Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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SNHU is an absolutely wonderful school to attend. The school offers condensed courses so you can give extreme focus on 1-2 courses for 8 weeks; instead of 5-7 courses for 5 months. This allows you to not only study condensed material, but it gives you the ability to retain the information stronger to use later on in life. The staff is extremely responsive, always responding within 24 hours with any question that you may have, and always gave me the help I was asking for. It is also extremely affordable for people looking to save money on college. Not only with cheap classes; but additionally, the student has the ability to graduate quicker and cheaper due to the school acceptance of CLEP and DSST exams. SNHU accepts all CLEP/DSST exams at the ACE recommended score and will accept up to 90 Credit Hours worth of tests. I personally used this feature for 78 credit hours, and paid only $16,000 for my degree, when the average Bachelor's degree cost $100,000. I highly recommend Southern New Hampshire University because they give you more than a worthwhile education for such an affordable school.
Definitely take a look at Florida Institute of Technology. A University that cares about their students and doesn't take advantage of them. Be extremely cautious when dealing with SNHU. I recently withdrew from classes and they still are trying to charge me for the classes. After several attempts to of explaining my situation that resulted in their adviser not removing my enrollment in time, they are failing to remove the balance. You have many different options and I believe you should choose another University that is ethical and admits to their mistakes.
Terrible student support!! SNHU is extremely proactive with their admissions calling, but once you are enrolled be prepared to suffer alone. The Online Program is basically a paid Khan Academy. Adjunct professors are on term-long contracts and could care less about your long-term goals. SNHU has profited from a strong advertising campaign, but their "See Yourself Succeed" mantra comes at an expense which is only punitive. No community environment (online or otherwise), poor advising, pushy enrollment staff ($$), and a complete lack of real student support make SNHU an extremely bad educational investment. After a year studying online, I have transferred to a local university. Don't make my mistake and SKIP SNHU!!!
So I've seen quite a few mixed reviews regarding SNHU and thought I would post some personal insight based on my own experiences. I currently work as an accountant for one of the top five companies in San Diego and completed my first bachelor's degree from a top tier university in the midwest. While I did not go to school for accounting, through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck I was promoted into the financial field. Since I didn't go to school for accounting and am preparing to sit for the C.P.A exam it goes without saying that I do not meet the requirements despite having in-field experience. With a full time job, a son, and a family, returning to a traditional brick and mortar school for night class wasn't one that particularly fit my schedule-so I decided to enroll in SNHU online (yes, SNHU's accounting credits are accepted by the California Board of Accountancy). If you're attempting to try and hold SNHU to the same caliber as schools such as UCLA, IU, or many other top state schools, it goes without saying that SNHU isn't in the league of best of the best-but that doesn't mean it's a BAD school. While the classes aren't as difficult as those of my first bachelor's, there is still a great degree of learning potential if you WANT to learn. As with any employer, having a degree with an A average doesn't necessarily ensure job security. In regards to many of the complaints I have seen regarding the University, I have to disagree with a few. Highlighted below: Administrative: Have had little to no issue with scheduling classes and communicating with advisors. I spent some time before orientation figuring out how to navigate blackboard and found little to no issues. Of course, it does take some time and effort to figure out (although not much), but if you didn't wait until the night before class to start you shouldn't have a problem. As far as teacher response time? No teacher I have ever had responds right away. But, if you plan ahead of time, you usually get a response. I can't speak for anyone else, but there isn't a lot of hand-holding involved. The class procedures and technologies are relatively straightforward...so I'm slightly confused as to why there is so much disdain regarding the subject. Quality of education: Don't expect the same type of curriculum as a traditional four year college. You are in charge of teaching yourself and are responsible for your own time management. Yes, you'll do fine if you skim the material and put some effort into the assignments, but it won't help your career. If you don't actually learn and retain the information pertinent to your career, your degree is somewhat worthless rather than for nailing that first interview. Do well, intern, volunteer, set yourself apart from your peers and you'll be fine. There are many employers who screen for a bachelor's degree before even viewing a resume...if anything the degree will get you past step one. When it comes down to it-use your head. If you feel you are being taken advantage of, figure out why. Make sure your degree will allow you to perform in your desired career. Make sure you will receive the kind of education you need before continuation. Double check if the school is right for you. For some, SNHU may not be the best choice. For others, it may be great. At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for making your own decisions. Figure out if SNHU will give you what you need and allow you to go where you need to go. I need to meet the requirements to sit for the C.P.A exam. SNHU satisfies that requirement. Do your research before making decisions that may cost thousands of dollars (particularly if you are considering graduate school!). Best of luck to all. Oh, and try to only take out subsidized loans if you can. You aren't charged interest accrual until you graduate;)
I have previously written a positive review for my undergraduate psychology degree at this University. I have just finished my first master's IT class, IT 505, Core Technologies. The instructor (M. Gallaher) was amazing, and incredibly engaging with his students. He is employed with NASA (yes, SNHU has excellent instructors). The Core Technologies class was an introduction to information technology, and I am looking forward to taking the rest of the courses in the program to graduate with a Master's of Science in Information Technology with a Web Development concentration. If you are looking for a quality education, excellent advisers, and an organized financial aid department, this school has it.
Extremely happy with my experience at SNHU. I learned a tremendous amount from the program, which has helped me to find a new job making 15% more annually. It was an excellent investment. Like most programs, you will get out of it what you put into it. There were some students in my classes that obviously were just trying to get a piece of paper. Others were very engaged. The Professors were great. Only one did I feel was not engaged, which out of 7 different Professors is pretty good. My student advisor was very helpful. She laid out my entire program for me and helped me every step of the way. Thinking of taking another Masters program at SNHU due to my great experience with my first Masters. My workload was about 15 hours per week. I studied every morning from 4-6am and then on when I could on the weekends. It is just the right amount of workload.
Southern New Hampshire was a great school for those who want to seek an education after seeking a career first. For those seeking skills to go into business immediately afterwards, seek a school close to where you would want to live. Networking and placement was a challenge.
I am at the end of my first semester at attending SNHU. I thought it would be great initially but as the weeks progressed I started to feel otherwise. Also the financial aid office just cannot seem to get it together. I emailed and called them with the information. Of course, you get the automatic email telling you your paperwork will be processed in 3-5 days. Then, they wait an entire week before telling me it couldn't be processed on a Friday afternoon and they are closing. No one could tell me earlier in the week? I also notice that my advisor likes to do the same thing. Do your job people! I am seriously considering another school, because they do not have it together. This school was a waste of time and waste of money.
GIMMICKY SO CALLED COLLEGE; THEY'LL RIP YOU OFF! MISDIRECT/ADVISE YOU THEN STICK YOU WITH THE BILL! Poor inexperienced student advisors; Misleading, lack of authentic information! Beware they will constantly call you, once you are hooked into believing they care about your success and they are just trying to meet their student enrollment quota! Prey on inexperienced college students, get you to enroll then pass the buck and hide behind their "Policies." My entire experience has been a NIGHTMARE and I was only enrolled for 2 weeks.
Out of all of the online schools that I've researched/attended, SNHU was the worst. I originally received my Associates degree with the University of Phoenix, but wanted to find a cheaper alternative for completing my Bachelor's degree, and ultimately found my way to SNHU. After spending just one term with this institution, I immediately wondered how they are accredited. The instructors are quite possibly the most inadequate people I could think of to teach others, the online platform/course structures are egregiously poor quality and unorganized, and I felt as if my time was wasted from day one. The entire experience was quite frankly, appalling. Even after dropping all courses to finish my degree elsewhere, SNHU still charged me for a book that I didn't order in a class that I didn't take (but would have had I stayed on in the term). To this day, I am still dealing with their incompetence. Do yourself a favor and take a hard pass with this school. Even if you do make it through graduation, you will have done yourself a disservice by receiving such a low level of "education".