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For the working professional, Excelsior College is a great place to not only further your career, but learn from other working professionals around the world. The ability to take work experience, industry certifications, and continuing education, and convert them to relevant credits in pursuit of a degree is another advantage of attending Excelsior College, who is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - the same governing body that provides accreditation to schools such as Columbia, NYU, and Cornell among others. But in addition to this, you will be afforded the opportunity to interact with students with varying backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experiences who live and work in different parts of the globe - some of whom are overseas military members, government employees and/or contractors, and their family members. Interacting and forming relationships with your fellow students can not only open your eyes to others' ways of doing things, but can also help you develop your own critical thinking skills. The coursework at Excelsior is challenging, the material is current and relevant, and putting in the right amount of effort will make the college experience worthwhile.
Having been enrolled in a nursing school in Madison WI and Cell Biology and Anatomy classes at UW-Whitewater I can honestly say the negative feedback appears to be only with the nursing program which, news flash, is not an easy major to complete especially online. I am very happy with my class structure and challenging rigor I have had, and, in many ways, I can say the college promotes a more difficult rigor of personal learning then in many traditional university settings. This is not a mill churner but rather a respected and established learning institution. I can say that you shouldnt run into problems for any other major outside the nursing program which, in my personal biased opinion, one shouldnt do without in person instruction anyway. Most of the feedback seems to be from people who do not want to put in the hard work of a STEM major and were looking for an easy A. You will not find that here because this is a school not a diploma factory. I can also say the instructors I have had in my science classes were very open to give help and responded rather quickly so, seeing comments like that didnt make any sense to my experience. The payment process at first was a little sketchy but, you do not have to pay the $1,000-dollar fee or so if you will complete more than 6 to 8 credits in a year. Excelsior, having the option to take trimesters makes this easy to attain. There is a lot of typing and research papers you will write in this program so believe me the learning and degree will be well earned.
I can't speak for anyone else but I have to say Excelsior College saved my life! First off, I previously attended another school where I was close to graduating but ran out of federal aid due to my parents taking my refund checks and cosigning money to use for their own expenses. So as I approached my senior year at my former school I was stuck with 117 credits and a huge balance to pay off. Two years later I applied to Excelsior in 2016 and they accepted 110 out of 117 credits so I wouldn't lose my senior standing! As for the professors, they were very flexible and understanding and provided me with great feedback. I did not feel pressured to finish my degree in a certain time limit nor did Excelsior scammed me out of my money since I had to pay out of pocket. Whenever I had a concern, I was able to speak directly to whoever was in charge in student affairs, financial aid etc. My academic advisor helped me every step of the way. I was on a reasonable payment plan and was able to take my classes one Excelsior is a fully accredited college and although I've heard negative reviews about the nursing program I can say that the psych program for a B.A. is very good. This is not a diploma mill school and definitely not a for profit school.
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.
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.
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.
I had a very good experience at Excelsior. I thought the Professors were helpful and responded to my emails in a timely manner. If I had problems with the web site, I got timely help. The classes were good but challenging (sometimes very challenging). I had to study hard: I had a lot of late nights studying and doing homework while holding a full time job for which I travelled. I had very good classmates so all of my group projects were enjoyable and the work was shared equitably (not something I can say for other institutions I've attended). The discussion boards in most classes I attended were lively and spirited. I would recommend Excelsior to anyone thinking of attending college, especially online learners. The Liberal Arts program was awesome and allowed me to segue into my Masters degree at another institution.
It is a great school for working adults. Teachers work with you on assignment lateness. Teacher/student communication is difficult at times because teachers work other jobs. The workload is sometimes large but not hard to find help when needed. Cost is $1530 per class which isn't terrible but there are cheaper schools with same accreditation you do have to buy books. Good reputation and partners with major companies. Very military friendly, lots of credit transfer. Overall good program.
I attended this program because I was active military. It was definitely self paced and the final exam was very hard and stressful but it could be done. I was offered scholarships when eligible which helped me a great deal throughout my program. There was not much interaction with instructors except for the final two day resident exam. What I loved about this program was the flexibility and self paced. What I did not like about this program is the minimal contact with nursing professors.
Excellent online learning experience. Ninety five percent of my instructors were truly amazing teachers. I thought the classes were going to be easy but they were quite rigorous. I had to really stretch to get a good grade. The online learning platform was user-friendly and helped to keep each student fully accountable. It was a great experience.