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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.
This program is satisfactory if you want something light, but it is not an academic experience. It is manufactured, and the rubrics are set so that you have to really not complete the work in order to do poorly. There is plenty of work to complete, but the faculty and administration do not treat you like a graduate student; it is much like being a lower level student. If you are serious about this degree, look elsewhere. If you are just having fun, this is for you.
This is an excellent school!!! They welcome all and they understand that there are people who may not have had the opportunity to pursue a degree due to various different reasons. I was disappointed to read from a prior review that this school admit "bad students whose education level may not be up to that person's personal standards", talk about that student being judgmental and elitist. My own personal experience is wonderful!!!, My advisor and my professors are very concerned about my well being and also my grades. I will most likely continue on with this school after I have completed my BA.
I have attended many online universities as I looked for "the right fit." I have been to UoP, Southwestern College and UMUC, all of which do not compare to the support I receive from the back offices and the compassion that the professors have in the School of Business. For those that proclaim that the school is stealing their money, every single other school mentioned also has a "no-refund" date. I believe this is to prevent students from getting behind and dropping a course with expectations of a full refund. I am scheduled to finish my degree this fall '19, and graduate in 2020. During my terms online I have had many issues arise, from life events, to working 80 hours/week, yet the instructors are always understanding and will allow the work to be made up! The only requirement is that you communicate with them. I am certain that they will not be as understanding if you wait for three weeks then decide "uh-oh." The coursework is consistent, keeping me busy about 10-15 hours/week for 100/200 level course and about 20-25 hours for 300/400 level courses (I am enrolled full-time).
SNHU is a decent school and gives you everything you need to be prepared for a workforce. It's all what you put in it. Classes are very well structured and all the process of getting assignments done is flawless. Financial aid was processed in four days. I never had issues with the instructors or adviser or financial office. The only thing that I do not like is that they are basically open admission school. They admit sub par students and it is true that even doing minimal work they still can pass the class. Even though you have to put a work to get a good grade, in order just to pass the class it's enough to do the bare minimum. They keep really bad students for financial profit but it's ruins their reputation. I can't say if classes are difficult , I did first two years in state B&M school and it was not difficult for me neither , but I can tell that this online classes a bit more of a challenge than it was in a regular school. They require you not to memorize material but apply theory to practice . I learn how to use my judgment in different situations . The negative side of this school is that they ruin their reputation by taking in whatever pays and it is not fair to students who are actually smart and work for their degree.
It's hard to mess up traditional pen and paper courses. All the prerequisite traditional studies I did were flawless. Once I got into the focal classes for my video game development degree, however, it was apparent that this school has no idea how to deal with changing technologies, or properly teach them. This is especially true with their online courses. It's like their online programs are ran by luddites. The instructors were very hands off for the most part. Teaching the class pretty much included sending students to freely accessible Unreal Engine tutorials, and YouTube tutorials that weren't even affiliated with SNHU. The course learning instructions typically had the student copy broken undocumented code, teaching next to nothing about what it does. This code is always broken or buggy, so not only do we not learn anything from the code, it doesn't work in the first place. We're left scavenging the internet for solutions. After that, we would have our actual assignments, where we had to take what we (didn't) learn and make something on our own. May as well just not bother at that point and just say you took our money and pointed us at YouTube. That would have been a lot easier. Why don't students ask the instructors to fix it? We did. Apparently the instructors don't control the coursework. They just hand it out. They can't make any changes, nor do they seem to care enough to make anything change. A decent instructor will post bugfixes to the code in the announcements and have Google Hangouts face time with the students to help, but that was extremely rare. Most just acted like virtual babysitters and did nothing but post grades and introduce the next week's work. When we would ask for help, we'd be told to ask our other peers. It's like the instructors couldn't be bothered to help. Shameful. If you want to have a pleasing learning experience and actually leave the school with any sort of working knowledge outside of debugging C++ code? Look elsewhere.
My experience with this institution was awesome. The school is very organized and has a very streamlined process in all areas that I experienced. I recommend it for anyone who is looking to achieve online. I just completed my Bachelor's Degree. Work and Focus is required on your part, they provide everything else.
I had loans all the way through, no problems. I had an advisor that was always there, start to finish. I took 2 classes per term, spent roughly 20-25 hours per week total. Got mostly A's, a couple of B's. Not extremely difficult, but I did enough work to say I am very proud of this MBA. By my calculations, I spent well over 2000 hours to get this MBA. Some say its a diploma mill. Really? Didn't feel like it to me. Bet you they put the "diploma mill" MBA on their resume now though...............and if it really is a diploma mill, you would think they would be bright enough to investigate that and determine that before they ever attended.
WARNING - THIS SCHOOL TAKES STUDENTS MONEY - If the professor gives you a bad grade for no reason at all - or if the professor discriminates against you the school will not do anything. They force you to stay in the class and leave with no choice but to withdrawal. They will NOT refund you any money. After 2 weeks they have no refund policy and they advantage of you because of that. They simply do not care. Their advisors are the worst. LOOK at this school's feedback on YELP. Other students are trying to warn others that this school TOOK THEIR MONEY. They took 2K from me and refused to address a racist professor in cyber security. They chose the white professor over an Hispanic. ALL they care about is getting your money. RUN from this school. This just my opinion but apparently other students all have had the same experience. head of advising doesn't care. ST doesn't care. Their dean doesn't care. Director of Advising doesn't care.
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.