Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews - Bachelor's in PsychologySee reviews of all programs at Southern New Hampshire University Online
I have honestly had a great experience while attending SNHU online. My academic advisor has kept open lines of communication with me. My instructors were always responsive and helpful when I needed them. When registering for class my advisor would register me about six classes in advance to ensure that they were covered. If an issue did arise I always knew in advance and had time to fix it so I am not sure why others were left with outstanding balances. The coursework is a lot of reading and completing research papers. I understand that online is not for everyone however it worked very well for me. Any time that I did not do as well as I should in a class I knew it was because of me and my lack of effort. Not because of the coursework or the instructors. I think the instructors and advisors are very responsive and helpful. I am glad that I have chosen this school and feel bad for other who attended the school and didn't get the same experience. I would 100% recommend the school to someone who is a self starter and has the ability to be a self learner. The lines of communication works both ways I would just advise anyone interested in attending the school to ensure that they are communicating with the advisors and instructors in a timely manner because it really does make a difference in your experience.
I have had no problems with this school. I am in my second year so far and as far as most colleges go, My experience has been great. Its just like any other school. This means you have to do the work and put forth the effort or you wont get a good experience. This isnt my first school and just about any other school Ive attended, this one is no different. If you actually care and stay on top of the work, you shouldnt have problems. I think people expect a handout when they see commercials advertising for their school and have the idea that if they pick that school, it will be a picnic in the park when they attend. Well commercials may make it seem that way, but thats not how it works. Look up LIFE. My advisors have been great and check up on me to see how Im doing and give me advice on things. My instructors are well educated and have also made sure the class understands our material and provides us help when needed. Theres also other resources that help you out on your work too such as the writing center. Also I forgot to mention that this school is nonprofit and regionally accredited. With the problems with accreditation and for profit colleges screwing students out here, This makes me feel confident knowing that there will be an employer out there to accept my degree and if I were to keep furthering my education after I finish there will be plenty of options as to what school will accept my degree and credits. And as for SNHU helping you look for a job, the career services provide you with a lot of resources. I also keep seeing webinars for job searching and job fairs posted. They DO care. What some people seem to not understand is that just like while you attended classes, YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK. The career services department wont attend interviews for you or get you a job. And anyone whos attended college knows that when you get the degree, they dont hand you a job to go with it the piece of paper that says Bachelor Of Science in So and So Major. My cousin went to a brick and mortar state university in our state and it took him a year to secure a job with his Masters Degree. My stepsister too had to keep applying for her job before she got it and she got her Masters from the same school. This is the real world. If you want the degree, work for it. If you have an issue with financial aid, take care of it. If you have graduated and want a job, work on your resume and apply for the job. At the end of the day its all up to you.
SNHU is a great school. Out of every school that I looked into, it was the best when it came to time and my schedule. It is an accredited school, and there are challenges like any other college. The advisors are professional and usually respond to emails within two days ( the latest ). If you would like to speak to your advisor, you can make an appointment or call during their scheduled hours. My favorite thing about SNHU is that discussions are due on Thursday by midnight ( class discussions ) and assignments are all due by Sunday at midnight, this allows me to maintain a full time job. Going to SNHU online is convenient and challenging at the same time. Not to mention I can take courses on campus any semester I want. The psychology program is awesome! I had a really hard time with the biology class, but my professor went out of his way to make sure I did not fail. All of my professors have been attentive to the subjects and have explained any questions that I have had. The financial aid office explains and walks every student through every step, the only problem I have had is getting a hold of them on busy days. I recommend making an appointment with the financial aid department in advance. I definitely feel inspired to finish my degree and pursue my master's at SNHU. I recommend SNHU to anyone who wants to go to a respected accredited university that will not leave you in debt that takes 10+ years to pay off. Going to SNHU is one of the best decisions I have made since graduating high school. I have potential employers who are wiling to meet with me once I get my degree. I worked for a lawyer for four years and she looked into SNHU and was extremely proud of where I was going to school. With that being said, SNHU definitely gets a 4 star from me.
All of my instructors have been very professional and inspiring, I am so thankful for that. The SNHU student advisors and career advisors are among the best selcted people in their profession. I have received so much professional help I have not even expected to come, they go above and beyoung to make sure that you recieve the kind of support that moves you forward. I find all of my course work helpful in my work with children and my person so life. I am very thankful for the positive experience that I had as a student in earning my BA in Psychology.
While I think that education has generally declined in the United States overall, there still seem to be pockets of resistance in the fight to keep liberal or general education meaningful and credible. And while previous achievements in education, along with credit earned through military experience required that I only spend one year at SNHU to attain my BA, I consider the school one of the aforementioned pockets. From the first day of my online classes with SNHU, the instructors drummed a particular idea into students' heads, that is, the idea that one should endeavor to know as much as one can about as much as possible, and not just about one's chosen specialiy. This idea was held up as a cornerstone of undergraduate education at SNHU. As a person in my 50s, who went through school when education was taken much more seriously in America, I think I know the differences. Additionally, since I have two daughters graduating college (U of Central Florida and Old Dominion University) next year, the appropriate comparisons of our educational experiences were constantly made in various areas of study. Despite the fact that UCF is considered a good school and ODU a great one, my SNHU (online) education held its own at every turn. So while I've read reviews here critiquing all manner of things at SNHU, from low grades, to lazy counselors, and inexperienced instructors, my experience was exactly 180 degrees "out of phase" with these conclusions. First, I conducted myself at SNHU as I always have in all educational endeavors (in HS and in the military), that is, studiously and very conscientiously. As a matter of fact, when my girls offered that we start a 4.0 challenge, I explained that not only did I have an advantage in age, wisdom, and experience, but that being a person who went to schools in America in the 70's and 80's, my approach to learning was going naturally be more serious than they've ever been expected or required to be. This was borne out in the fact that not only did I receive grades superior to those of my daughters, which might not be a great measuring stick because we were at three different schools, but my grades (when I could tell), and work products were far superior to my younger classmates (when I could tell with reasonable certainty, since other's grades are not always within another student's purview, while many work products were). Lastly, I found my counselor hardworking and attentive, my instructors knowledgeable and understanding (my mother passed away during my second term, and all possible consideration was afforded me, and I was able to stay on track), and most important, my experience was positive to the degree that I am seriously considering pursuing a master's degree in psychological counseling with SNHU. PS - I completed my year at SNHU with all A's and a 4.0 GPA. And while I think the curriculum was reasonably challenging for me, it was much more challenging to younger students who never developed the kind of school work ethic and the fear of shame associated with failure, that is a vital part of my general and educational upbringing. That is, I was a student before the days of social promotion and the attitude of "I'm ok and you ok, and yes Martha, failure IS an option!"
Hello everyone. I am currently an online student at SNHU, I felt like I hit the jackpot when first enrolling, it was pretty good the instructors were very attentive especially MS Kate but once reaching my fourth semester I notice the antentive instructors gone down hill. Beginning with instructor Denise A. (head for the hills if you see she's your instructor) She wasn't clear with her assignments to the point that she displayed that she didn't fully understand her lesson plans. While knowing that, other students & I were confused I've reached out to her via email & she provided no help at all I was left to figure it out on my own although she always say "if you have any questions never hesitate to ask for help" there is no way you should end a semester without learning anything & remaining confused. My following semester my new instructor started out good but ended poorly. She expected us as the students to have answers to stuff that was never taught & would take a great deal of explaining from something she gets paid to do which is teaching! I feel that honestly now that I am deep into my courses the quality of teaching from these instructors are not as good as when first enrolling the dedication is dead. They rather just fail you opposing to trying harder to make us students understand what needs to be done after all it is their job. I will not say all the instructors are like the ones I am writing about because different courses, different instructors but so far the ones I've encountered leaves a bad impression.
I am very glad I chose to attend Southern New Hampshire University. The cost was very affordable compared to other undergraduate schools and the quality of my education was outstanding. There were hundreds of courses to choose from that were all very interesting. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a large variety of courses to choose from along with a flexible online schedule.
Good news: YOU CAN DO IT. I was able to finish my bachelor's while traveling back and forth between two states (I already had a couple years of school under my belt before I started with SNHU, thank God). For this, an online school was a 'must'. I only about a year and a half of classes here, at first I found the classes to be interesting, and that's good. But the closer I came to finishing, the more tedious the classes got. My advise: When taking online classes, say little or nothing at all about yourself. Don't use your own picture for an avatar, choose something benign like a picture of a sunset, or leave it blank. Bad news: The format for every class is the same. It gets tedious. Even some of the classes during the last year of Psychology are the same, too. It's like statistics I over and over, but with a different course name. The final "capstone" class was IDENTICAL to the previous two research classes in every way, although the prof stated that it was "completely different and graded different". Nope, it was the exact same class, to the bitter, bitter end. Thanks for making me take 3 identical research classes, ugh. Oh, and about those stupid research classes, it boils down to reading other research articles, and re-writing them in your own words. Tedious, dull, lots of re-writing other's works, boring. Yawn. All of the profs online were adjunct, some of them were good, and some of them had some serious head issues. One prof didn't even grade any of my assignments until AFTER the drop date deadline was passed, and of course she had graded me on "how she felt" and "what she thought". The profs hide behind "The Rubric" like it is some sort of be-all end-all for grading assignments, although each prof reads into the rubric what they will. The classes are DARNED expensive, so when I had to drop a class because I wasn't about to let some nut-job ruin my GPA, I paid dearly. After the first week of the 8-week semester is up, you can't drop and get any money back. I'd like to contrast this with my current online situation now that I'm working on my master's at another university; they are 5-week semesters, and I can drop and get my money back 3 weeks into the semester. What's SNHU's problem? Greed, apparently. I petitioned my dropping of the class, trying to get my money back, stating that it was clearly bias that the prof had against me; you don't simply have a 4.0 GPA and get a 62 on an assignment because of your profs "feelings". SNHU "did an investigation" and found no wrongdoing on the prof's behalf, of course, and kept my $2,000. I retook the class, with an almost as bad prof as the first one. Be darned sure not to have a picture of yourself or tell anyone anything about yourself, like your a veteran, lest you also be a target of bias from your screaming liberal 20-something year old female adjunct profs who feel it is their job to attack every little thing you say online, even though you are not discussing anything political. Also, SNHU had taken all my classes from 5 other universities, and almost made me take an extra class for ONE hour of credit that I was lacking. I pointed out that they accepted a 1.5 hour lab into my audit, leaving out SEVERAL 3 hour classes that would have fulfilled that spot. It took two weeks of phone calls and prodding for them to fix it. (I actually had 6 classes "too many" for my bachelor's, as SNHU requires a certain amount of in-house hours to complete a bachelor's there. All colleges are that way, though). Books that SNHU uses are expensive, but that is usually the same at other schools, too. However, contrast the SNHU book costs to my current master's program from my in-state school - I paid $24 for two books, delivered to my door with two-day shipping. NICE! SNHU could use some improvement. You'll probably read elsewhere that they are a "non-profit school that acts like a profit school" and its true. They actually act very greedy and don't seem to care about quality profs, just putting you through the old meat grinder.
I enrolled at SNHU because I'd heard so many things so I was very disappointed within the first year of my taking classes there. The curriculum is fine but the classes are usually lacking in the fact that they run much like a factory line: get assignment, complete it, get grade, so on and so forth. Maybe some learn better this way but it was just uninteresting to me. The instructors were always kind and most were helpful as well. This wasn't my biggest problem with the school but I feel others should understand it's lackluster courses. My biggest issue with SNHU is that the school itself, especially the financial department, lacks any type of integrity or work ethic. I have been having problems with a financial aid issue/balance and although I have all communications and very valid and easy to see proof that the Student Financial Services department did not do their job, leaving me with a $960.00 balance, they refuse to even look into the problem with honesty and prefer to blame their shortcomings on me and refuse to release my transcripts. I have even told them that I would be willing to compromise, even though the balance is through fault of their institution, and agree on a payment plan so long as I can receive my transcripts. I also even paid for the materials I needed out of pocket even though they would have been covered by my financial aid as well, just to ease the problem and start coming to a solution. They simply refuse. Correspondence from the school, especially the Finance and Appeals departments is excruciatingly slow and vague and it is difficult to get a straight answer or any honesty or respectability from anyone there. Do not expect to have any issues resolved unless you are willing to do their job for them and, unfortunately, file complaints and claims. This school completely lacks integrity. Although I can't rate them as a degree mill, they are hardly any better. They do not care about their students, only every little bit of money they can squeeze out of each one. I would be willing to change my point of view on this, were they to even attempt to show any genuineness or at least compromise on this issue but it does not seem to be of importance to them. Until then, it really just seems as though you are only a number at SNHU. The school does not care about your education, only their profits at whatever stakes they can gain them.
I had an amazing experience with this university! The instructors were top notch, and the financial aid staff and my adviser were amazing. I was very challenged by the classes, and how organized the curriculum was. It was difficult, and at times I thought I might not get through it, but my adviser was always there to vent to, and assist with questions or concerns.