ECPI University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (112)
The program is great so far. Classes are very informative and hands on. They give you the skills you need for the career you will be going in to. My teachers teach very well. Professionalism is also intact with the program (i.e. scrubs, neat hair, and other usual professional attire). Classes are small and im able to focus. There are resources when needed. Very friendly campus that i attend.
I began the BS in Electrical Engineering Technology program at ECPI in March 2014 while I was on active duty in the USAF. They had affordable tuition rates for active duty ($290/credit hour) and transferred an astonishing 60 credits from my Community College of the Air Force Associates degree. I have since separated after serving 10 years in the military and use my Chapter 30 MGIBill to continue my education. At the time of this review I have completed 114 credit hours with a 4.0 GPA. The instructors are pretty hands off and you really get out what you put in for the EET program. I think that is true of many educational programs though. One thing that annoyed me is how slow instructor responses are. It takes 2-3 days on average for a response. Most of the time if you attempt to fully complete the assignments you'll get an A, often times right or wrong. Some of the courses can be as hard as you want them to be. My main concern is with the quality of the BS-EET program. The BS-EET program is not ABET accredited to which I have found to be a quality indicator and desired by many employers. While ABET accreditation is not necessary, I have seen a clear distinction with those EET programs that have achieved it. Students simply cannot complete the same course material in five weeks that most other schools complete in eight. Secondly, my degree plan was changed without my knowledge so that I no longer required math classes beyond pre-calculus for the BS-EET program. This concerned me so I asked if I could take Calculus I and II to which I was denied. What seems to have taken there place are at least four A+ and Network+ certification prep courses that are best suited for an Information Technology degree not an Electrical Engineering Technology degree. My final concern is with a recent change in tuition rates for active duty students who separate while pursuing their degree at ECPI. I was never made aware that tuition rates would change so substantially after becoming a military veteran. I went from paying $290 a credit hour to what works out to be $630 a credit hour based on the per semester billing plan. I understand there will be rate changes periodically but a 117% increase has felt like a bait and switch. My MGIB with the maximum top-up will no longer cover the program in full. I am not sure if this is a matter of integrity or complacency, but a full disclosure of this exceptional fact should be made to prospective active duty students. It is hard for me to see justification in the exorbitant tuition compared to the quality of the EET program at ECPI. Unless these issues are addressed, I cannot in good conscious recommend ECPI to any military members or otherwise who are interested in pursuing an Electronic Engineering Technology degree. If you are serious about a quality education look for ABET accreditation and know the difference between an EET and an EE bachelors program.
Honestly, it's a surprisingly phenomenal school. I was expecting a degree mill, but absolutely not. I work at my own pace and have all the tools I could possibly need to succeed. I highly recommend their engineering programs if you are looking for an affordable school where you will actually learn and be challenged. I have learned more here in 2 semesters than I have at any traditional school I have been to. Be prepared for hard work, and self-discipline. That one kid that's talking about easy classes, yeah the regular classes like art/writing/sociology etc, those classes are hella easy. When you get to the engineering part of things though, like when you are a junior the classes are extremely challenging. More than traditional schooling I would say. Honestly, it depends how much you put into it. If you work hard, you will get the most out of their Mechatronics program.
I dropped this school like a bad habit after 2 five week semesters. This was a complete waste of my time. The teachers were as unprofessional as I have ever seen. One had his picture as a selfie of him in a mirror with a wife beater flexing. My password reset itself at least once a week, there are 4 different web sites they make you log into everyday, with different log ins and passwords. The discussion groups are required for your grades and hold more weight than your assignments. The course material was insultingly simple, I kid you not one assignment was "adding text to a document". They had a tendency to make the easy frustrating and difficult. My advice would be to avoid this school like the plague. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE!
I enrolled at ECPI University with them informing me of a certain cost of the program and how long it would take. They then took 7 months to get me enrolled in classes, after I changed my whole work schedule and life around to make time for the classes. Then once I was enrolled and had attended 3 classes I found out that the money I was told initially only covered the first year. It would be an additional amount to continue the program. It would amount of $35,000 for an ASSOCIATES degree. After realizing this they said they had made a mistake on my tuition and over charged me but that I had been misinformed and it would be an additional $12,000. I was not willing to spend this for an associates degree. Had they been more clear in the beginning I never would've wasted any money with this school to begin with. I had heard numerous BAD things about the university but figured it couldn't be that bad. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! It is a horrible school, the teachers don't even have teaching degrees and they have no organization. The surgical tech program is to have a skIndaver (a fake body to practice procedures on), when I left the program they had yet to receive that skIndaver. They also have minimal contracts for clinical due to the program director having a bad relationship with all charge nurses in operating rooms around the area. PLEASE DO YOURSELF YOUR FAVOR AND ATTEND A DIFFERENT SCHOOL!!
I chose ECPI over the traditional four year colleges and that was a big mistake. The school was accredited for the general education but the engineering program did not have the ABET accreditation which I didn't know about until a semester before graduation. because of this I am not able to qualify for any type of engineering jobs including engineering technician and helper positions, sometimes I don't even get a chance to submit my application. it may still help those that already have an engineering degree and I've seen students with military training go on to get engineering jobs but this school is not for anyone looking for a career change or their first degree.
ECPI was a great experience for me. I started out at the Virginia Beach campus and then finished at the Manassas campus. Both campuses offered quality educational experiences with very qualified professors who genuinely cared about their students success. Like others have noted, the fast-paced learning environment isn't for everyone. I enjoyed the experience for a couple of reasons. You get information crammed in 24/7 for 5 weeks straight. No time off to forget what you had learned. I also liked it because I started college later than my peers and I chose ECPI because I wanted to graduate at an accelerated pace. My program director, Dr. V. from the Manassas campus, was an amazing instructor and mentor and I personally hold her accountable for helping me graduate with a 3.6 GPA. Most of my instructors were very personal with the students and open to any questions that would help their students succeed not only in the classroom, but also in the professional world beyond. ECPI really helped me in my post-grad process as well. I got help getting my resume together, and the career orientation course prepared me for the formal interview process. I went to one of their career fairs approximately 3 months before graduating, and ended up with multiple interviews and a couple job offers. I ended up taking one of the offers from a company that was at that career fair, and I've been happily employed as an IT consultant in the DC area since. I can't express how much I appreciate what ECPI has done for my life. I am a proud ECPI alum and I always encourage people looking to change their lives to look into ECPI.
This school is very money driven they do not care about there students. There staff is very unprofessional and not very supportive in at the location I was at. The upper administration does not care to speak to the students when they have an issue so that open door policy is a bunch of bull crap.
Please don't go here... you can research everything they teach you online AND get your board test done on your own. TOTAL EXPENSIVE SCAM. Then when you graduate they call you every day to see if you have found a job just so career services can get a money credit... this school is too expensive for what the teach you. A community college degree is the SAME and way less... I ended up owing 17,000 for 16 months... WITH government assistance.
I would just like to say a lot of reviews I have read on this school have been complete different than my own experience. I attend the online degree program and it is extremely intense. Yes, ECPI is not a very selective school, however once you are admitted you are essential on academic probation. Depending on how well you are doing in your classes you will have to check in with your advisor at least once a month. All of my teachers have had masters degrees in the subjects of the courses I have taken. They are very knowledgeable and always available via phone, email or even video chat. There are weekly quizzes and projects that build from the first week of the course until the last week so you develop a deep understanding of the subject. Grades are not handed out at all. It is the schools online policy that late submissions are deducted by 10 points per day (or per week I'm not sure which it is). You can't just say whatever you want on the boards and get an A. You also cannot fake your way through the timed multiple choice quizzes that are weekly. It is a difficult school where I feel I am learning a lot and I am given a lot of help along the way. Regarding the admissions faculty, career services and financial aid...I have had a negative experience. They can be condescending and unprofessional. However the student advisors are wonderful. Please do no let bad experiences with admissions or career services deter you from the school. The professors are extremely experienced and helpful. I would suggest reaching out to professors instead of career services.