Excelsior College Reviews of Bachelor's in Liberal Arts

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misanthropic789
  • 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."
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."
Wes
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"The Liberal Arts degree program was well planned, and I understood what was expected and how to achieve the requirements throughout the program. I interacted with the advisors on a couple of occasions and they were very helpful, making sure that any questions or concerns I had were dealt with quickly and thoroughly. The classes were a mix, some were good, some were not as good. It basically came down to the professor and classmates within the class to determine the quality of that particular course. Group assignments are the worst part for most of the classes I took. It isn't easy to get everyone working toward a similar goal with the same amount of dedication. That in and of itself is a learning and management lesson however, and it isn't indicative of an oversight on the school's part. The resources to communicate were there, it was just a matter of having some inattentive students. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot about working with students of all types, received a great deal of information and it certainly has set me on the right path with a job offer pending. I would recommend this college to anyone that was interested in obtaining a degree on a flexible schedule."
Brian Grammer
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I waited 24 years to finish my Bachelor's degree. Over the years, I had accumulated over 150 semester hours, but didn't have a degree to show for it. I researched over 15 schools until I found that Excelsior could help me finish after just 12 hours (two courses were their requirements, Success Strategies and Capstone). It was challenging coursework, to say the least. I didn't care much for the online discussion boards, particularly as they were stilted and to regimented. They are supposed to mimic class interaction as if you are in a classroom, but you don't quote sources and speak in APA language in a classroom. The group projects were a little difficult to accomplish via message board as well, so I'd recommend that Excelsior scrap that particular part of their Capstone course in Liberal Arts. Professors were available and helpful. All in all, a very good experience that allowed me to check this block off of my list."
Dr. Alexzandra Volpe
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"RUN! This is the biggest scam and worst experience I have ever had with a college. I chose Excelsior because they took the majority of my credit from chiropractic school and utilized them for a bachelors degree. I was told I only needed 6 credits to obtain my degree, so I enrolled in the first courses and completed them no problem. I then registered for the final Capstone course and was sent an email from the school validating my registration. Flash forward to the day of the class and it is no where to be found in my canvas portal. They came back and said I was never registered for the class and even accused me of fabricating the registration email and sending it to myself. LIKE, WHAT? They made me wait until the following quarter to take the class which put my chiropractic license back 3 months. Now I've completed my capstone and they are making me wait another 2 months to get my transcripts. Not only that but they are with holding my diploma until I pay them a $1095.00 "enrollment change fee." You see, no matter how many credits you need they make you pay for a minimum of 12, so even though I only utilized 6 to get my degree I have to pay the difference just because. SCAM! These people deserve to be sued and I hope someone does. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!"
Richard V.
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I had a very good experience at Excelsior. I thought the Professors were helpful and responded to my emails in a timely manner. If I had problems with the web site, I got timely help. The classes were good but challenging (sometimes very challenging). I had to study hard: I had a lot of late nights studying and doing homework while holding a full time job for which I travelled. I had very good classmates so all of my group projects were enjoyable and the work was shared equitably (not something I can say for other institutions I've attended). The discussion boards in most classes I attended were lively and spirited. I would recommend Excelsior to anyone thinking of attending college, especially online learners. The Liberal Arts program was awesome and allowed me to segue into my Masters degree at another institution."
Leah Wolin
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I did it online, and had a great experience. The guidance counselors were helpful, and the courses I took were educational, informative, and interesting. I would definitely recommend Excelsior College as an option for those looking to attend an online college."
Rena Epstein
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I I received a BS in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in May 2018. Excelsior College was a wonderful experience for me. I took online classes which enabled me to financially support myself by working a part-time job as a receptionist at a high school. I believe that I received an excellent education from Excelsior College and would recommend it to any student who wants to pursue a college education while simultaneously working."
Rain
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Excellent online learning experience. Ninety five percent of my instructors were truly amazing teachers. I thought the classes were going to be easy but they were quite rigorous. I had to really stretch to get a good grade. The online learning platform was user-friendly and helped to keep each student fully accountable. It was a great experience."
Reuben Benamou
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Excelsior College gave me the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree in a way that was not otherwise possible. Currently living abroad, sitting in a classroom was not physically possible. Excelsior College gave me the opportunity to learn online and on my own time. My professors were warm, personable, and available via email and phone. I majored in Liberal Arts, which did not directly prepare me for my future career, but did allow me to be accepted to University of Maryland School of Social Work. I highly recommend their platform for anyone who needs the flexibility of online classes, and connection and interaction with their professors."
Matthew
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"It's was a great school for me. I was able to complete my B.S. Degree over the course of two years taking classes on and off again. I transferred a lot of credits from the University of Minnesota and found the classes to be just as challenging at EC. It is what you make of it. I cannot speak to the nursing program but I recommend EC for someone who wants to complete their degree."
40 yr.old Mil. retire
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Very disappointed in the advisement or lack of. After the official evaluation informed of five classes to complete for degree completion. Four month and four classes laser informed I had four to five more classes required. Seems like some ethical issues with class requirements, advising and possible bating students for money. I would not recommended this college."
WM
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"For those who don't know, EC is know as one of the "Big 3" (Thomas Edison State College & Charter Oak State College being the other two). These 3 regionally accredited (RA)institutions of higher learning have a unique structure. Unlike the vast majority of RA traditional and online colleges/universities, the residency requirements at these colleges are at the absolute minimum. What does that mean? How is that an advantage? In general, most colleges/universities require that you earn X number of credits from them in order to obtain a degree. I want to say that most require 30 or so credits to be earned by taking classes from that college/university. As far as I remember, the only course that needs to be taken from EC is a 1 credit hour online Information Lit course. The remaining 120-125 credit hours that are required for a particular degree can be satisfied externally. This is a huge advantage over other colleges/universities. Limits on credits transferred in are common at most colleges. With minimal exception (how long ago you took the course and if it applies to your particular degree plan), EC allows you to transfer in as many as you want. This is a fantastic benefit that saves time and money. Testing out options. Traditional institutions limit the number of courses that you are able to test out of using CLEP/DSST and other sources of college level credit. At EC you can basically earn an undergraduate degree completely by "testing out". This is not to be confused with credits for "life experience". I don't think that EC awards credit for life experience by itself. I think TESC has a program that allows you to "challenge" credits/courses based on life experience, they are called portfolios or something. If I remember correctly, you have to document why you feel that you should be awarded college credit for particular topics you have advanced personal knowledge in. Then a committee reviews and accepts or denies. I believe the process is more difficult and expensive than testing out. I was able to piece together an undergraduate degree, with a decent GPA, largely through "testing out": 15 traditional courses at various community colleges and four year colleges. 15 DSST Exams 5 CLEP Exams 5 EC exams The way the process works: you enroll in the college, have all your previous transcripts and CLEP/DSST scores sent to EC. You pay a first year fee/tuition, something around $2k or so if I remember correctly. Your advising team evaluates your previous credits and then tells you what courses/exams you will need to take to complete a degree. Then each year until you complete your degree you pay an annual fee/tuition of $500 or so. At this point you determine, with the help of your advisor, which CLEP/DSST/EC exams you want to take to satisfy your requirements. Your first avenue, in my opinion, is to take as may CLEP/DSST exams as possible. They are inexpensive, around $100 each for a 3 credit exam plus the test center fee of about $20. Finding a test center that is open at a time convenient for you is most likely your biggest challenge. Most community colleges offer these exams at their test center. You don't have to be enrolled at the school to use their test center or take exams. When you take exam you will be asked where you want the exams results to be sent, EC has a code number you provide before taking the exam. For further discussion on the individual exams go to: Degree forum.net Once you have used as many CLEP/DSST exams as possible, for cost reasons. Figure out which EC exams you can take to satisfy the remaining credits. EC exams are more expensive, $200-$300 I think, but cover more of the required upper level required credits. Your advisor will do a better job of explaining this than I just did. These exams are not easy, nor are they difficult. You will read on forums and bain4weeks.com of some individuals taking a ridiculous number of exams in a very short period of time. I remember reading about some guy taking 10 exams in one week, that's heavy! The most I took in a week was 4 DSST exams. My point is, for short money and in a reasonable amount of time you can complete an undergraduate degree. A real one. Without going to class. It takes a lot of work on your end but, it is completely possible. The only down side I see is name recognition, or lack there of. I highly doubt that you will see EC bumper stickers while driving down the street or people bragging that they attended EC. I do believe that they have a better reputation than univ of Phoenix or DeVry. I also think EC looks better on a resume than UOP. In the end, my EC undergraduate degree was enough for me to gain acceptance into some decent graduate programs. 5 Years later, I've completed an MBA and am about 1/2 way thru the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at U Mass. I'm currently in the process of applying to a few PHD programs for when i'm done with the MSF. I can't say enough about the doors Excelsior College (EC) has opened up for me. **I've read the negative reviews on Yelp and elsewhere, mostly related to the nursing program. In defense of EC, YOU have to do the work. YOU have to take the initiative and be proactive with everything (Enrollment, classes, advising, studying, staying on top of things), just like everything else in life. These types of nontraditional programs are designed for adults. If you are not willing to take responsibility for your own education then EC might not be for you. But I will argue that if you can't make EC work, I don't know where you will find a more flexible situation. EC is not a scam, EC is a legitimate "Regionally Accredited" (the highest accrediting body in the US) College. EC has been granting degrees since the 1970s. EC is not some fly by night college with a questionable past or profit motive. Take a look at the alumni list, read the stories of the 1,000s of graduates (including nursing students who have had success), read the newsletter, call and speak with an advisor. If someone can't see the opportunity EC presents, then they will have trouble finding a better solution to their education needs. Stop complaining, take responsibility, do the work, and join the vast vast majority of EC Alumni (myself included) who have EC to thank for everything they have helped us accomplish."
George Smith
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"The University is an outstanding school for working members of society. The professor understand about job and life will come up. They work with the individual to ensure you can finish the course and your degree. There are degree paths for everyone to select the path they want. You can start a two-year degree and progress all the way to a Masters."
Thomas
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Excelsior College is great for those who desire to set a class schedule that conforms to their daily habits. Moreover, the college is regionally accredited and the MBA program I am transitioning into has specialized accreditation with the IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). For those that do not know, IACBE is one of the top 3 accreditation agencies in the business world. To sum things up, my experience has been absolutely wonderful and my education is definitely opening doors in my career. If you are on the fence, get off of it and get started!"
Casey
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I had a lot of credits from four different schools and was told to go to Excelsior because they would take them and they did! I had to take one online class, pay a lot less than a semester somewhere else and I got my degree. Since then, I have been able to get a new job and promote. Its really been a great experience."
Sharon
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Excelsior College is great for a student who wants the flexibility of going to school online. While the material was at times challenging, the process was very simple. If I could change one thing about this school, I would add a video segment to make the instruction more personable. I never even spoke to my instructors and I did not like that. Though the education was adequate the networking potential was lacking."
Rob
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Sadly, many of the poor reviews on Excelsior come from nursing student who struggle with the final certification. Fortunately, I am not one of those students. My experience with Excelsior has been fantastic. They are regionally accredited, so most of their classes and degrees are transferable. I did not attend the B&M side of Excelsior, but all classes were readily available and had vacancy. Class sizes tended to be around 25, which is large enough for diverse interaction, but not large enough to be cluttered. This is not a "degree farm", such as a few popular for-profit schools; they are focused on academics, which is evident in the course curriculum. That being said, they are also flexible in their acceptance credit through CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior Exams. To me, Excelsior blends Academia and flexibility in way that's both challenging and attainable. On a side note, I do not recommend this college's online program to young students. The courses are too-the-point, and designed for adults. The curriculum can be challenging and young student may be overwhelmed with the amount of reading in the excellerated time line of an 8 week online course."
chase washington
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Great school, great program! was able to work full time and earn my degree. staff is very supportive, they were always available to assist with any issues i had, while trying to earn my degree. i remain grateful to the school and their flexible program that allowed me to earn my degree. i totally recommend Excelsior to anyone serious about earning a college degree and getting good quality education"
Michael S.
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I have nothing to mention but good things!!! I cannot provide a review for any nursing program for this school, but I graduated May 2015 (B.S. in Liberal Arts) after a 13 year break of study from a brick & mortar university (I was a senior when I began my studies at Excelsior College). I'm not sure of other students' experiences, but mine was just fine. One must be self-motivated and pay attention to time management to study at this school. I would be biased to recommend this school to new students, but I can state that as an undergraduate, I enjoyed my studies, professors, course content, and available resources. I did have a bit of "trial and error" being new to online courses, but once I got the hang of it, I was on track. The college requires active engagement throughout the week via a few discussions. If your discussions are mediocre, lack creative thinking, and are written just to have an entry logged, you probably won't perform very well. College is meant to learn and build skills in creative thinking, communication, and in-depth concentration in study. I feel that my experience with Excelsior College has been very positive, and I highly recommend (especially to students in the military, as Tuition Assistance really paid everything for me, minus a couple of books). In retrospect, I would prefer to attend a brick & mortar school, but Excelsior really made things quite flexible and shorter to graduate than through my former university. Furthermore, all of my previous credits were accepted, and Excelsior College has the regional accreditation I was looking for! I FULLY RECOMMEND!!! I urge any prospective student to closer consider the validity of other comments if they happen to obviously appear to be biased, one-sided, or full of grammatical errors. Thanks for reading my review!"