Rasmussen College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (55)
While Rasmussen makes no attempt to hide that their school costs more than state or other not-for-profit schools, the excess money you pay does not translate into a better program, better facilities, or any other tangible, quantifiable asset. The nursing program itself is lack-luster, with all non nursing classes being online only. The instructors online often have far more students than a local university would have, and are tasked with teaching students from multiple campuses. That being said, it is not completely useless, and it will serve its purpose in the long run. The MAJOR problem you will have if you are a veteran using VA funding, is the timeline for how to apply your funds. If you only need VA funding to pay all of your bills, and do not need Pell grant, scholarships, or student loans, then this will not be as much of an issue for you. But if you are like the rest of us that need one or all of those, you will get screwed. Rasmussen in their infinite wisdom will not certify your attendence to the VA until 4 weeks after the beginning of the quarter (they work on 3 month quarters, year round, instead of 2 regular semesters and a possible summer semester). So 1/3 of the way through your classes is when they finally certify you to the VA. Then the VA does what they do best, and takes 6-8 weeks to pay the school. So you will be lucky to have your school paid for by the end of the quarter for which you are certified. In the mean time, and pell grant, loans, or scholarships you have, are applied against your tuition, and held hostage until the VA remits payment. And THEN even when the VA does remit payment, Rasmussen takes a further 2 weeks to issue you a refund CHECK. No direct deposit available. No tracking information on your check, no date it was mailed, no date it will be delivered. It is just mailed out some point and you will receive it eventually. They make it impossible for you to plan a budget, and if you require that excess money to help pay your bills, you WILL NOT RECEIVE IT in a timely manner. If you have ANY OTHER CHOICE for school, please, please please, take it. As a former NCO and as a reasonable person, please listen to me when I tell you: do not go to this school.
I read many reviews about Rasmussen before I enrolled in their RN program in Mankato. This is what I found - classes are challenging and the work is intensive. There is an entrance exam to get into the program and a full course load each semester. My clinical sites expose me to a variety of specialty areas. The instructors, for the most part, were very good (although there were a few that were just adequate). The program is comprehensive, providing books, an NCLEX Review, uniforms etc. I passed the NCLEX on my second attempt and was able to obtain a job within 2 weeks of passing. The school is for profit, meaning the cost is higher than what is expected; however, the wait list is less and cohorts start frequently throughout the year. I have my RN license from the State of Minnesota and am employed. I would not have been able to pass the Boards if the quality of instruction was poor - the test is HARD! In my book, Rasmussen prepared me well.
I would never attend this school if I had to do it over. They have you come in for these informational sessions that load you with a bunch of information that in the end isn't the real thing then they immediately want you to start signing up and taking their entrance exams that are costly. Not to mention that their is a HUGE turnover in instructors and half of them have never taught a class in their life and are just their fort the extra paycheck. And lastly lets not forget about the cost of the tuition. It is HIGH and they take away things that you were promised were included such as tests exam fees, books, and etc. And the uniforms you get are so cheap and unprofessional looking that you end up going and buying your own pants and undershirts to cover up these ill fitting tops they provide. DON'T WASTE A SINGLE DIME ON THIS COLLEGE.
I graduated from Rasmussen with an A/S in Network Administration. After finding out that I would have to take more than 80% over again at another college I gave Rasmussen one more chance. And complained to the state about the BS from this school. I never made it through my first returning quarter. I wrote one paper about business and used Rasmussen. I had to tell what their product or service was. I stated Education as their primary product or service. I got a zero and was told it was dreams not education. Every assignment after that was the same way. after three weeks I complained to my advisor and dean. They can not do anything about the teacher but I could withdraw. Then told if I did I would have to pay and take the class again and it may be with the same instructor. I complained until it affected my other class and that one you could not reach the instructor unless you waited three days. Then he was like he did not have time. Again complained and was told maybe I picked the wrong program. I dropped while I was still good they just waited to do so until I got WF. Now they are delaying again as they did when I came back so I cannot start at another school. Plus they lied to the state and the state bought into it. Stay away is my advise stay very far away. Plus when I was doing my A/S I was suppose to get a military discount. After long run around many emails to the president that never got returned thy gave me part. Their excuse was it was not offered before those times. But they told the state I never reinstated my discount after taking a medical leave and that was what they gave me.They change those rules every six months to use at their advantage. Same with tuition cost. My return I had four different prices. They always had a reason why. The student is always wrong when they do anything. Just like i was wrong for picking Computer Science. They even offered to talk with other schools because I complained about the degree was not worth the paper it was printed on and when I tried to Use the VP of student affairs officer's invitation she could never be reached or return calls. But she told the state I never asked, again they bought it. It is only about money, they use to include books with tuition now you pay extra, they use to give graduates official transcripts, now you pay extra, They change the rules from when you enroll to what ever meets their needs not the students. Students do not come first like they advertise. And if they tell you have a choice at something do not believe them only choice you have is their way or the high way.
I see bad reviews, but I just wanted easy classes at convenient times. I needed prereqs for another school and this worked for easy credits (didn't have to transfer them though). It wasn't top notch quality, but for my needs (working full time and taking hard grad courses), it was great. For a lot of these classes, you get out of it what you put in, and I really just wanted them done, and didn't care what I learned. I'm a nerd, this is not my MO, but at the time it was perfect. It did rub me wrong when they called about a "serious" matter, that I stilled owed $10 on my account. I had paid it last week, but they were a little to serious about this fee (which I didn't know I owed). Whatever, I knew it was for profit, and I was happy with the on-demand easy classes I needed.
The classroom instruction is ok but the supporting office is terrible. Nobody knows what's going on. If you want an education I recommend seeking it elsewhere. They fail to deliver proper student support. Attending this school was the most stressful experience I've had since I went back to school.
My experience with the college was great. I was able to attend via online courses and work at my own pace. I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Worse choice I EVER made in my entire life! At 50 years old I wanted to change careers and after Tens of Thousands of dollars and student loans, everything at Rasmussen is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS!!! I can not transfer any of the 60+ credits I earned because they are not accredited nationally.
A friend of mine recommended that I transfer to Rasmussen because I would be able to finish my degree online. I started in January and realized immediately what a joke this school is. The format of the online classes is horrible. I work 40+ hours per week and have a family and having to submit two to four research papers, do readings from several books for each class, watch a live hour long classroom session, post a discussion, etc every week got to be too much for me very fast. My grades started to slip as I didn't turn in all of my assignments but somehow I still managed to pass my classes. I decided I would try another semester to see if other classes were any better but there were just as bad. The amount of work I was putting into my classes and learning absolutely nothing was horrible. The professors were hard to get a hold of for questions. Also, after the semester started I made my first payment for tuition and never heard anything else. A month later I got an email saying I owed over $1000 even though I was never notified. They are very unorganized and I would never recommend this school to anybody!
Before considering attending Rasmussen College, please consider your other college/university options first. I moved from another state and did not fully understand that I could have made a Bette choice until about half way through my program. I've been bounced around between 4 different academic advisors in my 1 1/2 years at this school, I am constantly redirected to a new person every time I have a question, I'm placed in 400-level "general education classes" that are not in my major and that I was not given the option of choosing, financial aid is sketchy, and some instructors are hard to get ahold of or claim they have no control over class content or helping us better understand some of the assignments. I'm graduating with my BS in less than 3 months and I will never come back to this school in the future nor will I recommend this college to anyone looking for a worthwhile college experience.