Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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Hello everyone. I am currently an online student at SNHU, I felt like I hit the jackpot when first enrolling, it was pretty good the instructors were very attentive especially MS Kate but once reaching my fourth semester I notice the antentive instructors gone down hill. Beginning with instructor Denise A. (head for the hills if you see she's your instructor) She wasn't clear with her assignments to the point that she displayed that she didn't fully understand her lesson plans. While knowing that, other students & I were confused I've reached out to her via email & she provided no help at all I was left to figure it out on my own although she always say "if you have any questions never hesitate to ask for help" there is no way you should end a semester without learning anything & remaining confused. My following semester my new instructor started out good but ended poorly. She expected us as the students to have answers to stuff that was never taught & would take a great deal of explaining from something she gets paid to do which is teaching! I feel that honestly now that I am deep into my courses the quality of teaching from these instructors are not as good as when first enrolling the dedication is dead. They rather just fail you opposing to trying harder to make us students understand what needs to be done after all it is their job. I will not say all the instructors are like the ones I am writing about because different courses, different instructors but so far the ones I've encountered leaves a bad impression.
I cannot endorse SNHU for several reasons, namely because the university seemingly values revenue higher than academic rigor. When I first enrolled, I received a required phone call from an academic counselor whose sole mission was to sell me into the program by telling me how great the school was and how when you get your degree, it does not show if you received it on campus or online. Like Okay? Its not like 96% of students aren't enrolled online or anything. Then, from there on, I received constant, sporadic phone calls from my academic counselor to inform me of silly things like You start your next term soon, which you'd expect to go without saying. Furthermore, having enrolled in SNHU as a transfer student with a 4.00 GPA, I expected a high variety of academically challenging courses to start off with, but I was forced to take enroll in basic courses like Strategies to Online Success which, to me, were courses Id expect middle schoolers to take due to the adequate content in them (work collaboratively as a team, don't plagiarize, etc., common sense stuff, really) However, before my academic counselor could even register me in these adequate courses, I was asked to pay tuition upfront and out of pocket or else I would have to wait months for my student loans to go through. I did not even have my student login information or anything. At my previous university, I could have started taking the course and worried about paying later, but in SNHU, it was all money upfront. Plus, annoyingly enough, if, at SNHU, you pay for a course and want to drop out of it after one week, SNHU keep 50% of your tuition which is absurd because that material was in no way worth $500. Another thing that bothered me about the school was how clunky and messy the user interface was. It wasn't hard to navigate, but you'd expect a school with such high enrollment rates to have an elegant and simple student portal. Although recognized as a non-profit school, the school is extremely money greedy and seems to favor revenue over students academic rigor and, as such, I recommend students of all kind to look for a university elsewhere unless you an easy degree from what I would label as a diploma mill.
Wasn't Really impressed with the school. They told me that the program was legal studies. It started turning out to be police work taught by former police officers. My advisor was never there for me. I called to keep him or her informed. I did not like how they treated me.
The Data Analytics program at SNHU is outstanding. The professors (specifically, Professor Camac) are seasoned veterans in the field. Professor Camac shared his expertise and experience in the class discussion. The assignments are real world scenarios and the professors help with the R code.
This school is horrible. Avoid at all costs. They like to have as many fees as possible and you are taught with teacher who has the same education level as you. DO NOT GO HERE. Southern New Hampshire University is terribly set up and this should be avoided.
I read a great deal of the reviews here, and there were a number of things that resonated with me and a few that didn't, so here goes. I am active duty military with an aviation background, and so I had to complete the two prerequisite courses prior to being accepted into the I/O psych program, which is fine, it's the cost of switching academic fields. I have experience both in class and online, and found SNHU to be on par or better with two other prominent online offering universities in terms of class structure (easy to use and intuitive navigation) and programs offered. The courses were a bit repetitive in a couple of cases, mainly the research methods courses and the two of the I/O psych specific classes, but it there was enough new information and/or depth to where I didn't lose any sleep over feeling cheated in any way. The preponderance of the course materials, to include the required and recommended reading within each modules, were engaging and relevant, but there were some that were absolute throwaways, which to be honest was a relief at times when I was crunched for time...but I can understand how this can be off putting. The databases used for research were varied and extremely beneficial, and really provided everything you need to succeed in this program if you put in the time to use them properly. Not to mention they gave you access to a wealth of information for any other outside projects you might be working on, which again, was great. In terms of instructors, outside of one who seemed uninterested and one who must have a bad term because I had him twice and he was great the second time around, I would say they were consistently professional and engaged with the students, and had the depth needed to guide the course. This seems to contrast with some of the other feedback I read where the instructors did not have the depth of knowledge needed, but I imagine this is dependent on the teacher you get and shouldn't generalized across them as a group; if it's that bad then blast them in the course feedback after the course...grades are in at that point so fire away and save future students the headaches. Student interaction was overall pretty good. Sometimes people engaged in great conversation, and sometimes people aimed for their two post minimum, same as every other online school. You get from it what you put into it, and I never received any obvious outrage at being military, which I didn't push on people but certainly didn't hide it if the conversation was relevant. My last topic is the advisor group...I'll frame this with the caveat SNHU advisors rely heavily on automated notification to see missing grades, enrollment status, financial status, etc... so a lot of times they're reacting to prompts from their systems...I can forgive this. That being said, I filed a complaint against my first advisor due to extremely unprofessional behavior in regards to me dealing with the death of a family member. The supervisor rectified the issue, reassigned me to a new advisor, and that person was nothing short of great the rest of the way out. No issues to speak of with military TA or GI Bill payment, or reporting grades back to the military either. Anyways, that's my experience. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
SHNU's online platform is nicely presented. It is easy to navigate. Assessing your classes from multiple locations and electronic devices is convenient. The classes are generally all the same. The academic workload are not very difficult. It can become a bit boring at times. The teachers engagement varies. Self teaching is the norm for most classes. Support services are available, if needed. SNHU's programs are ideal for working professionals seeking an undergrad or masters degree. If the path of least resistance is your goal.
The professors are terrible. I failed an assignment without a reason. it shows on rubric "visit writing center for help, assignment was not professional, not APA style". I reached out to both 'advisor" and professor. No response or help. at least with other colleges they would show you what you did wrong/ how to improve. This college they don't bother. All the assignment are linked with each other, double graded. What I mean is week 3 homework you will turn in, polish and turn in again on week 8. DO NOT ATTEND by the way the only reason financial services gets a 5 star is because they make sure they get paid :)
I completed an MSIT at SNHU Online in slightly over two years. I have 20+ years of IT experience, and would say the MSIT course content was current/relevant and the overall experience exceptional. Coursework averaged about 12hrs per week. 3 months after graduation I was accepted into Penn State for a Masters of Software Engineering and my SNHU degree was completely accepted without provisions. I attended two other online colleges prior to SNHU, those being Boston University and Florida Institute of Technology, and SNHU hands down by far was the superior experience. I would recommend the MSIT program at SNHU to anyone.
Southern New Hampshire University's online degree program was a wonderful experience. My advisor was knowledgeable and always willing to help, and easy to get a hold of. Registering for classes was a breeze, and I love that students can access their program evaluation to see which classes they need to take. The instructors were knowledgeable in their subject areas, most got back to me in 48 hours of sending an email, and the instructions for each class were easy to follow. Classmates were kind and supportive, and overall I feel as if I got a great education within more reasonable tuition prices than I would have found at a traditional university. However, online has not stopped me from continuing on to graduate as I will be attending an M.A. history program on a campus. I would highly recommend this program.