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

1.0 out of 5 stars
Marie - 2/16/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2007
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Andi - 1/27/2019
Degree: RN to BSN
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
lisa orthna - 1/7/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Mary - 1/6/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 1997
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
SHERRY - 1/5/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 1992
"MY EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. I WAS AN LPN WORKING IN A HOSPITAL. TO GAIN EXPERIENCE I WOULD WORK DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE HOSPITAL. OB. PEDS. PSYCH. MEDICAL SURGICAL AND ORTHOPEDICS.. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR SOMEONE WITHOUT ACCESS TO HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE. THE INSTRUCTORS WERE VERY HELPFUL.I PASSED THE CLINICAL EXAM MY FIRST ATTEMPT.AT THE TIME OF MY GRADUATION THE SCHOOL NAME WAS UNIV.OF NEW YORK REGENTS. I WORKED FULL TIME AND AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THIS PROGRAM. THE ADVISORS WERE VERY HELPFUL. I CONTINUE TO WORK FULL TIME ."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Amandaformerstudent - 1/2/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2003
"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."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Tara - 12/7/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Lisa Harvey - 11/29/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 11/20/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 1900
""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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
DaveRN - 11/18/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
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