Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews - Bachelor's in PsychologySee reviews of all programs at Southern New Hampshire University Online
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).
This University prides itself on helping less privileged students attain a degree, but falls very short on actually having nondiscriminatory behavior. SNHU did nothing when I was discriminated for my background by a professor, criticized constantly with overloaded feedback by the professor, antagonized weeks later by the same professor for previous shortcomings. There is no real support for students being discriminated, as the inexperienced "Academic Advisors" are truly 25-year-old empty-headed pampered children who have no business being in a position to "advise" adults who have never had support or privilege. In addition, it is very frustrating to hear these advisors laugh at you as your real world concerns go mocked. SNHU has a long way to go in applying social worker standards of equality, nondiscrimination, and sensitivity training with the vast difference in socioeconomic inequality and diverse backgrounds in the modern U.S. today.
I had a great experience with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) online. From the very start of the enrollment process with my academic advisors to the exceptional professors who taught my classes. When I had questions or need assistance, they were there the entire way. The only reason I transferred to a different University was because they did not have a Master program for my chosen field of study.
I feel they could have done a better job preparing me for the psychology feild and assisted in finding me a job within the field of psychology. Instead I was told to pursue a master's degree in hopes of it opening doors. However, I was left with a mountain of debt instead of getting into the psychology field upon graduating.
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.