Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (215)
Not sure how I feel about SNHU. Getting a degree in Geoscience and SNHU was one of only a couple schools that offered it on line. Just finishing my second online term and I'm a little concerned about the quality of the education. I am also concerned about reputation, how is SNHU viewed by employers, private and government. A bunch of the negative comments have been about dealing with advisors and financial aid; so far I have employer assistance so not concerned with that. My issue is the classes seem a little ineffective so far. My first class was statistics which seemed fairly difficult as several classmates were taking for a second time. I can see how if you do not have a good foundation in mathematics the class would be almost impossible as it is basically a self study. I am naturally good at math so I was able to cruise through (did take some time and effort I will admit) by simply placing the right numbers in the right formulas. If you didn't understand math you were screwed! I didn't learn much of anything, but was able to complete the problems and earn an A with almost 100% (not sure that's a good thing). My second class is English composition, it is basically a joke. Some busy work requires time commitment but as far as learning and really being challenged, not so much. I'm a professional with an associates(+ many random classes/credits) and can write a decent paper, I'm not looking for a degree mill, but this class has me concerned that's what I've gotten into. The class is super basic, even a high school grad with basic writing skills should be more advanced than this. I also have almost 100%. I'm not looking to get an easy degree, I'd rather get B's and a good education with being challenged than just a piece of paper with a B.S. and a 3.8-4.0. I have only seen one other review with Geoscience degree. I am hoping once I get into my major's curriculum I will find it more challenging and rewarding. So far not that impressed but if you just want a degree because you need one for promotion or advancement this may be great, if you are looking to change careers and hoping for new employment?????? Not sure yet. I'll update in a class or two and might decide to transfer out. I did quite a bit of research prior to enrolling, but I can't find reputation by anybody except students. I'd like to know how employer view SNHU.
After a couple different local colleges, I decided to try the online approach. This was a second degree for me and I work in a career where I support computer technology so this seemed like it might be a good fit. I would not recommend this approach to a first time college student. I found the grading somewhat easy, relative to an in-class environment. Some professors very engaged other just mailing it in. All in all not a bad experience. I was disappointed at the end, though. Received my degree and was honored with being chosen as outstanding student in that degree program but could not attend the awards ceremony. So, it was stated that the award would be sent to me. The certificate was not sent and I've trying to find out some information on it. What I've discovered now that apparently I'm no longer writing tuition checks to them, they do not seemed to feel the need to even respond to an email. My adviser dropped me almost immediately. Was considering them for my MBA but at this point I'll probably pursue it through another university. Would have been another $20,000 or so for their non-profit pockets. Really surprised and disappointed.
SNHU is an amazing school and their online program was great. It provided an excellent work life balance. The instructors and student advisors were all very nice. I never once had anyone act rude or annoyed when I needed help with something. Great interactions with the students and online site in general. I don't get some of the negative reviews on here but you know what they say, you can't please everyone. For anyone who is seeking an online program while working a full time job I would look into SHNU!
SNHU's financial aid procedures and policies are a joke! I graduated with a 3.5 GPA and yet I can't even apply to grad school because SNHU has a death grip on my transcripts. I graduated, received my diploma, and even ordered a copy of my transcripts. Then over a YEAR later, SNHU decided I owe them $3,000 (which I unequivocally do not), and will not release my transcripts until it's paid in full. This school is attempting to scam me into paying them more money than is owed them, despite having a zero balance upon graduation. There are such better options for obtaining your education- and they won't even try to rob you in the end! Think twice about enrolling at SNHU!
I found this school to be well worth the money. Good classes and the administration was very quick to respond to my questions and concerns. I paid for my own education so I had no concerns with grants and funding. The course work was of high quality and challenging. I would recommend the school to anyone wanting a quality education for a reasonable price.
There are some negative reviews that I don't understand and it seems that it is more of a personal thing than SNHU's fault. I will be getting my Bachelor's in August 2016 and have been going to SNHU since 2014 as a transfer student. Like many have said, "you get what you put in". If you don't think the course is fulfilling enough, you are doing something wrong. Each week has a module with plenty of material for you to research and learn from. If you chose not to review it and use it, that's on you. I find that the classes are as difficult as I want to make them, I like getting good grades so I put the effort in it. There was a class that I didn't care for and put minimal effort in it and my grade showed it. Sure there are some professors that are not as responsive as others, but I have had some that a clearly capable of teaching the course and give great feedback and sometimes are very critical if they think my work is sub-par. I work full-time and SNHU challenges me enough to feel I am getting what I pay for, yet flexible enough for me to still have a life. I've also had NO problem with SNHU when I have questions or need stuff signed for work, like tuition reimbursement forms so I don't know why others say they have communication problems; I think this may be lack of effort or not knowing where to look. I'm not trying to negate others complaints, I just don't have any and I'm looking forward to continuing onto my Masters at SNHU.
OMG....this is a joke. Lets start at the beginning. My counselor seem nice at first until i wanted to withdrawal from the course. I told her there was ALOT of things going on in my personal life so want to withdrawal. She advice me to hold on and try it until Friday of the week and i did. On friday i called left a message and emailed nothing. i did the same thing on Saturday and nothing. Monday come around and she calls. I tell her i have tried to get in touch with her to let her know i wanted to still withdrawal and to my surprise she stated the last day to withdrawal was last Thursday. Now i am ready to start in another school they are holding my transcripts stating i owe money, but no one sent anything and they have someone else email account attached to my name (so i did not get a thing). I asked why they could not mail me paperwork and no answer. NO one can seem to answer the question HOW MUCH do i owe. I was send to the collection department which told me the registars office stated i was upset and they need to explain in detail why i owe, but i have to call another office to get the amount.WHAT the.....why not tell me the amount heck i am sure since the withdrawal did not go though I am sure they gave me an 'F' now snhu want me to pay them NOT (that would be the reason i do not need it to be explained to me in details) DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL IF YOU VALUE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR EDUCATION.
I attended SNHU for approximately 2.5 years in order to finish up a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology. I had taken numerous classes at a local state college before, so I was aware of what college classes should be like. SNHU made it very easy to get enrolled, sign up for courses, prompt responses from advisors and instructors. I did feel that the courses were rather easy for the most part. I would say the material itself was on par with most state college classes I took, but the course work was usually very very easy. I rarely had to put much effort into the courses I took. Working on an IT degree, I was honestly very disappointed in that material. Having an associates in IT, as well as doing it for a living, I felt that almost every course that was part of the "Core Classes" for IT, really has very little to do with IT. It was very focused on process improvement, design and project management, which to me, was completely uninteresting. Some courses were really the same thing a few times around. If you are looking to get a well-rounded information technology bachelor’s degree, I don’t know I would suggest this school, unless you are only interested in system design processes. For me, I was just at a point where I wanted to get a degree no matter what. I am getting ready to start a Master’s program which will hopefully be more interesting and beneficial. All the instructors I had for the most part were always very responsive, helpful, and want to see you understand the material. Over all, I would say it’s a pretty good school, especially for someone that maybe hasn’t taken any college classes before and needs the flexibility of online schooling.
I'm in my second term and I am pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything is going. I am a transfer student, so I've done online schooling before. The admissions process was a breeze; the counselor was amazing. My academic advisor is cool and my instructors have been awesome. The key to success in an online setting is setting weekly goals and deadlines. Never wait until the last minute to do any work(even discussions). You have to be a good self learner, but there are a ton of resources and people to help. You just have to ask for It! Good luck everyone!!
If you are really unsure of what school to attend, if you are going through review after review and asking many people what should you do, then you are where I was before I choose SNHU. I do not regret choosing this school. Every instructor is willing to help you plus you have an adviser, an online discussion board for questions and tutoring that's available to you. It's no walk in the park but it's not anything that's ridiculous either. I would say the one thing they could improve on is maybe having more tutorials. I highly recommend this school to anyone at any point in their life. I was really unsure too. I know how it feels and that's why I'm taking time to hopefully help someone make a good choice because I know you probably don't want to waste your time. That's how I felt, too. So let me keep it real with you, Choose SNHU. You will not regret it. I don't even usually bother commenting on these types of things but I feel like I should say something because I've been there.