Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (215)
I was a little skeptical about SNHU (and online education in general) when I first decided to go back and finish my bachelor's degree in late 2013. I have attended both a traditional brick and mortar state university as well as an exclusively online experience at SNHU, so I have a decent amount of experience in both settings. Overall, I have been fairly happy with my experience while attending SNHU when I compare it with my experience at a state university. First of all, you have to be comfortable as an independent learner to have any sort of success as an online student. I knew plenty of very intelligent students when I was at a tradition brick and mortar university who would have likely struggled as an online student due to the lack interaction with the instructor. If you are the type of student that has to be in your professors office hours every week, online education might not be a great fit for you. Fortunately for me, online education is perfect fit for me because I enjoy learning and discovering new things on my own. There is no "right" way to to learn. Find the way the best works for you and run with it. I had some very good instructors and some not so good instructors at SNHU, but I had a similar experience with my instructors at a state university. For the most part, I have been impressed with the level of instruction from the adjuncts at SNHU. As a business major, I think learning from professional who are still active in the field is a terrific way to build business acumen. As I mentioned, some instructors are good and some are bad, but that's pretty much the same experience you're going to have at any university outside of the the top tier. One of the areas where I had an issue with SNHU was the quality of some of the other students in class. Since SNHU will admit just about anyone willing to pay the tuition, you get a lot of students in class who do not belong in a college classroom (virtual or otherwise). It is very difficult working on group papers with people who cannot write at a college level. I noticed that this wasn't as much of an issue as I progressed farther into my degree program, but even ran into this problem over the last few weeks in my final term. Overall, I have definitely had a positive experience with SNHU. Whether you attend SNHU or Stanford, college education is what YOU decide to make of it.
Great online school they encourage you every step of the way but you must do the work not a school for lazy people
They are awesome. You cannot find a more affordable school that is online with the amount of degrees they have available. Awesome awesome awesome
I'm in Arizona and was enrolled at SNHU Online. I had completed 2 courses with no issues. I paid for the tuition up front and my employer reimbursed me at the end upon evidence of course completion with passing grades. However, when my company announced layoffs, I was unsure if I could be reimbursed if I was no longer employed when I completed the course. So to be safe, I sent my advisor an email within the required withdrawal period explaining my concerns and requested to withdraw from the class I had not yet started and re-enroll in a subsequent term when I was confident of continued employment. He (Matthew Boyd) was out of the office and I received an automated out of office reply. I glanced at this on my phone and assumed he would handle the situation upon his return. I wasn't worried because my email was clearly dated within the withdrawal period. However, when I received bill for the tuition, I emailed Matt and his response was that at the bottom of his out of office automated reply was the statement that if my email was regarding withdrawal, I needed to complete the proper form and submit THAT within the required withdrawal period. I did not see this and as he never followed up with me, it was now too late to file "THE FORM." I asked him if I could go ahead and file it, he said sure, but it would probably be rejected as late and I'd have to appeal, which I did and I was denied. By now, I'd missed too much of the class to actually take it, but I was still responsible for $1,800 of tuition for something I did not receive. I was extremely disappointed in their bureaucratic approach to the withdrawal process. I clearly communicated my situation to MY ADVISOR and as I had NEVER had to withdraw from a course before, I was not familiar with the process. I had expected some assistance from my "Advisor!" While I'm sure this is all "legal,” it's just bad business and I would have expected some flexibility. I would have remained a student had they offered to work with me, give me credit toward a future course, or charge a nominal penalty rather than the whole $1,800 tuition for the class (as I did not benefit from any class time). So I felt compelled to drop out of their school and never return. This all happened in January 2013 and was unable to pay $1,800 with potential unemployment from layoffs looming, so I agreed to $100/month until paid. They enthusiastically accepted that....why not, it's money for nothing? I feared for my credit score if I didn't pay. I ultimately did not lose my job and probably could have paid the balance, but as I'm still waiting for some benefit from this investment of $1,800, I figure they can wait for the “free” money. I do not believe SNHU follows fair business practices and they are they instructors and course materials are mediocre. They are supposed to be "non-profit" but they clearly made $1,800 profit off me! So just beware if you are planning to attend SNHU Online. Be sure you study all their policies because they will not be flexible.
Excellent school. I have read some reviews speaking bad about SNHU and it poor online degrees, but if you look at all the major universities they are all going online. PSU has a masters that is online, Georgia Tech masters online, a ton of undergrad programs from top schools are online. The argument is flawed to say online is not a worthy degree otherwise it would have died out long ago. I highly recommend SNHU and other online programs from established accredited universities it is worth it.
I love the help I have received through every course. If a person fails at this school, it is because he or she does not do the work at all. All any student has to do is ask for help or let the instructor know he or she is struggling with the material and help is given by other students, tutoring, the instructor, the adviser, and online material like Khan Academy.
Before its nationwide mass marketing campaign two years ago SNHU offered an excellent online education to its students. It was top quality with great value. I know, I was a student at one time and so impressed I later became an adjunct instructor for the program over a period of several years. Now with its push for rapid expansion nationally it resembles more of a for profit diploma mill. It seems more is spent on advertising than on the quality of education they offer. This is a true loss for any would be or current student, not to mention those alumni who paid or are paying dearly on tuition loans to fund that degree at what is now rapidly becoming considered low grade and low quality. Direct experience has shown repeatedly that the administration which is growing by leaps and bounds is disorganized and has little concern for the quality of the curriculum that instructors are given to use, and instead are much more focused on developing methods to push students through the motions to up their enrollments and revenues.
Ive gained more as a student in my time here (Jan 14-Present) then I did in my undergrad from (Sept 2008-Dec 13). Some classes are more challenging then others, and yes there are some professors online who really dont care. However I believe that the you find more who do care. Nothing is perfect. I have had in class professors who don't care as well. If you apply yourself it will get noticed. The amunt of effort and time you put in, will be seen by professors and you will be rewarded for that.
SNHU is running a grift on its students. Note that it gives you 3 credits for 8 weeks of work, instead of the normal 16 at a real college, but you pay as if you're at University of X or X State University. This system is in place so SNHU can suck down massive amounts of federal aid, not because it is the best way of providing quality education. SNHU exists to make money for SNHU ... tho' it is a not-for-profit unlike Phoenix and the other thieving dens. Regardless of the on-line schools' for-profit or not-for-profit status, at the end of the program, you get lots of debt for a sh!t sandwich without the bread. Now if you want to just fill a block, enroll here, but you should know that in the real world, people will in fact look down upon you for having a SNHU degree. SNHU is rotten to the core: they get only crappy professors (a great number of them educated only in on-line settings, which is why this is more a Ponzi scheme than a college) who make only $2200 a course (what's their motivation to go above and beyond for you when the prof is getting $110 on average for each student? ... that's $13.75 per week per student ... how many hours of the prof's attention each week do you think $13.75 buys you? -- about 15 minutes if your lucky); the work that students get away with performing is a pathetic (20 pages of reading a week in a class, for example) but the grades are inflated through the ceiling; and the staff designing the curricula have joke degrees (why do their deans, for example, have only MA degrees, and then from 5th-rate schools?). If you want a real educational experience, enroll at your local community college, earn your intro credits there, then go do the hard work and make the sacrifices at a brick and mortar school to get a real degree.
I have had a great experience with SNHU College of Online and Continuing Education. Application and enrollment were definitely one of the smoothest transitions I experienced during the year I transitioned out of the military. The school accepted all my recommended ATTRs credits and transfer credits from my previous traditional on-campus university experience. The Veteran Student Advisors so far have all been veterans themselves and had consistently made sure my ducks were in a row financially. I have never had a lapse post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The courses are state-of-the art and I am always finding myself surprisingly pleased with how innovative the classroom software is. My professors have all been experts in their field and are prompt with feedback and grading. The online "campus" is very intuitive and all the resources are very well organized. News updates keep you "in the know" about university and regional events including some really interesting lectures, speeches, sports events, promotions etc. The electronic library is immense and I should say too that the campus is rather charming with very nice modern classroom and campus activity facilities. The ride to campus from Massachusetts is very enjoyable. I am confident that upon graduation, with the knowledge I have acquired here at SNHU College of Online and Continuing Education, I will be able to secure employment in my field and work towards my goal of owning my own business. I am so far 100% satisfied.