Excelsior College Reviews

3.27 out of 5 stars
(173 Reviews)
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
63% of 173 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 173 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
misanthropic789 - 12/17/2020
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2002
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Patricia Bonner - 12/9/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Getsum - 9/22/2020
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Donna S. - 6/9/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amanda Palmer - 6/4/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Kat - 4/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Verna - 3/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!""
3.5 out of 5 stars
Donald - 3/3/2020
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thomas S Brandt - 2/16/2020
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Veronica O'Neal - 2/10/2020
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."