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    Quote Originally Posted by NHStudent View Post
    Sorry to bump an old thread but audio, I'm curious as to your status on transferring schools and your feedback overall? I'm trying to decide between So NH and WGU. Leaning towards WGU.
    I am entertaining the thought of doing an MS in Information Security at SNHU (I live near their campus) and doing it as a hybrid. I get far more out of being in a real classroom and interacting with real humans than I do studying online...
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    Default I also live close to the campus (15 minutes away)...

    I also live close to the campus (15 minutes away). However, there is a big price difference going the campus route. I think that if I were fresh out of high school, I would want a B&M school experience for at least my bachelors. I got my associates degree this way and later attended several schools towards a bachelors degree (all classroom settings).

    At this time for me, online is more appealing due to my work schedule that sometimes involves international travel. Hence, I am interested in WGU or So NH University Online.

    WGU is appealing due to the price and ability to move through the courses at an adjustable pace. Certifications are a plus but do add to the workload and testing. However, if solely based on price and you do not take at least 8+ classes per year, both schools are the same $. So if you expect your pace to be 1 class every 8 weeks or 6-7 courses per year - they are both the same cost.

    SoNH would seem like the better name on a resume though?
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    I go to WGU and I have total autonomy over my education it's fantastic but you have to put the work in.
    Currently enrolling into WGU's IT - Security Program. Working on LPIC (1,2,3) and CCNA (and S) as long term goals and preparing for the Security+ and A+ as short term goals.
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    OK so just wanted to update this as there is not a lot of information out there on this direct subject but is one of very few recent comparisons that show up when searching google. I felt like I owed the visit and update from my own research.

    Your interests, availability, and other variables will of course help you decide and the decision for me was not easy. Going to try to leave out any subjectivity here as I have had some negatives with my choice but still moving forward with it as it is the better fit for me. Your reasons may vary. The following comparison is based on someone looking to return to school which is the demographic that both of these schools are targeting. Online degrees are not for everyone and you can fail as quickly as you can pass. You must be an independent learner as there may be little to no hand holding for either school. I don't have enough experience to comment on that yet but what I anticipate and planning for.

    SNHU - good school, reviews will be mostly good. Those complaining most seem to be against the financial aid process. This may matter to you / or not. It is regionally accredited and has an B&M campus as well as a very large and growing online presence. Array of degrees in IT do exist and have more in the way of computer science / development. Their degree programs come with the standard traditional full set of general education requirements. They also have room for electives should you have a small collection of classes from the past to use. Pace will be classes every 8 weeks. If going part time, 1-2 classes may be the workload. Costs are $320 cr / $960 per course. If you go this route, I suggest you review your gen end courses first and use CLEP to test out of those. That reduces the overall cost but will still generally end up being more than WGU depending on your available time. Terms are 2 months and can take breaks between terms. This makes it slightly more portable. If you are planning a break for the summer for example, you may lock yourself into WGU for 6 months depending your start / stop timelines.

    WGU - good school, reviews will be mostly good. Those complaining most seem to be against the financial aid process but also some growing pains where two ends of the pipe don't know about what may be going on in the middle. Also regionally accredited but is not a traditional model and rather competency based which allows you to be assessed on what you know and to move on to what you don't. You can go at your own pace. This may be an accelerator for finishing sooner. However, if your pace is slow, this school will cost you more than SNHU and others. $3500 per 6 month term and need to complete a minimum of 12 credits (3 classes). They are liberal with transferring in general education classes and have many applicable certifications that will waive other classes. If you have these certifications already and or an associates degree, this may reduce your course load to attain a degree faster. Terms are 6 months so if you have an issue, you are committed to 6 month blocks but can stop for up to 3 in between terms.

    Both schools may have challenges with their increased publicity. Some say it may be better to get a degree from a lesser known school than one that people may hear about on the news or see heavily marketed the way both are. Pros and cons to this and depends on the hiring manager and their level of understanding.

    Both have programs designed for the working adult and costs aside, the biggest difference will be the certifications you get with WGU. Even if you do not need them, they are a level of proof that validates the degree.

    Now, the biggest considerations someone SHOULD take into account when comparing to WGU is the amount of time you will put into it. If you are only attending and taking the minimum amount of classes that may be fine but is costing you more. If you are only taking 3-4 classes per 6 months, that is costing you $3500 and to me means you are paying about $1K per course. If these are courses with certifications they are more valuable and you can pay that just for a CCNA or other cert course. WGU becomes a better deal when you put time into it and move through at a faster pace. That pace is up to you, your abilities, and your experience. However, it is not a suggestion to rush through anything but should be a consideration.

    I chose WGU as it was the right fit for me. I'm very aggressive making it a potentially better deal and the thought of having to sit through some of the other general educations classes required for SNHU made me realize where I want to spend my time and how they will help my goals.

    For new / younger students with little to know experience, keep to the basic degrees like CIS, computer science and even mathematics. A B&M school may also add to your social skills and force you to interact at levels you did not in high school. Get some experience, learn of your career direction then go for a Master degree with an area of focus.

    Below are some of the objective highlights to compare. Good luck!

    WGU SNHU Online
    Has B&M Campus No Yes
    Format Competency / Assessments / Certifications Weekly modules / time based
    Cost (based on 24 CR Yr) $6,970 $7,680
    Can accelerate and take more courses per term Does not include books and materials.
    Terms 6 months * 2 8 weeks * 6
    # of IT Degrees 8 UG / 4 GR 10 UG / 7 GR
    Transfers Gen ed / certs Gen ed / accept CLEP
    degrees based on certifications room to fill in electives
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