Southern New Hampshire University
Review Averages: 6.7 out of 10 (32 reviews)
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Southern New Hampshire University Reviews:
70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Not Harvard But Not UOP Either
August 25, 2013
I see all these negative comments, and why not? After all, people are more likely to write a negative review than write something positive. This is just a part of the human experience. SNHU cannot expect everyone to like the program. OK, so the reason I began with classes at SNHU is it is regionally accredited and has a real campus, plus it is not for profit. There is no indication it is like Keiser, Kaplan or UOP at all. It is a real college with dorms, on campus education, and the rest of the college experience (if you want it). Now I went to this college because at the time it was the only one with any online degree programs in liberal arts (that is, English, History etc). It also did not require the insanity of obtaining very advanced mathmatics courses, even if I wanted a degree that was not mathmatically oriented. Also, many colleges require, not just foreign language courses, but two foreign language courses in a row. While I understand that this broadens a student's horizons, there were no local schools for me to take Latin or Greek at, and too few that offered those languages online. If there is one deficiency, it is the lack of a foreign language program, and that is the same deficiency that exists in many schools. I had the advantage of already graduating from Eastern Florida State College, and had taken courses there. The work was essentially the same, and the evaluations of my work largely have depended on the professors. I messed up and did not study as I should have for my macroeconomics final. I wound up with a C+ in the course. So far from being a college that requires no effort, a lack of effort has cost me. On the other hand, in creative writing classes, I would guess that generally an elective kind of subject like that would get most people an A, even at a state university. But I managed to get a C in computer systems as well, this because of a lack of interest and lack of effort on my part. I don't want to advertise my weaknesses here, but I just want to say that anyone talking about the grading not being hard enough apparently had different professors than I did. I have not had adjunct professors (I suppose that means with a master's degree, as if that weren't enough...isn't that a little snobbish?) but a mix of professors with master's degrees and Phd's. I didn't find much difference between them, so the idea this makes a difference, I think, is perhaps all in ones head. I have taken some courses at schools, including the Ivy League schools, and found the content to be about the same. The difference is that the Ivy League schools do a lot more lecture and have longer reading lists. Still, the overall content and point of the courses is the same. I would not rank SNHU as the best school in the United States, but there is really nothing wrong with it either. I believe the people who have a problem with the university are acting perhaps a little out of a single bad experience, so they sort of try to flame the whole school.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Definitely Not a Terrible Program
August 13, 2013
I'm not sure where a lot of people are coming from, but I can only share my experience with SNHU. I transferred from a for-profit school due to the complete lack of academic rigor. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person, and I am able to complete my assignments without too much difficulty. It doesn't mean they are easy, nor does it mean I am not learning anything. Quite the contrary. The academic support has always been extremely receptive and proactive in assisting me. I'm a very independent learner, so I have no real need for them to follow up with me constantly. They do call me frequently though and ask if they can be of any help. This is the first university I've attended where I have, knock on wood, never had a problem with my financial aid. It was awarded correctly, and I have received my refund the date they tell me without fail. I have had, as all college students have had, professors who are both good and bad. That is the nature of the beast, I'm afraid. A Film History class I took was rather painful, but I completed it with an A. The text selected was so dry that it, literally, put me to sleep. The best professor I have ever had was at SNHU for a philosophy course. She worked with me through some personal health issues, and she made sure that I was able to complete the course. She was tough but fair. Her grading was spot on. As for the courses themselves, as I said earlier, I may be a poor judge. I've never had issues in academia, as I am a fairly good student. I apply myself, do my readings and listen to lectures as available, and complete my discussion board postings on time. Discussion boards are, as with most schools, nothing more than busy work. There are some great discussions to be had, especially if you are passionate about the subject. Don't expect that type of involvement in entry level survey classes though. The only complaint I have is the textbook/bookstore situation. They do not allow you to charge textbooks to your account, so you will be paying out of pocket. I don't have a huge issue with that, but I do have issue with the required materials for the Fine Art survey courses. They are required for my major. The materials themselves are made by the school. You access them through Blackboard. You have to pay for the course, then pay $99 JUST to access the course in Blackboard. That is not acceptable. Not even remotely acceptable. If I pay tuition for a course, you can provide me access to materials you created at no cost.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
SNHU is the best online school I've tried
September 11, 2012
I have audited or taken classes at many online schools including Kaplan, ITT Tech, ECPI, Phoenix, and DeVry. SNHU has been a superior experience from my initial contact with the school to classes to advising. All of my interactions with staff from advising to financial aid has been world class. I find the coursework challenging and fulfilling, more so than any other school I've tried. I have attended a brick and mortar school local to me several years ago and my experience at SNHU is the closest to going to a traditional college than any other online school I've tried. The best part is I don't feel like I'm getting extorted with high tuition rates. With grants my total cost of attendance for a BS degree will be under @28k. Phoenix and Kaplan were both over $60k. Also, I've contacted a few admissions departments in regards to graduate programs and Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, and Old Dominion all said my degree at SNHU will enable me to attend grad school. Education is what you make of it. I really do not understand how some of these folks could have had such a poor experience. I highly recommend SNHU if you are a busy working adult that is seeking a quality education.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Love the program
January 8, 2014
I attended this school back when they were only a brick-n-mortar private college. I chose to attend them again to finish my new RN degree because of their past good reputation and because I trusted the school to provide quality courses. Is this school a Yale or a Harvard?, of course not, are they equivalent to a standard state University? Yes, I believe so. I have attended many colleges from my first experience with SNHU when it was named New Hampshire College, to Southern CT State U, a private CT nursing college, and a CT community college. SNHU courses have been the same in terms of quality, and learning experience, and in some cases I can honestly say I have learned much more in my classes with SNHU. A lot of comments imply that going to actual classes in rooms are more conductive to learning, but I disagree. Honestly, how many of us have spent countless hours in a classroom with nothing more than a Professor lecturing on & on & on. I like being able to focus my studying and time on what I feel I need to learn & not wasting time on nonsense. If I have a question, or issues I can post for discussion or contact my Professor directly here at SNHU. Nowhere else in any other college experience has a Professor provided me with their private phone #. At SNHU they have. My Professors have been timely & extremely knowledgeable, as well as extremely helpful. In my other classroom courses, it was; drive to school, sit in class, listen to lecture with powerpoint or on chalkboard, drive home (any questions or issues-Good Luck in scheduling time with the Professor or TA, MOST Professors only have limited office hours for student questions or problems), but at SNHU, it was: log in, get comprehensive week course instructions, watch lectures, pause if needed, rewind to review, take notes, do assigned readings & research, review lectures, contact Professor for immediate response, post extensive,cited researched discussion posts & replies, write papers & do work, as well as discuss course & questions with other students & Professor on discussion boards or with Adobe Connect live, etc...and repeat the next week. SNHU is NOT easy. It is the most writing and research I have ever done for class work. I would say a great education for the price.
32 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Such a Joke
November 26, 2012
SNHU is of a joke. They masquerade around as a brick and mortar with a good reputation, but when in actuality, they are EXACTLY like University of Phoenix, Kaplan, and (insert for-profit name here). The instructors are all adjuncts, and with the exception of a SMALL handful, they know nothing about the subject they are teaching, so do not expect any guidance if you do not understand the material. I was made to feel like a part-time, insignificant obligation by almost all of my instructors, was graded incorrectly by many, and received no guidance. Fortunately the online learning systems used are manageable- myitlab/mymathlab, so are you are able to learn if you REALLY put your best foot forward. I was fortunate enough to transfer my credits to a good school and pursue a degree that will actually mean something. Look elsewhere for a meaningful degree.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Great School! Awful Reviews, but bad grammar.
June 23, 2014
I love this school. I am shocked to see so many bad reviews, but I don't take them too seriously, since a majority have bad grammar and punctuation errors. For people who want a real review and not some bias view from an average/not good student, then listen to this review. The teachers are actually very helpful, if you give them a proper amount of time to respond to your emails and they are very courteous and helpful. I am glad that now I have an advisor that is permanent, because within the first few terms, of the Undergraduate program, you get a few different advisors. My advisor is Samantha and she is awesome. If in regards to the actual website, it is very easy to handle and understand. I have been an A student for my entire life and I am still keeping that same pace in this school and I am putting in the same amount of work. When I hear that this University just hands out grades, it is merely not true. In society, establishments do not just hand out grades, because then it would reflect badly on the school. If you are going to write reviews, be honest and not have some moralistic vendetta against something that you were not good at, because like a reviewer said earlier, "A person is more likely to write a negative review versus a positive one." This is the truth, but in every situation there is always something that you enjoyed in that program. Also, the Financial Aid Department isn't bad at all. I have never had an issue with them and they have been nothing but helpful and sweet. Thank you for reading my review and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Jean-Marc
31 of 59 people found the following review helpful
June 10, 2013
The school is interested in MONEY from their online students. They make little or no attempt to assess students prior to assigning them to an adviser; mine was inept and the fact that she was a new employee was apparent. Her communication with me was so poor that I requested she send all communication in WRITING as she denied things she'd said in a call. By my 3rd 8-week session, I got the feeling that they had a certain amount of money they had to make off me and they did all in their power to hit that mark! Things like, telling me about the ability to CLEP (prior learning) after it was too late to do so; failing to give me proper credit for units transferred from a California State University. My issues were evolving WEEKLY! I'm not an unreasonable person but I expect professional, honest communication and I got the exact opposite here! If you are planning to attend SNHU, good luck!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
So far, so good
April 1, 2014
I am in my first term at SNHU working towards a BS in Healthcare Management. I have tried 3 other online school prior to committing to SNHU. This by far has been the BEST online program I think anyone could experience. However, the adviser I currently have isn't exactly the most attentive or helpful person, but, overall, I love the set up of the coursework using BlackBoard modules and the interactive learning materials that they use. I feel that this is the next best thing (If not better) than sitting in a classroom with a professor and peers. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking a online program who is unable to attend a brick & mortar school!
29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
SNHU Online could learn from University of Phoenix
March 18, 2013
I completed a Bachelor's and an MBA through University of Phoenix (UOP). The first through a ground program (sitting in classrooms) and the MBA was mostly online. I listened to the critics say UOP was a "diploma mill" and decided to try a "real," not for profit school for my 2nd masters. I am an accounting professional with more than 35 years of experience working full-time with some travel, so online is really the only format that works for me. SNHU was the only not for profit Universerity I could find with an online Masters in Accounting program. I found both programs (UOP and SNHU) very similar. The level of difficulty was about the same but I would say the instructors at UOP were probably a little more responsive (but that may have been a function of program structure). The online environment and program structures were very similar. UOP has been doing online longer, so you decide who is copying whom. While tuition was slightly cheaper at SNHU, they made up for it in textbook costs since UOP provides all course materials online for a flat fee per class and one SNHU course has a $200 textbook! The SNHU classes take 11 weeks (on a quarter system) where UOP graduate courses are 6 weeks. I spent less time per week at SNHU than UOP, but I would say they require about the same time in total per course. However, with UOP you can begin classes anytime, not just at the start of the quarter. My grades were about the same, but I found I became bored after 6 weeks with SNHU stopped trying, eventually only pulling a B in my last class. Advisor support is less personalized at SNHU. You are required to use their snhu.edu email for all correspondence with not only your instructor and classmates, but with your advisors. I sometimes has issues connecting to that email, and so when I notified my advisor from my personal email that I needed to withdraw from a class, I missed his auto-response to the snhu.edu email regarding the proper forms required for a withdrawal and ended up responsible for the full course cost (non profit?). I even tried to appeal the charge with no success. I ultimately decided that while the level of difficulty of classes was about the same as UOP, SNHU makes the administrative part of going to school as a working adult too difficult (not as user friendly as UOP). If you feel that an education has more value when it's difficult to register for classes, make changes to your course schedule, or handle other administrative tasks, then by all means, SNHU provides a better value. Based on educational and instructional content, however, there is really very little difference. As someone in the profession already, I found either program educational and of value to me. However, for someone changing careers or just starting out with no prior knowledge about the subject matter, either program would be equally difficult, in my opinion.
29 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Happy I Got Out
December 16, 2012
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.
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