Excelsior College Reviews

  • 180 Reviews
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
62% of 180 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 180 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 11/15/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"What a joke. A money machine. Regardless of Covid, this college would not allow in person clinicals. So zoom with NO instructional guidance...fail each zoom. With no feedback. Only once said, you forgot to introduce yourself. So next was detailed, with the response..you were too detailed. Never knew what they wanted, all they said was we cant tell you anything. Lost tons of money because this college wanted more and more money for new testing. Spent 20k for 1 yr of college...ended up with NO degree and NO one responded to my concerns. My state ended up not recognizing this on line college. BEWARE....I believe this is criminal!"
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I was in the Army for eight very long years and had credits from about seven different colleges. Excelsior was amazing and they combined all of my courses together and said that I would only have to take 4 courses to graduate. This college is insanely expensive and if it was not for my GI Bill I don't think I could possibly afford going here, but I am most glad for the opportunity that has opened up for me to get my bachelors finally!"
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2021
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"Due to obligations arising from military service, post military career, and life in general, I have attended 7 different institutions in the pursuit of my BS. I can honestly say that at excelsior you will have to put in the work as it’s no cake walk. They definitely make up for not having physical class by having you do more work. That aside, I can honestly say this is the first and only institution that I have attended where I can say I have learned things and taken away skills. Each institution I was at previously was a matter of going through the motions. I didn’t seek Excelsior out for this but I was happy to have found it here! While all professors are different, most seemed genuinely interested in delivering the content and challenging you. Every professor at excelsior has always had incredible accessibility/availability, which is huge. If I have to find a “con” I think I would point to two things. First, financial aid isn’t very smooth (not that it ever is) but more so here. Secondly, and arguably less importantly, the “extras” seem to be half-hearted afterthoughts. By that I mean the very few honor societies available are run on a skeleton crew and do not seem serious despite being actual accredited national honor societies (alpha sigma lambda, salute NSCS, etc). For the military, they kindly have dedicated a page with info and such to foster comradery , but that’s about it. They do have veteran centric advisors, so that’s good. Also do not expect to find any clubs or whatnot. Granted excelsior is an online school, but there are social things that could be done. Many/most students here at the college are “life long learners” who hold down families and day jobs so these “extras” probably would not interest most students anyway. All in all, if you want a serious education with competent staff, great platform, and a pretty decent library you will find what you are looking for at Excelsior College. Just don’t go looking for a taste of the Greek life, athletics, or clubs here."
Cice Rivera
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"The school is attentive, loyal, and care about their students, throughout the entire educational program. For example, if you sign up to a class and you believe it's too difficult they work with you to change your class immediately. Financial aid is typically attentive in the school as well."
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I started at excelsior as an Lpn with 2 toddlers. I was able to complete all my classes online while working full time as a night nurse. Had baby #3 and just passed my CPNE first attempt! It's not impossible you just have to work and put in the efforts! Trust me! A mom of 3, full time night nurse and I was successful!"
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is an abomination. It is riddled with hidden fees, advertised as "complete your LPN/VPN" in 18 months. This is a LIE; first of all, thousands of students are lured in, yet only "CPNE" skill out sites exist; thus, you do their online courses and Pearson vue CBT tests (their outlines are pretty useless, they provide two practice exams you cannot print out and use as further outlines, and are very ambiguous as to what part of which text is "fair game"). Also, if you experience a problem with login password at pearsonvue, they are no help in rectifying it, yet personvue refers you back to them, making use registration by phonel, costing more, than online. I am out of the program and going to a school where I will actually speak to a real patient; I hate this program and feel it has damaged many people; I do not feel had I remained I would have been a good nurse unless I learned it on the job."
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior college is not a scam. You get exactly what you put into it. I was enrolled in the paramedic to RN program and was successful. Couldn't have been able to do it any other way. I am currently a Family Nurse Practitioner, working on a postmasters certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Being successful in the program is not based on past experiences in caring for patients, you just have to do what they need you to do to be successful. Follow the rules and you got it."
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Unlike many of the reviewers regarding the nursing program, I have nothing but good things to say about my courses and school staff. My academic advisor, instructors, feedback/grading/transcript updates, etc. are all exceptional. I've attended 3 other Universities and like this one the most. I highly recommend the school for any active duty military or dependents. The school accepted more credits than AMU and I actually like the process for Tuition Assistance at Excelsior better as well."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"If you have a bunch of credits from multiple schools, Excelsior is your solution to turning them into a degree. Excelsior is one of the few schools with a minimal (1 course) residency requirement - what that means is that you transfer in courses from a bunch of places, fill in some gaps (courses, CLEP tests, whatever) and get your degree. The Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts that I earned there was the key to the degrees I needed to earn for my work. I now have an MBA, an MA and a PhD."
Patricia Bonner
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been enrolled for 4 1/2 years and it was a great experience for me. It allowed go to remember how to PUSH THROUGH. I just completed CPNE virtually and successfully passed. I had a lot of family struggles and hardship during those 4 1/2 years which allowed me to pick up where I left off after dealing with family deaths (sister, motherNlaw, brother’s and Father). I paid my annual fee and tested whenever I could which was convenient. The advisors were supportive. I failed the CPNE in person when COVID 19 first hit Néw York in March of 2020, but I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was with my careplans, the patients were SUPER EASY. I am done now and I really appreciate all the staff at Excelsior College. Read your study guide, watch the Excelsior videos, document just as they say do and YOU CAN DO THIS."
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2020
  • Degree: Management
"Great school! I was able to transfer in all of my military training and Associates in Aviation Technology credits towards my BS degree. I then proceeded to Clep, Dantes and ECE my way through the rest of the degree and finish within 6 months. Why people sit these courses is beyond me when there is a much faster/less expensive way of doing so...did I mention I did not buy one book for my BS degree? EC did not limit the number of these tests I took so I took ALL of them. This allowed me to press on with my MBA and I finished that within a year, I'm now getting ready to enter into a PhD program and will fly through as fast as possible. IMO, these degrees are not really good for anything but society dictates that one must have one to earn more money or to get that job. Just a bunch of worthless information you have to memorize, regurgitate and press onto the next course. EC helped me do that with no reins to hold me back."
Donna S.
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I don not usually leave reviews, but I feel that some of the reviews are unfair. I had a very favorable experience with Excelsior, so much so that I have enrolled again to achieve my BSN. I was able to keep my full time LPN job and work my way through the classes at my pace. At the time of enrollment you were advised how the classes were conducted and that you were basically self teaching. If you did run into difficulty with the subject matter, you could schedule a conference with your teacher. I found the teachers to be passionate about their subjects and truly enjoyed the classes. I did get a little tired of writing and posting, but this was the platform for learning and you know that going in. The worst part of my experience was the wait for the CPNE. I waited 11 months and then was offered a cancellation which I accepted. I spent approximately 30 days of every waking hour preparing for the CPNE. My experience was wonderful and I passed the first time with no repeats!! I was thrilled. If you are committed, you can do this. I have no doubt!!"
Amanda Palmer
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Choosing to earn my degree online also meant that I was able to work full-time during my degree program. Working a 40-hour work week and motivating myself to complete classwork and study for exams was challenging, but my professors were extremely patient, worked with my schedule, and encouraged me to succeed. Even though my degree program was online, the coursework was rigorous and I felt like it prepared me for a real-world career. Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Excelsior College and I would recommend it to other busy adults or college students looking for an affordable alternative to earning a degree."
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College may seem like a time saving godsend but do not waste your time if you intend on pursuing an additional degree. There is a year plus waiting period for your final requirement and it's costly and I just found out that the A and P they offer does not transfer. You will have to take it again with a lab. There are also additional requirements for you to practice in most states other than New York and Washington and California will not even recognize your degree. I met my wife after I had enrolled and was almost done with the degree, she is active duty Navy and if we had gotten stationed somewhere other than Virginia my license would not have been valid, and even Virginia had additional requirements. Do yourself a favor, don't do what I did, if you are in the market for an ADN just go to a local community college, or better yet a university and go straight to your BSN."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Hi KN Please do not assume that because students did not pass the cpne it means that they did not prepare. I worked very hard and attained/paid other services outside of Excelsior to prepare for the cpne. I did the pilot program and pass part 1. 5 months later I was unsuccessful in passing the other section of the cpne.Note...(I passed the first patient). I was prepared studied, reviewed,the videos, practiced on my children, family, friends, attended the workshop, you name it I did it. I even have friends who have their Masters in nursing give me supplies and practiced with me. They were in shock when I shared with them the reason for me not passing the cpne. It was simply unfair. I realize it's your word against the Examiner. I have been a LPN for years . I did a lot more in myLPN clinical than I did in the cpne. Bridget please please please do not apply to this college! I wish I saw this site and I read all these reviews prior to enrolling but I was going through a horrible divorce and wanted to achieve my RN to take care of my four children. So I enrolled in Excelsior. Huge mistake so please seek out a nursing school that has a "traditional clinical!""
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2020
  • Degree: History
"I enrolled in Excelsior College because of they are one of the big 3 that accept transfer credits from other institutions. Most of my classes at Excelsior were the uexcel format where you “test out of a class”. I found these to be an excellent option to the semester system and most were very affordable. The Capstone was great. A lot of writing, however the professor was outstanding and very involved. The negative was my academic advisor. He was absolutely no help in picking the classes I needed,albeit I was a “multi source” student. In retrospect I should have complained and asked for a new advisor."
Thomas S Brandt
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2020
  • Degree: Business
"I attended Excelsior College at the time since I was a SUNY Broome Community College graduate and it was in the SUNY system. I recommend this college because it is very generous with accreditation. I finished my Bachelor's with just a few classes and opened up more doors for me than I could imagine!"
Veronica O'Neal
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Taking online classes allowed me to work with students of all types from a diverse range of backgrounds. Excelsior was very affordable and taught me what I need to know in order to succeed in a career in nursing. The experience set me on a great career path, and I received several internship offers during my education."
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2020
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"Great school, especially for veterans. I would recommend to anyone. This place is perfect for adults looking to finish their degree. They give the maximum when it comes to transfer credits. If you have gone to a couple of different colleges this is the school for you."
Shelly Smith
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I don’t usually write online reviews, but Excelsior College gave me a great education and provided a number of valuable resources. Throughout every step of my education, I had professors and advisors interested in helping me succeed. After attending a traditional university, I found that the advisors at Excelsior were equally (if not more) available than my in-person advisors were."