Excelsior College Reviews
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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.
Had a concentration of HR, the hardest classes were the Global Organization (had a group project that went south), and Business Communications, although I came out with a 4.0. Something important to note: future students - the Capstone class ** Remember my advice, do not take the male professor, unless you know about sustainability and the environment. Also, the capstone class had a simulator experience that confused everyone, Excelsior now uses the Harvard Business Simulator (& we all had to pay out of pocket for this, even if you're on the GI Bill). I had no problem with my Bachelor of Science Degree, and grad school was a lot of work, not for the 'working adult' as they claim. If you have a job where they let u do your homework, then no problem. I would not recommend this to college to anyone, they do not get back to you if you have a question. I was disappointed that I didn't learn more about my concentration. Also, be ready, for the last class, you have to use the simulator to roll out a sustainability initiative for the environment, which requires a ton of detail, and write 2 papers a week about it, very harsh. Did not help with my HR career whatsoever, as my job has nothing to do with the environment, which is why I did not go for that degree. The last class was a weird experience, don't take my word for it, ask other people. However, if u get the female professor (I got the male) - u will be fine. Remember I said that..
I was a big fan of Excelsior for years, it's not the same school. If you are military, and expect uniformity with the grading, and want to know what to expect, take my advice - go elsewhere. I say this because you can go into the end with a 4.0 and lose it with one bad teacher. Also, there customer service is deplorable. You're on your own if you have any kind of issue. Those of us using our Post 9-11 GI Bills - this is not the place for us.
my experience there honestly wasn't any guidance. i didn't understand how it worked DESPITE i had paid for all my tuition, registration fee. the adviser they assigned to me wasn't helpful at all. even the other students that are enrolled don't fully know whats going on. those who were about to graduate spoke of poor experiences and advised the new comers to quit before going further. i have over 22 years of experience in nursing. i'm ol'ready a field nurse/LPN. trust me i was very willing and able to apply myself. i re-enrolled and they told me i had to start over from scratch once they had changed their enrollment process. ONE DAY AGO AFTER their website had errors and no one got back to me???? WARNING SIGN OF SUPPORT there..........you've been warned all the reviews aren't the best but everyone's experience is their own. good luck on your journey of nursing.
If you going to school for your ADN, this is not the school for you. You will waist many years and money to take your CPNE. When you finally get a chance to take your CPNE, its such a negative, nerve racking experience, you wish you never put yourself in this situation. Its to late at this point, no one will accept your credits and you have waisted years and money. Take the time and invest in a local nursing school for your degree. I would never recommend the nursing program. The other programs they offer you opportunities but not nursing.
Very disappointed in the advisement or lack of. After the official evaluation informed of five classes to complete for degree completion. Four month and four classes laser informed I had four to five more classes required. Seems like some ethical issues with class requirements, advising and possible bating students for money. I would not recommended this college.
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...
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.
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.
I am a current Excelsior student and I very highly do not recommend this nursing program and once started you can not transfer your credits elsewhere. At least not anywhere that I have found. The courses are mediocre at best. The teachers all seem lovely though. I have continuously had to take 8 weeks off due to there guidelines of not starting a new phase in a new semester due to their trimesters. They prolong the time you need to be in their schooling and EVERYTHING has a waiting list. I was originally told as an LPN I was granted the ability to test out of specific nursing courses. In reality it is NOT a bridge program like they compare it to and you are only cleared from one course. Initially I was told that the CPNE was easy to apply for once classes were complete and had a minimal wait time. Now as I progress I am being informed that the wait for a CPNE at minimum is at least a year after all course completion. Keep in mind it is very expensive to take and if you are unable to pass the first attempt you then must wait another year to take it again. After that you still need to take an NCLEX. At that rate you will not be up to date on NCLEX questions due to the prolonged time period you must wait before being cleared to take this. In all if you have already taken your nursing courses and have 1 or 2 left this is an okay school to go to. If you are like me and chose the online means for all courses it is a true waste of money and time. I have now been in this school for 2.5 years and still need to take 4 more courses before CPNE approval. I would be completed if I went to a traditional college. Although convenience with my work schedule it was a reasonable choice I truly regret making the decision to proceed with education here.