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

1.9 out of 5 stars
Charlotte Rodgers - 1/18/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Warning Do not Go to Excelsior college for nursing!!! After taking about a .year and a 1/2 to complete the course work you have to complete a weekend clinical. It takes another year to be scheduled. Had to travel to utica ny from Fl at a cost of 1000 hotel airfare car rental. The clinical piece sets you up for failure from the beginning. You have to give meds within 35 minutes in lab portion which is far harder then it should be. This includes dose calculation research of med, documentation and giving meds. I was not able to complete in 35 minutes and automatic failure. Wait another year at a cost of another two or three thousand."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Cheryl Oliver - 1/10/2020
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Ricky Epps - 12/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Fact is that there are over 13 states and counting that will not allow Excelsior College grads to sit for the nclex RN, others require you to take additional training. Excelsior College credit doesn't transfer anywhere -- even community colleges won't take it. a complete waste of time and money. They have a terrible pass rate - and don't provide labs for A&P and Microbiology Complete and utter rip off -- and if you think that employers don't consider you defective as a Excelsior College grad --think again -- I paid a couple thousand for worthless classes that only other fake schools will accept."
1.0 out of 5 stars
KG - 12/17/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school is a SCAM! FINALLY got a CPNE date for clinical after almost 2 years waiting. Failed on every technicality the Inspector could get me on. None of it had to do with patient care. It all had to do with them just finding something anything to fail me on. I picked up the wrong pen from a desk and realized it wasn’t mine so I dropped it and was scolded and told dropping a pen on a desk was a sign of aggression and intimidation. It was actually a sign of how stressed I was and afraid I’d be failed for using a pen I had not sterilized before touching it to contaminate it again. If you touch a table you better have cleaned it after, When you wash your hands remember it is a FULL minute and if the paper towel is hanging out of the holder too close to the counter top surface (within 4”) you fail for contamination if you use it! If you pull it off wash your hands AGAIN! Write clearly if you don’t and they misread and they will intentionally you are failed. You will see the Inspector make several mistakes trying to distract you or make you try and relax thinking your not under the microscope. Make no mistake you are ALWAYS under the microscope. Need to go pee no problem the Inspector will follow you and inspect bathroom before and after you use it. If you use bathroom wash hands before touching the patient. Gel is fail you have to wash your hands in and out of the room EVERY TIME. Assigned wound care, if you use the bedside table you have to wipe it down like preparing it for surgery before you contaminate it with the outside of the wound care kit that contains sterile equipment inside of it. Make sure you wipe the table down again after or it’s a FAIL. PICC lines are okay to touch the op site cover with bare hand. Touch an op site over a peripheral IV and your done FAIL! Gloves must be worn to touch an IV but not a PICC, make sense of that one! List a delegated task to an LPN and don’t have one assigned to your patient, FAIL. Same for a CNA. Document I/O that LPN or CNA told you FAIL didn’t see it it’s falsification of medical records, FAIL. Make sure you get in the habit of checking and verifying the patient name and DOB everytime you walk in and MAKE SURE everything you do you announce it verbally and make eye contact with the inspector to verify she heard and is watching or you guessed it FAIL. As I said, this program is designed to make the nurse fail by using tricks, stress, intimidation, and bias opinions. If you are repeating a PCS on Sunday your screwed. They will find a reason ANY reason to fail you so they can go home."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Bryan - 11/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I was able to finish my degree with Excelsior but I would not recommend this College to anyone. Classes are expensive with tons of other fees. I flew through my courses and than had to wait almost a year and half to take my CPNE as they do not have many clinical sites. It was very tough and I think only half of us passed. The ones that did not pass were forced to go back to the end of the waiting list and have to pay another 2500 to retest. While I was waiting for my CPNE I had to pay fees to stay enrolled even though I had all my classes done and was waiting to take the CPNE with no fault of my own. This institution only cares about money and they do not care if you pass as they can charge you more money. I wish I would have went to a local college because I know I would have gotten a better education."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Julie - 11/21/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"The CPNE was a nightmare- spelled out fair enough- but they will fail you for the most simple things- out $1200- then raised another $1200 and banged it off without a problem. Much to memorize- then just do the steps- done! Now Im fininshing last few weeks of BSN- idk of all online programs are as bad as this or if it is just Excelsior. Out of touch with students- minimal comunnication. Im so done with it! 4 years of hell."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wes - 11/1/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"The Liberal Arts degree program was well planned, and I understood what was expected and how to achieve the requirements throughout the program. I interacted with the advisors on a couple of occasions and they were very helpful, making sure that any questions or concerns I had were dealt with quickly and thoroughly. The classes were a mix, some were good, some were not as good. It basically came down to the professor and classmates within the class to determine the quality of that particular course. Group assignments are the worst part for most of the classes I took. It isn't easy to get everyone working toward a similar goal with the same amount of dedication. That in and of itself is a learning and management lesson however, and it isn't indicative of an oversight on the school's part. The resources to communicate were there, it was just a matter of having some inattentive students. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot about working with students of all types, received a great deal of information and it certainly has set me on the right path with a job offer pending. I would recommend this college to anyone that was interested in obtaining a degree on a flexible schedule."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Mrs. S - 10/31/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2019
"First off I have to say I am just happy to have had so many credits from my previous college that I only needed one 300 level class and the capstone. I was originally told I had to take 12 credit hours for the degree then I get a message that I only need 7 credit hours. I'm glad I bugged every staff member to get an answer to why the change and will get my Bachelors in 16wks. I am not happy about the amount of fluff work outside the research paper that is required for the capstone. This capstone should not be an 8 week course if other work is also needed. There needs to be a pre-capstone 4 week course to prepare those who have not done online classes and with this course it should be mandated to cover APA format for citing and how to research online. I am one who is struggling with this APA format and citing thus bringing down my overall grades. It is very discouraging when you have all the information for a paper but the knowledge to cite in this APA format is the only thing that is being negatively graded, it is not fair. I would like to say that financial aid is horrible. They send out emails that contradict what you discuss on the phone. Money is delayed, it's not delayed, oh it is delayed until your 2nd term, refunds won't go out until mid 2nd term, then I get a check out of the blue 4 days later. I'd rather hear we don't have an answer yet."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Brian Grammer - 8/25/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2019
"I waited 24 years to finish my Bachelor's degree. Over the years, I had accumulated over 150 semester hours, but didn't have a degree to show for it. I researched over 15 schools until I found that Excelsior could help me finish after just 12 hours (two courses were their requirements, Success Strategies and Capstone). It was challenging coursework, to say the least. I didn't care much for the online discussion boards, particularly as they were stilted and to regimented. They are supposed to mimic class interaction as if you are in a classroom, but you don't quote sources and speak in APA language in a classroom. The group projects were a little difficult to accomplish via message board as well, so I'd recommend that Excelsior scrap that particular part of their Capstone course in Liberal Arts. Professors were available and helpful. All in all, a very good experience that allowed me to check this block off of my list."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Jackson - 7/22/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018
"Great curriculum and faculty! The diversity of topics offered was similar to other schools within the middle-states commission, and very similar to GW's public health curriculum. I was hired in a very competitive public health outreach job due to this degree. I have found the education i gained to be priceless. The classes were challenging and required active participation. If you want to coast through some online classes with little effort then choose a different school. Also, most negative reviews seem to be focused on the Nursing program."