Excelsior College Reviews - Bachelor's in Liberal Studies
My experience with Excelsior was really good. Excelsior took all my credits and applied them to my Bachelor's Degree. My student advisors were excellent, except they changed often which was a bit frustrating at times. I did have one little snafu, however the advisor was quick to get my issue resolved and get me back on track without any glitches. The hardest part of the program was the Capstone. Thank goodness they have it in a 15-week program otherwise I could have never done it. I don't think I ever would have graduated if I would have had to do an 8-week version. It was very labor intensive. I did learn a lot from all the classes I took and 99.9% of the instructors were exceptional. I did have one instructor for 3 different classes because of my Health Science Area of Focus, she was the best professor I have ever had. Most of the instructors were very engaged and helpful. I did a lot of research, writing and know APA quite well having had big assignments but the topics were chosen by me and interesting to me. As hard as the research and writings were, I know that I came out of those assignments learning more than I could have ever imagined. Since Excelsior has a lot of military and mature people in the school, I felt that the learning environment was intellectually deep. Life experience sure put some topics in perspective. The Capstone, as much as I did not like the class, was the class that I really felt connected to my classmates. We all worked well together and the discussion board was a plethora of information. I found that us students helping our fellow students quite refreshing. Overall, I worked very hard and felt that it was a great option for me. I can see where this type of school might not be suited for everyone. If anyone thinks that Excelsior is easy, it is not. But for those who take pride in their education and work hard, it will pay off. I am confident that I will be able to approach my Master's degree with confidence thanks to what I learned at Excelsior.
Having been enrolled in a nursing school in Madison WI and Cell Biology and Anatomy classes at UW-Whitewater I can honestly say the negative feedback appears to be only with the nursing program which, news flash, is not an easy major to complete especially online. I am very happy with my class structure and challenging rigor I have had, and, in many ways, I can say the college promotes a more difficult rigor of personal learning then in many traditional university settings. This is not a mill churner but rather a respected and established learning institution. I can say that you shouldnt run into problems for any other major outside the nursing program which, in my personal biased opinion, one shouldnt do without in person instruction anyway. Most of the feedback seems to be from people who do not want to put in the hard work of a STEM major and were looking for an easy A. You will not find that here because this is a school not a diploma factory. I can also say the instructors I have had in my science classes were very open to give help and responded rather quickly so, seeing comments like that didnt make any sense to my experience. The payment process at first was a little sketchy but, you do not have to pay the $1,000-dollar fee or so if you will complete more than 6 to 8 credits in a year. Excelsior, having the option to take trimesters makes this easy to attain. There is a lot of typing and research papers you will write in this program so believe me the learning and degree will be well earned.
I had an overall positive experience at Excelsior. I transferred in a large amount of credits and took Excelsior courses online, so I did not have much interaction with staff members there. However, I can say with confidence that the process of transferring my credits was handled very professionally and smoothly. I was pleased with my professors as well.
I had a very good experience with Excelsior. The instructors were very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions, more so than the traditional college I previously attended. The classes were tougher than I thought they would be and I feel I received excellent instruction. The resources available to students were very good- online tutoring and library resources were very helpful. All of the advisors were prompt and helpful. From reading the reviews it seems that the nursing program does not have the same quality, but the rest of the programs I think are worthwhile. I have recommended the college to several people.
I have been accepted to and attended traditional universities with more well-known names and better reputations than Excelsior,... but I learned a lot more from Excelsior. Excelsior's courses are demanding. Lots of research and writing. It was definitely more work than my previous traditional courses! I am a life-long learner and have studied in traditional college classrooms (at a University), in technical/vocational schools, in intense military fast-paced environments, and now also online. All of them were a breeze compared to the time and research it takes to do an Excelsior course. I'll say it again, lots of research and writing! And I loved it! I felt like I was getting a quality education, being forced to connect the dots before moving on and learning how everything is correlated. I will say, that I have read an awful lot of negative reviews from the nursing students, and I am not sure what's going on there; but Excelsior has been challenging and rewarding, fast-paced and time consuming. I learned more here than I did at my traditional college because on top of taking a full course load I had to learn to research on my own, prioritize, and manage my time better while working full time.
I think the school provides you with the platform you need to access all sources for your professional career. It was a very rewarding experience as I had the chance to interact and network with high stature professionals from my own field. The topics were extensively debated even the most sensitive ones. The readings and literature provided were very thought provoking and analytical.
I had a wonderful experience with Excelsior College. I see so many negative posts mostly in regards to their nursing program. Apart from the nursing program I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this institution. I received my BS degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in history and sociology. As with many Excelsior grads, I am also prior military. Most colleges would only give me a physical education credit which is a shame. We hear all the time how this country values our service, yet many colleges refused to recognize my army training. The nursing board of Illinois recognized it and allowed me to sit for the Nclex-PN. What allowed me to become an Lpn was not recognized by brick and mortar colleges. Excelsior applied 60 credits towards my degree from the courses I completed in the Army, i,e, Anatomy and Physiology from my Army nursing course ,was applied towards my science requirement. I was ecstatic. This meant I was halfway done. I also had previous credits from two other college which Excelsior took. I tested out of the rest of my degree using combination of clep/dsst and Uexcel exams. Excelsior is innovative, flexible and truly is a place to attain one's degree for the nontraditional student.
This school is for muture adult learner. I received two Associate degrees and one Bachelor degree from Excelsior College. It is regionally accredited. They have a very liberal transfer policy. They grant you credit for military training as well as experiential learning and prior learning to include but not limited to exams, traditional classroom courses, correspondence courses, CLEP, DANTES, etc. I had no problem getting employment such as the Federal government, private companies, County and City agencies. I use it to obtain my Master's degree. I have referred over ten different people that were successful in getting their degree.
I graduated in September of 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. The diploma was issued by "The University of the State of New York." Regents External Degree Program. I had been enlisted for 7 years at the time of graduation and was commissioned that same month. I retired from the Navy as a Lt. Commander. Matriculated at Vanderbilt University, received a Masters. Later attended Southern Methodist University where I earned a Doctorate in 1995. I have recommended this program to everyone who might be interested. Several through the years have also benefited by graduating. It gave me a huge leg up in life. My sister received her BS degree in 1992 and now has her Doctorate as well. To say that this program is accredited is an understatement, considering how my BS degree opened so many doors at other prestigious universities for me and so many others. This college pioneered the External Degree concept and gave it the respectability and prestige that other institutions have attempted to build upon. The difference between this institution and many others is that they genuinely do help you succeed. They do not try to exploit you. They seriously work hard to accept your transfer hours and evaluate your life experiences for college credit. Virtually all of my required 120 semester hours were earned through CLEP/DANTES Tests and by attending other colleges. They authenticated and validated my work by awarding the degree. I was 26 then. I am about to be 62 now, rapidly approaching retirement. Looking back, I know much is owed to NY Regents, now called "Excelsior College." And given the fact that my own educational and professional achievements are such a small part of their hugely innovative, important and impressive track record, I needed to offer this strong affirmation of Excelsior College.