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January 19, 2014

SNHU emerging as online education leader

President expects to top 35,000 students this year

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“I did mine completely online,” Czaia said.

Now, Czaia is enrolled full time at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.

Admission with an online degree was not an issue.

“Absolutely not. They were very surprised with my grade point average, 3.8,” Czaia said.

An SNHU professor wrote her a letter of recommendation after she aced three classes.

Czaia, a Democratic nominee for state Senate two years ago, completed her degree while working part time.

“I was able to take my time,” she said.

She took a couple of courses each semester, studying at various times of the day when it was convenient.

Kristen Gray is a New Englander now living in Germany where her husband, Philip, is stationed with the Army. She is taking a break from studies, but has completed a semester toward a master’s degree through SNHU in Internet marketing.

“Not only are the programs affordable, but the school itself is also very military-friendly, which was very appreciated,” said Gray, a 24-year-old mother.

The time difference didn’t affect her studies.

“There were no classes where everyone had to be logged on at once, so I was not sitting on my computer at 10 o’clock at night or three o’clock in the morning,” Gray said.

Her professors were always helpful.

“If I needed anything or had any questions, they were excellent responding to me via email, which was something I didn’t always get with my undergraduate professors,” Gray said.

Czaia found professors in online classes to be responsive.

“When I had a question, they replied in a 24-hour period,” Czaia said. “Many professors will give you a cell phone and say, ‘If you’d rather talk, we can talk.’”

Students also get advisers.

Rice is pleased with hers.

“I do have the option of going in to see her,” Rice said. “Anytime I have a good grade, she shoots me an email and tells me I’m doing great.”

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