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I'm only 2 terms in about to start my 3rd term, so far I love it. This school is very fast paced (5 weeks a term), and from my observation (watching others struggle and or drop out) most people don't realize this. If you are a slow learner I don't recommend it. I've noticed a lot of people who come to this school complain that they have to do actual work to maintain. Who the hell wants to hire someone who got handed a degree? I sure wouldn't. I did miserable in high school, F's and D's. I've been very fortunate with having amazing teachers so far that really know their shit. The coolest thing, and I've notice the students who need it the most don't use, FREE tutoring. Almost all the teachers I've had stay 45 mins to 1 hour after class. You have no excuse to fail this school, unless you're an absolute moron. (There's alot of them in any school) it's all good though! Somebody has got to flip the burgers.
Don't go to ECPI/MCI University they are the biggest joke in the world. The administration team and academic dean are nice to your face but behind the scenes it isn't what you signed up for in the beginning. I had to apply for financial aid and they were really quick about that process but in the end I didn't recieve anything no degree! Main reason why is because the school broke their contract with me as the student also they don't tell you that you only get three chances to pass your externship and if you don't pass that then you ultimately are dropped and failed the area of study (No repeating). I don't even know how they can still be operating along with recieveing goverment financial aid.
A terrible program, that does not prepare you for ANY job, let alone a job in your field. It's taken me years of self improvement and hard work to even get some junior development positions. I would not recommend this terrible excuse for a program to anyone, ever. Out of my 2 year Associates program, for the first year I wasn't taught anything relevant. Physics? Public speaking?? No. I came here to program. They give you like 3 programming courses, and they all do the simplest programs, that they aren't even helpful. They don't go into anything high-level, and it will just generally be a waste of your time. I don't want to sound like I'm blaming the instructors, because for the most part, they seemed to know what they were talking about. But, the actual content that was being delivered was too sparse. You could garner the same knowledge by simply taking a MSDN course on C#. And the worst part, is that once you finish your degree, you meet with the career services people, and they are supposed to help you get a job, ideally within a month or two of graduation. Those f*cking people were so lazy. The lady that I worked with was terrible. She never managed to find me a job, she 'helped' put together my initial resume. And by 'put together' I mean that this lady freakin' lied and stretched truths all over the place, to make it sound like I was half decent. When I questioned her about it, she was like "Oh, well you basically have this experience anyway. I'm just putting in some buzz-words that will get you to the top of the stack". Yeah... and then when I did get an interview and they were like "It says here that you've been doing Object-Oriented C# and .NET for about 5 years, can you tell me about that?"... All I could say was that I haven't done any of this that or the other, I've only done C and C++, with some HTML / CSS. I quickly realized that this lady had f*cked me. I cleaned up my resume, and returned it to her to continue the job search with a truthful resume, and the calls quickly dried up. I had to spend years working 2-3 shitty jobs, just to support continuing my education on my own. If I wasn't so driven on my own, I would have been in a LOT of trouble. Essentially, if you just wanna go to a place, and give them 30-50 thousand dollars, just to walk out with a piece of paper that says you can computer science, then I guess this place is for you. Don't expect any knowledge to go with that piece of parchment. Worthless, just absolutely worthless.
So many people here to complain, as you can tell, some of them seem to need to go back to English class from high school! But that's the typical bunch that come and never finish the program at ECPI/MCI. I personally had a good experience. I did the work, kept up with the demand of the five week program and the result is I came out with an amazing career in registered nursing and have laid the foundation to my career to start building upon all the while, I have this school to thank. Not every single learning experience is the same, I get that, but I sat through the same classes as most of these people complaining about did. My biggest complaint is about the people that come in there wanting their hands held through the program; allow me to be clear, if you are a slower learner, this program is NOT for you. It is what it is. If you decide to take that step and do the work than congratulations, you are not going to have a life for awhile and it's going to suck but I am here as a witness that it is well worth your efforts. Best overall advice I heard about this program is be realistic about your learning style.
Horrible school! Everyone is so rude and treats you like you are 5 years old. DO NOT ATTEND.
I have been in many school in and out of the military and I can normally grasp a concept quickly. With these online classes it is mostly just read these 2 chapters and answer these questions. For the majority of my classes I would forget the information just after reading it. There were no work sheets or practical use training, and on several occasions the information in the quizzes was not in the reading or the lectures. There were also ridiculous assignments like write a 3 page paper on a concept that we are learning in a math class or write a 7 page research paper on a simple theory in the electronics class. All of this while attempting to decypher the poorly written text over and over. I brought all this up to the instructors and the administration and was basicly told that the school was certified and if I did not like it then I could go somewhere else. So.basicly if you already know everything there is to know about a degree then go to this school. If you want to actually learn something find someplace else.
This is the worst schoolever! They will feed you full of lies and tell you whatever they want so you will leave them alone. The instructors are horrible and only read from slides. I could've done the whole program at home. My classmates and I got pinned on October 30th and still haven't heard anything about our NCLEX!! The DON will not respond to our voicemails or emails. At this point, I just want a refund! I'm telling you, GO SOMEWHERE else!! They only care about your money!
I've attended 4 different universities in the last 10 years, but life kept getting in the way and I had to stop attending. Then when I found myself in a position to finish my degree, I chose ECPI because of the accelerated course options. First, let me say that I think that the school does a disservice to itself with its advertising. There are people who see the commercials that say "finish a bachelors in 2.5 years!", and they think "Imma do sumthin good fo ma self", so they call the number and come in and ECPI makes it very easy to secure the loans and begin classes. Then these people lose motivation and get lazy, thinking that everyone should hand everything to them. So then these people owe money after dropping out, and they write reviews on a site like this, when in reality, it's their own laziness and irresponsibility that created their issues. A degree from this school should not be expected to be the highlight of your resume, but the information you learn should supply you with the ability to further your career. I applied myself and put in a lot of effort, and learned many valuable things that have served me well, even while I was still a student. I will say, though, that there seems to be a pretty high number of "ghetto" students (at least at the Greensboro, NC campus) who can be a real distraction. Again, this is likely a problem that ECPI brings on itself through its advertising. Overall, I think the content is there and this school can teach you a lot if your willing to put in the effort. I think a majority of the people who "hate on" this SACS accredited university, are people with very little drive anyway and they blame everyone other than themselves for their lack of career options.
This is the WORSE SCHOOL EVER. I was having issues with math (SUPPOSABLY beginning algebra). Ended up sick two days. So I continued to do my assignments then made the mistake of asking my teacher for my grade AFTER turning in like SEVEN ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADE NOT UPGRADED IN A WEEK. SHE made it a point to tell everyone in the class that she graded papers at her own convenience when she had to open assignments back up for people who were out sick. I was PISSED. I had already contemplated quitting as I wasn't catching on or understanding the math. I had sent the head over the MA program SEVERAL emails expressing my frustration with the teacher and class in general. NOT ONE THING WAS DONE TO TRY TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION. SO I QUIT. And now they think I'm suppose to still pay them for a semester after LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS. I THINK NOT. And not to mention one of the days we didn't even have a teacher. This place is a joke. I would not recommend my worse enemy to go here. It's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN AWAY FROM THERE IF YOU'RE EVEN CONSIDERING IT. THERE'S NO CARE, NO COMPASSION, THEY JUST DON'T CARE AS LONG AS THEY GET THEIR MONEY.
Honestly, I don't understand many of the complaints posted here about ECPI. It really is a good school as long as your expectations are right. I had an ok job before I went to ECPI making about 80k/year which is not all that much in my area. Granted, I already had about 7 years of experience working in engineering/IT related and other jobs. So, I transferred in all of my existing college credits (a completed associate's degree + some) and finished up my bachelor's in a little over a year. Here's the thing: unless you go to some of the top schools in the country, it seems it really does not matter what accredited school you get your degree from after you have 5-8 years of relevant work experience. Every job interview I've been to, they always wanted to discuss what problems I was solving in my last job, how I was doing it and what tools I was using. Plus, a bunch of silly behavioral questions that anyone can be coached for. Where I got my bachelor's did not even come up. And I was interviewing for the jobs that are requiring a bachelor's degree in engineering or related field at a minimum, so you kind of need that paper just to get in the room. Now I work as a project manager, have Lean Six Sigma certification and PMP. Currently making about 105k/year+bonus. Not exactly a smashing success, but I can't say I'm doing much worse than some other people I know who went to much bigger and better universities. So, don't blame it on the school you went to if you aren't having much luck in your career. There are other things far more important. Now, here's one thing to note: if you are 18-20 years old and have no or little work experience, then ECPI is probably not the way to go. You have to go to a big and famous school, at least on the state level. Why? Because if you have no work experience, then academics is all you got. In this case the better the school the higher the chances you will land a career job right after graduation and won't waste as much time doing stupid jobs where you get no development (kind of like me in the first 2 years of my career :) So my personal opinion is this: if you're getting a bachelor's from ECPI and expect it to be the "crown jewel" on your resume, you are probably paying for it a lot more than you can afford and simply wasting your time. I think that's exactly what is happening to the most people who leave negative reviews about ECPI. It's not going to be a complete game changer - that's what Harvard and Stanford are for. If you expect ECPI to be a nice addition to your already strong resume that was simply missing the part where it says you have a bachelor's degree, then you are ok. Just keep learning and accumulating in-demand credentials relevant to your job and you'll be fine. P.S. I did not have any issues with ECPI in terms of processing payments, grants or financial aid. I did not have any issues with the professors either. I have to admit that I was there mainly for the grades and actual degree, but I did learn a few new things after all. All my paperwork had been in perfect order and transcript requests worked the same way as with any other school. No ECPI horror stories here.