Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (248)
I'm in my third term at SNHU so far it's been fine. I agree with what another reviewer said that some of the students seem a little unprepared for the rigors of university-level work, but that was only really apparent in the one 100 level course I had to take (I transferred in 75 credits). My advisors have been great to work with and everything has been smooth sailing so far. No problems at all with the application process, financial aid office, bookstore, registration, etc. I do occasionally feel that I'm being graded too easily but I'm also diligent, work hard and produce quality work so it's hard to tell. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with SNHU. It's a good mix of quality, flexibility and affordability. I would recommend this school.
I picked SNHU's online MBA program because it is extremely convenient with my full-time work schedule. Also, it is very competitively priced compared to other programs. With that being said, I wish that SNHU had some kind of admissions requirements to weed out their selection of students. This will sound completely arrogant, but I really do not care. The VAST majority of students in my classes seem as though they barely passed college. Their writing skills and grammar are horrendous, which is an issue for me with group projects. They also lack the ability to properly comprehend any kind of assignment, also an issue for me with group projects. It is incredibly frustrating trying to work with such students. I am not sure if it is a lack of intelligence or a lack of effort that is causing this problem. At the same time, as I have read from other students, I believe that the professors simply hand out good grades, regardless of the quality of the work. I say this because time and time again I put in maximum effort and quality into each assignment, yet students whose work is CLEARLY subpar receive somewhat similar grades to me. I know there are other students out there who share my sentiments. I am incredibly appreciative to be receiving A's on everything, but I would like honest grades and feedback for the assignments. The whole situation is simply infuriating. On the bright side though, I do like my advisor because she keeps in touch with me and seems to be on top of things.
The online program at SNHU for the MBA program leaves quite a bit to be desired. After finishing undergrad at a university where I took the majority of my classes on campus but did chose to take some online, I was intrigued by the option of a graduate program online offered by a brick and mortar school. It didn't take long for me to begin regretting my decision. Unfortunately, as with the majority of graduate programs my credits wouldn't transfer elsewhere so I finished my degree with SNHU. The professors are overly opinionated, under-qualified and rarely grade fairly (mind you I graduated the program with a 4.0). I knew several students that were also enrolled that turned in sub-par work or work beyond the deadlines with no reason yet received full credit. Where I would spend time diligently doing my work on time to the best of my ability and would receive either equal grades or points off for differing opinions. The program taught me little to nothing and was basically a tic mark on my resume. I would not advise anyone to waste their money on this program.
There are really nice people but terrible at Financial Aid Office. They are not accurate when it comes to tuition. You have to go through so many channels in order to get the right information. They don't assign you to one person to deal with you payments and go through multi-people and half of the time they don't what there talking about.
I am very happy with Southern New Hampshire University so far. I'm on my fifth class and am impressed with the standardized blackboard, syllabus and learning module/weekly format. I've taken classes at 3 different schools including my local community college, I prefer the ones at SNHU overall. The teachers have been easy to get in touch with. My class login page has my advisor's photo with an announcement he posts as well as his contact information. He calls me once a semester to check in and regularly emails reminders on deadlines for class registration. They also have 24 hour tech support which is a huge deal for me. Class difficulty depends on the professor and the class level (as with any school). A level 100 class will be easier than a level 200. In my experience classes get more challenging once you're in the 300's. I would say the university is on par difficulty wise as my local community college and Northern Arizona University online. If you can get an associates degree from a local community college and transfer in as many credits as you can. It will save you quite a bit of money. I also wanted to mention that any complaints about dealing with financial aid are probably not the school's fault. I worked for my community college and the government has extremely strict rules that are a pain.
The courses are good, or seem pretty good, and some of the profs are very good. But there are major down sides. One is that you teach yourself. The design of the courses eliminates lectures and live discussion, which should be the heart of these courses. Worse, the vast majority of students in this program are unprepared. They mostly mean well, but have shockingly little writing or analytic skills, and many of them simply put little to nothing into the courses. Since the program is based on "peer" interaction, this is a serious draw back. If only SNHU would hold some level of admission standards.
You won't learn anything about IT there are no labs, some point of time you will come to know how to write an article in APA format. You will never know how to write hello world in Java if you join this school. Waste of time , waste of money, you will get a fake degree awarded by fake people.
Avoid this university. They pass everyone. I finished my BA and almost completed an MA. The degrees are meaningless, nobody takes SNHU seriously, and with almost zero overhead, they are becoming rich off teaching absolutely nothing and making you believe you can actually do something once you graduate.
If you are a busy person, if you have children, or a career, this school may not be for you. It is a lot of reading and writing, as I imagine all online schools are the same. This one has weekly deadlines. I've heard of some schools who don't have a weekly deadline. I think I've heard of some schools that give you the term to do all the assignments---this one is not one of them. I am a stay-at-home mother right now and struggle ( more than when I had a full time job) to get assignments and blackboard posts in on time. Now that children are out for the summer, doing school work has to wait until the end of the day. Most of the time I'm exhausted and end up falling asleep, then on Sunday I'm trying to turn assignments in on time. So, if you are a mother of small children, or someone with a hectic work schedule, try looking into other schools. I wish the recruiter would have been open and direct with me about this. I guess they're just trying to meet a quota .
SNHU was a great experience for me. I graduated at the top of my class in May of 2016. If you're willing to work hard and stay focused, this is the right school. I am now working on my Master of Arts in professional counseling. I do not regret choosing SNHU. I did my research and chose this school wisely. I did have a very few (2 or 3) instructors that I did not like, but that's to be expected. There was really only one that made my life miserable. I asked for and received awesome references from my final instructors. I highly recommend this school!