ECPI University Reviews

  • 168 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $16,639
53% of 168 students said this degree improved their career prospects
43% of 168 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Raleigh campus
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Raleigh ECPI campus stinks! Why are the only satisfied students the cyber students but all the health care students hate it. ECPI need to rethink this RN program. It stinks! I mean my orientation consisted of the president of the program telling us how difficult it is going to be and how they have a 💯 percentage pass rate on the NCLEX, only to find out they ONLY had 7 nursing students graduate. Heck they should all have passed… It’s only 7! But wait it gets better,,, not all 7 really passed. 6! Passed out of the 7. Leaving this school with … yep not that 💯 perfect percentage pass rate. Wow, so with only 7 students passing your program not even all of them passed the NCLEX? It’s because your system isn’t a good one Labanca! Dominic! Snow! Awful Foy! It’s a broken system. Fix it. Your school takes money and still failed your students that passed! You stink Raleigh!!! What a joke for a nursing school. My daughter had the worst nurse and I’m convinced he was a ECPI Raleigh grad!! PU So yeah don’t waist your time or money here. It’s a bad program. Unless you’re doing cyber something. They seem to be happy well,,, happier?"
JAck BLue
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Terrible school, Professors that teach the classes sometimes have no experience or knowledge on the subject. Labs are broken and directions vague, not even the tutors can help. Do not make the mistake of going to this school. The only good about it is that you graduate in two years as opposed to four. Do not waste your money on this school, I'm currently trying to transfer."
Dissapointed in Raleigh
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"The accelerated ADN program seemed like a good choice at first and the advisors harassed me to no end until I finally came in to talk with them. Being in between local universities application timeframes and not wanting to wait another year to start a program, I caved and enrolled. Being a relatively new program to the Raleigh campus, I came into it all with an open mind and anticipated some hiccups along the way. The first two semesters consisting of fundamentals and both A&P's gave me no qualms, all instructors were very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure you knew the content. Fast forward to the core nursing classes and things took a very steep decline...the majority of nursing instructors are nurse practitioners that are so far removed from actual fundamental nursing skills to the point that they read the powerpoints verbatim and struggle to teach you even the most mundane hands-on skills in lab. When asked to elaborate or explain a procedure, they'll give you the dear in headlights look and rattle off something that completely contradicts what the books state. Not once did anyone in my class feel like the instructors were actually passionate about teaching or had a desire to see us do well, they were only there for the paycheck to substitute their side jobs that always came before us. Out of an entire semester in lab (8hrs every week), our class learned the equivalent of one hour of actual knowledge while the rest of the time was spent being forced to listen to irrelevant stories from the instructor that were "essential to passing the class". While the clinical preceptors were amazing, unfortunately, they only precept...It's as if they hired all their actual nursing instructors off of a craigslist ad without vetting their experience. I am beyond frustrated to have wasted my time at this school only to find out that NONE of their credits transfer to other community colleges or universities based on their coding of classes and credit amount. Please, save your money and sanity by looking into other ADN programs in the triangle."
Lpn2RN
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I seem to be another disappointed victim of ECPI Raleigh. This experience has been terrible to say the least. My classroom lecture was a joke. My instructor read directly off the PowerPoint slide and then tested you 100% on anything that you could have been more unprepared for. Nothing you are shown or told to teach yourself was ever on the test. Basically you’re set up for failure. I did fail along side half of my class. It was a terrible experience to know you didn’t make it out of the first nursing class. ( the school should feel terrible too, that they’re instructors are so bad that they’re students keep failing) remember, not only does the students fail, so does the teachers! You fail your students, remember that. YOU FAIL YOUR STUDENTS! You failed in preparing, grooming, molding, teaching, inspiring, cultivating and educating them to be the best nurse, not just a test taker. We were all told we would return in 3 months. We all waited and none of us were offered a returning seat. Not only did a lady none of us ever heard of make the call to let us know we were not returning, the Director of Nursing never reached out, returned a single call or email. Sent a letter or even said good luck next time to us students she so called cared for. We were now just the ones that failed. Not one person from ECPI advocated for us. Told us a plan or gave any advice. They made thousands of dollars off of us and we’re just nothing to them now. Nothing at all. What a school family. Just the failures. One would think they would try to mold us and inspire us, instead they literally disappeared. No one has reached out? Even still. You are really just another dollar to them. Do not waste your money. You will regret it. They will do the same thing to you. I still haven’t heard from the DON or anyone from the school. None of my fallen classmates have. I’m choosing to go elsewhere. Maybe I’ll be treated better and be taught how to actually become a nurse. Not whatever that mess was they were doing. Please beware of this scam school. The proof is in the output of nurses and I don’t see any! Oh the 7 where only 6 passed the NCLEX lol. Joke! And FYI , it takes more than taking a test to be a good nurse Dr. Foy! You suck and I hope to never be a patient of yours. Miss. Lablanca, your a terrible DON. You should advocate for the students. Not discourage and put them down. Your not a good DON! Where is your compassion? You suck too. I’m happy I’ve decided to attend another school. They even told me that they end up getting all your students once they find out your school is a scam. Beware"
Concerned
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am currently attending ECPI Raleigh campus and this experience is an absolute nightmare. I am so disappointed with this program and how it’s ran. My nursing instructors are so far removed from the subjects they’re teaching it’s shameful. The DON shows zero concern and empathy for the students or about the students. Mrs. Lablanca seems nice but she doesn’t care about us. And if she does, it does not show. All she talks about is A&P but this school is more than A&P. Her assistant Mrs. Snow is nice but she’s just a puppet. The students are all miserable! We watch our amazing classmates fall off one by one. We’re told in the beginning that we won’t all make it, pretty much discouraging you from the beginning. But who see’s success when your school only puts out 7 nurses and not all 7 pass the NCLEX? They keep playing that broken record that it’s an accelerated program. Many students attend accelerated programs and are successful. This school is flawed for a lack of words. I’ve been told this particular campus was horrible and now I see it for myself. I thought I’d be different. My mother is a NP and has begged me to leave this program. So he believes that I’m not being given a good quality nursing education. I explained to her that labs are not included in the grade and she said that’s ECPI’s rule not the board of nursing. This school has disappointed so bad. I’m not happy with my choice to attend such a selfish, unhealthy, shameful, bias, lackadaisical, careless, awful school. Even my instructors before the core nursing classes told us students to run. That this school was going to leave us in a position where we use all our financial resources and will be unable to attend another school to become successful people in the world and take care of our families. So far they were right! Beware people. But I get it.. Everyone wants to be a nurse and these people sell you a big dream that can’t be fulfilled. I’m very disappointed Mrs. Lablanca and Mrs. Snow you honestly have no idea how we feel. We’re not happy with you ladies. We wished you actually cared about our learning and not just when we’re attending the school but you don’t check on your students who are awaiting return? You don’t care about them. I talk to my old classmates who are awaiting returns and you ladies just leave them. Horrible, just mean and horrible. This doesn’t foster a community of care and commitment. Do better."
Pandora
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Their RN program is designed for failure. I have not yet met a single person to graduate from it ( the Raleigh, NC campus) This school doesn’t promote an atmosphere of success rather the stereotype that female RN instructors must be (the B word). I’ve attended professional schools throughout my life and this school has shown me that you have to be only out for yourself. They do not promote being a good nurse but being a good test taker. When you have a starting class of 30 and a graduation class of 7 that should have been a red flag but like everyone we all think we’re different. People! When looking for a RN program, stop and think is a graduation class of 7 and 6 passing the NCLEX really a good school? If you fail you have to sit out 3 months before you can start again, so there goes the acceleration program. You’ve just extended your program 3 extra months. So just go to a school that has THE TIME to foster a good student RN. A school that has the TIME to see you as an individual not just a grade to turn into the board of nursing. A school that puts out more than 6 nurses a graduation. This program is a joke. They are not for your success although they want your money. Is the administration staff nice, Yes they are but they’re useless. They have nothing to add towards your success as a student. But a tissue to dry your eyes and some bs kind words to get you out of their office ( many of the best nurses fail) the only thing they will say is that same broken record.. it’s an accelerated program,, you shouldn’t work,, if you don’t feel like you’re teaching yourself your not doing a good job,, we care,, blah blah blah. Show me graduates! And more than 7! This should have screamed scam! The RN instructors mostly have NP’s and DNP’s but they’re so far removed from where we were as students that they were useless. They say they care but really they have a job and it’s only business to them. You’re their job weather you pass or fail. I was given 2 great pieces of advice from current students at the time. One, (run from this program, I’ve spent thousands of dollars and I’m repeating another class because of “1” point. ) And Two, ( don’t listen to Anything the instructors say while lecturing, tune them out and study your own devices and you’ll pass). While I am making the decision to go to a traditional program, I look around and see so many unhappy people, it’s heartbreaking and I hate to see people that I know are Never going to make it here keep wasting their time and lowering their self esteem with each blow. This school is a joke people. Really think long and hard. It’s my tenth term and I’m really considering leaving. I hate their grading system and their lack of care and compassion for students that will be the best nurses. But the selfie taking, no bill paying, no job having, privileged advance through. ( this is why nurses suck now! Ugh!) And to the people who choose to go to ECPI ( Raleigh, NC campus, I can not speak for other ECPI campuses) good luck and I wish you well. Just don’t waste too much of your time and money thinking your doing something quickly when believe me by time your done you’d wish you saved 40+thousand and went to a community college. It’s going to take the same time unfortunately. I guess they get you because they’re easier to get into. Again, that should tell you something. THINK PEOPLE!! Good luck. ECPI IM OUT!!"
Devin Melo
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"If you are going into the IT field I would highly suggest to find the requirements for the job your are seeking. Many jobs in the IT field do not require a degree, a certification will get you much further in the field than a degree ever will. You can find many of the same free study guides and videos ECPI uses on youtube and google. If you would like to spend 60k to obtain a job making 15-16 an hour then this place is for you. If college is what you seek, find a college that will provide you with certifications upon completion. I blindly thought a degree would mean something more than it actually does today. So in order for me to find a job with a better starting pay, I need to obtain certifications which now require more studying. Don't be like me, research what is required and the skill needed for the job or career field you are seeking. I graduated in 2019, majored in Network and CyberSecurity with a 3.5 GPA and I was not even qualified for a CyberSecurity Internship at my place of employment. Moral of the story... don't waste money with ECPI's CyberSecurity or IT program. Research the requirements needed for the particular job you seek and focus on those."
Private
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Horrible place! Failed a class and have to wait 4 months! Ontop of that, in order to get back into the program, you must do remediations and quizzes during those 4 months even though you are not considered a student at the moment. Reason given from the DON is because "students who fail are not priority, so you have to wait until we have an open seat for the next class". Can't believe I was even told "if you can't even pass this class, how are you going to pass the next class?". I realized that at that moment, the school DOES NOT CARE about the students, just there for the money. Ontop of that, I failed because the instructor read off the presentation boards for the entire class time and when you ask the instructor for clarification or help, instructor can't even explain the answer or instructor says "I'll contact you when I know, I don't know right now", but never gets back to you! Even if you make a 78% you are a automatic fail. You must have 80% to pass the class. They also tried to have me pay $2500 just to repeat one class!!! Out of pocket as well!!! Don't go here. It's ridiculous. I wasted my time because of how horrible this nursing program was, it has discouraged me to go into the route of nursing. Even if you complain about an instructor not giving proper help, they still see you as the one at fault. Supposedly, it was "my fault for not understanding" even though I participated in tutoring, asked questions, and tried to ask for help. Waste of $35k. Don't go here. Even if you end up failing a class, you will either be waiting months just to retake the class or you will end up failing the class again and kicked out of the program AND can't even take the classes that you took at ecpi with you BECAUSE other schools don't accept them. Keep In mind that ecpi is only regionally accredited, which means, your limited to where places would want to hire you."
Rob
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"Overall, everyone will encounter different experiences, that's just life. Your education is what you make out of it and how much effort you put in. ECPI is legitimate a great school for the right price and structured. If your a slacker who does not want to put in work, don't even bother. ECPI was a great experience."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I see some negative reviews about some of the professors not caring enough but honestly my experience here at the northern Virginia campus has been amazing. The teachers are constantly reaching out to students who are in need of tutoring and offer there hours outside of class so you may contact them with any questions. The flexibility is amazing. I am a married man, father, a full time employee at my job and a guy who loves to workout everyday and I can still find the time to balance everything out just takes some hard work and a lot of focus but I have never found my self lost or stressed out. The night classes are amazing and the 5 week term allow for the students to earn their degree at a great pace while learning many things. I am about to receive my AA and my job has risen my salary from $52,000 to $70,000 just because I got my degree. As soon as I finish my classes and AA,I will be pursing my bachelors next as well as a few certifications that the school offers at a huge discount for the students."
S.S
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2021
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"Some aspects of this school I would like to mention, especially in regards to the engineering programs. They will advertise to you hands on experience, but then you will be told the technology isn't available for student use. You are permitted to use breadboards to build very basic circuits, but when it comes to PLC and robotics training those items are off limits. They will charge you $2.8k per semester for room and board, yet neither are made available. During my time at this school, it has been clear that the majority of the instructors do not care about your success. There are some that absolutely do, but the vast majority of them read power points to you then give meaningless grades for assignments. A large number of mistakes are to be found throughout the curriculum and quite often, the instructors either do nothing about it or cannot change it. The only upside to this school is their career services department has quite a lot of partnerships to assist with finding a career. Understand, however, this school is not grooming you to be an engineer but a technician."
William Araiza
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2021
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"ECPI was a perfect fit for my post retirement and kick off into a new career field. Having the degree from ECPI propelled me into a much higher pay scale and enhanced my military experience. The school worked diligently in providing everything I needed to assist me on this endeavor."
ECPI Graduate
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2021
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I was able to finish my degree program at an accelerated pace. The instructors were knowledgeable in the field and gave great support with assignments, questions, and extra resources. After graduating, I passed the National Board Exam to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. I was able to find a job quickly with my degree and license!"
Garbage
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2021
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"Do not go to this school. Told me to contact student loans to pay. I was dumb and signed. Not knowing the school is trash. It was horrible. Learned nothing. There still contacting me today saying I owe them money....the 21000 dollars in student loans wasn’t enough?? For a program and classes I didn’t take."
Not happy
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2021
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"This school is a joke. Don't waste your time thinking about going here. The teachers are incompetent and don't seem to know what their teaching. The grades seem to be pulled out of thin air with no rim or reason why one passes and the the other fails. You can fell every test and still pass because the teachers are allowed to shave points. The more popular you are with the teacher the better your grads. No explanation as to where your money has gone. A hand written (in pencil) note was provided to me once I asked for it. 30K gone with no degree. Even with financial aid I was turned in to tuition options for a $3,000 with no explanation as to why. No one will return my calls. This has been turned in as a negative mark on my credit report. The school should be shut down."
Nursing Student
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This college lacks the staff and materials to run the RN program. This program began in 2020. They have set students up for failure, rather than for success. This school is EXPENSIVE and is inconsiderate of their students who attend. They provide you with information that they expect you to know, but do not provide you with the materials or guidance for you to be successful. The staff there is RUDE. The director mentioned how the nursing students were "second hand students who get pregnant when they are in high school". I have been humiliated by a NURSE in all aspects. She ruined my education experience and has broken me down to the point where I do not want to do Nursing. She ruined my career path by being rude to me during checkoff then failing me. Not only did she fail me, but she was very rude the entire time and did not let me finish. A nurse from Wake Tech Hospital came in the last week of class and mentioned how if we did not pass checkoff we would not pass the class. Mind you, they told us this the very last week of class. Not only did she fail me for not "passing a check-off" she humiliated me the entire time. She judged me in every aspect while I was doing it. She kept interrupting me while I was completing my checkoff. Not only was she interrupting me, but she kept huffing and puffing the entire time and nodding her head and pacing. She failed me for a checkoff while maintaining a B average in the class. I attempted to defend myself as I know I was not in the wrong, but they will always choose their staffing over their students since they lack staffing members at the facility. Although you may finish school fast, it is stressful. I was heading towards the right direction, but ECPI did not take me into consideration. They took my money and robbed me from an education. Not only did they fail me, but they mentioned that I would have to retake the course in 4 months! I suggest to whoever is reading this post. Do not commit the error that I did for attending ECPI. It is a waste of time, money, and energy. I suggest you to invest in your education elsewhere. Somewhere where they appreciate you and guide you to success."
Amel Otabachi
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Let me preface this by saying, I am a 33 year old single mother of two kids ages 5 and 9. I graduated high school back in 2005 and since then have been off and on again with school. The college I was going to BEFORE ECPI gave me no real direction on the classes that I needed to take for my career and I ended up wasting money on classes that were not needed for my degree or would not transfer. I decided to give ECPI a try and I have to say, it has been a GREAT experience! I have learned a lot through the classes I have taken. Originally I only signed up to get my Associates degree and I just achieved that this past December with full honors and Magna Cum Laude. The internship that I got was at Novant Health doing End User Computing, and I just landed a full time job with them. I loved the education that I got with ECPI so much that I have went ahead and re-registered into the Bachelors degree program. The teachers were all very knowledgeable and helpful. The academic and career advisors were always ready to help. They all responded very quickly to any emails that I have sent to them. All of the courses were directly related to my degree, so I didn't take any unnecessary classes. If I wanted to transfer to another university, I could do so very easily. I am not a veteran, however, I have seen and heard from my friends who are that ECPI offers great programs for them. I have been telling my little brother that he should come to ECPI once he is out of the military in a few months. Yes, I got a virtual degree. However, they are sending the hard copy in the mail. So, I will have a physical copy in my hands soon. They do their graduation ceremony twice a year, so mine will be in June. I love that they did the virtual copy of the degree during the pandemic. Because I am able to show proof of my degree right away and not have to wait on the mail. If I could get practically straight A's, land an amazing job through the school, all while taking care of my 2 children who are also doing virtual school at home, then I can't think of an excuse for anyone else. This school offered so much help and guidance throughout my time with them, and they would to anyone else....you just have to be prepared to actually pay attention and follow the guidance! I would recommend this school to anyone, whether you are freshly out of high school or you are like me, a single mother trying to juggle everything life throws at you!"
Very Letdown Student
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was so happy to pass my TEAS and get into nursing school. It had long been a dream of mine. Things started out well, I did my pre-reqs and started regular classes. I knew it was an accelerated program but the amount of material that they cover in 5 weeks is insane. Tests on 13 chapters every week. It's crazy. There was zero consistency in leadership. Teachers came and went so fast. A new DON was brought in who could care less about students. We were never informed about any changes in staffing. Teachers were there and then they were gone. Terrible communication. The new DON started at the ECPI campus in Richmond in the middle of the term. She decided that grades and the amount of quizzes we were taking weren't enough and was worried that if the state came and inspected things the school might get into trouble. So rather than be honest, she added quizzes and gave students 0's so it would look better for her without telling students. This brought GPA's down and some people ended up not passing the class. I was fortunate enough to have a high enough grade in the class so that when she started changing grades I didn't fall so far that I didn't pass. You don't tell a student what is expected of them at the beginning of the class then come in at the end and change everything. Talk about UNETHICAL and DISHONEST! The DON never returned calls or emails. She would treat you like you were a bother. You would get your class schedule literally a day before classes started. Sometimes they weren't even ready then. It's ridiculous that there isn't enough organization to get the schedules done in a timely manner. I felt like I was always being treated like a second class citizen. Online classes were a joke. The teachers just read from power points for 5 hours. Due to the reputation the DON got, hardly any hospitals would allow us to be there for clinicals. The equipment in the SIM labs was very inadequate or not even there. A lot of the hands on information you need to learn never got taught to students. I was asked to give a shot to a patient in a clinical setting and I had no idea how to do it. There's no reason why anyone should go into a clinical setting and not have the basic nursing skills needed. They were just never taught. We were constantly having to do care plans even though you will never, ever do one on paper in the real world. I understand learning how to do them and doing some but we we constantly having to do them rather than doing more beneficial things. We had projects/papers to do that were a complete waste of time when you are in an accelerated program. There were constant changes to the handbook and you pretty much had no choice but to sign them. Then the grading of tests changed. You overall grade in the class could be passing but if you didn't get a combined test score of 80 you failed. I saw several instances of outright cheating by fellow students, reported this and nothing happened to them. They passed the classes and moved on. This school cares about your money and that's about it. The sad part is that they don't take more of this money that they get from students and put it back into the programs. I would never recommend this program to anyone. It was a HUGE waste of time and money. Please, please consider another school. What you need to know to be a good RN you will never learn here."
BSN student
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"The WORST school I've ever seen. Do NOT GO THERE! Even if you do everything possible, they will make you feel like you are good for nothing. Initially, they look nice, but they are NOT!!! I was very successful for the entire course, but they graded my very last paper with the fail grade on the very last day of the program. Their "requirements" sometimes are just not realistic. Overall BAD experience!!!"
NURSE
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"This school is a joke as everyone else stated. There are a couple of nice faculty members, but everyone else is literally useless. The new nursing director is not nice, doesn't respond to emails, and she seems like she doesn't take her job seriously. There is no form of professional communication between the faculty and students. It doesn't even seem like they communicate to each other! Due to COVID-19, we had to take all classes online, EXCUSE ME BUT HOW DO I LEARN INJECTIONS, IV'S, FOLEYS, ETC. IF I CAN'T PRACTICE ON ANYTHING???! It frustrates me that we're allowed to go to clinical rotations (so far) at the hospital where we're in close contact with nurses, other students, PATIENTS, etc. but we're not allowed to come to campus to practice our skills on some mannequins?? Come on now. Also, it's EXPENSIVE ASF. If you're trying to get an LPN degree, don't do it at ECPI."