Southern New Hampshire University

Review Averages: 6.0 out of 10 (50 reviews)
Ranking: #58

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I've gotten raises and promotions thanks to my degree!
Business Administration - September 26, 2016
I found the material covered to be relevant and presented in a manner that made a lot of sense. The classes are well organized and my adviser was attentive and quick to respond to questions/concerns. As with any school your education is only worth what you put into it. Those that say the degree is useless may want to get a job else where. I've gotten hired by one of the big four consulting firms on Wall Street and promoted at that firm. I then took a job offer from another large consulting firm at a higher level position. I was making around $40,000 before I finished my degree, and now I'm at $90k about two years later. Side note: How do you get duped/tricked into coming to a school? You have to read and sign a ton of paperwork for both school administrative reasons and for financial aid. These folks that feel they got tricked are probably the same people that fall for the Nigerian prince scams...

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The SNHU System Doesn't Support Student Ambition and Fails to Inspire Curiosity
English Language and Literature - August 14, 2016
I am proud to admit that after two years as a student in SNHU's English Language and Literature program, I made the easy decision to transfer before it was too late. The academics are mediocre and appease the lowest common denominator; often, as an intellectually curious student, my thorough discussion board posts would go ignored by student and instructor alike, in favor of posts that welcomed brief responses. I found myself questioning in several courses why, in an environment that supposedly encourages engaging interaction and stimulating conversation, I was always made to feel invisible. Aside from this, I was enrolled in two creative writing courses in which the instructors openly criticized the names I chose for my fictional characters (and didn't actually read the names correctly to begin with). This was a red flag for me, and certainly didn't bode well for the instructors' attention to detail. Moreover, at one point I was paired with an academic advisor who attempted to talk me out of selecting a philosophy minor based on a prior (and clearly biased) experience they had with the discipline. Their aim as advisors is to encourage a student's drive for individual challenge--not navigate the student's path for them amplified by personal grievance. Education is, in a nutshell, one's acceptance of effort, perseverance and rigor. The cookie-cutter, rear view mirror academic experience students receive here should be taken with a grain of salt. If I may be honest, students who want to be recognized for their voracious educational pursuits, and who want to become more than a fuzzy blip on society's radar, would fair better attending elsewhere.

5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good School for it you want good grades but learn nothing
BS Computer Information Technology - August 8, 2016
If you want a degree where you hardly do any work, and subsequently learn little to nothing in the process then this is the school for you. Their online information technology degree is a joke. The reason being, the professors do not actually teach you how to do anything. They give you very easy assignments and the "tests" are just like regular assignments. There is no incentive for a person to even try to learn. Everyone likes things to be a little laid back, but this is a type of degree you actually have to learn how to do it. With this school, you will not get that. Potential employers will doubt your abilities at IT if you get a degree from this school. The best schools for IT degrees are ones that are ABET accredited. it is the highest accreditation you can get and one employers look for when hiring.

7 of 24 people found the following review helpful
waiste of money and time and also a waiste of space
BS Environmental Science - July 29, 2016
I thought this was meant to be a university not a damn high school the administrators and the COCE cover each others butts also the teachers are little to no help and the teachers and advisors don't get back to you for weeks on end and when they do they say that they tried to email you. they whole university is a joke and you also get multiple answers for the same question. they then tried and say that they never said that do yourself a favor and DON'T ENROLL AT SNHU THEY WILL SCREW YOU OVER...........

9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Southern New Hampshire University
Business Administration - April 8, 2016
This is the worst school possible in almost all aspects. DO NOT ATTEND. The teachers are very little help, the classes are a joke and the degree means nothing. Waste of money and time. Nice people but prepare to be surrounded by idiots who think its cool not to do classwork. I wish I transferred earlier and now it is too late for me. CLASSES ARE A FUCKING JOKE.

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Mixed bag
BS Computer Information Technology - March 28, 2016
At first, I was in love with this school, despite the fact that nearly all of my transfer credits didn't transfer! Nevertheless, things started off really well and I appreciated many aspects of taking online courses at SNHU. The staff and financial aid office were very accommodating, attentive, and helpful. The courses are a bit expensive, but not outlandish in relation to other universities. I was even surprised at how simple and user-friendly the online software was for many of the courses that I took in the beginning. Honestly, things were great and I valued the education that I was receiving at the time. However, it seems like the program has changed over the few years that I have been enrolled at SNHU. The most obvious thing is that students are basically left to teach themselves. Yes, online students are expected to be more independent than their campus counterparts, but when the role of your instructors are essentially to assign work and grade work, there's only so far a student can go before they actually need a professional to teach them the material. The most you can expect is a two page summary each week on 80 pages of reading material and MAYBE a few Youtube videos. Granted, I know the instructors welcome questions, and some do respond pretty quickly, but there's always a wait and it adds up. What's worse is often times the homework questions are based on software that is several versions old and the program features and interface have greatly changed. Either that, or each course requires that you learn a new software on top of the actual material. For instance, I've taken a few courses dealing with statistics and each course uses a different software (despite doing pretty much the same things): one will use Excel, another will use Minitab, and another will use MyMathLab - each of which have upgraded several times over by time it's your turn to answer questions that were relevant X amount of versions ago. I know it sounds petty, and maybe I'm just frustrated. If I am, it's because I feel left out to dry. I'm paying $900+ a course to teach myself subjects that hardly even relate to my degree. Every course is the same. The instructors copy and paste the same announcements they used in the last term, and the assignments are the same as well. What's worse is that each major milestone writing assignment has vague requirements that hardly relate to the material covered in the previous modules (half the time it's based on material that actually comes two weeks after that milestone is due), so you spend 40 hours extra a week researching material that may or may not actually relate to the assignment. And, after you spend all that time and effort working your butt off on some 14 page assignment, your instructor gives you a "Great job, (insert name). Keep up the good work," as feedback! I don't want a freaking pat on the back, I want to know if my research and ideas are relevant to the assignment, or if I just got an "A" on some paper because I used the right font-size and spelled my name correctly! Otherwise, why the **** am I paying you $900 a course!

18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
SNHU is a traditional private University that is better than most colleges:
BS Computer Information Technology - January 28, 2016
The individuals posting negative comments about SNHU are being disingenuous. I have attended several colleges over the years, and I can honestly write, that SNHU classes can be more challenging than other colleges I have attended - one of those colleges includes Texas A&M University. Simply put, SNHU is a legit University. With that said, there are things SNHU can improve upon, but they are still a better University than most. Finally, while SNHU does have an online an department, they are *not* an online school like Phoenix or DeVry. SNHU is a traditional University.

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A great degree at a fair price
MS in Information Technology - November 23, 2015
I live in Vermont and there are no colleges near me, nor do any public institutions offer online graduate degrees, so I was left to look at out of state options for my master's degree. SNHU fit the bill for my needs: non-profit, reasonably priced, regionally accredited, and has a physical campus. Their IT and business programs are also accredited by ACBSP, which is a nice bonus. The 10 week term structure works out well for me; the week off between terms is just enough time to relax before the next course starts. Like any online program, SNHU is aimed at students who are self-motivated and can keep themselves on track. Instructors are available to answer questions, but the majority of learning takes place through reading, writing (many) papers, and completing projects. The courses in the MS in IT program are relevant, and I found them all of them to be very interesting. Having a background in IT certainly helped, but you can come in on the ground floor and succeed. Overall, I have been pleased with both the courses and the school in general. The admissions process was smooth, my advisor has been helpful, and the financial aid process has been easy. I really have no specific complaints about the school. It is a well regarded school in my area, so I am glad that I made the selection I did.

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Definitely not a mill
BS Environmental Science - November 19, 2015
I recently graduated with my BS in Environmental Science. I was with SNHU for a little bit over a year. I already had my AA in Biology and did not want to go to school longer than I had to. I initially enrolled in a Business Administartion program with the shcool however, they have some really great online tools that let you evaluate what classes you need if you change programs and it uses your transcripts to estimate what has been completed in the program. Since my AA was a science based one, I found if I switched my major to Environmental Science I could take 5 less courses. The switch was very easy. My advisor was awesome. After three terms they gave me a new advisor and she was just as great. They took care of every single issue I had including allowing me to course overload so I could finish my degree when I wanted to. I had a date set in mind to graduate but then had to take a term off, and I asked to take 3 classes a term instead of two and they went to the dean and got it approved. And NO they do not just give anybody a 4.0, at least not in this program, and there is a ton of work to be done. My last three classes each had 10-12 page papers due for them, and on one, I did get marked down where I was off. Every teacher did call me out when I was trying to take short cuts and I am ok with that. They should call you out and make sure you are getting a quality education. I had real text boooks and got through most of them in the 8 weeks I had them. I would never have been able to finish in a traditional college setting and it would have taken me years. The best part, it was all decently priced. They even worked with my company to provide employees a 10% discount.

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Clinical Degree NOT MS Industrial-Org Psych
Psychology Industrial-Organizational - October 13, 2015
Advertising is 100% lie. Curriculum is in-depth. However, the most challenging part over 10/11 wk terms involves sketchy syllabus, 1-page module lectures, courses without assigned texts, and links to web blog content rather than peer-reviewed articles. Read the fine-print carefully. Student is NOT earning a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Instead, degree is MS Psych + I-O Concentration skimming I-O content in the concentration like Leadership, Motivation, and Consulting. Core courses are 100% clinical and old school. Zero HR psych courses, assignments, or content. Unfortunately for the graduate, program does not help locate nor provide access to supervised internships. Lack of supervised internship = Not qualified to be ANY State counselor. If uninterested in clinical psychology but wanting to make a career change into HR/Management by investing in a Graduate degree, absent the I-O academic credentialing, this MS degree barely qualifies to apply for entry-level HR positions. W/Masters, overqualified to apply for entry-level positions because really...this is a clinical major with no practicum!?! Don't do it! Hook up with a State University and save money, complete an internship/practicum, and find the career of your dreams! This SNHU program will NOT help you achieve ANY career goals unless already employed in Admin/Operations and your employer doesn't really care/notice your degree coursework is barely related to I-O psychology at all.

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Nov. 16, 2010, 1:25 p.m.
+6 votes/
I have been taking classes online with SNHU for two years. I can only say that I question what I am paying for everyday. I teach myself the material, most of the tests are graded instantly by the system and there is no follow up on anything. You can't look back if you have made a mistake because you are only given an answer with no teaching taking place. One investment class adjunct professor had students invest in a mock portfolio, this adjunct professor invested in Harley Davidson, GM and a bunch of other companies that had been going down the tubes for years, I invested in Chinese solar companies and my stock increased in 5 weeks by 300%, the "professor's" dropped a LOT. I was excited and posted my gains but apparently the posting was in the wrong section of the myriad of areas to post and he struck my work for the week off the system and "reprimanded" me in the online forum. Bottom line is I have nothing to learn from someone who doesn't know their business, if this was an experimental class to give this adjunct Professor Stoner experience it was a failed one. Another class "Humanities" found the professor working hard for females in the class and just put a bad taste in my mouth...what desperation. It is a sad school, at this point I am not sure I want my diploma from this "institution of higher learning".
Nov. 16, 2010, 1:32 p.m.
-3 votes/
Wow $2600 to teach a wife made that at the community college level teaching a class for a certification. How sad. SNHU is a money making machine! 

When I get my BS and then my masters and finally my Phd from SNHU I want to work there. It will probably be the only place that would be hiring someone with such a useless bunch of diplomas. I can't wait to be underpaid.
Nov. 16, 2010, 1:53 p.m.
-4 votes/
A school rep obviously wrote the great review up. That's how things work there.
Nov. 16, 2010, 1:38 p.m.
-6 votes/
In classes at SNHU I was often looking around worrying that the caliber of students and teachers was on the low end of the spectrum....5 courses in my worries turned to a realization that this school will accept anyone as a student and attracts teachers that can't get jobs in the real world not to mention other schools. If you want to learn nothing and buy a diploma this is your school, come with cash or lots of loans you will go far.
Oct. 29, 2010, 6 a.m.
+6 votes/
This is an excellent university whose reputation is on the upswing.  SNHU is now a Tier 1 school, and they are steadily expanding and improving their programs.  Numerous awards have been bestowed on this university, too.  As an online student, I can confirm that this is not a degree mill.  Many students flunk out because they can't handle a real challenge.  Faculty members are typically very helpful, and they always have solid credentials.  SNHU degrees are exactly the same no matter if they're earned online or on-campus.  If you want a real degree, especially in business, try SNHU!
Nov. 3, 2010, 7:17 p.m.
+6 votes/
I know for a fact that you are not allowed to take 3 classes at once without discussing it with an advisor and getting approval from the school.  Once you agree that you have the ability to handle 3 classes at once, you can't turn back.  If you can't keep up, that is your problem, regardless of the issue(s) keeping you from completing your work.  You got yourself into the problem and couldn't get out of it..and then you slander the school like it was their fault.  Nice.
Sept. 21, 2010, 11:48 a.m.
+14 votes/
Positive, positive experience! I earned a B.S. there! Currently pursuing a MBA there. I am sorry to hear about the negative comment, but in classes there was also a lot of students who came to WORK, and some who came for the ride! It was all work here! This school is not easy, and it also has a tutoring program! If you failed maybe it is because you just were not ready to be in school. I know at least 8 grads from the online program, and not only did we find great interviews after graduation, we found great jobs and careers!
June 29, 2010, 1:42 p.m.
+6 votes/
I came to SNHU to start earning my Bachelors degree after a break from earning my Associates degree at another college.I am going on my fourth class at SNHU and I have not had nearly the same problems as other people, in fact it's been a pretty positive experience. I will say that you may not always know exactly what to expect but a week before the class even starts the instuctors post the syllabus so you have somewhat of an idea of what's to come. My advisor was pretty good, I was taking a math class that wasnt going as well as i thought and i felt i should move to the lower class to refresh my memory I did this on the first week of class and my advisor helped me switch to a new class without any hassle. The classes can be very challenging seeing how they are squeezing 16 weeks worth in to 8 weeks but for the most part I feel they instructors have done a good job. Like anything some people have positive experiences and others have negative. I havent gotten to any point where i need to go outside of the online classes. Maybe that doesnt fall under a business degree but i wish those other people would have shared what class that was for. Otherwise how true can it really be if you cant explain what it was.
June 22, 2010, 6:52 p.m.
+6 votes/
This is a very good school. I am a sophomore in the online undergraduate program, you have to work at it, but this grading is fair and the instructors are usually quite supportive.
June 18, 2010, 4:06 p.m.
-5 votes/
Oh and one other thing, before I go. I find it strange that the best positive comment on here has a full fledged rating score and everything. How come no else  can provide a score? Hmmmm I wonder if that is a school representative writing the comment. It sure sounds like it is!

Well I am a REAL student, and I don’t work for the school. For the record, most online degree programs at other schools offer math online, as well. The tuition is not at all competitive, and classes are definitely not worth the money. They are far from challenging, and the course descriptions are misleading...something you won't know until you pay for and start the class, because the advisors do not give you that information. Oh be prepared to teach yourself if you do a class online. You will be wondering, "Why am I paying all this money to teach myself?" Again, stay away!!
June 18, 2010, 3:59 p.m.
-1 vote/
All the negative comments, particularly the ones from Jennifer and April are true. The faculty are atrocious, and April I couldn't have said it better. They act like they don't care! They make no effort to help the student. My advisor didn't even seem educated or experienced enough to even give me advice. I am not trying mock anyone, but isn't that the whole point of an advisor. My experience is that you don't feel like a valued student there, no matter how well you do. They make you feel like you are expendable, and "well if you don't like it, you can go to another school." Well you know what SNHU, I will, you just wasted a lot of my loan dollars, but you won't get another cent. Word of the wise, stay far away from this school. It is really as bad as they say. When a school can make someone like me cry and feel like there is no where to turn, then you know it is a bad school!!!
May 22, 2010, 10:55 p.m.
+1 vote/
I attended SNHU and earned my Master’s Degree.  It was academically challenging, both online and on campus.  It was the best schooling I was ever taught.  I was instructed by all PHD’s and the Dean himself for two classes.  This was a great honor.  At this school I was taught how to think, not just to memorize and regurgitate answers from a book, or research from the library.  The professors are also technicians in the field of study and are on the ground floor of Community Projects locally and around the world(at least the department that I was studying under).  When I graduated, Barak Obama spoke at the graduation (Pre-Presidency) and it was very clear that I made the right choice attending this school.  This college is an old Brick and Mortar school that has been around for along time.
May 13, 2010, 3:09 p.m.
-4 votes/
I taught for SNHU and can say that without a doubt this is the absolute worst online school I have seen in my 15 years of teaching.  They pay their faculty $2600 to teach graduate-level course and pay them as CONTRACTORS so that they can get away with not paying FICA.  No other online school does this (and I teach for several). And for those of you that don't know much about faculty pay, $2600 is less than what a COMMUNITY COLLEGE pays for an undergraduate class which runs 8 weeks (and my course was 11!).  At most accredited schools, faculty if paid upwards of $5,000 for a graduate class.  Oh, but they don't tell you this until AFTER they make you attend a 6 week training course on how to use their LMS (Blackboard) - which, of course is also unpaid!!  I taught their twice and that was enough - I was making less than minimum wage with a PhD!   So folks, you get what you pay for - SNHU is a degree-mill with faculty that are the bottom-barrell (after all, the topi tier folks aren't going to put up with these conditions).  Go somewhere else and get a real degree, with faculty that care about your learning and not just going through the motions of passing students.
Feb. 17, 2011, 4:49 a.m.
+30 votes/
I'm not sure how much trust I would place in a review from a former faculty member who makes spelling and usage errors in his or her writing.  It sounds as though you were a faculty member who did not care about student learning, but rather what you felt you should have been paid.
April 29, 2010, 7:02 p.m.
+1 vote/
I agree with Jennifer. I have the same issues! Huge lack of advising and empathy. They pretty much say well that is the way it is there isn't anything we can do. I too spent alot of money and want to get the most for it. I am looking for somewhere to transfer now in hopes I can finish this degree. I was taking three classes at once. I had a situation come up where I had personal family issues. Two of the classes were almost over and I passed, but the one that continues was a 16 week class. I was terribly behind and was not understanding the information. There was no way to catch up. I tried to drop the class to be met by an email with no name or information just DENIED per policy. See I was a week late in my request to drop the class. I called my advisor, big mistake, she just patranized me saying online school is not for every one. I then asked do you know how many classes I have taken here? I only had 6 left. What an idiot. This left me with little faith. I think it unfair to just put up with this. Yes I can take the class again, but the F I am about to get when this class ends will stay on my transcript forever. Thanks. I am penalized for fally behind and not asking to withdrawal in time. I was not expecting a refund or any sort just the chance to retake the class so that I could fully understand it and get my moneys worth without it negatively effecting my transcript.
Jan. 3, 2013, 6:22 p.m.
+4 votes/
Yea after numerous emails to help me out I received a "sorry too late you failed your course" email from my adviser and no reply from the instructors.  I will be taking my $1000 a class elsewhere. 
Feb. 26, 2010, 4:27 a.m.
+4 votes/
I am an SNHU online student who is in the process of transferring elsewhere for my B.A. If you are an online degree seeking student, please wary of the program you choose and the classes that you would need to take (particularly if you are a working student simply looking for the convenience of an online only school), because your advisor will more than likely not be up front and honest with you. In fact, the advisors really don't do much to advise you. I spent a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (and money!!) at this school. Upon only having a few classes left in order to graduate, I found out on my own (because my advisor didn't tell me) that I had to take a class that would require me to go outside of the online education environment, even though I was pursuing an online only degree. This wasn't feasible for me in my working situation, and completely defeated the purpose of me attending the school's online degree program in the first place. When I tried to fill out a request to waive the class (using a form that seems to be basically useless, it’s a wonder why the school even has one available for students) and take something in its place, the school immediately denied my request without really hearing my side of the story. In fact they were quite rude about it. As an honor student with only a few classes left at the school, I was basically told I could change my major or find another school. Wow! Thanks for nothing, SNHU!!! I would have been graduating in a few months, but instead I am now stuck trying to find another school to transfer to. Needless to say the school's online program is quite deceiving and is falsely advertised. Had I known this a few years ago, I would have never even enrolled in their program. Yes, the classes are great and I learned a lot from the professors, but their faculty is horrible and do not give a darn about the student. I have had several problems with them from the get go, but was willing to overlook them for my education, but I should have seen the warning signs….this was the last straw. This is not a bash on the school, but the God's honest truth about how this school works. I wish someone would have told me this before. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL!!
Dec. 28, 2009, 1:43 p.m.
+7 votes/
I earned my B.A., degree at SNHU through the online program. SNHU is a challenging school, well organized, and I'm really glad I earned my degree there!
Jan. 21, 2013, 3:19 a.m.
0 votes/
Are proctored exams required by SNHU Online for any of their undergrad programs?  Or are grades based solely on course work and assignments, quizzes, etc.?
Jan. 14, 2013, 2:52 a.m.
-1 vote/
Honestly, you pay for what you get in the sense most colleges in this tier are the same. Teachers don't care, they are getting paid and you are expected to do bare min. work for a degree. They take your money like any college find any excuse to keep you there. I transferred here from another private profit college; nothing has changed. No one truly cares, but alas we need a degree to go anywhere in this country. If I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have started college at all. Not all of us are blessed to have a free ride.
Jan. 9, 2013, 5:11 a.m.
-14 votes/
I accidentally click the button but as I was saying I've literally ran into problems at Southern New Hampshire. No will consider taking your complaint serious. I Felt offended for grammar in Human  the Instructor  Jamie  Marich was awful.  A indication  just because someone sitting behind the screen criticizing your work. Inclusive lower graded   just for  any reason to make themselves feeling good. Well they were wrong when I became  a student I stood up for myself and refuse to be  treated like I  attending kingergarten. I couldnt take the abuse anymore, sure my work my needed a polish but not a F in Human  you have to  be kidding me.  Also your phone calles and email will go unanswered it occured to me. I couldn't believe it like a conspiracy no one will be on your side not even COCE  what a waste of time she is ridding the clock with no real time result and should be fired the dean and instructor including student affairs Helen at Southern New Hampshire.  She wasting company money just riding the clock. If you've been out a long time and warming up this place is not  for you, get ready for unprofessional and critism from the staff.  Its challenging but you can do it for a while just don't forget to stand  up for yourself. I want a refund for poor services and unsatisfactory for 960 my time and I feel ripoff. SNHU  is the worst University Ive ever attended for Hybrid online's activities. You teach yourself by the material then comes to the unfit and fake on called Instructors has the nerves to lowers for foolishness and ignorance. I no longer attend and in the process for New enrollment they want stop me from earning a Bachelors degree. Im taken my power back from so called idiots. This  school is straight crap after while if you can stand heat and discouraged from their poor Instructors.
Jan. 9, 2013, 4:33 a.m.
-9 votes/
I would like to inform stay away if you doubt your writing skills.SNHU will allow there so call online's Instructor's to be rude. I know for over a year  I literally ran into disrespectful Instructors and the be careful the dean will make in between the line's remarks. Not  to mention Helen in COCE failed to help students she'd riding the clock like everyone else's. Of course once you  failed to cooperate to accept lower grades you must sign a misconduct form.  Aftercarefully considerable reason I spoken my mindve to 
Dec. 16, 2012, 6:52 a.m.
+1 vote/
This school is a joke. It is not quite a degree mill, but they give out 4.0's for merely completing the work; the objectivity needed to require quality work is definitely not there for the instructors. It's obvious the university condones grading easily to keep the average student happy. Keep in mind this is a private university, and they rely mostly on enrollment fees to subsidize operation costs. High GPAs= happy students= student retention. I'm assuming most of the positive reviews are from students that are feeling joyous that they've retained a high GPA with little work. Those of you that do work hard, kudos, but it is definitely not required.I, however, have always been more concerned with receiving a quality education, and I can honestly say; I got a 4.0 with learning little to nothing that was not achieved through extra curricular learning.

Bottom line:
Yes, they are better than for-profit universities such as UoP, Devry, and Kaplan. 
No, they are not anywhere near equal to state universities and the academic difficulty resembles that of a high school classroom.

My Advice:
Venture elsewhere if you're able. If you're required to get a degree for career advancement, therefore not requiring much of a knowledge gain from your degree, then yes, SNHU will suit you just fine, but don't expect it to be highly revered by anyone.
Sept. 30, 2012, 7:57 a.m.
+11 votes/
I'm 55 and I've taken 10 classes online from SNHU. Before that, I took classes online from the U of Louisville. The  profs at U of L treated everyone like we were irresponsible 18 year old kids who only wanted to get by with slacking. I got tired of the disrespect, so I switched to SNHU. I've had only two pros at SNHU that were bad. Neither of them engaged in the discussions and one of them was clueless about how to use some audio technology. I have an AAB that I earned from a brick and mortar university. I prefer online classes and observed that the profs you get are pretty much a crap shoot for both online and traditional schools. The only difference is that an online prof might be wearing PJs while reading your term paper. 
Sept. 27, 2012, 9:50 p.m.
+5 votes/
I transferred into SNHU online from Ashford University. SNHU is cheaper than Ashford and I feel I'm learning more. There was a massive jump in quality of posts from fellow students at SNHU than at A.U.  At A.U. I often pondered how some of my fellow students were passing. The classes are harder and more intense, I feel I'm learning more at SNHU. I never have any issues getting a hold of my Academic Advisor or my professors. I've had professors call me to check up on me which is great. I felt that at A.U. Was just barely teaching and wasn't being taught but SNHU I get a better hands on education. At SNHU you take two classes each term and that can be hard for some especially with some classes. Like any school experience, you get what you put into it. 
Oct. 29, 2012, 8:03 a.m.
+2 votes/
Aimee,  I am currently an Ashford University student and applied to SNHU this past week.  I am happy to hear SNHU  offers a more hands on educational experience.  I'd love to know what the class structure is like compared to A.U., and how streamlined their programs are.  Considering SNHU is cheaper, has solid accreditation and is non-profit, I will more than likely be starting classes in January.
Oct. 21, 2012, 8:09 p.m.
+3 votes/
Aimee, upon reading your post I could not help the urge to reply to it. I, too, am transferring from AU to SNHU for basically the same reasons you've included. Although my experience at AU was not too bad in terms of professor/advisor interactions, the level of education I was receiving, to me, did not go in accordance to what I was paying for the classes. Also, the classes were very much 50/50, with some being fairly challenging, while others simply weren't.  I am yet to star my classes with SNHU (currently scheduled for the 2013 Spring semester) though I sure hope for an experience as rewarding as yours has. 

Another thing, your post is dated Sept birthday. ^_^
Dec. 26, 2012, 5:49 p.m.
+2 votes/
Just stay away from certain instructors like Hakim. It is hit or miss, not all of the instructors are bad.
Aug. 23, 2012, 8:31 p.m.
+7 votes/
I am currently in my fourth term @ SNHU Online, attending full time (2 classes)and aiming towards my BS in Business Administration/Small Business Mgmt. I've had classes that were relatively easy and those that were quite a challenge. Most of my classes seem on par with what I experienced at a traditional state university & community college. Some have been much more engaging since you are required to participate in the discussions and learn quite a bit from your fellow dedicated students. While some of the instructors weren't very active in the discussion groups or very responsive on graded papers, I've had some really great professors that were beyond encouraging, helpful and really knew the material and were more than willing to help me achieve success. 

My advisor is a great help when it comes to picking the order of my classes and questions I have about ordering books and supplies, as well as getting a better picture of what the course really is. She is quick to answer my emails and before I even started at this school, I was required to have a person to person phone conversation with her where we discussed my goals, etc. 

I think this school will work for those who are dedicated, organized and resourceful people. This isn't a program for someone who needs everything explained five times and begs for makeup work and re-tests. It is what you make of it. Being an adult learner (almost 30, went to community college and state schools right after highschool for three years) who's working full time in the field I'm studying, my coursework tends to relate to my job and experiences, so it's a win-win for me. In my first term I utilized the online tutoring program a lot to get back in the flow of writing papers and such (I had never even heard of APA format before). I'm hoping to be finished with my degree by December 2013 and am seriously thinking about continuing on to earn my MBA.
April 8, 2012, 10:15 a.m.
+6 votes/
I am a retired lawyer back in school to get my degree in English Lit so I can teach. SNHU is my third on-line school.  I tried UMUC and UOP - both disasters.  SNHU is not the worst - but it sure leaves a lot to be desired.  I have had a couple of great teachers who participate and engage with the students - but most are "ghost instructors" - barely available to answer basic questions.  This is definitely a program where you must teach yourself - but aren't they all?  

My real gripe has to do with the exams they use - they apparently purchase these from a third party and the instructors are not required to take the exam themselves to verify validity and accuracy.  I have challenged these exams (true/false and multiple choice) and had questions thrown out or changed.  I am in the middle of another one of these controversies. 

So my question is - does an online program exist that really is what it says it is and provides a quality education?  I am not sure such a program exists.

July 19, 2012, 3:55 a.m.
+3 votes/
Odd, I've never taken a course at SNHU where I was forced to take a multiple choice exam. All of the assignments have been in essay or discussion board format.
March 9, 2012, 3:49 p.m.
-3 votes/
Hello, I have credits from Warren National University, an unaccredited university that is no longer open.  I have been told that SNHU will allow me to transfer in.  Is that correct?
July 25, 2012, 5:24 a.m.
+3 votes/
No regionally accredited university will accept credits from a non accredited programs. It is bad for their reputation.
Aug. 19, 2011, 4:10 p.m.
+3 votes/
Not sure what all the negative comments are all about. I am currently taking classes for my MS in IT degree and have had nothing but positive experiences. The classes are challenging and are relevant to the real world. So far I've only had one bad professor who had a teaching style I wasn't crazy about. I am also taking these classes on the campus in Manchester, never took an online class with them, could be a totally different experience I guess. One thing I have a problem with is the advising office... they are totally useless and refuse to help with simple problems. Other than that, I believe the actual education I am getting is worth the money I am spending.
Aug. 10, 2011, 2:27 a.m.
+12 votes/
So after reading all of these comments I'm noticing a trend: 

1. Students who like the school who have graduated.
2. Students who don't like the school who have not graduated.
3. Teachers with sour grapes.

Newsflash: If you have sour grapes, 90% + of the time it's because you haven't done your due diligence in research about your program or your job prior to jumping in.  At that point, of course advising isn't going to help and you're going to be upset about compensation.  

Gotta love the Internet.  Free speech without responsibility.
July 6, 2011, 10:39 p.m.
+1 vote/
2004 Business Graduate!!!! If you are a student planning to transfer to a college, SNHU is the best choice. I completed an associate degree at a school that is on a trimester basis and went on to pursue my bachelors. My senior year i went part time at that school and took time off. When i contacted SNHU in reference to transferring to the school, SNHU accepted 75% yes i said it 75% of my classes. I only had to complete 10 courses in which half we almost electives and they have short summer terms. I enrolled 3/03 and graduated 5/04 on mother's day. My husband and I flew from Gerogia to New New Hampshire for graduation and it was a beautiful ceremony. I could not have asked for anything more
April 24, 2011, 3:26 p.m.
0 votes/
Why are there so many negative comments? The positive ones are so open ended, I wonder if they are legit. 
April 13, 2011, 3:17 a.m.
+3 votes/
The instructors they use for online programs are terrible...ive been in a an online program for 2 years now and all but 2 or 3 instructors fail to reply to emails and  queries in a timely manner. Dont expect much help from your instructor. At about $900 a class, its a decent price though. I would advise anyone to avoid this school unless they absolutely have no other option. Not the worse online school, but for the money, choose a better one.
March 4, 2011, 7:17 p.m.
-5 votes/
The school is a good school. For any school be it online or at the school, the student has to learn that is study. The reason why you bought the textbook is not only to make your posts but read the textbook.
I know very well about the so called ADJUNCT PROFESSOR STONER who is not only a failure, BUT A FREAK. I once took his class, even if I sneeze he will penalize me. From day one to the end of his class.I felt different, but one thing I KNOW FOR SURE HE CANNOT FAIL ME, BECAUSE HIS INTENTION WAS QUITE OBVIOUS TO ME. If hitting the books will make pass I will pass, I might not get what I am suppose to get.First assignment I got all the answers right he penalized me by a Point for answering one question more. He has done everything to fail, but he could not. He will make the questions tricky, but I will still get all correct, but he will look for something to finalize me for. He likes to call himself a Professor,when he is not. He is a real bluff, nothing more. There is no bad school, SNHU like any other school is good. Try to study as much as you can, not only for the exam. Be knowlegeable about the class, understand the fundamentals on your own, not only for the quiz/test or exam. I do not care which school you go to, if you do not befriend your textbooks you will never know anything about your field of study. It is hard but with or without the professors' help, teach yourself more and will always be fine.
March 4, 2011, 11:04 a.m.
+6 votes/
To be fair, SNHU is not a diploma mill. The problem appears to be quality of teachers SNHU is hiring for the online program. The teachers aren't necessarily  well versed in the Blackboard system/used to teaching online. The teachers aren't real staff, and just need the extra money. I've noticed that many of the teachers are working other jobs and pursuing their own higher education (PhD), so they are too busy to actually teach. They don't manage their classes, and try and hold the students responsible for the results of that lack of organization and clarity. 

Teachers should be real staff and better quality. SNHU should slow down the expansion of the online program. It's an ethical issue, I hope SNHU starts doing the right thing.

Jan. 25, 2011, 11:07 p.m.
+2 votes/
I find that some students are there to learn and some are there to punch a ticket toward graduating. It is like any other school in that regard. 
However, their grading standards are lower than most community colleges, with a real reluctance to give away "too many C's" or lower. They only pay about 1800 per class. 
Although the school is upgrading facilities is is all from the boom of their inititial online program. Having taken an online class there, it is remedial reading and output with variable grading. not worth the money.

The work is easy and the quality of grading is mostly poor. The school overcharges for most classes as it cant figure out its priorities, other than making money, it fails to invest in teaching quality.
Jan. 24, 2011, 6:01 a.m.
-1 vote/
Currently in my first term at SNHU online. So far, not impressed. The teachers are not good at what they do. Their communication is lackadaisical and inconsistent, and the grading is arbitrary.

The reason the classes are writing intensive is because the teachers aren't teaching; they a post a bunch of assignments that tell you which pages in a book to read and then have you write a paper about it. Then they free associate on the grading criteria and you get the results.

The most ridiculous part is when they want you to interject your personal experiences into your writings. Instead of being able to focus on the standardized information that the classes are supposed to impart, everything is some creative writing excersize.

The teachers free associate because they don't teach you anything; it's just what you read out of the book against what they know (or what their opinion is).

The discussion board posts aren't about critical thinking or quality, they're about quantity. Make sure you put in a bunch of irrelevant personal experiences that are disassociated from the DB question, and then go around agreeing with other peoples posts and you'll be fine. Say something to intelligent and they'll pick at you because there is no reference points that you can hold them to.

I wouldn't know the difference except that I took about 20 online courses from a killer community college where most of the teachers were actual staff and the ones that weren't somehow taught their classes anyway.

I had an almost 4.0 GPA that SNHU tossed out when I transferred my credits over and even though I currently have an A in both my classes, I can see the reluctancy to grade over a 94 and keep me in the A- to B+ range, regardless of the quality of the work.

I suspect this is some method of creating a false impression that SNHU is no pushover.

Basically $900.00 per course to self study. I might as well CLEP.

Definately rethinking completing my degree there. What will it be worth in out in the market?

July 21, 2012, 3:47 a.m.
+6 votes/
It's funny that in your post you complain about grading being too stringent, then in other posts, people say SNHU grades too easily. Always funny how different people interpret similar experiences.
Jan. 6, 2011, 10:08 a.m.
-3 votes/
hi guys i am frm india i hav finished my be ( computer science engineering )i am planing to do my master's in snhu tell me plus and minus of the univ is master's degree worth doing in snhu .tell me abt the placements 
Dec. 2, 2009, 11:23 p.m.
+6 votes/
Let me begin by stating that if you are looking for an easy degree, than SNHU is not for you. This university is, in my opinion, top notch. The online classes are writing intensive, and even though they are only 8 weeks long, the information and learning experience a student receives is equal to or greater than the traditional 16 week classes. I can't say enough about SNHU, but don't take my advice alone. Go out and do your research. What you will find is that SNHU is one of the best.
Nov. 11, 2008, 6:55 p.m.
+5 votes/
Great School and 8 week classes are wonderful.  Pretty intensive but the Teachers actually do work with you.  SNHU is a Tier 1 school that gives online classes and I am actually learning despite past experiences at Ellis which was my only online experience. is not affiliated with Southern New Hampshire University in any way.