Excelsior College Reviews

  • 180 Reviews
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
62% of 180 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 180 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 2/16/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"The nurses in clinical were rude. There is no support and ever increasing prices. I recommend that you stay away from them and go to a regular college. This is nothing but a scam. They are out for money only and they could care less about students."
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2019
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"Great program for an experienced self motivated student. I went through the paramedic to RN program quickly with no difficulty. It was about a 4 month wait for the CPNE and I passed all sections without retakes and NCLEX first try. I now have a great ER job and the degree from Excelsior has not been a problem in career advancement."
lisa orthna
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is a fraud. After you complete your nursing courses, they make you wait approximately 16 months to take a clinical exam ( CPNE). This exam after you take it 3 times has a pass rate of 63%. Do not waist your money. They do not explicitly tell you the information on their website."
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I enjoyed my one year of studying for ADN program.The courses were difficult at first but after the second module it was much easier. I failed the CPNE and i passed the second time around. Today I am very proud that I didn't give up. My best friend and I started the same day. I finished within one year and it took her two years at a local college. Please keep up the good work."
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am very pleased with my experience with Excelsior College. I first used Excelsior to go from LPN to ASN. I was so satisfied that when I was ready to pursue my BSN, I returned to Excelsior. The program is difficult, but any online self directed program requires self discipline and determination. I enjoyed my experience at the weekend clinical exam. Yes, it has a very low pass rate. I knew that going in and did my research. I was well prepared, and did not have any difficulty. Dont do this program unless you are committed to put in a lot of work on your own, but if you are, the resources are there and it is a very rewarding experience. I would highly recommend the program for those ready to make the commitment."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"The college was excellent for me. Military life and parenting are time consuming, and this school is flexible, allowing you to complete assignments with access to support and tools while working. There are of course still deadlines and reading assignments, papers, projects, etc., but it's doable and I still feel as if I earned a degree and worked hard, coming out smarter than when I entered. It's what you make it."
Lisa Harvey
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"This college DOES let you know that wait times for CPNE are estimates. They could use more testing locations. This is a self study/paced program. This type of program isn't for every type of student. The CPNE could use modification. The college offers 1 day hands on seminar, but the cost is high in my opinion, and almost always requires travel and accommodation costs on top of that. I would recommend the college offer 3-day skills prep days, at the cost of the 1 day, on a quarterly. Overall, the college has been prompt and helpful when I have had questions."
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
""Passing" is equivalent to "winning" lottery ticket. It has already been determined whether you will win a degree before you go to the "clinical". Whether you "pass" is determined by your ability to sell the College Network and Excelsior College to other people who believe you can "win" a degree. All clinical nursing programs leading to employment require clinical experience which is not a characteristic of Excelsior College. Also, most RN employers require a positive recommendation from a clinical instructor who has oberved you BEFORE HIRE. Go to an in-state program with clinical hours. Find a mentor."
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please note that many of the poor reviews for this college are by individuals who are failing, or have already failed out from the RN CPNE program. I would not personally ever recommend this school for that program, because nursing requires a more structured hands-on approach. However, for rn to bsn and msn degrees, i can say that my experience has been excellent for both. Advisors are very helpful, respond quickly, the professors are knowledgeable, and the online classes are well structured."
Former student
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Worst school experience ever! From no clinical instruction to no help with preparing for the clinical exam (yes, one needs to seek outside help, and it is a HUGE 3 day exam besides, which costs over $2,000 each time attempted!) plus all the lies in addition to this, don't do it...Colossal waste of time, energy, and money!!"
Anonymous Nsg Student
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Run. Do not stop and pass go with this school. Please do your research. Their nursing program has a horrible pass rate. This college continues to lie on their website about their pass rates. Their are over 80 students presently during this school. I am one of them. The CPNE passed have only started to happen since october of 2018. You can also see this on their website. They do not tell you that their pass rate prior to October was like 30%... this is horrible. I spent over 30,000 and numerous years at this school just to be failed at my CPNE by a male who sexually harassed me. I also was failed by misdirection on part of the CE. I was cheated out of time by the lack of adequate preparedness of my exam by the staff. I wrote my appeal and won. So the college do accept responsibility for their actions. I have decided not to return to this fraudulent school. I personally took the courses and passed everyone one of them. This was not the problem. Excelsior college makes the CPNE so hard to pass that it is impossible to complete it. I can not comments on the ways they fail others. I can talk just about myself. Please if you can google the case bellow and read for your self please. I am now at another college who has fair practices. They care about their student and want us to pass. Do not be fooled by the cleaver advertising. This college is being sued presently and has been sued many times by students for unfair trade practices/fraud. I would hate to see another nursing student be in the same position I and so many others are in. I do not recommend this school. I pray this school gets shut down. The fraud and deceptive advertising has to stop. It is not okay to to this to people. Please do your research. Being in a nurse is the most important thing to me. What to personally attest that this college is not the only option! There are so many institutions that provide quality education. God bless."
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2018
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"So, I have gone most of the way through this program, I have my last test to take and complete the FTCA, then I was supposed to be able to take my CPNE within 3 months. Which is what I was told by the advisor when I was deciding on which program to take. Now I am told the w as it time is no earlier than a year. This is false advertising and unexceptable."
Rudi RN
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2018
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I have to say that I received an excellent education at Excelsior College. The cost was much cheaper. A co worker finished quicker than I did but paid $60,000.00 and I paid $20,000.00. I learned so much. The teachers were so helpful when you had a question. All in all I probably will return for my MSN."
David Platt
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2018
  • Degree: Business
"They are amazing working with the military. They have clear expectations and are willing to accept CLEP as well as DSST examinations which is a huge help time-wise and financially. They were very clear with communication and that has not stopped as I have progressed into a masters program. I have been been accepted to the University of Oregon as an MBA candidate while also pursuing my MBA at excelsior. The advisors are very helpful ensuring that courses at the University of Oregon match their expectations to complete requirements as long as the student in proactive in communicating with their advisors. The advisors are top notch. They respond quickly and let me know exactly what I need to do in order to meet my goals. They have made higher education accesible to me as active and ex military and have let me manage my time at my will while pursuing higher education. Fantastic experiences for both under grad and grad school (in progress). Would 100% reccomend."
Don't waste your money at Excelsior
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I should have graduated in 2016. Unfortunately this school enjoys failing nurses during their final clinical experience so they can make more money when you are forced to pay $2,400 + travel expenses to repeat the test. This things they fail you for are a complete joke! Pulses and blood pressures are 2 examples that they use often. They will say they got a different reading than you and then you fail that individual experience. My recommendation would be to go to a "real" school, you will actually learn there. At Excelsior you have to teach yourself everything cause the teachers do not teach."
North Florida
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"My review is based upon my personal experience with this so-called college. Regarding their LPN to RN or Paramedic to RN programs..... Excelsior College does not provide RN students with the necessary tools or support to successfully graduate. Excelsior has been recruiting students for many years with less than accurate facts being posted on their website for the statistics on important issues such as, number of students who actually graduate vs those who enrolled. Also the number of students who actually pass the final exam (CPNE) on their first or subsequent attempts is quite low. Unfortunately it has taken a second class action lawsuit against this college to help bring consumer's attention to being very cautious before entering their ADN programs. It sounds great to be able to do most of the program online, especially for those who are unable to attend a full time RN program locally. However, if your chances of graduation are fraudulently stacked against you, does it make any sense to give them your hard earned money without an eventual degree? Buyer beware. I would not recommend this school to anyone as they place profit above providing support and mentoring towards a successful graduation."
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"In the beginning is not like Genesis for God seperated light & dark, truth & lies.Ex-LYCR does not know truth from lies! Mandatory CPNE, FCCA classes & fact that we pay for them, hidden in the dark.EX-LYCR's mission is to fail YOU & take YOUR monies!"
Not that I matter!
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Enrolled at the encouragement of staff, disappointed by same. Complete waste of time, money, sanity. Lesson learned. On to a brick-and-mortar program where obtaining the degree is guaranteed...regardless of how many times it takes to correct minute mistakes that aren't an indicator of how you will function as a higher-level nurse. No degree, no opportunity, just a lousy paper and encouragement to drop another few grand to play their game. No thanks."
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I passed the final nursing requirement called the CPNE but the nurse administering this 3 day exam disagreed and failed me! This college took a lot of my money and time. I do not recommend nursing students attending here. Students fail and the school profits!"