Southern New Hampshire University
Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10 (39 reviews)
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Southern New Hampshire University Reviews:
BS Computer Information Technology - July 24, 2015
Over all very pleased with SNHU. Been taking classes since April 2014. I was originally a Business major but switched to IT Database Admin. The classes have all been great and I have learned a lot since starting. My math classes have all been challenging and the IT classes are all very good. I have a friend who works in IT and is a part time professor at our local university teaching Computer Science and said this program is the same as our state university minus a couple of calculus classes. I guess the negative reviews are from those who either didn't pass a class or were not doing well and couldn't drop it to get a refund. Either way this is a good school with great peer support and academic support. It is what you make of it. I don't need a lot of advising since I am already a working adult, done the in class thing, and know exactly what I am going for. You get out what you put in. Yes this school is regionally and nationally accredited which makes all the difference in the world.
BAIT AND SWITCH
MS of Accounting - July 13, 2015
Be very careful of SNHU! The integrity of this University should be carefully scrutinized. My first clue was the deception of preliminary transfer credits. They boldly announce they will do an unofficial transcript review, but they won't. They force you to apply and spend money and time gathering official transcripts. After weeks of waiting, they contradict their original stands. Actual costs are significantly more than what they portray on the website. They also have numerous complaints with the BBB for keeping parts of your financial aid and scholarship funds. You are spending close to $100,000 on your upper level education - be smart and stay away from these unscrupulous blood suckers.
Find a different school
Justice Studies - July 6, 2015
While I gave higher marks overall, I have recently run into an awful situation. Up until now, I have recommended this school to anyone who asked. I was very pleased with the course offerings, the breadth and depth of instructors as they are coming with real-world experience, and my advisor. However, this latest class has blown this all away. I just finished a general IT course for a certificate. The instructor was touted as having great experience. In 10 years of college experience, he is the worst instructor I have ever had. And I passed this course with a C, maybe a B. He doesn't grade the assignments according to the rubrics. His comments are completely off-base, so bad that it reads as if he gave me someone else's comments. A large project was severely downgraded. And the total number of points on the rubric was not what he input in the gradebook. I lost a whole grade-point. After week 3 (out of 10), I contacted him to try and understand what was going on. His answers rambled and provided no clarity. So I escalated the matter. I filed a complaint with the school and found out that most of the class was doing the same thing. SEVEN weeks later, and all I am hearing is that the dean has addressed the matter of the instructor using the wrong rubric. No acknowledgement of the weird comments or wrong grade input. Bottom line, if you don't have any issues, you'll do fine. However, the second there is an issue, there is no help. I wish I had gone to a different school, one where Academic Services and the appeal system actually listens to the students.
English Language and Literature - June 27, 2015
Came within two classes of completing program. Ran into a young professor who did not have the minimal skills to run the class. I dropped the class and the university charged me for the whole class while refusing to address my concerns. I suggest, strongly suggest looking elswhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Business Administration - June 17, 2015
I had a situation where my instructor had some discriminating behavior and I shared it with my academic advisor and she was not helpful at all. Actually, she tried to down-play it and make it seem as if I was taking it wrong. My academic advisor and her immediate lead tried to convince me that there was no Dean of Students for the online students and there was basically no one I could talk to. I was informed of this third party on the outside that would look into the matter and that everything had to filled out on paper. As much as I have paid this school in tuition, I should have been able to speak to someone and not blown off being informed about some form. Oh yeah, by the way the academic counselor saw the email the instructor sent to me. The situation was not handled right and I will no longer attend a school that allow such behavior as this.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Program-Instruction is for real
MS of Accounting - June 2, 2015
Education is what you make of it. I am currently taking my 6th class. This degree will assist me in gaining all the credits required to get my CPA certification, along with a Masters degree. Overall, the educational experience has been great. These are REAL courses, REAL textbooks, and you have to submit REAL work. I researched it, and its the same textbook my local state university uses, however each class is half the cost. I am spending more time working on each individual class than I did while attaining my undergraduate degree at a brick and mortar college. I would estimate I spend 20 hours a week per class at a minimum, which is still doable while working a full time job. I enjoy that you are forced to discuss the class materials weekly in the discussion board as part of your grade. A much better mental investment than the wasted first two years at a brick and mortar where you show up and attend giant classes with 200 others, and can pass with little or no work as its impossible for instructors to actually handle that student load. Instructors seem well qualified and answer questions quickly, and prompt students to participate. The access to instructor feedback and assistance far exceeds brick and mortar. Financial aid department seemed knowledgeable and willing to help. If I had a complaint, and this is nothing new with any college experience, is that the textbooks from the MBS website are overpriced. In summation, real university, real work, real degree, great value.
7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Non-profit? Don't kid yourself.
Business Administration - March 11, 2015
SNHU claims to be non-profit, and technically it may be, but the COCE is run just like UoP and garbage for-profits. Grades are given away. No work is expected. The level of instruction is pitiful. The academic standards keep going down and down and down because all SNHU cares about is keeping butts in seats so the financial aid will keep flowing.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
So far so good!
Criminology - December 30, 2014
This is now my third school to finish my bachelor's degree. I started at a small college in NH where I received my Associate's degree. When I moved to Florida I started at a state community college to get my requirements to switch to a larger university. It was a horrible experience. I had to start my associate's pretty much all over again and the classes were all over the place. One class would be so easy I felt like it was a waste of money, where another class was so hard I thought I was attending Harvard. After a year and a half I gave up and started looking elsewhere since I was still so far away from their "requirements". I needed a school that was better suited for a person who has a life/job/family etc. I have had several friends who had attended SNHU in person and really liked it that I decided to give it a try online. While occasionally at the beginning I felt their admission staff was a tad pushy, it wasn't something that pushed me away. They were very friendly and answered any questions I have. My academic adviser is A+! She did a one on one with me to figure out Blackboard since I had some issues at the beginning finding my way around. So far I have found that if you don't do the work you do not get the grade. Don't turn in an assignment? Get a zero. Yes I have received A's/ A-'s but I have DONE the work and I have put in a ton of effort into my final projects to receive A's on them. The weeks I may have slacked off, my grades reflected it. The books are pretty much all ebook format purchased through their bookstore. I have had really amazing high quality books and ones I think were designed for high school. It is really convenient to have them online since I could read them on my tablet. The prices for them are not too crazy but I have occasionally found them for a better price elsewhere. Teachers are overall very good. They are knowledgeable in their subject areas and provide great feedback. While I have certainly liked some over others, they are for the most part very consistent. Overall, I think that it is a good school. I look forward to finally being able to finish my bachelor's degree and really feel as though I have earned it.
18 of 61 people found the following review helpful
A Garbage University and a Garbage Program
Social Science - December 8, 2014
SNHU is running a grift on its students. Note that it gives you 3 credits for 8 weeks of work, instead of the normal 16 at a real college, but you pay as if you're at University of X or X State University. This system is in place so SNHU can suck down massive amounts of federal aid, not because it is the best way of providing quality education. SNHU exists to make money for SNHU ... tho' it is a not-for-profit unlike Phoenix and the other thieving dens. Regardless of the on-line schools' for-profit or not-for-profit status, at the end of the program, you get lots of debt for a sh!t sandwich without the bread. Now if you want to just fill a block, enroll here, but you should know that in the real world, people will in fact look down upon you for having a SNHU degree. SNHU is rotten to the core: they get only crappy professors (a great number of them educated only in on-line settings, which is why this is more a Ponzi scheme than a college) who make only $2200 a course (what's their motivation to go above and beyond for you when the prof is getting $110 on average for each student? ... that's $13.75 per week per student ... how many hours of the prof's attention each week do you think $13.75 buys you? -- about 15 minutes if your lucky); the work that students get away with performing is a pathetic (20 pages of reading a week in a class, for example) but the grades are inflated through the ceiling; and the staff designing the curricula have joke degrees (why do their deans, for example, have only MA degrees, and then from 5th-rate schools?). If you want a real educational experience, enroll at your local community college, earn your intro credits there, then go do the hard work and make the sacrifices at a brick and mortar school to get a real degree.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
BA Advertising - November 5, 2014
I love SNHU. I finished my degree last week and came accross this website through a positive article written about the school. I have attended a few different on campus classes at different schools and these online classes are the most difficult. Remember when high school teachers said college was so, so hard? Well they were talking about real schools. I went to a community college and it was easier than middle school. Two four year school classes were easier than high school AP classes. SNHU mostly resembles a high school AP class. It is labor intensive and writing intensive. We get feedback from teachers. The teachers may be adjunct faculty but most of them know what they are doing. Some freshmen level classes are a joke, but at the 200+ level you'll see how difficult it becomes.
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