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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!
I just completed my Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in IT Management. Overall my experience was great. I learned so much while completing my program of study. This January I will be starting the Masters program. I was 100% online classes which I thought would be difficult, but my instructors took the time out to make sure they helped every step of the way. Classes were challenging, but what comes easy. During my second year of school, I was hired by ECPI as an Administrative Assistant. Within a year and right before Graduation I received a great promotion.
I graduate from this school in 2015 with my associates and still have not found a job. Every interview I go to, they ask me what I think about the accreditation of my degree with a weird look on there face, basically saying my degree is useless. No employer takes the degree I got serious, hence why I'm still looking for a position after a year and almost a half. The courses were so accelerated that I barely remember any of it, if I could go back in time, I would. Please don't attend ECPI, you will waste your money and time.
Ecpi say almost anything to get you enrolled in their programs. They say they work with their students to achieve success. Lies. They say they work with your schedule and understands the obstacles some may have in acquiring an education..lies. this school is money driven. They lie about their student graduation rates. I personally witnessed a graduation ceremony for one passing nursing student for the 16 months enrollment..I feel they should be investigated by the education Dept. Students can't transfer credits to other schools and even if you are determined to achieve your goals, they find ways to kick u out the program and your money is lost. Up to $40,000. You are left in debt. If I knew the way they operated, I would have gone and tried my luck elsewhere.. please be careful with choosing a for profit college or educational institution.. Ecpi lies about their graduation rates and is not interested in ppl achieving goals. It's all a scam.
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.