Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (244)
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.
All of my instructors have been very professional and inspiring, I am so thankful for that. The SNHU student advisors and career advisors are among the best selcted people in their profession. I have received so much professional help I have not even expected to come, they go above and beyoung to make sure that you recieve the kind of support that moves you forward. I find all of my course work helpful in my work with children and my person so life. I am very thankful for the positive experience that I had as a student in earning my BA in Psychology.
So far I would rate the school in general well enough. Every class has its challenges and you do have to know the material, although some classes in my major program seem to repeat specific coursework or go over the same concepts. Rubrics are sometimes confusing and require some back and forth with the instructor to clarify meaning. I think my biggest gripe is that a lot of instructors are very slow to respond to board posts, don't even check their email, and give cryptic responses to plainly phrased questions. Some of the instructors can have a different philosophy in grading in that they expect you to 'go the extra mile' on material that you haven't learned (I have a 3.9 GPA). This makes the few you get that are really just doing their jobs seem exceptional. Now granted, you don't really interact that much at all with the instructors beside them posting announcements and the occasional response to a required post, but those who take an interest in their teaching make you feel a lot better about reaching out for simple questions, or they provide great feedback on work.
It's disheartening to read these negative reviews since my experience at this school and I know the experience of many others has been absolutely stellar. I started at SNHU in February 2016 and was able to transfer in 75 units so I had 45 to complete for my degree, which I completed in May 2017. From the outset, my advisors were available and helpful in getting me accepted, enrolled, and comfortable in my courses. I never had any issues registering for classes or receiving financial aid and was never charged erroneous or disingenuous fees. The professors I had were largely excellent, with many of them teaching at major universities and many of them were successful, published writers. There were a couple of average instructors in the bunch but none that I would consider to be sub par. The online course as SNHU require a student to be a self-motivated self-starter who possesses a real desire to learn coupled with excellent time management skills. Grades aren't handed out; they are earned and the workload supports this. At no point did I feel overwhelmed with work but the work is no joke, either. In one of my highest-level courses I read three novels and several short stories, plus short essays, discussions, and a final paper and presentation - all in 8 weeks. A serious student should expect to work for their degree, and that's what I did. It's like many other things in life in that you will get out what you put in. I don't understand some of the comments I've read here that indicate that the degree is worthless. I have a lovely diploma from an accredited, nonprofit school and a confirmed enrollment in a graduate program at my local state university for the upcoming Spring semester to prove otherwise. The negative reviews seem like they are coming from people who aren't or weren't willing to put in the time and effort and who were hoping for a degree they could, in the end, purchase. You won't find that at SNHU. All in all, I can positively recommend this school for people who need an online program that fits into their busy work and/or family lives. SNHU truly allowed me to achieve my goals and I will always be grateful.
While I think that education has generally declined in the United States overall, there still seem to be pockets of resistance in the fight to keep liberal or general education meaningful and credible. And while previous achievements in education, along with credit earned through military experience required that I only spend one year at SNHU to attain my BA, I consider the school one of the aforementioned pockets. From the first day of my online classes with SNHU, the instructors drummed a particular idea into students' heads, that is, the idea that one should endeavor to know as much as one can about as much as possible, and not just about one's chosen specialiy. This idea was held up as a cornerstone of undergraduate education at SNHU. As a person in my 50s, who went through school when education was taken much more seriously in America, I think I know the differences. Additionally, since I have two daughters graduating college (U of Central Florida and Old Dominion University) next year, the appropriate comparisons of our educational experiences were constantly made in various areas of study. Despite the fact that UCF is considered a good school and ODU a great one, my SNHU (online) education held its own at every turn. So while I've read reviews here critiquing all manner of things at SNHU, from low grades, to lazy counselors, and inexperienced instructors, my experience was exactly 180 degrees "out of phase" with these conclusions. First, I conducted myself at SNHU as I always have in all educational endeavors (in HS and in the military), that is, studiously and very conscientiously. As a matter of fact, when my girls offered that we start a 4.0 challenge, I explained that not only did I have an advantage in age, wisdom, and experience, but that being a person who went to schools in America in the 70's and 80's, my approach to learning was going naturally be more serious than they've ever been expected or required to be. This was borne out in the fact that not only did I receive grades superior to those of my daughters, which might not be a great measuring stick because we were at three different schools, but my grades (when I could tell), and work products were far superior to my younger classmates (when I could tell with reasonable certainty, since other's grades are not always within another student's purview, while many work products were). Lastly, I found my counselor hardworking and attentive, my instructors knowledgeable and understanding (my mother passed away during my second term, and all possible consideration was afforded me, and I was able to stay on track), and most important, my experience was positive to the degree that I am seriously considering pursuing a master's degree in psychological counseling with SNHU. PS - I completed my year at SNHU with all A's and a 4.0 GPA. And while I think the curriculum was reasonably challenging for me, it was much more challenging to younger students who never developed the kind of school work ethic and the fear of shame associated with failure, that is a vital part of my general and educational upbringing. That is, I was a student before the days of social promotion and the attitude of "I'm ok and you ok, and yes Martha, failure IS an option!"
It's unfortunate that so many people have written negative reviews. My experience has been nothing short of amazing and I am very happy with the advisors, the professors, and the coursework. I tranferred into the Public Administration program with an Associate's degree in Business Administration and I was able to apply almost all of the credits without a problem . The application process was easy, and there have been no problems with financial aid. The negative reviews seem to be from people who are not suited for online learning or who can't take the time to read instructions and ask questions. Overall, I'm very pleased with my education at SNHU and would recommend the school to others.
I've only been attending SNHU online for a few terms, and for the most part it has been a great experience. I was able to transfer almost all of the credits I had previously earned and was able to begin my first term with enough credits to be qualified as a junior. A few complaints: 1. During the first couple of terms, I had a 'new student' advisor who was almost harassing with the number of times she would call me - I understand I'm new to the school, but I have a 4.0 GPA and transferred in with a high number of credits...I don't need to be called 3 times a month. 2. I have had a few professors that were extreme misses - specifically in the term I just completed. There were assignments I went extremely above and beyond on but received pretty mediocre grades. When I contacted the professor about this, I received an answer that was just as vague as the rubric I was told to follow. 3. I wish I could take more classes during a term. While they are challenging, I feel taking 3 would be doable and I'd love to be able to graduate that much sooner - maybe I'll bring this up with my new advisor.... Overall, I've learned some great things and can absolutely say you'll get as much out of this school as you put into it - it's challenging and many professors grade harshly, but I'm glad I'm finishing up my degree here.
I wish I had paid attention to these reviews. I wish I would have searched out more schools online and they charge alot for leaving the school going to another one thats qualified. I think it's a waste of money and time. The school is only about money and debt. The Instructor I had was unprofessional. I had an issue with an Instructor and she emailed the Dean like she was concerned. The Dean sent me an email addressing an issue I never knew we had without even addressing me. Looking for another school.
I have a BS from SNHU I earned in 2014 and an MBA I earned in 2017. So far, all these degrees have gotten me is debt. I cannot find a job with these degrees. I am working with an Associates Degree I earned from a community college in 1989. No one will hire me. I have received a lot of feedback that it is because of SNHU's reputation for being a place where degrees are purchased and not earned, I am now in debt and I have never used either one of these degrees a day in my life.