Utica University Reviews

  • 66 Reviews
  • Utica (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,110
36% of 66 students said this degree improved their career prospects
42% of 66 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

jennysmith
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2022
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"Please stay away from this school's horrible NP program. The professors don't know how to teach. The tests do not line up with the cirriculum. The class average will be 77% and you need 84% to pass. The adminstration is equally horrible. STAY AWAY!!!"
Aubrey
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2022
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"READ THE REVIEWS!!! I ignored all these reviews thinking about how great it will be and I wont have any problems... everyone assured me that the Health Sciences program will get me where I want to be etc etc. Well they lied and their website is incorrect, I currently reside almost 4 hours away from Utica and chose their online Health Sciences program which I was told was all online and will set me up for success into their MS Occupational Therapy program. WRONG, so $6,000 later, my mental health, 16 weeks later to find out that 6 courses I need in order to graduate I cannot take online I have to take on campus. Excuse me??? They have it on their program website that they offered these online for the health sciences major just to find out that its only reserved for a certain group of people in the nursing program. Well what the hell? So essentially I would have to enroll in another college or multiple other colleges to complete my degree. Whose paying for all of this? Oh right, me. And not to mention I was told I could take other classes that would satisfy the Anatomy and Physiology course by taking a Drug and Society course. Awesome, can't wait to be an Occupational Therapist who does not know the anatomy of the body. Nobody that I talk to there can truthfully answer how this had happened, then I was told that maybe my enrollment counselor was only familiar with the on campus program not the online.. so go ahead and sell me misinformation then instead of telling me you don't know. I keep asking for a number on who I can speak to regarding this huge mistake and can't see to get a number. Please please pick a different college, I am not sure how their on-campus programs are but for the love of god please do not attend their online program. I have decided to withdraw from the college after this semester, they were my only hope for a career change. Unfortunately I cannot any other colleges as for they are all on campus and Utica was my only chance. Thanks for nothing Utica."
DL
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Review from a current student and RN manager: I am so beyond disappointed in Utica University . NOT a university for working parents or people with a busy lives ... seems like you need to know how to run a the bureaucratic side of a university in order to attend ... They have student success couches(ssc) who, as afar as I can tell, are only helpful if you want someone to pick out and register you for all your courses although they are at least nice people in that department. None of the departments communicate with each other, The finical aide office (FAO)is awful. I have spoke to a few very rude and at time condescending women in that department. The registers office(RO) is lacking. If you need something from either department expect it to take days to weeks for any issues to be sorted out. When dealing with FAO or the RO you are unlikely to have questions answered in full or in a timely manner or any real help given. I have found that no one seems to know enough about anything too help students out if they have any unexpected life issues come up they requires a change in the standard schedule. Basically I have found they will not give you any extra information that will help you manage your collage experience or make decisions when things do not go exsactly as planned or even when you think everything is "normal" then surprise, come to find out 3 departments cannot do simple things . The SSC do seem to try but they seem disorganized with a high turn over I have had three success couches in 2 years and in the past week have spoken with 3 different ones. There seems to be a communication failure within that department. Also the bookstore is helpless and the included book fee seems like a scam. The nursing electives and required classes are all over the place in quality and style. Literally have gone from classes requiring 5 posts and a paper per week for an A with 2 books to 2 post and no books and they are equal in credit value.. go figure. Also there are some really great instructors there who do genuinely care about the student and teaching , but far more who seem indifferent .So fellow RN's I do not recommend this university anymore as the befits of a the BSN on MSN programs are far outweighed by the lack of quality and consistency in the university its self."
Faye
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"PLEASE read an honest review here. UTICA's ABSN program at first may seem great on paper because it is "fast, hybrid, and an ABSN". It appears as if you have the mentoring, guidance, resources, and anything else you may need to succeed...this is FALSE. I initially thought how wonderful - I enjoy teaching myself and learning on my own and did very well in my previous undergraduate degrees.....even with the negative reviews I thought well " I'm a 3.8 GPA student and was a pre-med, I can grind for a year". Man do I regret it. Although I did not have to re-take courses and didn't fail by one point like many other classmates...I only passed because I spent 12-18 hrs a day SEVEN DAYS A WEEK reading textbook chapters, watching videos from outside nursing student resources from SimpleNursing, purchasing Uworld NCLEX-prep, practicing as many questions I could find as possible, pulling multiple all-nighters...this was pure torture. NOT because nursing school is hard and I didn't put in the effort, but because this program is unrealistic. This program is not structured based upon student success, passing rates, evaluations, or frankly off any curricular structure that reflects a valid nursing program let alone any educational program. Even with the greatest learning skills, health-science-based knowledge, and time management skills, you will STRUGGLE in this program because it is not sustainable or feasible to maintain. Let me explain why. Course material is expected to be read and understood for testing purposes within 8-10 weeks. This means 2-3 exams a week in addition to assignments, projects, and discussions. That meant I would read between 15-20 chapters a week averaging 20-30 pages a chapter on top of hours for projects, discussions, and papers. Imagine finals week EVERY week for 4 semesters...this is UTICA. I figured like other hybrid programs, there would be recorded lectures or concise Powerpoints to offset this amount of material; I quickly learned that the voice recorded powerpoints were not lectures from true educators but staff members called "professors" reading from the textbook then literally copy and pasting headers from the textbooks with notes that stated "read pages x,y,z" or "refer to chart x". This was one of the hardest parts of this program in terms of organizing study material. Firstly, the professors honestly don't know how to teach or explain what we need to know because it appears they are just recycling and editing used exams they haven't written and randomly reading from a textbook. Secondly, they don't utilize the school canvas platform to upload powerpoints, videos, blueprints, etc for modules; they insert google drive links that are from years prior or e-mail separately. You will have the responsibility to check e-mail, canvas, PrepU, google drive links, tutor links, etc. This was madness and caused unnecessary miscommunication and anxiety. Exams. The exam material will not reflect the given material no matter how hard you prepare. The questions will be either a detail so tiny you'll have to memorize every chart's small lists, a ridiculous subjective-based question because the professor "writes for NCLEX and uses us to practice", or from an old exam that used an older textbook not presented to you in any way. You also cannot review your exams or ask questions about missed questions even though there are comprehensive finals. You may even find in detail how a question that 90% of the class answered incorrectly was understood as such and you'll get nowhere. Lab. Simply put, if you have Hall and Franze for a lab day, you will learn ALOT. The virtual lab was actually great because these two are educators. But if the director is around, she will take over and you will run around like disorganized sheep hoping a classmate is an EMT and can show you how to start an IV or assess an airway. Communication. Professor Hall and Franze and Schad were incredible. Otherwise, lower your expectations. Our director ignored ALL OF US for weeks about questions pertaining to our senior project due dates conflicting with preceptorships dates, overlapping clinical dates, canceled office hours, etc. I was "netiquetted" by another professor TWICE for expressing concern with an assignment's grade not reflecting her rubric....when in the end she had made an error in grading both times. Weeks would go by without a response clarifying issues about incorrectly listed dates, exam times/details, clinical details. The worst was if there was a change to clinical dates, exam dates, exam details, curriculum structure, vaccine status... you would find out with days notice. Yet we ultimately took the fault as students. I lost work-based school funding because of this poor communication. In conclusion, I graduated because of my previous healthcare experience and ability to make educated guesses on exams after ridiculous hours spent daily...and paid an insane amount of money to do so. Go elsewhere."
Highly Disappointed Student
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"PLEASE READ ALL THESE REVIEWS!!!!!!!! I did not believe this school could be that horrible and unfortunately I ignored all the bad reviews. I wish I would have trusted the reviews and saved money. Everything posted is what I experienced in the program. They will do everything possible to make you repeat and take your money. This was a low budget experience. The quality of the school and in person lab is ridiculously below standard. The equipment is cheap and outdated materials will be provided. It was very obvious this school is hurting for money and new admissions. They will eagerly lure you in and quickly take your money. No support provided at all. This place is a joke! My only advice is RUN!!!!!!!!! They won't turn any money away all will be accepted!"
ENEIDA ANGULO
  • Reviewed: 10/30/2021
"They are a big scam of a program. Save yourself money and stress. They will make you fail classes and retake for 3500$. I would never have went to this program had I known what it entailed. I read the reviews but I was eager to enter a FNP. Well, I hate to admitted but it is true the enrollment guy would call you every day to tell you how wonderful it’s the FNP and how flexible and well prepare the professors are. I started on August 30, 2021 the class is for 8 weeks first they lie to me. They said my assignment days were Thursdays and it turns out it was Wednesdays with posting class videos and class participation, follow by answering peers before Fridays again video and backed with a least two articles then follow by two page reactions papers on Sundays and quizzes ( of a least two chapters per week) Flexibility was Zero as a matter of fact at the 7 week my overall grade was B and for the last week I have to do a slide presentation in which by mistake I ended-up uploading in the wrong site as a result the professor was so kind she took 30 points and then she gave me a final grade of F. When I complained to the Dean HOW OUTRAGEOUS AND ARBITRARY WAS TO FAIL ME her answered was “the class was closed and I could appeal the professor decision. Then they put me in academic probation. Thank God this was my first and only class, then they were calling me to enroll in Spring Classes. Why would I want to waste my money, time and energy in a Collage that obviously has poor resources and has little to none support for full time working students. Also my professors who I could tell the way she treated me “unaware of her cultural bias” told me “gee gosh mmm I don’t know if you are a right fit for the program” For writing papers Smart Thinking charting $150 per 3 hrs. To check you literature papers and APA Form and they answering you most likely within 48-72 hrs. Honestly, the experience was very unpleasant not to mention a complete waste of $3000. STAY AWAY IT’S NOT WORT IT, I READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE BUT I WANTED TO GIVE A TRY AND I REGRET MY DECISION EVERY MINUTE PLEASE DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY."
Barbara
  • Reviewed: 10/8/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is the biggest joke of a nursing school. They treat the students like absolute shit, do not offer ANY resources aside from the online ebook. Your exams will NEVER match the blueprints they offer to study. And they do not value the mental health of their students at all rather brush it off and say “that’s how nursing school it” Professors tell students “maybe you are not cut out for the program” rather than giving support when you reach out for additional help. The only lectures you got is the ones on YouTube. I can not like Victoria Schad/ Nelson are the only good professors this college has. They will NEVER show you your exam grades or the exam questions to review so you’ll never know how well/poor you actually did. They are a big scam of a program. Save yourself and your mental health. They will make you fail classes over 1 point and retake for 3500$. I would never have went to this program had I known what it entailed. This is not an angry student with a bad experience- EVERYONE feels this way. The positive reviews are NOT from their ABSN program."
Lins B.
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Ok, I waited to write this post because this school exhausted me both mentally, emotionally, and financially. Disclaimer: Nursing is hard. You better be willing to put in the work but this school is something different. This is a joke of a nursing school. It is what you call a scam. Many people are hopeful about getting into nursing school after putting in the work with prerequisites and getting a bachelor's. It is also very saturated in my area specifically (also many people from long island are targeted FYI). I was looking into a school that was fast as I wanted to progress in my career as quickly as possible. Let's talk about this bootleg school: -There is an admission counselor(Mark was mine) that will literally call you every day to walk you through the process of getting your money, essentially. At first, I was like what a great school, that really cares about its students and wants you to grow. It's kinda like being around a narcissist, it is all smokes and mirrors after you realize what you are getting yourself into. -Also many of the students in my cohort moved to Liverpool for this program. So not only does this school rob you of your tuition, now you have to move to this far away land and pay for rent where they do not teach anything relevant. -There are no textbooks, they only have ebooks which are very straining for your eyes with the amount of bs work that the school gives. -This program claims to be hybrid. It is basically an online program, to be honest. Professors DO NOT CARE. Some of these people literally have so much family stuff going on in their personal lives and bring that into a classroom setting or into the live zoom class. Some of these professors are VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. There are professors that have emailed back after 2-3 weeks which literally blows my mind even now. There was like maybe one professor that cared named Prof. Nelson. The department head is a joke. She does not care if you pass or fail or both. -Tests are monitored and recorded. The test questions do not have anything to do with modules, recordings, textbooks, old NCLEX questions or labs. There are no reviews. Tutoring is no help. I have attended many tutor sessions. They hire this random person from another state that literally goes over old NCLEX questions from her own notes which like never shows up on a test. -There are these random zoom labs, a waste of your 3 hours because you break out into a group and pretty much answer questions by yourself or a group. There are these vsims that are graded for less than 10% of your grade. The whole class just looks pissed to be there because it is waste of time. One of the classes is health assessment the exams are worth 75% of the letter grade based on 3 exams; so pretty you can not do badly on exams at all. There are is no form of direction and they make the tests so hard. I can go on and on with all the jacked-up things this school has put me through. This horrible, horrendous and disgusting institution of a school should be SHUT DOWN and should not be accredited by any means. I guess if you are naturally a good test taker, you should go here but if you are trying to really learn, please do not come here. RUN. Go to a real nursing school that actually teaches you something and you can help a patient. This school is scam. They will make you drop a class and then have you stay a whole semester to retake one or two classes. You will waste not only your MONEY but your TIME. Whoever runs this money-making institution they call ABSN and I hope you are reading this, I wish you all the worst in life and I wish you all the energy and pain that you have given for these last few months. May you reap what you sow, genuinely from robbing people of their money..."
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."