Student & Graduate Reviews
M. - 7/15/2016
Degree: Communications (Public Relations)
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am a current undergrad student at SNHU in the communications program, I am a term shy of my Junior year and have been with SNHU since my freshman year. I had planned on waiting until I was done with my degree plan to post a review but with all of the reviews here that are making me scratch my head because I have no idea what they are talking about, I decided to post about halfway through. I am breaking this down into sections for the TLDR folks who are skimming for information. Affordability: You will be hard pressed to find a school that offers their entire program online cheaper. A community college program may but that does not award a BA/BS. Financial Aid: I have had no problems with financial aid. I submit my FASFA each year, they let me know when I am pulled for verification, I scan in the paperwork and wait for the award letter. I get a voucher each term for books for the next (which is paid out of my financial aid) and get any stipends deposited into my account on week 4 of each term. This has been a no BS like clockwork process. Curricula: I have seen many say that it is not challenging, or a degree mill. I completely disagree. The work is what you make of it. The courses are all predesigned and the instructors are bound by the rubrics, however, they will gladly post more information for the class to help them learn and if you still want more they are always available to pick their brains so to speak. There are milestones in every course, yes there are A LOT of papers to write. This can get old quick but if you utilize time management skills the workload is easy to handle (from the perspective of a full-time student). The school has various articulation agreements with local schools as well as a partnership in the OCICU that offers courses from a plethora of other institutes and fits right into the degree plan. Professors: I have had some duds yes. I have also have had a few that have been amazing and life changing. They are not paid very well, and many have other jobs. The best ones have made themselves available by phone/skype/email and even text. Again, most will go out of their way to help you learn, they want you to succeed. Advisors: My advisor has been very sweet, I really have had no problems when calling her for anything, but I am not the type of student that needs to be handheld through the registration process. Tech Support: I have had to call them twice, my only issue is that at the time (this may have changed by now) there were some problems with windows 10 and chrome. I havent had any problems in at least six months so this may have been fixed but my experience with them was nothing but professional and positive. Student Experience: There are a ton of clubs and support from peers in SHNUConnect (think Facebook on a private school only level) I do not visit there too often, but I have had positive experiences when I have. The Shapiro library, writing center, and tutoring is available for students around the clock. Overall: This is a great school if you can manage your time, do not need to be hand held and are self-motivated. I will agree with others that the school is lacking in lectures, several professors have expressed that they will gladly do it if the school would make it happen-SHNU if you are listening make it work! All in all, I am pleased with my decision to enroll in this school and am considering staying on for Grad."