Excelsior College Reviews

3.27 out of 5 stars
(173 Reviews)
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
63% of 173 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 173 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Andrew - 2/4/2020
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020
"Great school, especially for veterans. I would recommend to anyone. This place is perfect for adults looking to finish their degree. They give the maximum when it comes to transfer credits. If you have gone to a couple of different colleges this is the school for you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shelly Smith - 1/31/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I don’t usually write online reviews, but Excelsior College gave me a great education and provided a number of valuable resources. Throughout every step of my education, I had professors and advisors interested in helping me succeed. After attending a traditional university, I found that the advisors at Excelsior were equally (if not more) available than my in-person advisors were."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ted O'brien - 1/31/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2019
"All in all, Excelsior is a great school and provides well-structured online courses and multiple online degree programs to choose from. My professors were professional and available to help when needed. The curriculum is challenging, but it’ll prepare you for a career in your field. If you’re considering online education, you should definitely apply to Excelsior."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kay Arnett - 1/30/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care)
Graduation Year: 2019
"Overall, I was able to pass all of the tests I needed in order to become a nurse and it is all thanks to my teachers and education from Excelsior. If you are on the fence about whether or not to go to get your Nursing degree online, I would really recommend looking into this program and talking to them about the opportunities it will give you. I couldn't have had a better experience."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aimee Holden - 1/30/2020
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Adult)
Graduation Year: 2019
"Thanks to Excelsior College, I was able to switch jobs after working for 15 years as a receptionist for a dead-end company with no upward mobility. The pride and joy I felt after getting my new degree and applying for new jobs were so fulfilling to me and there’s no way I could have afforded it without Excelsior. One of the ways that they helped me fund my degree was by allowing me to transfer some credits from my previous degree to use towards my Nursing degree. This gave me a big jumpstart on my coursework and let me start learning the important stuff much sooner than if I had gone to a different college. It also meant that I graduated sooner than I would have at a state school, which was amazing for me since I was really to leave my job."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Grayson - 1/28/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"First, if you think you are tough minded and the best nurse in the world and this is a challenge you want to make you a better nurse your thinking is wrong on this one. This is a scam! I am a veteran and perform in the world's toughest combat assignments. State side I work in SICU managing vents and various other bypass and ICU equipment for my patients. I also work prn for a critical care staffing agency. In order for my license to be good in all 50 states I was told I had to complete an RN program from an accredited program. On 12/30/19 it will be my 7 year cut off mark with Excelsior. 7 YEARS TO COMPLETE AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE. My book work has been completed for over 2 years! Plain and simple this is a scam! If you are seeking your ASN or ADN in nursing DO NOT enroll into this program. The wait periods between classes are months and the final weekend CPNE is YEARS waiting along with nothing more than tricks and guaranteed ways to fail you. The CPNE is not $1,200 it is now $2,995 and they get their money YEARS before you get your weekend and it shows. It cannot be stated in enough ways of how big of a scam this is. Read the reviews and google all the companies like I did that are making money off students to teach them the tricks and the cheats on how to pass the CPNE. This is not a quality program it is a scam!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
George Souter - 1/27/2020
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I get anxious in in-person classes, so as an introverted student, it was nice to be able to get my degree online instead of having to attend lectures. This also helped me work at my speed, which was very helpful during some of the more technical courses in the Nursing program. Honestly, the fact that I could work at a pace that was right for me instead of at a pace that the professor set was one of the main reasons I was able to graduate. So I would recommend online colleges like Excelsior to anyone, even if they don’t want to be a nurse and are interested in other programs. While I definitely felt prepared for my CPNE, it was a little tricky to find a clinical site to take the test at. Of course, the CPNE is a big expense which is why I was glad I had student loans to help cover the cost. I have a friend who is a high school teacher and he had to pay a lot for testing too, so I guess that’s just how some career fields are. Thankfully, I was able to pass the test easily thanks to Excelsior. Having video demonstrations from Excelsior in addition to the other study guides made it so much easier for me to understand what to do at each demonstration. As a visual learner, I appreciated that these sorts of resources were included as a part of my education at Excelsior. They helped me to become the nurse I am today!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nicole Wolf - 1/27/2020
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"To say my time at Excelsior was life-changing would be an understatement—attending helped me to get back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the past five years. Not only did I earn my nursing degree, but I was able to use some of my transfer credits from before I dropped out of school to raise my first-born daughter. Best of all, for a very busy mom like myself, Excelsior offered flexibility and was able to help me get my nursing degree on my terms. I was able to work part-time while being a parent and pursuing my degree, which was a dream come true for my husband and me! One of the biggest strengths of the program at Excelsior, besides its online flexibility, is that the information you get applies to the real world. I never felt like anything I was learning wasn’t going to help me in my quest to be a great nurse. I particularly enjoyed my courses on holistic care and working in a diverse society. I think both of those classes had a lot of real-world information since you never know what walk of life your patients will come to you from. This was eye-opening for me and helped me realize that I would be just as happy working as a pediatric nurse as I would with older populations. Overall, I enjoyed my time there and would recommend Excelsior for its knowledge and flexibility."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Kev - 1/24/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"So I had an okay experience at Excelsior. While I don't agree that the school is a complete rip off I have to agree that it does feel like it at times. The school is very clear that it is self-guided and mostly self-taught. It is up to each individual to stay motivated, study and find outside resources to be successful if needed- not everyone is able to do it. Going into the program I was a paramedic for 1 year and held a BS in Health promotion science. Half of my sciences were 'expired' so I had to retake them, but the knowledge was still there as I had been working in healthcare all along so I did good. The nursing core are not terrible, I made it my goal to test out of a class every 6 weeks, which I was able to do after studying about 6-8 hrs a week. The FCCA are two different sections that are all about testing your ability to apply the knowledge you have learned into different written scenarios. Not horrible, but you have to be a good test taker. The CPNE on the other hand in my opinion could use some revamping as 18hrs or so are not enough to evaluate the quality of a candidate, but to be fair most candidates show up unprepared. It is by far the worst part for many reasons, however once you get to it it isn't that bad. I signing up for all sites (they had 9 at the time), and I also signed up for cancelation dates which essentially means that you could be called up on a short notice anywhere in the country. It took about 6 months before I started receiving offers for cancelation dates. Some where nearby other's were far-away , but they were all unrealistic because I hadn't been studying which was 100% my fault. Eventually, I was able to make friends with a group of exelcior students through Facebook who lived near by, and started studying with them. We pooled our resources and knowledge together and began untangling the CPNE. We studied together at least once or twice a week. Within two weeks I got another cancelation date that 6 weeks out at a site 3 hrs away by car - I took it. I put myself in overdrive and I studied daily as much as I could, I even cut down on work and put some basic necessities on my credit card. I was the first to test in the group. The first night at the CPNE I failed one of the labs, for not wasting meds properly. I was sad and disappointed, but I got myself together and the second and third day passed everything w/o any repeats. While I was there at no moment I felt like they were trying to jam me up. I was out of there by 9am on Sunday. The CPNE doesn't test your ability to be a nurse it test your attention to detail and your ability to follow instructions. I would not recommend this school to most, but it is certainly doable, and cheap. One year later all 5 of us are licensed RNs."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Elmira Nizamutdinova - 1/23/2020
Degree: Supply Chain Management
Graduation Year: 2020
"Stay away from this college, I have attended classes at university of Houston and lone star college in Houston , needed few extra credits and it was impossible to attend classes in person so I opted out for this potty excuse of a school. No way of getting in touch with professors, very little help from school itself or their technical support. Use of ton other sites which do absolutely nothing. It’s 100% self taught class and I wonder why they need professors at all, if all work submitted online and grades assigned by computer. Waste of my money and time . Any questions you might have you have to figure out on your own. Stay away You will learn nothing and no help from anyone. This school is not accredited in all states so watch out for that as well"