Excelsior College Reviews
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Do not try it. It is scam. Money pit. They keep coming up with ways to charge more money. They only have a 60% pass rate and this includes people who have tried again and again. Anything is better than trying this route. Take my advise. They are hands down the most difficult people I've ever dealt with.
This school is nothing but a scam. All of the "nursing classes" are basically just discussions boards. I should have known it was too good to be true..nursing isn't supposed to be easy, but I found those classes to be a breeze and was not at all prepared for the CPNE. The CPNE is the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced and I learned absolutely nothing from it. What I can tell you is you will be failed for such small details that aren't related to nursing in any way shape or form. This school (which I don't even think they deserve to be a school) literally takes money from you. I had to wait over a year to take my CPNE even after I finished all of the classes online. I made a huge mistake coming here, as I had other options. DO NOT give this school a dime. For nursing , go to a traditional program where you will have instructors that push you and teach you to be the best nurse you can be. This school is a bunch of cons and I mean that with every bone in my body.
I would like to start off by saying that Excelsior College is one of the better colleges I have attended over the years. I know all colleges have their faults but mine were minimal once I got to know and understand how Excelsior works. I had attended both other online schools and traditional colleges but Excelsior seemed to fit how I like to learn the best. For the most part many people who have had a better experience at Excelsior were not in the nursing field. I have heard from other who took nursing courses that the CPNE was hard and in particular if you were a seasoned LPN because they want you to do the CPNE a certain way and as we all know people have a tough time with change! My degree is in Business and Management and I felt like I learned a lot and all that I learned is relevant to my degree. I did know many things already but many of the courses built on one another. I would definitely recommend Excelsior and have to others looking for an online school to attend. I feel once you understand how the classes are run and what is expected many people can and should have success at Excelsior. I would give them an overall 4 stars only because of a few problems I have had but once they were taken care of all was golden.
My time with Excelsior was short due to having transferred in many credits from my military experience. The school was very good about awarding credits towards my degree based on that. So, in short, obtaining my AAS in Technical Studies with an emphasis in Electronics and Instrumentation was very easy. I am no rocket scientist, but I was able to get a 4.0 in all of my classes without very much of a struggle at all. The only negative comment that I would give is that I didn't feel that the instructors taught me a single thing. If you read the material and turn in your assignments on time you will pass the courses. Overall I felt that I taught myself the course material and all Excelsior did was lay it out in an organized format for me.
This college is a rip off. Do not go here, do not pay the application fee. Worst online school, please pick a state online school to go to. I should have known that it would be a rip off when I had to pay a registration fee which I expected, but after that fee they said I had to pay another $250 fee for printing that financial aid could not be used for. This is an online school why would I need a fee that involves printing.
For those who don't know, EC is know as one of the "Big 3" (Thomas Edison State College & Charter Oak State College being the other two). These 3 regionally accredited (RA)institutions of higher learning have a unique structure. Unlike the vast majority of RA traditional and online colleges/universities, the residency requirements at these colleges are at the absolute minimum. What does that mean? How is that an advantage? In general, most colleges/universities require that you earn X number of credits from them in order to obtain a degree. I want to say that most require 30 or so credits to be earned by taking classes from that college/university. As far as I remember, the only course that needs to be taken from EC is a 1 credit hour online Information Lit course. The remaining 120-125 credit hours that are required for a particular degree can be satisfied externally. This is a huge advantage over other colleges/universities. Limits on credits transferred in are common at most colleges. With minimal exception (how long ago you took the course and if it applies to your particular degree plan), EC allows you to transfer in as many as you want. This is a fantastic benefit that saves time and money. Testing out options. Traditional institutions limit the number of courses that you are able to test out of using CLEP/DSST and other sources of college level credit. At EC you can basically earn an undergraduate degree completely by "testing out". This is not to be confused with credits for "life experience". I don't think that EC awards credit for life experience by itself. I think TESC has a program that allows you to "challenge" credits/courses based on life experience, they are called portfolios or something. If I remember correctly, you have to document why you feel that you should be awarded college credit for particular topics you have advanced personal knowledge in. Then a committee reviews and accepts or denies. I believe the process is more difficult and expensive than testing out. I was able to piece together an undergraduate degree, with a decent GPA, largely through "testing out": 15 traditional courses at various community colleges and four year colleges. 15 DSST Exams 5 CLEP Exams 5 EC exams The way the process works: you enroll in the college, have all your previous transcripts and CLEP/DSST scores sent to EC. You pay a first year fee/tuition, something around $2k or so if I remember correctly. Your advising team evaluates your previous credits and then tells you what courses/exams you will need to take to complete a degree. Then each year until you complete your degree you pay an annual fee/tuition of $500 or so. At this point you determine, with the help of your advisor, which CLEP/DSST/EC exams you want to take to satisfy your requirements. Your first avenue, in my opinion, is to take as may CLEP/DSST exams as possible. They are inexpensive, around $100 each for a 3 credit exam plus the test center fee of about $20. Finding a test center that is open at a time convenient for you is most likely your biggest challenge. Most community colleges offer these exams at their test center. You don't have to be enrolled at the school to use their test center or take exams. When you take exam you will be asked where you want the exams results to be sent, EC has a code number you provide before taking the exam. For further discussion on the individual exams go to: Degree forum.net Once you have used as many CLEP/DSST exams as possible, for cost reasons. Figure out which EC exams you can take to satisfy the remaining credits. EC exams are more expensive, $200-$300 I think, but cover more of the required upper level required credits. Your advisor will do a better job of explaining this than I just did. These exams are not easy, nor are they difficult. You will read on forums and bain4weeks.com of some individuals taking a ridiculous number of exams in a very short period of time. I remember reading about some guy taking 10 exams in one week, that's heavy! The most I took in a week was 4 DSST exams. My point is, for short money and in a reasonable amount of time you can complete an undergraduate degree. A real one. Without going to class. It takes a lot of work on your end but, it is completely possible. The only down side I see is name recognition, or lack there of. I highly doubt that you will see EC bumper stickers while driving down the street or people bragging that they attended EC. I do believe that they have a better reputation than univ of Phoenix or DeVry. I also think EC looks better on a resume than UOP. In the end, my EC undergraduate degree was enough for me to gain acceptance into some decent graduate programs. 5 Years later, I've completed an MBA and am about 1/2 way thru the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at U Mass. I'm currently in the process of applying to a few PHD programs for when i'm done with the MSF. I can't say enough about the doors Excelsior College (EC) has opened up for me. **I've read the negative reviews on Yelp and elsewhere, mostly related to the nursing program. In defense of EC, YOU have to do the work. YOU have to take the initiative and be proactive with everything (Enrollment, classes, advising, studying, staying on top of things), just like everything else in life. These types of nontraditional programs are designed for adults. If you are not willing to take responsibility for your own education then EC might not be for you. But I will argue that if you can't make EC work, I don't know where you will find a more flexible situation. EC is not a scam, EC is a legitimate "Regionally Accredited" (the highest accrediting body in the US) College. EC has been granting degrees since the 1970s. EC is not some fly by night college with a questionable past or profit motive. Take a look at the alumni list, read the stories of the 1,000s of graduates (including nursing students who have had success), read the newsletter, call and speak with an advisor. If someone can't see the opportunity EC presents, then they will have trouble finding a better solution to their education needs. Stop complaining, take responsibility, do the work, and join the vast vast majority of EC Alumni (myself included) who have EC to thank for everything they have helped us accomplish.
Terrible experience - there is no teaching involved and the "tests" you take measure test taking skills, not learning. When you finally get to the CPNE (the practical), you have to wait about 14 months for a test date. The pass rate is about 58%, and that only if you pay many dollars to private teachers who teach how to 'game' Excelsior's system. Again it isn't learning nursing, it is memorizing tiny details unrelated to actual nursing. I would strongly recommend a 'brick-and-mortar' school that actually teaches nursing.
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!
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.
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