to complete the problems and earn an A with almost 100% (not sure that's a good thing). My second class is English composition, it is basically a joke. Some busy work requires time commitment but as far as learning and really being challenged, not so much. I'm a professional with an associates(+ many random classes/credits) and can write a decent paper, I'm not looking for a degree mill, but this class has me concerned that's what I've gotten into. The class is super basic, even a high school grad with basic writing skills should be more advanced than this. I also have almost 100%. I'm not looking to get an easy degree, I'd rather get B's and a good education with being challenged than just a piece of paper with a B.S. and a 3.8-4.0. I have only seen one other review with Geoscience degree. I am hoping once I get into my major's curriculum I will find it more challenging and rewarding. So far not that impressed but if you just want a degree because you need one for promotion or advancement this may be great, if you are looking to change careers and hoping for new employment?????? Not sure yet. I'll update in a class or two and might decide to transfer out. I did quite a bit of research prior to enrolling, but I can't find reputation by anybody except students. I'd like to know how employer view SNHU.
I have been enrolled at SNHU for about a year now, so I think it's safe to provide a little feedback as to what this educational institution offers. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geoscience with a concentration in Natural Resources & Conservation. Let me say--first a foremost--that you get from your education what you put into it. Be it online or traditionally. Naturally, if you refuse to apply the efforts necessary to earn a satisfactory grade in spite of all the resources provided to you, your education isn't failing you, you are failing it. Plain and simple. With that being said, I will now break down each section of my experience at SNHU to help keep this review as organized as possible. ADVISERS: My advisers have been extremely helpful and supportive in my academics at SNHU. They have put forth maximum effort to ensure that I not only am enrolled in courses several terms out, but that these courses are complementary to my degree. The first adviser I had was during the first few months after enrolling. After that, I was immediately assigned to my permanent adviser who is specialized in my field of study. Email responses are prompt, usually no more than 24 hours passes before I hear back from my adviser and they constantly contact me via phone and email to make sure I am doing well. Good area all around. INSTRUCTORS: This is where things can be a bit rocky. While I have had excellent experiences with nearly ALL of my instructors, I did have a bad one with my English instructor. I did not, however, allow her to interfere with my passing the course. Once it was completed, she was reported. Other than her, all of my instructors have been very nice, very helpful, prompt response to emails, providing MANY resources to help you succeed in the course, heavy engagement in discussions, and the list goes on. These are not "fake" instructors as some would assert, but rather, hold degree in the field of study for which they teach. Currently, my Philosophy instructor has a PhD in Religious Studies and a few others, and also has written numerous books on her field of expertise. So these instructors ARE skilled in what they teach, contrary to popular opinion. There is a tab within your blackboard which gives a full biography of your instructor--from their hobbies to their degrees. The coursework can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are taking more than one course like I am. It is very heavy writing, but you can understand that given that this is done online. A lot of research, essays, PowerPoint presentations, etc., but with the convenience of not having to sit in a traditional classroom, and you're able to work at your own pace. Again, you get out what you put in. I currently have a 3.8 GPA and have made Dean's List for Summer and President's List for Fall. I also bust my arse. FINANCIAL AID: I had one issue and that was it. The issue was them needing me to send a copy of my I.D. and a notarized signature proving that I am who I say I am. Weird? Yes. A hassle? Yes. You can not scan it in, you have to pay a fee to mail in the original notarized document. Not sure if I have to do this every time I re-apply for financial aid, but this was the only challenge I had. Everything else fell into place soon after and I receive my stipend when stated by the office and for the amount stated. Tuition is paid and books are covered. No fuss, no muss. I have heard numerous horror stories of financial aid issues with students, but I have yet to experience this myself. So, I think I covered the major areas of concern for most people considering this educational institution. Do not be discouraged by the bad reviews. Every educational institution you come across will always have those who had a terrible experience, but their outcomes are not your fate. Always do your research and visit every schools website. Ask questions, read reviews, check their Facebook, Twitter, and don't settle. You are in charge of your educational future, so make sure you put in what you expect to get out of it.
This school will steal your money, force you to pay out of pocket or rely on loans because YOUR grants are unavailable or held by another school, excuse after excuse. And they cannot seem to keep to their promised Veteran pricing that they offered my wife or sister. I promise you will regret dealing with these thieves. It will blow your mind the amount of unprofessional representatives will lie about your problems. Do Not take their words at face value.
This school is a mess!!! It has been a headache since day one. First they kept giving me the wrong tuition rate. I qualified for active duty tuition and had to fix it twice. The financial aid office is even wrose! They were always telling me different storys on why my award amount was being changed and so much more. The teachers would take weeks to grade your paper or message you back. It is just a complete waste of time and money!
Living in a rural area and being currently unable to uproot my life to be a traditional student, I was looking at online options. I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of programs SNHU offers, including degrees not normally considered to be available online. I am taking classes part-time which allows me to still be able to work full-time and have a life. SNHU also accepted all of my transfer credits (I have an A.S. degree and credits from 3 prior schools.) Tuition is reasonable and there are no hidden costs. I've seen some other reviewers criticize the 8-week term structure, but I experienced that at another school I attended (also a private, non-profit school). You can still learn plenty in 8 weeks, but it can be intense. Over the course of a year, you still take the same number of classes/credits you would under a traditional 2-semester schedule. The instructors I've had so far have been great, all having master's or Ph.D's in the areas they are teaching and they are ready and willing to help students, you just need to ask.