Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews
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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.
This is a university that is significantly more effective for the self-motivated learner. If you want to get an easy degree, you can probably make it through SNHU's curriculum without much effort. The online forum does away with a lot of the rigidity of brick-and-mortar institutions and it is laughably easy to out-shine your classmates. In most of my classes, about 60 to 80% of the discussion posts (a semi-weekly writing-intensive assignment) are basically nonsense, illogical, or off topic. That's fine. I recently had a difficult time grasping one the calculation-approaches for my Managerial Accounting course and put up some clearly-wrong calculations for everyone to see--it happens. But there are intelligent discussion posts made and those are usually the ones I engage with (to keep from getting frustrated). Many courses are pretty easy to subvert "high-minded" academic intentions (i.e. "not cheating"), but I want to make it abundantly clear at this point: SNHU has been a really positive experience. The platform has a lot of support. The University offers you many of the same benefits as a brick-and-mortar school (e.g. career services, financial aid hotlines, etc) and the financial advisers are clearly well-taken-care-of because they are very attentive and helpful. As always with life: you are ONLY going to get out what you put in. I read the text. I take time to create worth-while discussion. I do my work well: putting actual time into it and trying to grasp what I am supposed to be grasping. ...Usually. :) If you're doing what I am doing, you're going to get something out of your time at SNHU. If you're here to just get a degree, well you can probably do that s***, too!!! But you can bet I am not going to read your half-hearted attempt at a discussion post! UHG! As a final note, there's not a lot of "spice" that each instructor can offer besides how they grade assignments. Most webinars and assignments are pre-fabricated by course creators. TL;DR: Do recommend! Easy money! Don't be lazy! (Or do be lazy, but don't complain when you have a degree and haven't learned s***!)
The university wants to place people in seats and they do not care about their employee wellbeing. There is a high turnover rate, leading to inaficancy with the students needs and success. There is not the freedom to choose your own courses. Micomanging is their way, and you as the student do not have a voice to change their mentality of thinking. Save your money and find a better university.