Rasmussen College Reviews
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My experience at Rasmussen was very sub-par in my opinion. Lack of communication, stressful, expensive both from loans and out of pocket. Overall I would not recommend it to anyone; the experience was very costly and emotionally taxing. Let's go over the advantages first because the negatives will be lengthy. It was convenient without a doubt. If I had a much smoother experience in communication, it would have been very manageable. Second, they have a few excellent instructors. I ran into two myself in my two years, which not a great ratio mind you, but worth mentioning. Now for the negatives, which I will simply share my experience. I was at Rasmussen for two years. During these two years, nothing monumental. During Dec 2018 I was told that I had to complete five additional classes by the end of the month to graduate. Roughly an additional 20 credits for $400, on top of my current finals. I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of coursework to do that I started failing. I do admit; I could have buckled down, thrown my emotions and worries out the door, and got it done. I didn't however, and the mindset of there is no possible way I can do this set in. So I had to sign up for three additional full-time classes, which is more loans and $1,000 out of pocket. I was accidentally signed up for a class and had to fight to have that refunded with a heavy emphasis on "fight". The director I spoke to, Adam F, was continually trying to push blame towards me while I had never been told that these courses existed and where to find what was required. Let's skip ahead three months and complete the three classes I signed up for. One of the classes that I was informed how they worked until December expired. As a result, I am taking one four-credit class, which since I only have one class is not covered for finical aid. As a result, an additional $1,400 out of pocket for that one class. So recapping, I spent roughly two years, approximately $20,000 in debt, and $2,400 out of pocket in the last month for my Associates. I would not recommend Rasmussen and encourage you to look at other options. I myself am looking at Metropolitan State in MN because they have an online MBA, about a third of the cost, and far better offerings.
I really like my school. It is hard and they tell you before you start that they do not work around your schedule. You have to work around your school schedule. You have to study about 20 hours a week per class. School is a job if you think it's not then your wrong. Yes it's expensive but less expensive than being on a list waiting for 2 years. After my ADN I'm going to go to a college in the city near my house for the BSN. Most hospitals are magnet status so you won't get into them without a BSN. Also, you have to be accountable for your own success people are not just going to hand you a degree. I aim for a 90% or better on every test and the minimum is 79%. Also, there are pre req classes so whomever said there was not... That's a bold faced like.
Spend your money elsewhere. Rasmussen will say/do anything to get in your wallet & once they have their hooks in you, all support stops. Some insight to how Rasmussen conducts themselves as a business - I attended this school for nearly 2 years, plenty of time for them to build a dossier of sorts on me as a student there, or at least maintain an academic record via transcript right? Well I just (today, 1/25/18) received an email from the program director inquiring about my expressed interest in attending college.. implying I had never attended any school prior.. Worse yet, I have actually sat in this person's office while I was a student. Do not attend this school especially if you have minimal post-high school support as your hard earned dollars are better spent at a real reputable institution. Rasmussen sees dollar signs & cares little about your success. Save yourself the headache.
This school is awesome. I got my associates in health information technology at this school and will be graduating with a BA this year. What you put in is what you get out of it. Negative students are most likely not applying themselves at this school. Nothing in life is easy but graduating at this school was well worth it. It was so flexible and allowed me to live a busy life while finishing school. I love Rasmussen. :-)
I tend to agree, a lot of people are basing this school; however, nursing school is hard! Quit thinking just because they Are student friendly and thou can get in quick that it will be easy! It's nursing school people, wake up! You deal with life and death situations, no part of it should be easy. Although I did transfer out, it was about cost not the quality of education.
People seem to not quite understand that these types of schools largely result in what you put in. I've never had issues getting into contact with anyone from the school whether it be professors, advisers, tech support, or anyone else. My adviser has even been very easy to contact during holiday times. The reality is this school is a for-profit so their courses aren't as hard a they could be but if you choose to be lazy and put in no effort it shouldn't come as a surprise when you get nothing out of the program. I've been working hard since enrolling in 2015 and graduate next December and already have some stuff lined up with Fortune 500 companies. If you're looking into their CS program it's important to understand what computer science actually is. As with vast majority of other CS programs, you don't get a whole lot of programming experience. It's more about algorithms and theories behind CS that can be translated into whatever programming language you find yourself using... not teaching you a language that could be gone within years. But as many have said this school is extremely expensive and if you can pursue your higher education elsewhere it probably would be worthwhile. Rasmussen isn't as terrible as people make it out to be but there are without a doubt better schools out there.
Incoming a long and detailed review below. So this is kind of cheating considering I am still in said college, but I have to be honest, please be prepared to face some irritating factors upon joining this college. I'm not sure how it works with the physical college and stuff, but online courses are absolutely horrible. The layout isn't terrible, and overall their schedules for classes are the same, discussion posts due Tuesdays, reply posts due Saturdays, everything else due Sundays. The problem? When they give you an obnoxious number of courses to take on, a lot of which have nothing to do with what you are taking, and little to no courses regarding what you are actually studying. However, I have to say my biggest issue with Rasmussen was the instructors, and the clear lack of communication behind the scenes of financial areas. The instructors are back and forth for me, and if you're in a major where you have the same professors, you will find that a lot of times it is hard to please any of them. What do I mean by this? I have had the same instructors non stop, and while some are amazing, others are not so great. One of my instructors knew I was in the path to Irma, I had contacted them and everything, and guess what? That next week, everything was due, I had gotten everything done the day everything was due, but he never graded it. When I went to contact him, he said he would grade them, but he never did. Thus, I was left with 3 zero's, bringing my grade down to a 70 something simply due to the laziness of my instructor. Other times, they are impossible to impress because of the most mundane reasons. While I don't want to single out my current instructor, I will just say that, because he is in the profession he is in, he acts like he is better than everyone else, thus rubbing it in constantly. He has made me feel as though he was calling me incompetent once, in another course, to which I actually sent him a message about. If you're curious as to why, there was an assignment week 5 that told us to research 3 different pieces of art and analyze them. Come week 7, our project told us to pick a piece that we analyzed in week 5 to recreate in Photoshop. Mind you, I had a 100% on the assignment from week 5, and I did the assignment as it said to. Of course though, I was given a bad grade, pretty much called incompetent because my professor says I could have chosen something more "interesting and challenging," when the instructions said nothing about that. It just goes to show, your grades have a lot to do with your professors, and it is shown in this college. But finally, the most frustrating part to this college, the financial part. Like what everyone else has said is true, their costs are horribly high, and for stuff we never use. I was sent two art kits that I never even got to finish using before getting the other, with the same supplies in it. Not only that, but you would think that, with paying so much, we would get something actually useful like a camera for the class I was put into just because I needed it in order to graduate, right? But no, we get penalized if we don't have some high tech. camera, when they won't provide it for us. See what I mean by unfair courses? Anyway, I have had so many problems with the financial portion of this college. For starters, they were giving me and my mother issues for months about my financial aid, when it was there fault on their end because the person who contacted my mom didn't communicate with the lady contacting with me. So all of that stress with thinking we were doing something wrong was caused because they don't have good communication, at all. Come this year, when I tried to resubmit my FA, there was a problem with my FA Connect, something that is used for the FA process. They had to fix it for me, because their website is pretty horrid as well. Afterwards, I was told that they needed my transcripts from my old college, which they hadn't needed last time? I bought my transcripts for them, and then they tell me that there were still issues with my FA that couldn't be fixed. Because of their problems, I was gifted a lovely "past due" balance of $5k, even though I finally got an email saying I received my FA reward. I tried to contact my adviser, who mind you ignored me, which was clear because he was messaging all students with thanksgiving stuff. I told them how my reward apparently came in, but it wasn't listed yet, and it didn't reduce my balance. He tells me just this week, "Can you go deeper into this question for me," Really? Because me explaining what happened isn't enough? Now, I have my schedule confirmation held because of my "past due" payments, which is suddenly reduced to $2k because apparently my pell grant and loans finally went in? Its so confusing, and their website is so broken that its impossible to comprehend anything. Also, I've noticed the payment schedule is broken too, it never tells you when something is due until it is "past due". I apologize for the length of my review, but this really needs to be said. I hope my experience helps you with choosing what college you wish to be in. Goodluck!
I am enrolled in the accelerated BSN program. This is not a program for everyone! Nursing school is difficult. Realize the work and sacrifice needed BEFORE you enter school. Rasmussen provides an excellent opportunity to get a degree that will be recognized by employers. They will prepare you to PASS the NCLEX, most schools prepare you to take the NCLEX. I have had a great experience so far. To succeed you must be a dedicated student, you must do all readings and assignments ON TIME. You are learning to become a professional nurse. Being a nurse is a serious job, you should take your school work serious. Too many students complaining about this or that, they complainers just need to grow up, this isn't high school. This school will prepare you if you are willing to sacrifice and work hard! If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Most of the complaints are from people not ready to grow up and become professionals, and in 5 years time they still will not achieve their goals but probably will still be complaining about something. Rasmussen is a great opportunity for those willing to do what it takes. I am glad I selected Rasmussen Nursing.
I hate to read all of the negative comments about the nursing program because I have had a great experience. It is difficult and accelerated, mostly if doing the A-BSN. It's doable but students need to take responsibility for the work. The 78% test average is also doable if you keep up with homework, lecture and readings. Every school is going to have their issues but I have had a great experience and all of my teachers were very supportive!
While Rasmussen saves you time because of the short quarters, you will not be able to get the job you want. Some hospitals wont even consider interviewing you even though it is regionally accredited. They push students through because it is a for profit, students fail the NCLEX the first time and that affects their accreditation. Students cheat their way through in exams. All exams are compromised. Your only chance of getting a better job if going back for BSN and please go somewhere else!