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I was a transfer student and finished my bachelor's degree at SNHU. I completed 60 credit hours at a local community college and I needed to find an affordable school that was 100% online where I could finish my degree. I found what I was looking for at SNHU. In my experience, I have nothing but good things to say about SNHU. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and the instructors are very smart people. Honestly, I was a little hesitant about this school at first. But after a few classes I quickly realized the people teaching the courses at this school are very well educated individuals. In addition, this school also has very smart students. I learned a lot from the instructors, the course materials, and my classmates. I honestly don't believe I would've gotten a better education if I had went to a traditional brick and mortar college. Let's face it, traditional college is fading away. Consumers thrive to find ways to reduce opportunity cost. I view SNHU as the Amazon.com of college education. SNHU was one of the first schools to realize online education is the waive of the future. In my opinion, SNHU has done a great job innovating education. And I'm looking forward to seeing online education help those in need who don't have access or the ability to go to a brick and mortar college (e.g. students in third world countries and political refugees). Anyways, I'm a self learner and prefer teaching myself and studying alone. If you are able to motivate and teach yourself, SNHU is the right school for you. I would spend 25-30 hours a week on homework. I would read the book, do a lot of research on essays, and give 100% effort on every assignment. School is what you make of it, and if you are able to give 100% effort, this school will give you the resources and help to give yourself a wonderful education.
This university does not help students get professional jobs . They have done one job fair in 2016 , but it was not so effective because most of the companies who were hiring are not career jobs . SNHU does not have enough resources to help student get a job after they graduate . They will only have a career advisor who will help build up your resume and give you some ideas on how to do well in interviews , but its still not enough . Most of the local colleges in my town will help students find a job once they graduate by having at least 6 job fairs every semester and also the university networked with bigger and better companies to help students find a job compare to SNHU . Whenever I apply for a job and they see SNHU on my resume they think its a complete joke . Now I'm stuck paying student loan from a university where I receive a little to none growth within my career and also education .If I were you , go to a local / public university because they have many resources to help elevate students once you finish school compare to a private university . It may take longer to finish at an local university , but it will be worth waiting for . Please , avoid making the same mistake I made by not continuing your education at this university . This is a profit school who only cares about making money and care less about helping students succeed .
I can only speak about my experiences and general assumptions through my time at SNHU. From the moment you request information from them, they'll call you a lot. The admissions advisor was able to answer my questions and provide all the required documents I needed to enroll. I'm using my GI Bill to pay for my classes, so I didn't have to deal with financial aid. The GI Bill portion was quick and painless. I have found the classes to be quite easy. I did well for two years at a community college before attending SNHU, but I definitely had to work harder. The classes follow rubrics that I found to be easily understandable. If your projects are completed by following the rubrics, then you will receive high grades. If you complete all the assignments, even with some poor grades, then you will pass the classes. Something I wanted to note is that the online instructors aren't there to teach the material. They guide the classes through the rubrics and grade assignments based off the rubrics. If you require someone to actually teach you the material, you will probably not be successful at SNHU online. I also found the late policy to be extremely forgiving for students. Through my personal experience, I've found that they want their students to succeed and will help in any way they can. My only problem with SNHU is how their degrees are perceived by employers.
Because of different life events, I have been with SNHU on off since about 2013. When I first joined the school the teachers were amazing! They responded to the email within a day, interacted with every student on discussion posts and would hold webinars to help students with finals and other milestones. Over the years I have sadly watched as the quality of teacher and courses erode. The instructors rarely respond to discussion posts or emails anymore, usually have to get my academic advisor involved. When they do respond they are usually passive aggressive with their responses and make you feel like you are bothering them. My last class was a technologies of the future course and it was taught by a teacher who had a masters in English and coded in HTML as a hobby. Didn't know anything about technology and couldn't explain anything.
Administration is terrible. They had to confirm and verify my identity, and that I understood. Then there was a secondary confirmation. Then they kept denying notarized forms. The best excuse I heard was the form is filled out in two different inks. Did you pay attention to the pen your notary used? I thought WOW
The first year of my college experience was absolutely great, but that is where it stopped. When the review of my FASFA grant became due it took 3 months of multiple emails, and and updated website on their end for me to accomplish. Now my bills are due and I am no longer able to take classes until they are paid in full. So done with this college!
This program is more costly than an in person program, by more than twice as much, and does not have the overhead that the in person program does. From my experience, it is a for-profit degree mill, though it states otherwise. Once you put in interest, your phone will start ringing off the hook immediately. If you don't answer, it will constantly ring every day for as long as you allow it. But what get me is, I was in a Master's program and attended in person at University of New Orleans. I found it to be a far more quality experience with far more resources, information, and support to help you succeed in the field. Plus, taking up class space and using their resources costs far more than what an online program should, since it has pretty much no overhead. They only pay the instructors $2000 per ten week course and it's set up in a same, efficient McDonald's type fashion as every other course. We as students are doing everything on our own with not near the support or resources as an in-person program. However, it costs more than twice as much as the in-person program. And has done nothing to help me advance in the field.
I have been attending this school for a couple months and so far I enjoy the school and the online atmosphere. I'm surprised to see negative reviews on counselors. My counselor has been extremely helpful and already has my classes lined up for the remainder of my time here. I am a transfer student and I really appreciated the amount of courses they accepted. The school is extremely affordable which helps military families like me. I like the structure of the online courses. It helps for someone who is older and deciding to finish their degree but may not have the ability to do so at a traditional on-campus school. It has helped greatly and I happy and thankful for it. The only thing I would like to mention is the courses seem too easy for me. I know I am intelligent but I look back at some of my assignments and I know I didn't put forth the amount of effort as I should have on some of them and yet I still received an A. Don't get me wrong I am happy to receive an A, however I am used to a challenge. At my precious school I almost also had some type of crtitique on even my best assignments. I am hoping it is well worth the money and time spent!
Course was relative easy, then again I was pursuing this degree online was taking mostly one course per term. This made it manageable, while I was trying to balance my family and job schedule. Some courses were more challenging then others, forcing me to evaluate each paper before I had the courage to submit it. While some courses barely challenging enough for me to prepare for, resulting in last minute assignments that received A's. Now could I chalk that up to my intellect or easy teachers? That is a question for yourself to answer. My adviser was aware of any late assignments, being sure to call me and remind me (even when I was already aware). Quick with responses either my phone or email, but they preferred email. Once I was confident enough to double up on courses. Found that I could have been doing this all along. It all amounted to improving my time management. Honestly, the school to me does a good job of handing the tools to the student. It falls on the student to take the tools and properly use them. My time at SNHU online, left me feeling as though I didn't learn much. Most of that is my fault, which to my teachers I apologize. All degrees are earned not bought, some just put in more effort then others. What you put in is what you get out.
THEY DO BUSINESS WISH SHADY COMPANIES! Make sure before you graduate, that you OWE NOTHING back to the school, they will send your $800 to a collections agency ASAP, giving you no time to pay off the debt. NOW I have a derogatory status on my credit report leaving my unable to purchase a home! THANKS SNHU!