ECPI University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
I graduated from ECPI University with a BSEET in 2010. I received a great education while others did not, and that was of my own doing. ECPI is a great school, but you have to be ready to work really hard to be successful. The classes are five weeks long and you have to consume A LOT of information very quickly and prove that you've learned that information at the end of each class. The work load is what kills many people, but, if you complete it successfully you'll be as qualified as anyone from any other school. I work along side colleagues from UNCC, VT, GT, NC State and Clemson, and my level of responsibility and my salary proves that I'm as qualified as any of them.
I see all these bad reviews and I feel bad for people that have had a bad experience. I am a single father and I work a full time job, so the online classes are the only way I will ever be able to attend college and earn a degree. I can see sometimes that professors take a while to respond to e-mail messages, that is probably why you should not wait one or two days before a deadline or an assignment is due before you e-mail your instructors. When it comes to the classes, you get out of them what you put it in. If you do the bare minimum of what is required just to get a passing a grade, you probably won't learn much. You have opportunities to really explore and research your assignments and learn a lot if you take the time to do so. Two classes at a time is not that much, considering you would be taking 3-4 on a campus that would require a lot more time to dedicate to classes. The financial aspect of it is really easy, but probably because I have a GI bill. I have set it up one time and it is taken care of each term with no hassle. My books get sent to me by the first day of class, one time I received a book two days after my classes started and my instructor gave me an extra two days to work on my assignments without it being late. If you fail a class its either because you are trying to do the bare minimum of the assignments or you are putting your work off, turning in late assignments or fall behind and just can't catch up. I know because I have failed 2 classes because I was just extremely busy, pushed my homework back and my assignments were so late I just couldn't catch back up. Attendance is huge in a class that only lasts 5 weeks. Most classes have one discussion, one assignment, and a quiz. Some of a discussion, two assignments, and a quiz as long as some kind of class project that you have 5 weeks to complete. That is not a lot compared to the work and hours you have to put in at a regular 4 year university campus. This thing is what you make of it and I have no problems as of yet and I graduate in march 2016.
I completed a aas criminal justice degree in 2005. I got a job as a security guard it paid real well at the time 10 years ago. However, when I was ready to move on I contacted the career center for help. I was told about a 8 dollar an hour job and was told that was better than nothing. Ok first issue. I found work on my own. A couple of years later I decided (against my better judgment) to go back and work on my bachelor's in criminal justice. I called the school to see if I could enroll using my associate credits and was told no because the accreditation had changed. So now I literally have a useless piece of paper that I am responsible to pay for. I called today and was told I went to Skyline. Wtf is skyline??? My piece of paper says ECPI. I'm looking into filing a civil suit to have Skyline ECPI or whomever repay these loans.
Ok, stop and please read this before enrolling in ECPI. Now before I begin, I am allowed my opinion, and this doesn't go for every person. This is just a helpful review or advice. I just recently dropped from ECPI, was going to transfer to Ashford University. I am unsure of Ashford University, I just think that it has pretty good reviews plus I have a familiy member who attends and they love it! So, anyways... I enrolled in ECPI at the end of Feb. 2014 and I had to take the petty free class to show me how to use the basic "Moodle" system. It was like a normal 5 week term would go, and it just showed you around. I then started 2 classes for 5 weeks and so on. After 5 weeks, I would begin a new set of classes, and so forth. Now I was good my first term, had some excellent instructors very understanding and helpful. It was my 3rd term with ECPI were I ran into some problems. They had scheduled me for a math and english at the same time. Now I had specifically told them I would like those classes to be taken alone not with another class, especially with each other. SO all I did was withdrawal from one and I took one class that term, instead of getting a bs class to take along with it. So, then I emailed my student services advisor and she was suppose to fix it. Where I wouldn't have to take the classes together again. Now, I came to a term where I had 2 hard classes and 2 horrible instructors! They had changed my SSA so I had to email my new one, whom took 2 weeks to get back to me. The teachers always answered my questions about assignments after the due dates. They would contact you one way and the other would contact you another. So you were constantly searching for replies in your student email, moodle mail, and personal email. Then they would talk smack to you when you didn't turn assignments in on time. Then it was time to re-do my FA. and student loans, and my FA advisor sends me my award letters and what letters I need to sign. Now, I didn't get any FA back or refunds which was cool with me! But when I seen that I had to max out my loans and FA and they wanted an additional $2000 in cash to pay for classes! So you mean to tell me that my 5,300 FA aid and 3500 in S. loans isn't enough?!?! WHAT?! this doesn't make sense. Well then they tell me there are options, private loans, scholarships, and payment financing me. NO! That's not cool! I cannot be in debt 6 times over to go to school for a BA. Plus I just failed two classes because the instructors wouldn't contact me. Which I got the grades appealed but still. I don't think people should have to be bankrupt to go to school. IF that's the case, I can go across the st. to the community college and have help.
I was retaking classes that I already had with my associate degree in healthcare administration and at the fourth term of the classes emailed the results of the credits that were supposed to be transferred. I found out that they didn't transfer none of them. I didn't believe in so because the school that I graduated from my associate it is accredit and very reputable. So, I refuse to accept those results to make me to start all over again with the degree. I felt insulted by taking my time and money for granted. Now I am more caution on the school that I am choosing to take the bachelor degree. I know business is business but they have to consider that they are dealing with the money of people to make their business to grow. Money goes and comes but what can guarantee that their business is trustful when their doing stuff like these. That's why I choose to withdraw and evaluate better options on other universities that I know will take my education seriously.