Excelsior College Reviews - Bachelor's in Liberal Studies
Review of Liberal Studies Bachelors Degrees
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.