Excelsior College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (38)
I completed my MA at Excelsior in 2006. In 1986 I completed my BS in Management of Human Resources at what was then called Regents College/The University of the State of New York. In 2003-2005 I attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, accumulating the bulk of my graduate credits before returning to Excelsior to complete my Masters. My experiences at Excelsior have all been very good ones. I believe the quality of education to be every bit as good as what I received at the more traditional brick and mortar campus at SMU. I had absolutely no trouble entering SMU with my BS credits from Excelsior. I recommend this school for older adults and for those who wish to complete their education at their own pace.
With the user experience of attending several schools and obtaining three Associates degrees, two Bachelors degrees, one Masters degree, and on-route to Doctoral degree, I will try to evaluate the quality of the Excelsior Colleges education for you. I earned one Bachelors degree and Masters degree with Excelsior College. During the last ten years, my expatriate lifestyle did not allow the luxury of the brick and mortar school. Prior starting every of my degrees, I did a thorough research trying to find the best college/university that could accommodate my educational needs, previous educational history, choice of degree and viable financial framework. I did not want to waste my money and attend the college that would provide watered-down online courses and give me the worthless degree. I selected Excelsior based on a personal recommendation and available information on the web. The tuition price and fees were affordable. I made the right choice my experience with Excelsior was excellent. The Excelsior College is the user-friendly, serious business that responds to the students needs in a best possible way. The Student Services and Student Advisors answered to my emails in 24-48 hours. Library had everything I needed for my research and assignments. All courses and their learning objectives were set in the high-quality programs of study. Some of these courses were really labor-intensive and demanding, but I was happy because they were also very interesting. However, the best part was the interaction with instructors. All of them were good, but some of them were truly exceptional, and I consider myself very fortunate to be in their classes. I enjoyed EVERY moment of being the Excelsior student.
Excelsior College has been a tremendous asset to my educational goals, allowing me to complete a Bachelors degree on a schedule that tolerates full time employment. If you are concerned about Excelsior accreditation, fear not, the college is accredited through Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) covering Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Accrediting colleges such as: Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, NYU, CUNY, SUNY, Cornell, Drexel, George Washington University, Georgetown, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Princeton, Rutgers, St. Johns, U of Delaware, U of Maryland, U of Penn, Villanova, Temple, etc. If you are a self-motivated person, give yourself a chance and take a look at Excelsior College. I was so pleased with my experience at Excelsior that Ive started my Master's degree there as well. Best of luck! G https://www.msche.org/institutions_directory.asp
Excelsior College is great for those who desire to set a class schedule that conforms to their daily habits. Moreover, the college is regionally accredited and the MBA program I am transitioning into has specialized accreditation with the IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). For those that do not know, IACBE is one of the top 3 accreditation agencies in the business world. To sum things up, my experience has been absolutely wonderful and my education is definitely opening doors in my career. If you are on the fence, get off of it and get started!
I started this degree without any background in computers. The topic seem interesting and it is a growing field. The classes provide plenty of information to prepare me for what I have to do. It can be a lot of work but it is achievable. I really love how flexible it is because I have a job full time and I have kids. I'm moving through classes quickly because they're only 8 weeks long. The professors are really helpful and give a lot of feedback.
I had a lot of credits from four different schools and was told to go to Excelsior because they would take them and they did! I had to take one online class, pay a lot less than a semester somewhere else and I got my degree. Since then, I have been able to get a new job and promote. Its really been a great experience.
Excellent school. Not sure about nursing, but from my experience with Excelsior and as a military service member, I will recommend to other military and civilians. I truly enjoy my time of learning and came out well prepared. If you're committed and invest the time to learn, you would learn the same as in a traditional institution. The classes are challenging and demanding and given by a well prepared faculty. Some been from very prestigious universities and many are graduates with specific fields backgrounds that will enhanced your learning for federal and local government law enforcement agencies if that's your main focus. I only have positive things to say; I guess it will come down to each individual and how much they get from what they invest.
I received my ASN, Nursing in 1998, and my BS, Liberal Studies in 2012. I only have good things to say about Excelsior. It is a fit for the self-motivated, resourceful, and serious minded-student. If you are the type of individual that can learn on your own, this may be the place for you. Preparing for the CPNE forced me to make sure that I was ready to be on clinical floor. Excellence was the only option. When it was time to complete a Bachelors, Excelsior's allowed me to build on my nursing education and add course work that interested me. I have no regrets. I have found that Excelsior has been consistent in its quality especially in customer service standards while accepting as much credit as possible. It is greatly appreciated.
I have been accepted to and attended traditional universities with more well-known names and better reputations than Excelsior,... but I learned a lot more from Excelsior. Excelsior's courses are demanding. Lots of research and writing. It was definitely more work than my previous traditional courses! I am a life-long learner and have studied in traditional college classrooms (at a University), in technical/vocational schools, in intense military fast-paced environments, and now also online. All of them were a breeze compared to the time and research it takes to do an Excelsior course. I'll say it again, lots of research and writing! And I loved it! I felt like I was getting a quality education, being forced to connect the dots before moving on and learning how everything is correlated. I will say, that I have read an awful lot of negative reviews from the nursing students, and I am not sure what's going on there; but Excelsior has been challenging and rewarding, fast-paced and time consuming. I learned more here than I did at my traditional college because on top of taking a full course load I had to learn to research on my own, prioritize, and manage my time better while working full time.
Sadly, many of the poor reviews on Excelsior come from nursing student who struggle with the final certification. Fortunately, I am not one of those students. My experience with Excelsior has been fantastic. They are regionally accredited, so most of their classes and degrees are transferable. I did not attend the B&M side of Excelsior, but all classes were readily available and had vacancy. Class sizes tended to be around 25, which is large enough for diverse interaction, but not large enough to be cluttered. This is not a "degree farm", such as a few popular for-profit schools; they are focused on academics, which is evident in the course curriculum. That being said, they are also flexible in their acceptance credit through CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior Exams. To me, Excelsior blends Academia and flexibility in way that's both challenging and attainable. On a side note, I do not recommend this college's online program to young students. The courses are too-the-point, and designed for adults. The curriculum can be challenging and young student may be overwhelmed with the amount of reading in the excellerated time line of an 8 week online course.