Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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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!
I normally don't write reviews, but I hope my review will be helpful to someone who is considering attending this school. I have had a wonderful experience with this school. I was in a psychology program and majority of my teachers were helpful and gave good feedback. Online classes is not for everyone. There is a lot of reading, essay writing, and discussion boards which you have to make four post each week. I had one issue with this school that made me very angry. Towards the end of my program I was told that some classes from a previous school I attended, were duplicate courses. I just wish that they caught it sooner, because I had to do two extra semesters in order to graduate (The school did give me a full scholarship to take the additional courses, which was nice). I have been asked many times if I would recommend SNHU to other students, and yes I would definitely recommend this school to other people. I know that my experience will be different from other students. But I am grateful that my experience here has been good. This school has helped me in landing a great job and I'm not ashamed to say that I graduated from SNHU. In previous years I attended U.O.P (Axia online) and when I went on interviews and mentioned the school, employers would just laugh in my face. So I know what it feels like to attend a (For-profit) school that people frown upon. I have not had that experience when mentioning that I graduated from SNHU. In fact it has worked in my favor and has so far been a great experience for me.
I was an online student until I dropped out yesterday. While looking for another school worth being associated with, I found this site. Here's what my experiences at SNHU online have taught me. - Good grades are easy to get, learning not so much. - Online courses do not cater to any learning styles other than reading/writing. Just because someone learns better with visuals does not mean they're dumb, but you will feel it if you're a visual or hands-on learner taking online courses at SNHU. The school won't think you're stupid, just lazy. - Seems like most of the schools focus is on campus, some online courses are still being tested. You still have to pay for these courses though. - Tutors offered for online students are only knowledgeable in so many areas. For instance, if you need help with a programming related class, you will only be able to rely on your teacher (more information on teachers below). Visual learners will be utilizing YouTube. Your instructor will provide you with a link each week. The author of the video is not associated with SNHU, so you can view these videos for free. Ask in the comments and I'll post the link to the authors homepage and save you some money. - There are no teachers, only instructors. Teachers teach, instructors give instructions. You'll be given an assignment and told what is expected. As far as learning the material goes, you are on your own! Honestly, I can't figure out the logic in changing the way people learn when what they're used to works. From first grade up until my senior year in high school I learned so much thanks to my teachers, who valued education. Even the little advice they would give, the little tricks they would teach you to help you remember things. Just all the things that have been proven to work, you will not receive from your instructor. You would honestly think that, the less like a sponge our brains become, that learning environments would become slower and more helpful to accommodate our decreasing ability to learn new things. I swear psychology should be mandatory, equal to English and math, at least. - One teacher, many students. I had one class with over 60 students. I only know because the instructor was stressed and told me she can't take the time to help me because she had over 60 other students to attend to. Okay, so you can't attend to me? Thanks, glad to know I'm not worth the time. - Accelerated course. Every course. I have a full-time job, no kids, no pets. I spent, on average, 3 hours a workday on school work. not including, very weekend, I dedicate 1 day to school work (from when I wake up, til I go to bed minus about 1.5 hours of me-time and obvious eating and the like), and 6 hours on the other day(s). There's a lot to learn in 1 week. As I stated earlier, it's still easy to get good grades, but college isn't about good grades. If you're just looking for a piece of paper that says, "This person knows what they're doing!", then go to SNHU. If you're serious about learning something, take the extra time to find a better school. Find one that can and will cater to your learning style. For people like me, that's tough. Not only am I a visual learner but I'm also a perfectionist. I want the best education I can possibly get and SNHU can't give me that.
Have been in the school for just a little over 6 months. I think they have the right people in place. I think the professors/instructors bring in their individuality, and also have a good sense of helping out students. They are very active in discussion boards, and are also aware of issues through e-mail. The only thing that is growing tiresome, and making me completely unmotivated, is the fact of writing paper...after paper....after paper. Every single class has had a "milestone" that is due, and it's always a paper, sometimes it's 2-3 pages, sometimes it's 8-10 pages. I'm at the point where I'm not learning anything, I am just learning how to write papers, with the proper APA format. It's getting very old, and I am starting to look at other schools that do not require so much paper writing. Please, SNHU, if you're listening, ease up on the milestones and constant paper writing.
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.