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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Excelsior College
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College was a perfect fit for me because I earned my degree online while still working full time in the army. The school was very accessible and the staff were accommodating to me. I earned the BSN this past April and it will confer in June. This was the best school experience because I had enough time for every facet of my life."
mary beth
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Excelsior will take your money and lead you to believe that their CPNE final exam is passable with just THEIR study guide and incorrect videos. The truth is, you will need to spend ADDITIONAL MONEY for OUTSIDE workshops just to understand how to fill out the paper work for your clinical exam and write care plans IN THEIR WORDS ONLY and perform the areas of care to 100% perfection. there is absolutely no room for error. You will not be allowed to deviate one single word, if they don't accept your care plan, BOOM you fail and don't get in the patient's room. You must perform labs to 100% their way, yet their videos demonstrating these labs show mistakes. THIS PROGRAM should not even be accredited or accepted by any state board. Their curriculum is substandard, students are given a study guide and that is about it. sure you can contact an advisor and get an ambiguous answer. Their curriculum is structured in such a way that you are TEACHING YOURSELF TO BE AN RN. Is that what you want? The program needs a shakedown. Avoid them."
MD
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Avoid like the plague! Don't even start the program which is expensive long before ever get to Clinical Performance weekend. Then, once you get to CPNE, $2295 nonrefundable fee first of course, you will be failed. Deliberately. Fabricated pulse rates, b/p discrepancies, oxygen mishaps and even as ridiculous as gelling your hands where it's not even a safety issue. In my entire academic career, I've never been so disappointed in a "professional program". Excelsior College, YOU FAILED!! You failed ethics, professionalism and honesty code of nursing. Shame on you and your deceptive, fraudulent practices. All for $2300 ?!? Give us our PASS PAPERS WE'VE BUSTED A** FOR!"
Jason
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Worst experience ever. Excelsior will frequently add on additional classes to extend the time it takes to complete your degree. I made the mistake of completing everything and paying the $4000 for their required "weekend clinical." After waiting/studying for 15 months and traveling more than 1000 miles, I was failed with every other student in my CPNE (0% pass rate) before noon on the first day. They will then charge you another $4000 for each attempt to retake their "clinical." I was on the paid waiting list for that first clinical for almost as long as it would take to finish the complete program at a brick and mortar school. Some states won't allow you to take your nursing boards if you're an Excelsior graduate. I am glad I discovered this prior to spending another $4000 to gamble again with their "clinical.""
Kyle Fesette
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2017
  • Degree: Business
"I just graduated in April with my Bachelor's of Professional Studies in Business and Management. As a military member the accessibility and ease of doing my degree online was great. The curriculum was challenging but not overwhelming. The professors were helpful and knowledgeable. I see a lot of negative reviews but me personally I had a great experience. I am taking my degree and moving onto my Masters degree through the University of Arkansas. I highly recommend this school."
MadStudent
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"For a full tuition refund ($1230/3 credits,) you must withdraw 7 DAYS BEFORE THE CLASS START DATE! Their refund policy is unlike any other college I have attended. If you withdraw within a week of the start date, it's a 80/20% tuition responsibility (80% refund & must pay 20%.) Class starts at midnight Sunday, so if you decide the class is not for you and withdraw the following Monday morning after the start date, you fail to withdraw within the week of the start date, which bumps up your tuition responsibility to 60/40%!!! I withdrew Monday morning at 9 a.m., so I'm being charged $492 for seven days and 9 hours of access to a class that was a circus show to begin with! I began attending Excelsior with good intentions and a positive attitude, so I did not search out their refund policy or the specifics of their syllabuses. These were basically not readily available to view. Knowing what the class was going to be like 7 days prior to the start date and withdrawing to get a 100% refund was not at the top of my mind. Their refund policy ruined it for me, and I will not be returning."
Deenurse
  • Reviewed: 5/19/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior college is a SCAM!! They did not help me to understand nursing concepts out of their own books. Horrible nursing school they don't care and do not advocate for their nurse students!! STAY AWAY FROM THERE!! They just want money there is no rationales to help you understand your test scores. Horrible!!"
Aiden211
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I had a very good experience with Excelsior. The instructors were very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions, more so than the traditional college I previously attended. The classes were tougher than I thought they would be and I feel I received excellent instruction. The resources available to students were very good- online tutoring and library resources were very helpful. All of the advisors were prompt and helpful. From reading the reviews it seems that the nursing program does not have the same quality, but the rest of the programs I think are worthwhile. I have recommended the college to several people."
Mike
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior graduate I have to tell you DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM! It will take you much longer together program then what they lead you to believe by the time you get a test date you could have gone through Traditional School and then working as a nurse the cost is far more than what they tell you. The final test that you will wait 12 to 15 months for his highly subjective cannot get straight answers out of the school and you will be graded on how the people testing you feel that day not on your knowledge. You'll be failed for doing something one way at one test center and somebody else can do the exact same thing the same way at another testing center and pass. Just try and get a straight answer out of Excelsior about what they expect for the tests look online you'll see multiple examples of Excelsior telling students different things for the exact same question. Their study of videos don't even portray the test accurately if you do it the way they do it in the video you will fail and then they will tell you you should have looked at the study guide and not at the other study material get the study guide is extremely ambiguous. I am in Excelsior graduate and my wife is attempting to finish now. Since she has signed up testing wait times have gone from 6 weeks to 15 months. Don't you do it this program will suck the soul out of you and suck your wallet dry."
Pronurse
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"College is horrendous. The lure you in with the convenience of an online education, but they nickel and dime you for literally everything. $1,000 here, another $400 here, a last-minute mandatory $700 payment here, etc. by the time I consolidated (and borrowed) all the erroneous monies needed to get my diploma, I realize, in hindsight, that Harvard itself would've been cheaper. I regret every aspect of this school, and the insurmountable costs that was placed on my family because of my enrollment. Not to mention, it took over a YEAR to finally get a date for my CPNE's....and I was still charged for all subsequent fees. Just run away - don't walk..."
Kathy
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Horrible! It's a scam, please avoid it. All they care about is money. Don't believe them when they say they care about your future, etc etc. They raise prices often and they make tests very hard to pass no matter how hard you study, esp the clinical exam. Clinical instructors are rude. I graduated LPN schools and I have college credits. These courses are designed to fail you because they have financial incentive to have you pay to retest. Avoid them!"
Joe
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Great college, I've had zero issues registering and the advisors are timely and helpful. I've gone to about 6 colleges (military) before I settled with Excelsior. One of the better features that I love with excelsior is the MAPlanner tool. It's an interactive page that tells you exactly how many credits you need in each specific category to complete your degree. The number of credits required is hyperlinked, so if you click it the tool takes you to a page that lists all courses that satisfy that requirement and you can go seek approval from there. Made my degree planning very easy!!"
Dianne
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Well, I did not complete the nursing degree, I failed the CPNE and timed out. I was already on an extension which I waited 11months of to get a test date. I requested another extension and was denied. I was offered to seek another degree as you are not allowed to reapply for nursing for five years. Who has time to just waste with Excelsior, my advice is seek another option that gives you all of the required information up front as well as cost."
H
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"SCAM! You finish the entire program and have to wait a year and a half to get a date to take the CPNE. Ridiculous. I should have just gone to a local night program. DONT DO IT!!! It is expensive and after all of the work you put into it to end up having to enroll in a local program just to finish and get your license is truly disappointing."
Walter K Soriano
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Excelsior College is a great school if you are looking to pursue an online education. The material is great and the instructors are professional and knowledgeable. I am in the military, so at times it is difficult for me to submit and assignment on time or I may need extra help. All the instructors I have dealt with right now, have been extremely helpful and understand (obviously do not abuse it). Additionally, if you are in the military, I recommend using Tuition Assistance. Their financial service office is good, and will help you along the way. Excelsior definitely has great quality education, and would recommend anyone to attend."
Anon
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College ASN/RN is a great option for those that need a non traditional pathway to becoming a nurse. I was a medic and only had to re-take one written exam which was Maternity. The CPNE was challenging but the strategy is to memorize the requirements and perform by the book. In other words, don't bring your bad habits with you and DO IT BY THE BOOK! As far as its acceptability in the workforce, I had zero problems! I know some States have licensing issues so do your research! I was able to continue on with graduate school and obtain a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I realize they only accept LPN/LVN, Paramedics and some military medic qualifications but I disagree this program is only suited for them but it is what it is! You have to be a self starter! You have to be disciplined and you have to study and perform by the book! The program is not for everyone. I know a lot of nursing schools have competitive application processes as well as long waiting lists. If you can't get into one I suggest applying to a LPN program and then a traditional LPN to RN program. If you need the flexibility of a non traditional program then consider Excelsior. Just my two cents for what its worth! Good luck!"
Josh Wallace
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2017
  • Degree: Science & Math
"I am writing from the perspective of an active duty service member who deployed numerous times while obtaining my college education. I enrolled in Excelsior College, and received a Bachelor of Science with a Business Management minor. The enrollment process was easy to navigate, and I found that their course catalog was robust enough to allow me to find electives and upper level courses that were both interesting and relevant. The only class I was obligated to take due to how my electives were accepted was an Arts History class, and my distaste for the class was personal and not due to the professor. The majority of my interaction with fellow students was via Blackboard, and if you are dedicated to posting multiple answers and responses maximizing class participation is relatively easy. A must of an online degree is good written communication skills, and I would also recommend having someone in your life that you trust to read over your major assignments and provide feedback. On several occasions I had to contact my professor to get assignments early due to travel, and this was never a problem. Dealing with the school for career and academic counseling was always easy, and was never a negative experience. On numerous occasions did I receive good tips on what classes I should select for degree completion via the telephone. I think this is important to note because customer service is extremely important when you have no ability to walk into the campus office and try to find a different person to talk to. Once I completed my degree, and applied for graduation, it was a relatively easy and quick process to have a diploma in hand."
Brandon Gregory
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2017
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"As a non-traditional student, I was a bit skeptical about returning to school. Just a few weeks into my first two classes, it was clear to me that Excelsior College presented the course material and objectives in a manner that would help me be successful. Perhaps the greatest aspect of Excelsior College is its faculty. The instructors were all experienced professionals who not only understood the knowledge that a student should gain, but also recognized how to apply this knowledge in the workplace. Additionally, the instructors and the academic advisor team made themselves available at all times to assist with any problems or concerns. This was one of the best decisions I have made."
Brandi
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2017
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I was told that Excelsior College was a military friendly school. I do not believe that. The credit hours were higher then normal and then they just raised the price and did not say anything. When I signed up for classes I found out. So more money out of my pocket plus they charge a $265.00 fee every year. The last two classes I need are only offered certain times of the year so when I could take them they were not available. So I have not taken a class since last April and the classes do not start till Feb so now I have to take them both so I can take my capstone this year otherwise I will have to pay that $265.00 another year. I have had to pay it twice already. I have not received any help. The fee is suppose to be for Library services, graduate advising, and Master's degree program planning. I have not used the library once, received no advising and not received any Master's degree program planning help. I do not even know what that is. There are plenty of other schools that military TA will cover. Then you only have to worry about books. This school you have books, an annual fee, and the difference of what TA pays for. I just had to pay $130.00 over TA."
George Smith
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"The University is an outstanding school for working members of society. The professor understand about job and life will come up. They work with the individual to ensure you can finish the course and your degree. There are degree paths for everyone to select the path they want. You can start a two-year degree and progress all the way to a Masters."