Excelsior College Reviews - Bachelor's in Liberal Arts
For the working professional, Excelsior College is a great place to not only further your career, but learn from other working professionals around the world. The ability to take work experience, industry certifications, and continuing education, and convert them to relevant credits in pursuit of a degree is another advantage of attending Excelsior College, who is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - the same governing body that provides accreditation to schools such as Columbia, NYU, and Cornell among others. But in addition to this, you will be afforded the opportunity to interact with students with varying backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experiences who live and work in different parts of the globe - some of whom are overseas military members, government employees and/or contractors, and their family members. Interacting and forming relationships with your fellow students can not only open your eyes to others' ways of doing things, but can also help you develop your own critical thinking skills. The coursework at Excelsior is challenging, the material is current and relevant, and putting in the right amount of effort will make the college experience worthwhile.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.