Review Averages: 5.2 out of 10 (25 reviews)ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Its offerings to distance learners include associate and bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as business, culinary arts, and health sciences. Associate degrees can be earned in just 1.5 years, and a bachelor’s degree requires just a year more.
ECPI University Reviews:
40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
It's OK, but if I could of went else where I would have...
September 15, 2012
I am active duty in the Navy and have just finished my Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. This school was at times very difficult, but only in a select few classes. The majority of the classes were very easy. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA if that helps to enlightening anyone. My biggest problem with this school are the instructors. Yes, they are all qualified for the classes they are teaching IE have Master's or PHD's in the their majors, but most of them are working professionals. The school boasts this as a plus, but in my opinion it is not. Since they do have jobs other than being an instructor they are not near as focused on teaching. In fact, I really believe the majority of the teachers could give two SHITS about being a teacher and they are just doing the bare minimums to collect their FAT pay checks for teaching, which they clearly don't do. I honestly believe that some of these teachers do not even grade my coursework. I think they just see if it's turned in and just give me a 100% if it was. I have actually tested that theory before by turning in the wrong assignment and sure as shit I got a 100%. These teachers don't care about giving you any sort of help or education. They just want another pay check by doing as little as they possibly can. It's really pathetic actually. This school's entrance test is the biggest joke ever and that's part of the problem. Long story short, if you come to this school expect to pay a lot, get no help from the instructors, and if you are to be successful in learning anything that is 100% up to you. You can leave a class actually learning if you taught yourself. If you are leaving that up to your instructor then you will leave ECPI knowing nothing. The only reason I chose ECPI is because I have a full time job and am a father of 3. Going the traditional route wouldn't have worked with my schedule. Also, this school is regionally accreditted, unlike ITT. If you want a degree and you were in the same boat as me I recommend it if you are dedicated to teach yourself. If not, then don't waste your time. This school is a FOR PROFIT institution unlike what this web page says. For profit school's are more expensive and don't give you the same type of education as a traditional state university or community college would give, but they are the only option to many people like myself with hectic schedules and life responsibilities. I hope this review helps some of you out that are considering it. Good luck in whatever your choose.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great school but not for everyone
May 17, 2013
I’ve read a lot of reviews about ECPI and decided to put in my 2 cents as well. I’m an armed services veteran eligible for post 9-11 GI Bill. I’ve also worked as a field technician for 7 years after leaving the military. I just graduated from ECPI with BS Electronics Engineering Technology (online) a few months back. This is not an engineering degree, you can google "BSEET vs BSEE" if curios about the differences. Many of the ECPI reviews are from people who did not finish their degree and it feels like they just need to vent. I think I can be a little more objective and set the record straight on several topics. ECPI University is regionally accredited which is what you want. Even though it is somewhat counter intuitive, national accreditation is a lot less respected than the regional one. All big schools that everyone hears about are regionally accredited. With that said, ECPI does not have an ABET accreditation (EAC or TAC). Devry compares to ECPI favorably in this regard since it has both regional accreditation and ABET (TAC) for some programs. However, both of these schools are considered “Private For-Profit”. There are many great private schools in the US but most of them are not for-profit. Fairly or unfairly, but some employers will block you if you attend a private for-profit school such as ECPI, Devry, University of Phoenix, Strayer and many others that advertise themselves frequently. So, be prepared for that. Overall, quality of education is satisfactory. Many of the computer and network related classes use certification books as class text books. That way you can learn what’s needed to get certified and get a job afterwards. Some classes are less challenging, although several classes are really tough. If you think that you just take a test at the middle and at the end of the term to get credit, you are wrong. Final and midterm tests count for only 10-15% of your final grade. Many classes have course projects that you’ll need to write throughout the term and lab reports that need to be submitted every week. For an average person who is willing to put in the time, the degree can be completed with reasonable amount of effort. And yes, you will need to put in the time to be successful. Also, the certification exams can boost the chances of getting the job even more. The funny thing is, if you work in IT, having a degree may not even be necessary. Sure, having a degree won’t hurt, but you can get an entry level job and start a career with certs alone. There is a job placement assistance after graduation. I’ve been to a job fair at one of the ECPI campuses. Most of the companies were there to hire entry level medical assistants. The rest were hiring IT network specialists. Northrop Grumman was supposed to show up as well, but there was just a resume collecting cardboard box with their name on it instead. This was not superior to any of the job fairs that I went to which did not have any requirements to attend at all. One thing that I liked was the fact that there were a lot of employers in general at the job fair at ECPI. Some of those employers were state law enforcement and well known private companies, so no, it’s not just the Burger King that hires ECPI grads, lol. My personal job search is still ongoing four months after graduation. I’m currently employed with the same employer I was before I went to ECPI, mainly because I already have a decent job. Now I’m looking for a great job and this is going to take time which I do have. I had been invited to an in-person interview by two very impressive employers for junior level career positions and I got these interviews without ECPI’s help. I haven’t been hired by any of these companies, but the fact that I was even considered is telling me that some places won’t care as much about what school you went to as long as you have a four-year degree, the right experience and ability to get security clearance if required. Credit transfer from ECPI to another university is possible, but it depends entirely on that particular university. For example, both GMU and ODU accept ECPI credits. You can go to their respective websites, go to the credit transfer sections, pull down ECPI and see what credits transfer and as what. Of course not everything transfers, and what does transfer, it only does so as electives for the most part. This means that getting an associate’s degree from ECPI versus any community college in Virginia is a big mistake if you want to attend a public university afterwards. There is an agreement in Virginia between community colleges and public universities. After getting the right associate’s degree, you can go directly to junior year of a 4-year school and all of your credits will transfer. An associate’s degree from ECPI will not only cost around 20k more for a 2-year degree, but will likely only provide around 20 credits as electives instead of 60 towards the bachelor’s degree. The only time when it would make sense to go to ECPI knowing that you are not planning to graduate is if you find out what school you will attend afterwards and take only those few classes that are guaranteed to transfer. This could help someone who is deployed and can only take classes online until they come back to US. The landscape changes a little if you plan on getting a graduate degree afterwards. The schools are less picky when it comes to completed bachelor’s degree when considering for admission into master’s degree. Some of my fellow ECPI graduates were accepted into MBA programs at public universities. Somebody was provisionally admitted into an MSEE at a school that has ABET (EAC) accredited BSEE. The provisions were that they needed to take one semester of calculus and physics and get at least a B in both. Afterwards, they are cleared to take the 30 credits of graduate classes, write the thesis and receive their MSEE. This is possible because ECPI is a regionally accredited school. ITT Tech graduates with their national accreditation will experience a lot more trouble trying to get into a master’s degree program at a public school. ECPI is very fast compared to most schools. You can take 4 or 6 credits every 5 weeks. If your GPA is high enough, you can ask for overload and take more than 2 classes each term. You usually ask for overload during those terms that you are only scheduled for 4 credits (1 class and a lab) to have 7 credits total (2 classes and a lab). There are no breaks in between and you go straight into the next term after the current term ends. There are a total of 10 terms in a year, with two terms being 6 weeks long instead of 5. ECPI costs way more than a community college and comparable to a state 4-year university. It charges tuition per semester and it comes up to about $6800 every 15 weeks (as of January ’13). Regardless of whether you take 4 or 6 credits per term, the tuition is still the same. You can expect the bill to add up to about 60k if you go from zero to bachelor’s at ECPI and it is possible to complete it in a little over 2.5 years if you take no breaks. If you have post 9-11 GI Bill, ECPI is working out very well. It is yellow ribbon certified, which means you won’t have to worry about exceeding the annual tuition cap. Also, the benefits are based on the number of months. ECPI accepts credits from military transcripts which can make it possible to complete the entire degree in even shorter time period while receiving housing allowance every month and money for the books before each term. The remainder of the benefits can pay for a portion of the graduate degree. When it comes to professional engineer license, it is possible to get it with an engineering technology degree from ECPI. In Virginia, the requirement for such degree holders is 10 years of progressive engineering experience before being permitted to take PE exam. This is in contrast to only 4 years of progressive engineering experience for someone with ABET accredited BSEE or BSME. The point is ECPI way takes more time but still doable. Keep in mind that some other states are less generous and will not permit engineering technology grads to sit for PE exams at all. This can present challenges with your existing PE license reciprocity between the states in the future. Attending ECPI University can be a good decision if you are not planning to transfer credits out of it, manage to pay for it with grants, employer tuition assistance or veteran benefits. Paying the full price out of pocket or with loans can take many years to pay back without the guarantee that getting this degree will lead to a salary increase. In such case the risk is too high in my opinion. If you are currently not working, planning to attend ECPI and use student loans for that purpose, stop immediately, ECPI is not for you. You will be much better served by attending a community college or any public university. If you want to actually learn something to improve yourself and don’t care about the degree, stop immediately, ECPI is not for you either. Just buy the books you need on Ebay or Amazon and learn it yourself. This will be 80% the same as if you attended ECPI and a heck of a lot cheaper, however, this can easily be said about many schools. The problem for working adults is that their life is too busy and getting a bachelor’s degree in traditional way can take up to 10 years if taking only 2 classes per semester. If you are a working professional who already knows his job and just needs a piece of paper to ease the job search or get a promotion at work, ECPI might be for you but only as long as it’s done without interrupting your current career and preferably on someone else's dime. Bottom line, a 4-year degree from ECPI will meet the minimum job requirements for having a college degree *in some cases* and it can also open the door to a graduate school. But if you can complete any 4-year public school in a reasonable amount of time, it will be superior since you can get an ABET (EAC) Engineering degree and won’t ever have to deal with anyone questioning whether you went to a “real school” or not.
22 of 36 people found the following review helpful
GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!! credits don't transfer, lots of stress and money!!
August 8, 2012
Okay well i have to say at first i loved the school. I thought it was amazing getting a degree in 16 months. Well things have changed I am a very good student i study a lot,and ask for help!. But it still doesn't help classes are 5 weeks long! Its a lot material some teachers do not care if you pass or fail. I have now failed 3 times! so there is a possibility i will not be able to continue. I have an 2.8 with failing 3 times that equals an 83%. But it doesn't matter to them. I failed three times end of story. Honestly i think it should be based on gpa not fails. They make you feel stupid and that your not good enough. AND NONE OF THE CREDITS TRANSFER!! THATS A LOT OF MONEY TO SPEND AND TO FIND OUT BY OTHER STUDENTS NOT EVEN THE STAFF THAT CREDITS DO NOT TRANSFER!. well once you fail 3 times you have to go in front of a review board of three department heads (THAT 2 OUT THE 3 HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR PROGRAM) if you get the PT guy he is an ass and makes you feel worthless and that no matter what you say he believes you should not get allowed another chance. because the hand book says after three fails your kicked out which it says if you fail 3 times there is possibility that your out. does not say that you are! Anyway he makes you feel stupid and like i said no matter what you say its the wrong answer. Well the president of the school gets to make the final decision. But just let me say this school has favorites some people have failed 4 even 5 times and they have been let back in. One person i know failed the same class 3 times!!! and was let back in and failed 2 before that one. but students who ultimately are good students don't even get another chance. Nursing isn;t about book smarts it is about hands on. this school they just sit you in a class room and read to you they do not make learning fun! (well some teachers do but it is a very few) like is mental-health nursing they should make the students act out the signs of the different mental disorders that will help them remember them instead of reading off the power point. the students can read the power points at home really!! well i'm just saying this school is not worth the money and the stress!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
October 18, 2011
It’s a pretty good school. As long as you stay awake and study it’s a cakewalk. Or at least it was for me. Job placement afterwards, in the IT field, was awesome. Not sure about the medical side as I am a computer whiz. Dave had me an interview setup during my internship. I was finished in June, 2010 and had an IT job less than a month later. I have absolutely no complaints with this place and will recommend it to anyone. PS: the place is SACS accredited, so most or all of your credits transfer. I learned the hard way by trying ITT Tech for a few months.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Took my money!!!
July 13, 2012
let me start by saying: my husband is an army veteran, with combat injuries. he is using his voc. rehab money, along with the FAFSA grant. That grant gives you a certain amount of money for school -per semester-. HOWEVER!! ECPI doesnt want to give us the money. We revieved an email 2 weeks ago telling us that our FAFSA money is at the school for us. He went to ask about getting it and was told he could not have it at this time. ECPI sent him an email later on saying that his semester would end SOMETIME between August 30 - December 3! How stupid does an admin have to be to not be able to count semester weeks. I looked it up and found out that his 1st semester is due to end at the beginning of August! Right now they are looking like crooks...but we will see what they say when his semester actually does in before I proclaim that they actually are in deed that!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
BS CIS Network Security
July 8, 2011
Materials were paid for in my tuition, but ECPI has apparently changed that and now tuition and books are separate. Some of the books were the study guides for certifications (A+, Security+, CCNA) which helps set you up for taking those test as well as getting your degree. Most of the teachers were good and helped out the students whenever possible, even late at night; others were only available during "office hours" and not on weekends. Support I did not really have to use, except with doing some of the labs in which I was dealing with the provider of the labs support and not ECPI's direct support. ECPI stated that Satellite internet was sufficient to complete the degree online, but with the labs I had issues and had to go elsewhere (Library, Starbucks, etc) to use their internet because of connection issues with some of the labs as I was told satellite internet drops too many packets. I dinged ECPI on Value because they are expensive in my opinion. I walked in with an AAS already and they took 34 of those credits. As of September 2009 full time (12 - 18 credits) ran $6,550, Textbook and Learning Resources ran $225, Registration - $100 (one time). So every 15 weeks you are charged $6,775, so a BS degree would cost around $45,000 (121 credits) and an AS would be around $23,000. I used my GI Bill and paid $1,000 a month from that, and transfered in my credits from my AAS and with Financial Aid I actually did not pay anything out of pocket (if GI Bill is not counted as out of pocket). So I was able to keep about $500 a month from my GI Bill. Use of technology - I feel that they used technology well for being online. I had to install and/or download different applications they provided which allowed me to do the tasks on the computer, but I believe that in seat you would be able to have the equipment in front of you (during the networking class I was given software that allowed me to configure virtual switches, in seat I would assume you would have actual Cisco switches and routers to run the commands on).
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
May 16, 2012
I am presently a student at ECPI- Virginia Beach - Online Campus, and I have to say that i'm impressed with them. I am seeking a BSBA and have received tremendous support from everyone. My only complaint would be the financial aid person (A.S.) that I have to deal with. In my opinion, she should not be in that job because she tends to come off as rude, unhelpful, unwilling to explain things, and is all round lazy. Her phone calls are short (if she answers) she doesn't return calls in a timely manner, nor email students when asked. Other than that, ECPI is awesome and I would recommend them to anyone. On a side note, the instructors and academic advisors are superb! I have never had a problem with getting questions answered, etc. they truly stand behind their word of wanting you (the student) to succeed.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
October 25, 2012
I attended ECPI because I had been a CNA for over 5 years. After 5 years in the nursing industry I knew I wanted to move on to bigger and better things. I contacted ECPI and from the day I walked into that University my life has changed dramatically! My experience at ECPI was one that I will cherish forever! Here is why... First, my professors were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, they even would tutor me if I was unsure of something. Second, I completed my program in 14 months and was thrilled to get such a pay raise once I was state certified as a LPN. Third, the program prepared me for the nursing community, I feel comfortable in any situation. I would recommend ECPI to my friends and my family, I do believe that you get out what you put in and this was exactly what I was looking for in a school. Thanks to all the amazing faculty and staff! I'll see you guys soon because its almost time to start my registered nursing program!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
March 22, 2014
I attended this school for a year to obtain a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Tech. A pattern that I noticed was that the instructors at this school didn't care. For several classes the instructors didn't interact with the students. I emailed a teacher regarding some homework and they responded two weeks later (after the homework was due) stating that they were too busy with a second job to respond sooner. It's nearly impossible to fail a class at this school also. The exams only account for 10% of your grade and "participation" accounts for about 50 to 60%. You also don't have any control of your schedule. The school will automatically schedule your classes. You can learn from this school, but just realize that it will be all on you. If you are expecting any kind of instruction from the teachers then this is the wrong school for you. If you can read a book and teach yourself then you should waste your money at ECPI. I have attended another online school before this (SouthWestern College) to accomplish my Associates and it was 10 times better. The biggest reason why ECPI's Electronics Engineering Tech degree is so bad is because it doesn't have the ABET accreditation. Don't expect to get any kind of worthwhile job without an ABET accredited degree.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If I could start all over again, an go somewhere else I would:
March 26, 2013
I was in the medical assisting program and it was a huge waste of time and money. The school was a complete nightmare as and a huge joke as far as education is concerned. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone unless your ready for a fight. The program director for MA's was absolutely unprofessional in every manner possible. I definitely wouldn't go back to the school at all.
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