Excelsior College Reviews

3.25 out of 5 stars
(171 Reviews)
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
63% of 171 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 171 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Paramedic Me - 7/28/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 1996
"The most dishonest bunch of thieves. This is not what nursing is about and they taught me nothing. The only thing they really taught was how to come up with strategies for them not to fail you on NON nursing issues. Everything I learned was from a nursing workshop NOT excelsior. Please do not go here!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/28/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013
"This was the most unethical experience I have ever had with those who call themselves "nurses" and at that, I am talking about master degree nurses. The examiners I had at this place were dishonest, driven by money and did nothing more than to follow the leader to secure their own jobs with no regard for students of good moral character. How does one judge the difference between those characters if one is rotten to the core, dishonest and continues the pattern? Would not go here if just one honest person wrote it the way it is."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Richard - 7/25/2017
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"Excelsior College is an outstanding online college with a competitive curriculum and professional staff. I don't understand some of the negative reviews, which all seem to be associated with Nursing. The Health Science curriculum was outstanding and the liberal arts and science classes I took as electives were equally rewarding. I am now pursuing my Masters in Health Sciences. Great experience overall and has made me much more marketable to employers. Thanks"
4.9 out of 5 stars
Student - 7/23/2017
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
"Overall Excelsior has been a great experience. The classes are user friendly and the instructors are always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate the students. I am in the military and ever since I started taking courses with this school all classes fitted my career. Like in most places, you get what you put into."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jack - 7/20/2017
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017
"Excelsior is a much better school than people think and the Nursing program seems to be giving them a bad reputation. I completed my BSHS in Healthcare Management from GWU in 2012 but decided to go into the Public Health field. After taking only 2 classes with GWU's online BPH program i transferred to Excelsior after researching their program and finding that it closely mirrored GWU's online BPH program. First of all, both schools are in the same academic region so all of my classes transferred over with no problems. To my surprise, the curriculum is almost exactly the same as GWU (same text books, assignments and outcomes) except Excelsior is 8 weeks versus 14+. Both use blackboard, however, Excelsior has recently switched to Canvas which seems just as user friendly (I am currently pursuing my MPH with them). Overall I find Excelsior's Public Health curriculum just as challenging and rewarding as GWU's Public Health curriculum if ample time is put into studying. With that said, the papers, quizzes and exams are easier at Excelsior versus GWU. The negative reviews I see are almost entirely related to the NURSING program, which may be understandable as this type of program involves hands on learning that cannot always translate well via online learning. Medical School, PA school and Nursing are probably best suited for class room environments only to allow for hands on learning. I would like to see Excelsior remove their Nursing program in the future for the above reasons. I would like finish by saying, the professors I have had thus far have been excellent and very qualified and challenging. Their are a couple professors who have public health positions outside of teaching that takes time away from their attention to the class rooms and this is usually addressed in reviews, however, this has been rare and feedback to students is usually prompt and helpful. Overall outstanding experience so far."
3.0 out of 5 stars
ZF - 7/19/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"If I had a choice between a traditional classroom Nursing school I would have chosen that over Excelsior College Online. But since I worked full time, Excelsior was my only option for the associate nursing program. I passed CPNE my first attempt, I got most B's in my classes. The course work seemed easy but I learned little and it did not prepare me very well for the NCLEX. I was enrolled into ATI NCLEX, but I feel Excelsior could have placed a lot more emphasis on NCLEX. But then again, I was focused on CPNE. So it was an overall okay experience. Definitely not the best, but not too terrible. I do have to say after seeing all these reviews about how bad it is. I think it's because they didn't pass."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dr. Stew Sherman - 7/10/2017
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2010
"I've seen a lot of bad reviews for Excelsior but I actually enjoyed it. Everyone was nice and professional. I've taken online courses from other colleges and I think that a lot of the negative reviews are from people who aren't/weren't prepared or mature enough to handle online classes. If you need THAT much instruction, you should really consider going to a brick and mortar school to earn your degree. No school is going to hold your hand and spoon feed you material. One has to find it within themselves. That being said, Excelsior does an excellent job."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Debbie - 7/6/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I was shocked at the number of negative reviews. I started attending Excelsior in 2008 for a degree in nursing. I completed all of my classes and unfortunately was unable to continue working as a nurse. The advisors were fantastic. I was able to switch to Liberal Arts and obtain my BS in psychology in 16 months. The instructors and advisors were always there to answer any questions I had. I enjoyed this school. The only problem I have is I have to find another school to get my Masters in psychology as Excelsior does not offer it. If they did I would sign up in a heartbeat!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
anonymous - 6/13/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"Would not recommend this school to even my worse enemy. Terrible experience. They lie to you, telling you that it is self paced. Yeah getting your 7 nursing classes are self paced, but then you have to wait a lifetime for your CPNE. I managed to pass on my first attempt after waiting 9 months, but then you still are not done with their BS. They hit me with $600 of "graduation fees" 5 days before I graduated and if I didn't pay, I didn't graduate. I didn't even go!!! I paid so much money to this awful school and I wasn't even prepared when I was an actual nurse in my unit. It was embarrassing and stressful. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE! This place needs to be shut down."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/11/2017
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"Do not waste your money. Go to a traditional college or a reputable 5 star online school. I did not get a return on my investment because the teaching in my opinion and some others lacked the needed information to pass the extremely hard tests done via testing centers. I feel they took advantage of my wallet. Which I believed they targeted from the beginning. Shame on myself and this school for guiding me into a shady only me learning contract that had binded me to a win for Excelsior/DLSI and a lose for me. Thanks for nothing Excelsior/DLSI."
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