ECPI University Reviews
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I'll be as concise as I possibly can be. I have to have a 250 character minimum, so I'm just going to drag this out a little bit. The thing you should know about ECPI is, they're absolutely expensive! I went for the PRN (practical nursing degree) in Charlotte, NC. I attend half of the program. I received the maximum amount of financial aide (Pell Grant), and even after taking every single bit of that, I was still left owing $10,000. That's not even for the full course! I suggest sucking it up and doing classes at a regular community college. It's hard to work when you're in class every day from 0800-1700.
I went here for three weeks, and I thought everything was great. I was learning new things, I was studying hard, and even made all A's in my first three classes. I was happy with the whole experience, minus a coupe of small things such as an instructor not showing up on the first day of class, and the fact that I was there for three week and never got my scrubs. I thought all was well. I hopped online to look at their reviews for the RN program since I was considering switching over to it, and I saw tons of horrible reviews. I hear that some people couldn't even find employment after they graduated. Credits do NOT transfer. And there is no "bridge program from the LPN to RN. You have to take the whole program over, plus whatever is left. AND pay for it all over again... and it isn't cheap. You have to pay out of pocket no matter what, unless you have GI bill. They want your payments to be like 475 a month and you have to talk them down to make them less. My advisor, Chelsea, pushed me to start the LPN program when I honestly wanted to just start with the RN program. It takes NOTHING to get into this school.. you have to take a FAKE teas test which is ridiculous because it makes it so ANYONE can get in. Even the dumbest of them all. And the teachers definitely hand grades out. One of my classes, the teacher made a study guide that pretty much replicated the test, so all I had to do was study the answers to the questions, and theres my A. This school is such a joke and I wish I would have known before wasting my time. They will make it seem like rainbows and sunshine, but this school is literally a JOKE just to get money. I WISH I WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO EVERYONE! And if you're reading this, please do NOT ignore this. I didn't believe what anyone said at first either and I had to find out the hard way. I talked to the head of the nursing department at VCU Medical Center, and low and behold, they will NOT and NEVER WILL hire ECPI students, and they do NOT recognize their "diplomas" or "degrees". My suggestion to you is to read as many reviews as you can before you register because it will be a big mistake unless you want to go through all that hard work to come out UNEMPLOYED. RUNNN! They just want your money, they don't care about you, or your future.
I'll start off by saying that the teachers and staff are very helpful and positive. I honestly learned a lot even in such a fast pace environment. However, DO NOT believe that they will help you find a job. I'm over a year out with no career in my field yet. I tried to get help through career services and the best she could do was help me create a LinkedIn profile. So now I stress on how I will pay this expensive school back with no IT job to show for it. Going here is a gamble. It's only worth it if you have a guaranteed position waiting for you upon graduation.
The teachers are wonderful but the school is a joke!!! They expect you to learn material that you have never seen in 5 weeks and pass it, the testing on MOODLE is horrible because it is never accurate even if you have the correct answer it will mark it wrong and the head of my department was almost never around!!!!! IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!
There are some good and lots of bad with this school. First, most of the teachers are pretty good. The classes are easy if you apply yourself and do the work. Also, the class scheduling worked well with my work schedule. Now the bad. Although I am sure most of the department heads are good, mine was not. When I asked for programming classes I received networking classes which have not helped me in the robotics field. I was forced to learn on my own which is what you hope to avoid when payin so much for school. Next, it took me three, yes three, years to receive my diploma after graduation. Apparently the administration at my campus failed to turn in my paperwork after I scrambled around to get multiple signatures. Because of the failure by the administration, i was placed on graduation hold without being informed. I finally received my diploma and realized my name is not correct. Now I have to go back around the merry go round again to figure out how to get this corrected.
I have reviewed the comments before me and will say this to support my review title. For those of you that are reviewing comments to make your determination. Please understand that hard work grows great results. I have sat in the same class some complain of, and witnessed the very habits that eventually will communicate conflict and negativity because of there bad results. Reply to the complainers and ask them what there GPA is, then ask them to prove it by posting a copy of there latest unofficial transcript that can be delivered at anytime. I bet you the complainers played hooky, late assignment or just didn't do the assignments. They complain about how hard a class like statistics or psychology was when they missed many sessions...really how was you expected to pass? This is not a cartoon life, you actually have to do your part...Surprise, you don't do your job, the result is not in your favor. No different then your job whether it is rite aid or the military...you don't perform it will reflect in your evaluation. At ECPI, your evaluation is the grade you earned. Don't whine about, except it and make it better. You must be prepared to work hard and the results will be commendable, I promise you. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.94 GPA...BS in Healthcare Administration. One writer complained about rule changes...OK? And? We change just like laws and ethics that are updated at your organization. So stop complaining and soldier this experience. This is your life experience and your new employer will asked how you took advantage of your experience in school. Did you do the work? Prove it with the transcript. If not, How can an employer expect you to do there's? People complaining about 18 months of a high acceleration program...try 30 months for the bachelors degree.
Great university to attend if one can keep up with a fast paced environment. ECPI offered me the hands on training experience basing many labs on virtual simulations. Tuition rates are a bit on the expensive side, but definitely worth the $$$. I can't say ECPI is the best decision I've ever made yet but its a positive step in my life.
Do not listen to the bad reviews. The vast majority of the bad reviews are from students who, apparently, couldn't handle the accelerated work load or, in some cases, just aren't smart enough for college. One fellow gave a bad rating, because he failed his ex-tern-ship 3 times, and the school gave him the boot with no degree. Seriously, he was lucky he got three chances. Here is a quote from another review, "Out of my 2 year Associates program, for the first year I wasn't taught anything relevant. Physics? Public speaking??" Are you kidding me? The goofball insinuated that physics and public speaking are not relevant in a college curriculum. Really? REALLY? It's no surprise that he is having trouble finding success. Of course, according to him, it is ECPI's fault. Here is another quote from a poor review. "I was having issues with math (SUPPOSABLY beginning algebra)." LOL, need I say more? O.K., so, here is the deal. ECPI is a real college with the same accreditation as any other traditional college (except ABET, but they are getting close). People think they can just slide by with minimum effort. No, it is hard work that requires effort to be successful. Further, the curriculum is accelerated; so, that effort in most cases, is even greater than that required by a traditional college. Before joining ECPI, I read a great number of reviews. If you pay close attention, you get the sense that the bad reviews tend to come from those who are bad students. I, on the other hand, take my education seriously. I am learning and working and studying my ass off. I just got hired as a Senior After Market Test Engineer and I haven't even completed the degree. Granted, I have past experience, but my new boss said, and I quote, " We have had plenty of success hiring ECPI students in the past. Also, students with your GPA and attendance record generally show the same effort in their career. Will you except the position?" So, there it is. ECPI is a great school. You get out what you put in.
Horrible school to attend, if you can deal with constant rule changing than this is the place for you. Grading scales would be changed hours prior to tests. I attended the 18 month program and the handbook rules changed 3 times while I was there, not to mention the rules only applied to SOME students and never applied to the staff. The DON is worthless!!! She knows absolutely NOTHING! However the teachers are great, and that is the only thing that kept me here to finish my degree.
I'm only 2 terms in about to start my 3rd term, so far I love it. This school is very fast paced (5 weeks a term), and from my observation (watching others struggle and or drop out) most people don't realize this. If you are a slow learner I don't recommend it. I've noticed a lot of people who come to this school complain that they have to do actual work to maintain. Who the hell wants to hire someone who got handed a degree? I sure wouldn't. I did miserable in high school, F's and D's. I've been very fortunate with having amazing teachers so far that really know their shit. The coolest thing, and I've notice the students who need it the most don't use, FREE tutoring. Almost all the teachers I've had stay 45 mins to 1 hour after class. You have no excuse to fail this school, unless you're an absolute moron. (There's alot of them in any school) it's all good though! Somebody has got to flip the burgers.