Southern New Hampshire University
Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Southern New Hampshire University Reviews:
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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!
5 of 7 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.
6 of 7 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.
6 of 7 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.
6 of 10 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.
13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Dont Waste Your Time or Money!!!
BA Advertising - August 31, 2015
Warning!!! Rip Off! Do not waste your time or money on this school. There are so many more QUALITY choices. ASU and Oregon State are just two. My issue with them: I went to the school for nearly 2 years. I was working full time and going to school at the same time. Unfortunately, my work occasionally takes me out of the country, as a photographer working for the press. My adviser was fully aware of my situation, and knew I was possibly going to be out of town during a term. In fact I was traveling to Africa to cover a warzone. He suggested I still register and if called out of town I could drop the class, or if unable to get online the class would be dropped automatically if I did not join the class. The end result was, no I was not automatically dropped, I was fully charged, and due to the class being failed my GPA was dropped. At the same time Financial aid was dropped and I was forced to pay the fee for the class directly. I tried to contact my adviser, without any help, along with everyone else I was passed onto. I have since been unable to continue my education and the 15 grand that I have already spent is just a waste. The biggest problem with the school is they are unwilling to help, listen, or even understand. It is almost like they do not want you to succeed, just put money in their pockets. They will not work with you. The advisers are rude and unwilling to help. And they are not understanding at all. Not the way a school should be.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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.
14 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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.
10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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.
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