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

5.0 out of 5 stars
James hicks - 7/1/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 1999
"I was an lpn. I applied for the associate degree in nursing, went through all the courses and took the cpne. I passed on the first time and i've been nursing every since. I am now in the bachelor's program for nursing and its going very well. Best decision i ever made."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Mark J. woods - 6/27/2019
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2012
"I had used the Regents College in the 1990's to complete an Associated Degree based on Military training and CLEP examinations. I have worked in Healthcare Technology since 1980, and when Excelsior added an Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, I decided to attend. First they had a hard time with my Veterans Status and required me to join a third party organization in order to obtain a Veterans Discount? I always believed the Honorable Discharge was the measure of Veterans Status but the College corrected me on that point. The classes were relevant, but at no time did I feel challenged or that I was learning anything from the professors. I did get a 4.0 for the money I paid but I really can't say I learned any concepts worth the cash."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Carrie - 6/24/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"This program is designed for those who are strong independent learners. I finished in just over 2 years that includes a 12 month wait fie the CPNE. The CPNE is very challenging, but the CE and CA want you to pass. They were very supportive over my weekend. You get out what you put in. I found it worked well with my lifestyle and was a much better for than a traditional school. You just have to k ow your stuff and be confident in your skills."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Denize - 6/18/2019
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2019
"My experience with Excelsior was really good. Excelsior took all my credits and applied them to my Bachelor's Degree. My student advisors were excellent, except they changed often which was a bit frustrating at times. I did have one little snafu, however the advisor was quick to get my issue resolved and get me back on track without any glitches. The hardest part of the program was the Capstone. Thank goodness they have it in a 15-week program otherwise I could have never done it. I don't think I ever would have graduated if I would have had to do an 8-week version. It was very labor intensive. I did learn a lot from all the classes I took and 99.9% of the instructors were exceptional. I did have one instructor for 3 different classes because of my Health Science Area of Focus, she was the best professor I have ever had. Most of the instructors were very engaged and helpful. I did a lot of research, writing and know APA quite well having had big assignments but the topics were chosen by me and interesting to me. As hard as the research and writings were, I know that I came out of those assignments learning more than I could have ever imagined. Since Excelsior has a lot of military and mature people in the school, I felt that the learning environment was intellectually deep. Life experience sure put some topics in perspective. The Capstone, as much as I did not like the class, was the class that I really felt connected to my classmates. We all worked well together and the discussion board was a plethora of information. I found that us students helping our fellow students quite refreshing. Overall, I worked very hard and felt that it was a great option for me. I can see where this type of school might not be suited for everyone. If anyone thinks that Excelsior is easy, it is not. But for those who take pride in their education and work hard, it will pay off.I am confident that I will be able to approach my Master's degree with confidence thanks to what I learned at Excelsior."
2.0 out of 5 stars
MJS - 6/17/2019
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I learned a lot at Excelsior college, however all of a sudden I got slammed with an SSAF (Student Services Annual Fee) bill of $560 plus a plus a $75 dollar student reactivation fee? Seriously? The reasoning is, that I did not take the required amount of credits in a year. My question: What Student Services did I receive? No one has answered my email. I had two more classes left. Life happens... and this is truly exploitation for the almighty $$$. On top of the outrageous "graduation" payment they require. This is an online school. Where is this money going? They are non-profit right?This college is primarily made up of Veterans.To bilk extra dollars from people especially Veterans is sincerely disgraceful!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Brittany - 6/16/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Would not recommend this school to anyone!!!! Have been working towards my RN since 2014 at this school and still have nothing to show for it. Was on the wait list for 2 years for my CPNE which I failed. You are expected to come up with care plans for your patient's, however if they don't like how you worded something or like an intervention you used, which came from a nursing diagnosis book, you automatically fail. The CA is a doctor and expects you to work at a doctorate level. All they want is your money and to make you keep paying to retake these tests."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sarah G. - 6/14/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school allowed me to finish what I started years ago. I am so happy that I found Excelsior College and it wasn't easy to find. With so many online schools I chose Excelsior because they allowed me to transfer credits from my local state school, gave me a grade structure which allows me to possibly apply for masters programs, and overall, allowed me to get back in the game. I dropped out of my last school due to not being happy with my major, I thought I lost my life, not knowing which direction to take. I decided to go back and Excelsior was the best choice I made to change the course of my life. Don't hesitate to research this school, I initially thought how overwhelming it would be to have to contact a college again and get situated, but Excelsior staff responded to everything within a 24 hour period or even faster. I have absolutely no complaints. It's too bad the school's reputation is being shown a negative light because of nursing student's. I can assure you the Business part of the school is amazing! The classes are difficult but if you are willing to invest in your life, you will do well. Good luck!"
1.6 out of 5 stars
Alfred B. LPN - 5/30/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had studied hard for the 4 years( 7 years in total), passed all theory exams at first attempt, after the long waiting game and " finito la comedia" - I had failed one and only chance of CPNE( of course I am human and my nerves gave-up in this pre-planned event). This program should be closed to avoid the future victims, please."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Devania - 5/29/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I usually don't write reviews but I had to write a review after seeing all these bad ones. This has been the best decision for my career. I was able to transfer in all my outside credits and complete the rest of the credits in one year which included the 8 core classes. Someone said they only were allowed to take one class per 8 week? I have been able to take 2. That is about 4 classes per semester. The recommended 1 class per 8 week term is simply because it is a lot of self study. The professors do not grade very easily because they are preparing you for the real world. If you are not an independent learner it may not be the school for you. If you are an independent worker, then all you have to do is one dicussion question and 1 quiz per week for 8 weeks per class. It goes by very fast. The questions force you to think like a nurse and learn how to develop care plans. 2 of those quizzes are replaced by a midterm exam and a final exam. If you ask me it was very convenient, i maintained my full time job and i am a single mom, and it was swift and I recommend to any one who is not a complainer and able to work and learn independently."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Biff - 5/28/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"This is the worst experience of my life. I have a prior BA and am a Paramedic, so I decided to go to EC because they promised a ton of transfer credits, and a paramedic "bridge." This is not what they advertise or claim. You have to complete a nursing core that has discussion posts, quizzes, and 2 exams per course. These quizzes and tests pick randomly from a massive database of questions. They're designed to trick you. You'll also be lucky if 10% of the content is covered in your text. You have no help from faculty. You're left to your own devices to decide what content is important, and what isn't. You get 1 week to read HUNDREDS of medical/nursing textbook content pages, and have to somehow remember random facts and statistics. It's not feasible. It's not realistic. It's not appropriate. If I make it to the CPNE I will do their dance and get out. I hope this review helps at least one person avoid this joke of a school."