Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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As I've transferred around the country during my career I've attended 5 different colleges. In addition, as a person who retired young from a position as a Sr. hiring manager with a major multinational corporation, I got to know the quality of education for many colleges through the process of interviewing and hiring many hundreds of people. I can honestly say that SNHU is the worst college I've ever seen. In many courses there is basically no instruction provided other than reading assignments. Communication with instructors is by email or discussion board, taking days for a response making that response too late to help clarify inadequately articulated assignments by the due date. Instructors are often adjunct faculty that appears to "instruct" (and I use that word loosely) the courses as a side-line for extra income in addition to their day jobs. The course work is poorly designed and open to subjective interpretation, followed by a student assessment done with a cookie cutter approach. Although I got A's, I learned very little and finally dropped the school from my life, judging the quality of education there to be nearly worthless. As a Sr. hiring manager, I would not hire anyone who's resume indicated their primary education was from SNHU. I'm surprised the school maintains accreditation.
It's hard to put into words how awesome SNHU has been. I was a poor student in High School and eventually dropped out and got my GED. That experience made it very difficult for me to ever want to go back to school. I joined the military and after serving for 8 years finally got the motivation to go back to school. From day one my academic adviser and the other employees at SNHU have made me feel that I am more than capable of getting my degree. They've motivated me and taken a very personal interest in my accomplishments. I originally was only going to get an associates but after taking 3 courses I decided to work towards my bachelor's which I will receive next spring. Some of the complaints I've read regarding SNHU are that it is not challenging. I would say the entry level courses are not very challenging, but once you move into the upper level courses be prepared to spend some Saturday's studying. Is SNHU as prestigious as Harvard or Yale? No, but they've never claimed to be. If you're someone who has been out of academics for a long period of time I would highly recommend SNHU for whatever degree you wish to pursue. I've had a fantastic time and wouldn't have wanted to attend any other University.
This is a university that is significantly more effective for the self-motivated learner. If you want to get an easy degree, you can probably make it through SNHU's curriculum without much effort. The online forum does away with a lot of the rigidity of brick-and-mortar institutions and it is laughably easy to out-shine your classmates. In most of my classes, about 60 to 80% of the discussion posts (a semi-weekly writing-intensive assignment) are basically nonsense, illogical, or off topic. That's fine. I recently had a difficult time grasping one the calculation-approaches for my Managerial Accounting course and put up some clearly-wrong calculations for everyone to see--it happens. But there are intelligent discussion posts made and those are usually the ones I engage with (to keep from getting frustrated). Many courses are pretty easy to subvert "high-minded" academic intentions (i.e. "not cheating"), but I want to make it abundantly clear at this point: SNHU has been a really positive experience. The platform has a lot of support. The University offers you many of the same benefits as a brick-and-mortar school (e.g. career services, financial aid hotlines, etc) and the financial advisers are clearly well-taken-care-of because they are very attentive and helpful. As always with life: you are ONLY going to get out what you put in. I read the text. I take time to create worth-while discussion. I do my work well: putting actual time into it and trying to grasp what I am supposed to be grasping. ...Usually. :) If you're doing what I am doing, you're going to get something out of your time at SNHU. If you're here to just get a degree, well you can probably do that s***, too!!! But you can bet I am not going to read your half-hearted attempt at a discussion post! UHG! As a final note, there's not a lot of "spice" that each instructor can offer besides how they grade assignments. Most webinars and assignments are pre-fabricated by course creators. TL;DR: Do recommend! Easy money! Don't be lazy! (Or do be lazy, but don't complain when you have a degree and haven't learned s***!)
The university wants to place people in seats and they do not care about their employee wellbeing. There is a high turnover rate, leading to inaficancy with the students needs and success. There is not the freedom to choose your own courses. Micomanging is their way, and you as the student do not have a voice to change their mentality of thinking. Save your money and find a better university.
I originally went to an expensive non-profit-private brick and mortar school in Los Angeles County. After 5 semesters I was heavily in debt so I dropped out and joined the military to help pay for school. I wanted to find an online school so that I could continue to work full-time and have flexibility. I was very skeptical of getting a degree that was 100% online because of the horror stories that we all hear, so I did a lot of research and realized that it's the for-profit school that are the trouble makers. So I only applied to non-profit universities. I eventually got accepted to Park, Florida Tech, and Southern New Hampshire but I chose SNHU because their online program seemed to be the most innovative and the majority of my credits transferred. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The classes are more difficult than the first university that I attended and I have to put in a decent amount of work into each class. When I read the negative reviews, I am thinking that those are just negative people who wanted to get a degree with little work, which you won't get at SNHU. Luckily, I am retaining more information at SNHU than I did at my old expensive university so I know that my hard work is actually strengthening my skills. So I recommend that you put in the work, expect to spend about 12 hours a week working on each class that you take, and get the most that you can out of the program. SNHU online program is very innovative and it truly exceeded my expectations. Extra note, their advisors are top of the line!
There are many issues to beware of with this school. Most significantly, the curriculum. Assignments are often poorly designed and ambiguous, with poor clarification from the instructors who seem to mostly be part-time adjunct faculty. You spend a lot of time trying to decipher what the problem is asking for, then working on it (usually in a long English essay or paper), only to find out you interpreted it wrong cause it was worded wrong. I dropped the school over this. I can't afford to waste time on poorly developed coursework. It's the school's job to develop clear instruction, not my job to decipher their contorted articulation of the assignment. Also, going to this school feels like taking one long English writing class. Every week you have one to two writing assignments regardless of the course and it becomes very tedious. Thirdly, most of the text books they use are only for online, so you don't get to keep the books you pay for nd it's often a hassle getting access to your online books. I have a lot of industry experience and I felt I could teach all the courses I was taking, however it was unnecessarily a struggle because of the poor curriculum design and lack of instruction. Too many of the instructors are giving out vague instruction in writing and running through a checklist when grading assignments. As I've transferred around with my career, I've now attended 5 different colleges. I just wanted to finish up a Bachelors with SNHU. The subject matter is easy for me, but the school's methods made it cumbersome. I'll finish my degree elsewhere. I'm sorry I wasted my valuable time and money with this school.
SNHU is the perfect school for working students, parents, people who travel, and for those with less than perfect academic records. I was a traditional undergrad at a state university and I was so disengaged from the core curriculum they force you to take that I aced my majors courses and failed the ones I didnt care about. This is something I know a lot of people struggle with. Its hard to maintain a constant level of motivation in classes that feel like a waste of time and arent stimulating in any way. Needless to say, I dropped out with almost all my majors courses completed spectacularly but with academic probation and SAP holds on my record. When I was ready to go go back to school, SNHU connected me with an Advil who didnt judge my past experiences and who listened as I struggled to figure out how to make the courses work. They even helped me clear up a defaulted student loan!!! The process of getting enrolled was easy and straightforward and I didnt have to worry about my gpa or an essay. The curriculum itself is regimented: Assignments are due Sunday and Thursday each week. You pace yourself for reading the material, which you can purchase with a financial aid voucher and will be promptly shipped to your home. The biggest drawback for me however is that the professors have no control over the material. SNHU determines the coursework and often this leads to uninspired discussion prompts and lackluster courses overall. The professors sometimes do not seem to know the material or are required to follow SNHU policies even when there is a better idea or method available. This means you waste some time on busy work. The discussions were always a hassle. Since the program is online this is how SNHU achieves participation but its masqueraded as a way to connect professors and students to each other and it just doesnt work out that way. Professors are hardly engaged in discussions for the same reason students arent giving it 100% because the prompts arent inspired or engaging and its an mandatory evil for both. Overall: -its an online school so any fantasy you have of being connected to students or staff or having a traditional experience should be left behind -its nonprofit so you arent being ripped off and you are required to complete the same degree requirements as if you were attending a public school in your state -professors come in all shades. Their hands are tied as to grading rubrics and assignment prompts. They do NOT create the content for the online courses they teach. This is to ensure quality and equality across the board for all online courses. SNHU cannot stand behind content they didnt sponsor. This means your professor might be able to accept late work if you ask ahead of time but they wont be able to accept work that doesnt meet the requirements of the assignment rubric. This is the route I would go with if you just need a Bachelors and you dont want or cant go to a traditional school. I love my school. They did a wonderful job of supporting me and I have recommended it to everyone I know!
I loved this school. I tried to obtain a degree in my local community college and the state university here and they were both overpriced and felt like I was repeating high school. Went back to school a few years later to SNHU and it was amazing. Sure, the coursework is contrived by someone other than the teachers but Im finding out this seems to be true for many schools (hey, even in non-secondary schools they have a lesson plan that they dont make!). I had two advisors in my time here and they were blth amazing, tech support was on point. Most of my teachers were awesome. Were a few lazy and detached? Sure, but youre not always going to have professors who genuinely care, a lot are just doing it for selfish reasons or cause they cant hack it in their chosen field. Are some students lazy and lacking? Sure. But I went to an automotive school and someone couldnt read! It was a requirement yet he still got let in, and then failed when he couldnt be taught and helped. The only reason Im not getting a Masters here is because I had my first negative experience: misinformation and a failed callback on the scheduled date (still havent heard back from them!).
I am a new student working through my third term, and I have nothing but great things to say about the school. I had a lot of trepidation about starting college at 32, and while I consider myself a reasonably capable person I never pushed myself to make excellent grades beyond middle school. Getting into the school was actually a breeze, and the counselors and financial aid department allayed all of the fears I had of applying in the first place. I am currently taking two courses per term (six terms per year) while working a full-time job, and there is certainly enough challenging work to keep me busy, but it isn't overwhelming. I have found that you will get back what you put into these courses. You have to be highly self-motivated and self-disciplined to get through your coursework during the week, and this is especially true if you're looking to excel. The school seems to focus far more on learning and applying concepts rather than rote memorization of facts just to pass an exam. I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA so far, and this is especially shocking to me because I had zero confidence in my math abilities coming into this program, but the courses are excellent. I also can't say enough good things about the professors and the technology the school uses. The professors have all been quick to respond to any concerns I have and help me through any issues, and their ability to distill a lot of core ideas into relatively short courses is impressive. They really want you to master fundamental ideas instead of memorizing as much as possible to make it by for the week. The foundation of the whole course beyond the professors is the learning environment and supporting systems, and they are top-notch. I work as a system administrator for a large hospital system, and I am extremely impressed with how well their environment works and what resources are available to me; I know how challenging deploying and maintaining a lot of these systems are. Buying books has been easy (they've all been e-books so far), they're not majorly expensive, and since most people won't be taking more than two to three courses per term you don't have to factor in a lot of extra cost all at once. Most - not all - of the negative reviews I've seen give me the impression that the person writing them was expecting to have their hand held or simply be able to purchase their degree. I won't try to dispute horror stories with financial aid or just having a bad fit with a professor, but this is the kind of school where you are given all expectations clearly and repeatedly, and if you follow them to the letter you should be able to manage a decent grade. With that said, there is a big difference between thinking you're following instructions and actually following them. They might not have understood a direction and done something wrong, they might have put in the bare minimum and been shocked when that didn't get them a good grade, or they honestly might not have the aptitude to do college-level courses at this point and need to work on some fundamental educational issues they have. You can really get a sense of when a few of your classmates are these people from their discussion posts. Some of them don't follow the prompts at all - like seriously, not even remotely related to the topic - and they will do the absolute bare minimum to get through an assignment. If you review your syllabus for a course and follow all of the rubrics for your assignments you will succeed, and some people just don't put in the effort required. I will probably write another review at the end of my degree, but.. TL;DR - Great school, check it out.
I signed up for the Project Management MBA program with a concentration in Lean Six sigma. I'm on the verge of graduating but yet to have a single class pertaining to Project Management or Lean Six Sigma. I'm a military student who seems like I just wasted my GI Bill. I'm guessing I'll hang my diploma on the wall just to collect dust.