Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
(400 Reviews)
59% of 400 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 400 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin - 5/24/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2020
"I originally went to an expensive non-profit-private brick and mortar school in Los Angeles County. After 5 semesters I was heavily in debt so I dropped out and joined the military to help pay for school. I wanted to find an online school so that I could continue to work full-time and have flexibility. I was very skeptical of getting a degree that was 100% online because of the horror stories that we all hear, so I did a lot of research and realized that it's the for-profit school that are the trouble makers. So I only applied to non-profit universities. I eventually got accepted to Park, Florida Tech, and Southern New Hampshire but I chose SNHU because their online program seemed to be the most innovative and the majority of my credits transferred. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The classes are more difficult than the first university that I attended and I have to put in a decent amount of work into each class. When I read the negative reviews, I am thinking that those are just negative people who wanted to get a degree with little work, which you won't get at SNHU. Luckily, I am retaining more information at SNHU than I did at my old expensive university so I know that my hard work is actually strengthening my skills. So I recommend that you put in the work, expect to spend about 12 hours a week working on each class that you take, and get the most that you can out of the program. SNHU online program is very innovative and it truly exceeded my expectations. Extra note, their advisors are top of the line!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
CSMITH - 5/22/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"There are many issues to beware of with this school. Most significantly, the curriculum. Assignments are often poorly designed and ambiguous, with poor clarification from the instructors who seem to mostly be part-time adjunct faculty. You spend a lot of time trying to decipher what the problem is asking for, then working on it (usually in a long English essay or paper), only to find out you interpreted it wrong cause it was worded wrong. I dropped the school over this. I can't afford to waste time on poorly developed coursework. It's the school's job to develop clear instruction, not my job to decipher their contorted articulation of the assignment. Also, going to this school feels like taking one long English writing class. Every week you have one to two writing assignments regardless of the course and it becomes very tedious. Thirdly, most of the text books they use are only for online, so you don't get to keep the books you pay for nd it's often a hassle getting access to your online books. I have a lot of industry experience and I felt I could teach all the courses I was taking, however it was unnecessarily a struggle because of the poor curriculum design and lack of instruction. Too many of the instructors are giving out vague instruction in writing and running through a checklist when grading assignments. As I've transferred around with my career, I've now attended 5 different colleges. I just wanted to finish up a Bachelors with SNHU. The subject matter is easy for me, but the school's methods made it cumbersome. I'll finish my degree elsewhere. I'm sorry I wasted my valuable time and money with this school."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Essence - 5/20/2018
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017
"SNHU is the perfect school for working students, parents, people who travel, and for those with less than perfect academic records. I was a traditional undergrad at a state university and I was so disengaged from the core curriculum they force you to take that I aced my majors courses and failed the ones I didnt care about. This is something I know a lot of people struggle with. Its hard to maintain a constant level of motivation in classes that feel like a waste of time and arent stimulating in any way. Needless to say, I dropped out with almost all my majors courses completed spectacularly but with academic probation and SAP holds on my record. When I was ready to go go back to school, SNHU connected me with an Advil who didnt judge my past experiences and who listened as I struggled to figure out how to make the courses work. They even helped me clear up a defaulted student loan!!! The process of getting enrolled was easy and straightforward and I didnt have to worry about my gpa or an essay. The curriculum itself is regimented: Assignments are due Sunday and Thursday each week. You pace yourself for reading the material, which you can purchase with a financial aid voucher and will be promptly shipped to your home. The biggest drawback for me however is that the professors have no control over the material. SNHU determines the coursework and often this leads to uninspired discussion prompts and lackluster courses overall. The professors sometimes do not seem to know the material or are required to follow SNHU policies even when there is a better idea or method available. This means you waste some time on busy work. The discussions were always a hassle. Since the program is online this is how SNHU achieves participation but its masqueraded as a way to connect professors and students to each other and it just doesnt work out that way. Professors are hardly engaged in discussions for the same reason students arent giving it 100% because the prompts arent inspired or engaging and its an mandatory evil for both. Overall: -its an online school so any fantasy you have of being connected to students or staff or having a traditional experience should be left behind -its nonprofit so you arent being ripped off and you are required to complete the same degree requirements as if you were attending a public school in your state -professors come in all shades. Their hands are tied as to grading rubrics and assignment prompts. They do NOT create the content for the online courses they teach. This is to ensure quality and equality across the board for all online courses. SNHU cannot stand behind content they didnt sponsor. This means your professor might be able to accept late work if you ask ahead of time but they wont be able to accept work that doesnt meet the requirements of the assignment rubric. This is the route I would go with if you just need a Bachelors and you dont want or cant go to a traditional school. I love my school. They did a wonderful job of supporting me and I have recommended it to everyone I know!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Tracer - 5/10/2018
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I loved this school. I tried to obtain a degree in my local community college and the state university here and they were both overpriced and felt like I was repeating high school. Went back to school a few years later to SNHU and it was amazing. Sure, the coursework is contrived by someone other than the teachers but Im finding out this seems to be true for many schools (hey, even in non-secondary schools they have a lesson plan that they dont make!). I had two advisors in my time here and they were blth amazing, tech support was on point. Most of my teachers were awesome. Were a few lazy and detached? Sure, but youre not always going to have professors who genuinely care, a lot are just doing it for selfish reasons or cause they cant hack it in their chosen field. Are some students lazy and lacking? Sure. But I went to an automotive school and someone couldnt read! It was a requirement yet he still got let in, and then failed when he couldnt be taught and helped. The only reason Im not getting a Masters here is because I had my first negative experience: misinformation and a failed callback on the scheduled date (still havent heard back from them!)."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rob - 5/8/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am a new student working through my third term, and I have nothing but great things to say about the school. I had a lot of trepidation about starting college at 32, and while I consider myself a reasonably capable person I never pushed myself to make excellent grades beyond middle school. Getting into the school was actually a breeze, and the counselors and financial aid department allayed all of the fears I had of applying in the first place. I am currently taking two courses per term (six terms per year) while working a full-time job, and there is certainly enough challenging work to keep me busy, but it isn't overwhelming. I have found that you will get back what you put into these courses. You have to be highly self-motivated and self-disciplined to get through your coursework during the week, and this is especially true if you're looking to excel. The school seems to focus far more on learning and applying concepts rather than rote memorization of facts just to pass an exam. I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA so far, and this is especially shocking to me because I had zero confidence in my math abilities coming into this program, but the courses are excellent. I also can't say enough good things about the professors and the technology the school uses. The professors have all been quick to respond to any concerns I have and help me through any issues, and their ability to distill a lot of core ideas into relatively short courses is impressive. They really want you to master fundamental ideas instead of memorizing as much as possible to make it by for the week. The foundation of the whole course beyond the professors is the learning environment and supporting systems, and they are top-notch. I work as a system administrator for a large hospital system, and I am extremely impressed with how well their environment works and what resources are available to me; I know how challenging deploying and maintaining a lot of these systems are. Buying books has been easy (they've all been e-books so far), they're not majorly expensive, and since most people won't be taking more than two to three courses per term you don't have to factor in a lot of extra cost all at once. Most - not all - of the negative reviews I've seen give me the impression that the person writing them was expecting to have their hand held or simply be able to purchase their degree. I won't try to dispute horror stories with financial aid or just having a bad fit with a professor, but this is the kind of school where you are given all expectations clearly and repeatedly, and if you follow them to the letter you should be able to manage a decent grade. With that said, there is a big difference between thinking you're following instructions and actually following them. They might not have understood a direction and done something wrong, they might have put in the bare minimum and been shocked when that didn't get them a good grade, or they honestly might not have the aptitude to do college-level courses at this point and need to work on some fundamental educational issues they have. You can really get a sense of when a few of your classmates are these people from their discussion posts. Some of them don't follow the prompts at all - like seriously, not even remotely related to the topic - and they will do the absolute bare minimum to get through an assignment. If you review your syllabus for a course and follow all of the rubrics for your assignments you will succeed, and some people just don't put in the effort required. I will probably write another review at the end of my degree, but.. TL;DR - Great school, check it out."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Tim M. - 5/3/2018
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"I signed up for the Project Management MBA program with a concentration in Lean Six sigma. I'm on the verge of graduating but yet to have a single class pertaining to Project Management or Lean Six Sigma. I'm a military student who seems like I just wasted my GI Bill. I'm guessing I'll hang my diploma on the wall just to collect dust."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Ashley - 5/1/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had mixed feelings starting a program online to turn my associates into a Bachelor's degree, I saw negative reviews and was very nervous starting at this school and doing is online. The courses are challenging and of course some professors are hard to grasp, but it is beneficial to reach out to classmates, advisors and other resources to complete work. reading everything about the class, webinars are very helpful and 90% of my experience with teachers (even the small few I did not enjoy) all communicated back and all had attentive dialogue. Some people are not cut out for online learning and need the in-classroom scene, i discovered I could complete work after everyone was in bed and being able to do the work on my own time since I work full time. Anyone in their later years should talk to an advisor if they are thinking of coming back to school, I'm glad I waited until I was 30 to decide my degree path instead of jumping into a different degree I would have no use for. Financial aide was a little bit of a headache so I recommend you understand all paperwork that needs completed so your funding isn't changed mid way. Financial services are helpful. The learning communities are also helpful , I did accounting and the accounting community gave great help with tutoring."
5.0 out of 5 stars
CarliAnn Golden - 4/18/2018
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"Southern New Hampshire University (S.N.H.U) was an amazing college to work with. They were very supportive for my goals as well as a huge support in areas that I struggled in. I felt that S.N.H.U was personally there for me to help me achieve my educational goals. They assigned an advisor to each student that would speak with the student about what they want to achieve while pursuing a degree at their university, they would set an education plan for the best possible results for each class. The advisor would call every week to every two weeks to check in with the student to see if they had any questions or concerns about the classes they were taking, the advisor would also assist the student in any resources that may help them in their classes. I personal felt that this university was there for me and wanted me to achieve my degree. I also liked the courses I took at this university, it was very easy to follow and easy to ask questions to the professor. I did my bachelors degree online at S.N.H.U and I liked how the interaction was with not only the professor but other class mates. This allowed me to ask other students what issues they had in the course work and how they got support for that issue. I felt that Southern New Hampshire University was a community, the staff as well as all the students were all in it together. I enjoyed my time at this university and I would highly recommend this school to anyone that wants to achieve their education goals."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Michelle - 4/14/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2020
"It was important that I attend an on-line school for my Masters Degree due to my work schedule, but I was both skeptical of the quality of an on-line education and a bit deterred as I graduated with my BA several decades ago, and I'm not particularly computer literate. I did have some adjustment issues with the on-line format, but I found many resources were available to assist me. My first teacher was amazing, very accessible, eager to help and supportive. He also was understanding when life issues arose, and was somewhat flexible as long as I stayed in touch. I am in my second class, and so far, so good. I will say that unless you are a self-started and willing to put in the work, ask questions and seek out resources this may not be the learning format for you. It does require a degree of autonomy, and you get out of it what you put in. I am a much more dedicated student now than I was in college,when this program might not have worked as well for me. At this stage of life I am willing to dedicate the hours required, which for me with my computer learning-curve is easily 20 hours per week for one course. I also needed to skip over some semesters when work was very busy and I found complete support there, too. Overall I would say this is a good school for someone like myself who is no longer 21, has other commitments, can't travel easily to courses on a campus and wants to keep the brain cells alive!"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lynnette - 4/13/2018
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2019
"This review is for SNHU online degree. Expect to put in 35 hours per week minimum for each class. The only issue I have is the insane amount of writing- one paparr will span 7-8 weeks with only a portion due each week- resources, citations, & so many edits. I am highly annoyed by the many tiny steps that tie up my schedule- very hard to focus so much time even not working! The teachers are nice- the assignments nerve racking and tedious!"
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