Excelsior College

Review Averages: 7.2 out of 10 (121 reviews)
Ranking: #29

Excelsior College (formerly known as Regents College) was founded by the New York State Board of Regents in 1971 and was chartered as a private, nonprofit college by the Regents in 1998. Excelsior’s degree completion program lets students apply prior college credits and military credits toward Excelsior College bachelor’s degrees in business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, and technology. Excelsior’s nursing program is especially renowned.

Accreditation: Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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Great school for IT and Cybersecurity professionals
BS-IT - August 30, 2016
I graduated with an Associate degree from a local community college. I then transferred to Excelsior, and have been taking online classes for a while now. I have nothing but great experience with Excelsior so far. The transfer process was smooth. Tuition is reasonable. The entire staff from admission, advisors, registrar, and financial aid have been really helpful. The classes aren't easy but everything is laid out clearly for you. The only bummer in my part was I had to repeat the Object Oriented Programming class I took from my community college (in which I got an A) because the community college class I got wasn't up to par with Excelsior standard. But this is minor. I am glad to get a real education on programming. This is actually a sign the school is not a diploma mill. I don't usually write reviews but I was really surprised by the low rating (7/10 when I wrote this review) of Excelsior College on this website. After reading most of the reviews, I realized that most student's that left negative reviews are from the nursing program. Just food for thought. I'm not really sure what's going on the nursing program but if you're not interested in nursing then you can safely ignore the low rating of this college. All is good. You won't regret going to Excelsior College.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ASN-MSN All with Excelsior
Master of Science, Nursing with as Major in Clinical Systems Management - December 9, 2015
I was an LPN for 6 years prior to completing my ASN in 1999 when I was 8 months pregnant with my 5th son. I worked Critical care, in-home, vent units. I completed 54 credit hours in 10 months while stuck in bed. I passed my CPNE without a problem because it was just before 2000 when we were training to prepare for no technology. If you are self-motivated it is a great program.I am blessed in finishing my Masters Degree I use my place of employment for my projects for my classes. I have learned a ton. I am really glad this option is available to me. My kids see their single mom of 11 years work hard and succeed. My current Administrator takes my projects for school to heart and allows me changes. It's easy to be angry it's harder to see that we are responsible for lives.No one wants to fail someone but everyone is required to meet the standard of the corporations directives. I am very good at what I do because of how hard I am pushed seeking education on-line. Shawn

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Practical Exam Horror
nursing - September 25, 2015
I am a 1992 ASN grad from Regents (Excelsior) college, and I had a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Biology and a successful laboratory career when I decided to go into nursing. I thought the easiest and quickest way would be to go to a BOCES LPN program (which was excellent) PT while working FT and then take the Regents exams (which I successfully completed within 6 months of my LPN.)I excelled academically in all areas, but since I had no clinical experience (most of my classmates were CNAs), I was never comfortable on rotation (one of my LPN instructors told me I would never pass clinical because I couldn't miter the corners when making the bed! this was before the days of fitted sheets.) The Regents/Excelsior program offered NO clinical training at all (I don't know how they do it now) before the final practical exam, and even though I was working as an LPN at the time (and had great training in the float pool at a Med. Ctr.), that final practical experience was so sickening, even the memory of it still is, after 25 years. I do think they play psychological games with you hoping to stress you out so that you fail and they make more money when you retake; one of the clinical 'instructors' actually said to me - what was I doing taking the test for RN when I had a Master's, I should be teaching a Bio course. (There was also a young practicing psychologist in the same group, she tormented her too.) Although I was familiar with the city (where I had gone to undergraduate school), instead of the exam site being a state of the art Medical Center (there was one just a few blocks away), the small hospital seemed very backward; for example, they didn't use electronic thermometers, and I hadn't seen a mercury thermometer in years! So what do you think happened when I took the practical? I told my elderly patient I was going to take her temperature, she opened her mouth, and when I removed the thermometer from the alcohol container at her bedside, the instructor quietly walked up behind me (scared the pants off me) and said "Step away from the bed, you have just failed the exam, that's a rectal thermometer." Though that may sound funny now, at the time I was so traumatized (it was the FIRST exam I had ever failed in my entire life) it took me 2 years to get up the courage (and the amount of money they wanted to repeat it was absurd even then) to take the exam again. I passed the second time, (and worked as a hospital RN 8 years before happily moving onto office-based clinical research), but even looking back at this experience after all this time, it still makes me cringe with regret. I wouldn't recommend this program to anyone. In fact, I wouldn't even recommend nursing as a career, it is all brawn and no brain, you get no respect at all, and most people only go into it now for the money.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CPNE is fine, you just need to prepare properly..
nursing - August 16, 2015
Excelsior is NOT out to fail people - they DO want you to do well and to pass the program and the CPNE. I took my CPNE many years ago, but the format appears to be exactly the same as it was today. I was an LPN with only about a year of experience and didn't even have the benefit of the internet, Facebook, workshops, etc. All I had was a big blue spiral book with all the CPNE rules of the road . I MEMORIZED that huge book, cover to cover, and learned how to do things the way Excelsior wanted them done. Make sure you wash your hands if you even twitch, don't turn your back with the side rails down, verify ID of your patient even if you just asked 30 seconds ago. It may feel silly, but do it anyway. Passed the CPNE on my first try with no repeated PCS's or lab stations. I'm sorry, the lawsuit that several students have filed stating that they were unprepared and didn't realize what the clinical exam involved is pretty iffy. I knew what the exam involved and how to get through it and all my materials and information came via snail mail - no 'net!!

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excelsior College CPNE is Totally Fair
nursing - August 9, 2015
I'm so tired of reading all of the complaints from students who have failed Excelsior College's CPNE requirement. Many of you start out by telling us how good of a nurse you are, as well as how many certifications you have behind your name. You talk about how you graduated your LPN/LVN programs with honors and how your fellow students and staff adored you. You go into elaborate detail about you LVN/LPN accomplishments on the job. The list goes on. Then you talk about how horrible and unfair you experiences were while taking the dreaded CPNE. The truth to the matter is that it doesn't matter how good of a nurse you are, or what you've accomplished, or what your patients say about you, or how your teachers and coworkers have adored you throughout the years. The Excelsior College CPNE manual makes it very clear in the beginning of its 500 page of bliss that the CPNE is not designed to measure how good of a nurse you are, instead it is designed to test your ability to read and follow instructions. It's that simple. The test is so simple that our human brains make it complicated and stressful because we simply can't believe the test can really be so simple. Do you know the most common reasons I've found that my fellow students have failed the CPNE for? There's two of them actually: failing to wash hands and/or forgetting to I.D. a patient. Some of my fellow students have failed the CPNE three times over the same mistakes. Three times! I think this clearly demonstrates that the CPNE, again, is not designed to make you a really good nurse. Really good nurses take the CPNE and fail it all the time! What the CPNE does incredibly well is take every student back to the basics of nursing. The very basics if you know what I mean. They do this because they want to graduate nurses who will be consistently safety minded every day on the job. You have to approach the CPNE like you're going to kindergarten. In kindergarten we do the most basic of tasks, and really it's all about learning foundational things as well as following directions. Now, with that said, the reason so many brilliant and deserving LPNs/LVNs and paramedics fail the CPNE is because they let their nerves get the best of them. And, let's be honest, some of them don't read the manual or bother to take a workshop, or bother to practice, practice, practice running through the labs and care plans like they really should. Doesn't matter if you're a nurse who should be performing brain surgery, if you don't practice you won't pass. Simple as that. I took the CPNE and passed all labs and all PCS's the first time. I walked out of the hospital on Sunday morning at 9:30am with a "pass" certificate in my hand. It was one of the greatest days of my life. I was extremely ill, had lost a bunch of weight and felt as though I might need to admit myself into the hospital when I got home for rehabilitation. Yes, the CPNE, as easy as it was in theory, was also one of the worst experiences of my life and I will never do it again. Is it doable? YES. The instructors were very nice and they wanted the students to pass. But they also have to abide by the rules. The key to passing the CPNE is this: take a workshop, read the manual at least once through then go back and read the meat and potatoes (I think it was section 4) over and over again, practice your labs over and over again, practice writing care plans (do 30-40 care plans at LEAST before you go to CPNE weekend and send at least 3 of those care plans to EC for feedback). And lastly, practice PCS's with stuffed animals or people and run through how you're going to approach each assessment/patient interaction so when problems arise during your weekend, you will be better prepared mentally to handle it. That's it. If you do these things, making it a lifestyle before you test, the chances of you failing are slim. And one last piece of advice: learn to "read" your CE. They will give you clues during your PCS's to help you succeed. Oh yeah, one more piece of advice. Listen very carefully: don't put up an attitude. You minus well go home early. I saw students do this, acting like they deserved to pass before they finished the weekend, arguing with their CE's about why they failed a PCS or why they were dinged on something. Guess what? They didn't pass the weekend. So act professional, keep your mouth shut, keep the patient safe, read your CE and follow the rules. Remember, the CPNE is not about how good you are- they really don't care about that- it's about how competent you are in following directions, and keeping the patient safe. And no, EC didn't pay me to write this review. I'm writing this because EC deserves to get a positive review. Great program!

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I understand
nursing - July 20, 2015
I understand the concept of Excelsior. Licensed practical nurses who already have several years working experience as a nurse would not necessarily need to go to a community college and start learning how to be a nurse from scratch all over again. Those with no prior nursing experience who are not already licensed nurses would not be appropriate for Excelsior. Excelsior builds on previous knowledge and upgrades the LPN skills to that of an RN. Its an extremely difficult program from start to finish, even the online portion. Definitely not something I would do again. But it is a quicker option for LPNs that are going to stay in their practice setting and advance to an RN. I worked at a local general hospital as an LPN for a few years through a temp agency before completing Excelsior LPN to RN. Its a good program if you do it their way and you can pass the CPNE. If you do decide to do it, please don't get rapped up in outside publishing companies. Their materials are really substandard and their is no comparison to Excelsior books and online resources. Trust me. working out here in the real world, and even to pass the NCLEX-RN, you will need every bit of that theoretical information. Brunner & Suddarth's is a must along with the other books. When in doubt, call Excelsior and speak to them directly. They may not tell you what you want to hear, but they will tell you right. As far as CPNE workshops, Sherri Taylors is good and so is Excelsior's. I did them both. Youtube has a lot of info and practice for CPNE too. Its not something I would do again. There are licensing restrictions by some states and California state board will no longer license nor endorsee Excelsior RN grads. It also may be harder to find a job as an Excelsior RN. The job market is very competitive and the traditional students will have first preference sometimes. But if you choose to do it, get all you can out of it. Its ultimately your decision. So do you boo. ;)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excelsior College RN program should be for Licensed Practical Nurses and Parametics only.
nursing - July 16, 2015
Excelsior College should only admit LPNs to its program, as an LPN is already a nurse and usually has several years of clinical nursing experience and are prepared to easily transition into med-surg. Paramedics should also be allowed as they are already experienced in some aspects of critical care. Excelsior recommended nursing textbooks and online conferences should be a requirement for its students. Publishing companies such as Rue, College Network and such of the like really disservice students as they lose the depth of that strong nursing theory base. Don't waste your time with that nonsense. Also, the excelsior books have case studies in them and links to online case studies and interactive practice and learn exercises, skills videos, NCLEX-RN test bank and the list goes on. Brunner & Suddarth's Medical Surgical Nursing cannot be matched. Smith Duel and Martin Basic to Advance Nursing Skills and Taylor's Clinical Nursing Skills also a must have. Look at those Excelsior Study Guides for each exam and get those books and read them, even if you have to go to the library to get them. Absorb all you can from the online conferences or courses. There's a lot of hidden treasures in that stuff. If you do this, you will pass every Excelsior exam and the NCLEX-RN on the first try. As far as the CPNE, you MUST open Excelsior College study guide, practice and study it. Become it. Sherri Taylor has a wonderful CPNE workshop. Look her up on Youtube.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good School!
nursing - July 3, 2015
I must say that for well motivated person, Excelsior is a nice school. I did my associate nursing between October 2007 and August 2008, after being frustrated in a so called nursing class. Bright student who are failed for their accent and skin color have found Excelsior a blessing. I was academically smart though, so if you are struggling then their program in nursing requires real critical thinking, okey. I am doing my MSN with them, and so far I am happy!

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quit complaining people
nursing - June 13, 2015
I am a 2000 ASN graduate of the College and have been working as an RN since that time-previously I was an LPN for 12 years-honestly, the CPNE was while challenging not all that hard for a well prepared student/LPN to pass-I studied the guide and it memorized and worked with other RN's including shadowing one at a local hospital for a day and working with RN's to write care plans. I felt the instructors were fair and were eager to help and they wanted you to pass. I was complimented on my care plans and using care plans many students do not use-I was proactive, I asked my charge nurses questions on my patients and I used reference materials. I also spoke up to my instructors when I was unable to perform a certain part of an assessment and gave them the reason why and they were supportive. There was even a question on my last patient and they conferred and passed me. I passed the first time-only one other in my group passed and I can tell you why the others failed-never looked at their CPNE book, did not prepare, etc. I am now working as an assessment nurse at a local nursing home submitting clinical assessments for reinbursment to the state-I have just again signed up to pursue my BSN degree and while overwhelmed at first I know I can do this-I have support and the BSN team has been a great support-so people get over it! There is a reason you did not pass the CPNE-maybe if you studied more-this is not something that can be handed to you-you must study and prepare-this program works great for those already working in the field and can apply every day experiences but again my must work and study to gain what you want.

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nothing has changed
nursing - June 12, 2015
I graduated from EC in 2006. I should have graduated in 2004. However, I failed the CPNE. Then had to wait 18 months to take it again. All while doing nothing other than waiting. I took all of the classes at EC using my LPN textbooks. I never bought one of their books. I printed out the outline for the classes and created a study guide using it. I also took classes at a local college for general ed classes. Everything went wonderful, until I took the CPNE. it was a complete nightmare. I failed a patient because the instructor said I didn't wash my hands when I entered the room. ( I most certainly did)... and I failed the second one because the instructor said I gave a medication without checking the patients name band (bullshit). It was a total money scam. Did i finally pass?? yess... did I pass my boards... yes.... I also had been an LPN for 5 years before that, graduated LPN schooling with honors, worked in a busy ER as an LPN, and then became a flight nurse after getting my RN. I am not a dumb nurse. I am actually certified with so much alphabet soup behind my name (RN, PHRN, CFRN, and certified in ACLS, PALS, NRP, CPR, ITLS, NIHSS). Point being, the test did not measure any nursing knowledge... only if you could be trained like a monkey in a tree. Each time you take the test you pay more money... and have to wait to reschedule... it was TERRIBLE. I was done with everything as far as nursing classes and gen eds in 10 months... then it was another 18 months before i graduated due to the CPNE. COMPLETE RIP OFF AND NIGHTMARE.... I do not recommend this place to anyone. I am going elsewhere to obtain my BSN.. I could only imagine what kind of ridiculousness they have in store for those who attempt to continue with EC for the BSN program.

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Nov. 29, 2010, 5:15 a.m.
0 votes/
Paul Chesterworth, give me a break... First off how do "they" know if ur any of that crap u said.... U sound like a conspiracy theorist.  Im sure they are using the Patriot Act to find out all this info on u so they can ensure u dont graduate.  Or perhaps ur not doing the work.
Dec. 17, 2012, 1:22 a.m.
+2 votes/
 Excelsior, It is a Scam Nursing program,all they want from you is your money and nothing else, and one more think More Money, they will find way to fail you and take another 2000 dollars from you with big promises that this time you pass....(no they would not full me third time)
 I will dispute my charges that I put for two Cpne and their ridiculous fees. At the end I can say one word Scam College, rip off, liers, dishonest, fake pretenders with hiring retairment teachers who I am sure know whats going on but need to get their salary some way. It would be a good lesson for me to know that American dream may happened only in the dream.   
July 23, 2012, 5:34 p.m.
+1 vote/
The school used to be more friendly to working professionals. Unfortunately, it has virtually eliminated the ability to study independently and that work into irregular student schedules. Classes are full semester courses squeezed into 8 weeks. Also, classes require student interaction and group projects. 
July 2, 2012, 7:18 p.m.
+1 vote/
Ridiculously expensive for a questionable degree. They even charge a $400 yearly fee just for staying enrolled..are they kidding?? Support and guidance is close to non-existant too. Goodbye Ex..
June 8, 2012, 5:35 a.m.
+1 vote/
Hi I am planning to complete BA in Psychology from Excelsior College online.
Can anyone please tell the estimate fees per unit. I hope its not to expensive decision

Jan. 19, 2012, 4:26 a.m.
0 votes/
College network was a SCAM! I was never informed that you i had to drive 1 hr to sit for my test! I am still paying for this. I do not recommend this college. I also learned that if someone else is interviewing for the same job as you with a RN degree from a ACTUAL college they are 95% to get the job over you. 
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:42 a.m.
0 votes/
Completed my BS here.  Professors definitely made you work for your grade.  Graduated magna cum-laude and had to bust my butt for every bit of my 3.84.  Definitely prepares you for the real world.  Worth every $.  All credits fully transferable to a university.
Nov. 10, 2011, 3:25 a.m.
+1 vote/
My Message Center - Once a day in responding. School fee's way off for an non profit institution. If you ask me, this school is probably a for profit rather then a non-profit.  Harharhar. Good School overall.
Aug. 3, 2011, 12:10 a.m.
0 votes/
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior while attending the US Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, TX. I transferred my credits from Loyola College of Baltimore with no problems. I am currently in the Master of Liberal Arts program and I can tell you it has been an amazing experience. All of my professors have provided detailed and thoughtful feedback on all of my submissions to this point. I didn't think it was possible but I actually received a butt-chewing of sorts for not providing a"data based" supported document in one of my classes. This feedback encouraged me to work harder and fix my shortcoming. The bottom line... I am genuinely learning, my professors and advisors care, and the admissions staff does a superb job of assisting me with any of my enrollment concerns. Lastly, I am certain my Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior was key in me securing my current position as an Operations Officer. I am proud to alumni of this institution and can't wait to graduate with my masters with them.  
Feb. 16, 2012, 6:45 a.m.
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Hey CSM Araiz, I too graduated with a BS from Excelsior. I recently received my eligibility for the post 9/11 GI Bill and am looking at their Masters in Liberal Arts. It has been  six months since your last post and I thought I would check in and see how it is going for you.  Feel free to email me at csmjvh@hotmail.com.  I am really interested in hearing your personal experience with there program.  Thank you.
Aug. 3, 2011, 12:13 a.m.
0 votes/
Hate to reply to my own post. But that let sentence should have read "proud to be alumni...".
May 14, 2011, 10:06 p.m.
-1 vote/
Excelsior has a built-in scam and  would not advise any young student (under 25) to use them.  They have you sign a detailed contract that is hard to understand and you need to know that you only have 3 days to drop the program/disenroll.  Otherwise be in for a nightmare because you will be caught up the rest of your educational career with chaos and loans.
May 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m.
0 votes/
Tuition here keeps going up and up, they even have a $400 yearly fee..for nothing, just to keep you enrolled. Support is abysmal. You're on your own as far as choosing and scheduling classes, academic path, guidance is zero. I'm outta here.
Jan. 19, 2012, 1:47 a.m.
-1 vote/
Dont look now but every school in America that is worth anything has raised tuition almost 40% the last few years, and not sure what ph# you used but guidence for me was flawless.  Accurately guided me all the way to a BS.
April 19, 2011, 9:49 p.m.
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Another point of clarification:  The Cali state board of nursing has ruled that nursing degrees must include supervised clinical practice in parallel with the theory, and this was upheld in court.  A nursing degree from Excelsior or any other college that doesn't include concurrent supervised clinical work is invalid for nursing licensure in CA.  All other EC degrees are honored by the state university systems and by state of california human resources.

If you live in Cali or want to be an RN there, check out National University.
April 19, 2011, 9:39 p.m.
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Point of clarification:  Excelsior is not a member of SUNY.  It is a member of NYSU.  Completely different.

Excelsior grads have been accepted to many high-level grad schools.  Check the excelsior.edu website for a list.  I'm a Gonzaga grad student halfway through my program, and while I can't credit Excelsior for preparing me for my graduate studies, I think the point is that isn't what Excelsior is there to do.  It's a great way to a fast regionally accredited degree for someone who has moved around between a lot of institutions.  If you are depending on the elite reputation of your undergraduate degree to get a job, you are looking at the wrong institution.  If you are seeking a degree as a basic qualification for a job, or for entry into a graduate program that has a name that stands on its own, Excelsior is for you.  It's regionally accredited, accepted by other institutions, and it's a flat-out lie that "California has banned Excelsior."
Nov. 19, 2011, 4:32 a.m.
+1 vote/
Hi. i found your post helpful because i'be been searching and searching for an "elite college" with a good reputation. unfortunately i have to do online right now because of my situation at home (kids,etc.) I am finding it very hard to find an online college that i will get a quality education with. i am going for my bachelors in psychology or sociology but not so i can be some everyday run of the mill socialworker. i will hopefully, eventually, get my doctorate and i want to go into research and do something big. so getting into a quality program where i will be at the top of my game is important to me. i don't want to just get an easy degree. any suggestions? (Also please excuse the quality of this message,I'm going from my phone.)
April 11, 2011, 8:43 p.m.
-3 votes/
Another one of these "life experience" schools, in fact they will give you credit for just about anything you ever did. Joke school. Expensive too so what's the point? There are many cheaper diploma mills out there.
Feb. 15, 2011, 2:40 a.m.
0 votes/
Sept. 17, 2010, 3:13 a.m.
I found the CPNE to be the most difficult experience of my life.

Did you pass?  If so how many times did you take it?
Sept. 5, 2011, 10:09 p.m.
+1 vote/
I am thinking about excelsior for the nursing program . Did you pass the CPNE? Can you tell me about it. Thanks.
Jan. 25, 2011, 3:37 p.m.
-2 votes/
I did well with Excelsior College. The problem now is finding a job.I don't know if it's just the bad economy, but I 've applied to multiple places and have not heard one call back.Some places do not take Excelsior College  graduates. So what do I do now?
Dec. 27, 2010, 4:44 p.m.
-2 votes/
Not the worst school ever but close. Expensive. Crappy online systems. Non-responsive staff. Stay away.
Nov. 27, 2010, 9:49 p.m.
0 votes/
I am an LPN intrested in the Bridge program to a ADN, i am looking for input and reviews regarding the CPNE and the Clincal experience from previous students....email me @ Cntrygal87005@gmail.com
Jan. 31, 2011, 9:18 p.m.
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I am interested in applying, Can I chat with you about he college?  I just have some questions.  Email me at KimHubrich@gmail.com
March 14, 2011, 10:24 p.m.
+3 votes/
I'm a white, male, straight republican and had absolutely no problems graduating.
Nov. 16, 2010, 7:15 p.m.
+2 votes/
I did well with this school in completing a long-overdue Associate's degree.  This Associate's degree allowed me entry into what was an accelerated 3-year Bachelor's program.

Great school for mid-career folks who need to finish a degree cheaply.  You can finish quickly if you have good study habits and lots of discipline.
Oct. 5, 2010, 2:44 p.m.
0 votes/
It would be nice if Excelsior College contracted with a tuition management company that allows students to modify their billing information and make payments online. FACTS Management Company has this inflexible payment system that does not allow one time payments by phone or online. Instead, all payments have to be processed through a payment agreement. As an added service, they could allow students to make tuition payments online. For some reason, Facts Management was unable to charge one of my active cards. I updated my payment information with them and now they have to go from department to department to process the remainder of my automatic payment and make changes to my monthly agreement. On a positive note, they are responsive and professional.
Nov. 3, 2010, 2:57 p.m.
+1 vote/
I completed my Bachelors at Excelsior.  

Good experience, and Excelsior is part of SUNY.

I've gone on to a B & M Grad School program. Other schools on the list of where graduates have been accepted include Top-Tier Law Schools and Ivy League Schools. So, the degree is worth something...
Sept. 28, 2010, 11:25 p.m.
+1 vote/
Excelsior was a great experience.  They have great multimedia resources and many of them.  The CD courses are very challenging and you must have very good writing skills to attain an A or B.  The professors are, for the most part, very good.  Plenty of feedback on your papers and exams.  You're always going to have iffy professors, even in traditional institutions.  I have been in the Army for 25 years and can say Excelsior was liberal in awarding military credit and without them I would have had a very difficult time finishing my degree elsewhere. Just a comment on DALTONs post, nursing clinical exams are very difficult everywhere, and I'm glad they are at Excelsior.  Because one does not have the option of mistake in the real world when applying skills on real patients.
Sept. 17, 2010, 3:13 a.m.
0 votes/
I found the CPNE to be the most difficult experience of my life.
Aug. 31, 2010, 1:33 a.m.
0 votes/
Exceilsior College is a SCAM!!!!! Beware!  Their online courses are easy to pass, but when you go to their clinical exam sites, they find many ways to fail you.  If you miss just one little item, you fail! They don't use point system, the only thing they do is sorry pay anoth $2,000, plus hotel expenses, airfare and renatl car.  All I can say is, I told you so if you waste your time, money and hard effort on this school.  Do your self a favor and apply at a regular ADN program, you'll be much happier and you will actually learn something vs. paying your hard earned money to these "Crooks".  Why do you think California has banned Excelsior and won't recognize their pogram or degree, because of thousands of complaints! Exacelisior is a fraud!!!!!!! BEWARE!!!!!!
June 26, 2010, 6:55 p.m.
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I am currently enrolled in the RN program (Associates) and I am nearly ready to apply for clinicals.  Is there any study material that I can attain to prepare for clinicals? In the event you haveany info at all upon the matter, please e-mail me at ABarfield001@yahoo.com.
June 14, 2010, 5:22 a.m.
+1 vote/
Here is why I regularly recommend Excelsior College to working adults. 

1, Regionally Accredited.
2, Extended hours for academic advisement.
3, Option to take classes at outside schools and then transfer them into their/your degree program effortlessly.
4, Extremely generous with accepting ACE, CLEP, and Military training courses.

I started taking classes while stationed at Quantico Virginia in 1999. Today I have an ASL and BSL from Excelsior College and I couldn't be happier. Being stationed overseas, the extended hours on Mon and Wen (8PM) really helped. I was able to call in and speak about my degree plan and get course approvals for courses offered at other institutions. In fact, I was so happy with the school that I joined the Alumni Organization and donated money to the group. I haven't put a purple lamp on my car or anything, but for military personnel no school can match Excelsior's flexibility and freedom.  

Class of 2010! Ooh-Rah!
April 18, 2010, 11:39 p.m.
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I can provide a little insight to the Excelsior experience of trying to get your RN if your an LPN.  Let me first say upfront that I am not a healthcare professional.  My wife just went through this program.  As a spouse I can say this was a long trying experience for my wife.  She started this journey a couple years ago.  You must be very disciplined regarding your study habits.  My wife studied consistently.  After each course she then had to go take a test at an approved location.  In her case, at one of the local colleges or an approved testing site.  This scenario played over and over again over a couple years until she was finished.  Then it was time to do her clinicals.  By the way the cost for all of this was not bad but still expensive for average folks of average income.  Clinicals alone were close to $2K not counting transportation costs and hotel costs.  If you live in a state that has a hospital approved to do your clinicals then it's not too bad.  However if you don't you could end up flying half way across the country to get there.  It can take several months to a year before you get a date and location where you will do your clinicals.  I will add that it is not very easy to pass clinicals.  It's definitely doable but you must be prepared.  You must also be prepared for the fact you may not pass your first time.  You are allowed three attempts. The kicker here is it's three separate fees of close to $2K plus travel costs and you again have to wait between each attempt for them to schedule you for a location.  My wife eventually passed but not on the first try.  She was heart broken to say the least.  This was the first time she did not pass a test of any kind! She is an excellent LPN.  She has been in nursing for a very long time. You learn very quickly that attention to detail is crucial.  Even a detail that is very minute in nature could end up in being failed.  So preparation is very important.  Use the resourses that Excelsior provides.  Study guides and so forth.  They are going to be your best source for information.  When She returned for he second attempt (it took almost 8-10 months to be rescheduled)she faired much better and was better prepared.  It was a very long journey to go through and in the end I suppose it was defintely worth it.  Just be prepared to make the journey.
Jan. 21, 2010, 10:27 p.m.
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I completed an AS and 
BS from Regents in the 90's. Great experience. My major was Psychology and I was accepted into two Graduate schools that I applied. Regional accreditation is the key. Highly Recommended.
Nov. 30, 2009, 1:45 a.m.
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I am intersted at taking the RN associates program, and I was wondering how the exams were.
Oct. 29, 2009, 8:23 p.m.
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The credit exams aren't designed to give you an answer sheet and then have you regurgitate it for easy credit.  They are designed to allow you to display your MASTERY of a subject to the point that classtime isn't necessary.  It should be the culmination of your independent study and review of the topic, and the school is crystal clear that you may need to review materials beyond what they provide in order to master the topics.

To the other person who gave EC near-zero rating:  Excelsior accepts ACE/DANTES credits where they can be applied toward a degree.  If they did not accept yours, either it must have been because you had all your electives filled by other sources or because you didn't get the transcripts to them properly.  They accepted 18 of my 24 CLEP credits.  They didn't accept the 6 English because I had 6 credits in classroom composition.  I didn't submit my ACE military transcript because I don't need those credits, but EC accepts them if they are applicable.

Excelsior is among three unique institutions in the US that will gather transcripts fro other universities for you with no required minimum residency.  They are regionally accredited and must maintain academic standards of the transfers they accept, the courses they offer and especially the topic depth of the CBE they offer, because ACE also recommends their CBE to all other institutions.

University of Pheonix tried to sell me a bill of 15 COURSES I needed to complete my BSBA.  National University matriculated me with 9 courses remaining.  I will complete my degree at Excelsior with three full courses plus the 1-credit literacy course requirement, and the cool thing is that of the three remaining courses, I'm taking one at National, one at UoP.  Excelsior DOES require that the capstone course for my BSBA be taken from them.

If the above paragraph doesn't make you understand how valuable an institution like Excelsior is, then you probably don't have the specific need that EC is best at fulfilling.
Oct. 26, 2009, 10:34 p.m.
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I just moved from National University to Excelsior to expedite my degree completion.  While National was going to require 7 additional courses, I only need 4 courses with Excelsior, and two of those I'm taking from National.

Kate in admissions and Chris in Business Dept Advisement are FANTASTIC.  After suffering a rude and self-important "academic advisor" at National University, I was pleasantly surprised how completely supportive and approachable everyone has been at Excelsior, even after I laid down the steep enrollment fee.  I get to cut at least 3-4 months off my degree completion track, I get to take the courses where I want to take them, and I get to deal with administrators who aren't full of themselves.  So far, so good at Excelsior.
Aug. 7, 2009, 5:32 a.m.
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Excelsior is an excellent college in the fact that they will evaluate fairly transfer credits, and provide a road map to your degree goal.  The courses that I have completed are mostly dependant upon the student to read the text material, write papers, and answer essay questions in ASA format.  If one has access to email, and follows the course scedule, and reading, a tremendous learning experiance is acheived.  My focus was to just complete my degree, however, the course material encouraged me to actually learn the material, and search more knowledge on the particular subjects.  
  As a BS-Liberal Studies grad, I can say without contradiction, that Excelsior was the best degree program for me.  I have been active duty in the armed forces for 28 years, and Excelsior has helped me "pull it together" to obtaining me degree.  Semper Fi.
Aug. 3, 2009, 8:27 p.m.
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I'm very interested in the RN Associates program.Could anyone please give me some feedback? corina_balan99@yahoo.com
May 15, 2009, 3:51 p.m.
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To the actve duty personnel on here, how many credits did you receive through Excelsior for military exprience?
March 4, 2009, 11:30 p.m.
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Anyone completed a psych major (BA or BS) with Excelsior?
What has been your experience?

Feb. 16, 2009, 3:26 p.m.
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I am interested to attend the health sience BS program any one who attended the program please email your commient and experience at tgfcali@yahoo.com
Dec. 29, 2008, 9:50 p.m.
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I am seriously interested in the AS in Nursing and would like some feedback about the Examinations and the course format.  Thanks.
Oct. 17, 2008, 10:21 p.m.
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I just graduated from the ASN program at Excelsior and could not recommend it more!  It was an ASWESOME experience.  I did not purchase any books/materials.  I used the internet and purchased some of the practice exams (specifically in areas I was weak like Micro).  This is a very good program and I was able to find employment easily.
Sept. 28, 2008, 6:07 a.m.
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Great school! Fairly priced and accepted all of my CLEP, DANTES, and various college credits earned while I was on Active Duty.  The Excelsior College Exams were a godsend since I really didn't have the schedule to attend class or even be able to access the net for periods of time.  

After recieving my B.S. in Liberal Arts, I was accepted at every Grad program I applied for (most were traditional Tier 1 universities.
June 9, 2008, 3:06 p.m.
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I'm interested in the RN associates program at Excelsior. I have finished enough clinical hours to be eligible for the program. I am curioius to how the exams are (without having to take the course) and how helpful the books are for those exams.
May 31, 2008, 3:16 a.m.
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I have recently earned my BS through Excelsior College after transferring 100 credit points obtained at universities in three different countries. 

All staff at EC were very helpful and very prompt to respond to all questions. The academic staff were also top-notch and even inspiring. I expected less, but got more in terms of quality and service. 

I wish all colleges were as good as Excelsior College. It was a pleasure and an honor to have graduated from such a fine college. I miss studying there :(
May 19, 2008, 5:07 p.m.
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Sonoma, I am a graduate of the BSN program and wouldn't trade my experiences or learning for anything. I liked it so much that I am now enrolled in the Masters Degree program. 

YOU should go for it!!
May 11, 2008, 3:34 p.m.
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Has anyone completed the BSN degree?
May 15, 2008, 12:21 a.m.
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I am interested in their BSN program as well. I am curious if anyone has any comments about it. Is it worth it? Will their program prepare to work proficiently as a nurse? How long did it take?
March 18, 2008, 6:36 p.m.
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Congrats Rick on finishing you MALS degree.  I completed my bachelors from Excelsior last August.  I have been seriously considering their graduate program.  I was able to take the graduate research writing course while being a undergraduate student.  My only concern is the cost of the graduate program.  Nevertheless, I love being a graduate of Excelsior.
March 16, 2008, 9:38 p.m.
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I recently completed the online MA in Liberal Studies Degree.  It was a terrific experience.  The teachers were positive and helpful.  The education was on a par with any other I have taken at other traditional institutions of higher education.

I was an older student returning to school for the sake of knowledge.  Excelsior fulfilled that goal.

I would recommend Excelsior College to anyone seeking a degree.
Feb. 15, 2008, 6:40 a.m.
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As a military member, I couldn't be more satisfied with Excelsior’s online program. Like most military members I jumped from school to school and duty station to duty station before I finally got serious with Excelsior. Excelsior accepted most of my pre-military college credits and the credits I earned while in the military. I was able to complete several classes either online or through Excelsior exams during and in between deployments to earn my BSL. Excelsior College was highly recommended by the representatives at the base college office where I am stationed and I highly recommend it to any working adult.
Jan. 28, 2008, 8:30 a.m.
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Excelsior was a great experience. I needed 60 credits and completed in less than 3 months. Really top notch service (better than the traditional colleges I attended beforehand) and the degree is well regarded, Excelsior students have gone on to graduate studies at Ivy league universities and enjoy the special pride of demonstrating the knowledge they have gained independent of traditional classroom settings. I don't know of anyone who has anything bad to say about the place.
Jan. 12, 2008, 1:58 p.m.
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Great college!

I earned my Bachelors of Liberal Studies after attending numerous online and on-campus programs.  Excelsior made it easy to transfer over and showed me exactly what I needed to succeed.  I applied and have been accepted to numerous colleges like OU, Liberty and North Carolina for graduate work.  Excelsior College degrees do work and they are well respected.
Aug. 13, 2006, 3:57 p.m.
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Thanks for the correction.  The information has been updated.
Aug. 11, 2006, 10:46 a.m.
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Yeah, the webmaster seriously needs to fix that, lol.
Aug. 8, 2006, 5:43 p.m.
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Excelsior College actually has 28,000 enrolled students, not 7,000, and it was originally established in 1971 as Regents College.  The name change to Excelsior College in 2001 reflected change in status from a state institution under the Board of Regents to a private, non-for-profit college.

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