Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

  • 423 Reviews
  • Manchester (NH)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
60% of 423 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 423 students said they would recommend this school to others
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JL
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Good school. I did B.A general studies IT. If you put in the effort you will get a degree. You have to be self motivated. Overall I have grown personally. I am happy I could complete and achieve a goal at SNHU online. I am considering a Masters program with SNHU."
Disappointed
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"I am writing this review because potential students need to be informed. I thought I found the perfect school to obtain my Master's in Accounting with Auditing. However, my issue isn't about that, my issue is about the evaluation of prerequisite courses. According to the program, if you have an undergraduate degree in Accounting, courses already taken will be waived. However, what they don't tell you is that these courses, especially the Individual Income Tax course, has to be taken within two years. Fellow students, this is rigged to force everyone to take this Income tax course again. They do not mention this in the program. I tried to dispute it but the mediator was one of their own and not neutral. So be wary. Unless you enjoy wasting money on classes you have already taken and plan on Mastering in Tax Accounting, tuition being cheaper may not be as cheap as it looks when you have to retake classes, because of their policy."
Megan Holman
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2018
  • Degree: Finance
"I absolutely love SNHU. I have never had any problems with them. The financial aid office is great with communication and they let you know what they need from you and the advisors are very thorough. I graduate in March 2019, and so far I would recommend this university to anyone."
Luke
  • Reviewed: 2/28/2018
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"I've been very pleased with this school, and the education I have received from it. I've had immediate and continual contact with counselors from the start of the program to the end. There has always been a friendly person there to help me with whatever I needed assistance with. The professors all come from experienced backgrounds and have always been very eager to help improve the skills I'm developing. They've always been friendly and provide useful feedback. Like any school, you will get more out of it if you put more into it. You can sometimes get by doing the minimum on your coursework, but if you work hard with the idea that what you make will be shown on your resume or portfolio, you will do better and gain much more from the course and from your instructor. Do not neglect the reading or other materials for each week. Active participation in courses that have discussions (which are almost all of them) is important to learning the material and improving your skills. Overall, I have really enjoyed this school. I started at a local college, and after having a lot of trouble with lack of available counselors, classes, and programs, I wanted to find something that would be locally and nationally accredited, non-profit, and would allow me to earn the degree I wanted while continuing to work. SNHU is a great school."
snhulvr
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2018
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Absolutely love this college. Made it easy to understand classwork and had flexible timelines for extenuating circumstances. The advisors both academic and financial were incredible to work with and actually cared about me as a person. I would absolutely recommend this college to anyone looking to further their education. Plus, most credits transferred with no headache."
Jiwon Lee
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2018
  • Degree: Web Development
"Academic advisor was of no help. Missed 2 term start dates due to lack of information given to me. If they had given me the information I needed up front I would have been able to provide the correct documents in a timely manner. While I am an international student and understand that there are certain requirements needed I felt that they should have the knowledge to help me along my path to higher education."
Nicole D.
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2018
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"I have and will recommend SNHU to other students or people interested in furthering their education. I completed my bachelors there and am almost done with my masters there as well. I have been an online student from the beginning, which allows for flexibility, but requires discipline and determination. I had a few minor issues with professors, but SNHU handled them quickly and adequately. My admissions advisor was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. My academic advisor for my undergrad was amazing and constantly reached out to congratulate me or offer her assistance. I ended up meeting her when I went to the campus for an honor society induction. I like that the courses and rubrics are universal throughout the university instead of being individual depending on the instructor. This makes it easier to know what to expect instead of having to remember the expectations of each individual professor. A variety of individuals from the psychology department reached out to me throughout my undergrad to introduce themselves and make sure I knew they supported me and I could reach out if necessary. Some people may find the random phone calls and emails annoying, but I transferred to SNHU from a different school where I didn't even know who my academic advisor was and I was failing courses without professors or an advisor reaching out. I like that SNHU is on top of it and doesn't completely leave everything up to you. Its nice to be reminded that they care."
Sabrina
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"SNHU is a great school. Out of every school that I looked into, it was the best when it came to time and my schedule. It is an accredited school, and there are challenges like any other college. The advisors are professional and usually respond to emails within two days ( the latest ). If you would like to speak to your advisor, you can make an appointment or call during their scheduled hours. My favorite thing about SNHU is that discussions are due on Thursday by midnight ( class discussions ) and assignments are all due by Sunday at midnight, this allows me to maintain a full time job. Going to SNHU online is convenient and challenging at the same time. Not to mention I can take courses on campus any semester I want. The psychology program is awesome! I had a really hard time with the biology class, but my professor went out of his way to make sure I did not fail. All of my professors have been attentive to the subjects and have explained any questions that I have had. The financial aid office explains and walks every student through every step, the only problem I have had is getting a hold of them on busy days. I recommend making an appointment with the financial aid department in advance. I definitely feel inspired to finish my degree and pursue my master's at SNHU. I recommend SNHU to anyone who wants to go to a respected accredited university that will not leave you in debt that takes 10+ years to pay off. Going to SNHU is one of the best decisions I have made since graduating high school. I have potential employers who are wiling to meet with me once I get my degree. I worked for a lawyer for four years and she looked into SNHU and was extremely proud of where I was going to school. With that being said, SNHU definitely gets a 4 star from me."
Laura
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2018
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"Once you get used to the online terminology and classroom structure the experience is generally positive. The material was relevant and increased in depth the further advanced. I took advantage of every learning opportunity putting in the extra time and effort to get as much out of my education dollars as possible. My instructors were accomplished in their fields, many holding advanced degrees and many years of teaching. There was only one major disappointment in the coursework, which has since been improved. I learned so much and appreciate the opportunity to have earned my degree without travel. For me, the cost was affordable and worth every dime. Go SNHU!"
Terrible online classes
  • Reviewed: 1/23/2018
  • Degree: Computer Science
"This school is a joke. I don't know how they got accredited. I took two classes online and dropped them week two. Their website is so convoluted and disorganized. The instructors have no idea what they are doing. They don't even write the curriculum and when I attempted to clarify the confusing and terrible prompts, they seemed even more than confused I was. You will not get a good education from their online programs. Don't waste your money and go to to a real school."
Brandon
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2018
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I attended SNHU's COCE division for one year before deciding to pursue the remainder of my degree program through a different university. Unfortunately, SNHU's online program and model has some serious flaws which requires attention. I'm going to provide my honest opinion, and share both my positive and negatives of this institution's online degree program. Positives -My Admissions Counselor was great. Kudos to her for walking me through SNHU's admissions and class registration for my first term. My perception is that she genuinely seemed to care. - Two of my adjunct instructors stood out for me while I attended SNHU online, and took time to personally recognize me for my consistent performance during the term. - The COCE tries its best to provide opportunities for online students to engage and regularly network with each other through its SNHUConnect platform. Negatives - It quickly became evident after my second term that the course instructors are not given much freedom to teach class content. With the exception of a class announcement at the start of each week, the instructors appeared to simply facilitate the "boxed" content SNHU has created. I noticed instances when the assignment instructions and rubrics were so poorly constructed that it even confused the adjuncts. NOTE: I encourage you to search Southern New Hampshire University on Glassdoor, and you'll see a common theme among adjuncts and their frustration with SNHU's instruction model. - Participate in a weekly discussion post and you'll quickly realize that a large number of students lack basic spelling and grammar skills. I also noticed that a large number of class participants failed to follow the discussion post rubrics, posting only one or two poorly constructed sentences each week and barely a reply. I'm not proclaiming the title of grammar perfectionist, but it was frustrating to watch approximately five or six of my classmates construct a discussion post that followed the class rubric. Again, adjunct reviews I found on Glassdoor after withdrawing from SNHU supported my perception of this. - It appears that some of SNHU's online students are not prepared and lack foundational competencies to participate to certain university level courses. This does not imply that these students aren't college material, but rather SNHU fails to ensure that students are fully prepared before completing certain college level courses. It seems like the COCE's focus is quantity over quality. -Tests and exams were extremely rare...even in math courses. If I recall, there was a final "exam" in the Statistics course I took, but it was an unproctored test. This means you could easily Google the solutions to the problems. I felt as though the math course had no way of checking for true comprehension of the course content besides completing assignments in MyLab and participating in a discussion post. A writing intensive weekly discussion post requirement for a math course doesn't make much sense to me. -There were constant check-in calls from my adviser throughout each term. Some may find this as positive motivation, but as an adult learner I can't expect my hand to be held throughout the education process. College has and should always be about students showing initiative to utilize resources available to them, and not the other way around. I appreciate my adviser reaching out regarding upcoming registration and at the beginning of a term, but there definitely isn't a need for multiple calls throughout the term to inform me of the current grade I'm making in a class. As an adult, you should be able to find this information quickly and on your own. There is a lot of "hand holding" at SNHU and that really isn't my cup of tea. - The class format is pretty much identical for every undergrad class at SNHU. Each week is divided into a "module" which consists of a discussion post, homework assignment, and a brief quiz. Milestone assignments were placed throughout the courses as well, and all involved writing a paper following the assignment rubric. In my opinion, the format isn't very challenging and as long as you submitted the assignments, you'd probably pass your course. - I truly began to lose respect for SNHU's online programs after an adjunct suggested that utilize WIKIPEDIA as a scholarly source for a Milestone in my Economics course. This occurred after she failed to read my first Milestone assignment and provided feedback that did not apply to my paper. Three weeks before the end of the term, a new instructor was provided for the class. Overall: My overall experience with SNHU online wasn't the greatest and left me disappointed in the quality of the course content and instruction. The school appears to focus more on getting people to enroll rather than delivering a quality education experience. I made the decision to transfer and complete my junior and senior semesters through a large state university that offers online degree programs, and I can honestly say it was the right decision. My tuition per credit hour is slightly cheaper, the courses have challenged me, and the online classroom structure is great!"
disappointed
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2018
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I would not recommend this school. The layout is confusing. The help chat line was helpful, but the instructors did not respond to my emails. So I let myself get suspended out. Read facebook responses, if you tried to take a leave they gave you a hard time. Other issues with purchasing templates that were required for assignments. Just overall vety disappointed for what the advertisements show.."
Leeroy
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2018
  • Degree: Business
"I am pursuing my degree outside f the United States and I am currently 1 year into my education. Ive seen a lot of negative reviews here regarding financial aid. While I cannot touch that topic because I am paying for my education out of pocket (and I live/am from outside of the U.S.), I will leave my review on other aspects. I am 27 years old with a mortgage/family/ demanding job so going to a local on campus school would not have worked out for me. While I am paying for my classes myself, I hope to get a scholarship from my work this year , the cost of classes are not expensive in my opinion . If I did not have a house loan I would have been able to pay for school full time. Enrolling was straight forward and my enrollment officer was an extremely nice and outgoing person. Once enrolled I would say my advisor was not as interesting as the person who enrolled me. That is not to say she was bad, she just seemed to be doing an OK job. It does feel empty at times, but that is because I do not go out of my way to utilize SNHUs social applications. I got straight As in all my classes I took in 2017 and I will say that the work was not hard, but it was not necessarily a cake walk either. You really have to focus and allocate time towards your education. My professors were ok, I only had a semi-bad experience with one professor who took way too long to grade out work, which affected us doing the following module assignments. I had one amazing professor who was my English composition II teacher. Dr. M. She was very bubbly and extremely helpful with any questions I had. All in all I would SNHU is a very nice place to further your education online , just keep in mind that if you put crap effort in, you'll get crap grades in return."
Jeff
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2017
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"As with any school, you get what you put into it. I had a terrific experience with SNHU and found the materials and course content to be challenging and relevant to today's corporate environment. In general, my professors were highly attentive and did a nice job facilitating the on-line classroom experience. I would frequently cross-reference course content and requirements against other well-known business schools and found that the materials were consistent."
Jessica
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2017
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
"This school changed my view of going back to college. I am an non-traditional learner and found it difficult to do classes on campus. SNHU was very accommodating and every person I dealt with helped me over exceed my goals and personal expectations."
Natalie
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"All of my instructors have been very professional and inspiring, I am so thankful for that. The SNHU student advisors and career advisors are among the best selcted people in their profession. I have received so much professional help I have not even expected to come, they go above and beyoung to make sure that you recieve the kind of support that moves you forward. I find all of my course work helpful in my work with children and my person so life. I am very thankful for the positive experience that I had as a student in earning my BA in Psychology."
David Butler
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2017
  • Degree: Data Science
"So far I would rate the school in general well enough. Every class has its challenges and you do have to know the material, although some classes in my major program seem to repeat specific coursework or go over the same concepts. Rubrics are sometimes confusing and require some back and forth with the instructor to clarify meaning. I think my biggest gripe is that a lot of instructors are very slow to respond to board posts, don't even check their email, and give cryptic responses to plainly phrased questions. Some of the instructors can have a different philosophy in grading in that they expect you to 'go the extra mile' on material that you haven't learned (I have a 3.9 GPA). This makes the few you get that are really just doing their jobs seem exceptional. Now granted, you don't really interact that much at all with the instructors beside them posting announcements and the occasional response to a required post, but those who take an interest in their teaching make you feel a lot better about reaching out for simple questions, or they provide great feedback on work."
ACC
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"It's disheartening to read these negative reviews since my experience at this school and I know the experience of many others has been absolutely stellar. I started at SNHU in February 2016 and was able to transfer in 75 units so I had 45 to complete for my degree, which I completed in May 2017. From the outset, my advisors were available and helpful in getting me accepted, enrolled, and comfortable in my courses. I never had any issues registering for classes or receiving financial aid and was never charged erroneous or disingenuous fees. The professors I had were largely excellent, with many of them teaching at major universities and many of them were successful, published writers. There were a couple of average instructors in the bunch but none that I would consider to be sub par. The online course as SNHU require a student to be a self-motivated self-starter who possesses a real desire to learn coupled with excellent time management skills. Grades aren't handed out; they are earned and the workload supports this. At no point did I feel overwhelmed with work but the work is no joke, either. In one of my highest-level courses I read three novels and several short stories, plus short essays, discussions, and a final paper and presentation - all in 8 weeks. A serious student should expect to work for their degree, and that's what I did. It's like many other things in life in that you will get out what you put in. I don't understand some of the comments I've read here that indicate that the degree is worthless. I have a lovely diploma from an accredited, nonprofit school and a confirmed enrollment in a graduate program at my local state university for the upcoming Spring semester to prove otherwise. The negative reviews seem like they are coming from people who aren't or weren't willing to put in the time and effort and who were hoping for a degree they could, in the end, purchase. You won't find that at SNHU. All in all, I can positively recommend this school for people who need an online program that fits into their busy work and/or family lives. SNHU truly allowed me to achieve my goals and I will always be grateful."
C. Josey
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"While I think that education has generally declined in the United States overall, there still seem to be pockets of resistance in the fight to keep liberal or general education meaningful and credible. And while previous achievements in education, along with credit earned through military experience required that I only spend one year at SNHU to attain my BA, I consider the school one of the aforementioned pockets. From the first day of my online classes with SNHU, the instructors drummed a particular idea into students' heads, that is, the idea that one should endeavor to know as much as one can about as much as possible, and not just about one's chosen specialiy. This idea was held up as a cornerstone of undergraduate education at SNHU. As a person in my 50s, who went through school when education was taken much more seriously in America, I think I know the differences. Additionally, since I have two daughters graduating college (U of Central Florida and Old Dominion University) next year, the appropriate comparisons of our educational experiences were constantly made in various areas of study. Despite the fact that UCF is considered a good school and ODU a great one, my SNHU (online) education held its own at every turn. So while I've read reviews here critiquing all manner of things at SNHU, from low grades, to lazy counselors, and inexperienced instructors, my experience was exactly 180 degrees "out of phase" with these conclusions. First, I conducted myself at SNHU as I always have in all educational endeavors (in HS and in the military), that is, studiously and very conscientiously. As a matter of fact, when my girls offered that we start a 4.0 challenge, I explained that not only did I have an advantage in age, wisdom, and experience, but that being a person who went to schools in America in the 70's and 80's, my approach to learning was going naturally be more serious than they've ever been expected or required to be. This was borne out in the fact that not only did I receive grades superior to those of my daughters, which might not be a great measuring stick because we were at three different schools, but my grades (when I could tell), and work products were far superior to my younger classmates (when I could tell with reasonable certainty, since other's grades are not always within another student's purview, while many work products were). Lastly, I found my counselor hardworking and attentive, my instructors knowledgeable and understanding (my mother passed away during my second term, and all possible consideration was afforded me, and I was able to stay on track), and most important, my experience was positive to the degree that I am seriously considering pursuing a master's degree in psychological counseling with SNHU. PS - I completed my year at SNHU with all A's and a 4.0 GPA. And while I think the curriculum was reasonably challenging for me, it was much more challenging to younger students who never developed the kind of school work ethic and the fear of shame associated with failure, that is a vital part of my general and educational upbringing. That is, I was a student before the days of social promotion and the attitude of "I'm ok and you ok, and yes Martha, failure IS an option!""
EM
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2017
  • Degree: Public Administration
"It's unfortunate that so many people have written negative reviews. My experience has been nothing short of amazing and I am very happy with the advisors, the professors, and the coursework. I tranferred into the Public Administration program with an Associate's degree in Business Administration and I was able to apply almost all of the credits without a problem . The application process was easy, and there have been no problems with financial aid. The negative reviews seem to be from people who are not suited for online learning or who can't take the time to read instructions and ask questions. Overall, I'm very pleased with my education at SNHU and would recommend the school to others."