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Great School! Awful Reviews, but bad grammar.

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with concentrations in Screenwriting and Fiction - June 23, 2014
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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

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Not Harvard But Not UOP Either

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with concentrations in Screenwriting and Fiction - August 25, 2013
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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.

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Creative writing without the screenwriting actually

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with concentrations in Screenwriting and Fiction - April 19, 2013
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Hi, been here a little over a year now and let's start out with the FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT IS RUN BY THE STUDENTS!!! They often barely speak english, you do not get a finaid advisor and the students have access to all of your information. Random students work in finaid and control your future! They lie, they cheat, they berate you over the phone, even in emails. My actual advisor stood up for me a bit when I was getting berated for turning in my paperwork, they lost it, never told me, then told me I need to get more organized! I have been in school for ten years, I am so educated in financial aid now that I was schooling them, and it didn't matter, they literally stole over $6,000, and now I do not have enough loans left to complete the degree. They laughed and said I should have been more diligent. You can't check your own information, you must go through them, yet they tell me I messed up for not checking on my own, I mean where?!!! The classes are a joke, have little to do with your degree and are so incredibly easy a highschool student could complete this crap within a year if they could come up with the money. The instructors don't even study the course material, barely glance at your papers and seldom answer questions or give advice. The classes are only 8 weeks, I noticed a previous post claimed differently. I'm supposed to be learning how to get published and be a great writer, yet we study boring classics, are forced to trumpet their value with paper after paper, week after week on the same book! How many times can I write a paper on The Great boring Gatsby!? I wrote 8 papers and 12 blogs, and they turned what may have been something good into something so hated and I still do not feel it is helping with my own future. What a joke! You might find a cool teacher or two, one english teacher said she would help me with my math, because she also teaches that at another school, so that is cool, but mostly you will find bored people who hate, hate, hate questions or suggestions. You do not see each other's papers, so there is no critiquing, no way to improve. Oh, if you do go here, find your books online as downloads for free, or go to amazon or ebay to find them used, never order from the school, you do NOT want them to have access to your credit card number. Again, kids run the financial aid department that are not finished with school, and their degree of study may have nothing to do with working in financial aid, such as creative writing students having access to my social security number, bank account, fafsa...and we all know they can't possibly yet understand the fafsa or how to finish it correctly as they have only filled it out themselves once or twice, or their parents do it for them as in the case of my pos sister. They are so very kind when you are first signing up for school, but then they are rude, cruel, and have no qualms with lying, cheating, stealing, or yelling at you. I have to be honest though, I already have an art degree from AAU, and the finaid was helpful, the teachers were cruel, and my hubby goes to U of Phoenix and they never give him his refunds, he's on his third try for the last class for his degree and gets no extra help and the classes are just as much a joke of ease and relaxation other than the math of course. Online may be the wave of the future, but the degrees are not as meaningful, you don't learn as much as in the classroom with the actual teacher and actual students, but just like most, we don't all have the time for this! Accredited or not, the teachers do not put much time into easy money like this, and the schools don't care.

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Southern New Hampshire is Dishonest and Morally Bankrupted

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with concentrations in Screenwriting and Fiction - August 18, 2012
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Some of the instructors were awesome. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. Others were not so helpful; this was a part-time job for some whom held down full-time day jobs at junior colleges. Because of all the new advertisements the school financial aid is behind. I was billed for a term while attending on financial aid. I contacted financial aid and my advisor about dropping the classes, both advised me not to drop. On the day it was too late to drop without a charge someone from financial aid contacted me about a statement. I was away at the time and did not see how I could provide the statement. Therefore, I asked about dropping again and was told, "It's too late." I informed them I was told not to drop the classes, they said, "We can't tell you what to do." I found away and sent in the statement the same day. What is the use to speaking with them if later they through it back at you with "We can't tell you what to do"? Then I had a problem in one of my classes. The instructor did not follow the rules of the rubric. Instead of any of the faculty listening to my concerns, they ignored the issue and tried to dismiss my complaints by focusing on things they thought would shut me up. To date no one has honestly addressed the issue of my financial aid or the rubric. I filed a complaint with the BBB, they responded with lies and accusations. This university is morally bankrupted; after they get you enrolled, you become a number and nothing more. In the end they are a business and I am a consumer. I should not have to take a course I found not to be up to par, with an instructor that did not follow the rubric. What is the rubric for if the instructor can do as she pleases? All I wanted to do was drop the course and take it with another instructor; in hope of a better instructor, which knew the purpose of a rubric. My advice to new students is to always make sure you document all correspondence with SNHU. Try to do most of it through e-mail, as to keep a record. Because if anything go wrong they will not be honest, they will do anything to try to dismiss you including stooping to dishonesty.

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