Excelsior College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (68)
Overall Excelsior has been a great experience. The classes are user friendly and the instructors are always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the students. I am in the military and ever since I started taking courses with this school all classes fitted my career. Like in most places, you get what you put into.
Excelsior is a much better school than people think and the Nursing program seems to be giving them a bad reputation. I completed my BSHS in Healthcare Management from GWU in 2012 but decided to go into the Public Health field. After taking only 2 classes with GWU's online BPH program i transferred to Excelsior after researching their program and finding that it closely mirrored GWU's online BPH program. First of all, both schools are in the same academic region so all of my classes transferred over with no problems. To my surprise, the curriculum is almost exactly the same as GWU (same text books, assignments and outcomes) except Excelsior is 8 weeks versus 14+. Both use blackboard, however, Excelsior has recently switched to Canvas which seems just as user friendly (I am currently pursuing my MPH with them). Overall I find Excelsior's Public Health curriculum just as challenging and rewarding as GWU's Public Health curriculum if ample time is put into studying. With that said, the papers, quizzes and exams are easier at Excelsior versus GWU. The negative reviews I see are almost entirely related to the NURSING program, which may be understandable as this type of program involves hands on learning that cannot always translate well via online learning. Medical School, PA school and Nursing are probably best suited for class room environments only to allow for hands on learning. I would like to see Excelsior remove their Nursing program in the future for the above reasons. I would like finish by saying, the professors I have had thus far have been excellent and very qualified and challenging. Their are a couple professors who have public health positions outside of teaching that takes time away from their attention to the class rooms and this is usually addressed in reviews, however, this has been rare and feedback to students is usually prompt and helpful. Overall outstanding experience so far.
If I had a choice between a traditional classroom Nursing school I would have chosen that over Excelsior College Online. But since I worked full time, Excelsior was my only option for the associate nursing program. I passed CPNE my first attempt, I got most B's in my classes. The course work seemed easy but I learned little and it did not prepare me very well for the NCLEX. I was enrolled into ATI NCLEX, but I feel Excelsior could have placed a lot more emphasis on NCLEX. But then again, I was focused on CPNE. So it was an overall okay experience. Definitely not the best, but not too terrible. I do have to say after seeing all these reviews about how bad it is. I think it's because they didn't pass.
I've seen a lot of bad reviews for Excelsior but I actually enjoyed it. Everyone was nice and professional. I've taken online courses from other colleges and I think that a lot of the negative reviews are from people who aren't/weren't prepared or mature enough to handle online classes. If you need THAT much instruction, you should really consider going to a brick and mortar school to earn your degree. No school is going to hold your hand and spoon feed you material. One has to find it within themselves. That being said, Excelsior does an excellent job.
I was shocked at the number of negative reviews. I started attending Excelsior in 2008 for a degree in nursing. I completed all of my classes and unfortunately was unable to continue working as a nurse. The advisors were fantastic. I was able to switch to Liberal Arts and obtain my BS in psychology in 16 months. The instructors and advisors were always there to answer any questions I had. I enjoyed this school. The only problem I have is I have to find another school to get my Masters in psychology as Excelsior does not offer it. If they did I would sign up in a heartbeat!
Would not recommend this school to even my worse enemy. Terrible experience. They lie to you, telling you that it is self paced. Yeah getting your 7 nursing classes are self paced, but then you have to wait a lifetime for your CPNE. I managed to pass on my first attempt after waiting 9 months, but then you still are not done with their BS. They hit me with $600 of "graduation fees" 5 days before I graduated and if I didn't pay, I didn't graduate. I didn't even go!!! I paid so much money to this awful school and I wasn't even prepared when I was an actual nurse in my unit. It was embarrassing and stressful. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE! This place needs to be shut down.
Do not waste your money. Go to a traditional college or a reputable 5 star online school. I did not get a return on my investment because the teaching in my opinion and some others lacked the needed information to pass the extremely hard tests done via testing centers. I feel they took advantage of my wallet. Which I believed they targeted from the beginning. Shame on myself and this school for guiding me into a shady only me learning contract that had binded me to a win for Excelsior/DLSI and a lose for me. Thanks for nothing Excelsior/DLSI.
Excelsior College was a perfect fit for me because I earned my degree online while still working full time in the army. The school was very accessible and the staff were accommodating to me. I earned the BSN this past April and it will confer in June. This was the best school experience because I had enough time for every facet of my life.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Excelsior will take your money and lead you to believe that their CPNE final exam is passable with just THEIR study guide and incorrect videos. The truth is, you will need to spend ADDITIONAL MONEY for OUTSIDE workshops just to understand how to fill out the paper work for your clinical exam and write care plans IN THEIR WORDS ONLY and perform the areas of care to 100% perfection. there is absolutely no room for error. You will not be allowed to deviate one single word, if they don't accept your care plan, BOOM you fail and don't get in the patient's room. You must perform labs to 100% their way, yet their videos demonstrating these labs show mistakes. THIS PROGRAM should not even be accredited or accepted by any state board. Their curriculum is substandard, students are given a study guide and that is about it. sure you can contact an advisor and get an ambiguous answer. Their curriculum is structured in such a way that you are TEACHING YOURSELF TO BE AN RN. Is that what you want? The program needs a shakedown. Avoid them.
Avoid like the plague! Don't even start the program which is expensive long before ever get to Clinical Performance weekend. Then, once you get to CPNE, $2295 nonrefundable fee first of course, you will be failed. Deliberately. Fabricated pulse rates, b/p discrepancies, oxygen mishaps and even as ridiculous as gelling your hands where it's not even a safety issue. In my entire academic career, I've never been so disappointed in a "professional program". Excelsior College, YOU FAILED!! You failed ethics, professionalism and honesty code of nursing. Shame on you and your deceptive, fraudulent practices. All for $2300 ?!? Give us our PASS PAPERS WE'VE BUSTED A** FOR!