Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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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.
Southern New Hampshire University worked with me to ensure that the majority of my credits received from other universities transferred and that I was on the most expeditious route to the degree I wanted as well as the concentration. I have attended other schools, including Ivy League and online, and SNHU was the most engaged with me and my future. You feel that they truly want you be successful, not just in school, but after graduation. The alumni association offers opportunities for career advancement and social interaction with others with similar educational backgrounds or professional aspirations. I would recommend SNHU to anyone but especially those nontraditional students hoping to pursue or finish their degree.
I am very glad I chose to attend Southern New Hampshire University. The cost was very affordable compared to other undergraduate schools and the quality of my education was outstanding. There were hundreds of courses to choose from that were all very interesting. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a large variety of courses to choose from along with a flexible online schedule.
Good news: YOU CAN DO IT. I was able to finish my bachelor's while traveling back and forth between two states (I already had a couple years of school under my belt before I started with SNHU, thank God). For this, an online school was a 'must'. I only about a year and a half of classes here, at first I found the classes to be interesting, and that's good. But the closer I came to finishing, the more tedious the classes got. My advise: When taking online classes, say little or nothing at all about yourself. Don't use your own picture for an avatar, choose something benign like a picture of a sunset, or leave it blank. Bad news: The format for every class is the same. It gets tedious. Even some of the classes during the last year of Psychology are the same, too. It's like statistics I over and over, but with a different course name. The final "capstone" class was IDENTICAL to the previous two research classes in every way, although the prof stated that it was "completely different and graded different". Nope, it was the exact same class, to the bitter, bitter end. Thanks for making me take 3 identical research classes, ugh. Oh, and about those stupid research classes, it boils down to reading other research articles, and re-writing them in your own words. Tedious, dull, lots of re-writing other's works, boring. Yawn. All of the profs online were adjunct, some of them were good, and some of them had some serious head issues. One prof didn't even grade any of my assignments until AFTER the drop date deadline was passed, and of course she had graded me on "how she felt" and "what she thought". The profs hide behind "The Rubric" like it is some sort of be-all end-all for grading assignments, although each prof reads into the rubric what they will. The classes are DARNED expensive, so when I had to drop a class because I wasn't about to let some nut-job ruin my GPA, I paid dearly. After the first week of the 8-week semester is up, you can't drop and get any money back. I'd like to contrast this with my current online situation now that I'm working on my master's at another university; they are 5-week semesters, and I can drop and get my money back 3 weeks into the semester. What's SNHU's problem? Greed, apparently. I petitioned my dropping of the class, trying to get my money back, stating that it was clearly bias that the prof had against me; you don't simply have a 4.0 GPA and get a 62 on an assignment because of your profs "feelings". SNHU "did an investigation" and found no wrongdoing on the prof's behalf, of course, and kept my $2,000. I retook the class, with an almost as bad prof as the first one. Be darned sure not to have a picture of yourself or tell anyone anything about yourself, like your a veteran, lest you also be a target of bias from your screaming liberal 20-something year old female adjunct profs who feel it is their job to attack every little thing you say online, even though you are not discussing anything political. Also, SNHU had taken all my classes from 5 other universities, and almost made me take an extra class for ONE hour of credit that I was lacking. I pointed out that they accepted a 1.5 hour lab into my audit, leaving out SEVERAL 3 hour classes that would have fulfilled that spot. It took two weeks of phone calls and prodding for them to fix it. (I actually had 6 classes "too many" for my bachelor's, as SNHU requires a certain amount of in-house hours to complete a bachelor's there. All colleges are that way, though). Books that SNHU uses are expensive, but that is usually the same at other schools, too. However, contrast the SNHU book costs to my current master's program from my in-state school - I paid $24 for two books, delivered to my door with two-day shipping. NICE! SNHU could use some improvement. You'll probably read elsewhere that they are a "non-profit school that acts like a profit school" and its true. They actually act very greedy and don't seem to care about quality profs, just putting you through the old meat grinder.
I started SNHU right out of high school, and it ended up being the perfect fit for me. The courses are not easy, and you have to work hard to get a good grade. I was surprised to see some of the bad reviews on here, but I guess online courses do not work for everybody. I know people who have graduated from SNHU and have gotten great jobs afterward. This was the reasons I chose SNHU over other colleges with online programs. This school has physical campuses, well accredited, and is respected by employers. I am only half way done with my degree program, and it is getting much more intense. The professors and advisors are very helpful when you need to ask questions. I would recommend this school for someone who wants to further themselves in their career.