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my experience there honestly wasn't any guidance. i didn't understand how it worked DESPITE i had paid for all my tuition, registration fee. the adviser they assigned to me wasn't helpful at all. even the other students that are enrolled don't fully know whats going on. those who were about to graduate spoke of poor experiences and advised the new comers to quit before going further. i have over 22 years of experience in nursing. i'm ol'ready a field nurse/LPN. trust me i was very willing and able to apply myself. i re-enrolled and they told me i had to start over from scratch once they had changed their enrollment process. ONE DAY AGO AFTER their website had errors and no one got back to me???? WARNING SIGN OF SUPPORT there..........you've been warned all the reviews aren't the best but everyone's experience is their own. good luck on your journey of nursing.
This is honestly one of the best experiences in college I've had in my life. I've been to a small liberal arts college, a large university, and decided that Excelsior was the right path for me to finish my degree. Being able to get college credit for the many things I had done professionally in my life was a huge boost to my graduation time and cost savings, many of the professors are so invested and interested in helping, and the overall experience has just been incredible. I finally found what it is I want to study and do with my life, and Excelsior helped lead the way. I feel I got a legitimate education with very knowledgeable faculty. I'd definitely recommend to anyone looking to finish a degree.
I am so grateful for the opportunity Excelsior has given me to earn my RN degree! I tested out of all my nursing courses and learned so much from self-studying. I passed all my nursing exams on the first try and moved along the program smoothly and quickly. The CPNE was the most challenging thing I ever had to prepare for, but it prepares you to work as an RN using best nursing practice. To prepare, I strictly referred to the study guide and attended Excelsior Colleges workshop and did the online careplan class. I did not use an outside source for any of my preparation. I passed CPNE on my first attempt. After graduation they prepare you for NCLEX using ATI which I found very helpful. I passed my NCLEX on first attempt and found an RN position right away! The program is what you make of it! It takes perseverance, sacrifice and many hours of studying. I graduated feeling very confident and proud of my education.
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.
The IT Management program for Excelsior college is well-designed course that encompasses all the areas needed by those working in the Information Technology field. Excelsior College's instructors who conduct the courses truly care about the students and preparing them for their future careers.
If you going to school for your ADN, this is not the school for you. You will waist many years and money to take your CPNE. When you finally get a chance to take your CPNE, its such a negative, nerve racking experience, you wish you never put yourself in this situation. Its to late at this point, no one will accept your credits and you have waisted years and money. Take the time and invest in a local nursing school for your degree. I would never recommend the nursing program. The other programs they offer you opportunities but not nursing.
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.
I know there are some negative comments from other students, but I think it is mainly with the Nursing program, which I cannot provide assessment to. However, being a Business student and graduate from Excelsior, I can tell you it was on par with the state universities I have been enrolled in prior. Having done both traditional classroom and online classes, Excelsior was equally challenging. Student services was better than University of Maryland, University of Missouri Kansas City, and DeVry combined. All my instructors were at a Doctorate level and professors at prestigious universities. Very critical in their grading, but depending on the amount of work you put in, the grades reflected. With the BPS degree I earned, I was accepted into a MBA program at a highly ranked non-profit, private state university. Also, with the course work I endured at Excelsior, I was well prepared for my graduate level courses. I appreciate my instructors immensely! Again, I am one of many experiences at Excelsior, so everybody differs. One more note, I am active military, and the instructors were very understanding and flexible when it came to my deployments.
I earned both a ASN and a Bachelor of Science at Excelsior. My success was determined largely by two factors. I was very motivated and willing to work hard for my degree. The second factor was that Excelsior always was clear on what was expected of me. Granted, I was one of those that passed the CPNE on the first try. I almost failed, but as I was waiting for my professor, I realized an error I made, and corrected it. It is a very hard test. I practiced for it relentlessly. It did make me a better nurse having to prepare for this exam. Prayer was the third factor that got me through it! Excelsior is not for those that are not comfortable teaching themselves. After two degrees, I will say without a doubt that the school is on the up and up. I would only say good things about Excelsior.
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.