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I read a lot of bad reviews online as well as a lot of great ones. I did not know what to expect and almost did not attend. I am glad I chose to attend though. Here are the reasons why I would recommend this school: 1. Their online flexibility is what I was looking for. 2. I am smart, but hate taking tests, so no GMAT or GRE was what I wanted. 3. Some professors can be bad, but most professor I had for my masters were great. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Only detail here is, you have to reach out to them. 4. They focused on using R throughout my masters. I really liked that. 5. They also focused on understanding the CRISP-DM method for analytics. 6. They showed me other tools that are used out there like Tableau, Excel, Qlik, Power BI. I do wish they would have put more emphasis in using R's shiny, markdown, and other tools for building visualizations and dashboards to keep it all open source. The negative side of attending SNHU was that their Hadoop class I took was not enough. I get that Hadoop has its ecosystem and takes more than one class to learn. I just wish they would have had more classes on it and its application to data science/analytics. The other bad thing was not having an R beginners class. The program assumes you know some. I recommend learning by yourself as much as you can before you start the program. That is what I did but during my program. I don't care that others don't see the value on this school. It is not the best, but if you challenge yourself as you take your classes, you can definitely gain a lot from their masters in Data Analytics, as I did. I don't know about any other programs, just the MS in Data Analytics. One more thing, they have some internship resources, but they are not the best. I suggestted to them to get some companies to agree to hire their top students. They did have other resources to help me explore my career, but those resources came with no explanations. Overall, I am glad I attended this univeristy online. My next goal is to attend John Hopkins for their post-master program in data science.
Terrible online school. Yes, they gave me quite a lot of credit for my military career. But the instructor's are all ego-centric and there is not accountability for them. They publish a Rubric you must follow, but they do not grade off of it. They can give a poor grade for anything and no one double checks their grading. You bring it up and they automatically label you as a trouble maker and you will not get another good grade. So many better options for veterans. I highly recommend staying away
Counselors and advisers talk real smooth. Website initially seems very user friendly, but isn't when you need it to be. Classes start before you see a syllabus or who your instructor is. Modules show up as both open on AND due on the same day. Online reading material isn't where you're told it will be.
For your undergraduate degree I believe you could do much worse then snhu. I had a counselor from the military division and she was great. Started my masters there it was terrible. Be prepared to write essays for every class. The secret is to find out what the instructor wants and adapt to that. Undergrad at snhu yes go elsewhere after that.
The courses in and of themselves are not bad. Some were the "mandatory" ones that proved to be a waste of time, but all colleges put people through that nonsense. The main issues were with some of the instructors. Major ego problems meaning "I'M the teacher, and YOU'RE the student" BS. A couple in particular that I butted heads with would be well-served to realize that even though you "think" you know better than your students, that is not always the case. One in particular whom I had added into an email conversation with my advisor thought she would use the emails against me, telling the advisor "I'm so glad you are a part of this conversation", like it would sway the advisor to side with her. It didn't, by the way. I certainly hope that particular instructor is a better author than she is a teacher, because the LAST thing she needs to be doing is teaching!!
My first two years of college were done at a traditional brick and mortar school back in the mid-90's. Life had a way of stepping in and I was unable to finish my degree. I decided to go back in early 2017 to finally finish my Bachelor's degree in Human Services. SNHU has been aswesome from the getgo! They transferred ALL of my credits and made the transition incredibly easy. My advisors have been amazing, finanical aid has always been helpful and right on piont, and for the most part, I've been happy with my professors. I honestly feel like SNHU cares about me as a student (my advisor calls out fo the blue fairly often just to check on how I'm doing and to see if I need anything or have any questions etc.) I haven't had any real technical issues and everything is very straightforward in my courses. I have had such a great experience that I've talked my daughter into transferring too! Honestly, I don't understand the negative reviews because it's certainly been a great school for me! Worth every penny and I am so excited to graduate in the Spring of 2019. Good luck everyone!
Please do some research before attending online. I chose to complete my MBA and afterwards found out the degree was basically worthless. New employers were not impressed and one even told me it was probably a waste of time. No GMAT should have been my first sign that this was not a highly rated program. If you are going to spend the money on a Masters degree please make sure you are getting your moneys worth.
Online software and web portals have significant technical issues. Completing simple tasks will take a lot of extra time, and you will have a very difficult time completing assignments on time. There are hidden punitive fees for withdrawal even if their software is the reason. They assume no responsibility for their software functioning, so the student assumes all the risk. Lesson learned - never attend an online university unless you have had the opportunity to try the software in advance. The functionality of software or lack thereof can affect your GPA and generally put the completion of the degree at risk.
As I've transferred around the country during my career I've attended 5 different colleges. In addition, as a person who retired young from a position as a Sr. hiring manager with a major multinational corporation, I got to know the quality of education for many colleges through the process of interviewing and hiring many hundreds of people. I can honestly say that SNHU is the worst college I've ever seen. In many courses there is basically no instruction provided other than reading assignments. Communication with instructors is by email or discussion board, taking days for a response making that response too late to help clarify inadequately articulated assignments by the due date. Instructors are often adjunct faculty that appears to "instruct" (and I use that word loosely) the courses as a side-line for extra income in addition to their day jobs. The course work is poorly designed and open to subjective interpretation, followed by a student assessment done with a cookie cutter approach. Although I got A's, I learned very little and finally dropped the school from my life, judging the quality of education there to be nearly worthless. As a Sr. hiring manager, I would not hire anyone who's resume indicated their primary education was from SNHU. I'm surprised the school maintains accreditation.
It's hard to put into words how awesome SNHU has been. I was a poor student in High School and eventually dropped out and got my GED. That experience made it very difficult for me to ever want to go back to school. I joined the military and after serving for 8 years finally got the motivation to go back to school. From day one my academic adviser and the other employees at SNHU have made me feel that I am more than capable of getting my degree. They've motivated me and taken a very personal interest in my accomplishments. I originally was only going to get an associates but after taking 3 courses I decided to work towards my bachelor's which I will receive next spring. Some of the complaints I've read regarding SNHU are that it is not challenging. I would say the entry level courses are not very challenging, but once you move into the upper level courses be prepared to spend some Saturday's studying. Is SNHU as prestigious as Harvard or Yale? No, but they've never claimed to be. If you're someone who has been out of academics for a long period of time I would highly recommend SNHU for whatever degree you wish to pursue. I've had a fantastic time and wouldn't have wanted to attend any other University.