Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
(402 Reviews)
59% of 402 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 402 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Jiwon Lee - 2/20/2018
Degree: Web Development
Graduation Year: 2018
"Academic advisor was of no help. Missed 2 term start dates due to lack of information given to me. If they had given me the information I needed up front I would have been able to provide the correct documents in a timely manner. While I am an international student and understand that there are certain requirements needed I felt that they should have the knowledge to help me along my path to higher education."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nicole D. - 2/12/2018
Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have and will recommend SNHU to other students or people interested in furthering their education. I completed my bachelors there and am almost done with my masters there as well. I have been an online student from the beginning, which allows for flexibility, but requires discipline and determination. I had a few minor issues with professors, but SNHU handled them quickly and adequately. My admissions advisor was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. My academic advisor for my undergrad was amazing and constantly reached out to congratulate me or offer her assistance. I ended up meeting her when I went to the campus for an honor society induction. I like that the courses and rubrics are universal throughout the university instead of being individual depending on the instructor. This makes it easier to know what to expect instead of having to remember the expectations of each individual professor. A variety of individuals from the psychology department reached out to me throughout my undergrad to introduce themselves and make sure I knew they supported me and I could reach out if necessary. Some people may find the random phone calls and emails annoying, but I transferred to SNHU from a different school where I didn't even know who my academic advisor was and I was failing courses without professors or an advisor reaching out. I like that SNHU is on top of it and doesn't completely leave everything up to you. Its nice to be reminded that they care."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sabrina - 2/9/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"SNHU is a great school. Out of every school that I looked into, it was the best when it came to time and my schedule. It is an accredited school, and there are challenges like any other college. The advisors are professional and usually respond to emails within two days ( the latest ). If you would like to speak to your advisor, you can make an appointment or call during their scheduled hours. My favorite thing about SNHU is that discussions are due on Thursday by midnight ( class discussions ) and assignments are all due by Sunday at midnight, this allows me to maintain a full time job. Going to SNHU online is convenient and challenging at the same time. Not to mention I can take courses on campus any semester I want. The psychology program is awesome! I had a really hard time with the biology class, but my professor went out of his way to make sure I did not fail. All of my professors have been attentive to the subjects and have explained any questions that I have had. The financial aid office explains and walks every student through every step, the only problem I have had is getting a hold of them on busy days. I recommend making an appointment with the financial aid department in advance. I definitely feel inspired to finish my degree and pursue my master's at SNHU. I recommend SNHU to anyone who wants to go to a respected accredited university that will not leave you in debt that takes 10+ years to pay off. Going to SNHU is one of the best decisions I have made since graduating high school. I have potential employers who are wiling to meet with me once I get my degree. I worked for a lawyer for four years and she looked into SNHU and was extremely proud of where I was going to school. With that being said, SNHU definitely gets a 4 star from me."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Laura - 1/31/2018
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Once you get used to the online terminology and classroom structure the experience is generally positive. The material was relevant and increased in depth the further advanced. I took advantage of every learning opportunity putting in the extra time and effort to get as much out of my education dollars as possible. My instructors were accomplished in their fields, many holding advanced degrees and many years of teaching. There was only one major disappointment in the coursework, which has since been improved. I learned so much and appreciate the opportunity to have earned my degree without travel. For me, the cost was affordable and worth every dime. Go SNHU!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible online classes - 1/23/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2018
"This school is a joke. I don't know how they got accredited. I took two classes online and dropped them week two. Their website is so convoluted and disorganized. The instructors have no idea what they are doing. They don't even write the curriculum and when I attempted to clarify the confusing and terrible prompts, they seemed even more than confused I was. You will not get a good education from their online programs. Don't waste your money and go to to a real school."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Brandon - 1/12/2018
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended SNHU's COCE division for one year before deciding to pursue the remainder of my degree program through a different university. Unfortunately, SNHU's online program and model has some serious flaws which requires attention. I'm going to provide my honest opinion, and share both my positive and negatives of this institution's online degree program. Positives -My Admissions Counselor was great. Kudos to her for walking me through SNHU's admissions and class registration for my first term. My perception is that she genuinely seemed to care. - Two of my adjunct instructors stood out for me while I attended SNHU online, and took time to personally recognize me for my consistent performance during the term. - The COCE tries its best to provide opportunities for online students to engage and regularly network with each other through its SNHUConnect platform. Negatives - It quickly became evident after my second term that the course instructors are not given much freedom to teach class content. With the exception of a class announcement at the start of each week, the instructors appeared to simply facilitate the "boxed" content SNHU has created. I noticed instances when the assignment instructions and rubrics were so poorly constructed that it even confused the adjuncts. NOTE: I encourage you to search Southern New Hampshire University on Glassdoor, and you'll see a common theme among adjuncts and their frustration with SNHU's instruction model. - Participate in a weekly discussion post and you'll quickly realize that a large number of students lack basic spelling and grammar skills. I also noticed that a large number of class participants failed to follow the discussion post rubrics, posting only one or two poorly constructed sentences each week and barely a reply. I'm not proclaiming the title of grammar perfectionist, but it was frustrating to watch approximately five or six of my classmates construct a discussion post that followed the class rubric. Again, adjunct reviews I found on Glassdoor after withdrawing from SNHU supported my perception of this. - It appears that some of SNHU's online students are not prepared and lack foundational competencies to participate to certain university level courses. This does not imply that these students aren't college material, but rather SNHU fails to ensure that students are fully prepared before completing certain college level courses. It seems like the COCE's focus is quantity over quality. -Tests and exams were extremely rare...even in math courses. If I recall, there was a final "exam" in the Statistics course I took, but it was an unproctored test. This means you could easily Google the solutions to the problems. I felt as though the math course had no way of checking for true comprehension of the course content besides completing assignments in MyLab and participating in a discussion post. A writing intensive weekly discussion post requirement for a math course doesn't make much sense to me. -There were constant check-in calls from my adviser throughout each term. Some may find this as positive motivation, but as an adult learner I can't expect my hand to be held throughout the education process. College has and should always be about students showing initiative to utilize resources available to them, and not the other way around. I appreciate my adviser reaching out regarding upcoming registration and at the beginning of a term, but there definitely isn't a need for multiple calls throughout the term to inform me of the current grade I'm making in a class. As an adult, you should be able to find this information quickly and on your own. There is a lot of "hand holding" at SNHU and that really isn't my cup of tea. - The class format is pretty much identical for every undergrad class at SNHU. Each week is divided into a "module" which consists of a discussion post, homework assignment, and a brief quiz. Milestone assignments were placed throughout the courses as well, and all involved writing a paper following the assignment rubric. In my opinion, the format isn't very challenging and as long as you submitted the assignments, you'd probably pass your course. - I truly began to lose respect for SNHU's online programs after an adjunct suggested that utilize WIKIPEDIA as a scholarly source for a Milestone in my Economics course. This occurred after she failed to read my first Milestone assignment and provided feedback that did not apply to my paper. Three weeks before the end of the term, a new instructor was provided for the class. Overall: My overall experience with SNHU online wasn't the greatest and left me disappointed in the quality of the course content and instruction. The school appears to focus more on getting people to enroll rather than delivering a quality education experience. I made the decision to transfer and complete my junior and senior semesters through a large state university that offers online degree programs, and I can honestly say it was the right decision. My tuition per credit hour is slightly cheaper, the courses have challenged me, and the online classroom structure is great!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
disappointed - 1/9/2018
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 1999
"I would not recommend this school. The layout is confusing. The help chat line was helpful, but the instructors did not respond to my emails. So I let myself get suspended out. Read facebook responses, if you tried to take a leave they gave you a hard time. Other issues with purchasing templates that were required for assignments. Just overall vety disappointed for what the advertisements show.."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Leeroy - 1/2/2018
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2022
"I am pursuing my degree outside f the United States and I am currently 1 year into my education. Ive seen a lot of negative reviews here regarding financial aid. While I cannot touch that topic because I am paying for my education out of pocket (and I live/am from outside of the U.S.), I will leave my review on other aspects. I am 27 years old with a mortgage/family/ demanding job so going to a local on campus school would not have worked out for me. While I am paying for my classes myself, I hope to get a scholarship from my work this year , the cost of classes are not expensive in my opinion . If I did not have a house loan I would have been able to pay for school full time. Enrolling was straight forward and my enrollment officer was an extremely nice and outgoing person. Once enrolled I would say my advisor was not as interesting as the person who enrolled me. That is not to say she was bad, she just seemed to be doing an OK job. It does feel empty at times, but that is because I do not go out of my way to utilize SNHUs social applications. I got straight As in all my classes I took in 2017 and I will say that the work was not hard, but it was not necessarily a cake walk either. You really have to focus and allocate time towards your education. My professors were ok, I only had a semi-bad experience with one professor who took way too long to grade out work, which affected us doing the following module assignments. I had one amazing professor who was my English composition II teacher. Dr. M. She was very bubbly and extremely helpful with any questions I had. All in all I would SNHU is a very nice place to further your education online , just keep in mind that if you put crap effort in, you'll get crap grades in return."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Jeff - 12/14/2017
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015
"As with any school, you get what you put into it. I had a terrific experience with SNHU and found the materials and course content to be challenging and relevant to today's corporate environment. In general, my professors were highly attentive and did a nice job facilitating the on-line classroom experience. I would frequently cross-reference course content and requirements against other well-known business schools and found that the materials were consistent."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jessica - 12/5/2017
Degree: Forensic Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school changed my view of going back to college. I am an non-traditional learner and found it difficult to do classes on campus. SNHU was very accommodating and every person I dealt with helped me over exceed my goals and personal expectations."