Southern New Hampshire University Online Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
(402 Reviews)
59% of 402 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 402 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
overall content - 6/20/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am currently finishing my capstone at SNHU in Public Health. The program was not easy. I had to read an abundance of articles, make sure I completed my assignments on time and started them with the right amount of time depending on what I had going on. I am full time teacher and a full time mom and also continued to take courses while pregnant, went on vacations, holidays, etc. I made sure I printed things I needed if I wasn't going to have internet so that I may study on the road, I read the proper chapters, I even set time aside on a daily basis and a study plan so that I may be ahead. I did what I have to. Now, I understand many are stating the program it was very "read this" and get a grade. Well, in a brick and mortar school, that is exactly that, the difference is the application on the study of focus which the new program has at the end. I was grandfathered into the old Masters of Science of Public Health but the new Masters of Public Health contains an internship to help the study get the proper experience within their community and help transition to the career based on the degree attained. It was a bit pricey though."
1.2 out of 5 stars
Disapointed... - 6/14/2019
Degree: MBA in International Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"Disappointment in this school is an understatement. I was accepted to the MBA program, took two courses (earning a 4.0 in each class) and then was told their policies changed and my degree was no longer acceptable to their admissions standards. I was told I would have to take upwards of 11 undergrad courses to make me eligible for the MBA program. This is after I received a letter from SNHU stating all conditions had been removed from my record and i was accepted full time with no restrictions. Admissions staff are no help and I would truly recommend anyone thinking of taking an online degree to look elsewhere."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Business Student - 6/13/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2024
"The English Comp 1 class is horrible. The feedback is interpretation based and subjective. I've asked for help with writing assignments and the only response is to take online tutoring classes. Other than the obvious grammar, punctuation, works cited, APA or MLA formatting there should be no right or wrong answers. This is my worst experience so far. For the books, I would much rather have actual books with codes for learning modules. However, when ordering books for online classes that's not an option."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Raquel - 6/13/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"My experience with SNHU was overall excellent! All my contact with the different departments was always helpful whether it was technology, my advisor, or financial aid. Everyone was always able to give me proper answers. For example, I had to take a term off to have a baby and the financial aid office was able to tell me exactly what to do to maintain proper credits for my aid. My advisor was absolutely amazing! I would have her sign me up for all my classes and she did a great job choosing the order. I felt like they were not in the order I would have chosen, but they made sense for building on concepts from course to course. It was like having a concierge! The bookstore is super easy to use. However, I did find that I could rent books from Amazon for cheaper. Although, alot of times you still have to buy the online book because there is activities and access to other things needed. The new plaform, Brightstart is not perfect, but once you figure out where things are it is really useful for keeping track of assignments and discussions. A majority of the professors were great and provided good feedback. There were a few professors that I could not wait to get through the class, but I think that would happen at any school. I just made sure to fill out the questionnaires at the end of the term. I am now at a new school for my graduate degree, and I am realizing how good SNHU online program is. Not all schools are set-up to be so online friendly. I have read a lot of bad reviews for SNHU and my perception is they are people who thought online school would be easy. It is not. It is a ton of writing. And you are expected to have references for all of your discussions which makes the discussions take longer because you are also researching. To really succeed, you must answer the questions and prompts exactly, and not go off on tangents which I found to be an issue with many students. Stick to the topic because it is part of the lesson for the week. I got really good and efficient at writing papers. It used to take me days to write a 7 page paper. And by the end of my degree, I could do a whole paper in a few hours and get an A. I learned alot because I really committed to reading all the material and researching a lot outside of that as well. Don't phone in it just because it is online school. You get what you give. I loved SNHU!"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Zoe S. - 6/12/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019
"Southern New Hampshire knows what they're doing. I choose them for convenience with an online degree and the amazing tuition prices. There is always someone there to answer any questions you may have; which, believe me, I took advantage of. With online courses, you get teachers and participating students from all over the world, so classes are full of different values, beliefs, and views. You get to experience all the on campus quality from your own home. I will say, however, that sometimes I felt like cattle. I had a few teachers who didn't even bother to change their modules from class to class. For example, I took a class from June to August, and the teacher wished us a very, merry Christmas! That said, that was more the teachers fault than the school. I took the accelerated route, where once I started, I didn't stop. SNHU online classes are condensed eight-week courses that take you quickly through your degree. You work through holidays, vacations of any kind, summer, etc. I believe in the two years at SNHU I had a total of 2 weeks with no classes. BUT! That said, that was my choice. I liked having the ability to map out my own educational route. SNHU has definitely had the practice and knows what they're doing in terms of a quality education."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Billy Z - 6/11/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"I'm now 54 and have been doing the SNHU Online learning for almost four years. I'll start my last 8-week term in 3 weeks. Others may have very well had poor support from teachers, advisors and IT. But for me, I can say that I've been very happy with SNHU, the teachers, my advisors and my courses. And from what I can tell from "Nice to be in the class with you" posts in Week 8 of each class that I've had, everyone's been pretty happy with their classes. I've seen the negative reviews here and have to say that it's not been my own experience. It's true, the first term I was really, really lost on how to navigate the bulletin board, find assignments, announcements and grades. And that's after my friend, who had been doing online learning with SNHU for a year, walked me through it. But then I figured it out on my own and came up with a few tricks. Keeping your weekly work in something like Evernote, separated into weekly folders that are separated into each class, all under an SNHU folder, really helped me. I also keep documents on Dropbox in an SNHU folder. Once you're organized like this it makes things somewhat easier. Are there some nutty professors? Yes, some have cracked me up a bit. One teacher will want you to do something one way. The next teacher will almost scold you and say, "Why did you do it that way?" But guess what? That's how life works and that's how the business world is. I'd consider it part of the education if you're just getting into your working career. I saw one review that said, "This can all be learned on YouTube." Probably so, I'm sure that it's the same for all online classes. I don't think there are many schools that offer regular lectures for undergraduates. But at SNHU you will have some classes that have several live streaming sessions. Online learning is not like sitting in a classroom, it's catered to those that have less time and don't have access to a regular school due to time constraints or location. I would have liked to have seen the six-month rental of books less than they were. That might not be directly in the hands of the universities. But they could push the publishers to have more reasonable rates. Other than that, I'd give SNHU a solid 4/5 stars and recommend it based on my experience with the institution."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Jeff Walters - 6/5/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2020
"This biggest issues I have is with the Administration and the poor customer service they provide to distance education students. I'm abhorred as to the treatment that I've been subjected to by their employees, which I can only assume are mostly part-time undergraduate and graduate students. The staff is profoundly incompetent and the administration seems to care less because they're probably vacationing in Adirondacks or Cape Cod for the summer and left the inmates to run the prison. I've literally had to coordinate my own financial aid between the Department of Veterans Affairs and SNHU because their military team's incompetence, so far every semester. Then after they screw up your account, they harass you for payment."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Brenda - 5/31/2019
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Since I am a student at SNHU, I feel I could write an accurate review of my experiences. Eight out of ten times the instructor doesn't care for the student, doesn't properly engage, make time when time is needed, or follow SNHU's guidelines. Multiple times I have had to go to a Dean for assistance because I either got no response from instructors, my instructor didn't know who to solve a problem assigned in an assignment, graded late or at the very last minute, etc. As a student, we are to focus on our studies, as a student at SNHU one has to focus on their studies and how to figure out communication with an instructor. SNHU didn't hesitate to take my tuition every term and made excuses for everything else along the way. This is why I moved on to a different school for my graduate program!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Fair, honest, review - 5/29/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"Let us start with the facts: I took 4 online classes from SNHU at a cost of over 4K. If one were to take all 40 classes for a ba that would be 40K. I received 4 A's in the classes I took. The pros: With any online class/school obviously you are taking it to save time and money on driving and for class/study flexibility. The cons: Where do I start? COST: At 1k a class I find that very expensive for an online learning platform. YES, many online colleges charge the same or more...but so what? It doesn't make it right. When you think you could go to an actual campus with live professors for the same money at other colleges I find the 1K per class cost crazy. It should be no more than $500. QUALITY: As with many online classes quality can offer suffer. Basically you are assigned reading material. You read the some comments, reply, and eventually get graded. I'm sorry....I can take a book out at the library and do the same thing. Teachers will give A's to students who actually know how to put a paragraph together because 2/3 of the students have no concept of writing, or, they put no effort in. So when the teacher compares your paragraph with a one sentence answer by look good. The lack of real, personal, insight from the teachers are rare and instead you get a lot of "spot on's", "great work", etc. LEARNING: At the end of the day, the end of the class, can you look back and say "wow, I learned a lot there that I can take into my profession or life?" No. Instead, at least for me, after the 4 classes and 4k I looked back and said, "wow, I just spent 4k and learned, really, nothing major". In that sense the classes were a waste of time and money. I'm sure, or I suspect, that other classes do provide some people with new information that they can say they learned something. Just not in my case I guess. REALITY: Cheating is rife with online classes/students often letting others do the work for them. As an employer I would never look at two people the same if one had a BA from an online college vs someone who actually attended school. I would give the person who attended school a 10 while the person with an online degree a 3 out of 10....a very significant difference."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Anon - 5/22/2019
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am the type to read reviews before attending or spending my time on something, but nothing could prepare me for this. I've attended another University online and I've never experienced so much confusion. I'm also pretty well technology savvy yet I found SNHU's online courses extremely confusing and frustrating. From the interface to the wording when it comes to assignments. Then lets add on, that what I'm learning I can learn on Youtube, or I already know the curriculum. Although the quick video tutorial helps in one class, I think all classes should have video included. I may finish my degree at my old school because I'm so confused!"