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Great university to attend if one can keep up with a fast paced environment. ECPI offered me the hands on training experience basing many labs on virtual simulations. Tuition rates are a bit on the expensive side, but definitely worth the $$$. I can't say ECPI is the best decision I've ever made yet but its a positive step in my life.
Do not listen to the bad reviews. The vast majority of the bad reviews are from students who, apparently, couldn't handle the accelerated work load or, in some cases, just aren't smart enough for college. One fellow gave a bad rating, because he failed his ex-tern-ship 3 times, and the school gave him the boot with no degree. Seriously, he was lucky he got three chances. Here is a quote from another review, "Out of my 2 year Associates program, for the first year I wasn't taught anything relevant. Physics? Public speaking??" Are you kidding me? The goofball insinuated that physics and public speaking are not relevant in a college curriculum. Really? REALLY? It's no surprise that he is having trouble finding success. Of course, according to him, it is ECPI's fault. Here is another quote from a poor review. "I was having issues with math (SUPPOSABLY beginning algebra)." LOL, need I say more? O.K., so, here is the deal. ECPI is a real college with the same accreditation as any other traditional college (except ABET, but they are getting close). People think they can just slide by with minimum effort. No, it is hard work that requires effort to be successful. Further, the curriculum is accelerated; so, that effort in most cases, is even greater than that required by a traditional college. Before joining ECPI, I read a great number of reviews. If you pay close attention, you get the sense that the bad reviews tend to come from those who are bad students. I, on the other hand, take my education seriously. I am learning and working and studying my ass off. I just got hired as a Senior After Market Test Engineer and I haven't even completed the degree. Granted, I have past experience, but my new boss said, and I quote, " We have had plenty of success hiring ECPI students in the past. Also, students with your GPA and attendance record generally show the same effort in their career. Will you except the position?" So, there it is. ECPI is a great school. You get out what you put in.
Horrible school to attend, if you can deal with constant rule changing than this is the place for you. Grading scales would be changed hours prior to tests. I attended the 18 month program and the handbook rules changed 3 times while I was there, not to mention the rules only applied to SOME students and never applied to the staff. The DON is worthless!!! She knows absolutely NOTHING! However the teachers are great, and that is the only thing that kept me here to finish my degree.
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!