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I am five-eighths of the way through my first term at SNHU online. This will be my third degree, the first two were from (different) brick & mortar state universities. I also teach developmental math at a local community college. And I taught one term at ITT Tech, which is a diploma mill to such a disgusting degree. I never returned. I am impressed with SNHU and with what they have been able to achieve. I am taking two classes, one of which I find extremely challenging, the other only mildly so. The quality of their advising is far superior to anything that I have ever experienced. The community college where I teach, in particular, does a horrendous job of advising- the students are completely uninformed about their educational programs. SNHU really helped me make the right decisions (financing, scheduling, etc.) At ITT Tech, it was all about selling to new students, to enhance prospects. SNHU doesn't have the profit motive - my enrollment advisor was cautious and informative, not at all pushy. My academic advisor is helpful and available and acts as a mentor and a champion. A sizable chunk of my classmates in both classes are former military, which I really like for some reason. I don't have any military types in my family or immediate circle, so it's nice to have discussions with them about math online. It's nice to see who these wonderful people really are, how their minds work. I do worry about the impressions out there of the school, such as the negative ones that appear on this forum. I worry that the degree will be snorted at on my resume. But I think they are trying to do the right thing. If they keep it up, the school will only keep improving. Check out the article on Slate.com entitled "The Amazon of Higher Education."
This school is a mess!!! It has been a headache since day one. First they kept giving me the wrong tuition rate. I qualified for active duty tuition and had to fix it twice. The financial aid office is even wrose! They were always telling me different storys on why my award amount was being changed and so much more. The teachers would take weeks to grade your paper or message you back. It is just a complete waste of time and money!
Living in a rural area and being currently unable to uproot my life to be a traditional student, I was looking at online options. I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of programs SNHU offers, including degrees not normally considered to be available online. I am taking classes part-time which allows me to still be able to work full-time and have a life. SNHU also accepted all of my transfer credits (I have an A.S. degree and credits from 3 prior schools.) Tuition is reasonable and there are no hidden costs. I've seen some other reviewers criticize the 8-week term structure, but I experienced that at another school I attended (also a private, non-profit school). You can still learn plenty in 8 weeks, but it can be intense. Over the course of a year, you still take the same number of classes/credits you would under a traditional 2-semester schedule. The instructors I've had so far have been great, all having master's or Ph.D's in the areas they are teaching and they are ready and willing to help students, you just need to ask.
SNHU is a University have big issues on their administration it really doesn't matter what department for the time I have been in this school there has been a huge strugle to get anything done the advising center is nothing but garbage they will loose your forms there is a probability that the forms have to be submitted at least 20 times before they will do anything if you need to speak to somebody good luck you probable will have a better chance resurrecting the death
I am in my late 20's and am currently a teacher seeking to advance my career in the educational field. Initially, I was hesitant about pursuing a degree online for a few reasons. I questioned the legitmacy and quality of the program. I also completed both my undergraduate degree and Post-Bac on a traditional campus state school, where I believe I received a good enough education. To be perfectly honest, getting a degree online was not my first choice--I would rather avoid it. However, attending a traditional campus is not an option for as A) I live in a very rural area and the nearest town is over 80 miles away and I will not commute B) I have a career and the flexibility of taking online classes is much more befitting at this point in my life. I don't aspire to be a CEO or some high-powered big shot, so the degree I will get serves the purpose for most average people, such as myself. This degree will provide me with a means of advancing my career so I can have some relative degree of autonomy (I aim to be a Curriculum Director, an administrative position). About the SNHU itself: I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of education I have received so far. The Blackboard interface is easy to use and user friendly. My professor (have had the same for 2 classes) provides thoughtful feedback and the work is engaging, comfortably challenging, and relevant to the times. If you are getting a Master's degree, don't whine about your instructor not giving you enough supplementary material. In an undergraduate course of study, instructors hold your hand, but as a Master's student, you should be expected to extend beyond the classroom on your OWN and exercise critical thinking skills. Education is what you make of it, regardless of what institution you attend. There will be good and bad at any school. I got an A in my first class, which was the Educational Researcher and let me tell you it was no "walk in the park." I had to deliver a mixed-method research report including data in both qualitative and quantitative form which equated to 30 pages as a finished product. I am proud of my achievements so far and again, I will reiterate that attending school online was not my first choice BUT I am happy with the school and the course of study. I would highly recommend SNHU to any working professional such as myself. Online classes are not as daunting as they are made out to be, and they are becoming the new norm. Many universities, state schools such as SNHU are offering online degrees these days to cater to increasingly busy lifestyles. Don't be dissuaded by bad reviews--it is up to you to maintain communication with your advisor, professor, and stay on top of your course work. If you can do that, I think you will be surprised at how far your knowledge and success will grow. Thanks.
I like SNHU. I attended two brick and mortar establishments (a private for profit and a state school) prior to SNHU. The private university proved too costly considering I was not working, and the state school was absolute garbage. I decided to go back to school once I had an employer who provided tuition assistance, and I chose SNHU. The reason I selected them (this was in 2012) was because they seemed reputable, the people I spoke with were friendly, and I didn't care much for the reputation of the other schools which offered exclusively online degrees. Plus, the tuition rates were lower than the company partnered school believe it or not. I am a relatively intelligent person, I had a 3.6 GPA when I left the private university, and was on the Dean's list every semester at the state school. I graduated SNHU's undergraduate program with a 3.834 GPA, and I am halfway through the MBA program with a 4.0. Granted, not all of the work is difficult. But, it takes time and dedication to ensure that you submit assignments when they are due and to an adequate level of quality. I have had both good and unsavory professors, but no matter what, I do have to spend considerable time ensuring things are completed. This is not a cakewalk with a 40+ hour a week job and two courses per term. I thrive in a self study environment, and I think that's really what this type of educational forum caters to. I have no major complaints with communication, feedback, or grading. As for those who state professors go easy grading, I was accidentally sent an assessment for another student's assignment (we had the same name), and they received a 14% (and deserved it). Admitting any student does make it more difficult for group projects and discussion board interaction, but it does reiterate the effort you put forth in your own work. It's really a shame for anyone to suggest that a degree from SNHU is not respectable. Anyone who spends their time attempting to get a higher education should be congratulated, especially considering how difficult it is to get out from under student loans. The ROI on investment isn't a guarantee right now. I get it, it's not Harvard, but I am not an idiot just bumbling through assignments and getting free A's either. I have recommended them to many people (both of my siblings now attend) and I'm considering a second Master's program. The only thing I cannot really comment on is the financial service. I don't have any student loans and I never get any scholarships or grants. I pay them, they don't bother me.
For online learning, You log in listen to a few chat, read a book, send in a paper, Hmm, that's NOT how one achieves a quality education. As an executive, I will never consider hiring someone from such a program. I took a class to "test" the quality of the program, they failed. I already have two Master Degrees. If you want the "paper" degree, fine. Also, There is major mismanagement of student case loads and student aid not processed correctly putting students in a spot where they own cash. I had a death in the family and they never processed my withdraw and demanded 40% extra in fees! I offered a payment plan they refused what they said was a partial payment without additional earning in interest and fees for the University. They never called to warn me that if I drop regardless of my Father's death, they would still charge me and issue a grade! Instead, they played to time table so they could have a excuse the bill me a year later! The President of the school never responds back to request to talk, ever! They send generic no name E-mails asking for cash too. Their collection partner tells your friends your personal information such as your DOB asking if that is me and ID their agency to clearly let everyone know they are a collection agency for SNHU. In some cases, they work with waive fees for younger student per the BBB, yet the older students they firmly demand large fees. It's only a matter of time they will have legal issue from many censored students. If your a victim, contact a lawyer. The University activity censors negative comments on Facebook. Also, their younger on campus students are encouraged to rate 5 stars to tilt the fact of the quality of this program.
This is a great school and very helpful instructors and academic advisors. Worth the money but be prepared to write a lot of papers. Previous college credits will be applied and you'll be on your way to a great education. This school actually exists and not considered a 'diploma mill'.
Very terrible. After I withdrew and disagreed with them, they sent my account to collections wanting 6,000 dollars. I contacted SNHU who in turn blocked me. In the past when the recruiter called me I said I found a better college, she loudly sighed and hung up the phone.
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.