ECPI University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (115)
I was very happy I decided to go to ECPI University. The clinical classes were hands on and the career department helped us with our resume, our externship and prepared us for job interviews. Even now after 3 years I still get email on job listings and job Faire. I love all my professors and developed a life time friendships with few. Going to ECPI was the best decision I made.
I didn't think that anything like this would come from graduating from ECPI. With all the stories you hear about not getting jobs or not being able to get a job in your field I am quite surprised. I was able to find a job in my field that appreciates my education and actually takes my education into play and allows me to teach guys that have been there for years about how things haven't been done right in the past. When you can bring knowledge to the table and show exactly why something is working the way it is and show them there is a simpler fix it makes the degree worth it because you have the skills to be a highly functional team member.
I had the best experience. Yes, it was very fast paced and yes it was hard. But, I learned so much and most of the instructors were very helpful. Is it costly, well yes I guess but all your books and everything you need is included. You have to dedicated your life to school in order to pass the courses and succeed. ECPI really does want you to succeed. And don't even get me started on career services they were awesome are awesome started helping me in class and helping me now!!! love my college experience
Don't waste your time with this school. I graduated 4 months ago and still can't find a job. All the ads say 1, 2, or 3 years experience and a couple stated no new graduates. I did very well no criminal record good credit and job reference. Career Service don't really help you. Also they don't teach you everything I went out on my externship and didn't know how to do some things because the school didn't teach it. Just overall waste of time I have an Associates Degree I can't use and a student loan. ECPI worst decision I ever made. Don't you make it.
It sucked, the online adds were more of an disturbance than help. The stories of not just being a number were everything but true as professors would not even talk to me to help with my studies. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact while studying for my exam and listening to music to study I was interrupted by an ad. For ECPI university. Where I had the worst last year of my summer education. Your ads are worthless and your professors need to be replaced. I am going to another much better college now to finish what I failed to learn and would be happy never to see any add from you guys again.
The administration in our degree program was lacking, the department head changed several times during my attendance with ECPI. It certainly felt like the department heads had a vendetta against those of us trying to obtain our degree to the point they were trying to fail us and slipped in tricks every step of the way. While I'd like to say attending ECPI was the "Best decision I ever made", I can't say it with 100% certainty. I had many instructors both in class and in the clinical setting that were awesome overall it wasn't the case. Those that made the difference & helped without a hidden agenda were great and I can't thank them enough. The slippery slope that others followed wasn't helpful in any nature and I will never forget the bitter taste it left in my mouth. I wish I'd have chosen a different school where everyone was there to help and not only thinking about their overall numbers with the Board of Nursing. In the end we all showed them they had the wrong idea the entire time. I'm glad to be out of there and working in the nursing profession thus learning what I feel is needed and not gained during my education.
I was a transfer student and they accepted more of my credits than any other school I was considering. It's expensive, but cheaper than a lot of for-profit schools. The academics are on par with any other college. The 5-week terms are great if you want to get in and get out. My only complaints would be that my advisor changed several times and advising, scheduling and finance don't seem to communicate well. I ended up having to come out of pocket for my last 2 classes because nobody ever told me it would be covered by financial aid.
Being a 20 year veteran in the food service industry, I was apprehensive to go back to school. I have been successful in my career path but I could tell that I was quickly advancing toward a glass ceiling. I knew to continue to advance my career I would be competing against peers who had a bachelors degree. A BS degree for a food service professional becoming more common everyday. I had to remain relevant to the industry, and compete with those with higher education. My time at ECPI's the Culinary Institute of Virginia was mind blowing. The wealth of knowledge and the content delivered by the instructors not only reinforced what I knew about the industry, but gave me a better understanding of food service as a whole. Now that I have a degree compounded with my experience, I feel confident again that I am head and shoulders above my competition in the career field.
This school is for serious students. The instructors are very helpful. They do not just give you an answer, they make you think. They want you to be able to think for yourself and understand what you are doing. The work was not easy but to achieve my goal, was worth every paper and late night studying.
The school is great when you first come in. They make you feel positive, but honestly they are quite expensive their courses are only good for 2 years their credits don't transfer if you fail a course and have to retake you are charged for that they come up with meetings for you to go to when you want to start back and nobody wants to sit and audit a class and not be able to move on with their classmates even though they passed the class one student they told had to pass 85 or higher when 80 is passing they don't go by their college rule of 80 passing really don't waste your money on this school u will be in debt it's a fast pace program so if you are ready for lack of sleep no life but school come on in but once you get it in your stuck cause again their courses don't transfer so you wud be starting everything over if you decided to leave!