ECPI University Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,639
53% of 168 students said this degree improved their career prospects
43% of 168 students said they would recommend this school to others
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SMF
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2016
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"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!!"
C. R.
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2016
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"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."
D. Mordue
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2016
  • Degree: Network Security
"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."
CL
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2016
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"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."
Rachel
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"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."
Joe
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2016
  • Degree: Vocational
"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."
Paul Makowski
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"The advertisement says it all, "ECPI University is the best Decision I ever made". I returned to school after being out of the formal education system for 30 years. I was looking for a career change after losing my job in manufacturing after 22 years. I looked at several state schools, and looked at the local technical colleges, none of them seemed interested in helping a 50 year old return to school. I stopped at ECPI for their career discovery day to see what they had to offer. I was greeted by a knowledgeable staff, I felt very comfortable talking to the admissions representative. I was introduced to the faculty and staff for the Computer Information Science program and was immediately impressed with knowledge and background of the staff. I completed two Bachelor’s Degrees through ECPI and the career services staff guided me through the job search process. All of my classmates and I are now employed thanks to ECPI University. I would recommend ECPI University to anyone looking for a great education. Hands on, career focused, excellent education."
Jennifer R.
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"My experience at ECPI was great. The administration was particularly wonderful as they actually explained the financial aid and any other questions you had. Additionally I had a medical issue while attending and they went above and beyond to keep me on schedule to graduate on time. I have since went on to acquire my Bachelors in Computer Science at one of the top rated private colleges in South Carolina. I feel that ECPI gave me a great start and a well rounded education in Information Technology. The hands on portion was exceptionally beneficial and having instructors that had real-world experience that could describe situations from their jobs."
CS
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Before attending ECPI, I already had a BS in a different field. I decided to change my career and attend ECPI. The quality of the education I received was outstanding. The instructors were knowledgeable and went out of their way to help you when needed. There are no shortage of technology resources to learn from. ECPI also has a multitude of recourses to help you attain a job after graduation. I'm proud of the education I received from ECPI and wouldn't be where I am today without it. I highly recommend the University."
Kevin
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I attended the Va. Beach Medical Careers Institute campus. I found that you get out of the education experience what you put into it. Yes, some classes where harder than others. Yes, some instructors are harder than others, but you have to adapt to each situation and make the best possible outcome possible. This is exactly what you have to do in the selected field you will work in. No one cares about the reasons you can't, they want to know how you will. I have no complaints about ECPI/MCI, I got exactly what I expected from the program. My Director and Instructors expertly prepared me for the field of medicine I was studying for. Thank You ECPI/MCI."
Dental Assistant JRH
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"Upon coming to ECPI, I was immediately embraced with a warm sense of belonging. The staff and faculty were of the highest caliber. The students, whether young or not so young were accepted by one another as equals on a level learning field. The instruction given was well explained and consistent with the course syllabus. The amount of knowledge that was available to be tapped into was astounding. I attended the Dental Program and could not have been more pleased with the attention given to every detail of the curriculum. The hands on training that I received prepared me real world encounters as a Dental Assistant. I would strongly urge anyone thinking of attending ECPI to make the move and sign up today."
Shantel
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I loved the accelerated program. Our professor did a great job integrating things we had previously learned throughout the program since it was such a fast pace. The best part of the degree is the externship. What better way to get hands on experience? My externship led to a full time position within my field before I even graduated. I think the most important thing is that you will only get out of the program what you put into it. I would recommend this program!"
Susan
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2016
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I could go on and on about this place, but I'll try not to sound like a commercial. All of my life I have learned what I need to know just so that I can pass a test. I didn't expect it to be any different when I enrolled in MCI. Now that I have been working in the healthcare field, I see how different this education was. The material was relevant and current. Most importantly, the teaching was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I actually learned it. I still know it. Any type of learner on any level can benefit from this school and this program. The thought, concern, and effort put into this program and its students is obvious and extremely appreciated. I am very proud of my degree, and I loved my experience at the school. I will always be grateful for the education I received. As far as tuition rates, let's be real! Every single student is given a breakdown before he or she is enrolled. Loans are explained before they are given. Everyone has to sign the entrance counseling form before accepting the loan. I am not sure why people are using this outlet to complain about the cost. Schedule an appointment to get some information. Meet with the director. Talk to some HCA students! Ask any of them. I am confident that you will hear all of what I have just said."
AJ
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2016
  • Degree: Network Security
"After attending community college, and not getting the results I wanted, I transferred my credits to ECPI (Roanoke Campus). As cliche as it sounds, it really was the best decision I have ever made. The program was great, well thought out, and extremely hands on. My instructors were extremely knowledgeable and taught in a way that we could all relate to and understand. Even though I had credits transfer in, I still took some of the classes over again to gain additional knowledge from another perspective. About 2 months before graduation I did my externship with a large manufacturing company about 5 minutes from my house. Both of my peers at my externship site were also ECPI graduates from some time ago, and wanted me to stay after my term was over, however my campus decided to offer me a job as their network administrator so I took that instead. IT focuses mainly on certifications, and the classes provided don't revolve around the certs, but they certainly prepare you, and push you to get certified. All of the certifications are provided at a discounted cost (15 dollars I believe) while you are a student, then you are allowed so many after you graduate (I think 5 certs at 30 dollars a pop). Compare that to 150 or ever 500 dollars per cert...you make out like a bandit. If you really want to jump start your career and go straight into the field, ECPI is certainly the place to go. I don't regret it at all, and even followed through and am currently doing my Bachelors program though them (although they do provide a Masters also!)"
Veronica
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2016
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Attending college, especially an accelerated one, is not for everyone. Everyone has their own experience with ECPI. Mine has been a very positive one. I came to ECPI straight off of active duty, and was looking for a career change. The admissions representatives that helped me get everything I needed to make my decision were extremely helpful and did not pressure me at all. Once enrolled my academic advisor was always available to assist with anything I needed. I transferred in enough credits from previous college courses to cut 6 months off of my program. Over the two years I attended school here I encountered some amazing instructors. Not everyone can be a great teacher, but the majority of mine were. These are people who have the real world experience needed to prepare students. A vast majority of them have been working in their respective fields for a long time. I always found the instructors more than willing to help whenever I asked, but they will not hold your hand. That is how the real world operates. I graduated in the spring of 2015 and immediately enrolled in the fall to complete my Graduate degree. I have a job that I love in the field I studied. Overall I would recommend ECPI to individuals who cannot attend a "traditional" college, who are highly motivated and desire to learn, and can handle the pressure that 5 week terms bring.If you come with a positive outlook and the will to succeed, you will succeed here."
Jesse E
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2016
  • Degree: Network Security
"I attended ECPI University and graduated in 2009. The admissions process was smooth and going through financial aid was also very simple. You will be challenged here. You have to put in the time and effort to succeed during and after school. The school also has a great career services team that assisted me in finding an I.T. position right out of school. I have used the knowledge and skills I learned at ECPI University to be a successful System Administrator, Network Administrator, I.T. Manager and Product Manager."
Christopher
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2016
  • Degree: Network Security
"ECPI strengthened my education and career potential upon leaving the military in order for me to achieve a stronger career. I've always been into computers before I attended, When I started I was into build pc's at home and working on my own business. Now I am a systems analyst for Ameristar Casinos. Good luck with your endeavors. Study hard."
Michael Banegura
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2015
  • Degree: Restaurant Management
"Great experience and staff. I notice that that people who are trying to get a quick degree have issues here because this school actually has standards. I also think its set up for people that may already be working in a certain industry or professionals that want to switch to another industry. I would not recommend this school for students coming straight out of high school unless they are mature enough to for the challenge. Because you will be challenged."
Rashahn Green
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2015
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"ECPI streamlined my education in order for me to achieve a brighter future. I've had an understanding before I attended; however, my perspective has broadened immensely. When I started, I was a software engineer for a government contracting company. Now I am the electrical engineer for a naval/marine training center. Good luck on your journey. Study effectively"
John
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2015
  • Degree: Network Security
"I was stuck on a call center jelp desk job and had been on several job interviews for IT but I didn't have the experience for anything other than low pay entry level ($10 hr). Almost every company wanted a degree and finally a recruiter told me she placed ECPI University graduates all the time. I checked around and tuition was better at ECPI and with the accelerated curriculum I was able to get a 4 year degree in 2.5 years. (almost to the day) I chose night classes but there are day classes too, and it's a career driven school. ECPI isn't just about networking, systems administration and desktop support, but it has career classes that video your interview to prepare you for the job search as you near graduation. ECPI taught me how to job search and network effectively and prepared me for the interviews, While still at ECPI, I left the call center and got into a real IT desktop position. Immediately after graduation I found an IT position that required network admin, systems admin, desktop support and telephony, which now I had. I bettered myself and found the ideal position in less than 3 years! Best decision I ever made!"