Utica College Reviews

  • 58 Reviews
  • Utica (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,382
36% of 58 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 58 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Sam
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I didn't believe other reviews before getting into this program. Everything is online. No one teach you in this program. Professor are horrible they don't even know some stuff from book. They get confuse with some type of questions. It is true Professor just read email and don't reply that often. Assignments are useless and books are online too."
Student
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I attended Utica College ABSN program in Syracuse. The only classes that were in person were the labs 1-2 days/week. Clinical rotations were also in person at local hospitals. As for the rest of the classes, they were quite literally “read pages 700-900 in the book by Friday.” There are no lectures and there is no one actually teaching the courses. There are resources like some videos and tutoring sessions, but a majority of the time these are not helpful. Some of the “videos” were teachers driving in their cars with children screaming in the back. With some of tutoring sessions that were online, an instructor did not show up 3/10 times. The tutoring sessions in person are only able to accommodate 5-10 people at a time. The program is incredibly unorganized and you are lucky if anyone answers an email. It can be hard having professors from Florida while you are sitting in NYS. With this said, all of the clinical instructors and lab teachers are amazing. They are so intelligent, animated, and are truly dedicated to help you learn. In addition to this, although there are issues with the program, I felt highly prepared to work in a hospital nursing setting. Compared to other nurse counterparts who have also just graduated from other programs, I feel as if I learned so much more material than them. Questions that these other graduates have are some of the questions I can immediately answer. I did feel prepared to take on a job. Along with this, the program offered many job fairs that were very helpful. The program made me so stressed and angry due to the layout and disorganization, but the lab instructors and the clinical instructors made it worth it."
Accelerated Nursing Program at Utica College
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"This program is absolutely HORRIBLE! I spent almost $30,000 per semester to teach myself everything. The program follows a hybrid curriculum, yet there is NO actual content provided on the assigned chapters of study. Everything is self guided. No online lectures are provided, only a learning guide to correspond with the textbook. Course live session have been discontinued because students did not show up. Live sessions are recorded so that students can view them later. Otherwise, no aide or learning materials are provided unless students inquire. Clinical director WILL NOT work with you and WILL NOT care on how far you have to drive even though they can. IF YOU ARE REALLY WANT TO LEARN AND BECOME A GOOD NURSE, THEN THIS PROGRAM IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOU."
Nicole
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2020
  • Degree: Construction Management
"I love this school! The people are very friendly/ welcoming and the staff is always there to help when you need it! The food is meh, but what can you expect they have to feed so many people every day. There are many opportunities to get involved. I am a member of multiple clubs and the track team. College is what you make it, so make the most of it! Construction management is an awesome major and the faculty and staff are incredible! I feel like I am prepared and ready to go into the workforce!"
Steph
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is the worst program I have ever attended in my life! There are NO lectures what so ever, it is COMPLETELY self taught! Yes they offer you "resources." The resources are youtube videos that are about that weeks topic. They are not even videos that they made, just random videos that they found. They give multiple chapters of reading per week, which is what the exams are based on, while requiring TONS of busy work to complete during the week, that usually has nothing to do with what you are going over that week. They are not clear what they expect for the busy work and either don't respond to emails or are also vague when they do respond, then you lose multiple points for not doing it right. I barely passed everything even with me putting 12 hours A DAY into my work. I had a breakdown every single week crying and regretting my decision to go to Utica. They fool you into enrolling and then once your $15,000 in for ONE SEMESTER, you HAVE to finish or you wasted A LOT of money! Every student I talked to says they hate the program but at least it will be over quick.. DO NOT DO IT!"
Olivia
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2020
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I am very happy with my decision to attend Utica College! The atmosphere on campus is very nice and I am very impressed with all of the different activities that can be done on campus. I also am very happy with the academics. I love my program and I am very happy with my professors. The professors I have had up to this point are always super helpful with everything, whether it be personal or school related. They are aways just there to make sure you are getting the best experience you possibly can. The only downfall to this campus is the parking. There should be more parking for residential students. Overall, I am very happy I chose Utica College."
Brittany Wilcox
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I go to UC for RN BSN (nursing) program and am currently in my third year and the program is challenging yet very high quality. My favorite part of it is the faculty and the proximity of medical centers. The faculty is willing to bend over backwards to help their students which is a huge benefit for me! The college is also surrounded my medical centers and hospitals where we can do our clinicals so there's no lengthy commute to get to clinical."
Student
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"This ABSN program at Utica College is a very rigorous program however, it does an amazing job at preparing intelligent and empathetic nurses. Accelerated programs are not for everyone hence the mixed reviews. At this time the first graduating cohort from the Miramar campus has a 100% NCLEX pass rate. The school provides MANY resources and the professors are all extremely helpful. Every time I have reached out to my professors for assistance or clarification they answered within hours, sometimes within the same hour. They do an excellent job of providing tutoring and peer guidance for students who want or need it. If you are self-motivated and passionate about the nursing profession I would highly recommend this program."
Kat
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do not go to Utica College's Accelerated Nursing program if you have other options. Russell Sage in Troy is a better option, and they will transfer credits you have. Utica changes things every semester and is not a stable program. Wait and look around if you can't find the right thing now."
Nursing Student
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Let me start my saying this is an accelerated program, many complaints from fellow students are just frustrations, people who did not utilize ALL the resources provided. Our program directors advised us of the difficulty in the program, we were advised of the scheduling, and clinical hours. Faculty is available after class hours, but many of my cohort don't utilize the services provided. Professors have online review sessions, tutors are available and when used provide great insight and assistance with material. I would encourage those who are interested in Nursing ask to speak with a nursing professional on or at the campus to get a true picture of what this program offers, admissions is good but not as knowledgeable about content. As previous reviews have stated, they are requirements including pre reqs, and a bachelor's degree...the best advice I can provide is make sure your A&P is more recent (5yrs no older) or take a refresher course as online/hybrid programs rely on us raising our hands when they need help but also that we have an understanding of the material from pre reqs, those who don't will struggle."
matt
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Honestly the worst school i have ever witnessed. Not only is it expensive but it is terrible education terrible instruction and the administrators are so bad. Honestly It functions like a third world nursing program nobody knows whats going on. In class we would sit for hours while the teachers ate lunch. I would not recommend this school at all."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Fraud, the first word that comes to mind. As far as the St. Pete accelerated BSN program, you are enticed to come here and assisted every step of the way during the admission process. Once you're in, it's a sham. Everyone in this program already has a bachelors degree and met the prereqs. and admissions standards to get in, yet the transfer, withdrawal, and failure rate of each cohort is very high. As them for those stats. If you are o.k. with teaching yourself, never interacting with any instructors, receiving little support in your online courses, getting zero support from your " success coach", minimal clinical experience,and dealing with staff from financial aid and administration that offers no assistance, then good luck. If you pose a question to financial aid about, for example, your loan money being withheld,you will get a canned response back quoting school policy. Also, because most students here have heavily borrowed to come here and have relocated from other parts of the country. ,they will do ANYTHING to succeed,including cheating which Utica cant quite figure out how to resolve. What kind of nurse does this school produce? I have transferred to a different nursing school in Florida and the comparison of education ,learning and clinical prep is night and day. Not funny, but I run into my countless Utica friends who are here as well. Check into the massive staff turnover over the past 2 years as well. This place is a sinking ship. Run dont walk to a different college."
Wish I Could Time Travel
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Okay, first let me start off by saying I NEVER in my life gave a bad review. I'm the type of person who notices I overpaid at the store, and I'd rather go home than deal with the fuss, just to give you an idea. With that said, I went into this program very optimistic, ready to prove all of the bad reviews wrong..boy, was I in for a surprise! This program has been nothing short of a nightmare from the start. Overpriced, understaffed, NO resources, there isn't even a success coach at the St. Pete site. There are a FEW instructors who are OK. However, the good employees don't last long. There is a revolving door for instructors at this school. The rest of the instructors are moody and have attitudes. Get ready and start learning how to kiss ass now if you enroll! They will FAIL you if you don't. There was a misunderstanding in my clinical section, and instead of the clinical instructor addressing the issue, she decided to fail the student because she disagreed with her! If 60K sounds like a good price to teach yourself, kiss ass, and have a migraine from the chronic disorganization, and lack of communication- than this is the perfect program for you! My only regret is not being able to time travel into another program!!!"
Lisa
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Don't be fooled by reviews by bitter applicants or students who did not take this course seriously and failed out. This is a difficult program but so are all accelerated BSN degrees. There has been a shift in focus in St. Pete and with a whole new group of instructors focused on providing a relevant and effective nursing program. If you are self-motivated and committed to hard work you will find an opportunity for success. Yes, you will have to study most of the day. Yes, you will have a demanding schedule that limits your social life. However, you have faculty and tutors for support if you need it and at the end you have a career path with endless opportunities for growth and variety!"
ABSNFlorida
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"This program is hard. Very hard. I have a bachelor's degree in biology but this program teaches you how to think VERY differently! You cannot just do what you always have done in other programs. Nursing is different. Think about how you will need to act in the ER. You'll need to know how to think critically and act fast. It's not about memorization - there are several right answers - but you need to figure out what's the right answer for the patient in front of you. Don't try and work, have a life and do an accelerated program. You get in 16 months what takes 4 years in a traditional program. So it's going to be hard and you won't have a life. Think about it and you'll see that those who are unhappy had unrealistic expectations."
Concern student
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"PLEASE LISTEN. I was enrolled to start in 2 weeks and read all of these review but went with my heart. I was so wrong. We just got a email from the director that we have to do some background check for 170.00. While the money isn’t the issue when I called or emailed no one can tell me anything about this. Here is the best part they will tell the class at the add/drop date on next steps for the background check. We all know this is so they can take our money. The disorganization of this program is real. Also I work for a local hospital and asked my boss if the background check was needed to work locally and she answer no. Utica only wants your MONEY they could care less about their students. I have just sent my email to withdraw and feel a big weight off. So glad I didn’t waste my time and money. STAY AWAY....."
Resentful Student
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was convinced to attend this school based on false pretenses. I was told that the professors are always available to assist you if you need help. Don’t let them fool you. This school offers no support what so ever. Their excuse for everything is that they offer many resources. It’s beyond obvious that the resources don’t work. It’s amazing how much they charge for so many students to be failing. The worst part is they know your failing and don’t do anything to help you succeed. They tell you to talk to your success coach, she tells you to speak to your didactic or professors. Everyone just points fingers at each other while they watch you fail. Then they act surprised when you get upset. Plus there are so many other things that are wrong with this school. Save yourself the aggravation and don’t go to Utica Miramar."
Amanda
  • Reviewed: 8/12/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"DO NOT GO HERE. Completely disorganized, un-supportive, and FICKLE! An example would be receiving an email from a professor at 8:00pm on a Friday night that we have an assignment due at midnight that was not listed anywhere in lecture or in the syllabus. They FORBID you to travel, provide no scheduling detail to aid in planning and managing your time, and have absolutely no care for how their disorganization affects their students academically."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do not go here if you have the option. Like others said, the school is more online than in person. First semester, we had 2 classes in person and 3 online. Patho, one of the most important classes for nursing, was online. Only thing we learned were th study guides for the exam. They have 1 online professor for 2-3 locations. So this 1 instructor lives in a satelite location and does a single 1hr skype lecture per week, and then a pre test review. There is no rapport. No learning about the ins and outs of nursing. 2nd semester, 4 out of the 5 classes are online. Pharmacology and OB/Labor delivery were online. Again, 2 major classes by online professors. How am I supposed to learn drug administration or giving birth via a youtube video? So thats what most kids did, used Khan Academy and Nurse Labs to learn, compared to the skype rundown. Obviously you learn more in clinicals, but its tough when you don't get proper instruction from the classes. Its set up where you just study for your 50question test, and don't learn. They want to save money by having a single class in 3 schools taught by 1 professor. The problems I had were more with the admin and set up. The in person professors did care about us. Admin only cared about the $. When they tell you they had a 100% pass rate one year on the NCLEX, only 4 people took it. In short, if you're a good student and are able to teach yourself on your own, you will pass and become an RN. Its a grind of 16months. Its doable, but almost 1/3rd of the class fails out or drops out. Avoid this program unless its yours only acceptance. You obviously learn the most stuff of nursing when you're on the job, but the school provides a poor base. Learning pharm and patho from online does not instill confidence."
Sara
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Unfortunately this college is a money pit. I luckily dodge a bullet by pulling out. With having a master's degree, I still required 1 liberal arts course. I was accepted to another university so I attempted to drop the liberal arts program. The college pushed it into week 2, which requires no refund. I continued to get transfered to multiple parties where no one was able to fix the issue, or they would get back to me. I am now sitting in week 4 with no response from anyone, still enrolled in a course I requested dropped in week 1, and presently out 1000$. Not John, Jessica, Rosanna, Chris, or anyone I have delt with knows the answers. Which proves, this school is not about academics, but about keeping money and making money. I would avoid this school at all costs. Read all reviews, they are true."