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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.
BEWARE! This school is terrible!! The quality of learning is terrible, the teachers sadly don't even know what they are supposed to be teaching. Don't get me started on the Dean and the nursing director!! They are incompetent and tell you whatever you want to hear so that you will leave them alone until the next problem shows up. The financial aid office is terrible! The head of financial aid has the worse attitude problem and is not helpful at all. They just give you a bunch of numbers and tell you what you need to pay without explaining anything about where that amount comes from. Such a disappointment and waste of my well earned money!!!
I went to the ECPI Medical Careers Institute on Emerywood Parkway in Richmond, VA. Although the program is very expensive, there are no other alternatives in the area for a PTA degree. The program was very good thanks to the awesome teachers that run that specific program at that location. I can not speak for the other campuses.
I am frustrated with all the biased information I was given by the president and everyone else involved in the registration process at ECPI, Manassas. It is not just me, almost everyone is very unsatisfied but we feel stuck because we've already paid a lot of money. During one interview, someone asked me if it's true that at ECPI grades are just given to students. I said maybe for the other departments but not for the nursing. What I'm trying to say is that it's reputation is really bad and I'm thinking of removing it altogether from my resume when I get more experience. I read a lot of reviewed about faculty qualifications and I have to say, very few seem qualified enough. And I heard from my friends in other departments that they have had faculty with factitious degrees and most just a master/online degree. And that by itself tells a lot about school. All the ones with real good credentials seem to disappear after they get to know the place and treatment.
I LOVE THIS COLLEGE. Student support is always available. My guidance coulselor calls me weekly and goes over my porgress. If I need to improve on anything we discuss a plan and put it into action. My professors are AMAZING. They work with and always ask me if I need help with anything. The college it self pushes you to suceed.
I completed the associates and was awarded with my degree. After relocating with the military, my degree was misplaced. I have called the college and I also paid for the release of another copy of the diploma. I purchased this copy of my degree almost a year ago. I have contacted everyone that I could possibly contact and I am finally giving up. The moral of the story is that after you achieve the degree, and relocate, the amount of assistance of getting anything achieved won't happen. Also, I was supposed to get waivers for my Certs and I kept on explaining that the reason I chose this college was because they assisted you with waivers for the certs. I explained to the personnel that the same time that I exit the military, is the same time I obtain my associates degree. They seemed to understand at the time, however they did not set the classes that I needed so that the vouchers became available and I end up exiting the college without the first certification and where I relocated to, there is not a school in my state. When I explained this, I was told that I can travel to the campus in "North Carolina" to use the waivers/vouchers which is a hundred miles to use something that they were supposed to give me in the first place. I AM SORRY THAT I EVER ATTENDED
My overall college experience has somewhat been stressfull but I made it through. I feel like all the late nights that turned into wee hours of the morning studing and doing homework have really been a waste of time. School became a second full time job for me. I am currently working part-time and have yet to find a full time job. I am starting to wonder if ECPI has a bad rep umong employers. 3 years later still no fulltime job in my degree field- I am very dissapointed.
I attended ECPI from 2006-2009 for a bachelors degree in Computer Science. Now, granted at the time this was a new thing at ECPI but a few things happened along the way. I had a class with no book (although I paid for one), an instructor whom I complained about several times because I could not understand him (but nothing was done because he was apparently the only one who could teach those classes), and an instructor who would often not show up (needless to say, I got an A in that class. I graduated feeling a bit like I didn't really learn anything and being told that I'd need to teach myself often anyway. Not my idea of what college is suppose to produce.
I did get a job right out of college unlike many of my classmates, but I got into a problem company that only hired me because being new, I was cheap. they fired me shortly before my 3rd year with them. Haven't been able to get another programming job since. I lack experience and most of what they are looking for, I never learned.
Toward the end of my time in college I didn't have time to do many of the core projects, but I still passed just fine. I don't think they actually teach anything. Most of the instructors just read from the power point or from the book. Some, don't use the book and it becomes an expensive useless tool. Some of those books are well over 100$.
With all the colleges you could choose from and with consideration to how easy it is to get help paying for them, ECPI is a bad choice.
Many of the students I attended with had some of the same issues I had and even some instructors. I think ECPI needs to get their act together and add value to their degrees. It's not worth 1000+$$ a class.