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Yourlifeisgold (Graduate) on August 1, 2014

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Completed school, debt free, and RN now I graduated from Excelsior College with my A.D.N. in 2012. When I had first contacted the school about their program, the advisor really sold me with the point that an Paramedic had completed their nursing course in 45 days. That was what reeled me in, as I wanted to finish quickly and go at my own pace. Once I enrolled, I completed the rest of the nursing courses in 47 days which was a huge accomplishment for me. However, to my disappointment, I received no recognition from anyone at the college, not even a 'good job' or encouragement. I was met with a rude lady on the phone who was very rude to me when I had asked her about my time of completion and subsequent inquiry over the CPNE and how soon I could apply. She basically shot me down, and reprimanded me for wanting to take the CPNE without studying for at least 6 months to a year for it. She was not nice and again, very rude to me. I did not need her or anyone else's approval or recognition for what I accomplished but it would have been nice. I worked my butt off to try and beat that paramedics record and since they used that as a selling point for me, which WAS the deciding factor on whether or not I was going to use their program, I was disappointed. I do not think that the CPNE is fair...nor is there much consistency between test sites and all the different CE and CA's. I made my recommendations after I passed and left it at that. I got my diploma and passed boards with flying colors. I'm not in debt as you pay as you go. I ignore all Alumni emails from them, am happy that they have a program that is conducive to family life and not all of the people at the school were rude and ugly. The instructors in the nursing program were very supportive, but their is a huge lack of consistency, too much room for nurses to make their own "judgement" against students work , and it is more difficult than a traditional school to get through. It can be done though, and for that matter, I would recommend the program, but only go through excelsior. NOT COLLEGE NETWORK, RUE, OR CHANCELLORS. They just want you to pay them extra money, and the school doesn't indorse any of these companies.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 27, 2014

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Must be self motivated! Most people that have bad things to say about this program failed. The program is not easy and does require you to study and know what you are doing with little to no teaching. Currently they do offer classes that you can take toward your ADN program instead of simple taking the exam. I took the exams and attended the workshop before my clinical weekend. Taking the tests were cheap, the workshop and the CPNE (clnical) is what added up. I was able to pass the clinical on my first try. I saw alot of people fail during that weekend, but they were all aware why they failed before they left the site. The clinical is not easy, and if your someone who is not confident in your skills, then this is not for you. They give you a study guide with very specific step by step instructions, if you know what they want you will pass. I feel like after completed the program that I truly accomplished something, if everyone went in and passed, the program would definently get a bad reputation for the people it turned out. Every nursing school have students that dont pass, this program is no exception. The key to the CPNE is the workshop and other materials that they give you. I knew financially I had only one opportunity to pass this clinical. So thats what I did. Motivation and self discipline is key!
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MSGShibley (In Progress) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Excelsior is a great college! I graduated from Excelsior on 7/18/2014 with a BS in liberal arts with focus in admin/management studies and philosophy. I took my first college course at Hawaii Pacific College (now university) in 1986 when I was a young PFC in the Army. Since that time, I attended three other traditional brick and mortar colleges, amassed many credits and changed majors numerous times. After taking a 15 year break from college, I applied for enrollment at excelsior to finally finish my bachelor's degree. Excelsior allowed me to combine all my credits from colleges,and my joint services transcript. I only needed two classes to graduate but I took four to reduce my admin costs. Ecselsior makes attending college virtually free for active duty military members. All of the people with whom I interacted were professional and courteous. My advisor replied to all of my messages quickly and efficiently. The instructors I had required quality work and were fair when grading assignments. I'm proud of my EC degree in liberal arts and have nothing but positive things to day about this institution and the people who work for it. My only complaint is that I liked their old slogan "Start to Finish" Bette than their new one "Ever Upward".
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 21, 2014 (email verified)

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Decrease in customer service I believe the school is becoming more of a for-profit school, some of the administrative personal at the school lack respect and seem more concerned with finances. Overall the education is good, however there has been a decrease in overall service as of late.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 4, 2014

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Exceslior College Associate Degree I think in some ways, Excelsior College is an excellent nursing school. Only problem is it does not hold much weight in the job world. Most employers don't want to give jobs to a nurse with an online degree. So, in that respect, a degree from a traditional program does hold more weight. The online nursing degree seems to be more for an LPN who's already working in the setting that they want to stay in and advance their position to an RN. In nursing, employers ask about "clinical experience" as a priority. Regardless of the quality of that clinical experience, its all about hours and/or semesters of clinical time for a lot of these companies. This frustrates me because I sure didn't get my degree because someone liked me. I was not in any clicks. I had to work for mines too, and I'm sure that most students from a traditional nursing program would not be able to pass the CPNE. Believe it or not, there are some traditional program grads that have very little to no clinical decision making skills. Passing the CPNE requires you to have the clinical skills of a first day orientation RN. But, just the same, I think Excelsior College should offer a locol 360 hour clinical preceptor rotation to all of its ASN/ADN graduates. I also think the quality of clinicals at some traditional schools could use some improvement. But overall, no matter what school you go to, you're only going to get out of it what you put into it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 3, 2014 (email verified)

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Great Option if you're self-motivated Excelsior College is a great option for working adults. I was a LPN with a Bachelor's degree in another field when I first started to consider Excelsior's LPN-RN bridge program. I was initially reluctant to attend Excelsior because it wasn't as sexy as some of the other schools I considered attending. In the end, I chose practicality over name brand. I received a great education at Excelsior because I put in the effort. I took personal responsibility and accomplished my goal. Excelsior is competency based education...this is great for those who prefer to work at their own pace. I will begin my MSN through Excelsior in a few months.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 14, 2014

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I don't recommend Excelsior College to people I graduated from Excelsior College Associate Science Nursing program in 2010. I always wondered if I could have received a much better education from a traditional nursing school and I probably always will question myself about that. But on the other hand, I work with many nurses that came from traditional nursing schools who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground and I wonder how they ever passed NCLEX. Really, they don't even have basic nursing judgement, no skills; just blows my mind. Whats even more frightening is some of them have been nurses for years. I'm really not trying to be mean by saying this, I'm just telling you what I've seen and its scary. But then there are some nurses from traditional nursing schools who's knowledge and skills are much higher than mines. The reason I don't recommend Excelsior College ASN program to people is the cost and unpredictability of outcome. You pay almost $1000 enrollment fee, almost $500 annual fee, $390 for each multiple choice exams. Now they have added on focused clinical competency assessment exams, which is more expense. Finally the CPNE for about $1800 in addition to travel and lodging expenses which is at least another $500. All the money spent prior to the CPNE is for not if you don't pass it. There are many who failed the CPNE three times and now they are out of thousands of dollars and still have no degree. All they do have now is wasted time, years, and money. I would definitely do it differently now. There are piss poor nurses from every school I'm sure, traditional and non-traditional alike. But as far as time and money, I recommend going the traditional route. Also, more employment opportunities will be available with a traditional degree, preferably a bachelor's degree. Most hospitals are moving toward only hiring bachelor's degree prepared nurses. And if you plan on going into management in any other type of facility, you will definitely need at best a bachelor's. The best way is to go straight through a traditional bachelor's degree program.
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(In Progress) on May 14, 2014

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Jerome: I don't recommend Excelsior College to people I graduated from Excelsior College Associate Science Nursing program in 2010. I always wondered if I could have received a much better education from a traditional nursing school and I probably always will question myself about that. But on the other hand, I work with many nurses that came from traditional nursing schools who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground and I wonder how they ever passed NCLEX. Really, they don't even have basic nursing judgement, no skills; just blows my mind. Whats even more frightening is some of them have been nurses for years. I'm really not trying to be mean by saying this, I'm just telling you what I've seen and its scary. But then there are some nurses from traditional nursing schools who's knowledge and skills are much higher than mines. The reason I don't recommend Excelsior College ASN program to people is the cost and unpredictability of outcome. You pay almost $1000 enrollment fee, almost $500 annual fee, $390 for each multiple choice exams. Now they have added on focused clinical competency assessment exams, which is more expense. Finally the CPNE for about $1800 in addition to travel and lodging expenses which is at least another $500. All the money spent prior to the CPNE is for not if you don't pass it. There are many who failed the CPNE three times and now they are out of thousands of dollars and still have no degree. All they do have now is wasted time, years, and money. I would definitely do it differently now. There are piss poor nurses from every school I'm sure, traditional and non-traditional alike. But as far as time and money, I recommend going the traditional route. Also, more employment opportunities will be available with a traditional degree, preferably a bachelor's degree. Most hospitals are moving toward only hiring bachelor's degree prepared nurses. And if you plan on going into management in any other type of facility, you will definitely need at best a bachelor's. The best way is to go straight through a traditional bachelor's degree program.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful

Jenni.griffin31 (Graduate) on March 2, 2014 (email verified)

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Excelsior College I had my doubts about this school from day one. I was very successful in a traditional clinical program and had to drop due to unforeseen illness. I wanted to believe that this was a real program with real graduates. I did not realize that this whole program was a scam until the first day of the "clinical". I made all A's and two B's on the tests. I liked the fact that I felt like I learned a lot from the exams. They have you read real textbooks to make it look legit and take easy tests that really emphasize useful information. Then comes the "clinical exam" where the sleight of hand trick works. This is where the hook and bait really is. I literally memorized this study guide almost word for word. I practiced the "labs" which involve real nursing skills such as giving an IV push, administering and IV piggyback. They charge big money for the "skills kit" which is hospital equipment marked up about 1000% price. They even have slick marketing fashion models on the front of the "workbook" they sell you at a superinflated price. This is not a college. You have to keep paying them a $500 to have the opportunity to be repeatedly scammed out of $3000. They also insist that you stay in the "recommended hotel" which is $180 per night that has an "Excelsior discount" but for the nights you "test" the discount is unavailable. The "instructors" you talk to on the phone even market this hotel because you don't have to walk in the cold. BIG RED FLAG FOR SCAM Now folks why would you have to pay money to be scammed out of more money. Gosh, you can just give it to a person in need, pay someone's medical bills, put it on a down payment on a house. After you "fail" the "clinical" would you really want to pay these money vacuum cleaners another 2000 plus dollars. Real nursing programs have competitive admissions, teach clinical skills as well as book knowledge. This is not real.
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Risse1123 (In Progress) on February 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Don't Do It This is a scam. A very expensive one. The CPNE has a 68% pass rate on the first try, but they still collect the $2,300 (rounded) with each attempt, travel and other accommodations not included. They give you a CD-ROM Study Guide to study from. They expect you to attend the several conferences and workshops, each about $300, and in faraway cities that require flying. In addition to this, it is $400 a year to even be enrolled with the college. The exams are $390, but go up every year. You study to pass the exams, but you get less than half of the education you would get out of a standard, preferred nursing school, and you pay 80% more money. Most standard nursing schools have a transitional LPN-ADN program that is only 2-3 semesters long and costs a lot less than Excelsior College. Plus, you also get to attend graduation. You have to fly to Albany, NY to attend graduation with Excelsior, as well as pay an additional fee, around $450, to even receive your degree. As hard as you work and as much as you sacrafice in nursing school, you deserve a proper graduation. You've earned it. If you are serious about getting your degree, consider how much money you are willing to spend. If you fail the CPNE and cannot afford to retake it, you will be without a degree and stuck with their loans for years. It's not worth it. You will learn so much more and get so much more clinical experience at a traditional nursing school. One more thing to think about: A lot of state boards and hospitals are not accepting Excelsior graduates. They require additional clinical time or more work experience than with traditional school graduates. Look it up. Try Maryland, Georgia, North Dakota, California, Virginia, Kentucky, Washington, Colorado, and Vermont state board websites. They all have additional requirements in order to receive a license in these states, and I'll bet they cost money.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 27, 2014

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DON'T WAISTE YOUR MONEY DON'T WAISTE YOUR MONEY. They won't do anything to help you. Their system bogged down when I was trying to take one of their "mandadory" classes that had nothing to do with my degree. I couldn't take the test because of their system, and their response was "too bad, pay for the course again and maybe you can finish it this time". They don't care about you - just how deep your pockets are and how much they can squeeze out of you. The counselors were non existent. There are much better schools out there to choose from. DON'T USE EXCELSIOR
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Slick.gillet (Graduate) on January 14, 2014 (email verified)

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Excelsior- Great school! Flexible I have attended several schools over the years. Excelsior has always been there for me. I am retired military(submarines). I attended school while being stationed over in Italy. I finished up my AAS degree and now continuing on to my other degrees. Excelsior is flexible and will work with you to try an obtain a flexible type degree status. I'm impressed. I was scared about taking an online course because I had always been traditional. Excelsior makes it easy.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 30, 2013

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LPN-ADN program I recently graduated from the excelsior program after being an LPN for 11 years. It was not easy, and I would have been very disappointed if it was. The CPNE is very stressful, and it is not for the timid. After reading post that the program is a scam, I can assure you its not. I passed the CPNE on my first attempt, if I had failed I'm sure I would be upset. This program is not cheap, so paying out of your pocket can be a burden but paying back student loans when you graduate is to. The study guide they give you tells you exactly what to do. If you do it their way you have nothing to worry about. The key is to be prepared their way. I did actually learn alot while preparing for the CPNE and I am looking forward to the potential my upgraded license will bring me.
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Gmaiken (Graduate) on August 24, 2013

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Bachelor's of Science - Mathematics I completed by Bachelor's in Mathematics in 1986 and, in spite of the lack of acceptance in the practitioner's (and Naval) community at the time I strongly argue that, if a student is willing to practice discipline and work hard the degree will pay positive returns. Excelsior (then Regent's College) was very selective about the quality of courses accepted on transfer (highlighting courses in economics, mathematics, physics, and business - as Regent's thoroughly investigate my transcripts) and, at the time, since being an enlisted sailor under the rank of E-7 was considered to be a second class citizen, I received the highest degree of respect for my accomplishments. In competition with engineering, mathematics, and economics graduates from other institutions I find my background in Mathematics has served me quite well throughout my career. The only drawback about Excelsior is the inability to experience the "campus life" (greeks, football games, etc): I don't consider this an issue as, since then, I have greatly focus on my career. Overall, Excelsior is not for everyone: If a student has the drive, is willing to practice the discipline to accomplish the goal, and accept the fact that learning is a discipline, then the Excelsior experience will provide positive dividends. If the student is not a self-starter, not disciplined, and will not focus on achieve the educational goal, then go elsewhere.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful

Klhahl (Graduate) on August 6, 2013

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Not A "Scam" Ok, I completed my Associates of Applied Science with Excelsior, and am proceeding with my MSN in Edu with them. This is a fully accredited nursing program, the nursing department, in fact has recived Excellence in Nursing Distinctions twice recently. The support you get and the tools available to succeed in the program are plentiful. Yes, the final clinical exam is No joke. But should it be? No. It should not. If this were, in fact a "Degree or Diploma Mill" these people wouldn't be complaining about them now would they? No. They would be happy being mediocre with a less that meaningful degree. You Should have to work hard to be a nurse. I passed the dreaded CPNE without even taking the additional classes offered, of which there are many. They give you the blueprint to pass, the rest is up to you. After completing my courses, I was able to identify care plan needs and assessment required for care faster and more accurately than nurses who went the "traditional" (old school) route. This program is Amazing, if you can put in the effort.
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Novan1360 (In Progress) on August 5, 2013 (email verified)

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You must study their way for the CPNE I took all of the ADN written exams without failing one. I failed the CPNE two weekends ago in Madison, WI. If you want to pass the CPNE the first time, you must study the Excelsior way or you're sure to fail as I did. I will be retaking the test as I realize my biggest mistake was in preparation. It's not about anything but doing everything the excelsior way.
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Klhahl (Graduate) on July 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Awesome if you can do it I literally Just received my AASN completion notice and was looking at RN to MSN programs when I saw these reviews. While I am saddened by people reviewing it poorly, I understand. Some people will always look to blame someone else for their shortcomings, in this case the school. Its true, this program may not Be for everyone. Passing the CPNE is no small feat, it is Thee test of your clinical Competency at the level of a Graduate nurse, not a student, your practicing and learning comes on your own- which isnt even entirely true. Tbey offer ma y additio al courses and workshops to aid in your success. They give you the blueprint to pass, they are clear when they say, the requirements outlinef are the minimum standard accepted for success, if you do not complete these standards, you will not be successful ,there is practice and review that is up to you to perform. This school is nationally accredited, it has been deemed an appropriate means of further education for specifically nursing by the National League for Nursing (who also designated it a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education) and by the Accredidation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly the NLNAC or National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, the top two places you look at Any nursing programs to see if they are accredited by these facilities. It is Not a scam. It isn't a diploma factory, if it were, these people who were not successful would in fact be here singing its praises. I will likely go on to take my RN to MSN with Excelsior, I had zero complaints. I had been an LPN for 16 years when I started the program.
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Will919 (Graduate) on July 11, 2013 (email verified)

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Pleased with my ASN via Excelsior (Regents) I was a student at (Regents College) now known as Excelsior and completed my Associates in Science Nursing in 1999. I am very pleased where it's got me. Currently I am a RN on the Rapid Response Team in a large Level 1 Trauma Center. There are only 5 of us out of 800+ RN's. I had to test against RN's with BSN's to obtain the position,. Ultimately, I believe Excelsior prepared me well. I know some folks complain about the CPNE. I believe CPNE is the only way Excelsior can verify that a student is ready to clinically function as a RN. Students must understand this. There are workshops and forums to help students achieve this. I don't think Excelsior is for everyone. However, if you are motivated and have the ability to study on your own this program is for you. It worked GREAT for me I was able to get through the course quickly but having said that I worked my butt off. In closing I am grateful Excelsior was there for me.....Thank you Excelsior!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 20, 2013 (email verified)

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All About MONEY !! It took me seven years to squeeze this program out as they squeezed me for yearly fees. As a working man, it took a lot of time to accumulate the money needed for each module and study material. I also had to attend some tougher classes (microbiology) on my own dime. I took some study classes to prepare for the practical exam. At bout that time I received notice from the school that I was being removed from the program as I had been a student for the max seven years! I had to get a permission letter from the "dean" to finish the program. I had to fly to Milwaukee to take the practical, which I didn't know was $2000! Add the $775 in expenses certainly put the pressure on!! Made it through the first clinical night ok, but then failed by transposing MG numbers on one patient. My second failure was for applying a nitro patch BEFORE removing the existing patch on the other arm 10 seconds later!! In my post exam interview, they offered me to re-take the practical one month later for another two grand. I can't write my response on this site. It's all about the money with these people, folks. Don't do it!! Their clinical test-out isn't recognized by many institutions anyway. For what it's worth, take a loan and go through a REAL RN program. Mike, Ohio.
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Martinvasquez15 (Graduate) on May 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Outstanding Experience and School Great school to attend, it's also demanding you will earn your degree. The support network is outstanding and there was never a moment where I wouldn't call and not be satisfied. I completed the BSL program after transferring in with a 2yr degree. I completed all degree requirement in March 13' and will be conferred on 17 May 2013, a little over 19 months for completion. As for respectability of the degree I am having no issues getting offers on jobs on the state and federal level. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for advancement at their own pace.
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B_msoller (In Progress) on March 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Excelsior College is awesome! Excelsior College was such a great decision for my career and education. Their Professors were awesome and provided an educational environment that allowed me to provide honest input, and actually responded to you individually. I will never regret my BS in Liberal Studies!
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Carabear2002 (In Progress) on March 22, 2013

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Can Not Get License in CA Just to let you know if you EVER plan to move to California (maybe other states as well) you can not attend this school! California Board of Nursing does not recognize this school as it does not offer traditional clinicals!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 9, 2013

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Ok...but... I completed the AAS in Nursing a number of years ago. The exams weren't too bad, and I failed the first CPNE, passed the second. I have an AA in Humanities and a BS Management, aside from my nursing degree. When getting my transcripts evaluated, I was aggravated to find out that they wanted me to take another English class for "professional writing" which I had taken as an upper level class in my BS degree which made no sense to me. I was enrolled in the MS Nursing program, but found the classes impossible to complete because of "team projects" which are very difficult because everyone works different shifts, live in different parts of the country, etc. I wanted to do online learning becasue that is what I wanted to avoid. If I want to do a team project, I'll go to the local school and work with people who live in the same time zone! I recommend the AAS in Nursing, but beyond that, forget it.
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Sjopie (Graduate) on March 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Worked for Me I just finished my last class towards a BS in Liberal Studies. Not exactly the degree I dreamed of but a degree I feel I worked hard to get. Online education (as a working adult) is no joke. I read and wrote a lot but luckily had some flexibility to take courses that interested me. As a career military member with 7 different colleges and an AAS in Architecture, I knew finishing a BS in Architecture was not going to be possible. Excelsior helped me tie it all together. Good staff support and overall, the instructors were effective but sometimes seemed inconsistent with writing standards; I think the same could be said about a traditional "brick and mortar" colleges. Bottom line, I worked my tail off to attain my degree and Excelsior College worked for me.
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Chiromed0 (Graduate) on February 21, 2013 (email verified)

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Associates in Science - Nursing is fine w/caveat. Here's the deal. It really isn't set up to teach you anything at least not from scratch. You don't get in without prior experience and prior learning so you shouldn't be starting from scratch. They are just validating the transferable knowledge and skills to entry level nursing. That's it. I have come to find that the nursing profession is very protective but ignorant in terms of how ubiquitous some skills and knowledge are in health professions. They won't give you credit without clinicals done in nursing at a hospital, period. Doesn't matter how much other experience you have. That's where this program is lacking; clinical experience. However redundant it may be for some of us the bottom line is the nursing profession demands it and it's a real struggle in a tight job market to try to get a RN job without it (obviously, I haven't as of yet). So, can you get your degree quickly? Yes (some in as little as 3-4 months). Is it legitimate? Yes (Never been questioned once about the school itself, just no clinical experience). Can you get licensed? Absolutely...well, maybe. Depends on where you live, they will make you jump through hurdles and there are many reasons for it, some just plain political so buyer beware. I had no problems with all that-I'm licensed but w/o nursing experience so it's a struggle and I'm looking into Oklahoma which requires "post licensure" clinicals even though I have a nursing compact license. So I'll have to do clinicals in that state to get a license there. The school is real, been around a long time so saying it's a joke, etc., is just plain stupid. It's regionally accredited and that's the gold standard so that's that.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 14, 2013

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Awesome I found this college to be amazing, and know many people who have graduated from this school and gone on in their fields and succeeded well and some are even now making 6 figures a year. This school is not meant for people with no life / previous college experience. Their main purpose is to help adults finish degrees. So, if you have never gone to school before, of course it is going to be more expensive. However, to all the people that say it is a scam it is a non for profit federally funded institution and has been around since the 70's. I do not see it being over priced considering I also have a BA in psychology from A DIFFERENT COLLEGE in NY and it cost me nearly $60,000 and I had 30 transfer credits. And of course the exams and testing are going to be harder, the instructors need to know that your regularly practicing the material.
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Hendricks_rf (Graduate) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Exhilirating Experience Excelsior is an excellent institution of higher learning that's well worth the time and effort. I graduated the Master of Arts, Liberal Studies, Global Strategies program in March 2008. This program expanded my critical thinking and analytical abilities to a high degree. The professors I had were knowledgeable and inspired me to go deeper into each subject. I use one course, Strategic Problem Solving, in my life on a regular basis. It uses a practical method to approach issues with confidence, vision, and the power of certainty. Professor David B. Broad teaches it, and he teaches people how to think, not what to think. I would recommend this program to anyone that wants to improve their thinking and writing.
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Zobar12 (Graduate) on January 13, 2013

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ASN and BSN IN NURSING I am an Excelsior nursing graduate. Happy and proud to announce. Since then, I have moved on to my masters in nursing FNP. I wish Excelsior would add DNP and Clinical masters paths! Since graduating from Excelsior I have not been in a program as Excelsior's programs that I took. Very good school bar none. Also, shame on those states that do not recognize Excelsior Associates in Nursing degree. They have no idea. Excelsior nursing graduates can run circles around those graduates from traditional schools so recognized by CA and GA and I do not know what other state? (that do not recognize Excelsion ASN graduates). They just do not know. Go Excelsior, proud to be your graduate two times over! and ready to take the Masters in Nursing Education certificate. Cheap and affordable eduation that does not make one quit working. I have more to say, but what the heck..., nuff said.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 6, 2013 (email verified)

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Got me into grad school I had a lot of classes at multiple universities (UAF, UWash) over several years, had been in-and-out of school, and switched majors five or six times. Life happens. And none of which made a degree. My transfer credits, AP exams, and CLEP exams got me a BA Liberal Studies (1999). For me, it was cheap and easy. Later, my Regents (Excelsior) degree, combined with a very (very) good GRE score, got me into a (liberal arts-related) graduate school at a public mid-major, where I finished a PhD. Excelsior probably will not get you into a top-tier graduate school -- and these days, jobs are scarce in academia for everyone, even at the top -- but it can work for smart and self-directed students, even if you want to pursue graduate studies.
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Rmtemsguy (In Progress) on December 30, 2012 (email verified)

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BEWARE OF THIRD-PARTY TEST-PREP COMPANIES!! There have been some posts on this forum concerning Excelsior College requiring all the money up front for all the coursework you need to complete your degree. Excelsior College DOES NOT ask for all the money up front, or ask you to sign any sort of "contract" concerning up-front payment! These individuals obviously dealt with a test preparation or for-profit publishing company instead of Excelsior directly. My recommendation would be to always deal with the school directly. There are companies out there that print study materials, guides, etc., but have NO association with the school whatsoever. I have heard others report that some of these companies claim to have an association or partnership with Excelsior, but this claim is simply NOT true! I cannot say from personal experience what any of these companies have claimed as I never dealt with any of them directly. Excelsior clearly states on their website that they DO NOT endorse or partner with any test preparation or for-profit publishing company. Excelsior does maintain a list of these companies that have voluntarily agreed to follow a set of best practices set forth by the college, but this is the extent of their involvement with these organizations. Apparently some of these companies evaluate what you need to complete your degree, and ask that you pay for all of their study materials and other fee's up front, or sign a contract to finance the entire amount (again, I cannot speak about this from personal experience because I have not dealt with any of these organizations directly, but have heard this from many, many other people). Excelsior College WILL NOT ask you to pay for everything up front! I am within a few credits of completing my Nursing degree through Excelsior (have completed all the Nursing requirements), and have NEVER been asked to "pay ahead" like that. Please BEWARE of some of these third-party companies! Do your due diligence before either using their study materials or signing any contracts with them, and check with Excelsior and the Better Business Bureau.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Well worth it! Due to geographical relocations and "life", I had undergraduate credits compiled from large universities that I wanted to compile into a degree. Excelsior offered the accredited-program that I needed to "tie it all together" with a few additional courses. Other schools had basic residency course requirements that were prohibitive as far as cost and time. The courses that I took through Excelsior were challenging, in several cases more-so, than the brick and mortar classes that I have taken over the years. I found the professors knowledgeable and responsive. Yes there is a lot of writing required, and the online format requires self-direction. They do not baby you. But for the right person, it is a great solution to move forward and complete a degree that is accredited and will also get you into a graduate-school program, if that is your goal.
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Valentine.steven (Graduate) on November 25, 2012 (email verified)

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BS Liberal studies While in the Air Force I attended several colleges. Excelsior accepted most of my credits from the schools and several from the Community College of the Air Force. The CCAF is where I was trained to do my jobs in the AF and they are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is very important to ensure what kind of accreditation a school has to Excelsior. I earned a Liberal Studies degree with excelsior and a Homeland Security certification; great support, lots of writing, experienced instructors guide the courses and know the material. If you are an enlisted person, don't hesitate to get your degree with excelsior, they are regionally accredited and can lead to a commission, a really good degree prior to getting out or retiring, or making yourself more competitive for the SNCO board. I highly recommend Excelsior.
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Meby2k (In Progress) on November 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Rigorous But Well Worth It I have been enrolled in a bunch of colleges throughout my career, both military and civilian (I am a veteran but not career military) and Excelsior accepted them all, including my Navy SMARTS transcript. Outstanding teachers, excellent courses, 100% online. The instructors have high standards and the classes are rigorous and not for someone expecting to skate through with a C, but Excelsior is a great place to earn a convenient and fully accredited, accepted-everywhere degree. I will be graduating in March 2013 with my BS in Liberal Studies with Emphasis in Admin. Mgt./PoliSci and have already been conditionally accepted to Villanova University's (Top Senior University in the North Region, US News) MPA program pending receipt of my BS diploma. My Master's admission success was very much based on the strength of Excelsior's programs. I would stack my degree up against anyone's.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 28, 2012 (email verified)

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Accredited Degree for working adults Previously I had attended 3 colleges. I had been in Architecture and got to the point that I wanted to take a break. I moved back to my hometown and started working a State job. It would have been difficult to quit my job to move out of town to attend a school of Architecture. At this point I just wanted to finish a Bachelors Degree so that I would have a degree from all my work. I had about 6 years of college classes. Excelsior (Regents College under the University of the State of NY at that time) allowed me to put my credits together and finish a Liberal Arts Degree so that my credits would be of value to me. It is State and Regionally accredited. The courses that I took to complete my degree were hard courses that required a lot of study. Previously I had thought that correspondence courses would be easier than attending classes. Boy was I wrong. Many correspondence courses require a few to several times more work than traditional classes, and require more mastery of the subject. But most of my previous credits were traditional courses. I have noticed that many State Colleges are offering more courses by correspondence and online. Excelsior was a pioneer in this. It was ahead of it's time. I'm very thankful to have found this program so that I could finish a degree. Also, I understand that many people in the military are students in Excelsior also. The most important thing is that you have to have a goal and stick to it. It takes maturity and determination.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 22, 2012 (email verified)

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Not worth the money As a medical provider for a number of years I felt like cross-training but didn't have time for a traditional program. Like many students Excelsior took a back burner for the first few years, with annual fees being paid. Finally buckled down and got serious over training, completing studies to take an exam ~3 months. Near the end of the exams, another exam was added, adding extra time and money to the program. When that exam was done, another exam was added. No attempts at grandfathering students who had been with Excelsior for a while were made. Information on required exams often difficult to come by. Online FCCA a joke, no instructor input for first 3 weeks of 8 week course. A take it until you pass mentality didn't indicate that each score was cumulative. No feedback from FCCA. After years, many extra hoops and thousands of dollars, no degree secondary to poor planning and implementation of courses, poorly designed and inadequately described FCCA, and nearly non-existent clinical training requiring months on a waiting list to achieve. If you have the patience and just want a standard RN, go for it. Otherwise save your money and sanity and go with a traditional school, at least you have receive actual clinical education, and not the weekend bit you have through Excelsior.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Makes getting an educations simple but not easy. I had a little trouble getting enrolled, but once I was in the program, things flowed smoothly. They accepted all but four of my previous credits, they kept up on my status reports, and they were clear about my financial aid. Most of my teachers were quick to respond and offered helpful feedback. More than simply gaining a degree, I learned something while I was in school. My husband had some issues with one professor's lack of math skills (grading) and with the finance office, but he called them and resolved each issue quickly and to our satisfaction.
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YOURLIFEISGOLD (Graduate) on August 8, 2012 (email verified)

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I PASSED CPNE-YOU MUST STUDY THEIR WAY I will be graduating Excelsior's bridge program for Associate Degree in Nursing in a few days. I have to say that I first and foremost saw the people I tested with, some failed, some passed. You MUST study what excelsior offers you to pass. Some people never even read the study guide before going, nor do they practice their labs! It's just like any other school, THEIR way or NO WAY. PERIOD. You wouldnt go take a final exam without studying the final review, so why go take the CPNE without memorizing the study guide for it, and taking the offered support workshops? I took an excelsior workshop, was on a free yahoo group with other students called freehelpexcelsior and I passed first time, no repeats! Even if the CE says you did something wrong, and tries to fail you, if you know that study guide, then you can stand on that, and they can not fail you! its simple- You have the ammuntion, use it. Love it, will continue on with my bachelors through them. YOu can do it! I've seen it done. I did it. You can too.!
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Lt2 (Graduate) on July 23, 2012 (email verified)

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Useless degree Even though I completed my degree by taking courses at very decent traditional colleges including NYU, my degree is essentially worthless. I can't get into any decent graduate programs. No one ever heard of Excelsior. It even sounds like the name of a diploma mill, or a comic book slogan. The old name Regents was much better. They need to expand their graduate offerings so people like me have somewhere to go to further in their academic careers.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 20, 2012

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Unrealistic Perfection with CPNE My CPNE experience started at Chambersburg with 9 LPN's, 5 who were repeat testers. Being a retester myself I was more than prepared for my 2nd go around. 5 of the 9 failed some of the labs the first evening. The labs are simple skills, there is no teaching involved, you either know how to do the skill the "Excelsior way", perfectly or you fail. By the morning of the third day there were 3 of us present to start the final day of patient testing. By the end of the day I was the only LPN who passed the CPNE. I, myself, had to argue with the examiner and the CA over the idenification process I used for my first pt. or I also would have failed. I checked the ID band then when back to the PCS form and compared the name and birthday. No where does it say that you must have you PCS paper in your hand when you check the pt. ID band but I was going to fail because of that anyway. The whole testing process expects unrealistic perfection with examiners who aren't always giving you their undivided attenton. I had examiners scan wrong meds, scan wrong pts. and gave me info from the wrong pts. chart. But those mistakes were overloooked. You are a student and should be treated like one. There should be some element of teaching by these "Masters" nurses. I realize this is only one weekend but no human is that perfect. Maybe an element of scoring with marks off for mistakes, graded according to severity would help. I'm not saying to give a passing grade away but when you have a pass/fail of 10% passing there is definitely something wrong. Unless you are someone who thrives on perfection and unbelievable pressure I suggest looking elsewhere to obtain your RN.
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Bishop142 (Graduate) on June 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Outstanding! I recently obtained my B.S. in liberal Arts with a concentration in Criminal Justice Administration. I have been enrolled with Excelsior College since 2002. I merged credits from previous schools (all brick and mortar)and several schools I have attended throughour my 19-year military career with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. My full-time occupation is a police officer. This solid academic institution provided me with rich support, guidance, and flexibility. I strongly recommend this school to military members, and those individuals who have an arduous work schedule. The courses are tedious but fair. A concerted effort is emphasized while taking courses at ESC as it is not automatic that students pass. Lastly, I was accepted to a Tier 1 graduate school in New York (brick & mortar) as my 3.51 average was conducive to now being enrolled with that institution. Excelsior College may not be for everyone, but those who obtained their degree from this school have truly earned it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 27, 2012 (email verified)

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EXCELLENT... EXCELLENT program and the ONLY College that would take my all of my credits from seven different schools. The support and guidance by the staff was excellent. They evaluated my credits and goals and together we put a plan together to achieve my goal. Best part is that I could take classes at any college of my choice with full confidence that the credit would apply to my degree. Working full time at a major corporation and being a dad I could not have completed my degree any other way and having my bachelors has been essential for my career. I took all my classes through an online program which was ideal for me and saved SO much time. I HIGHLY recommend this program for those that have units from multiple schools. Unlike any other program they give you credit for and respect the hard work you have put in at other colleges.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 26, 2012 (email verified)

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No Problems I graduated with my associates of applied science in nursing. I was able to test out of everything using their Excelsior College Exams and passed the CPNE with no repeats. It's not an easy program, but it's definitely doable if you are highly motivated. I have had no trouble getting jobs or transfering my credits to other colleges. I really have no complaints and recommend this college for those who are highly motivated independent learners.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 19, 2012

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Please, please, please, don't go there. Studying on your own and passing the written exams @ a testing center is OK. But the staff of Excelsior College knows they will get you @ the CPNE, their so-called "Clinical" testing. It's a RIDICULOUS SCAM. It is not an objective exam but completely subjective. If the CE said you did something wrong, there is no way to prove her wrong. Why? Because she has a master degree and you are only a "student nurse". If you don't believe me, do what we all do. Exchange e-mail with the other students you will meet in the lobby and after the exam, see how many pass. In my two former attempts, it was 0. If they would take only your $2000.00, that would be OK but they are also trying to take your pride. How can an exam be based on the slightest thing you do wrong when you are a nervous wreck "student nurse"? As a student, I can fail any CE with master or not because a human being is always going to do something wrong.
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Lej6521 (In Progress) on April 12, 2012

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LEJ from Slatington, PA I was in a bachelor of science in general business curriculum. I had to take a capstone course BUS 495 business strategy. It was an 8 week format. The problem with the course is you had to work on the business strategy game in a group. Some of my group members couldn't be contacted because they weren't in the United States. You had to do 2 case studies that were 10-12 pages in length, a report and power point on the business strategy game which took a lot of time, complete a 10 page business portfolio, along with 6 posts a week(2 initial, and a 4 responses to other students). I am a working person who went to a traditional brick and mortar school, I didn't get nearly that amount of work. The instructor was no help because she didn't want to be contacted by phone only by email where it took a long time to respond. She said to me that I am a tough grader. She had a PHD but, I believe she did not know how to facilitate online courses. I encourage everyone who is in business to do your research before enrolling in this college. From what I hear from other students, they were correct, you waste more time doing discussing questions and writing case studies. Also, there is no real interaction between classmates unless you are posting answers to discussion questions. The instructor wasn't very personable. In the fall, I am going back to the New Jersey School of Technology where I can have real interaction with my professors and classmates.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 21, 2012

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Couldn't have done it any other way This program isn't for everyone, but it was the perfect program for me. Given my transient military lifestyle, I required the flexibility and portability that this program offered. The exam format prepared me well for the NCLEX-RN. I passed the state board on my first attempt. The CPNE is no joke. It is rigorous, as well it should be! I passed on my first attempt, with no repeats on any of the lab sims or PCSs, so it can be done, contrary to what some have alleged.
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Bonniensaleena (Graduate) on February 1, 2012 (email verified)

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RN I could not have done it any other way. Excelsior was an adult learner's dream school. Just do the learning, and then prove it through testing. I was well prepared for the NCLEX. Passed the first time. Did not buy any books, just borrowed them from libraries. Think I might go on with them for the BSN. Have heard good reviews, and they give a discount to former students! I do not think a motivated adult can go wrong with choosing Excelsior College.
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Lynda300 (Graduate) on December 12, 2011 (email verified)

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Excelsior College: An Unforgettable Experience I enrolled with Excelsior College with the hopes of being near graduation by the end of a year. Imagine my surprise when I was holding my RN license in my hand exactly 10 months from the date of my first exam!! The mound of support from people that you may never meet is overwhelming. Going through each exam with others with identical goals, triumphs, and tribulations made this experience one-of-a-kind. Being disciplined is a must, as there is no one to force you to study in distance learning. And there is a lot of reading and studying. No college is 'giving' away degrees. It has to be and it will be earned. As far as the CPNE at the end, Excelsior provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to pass the exam, including information on available workshops and materials needed for success. I, along with many others, passed on the first attempt. So do NOT be discouraged by the negativity about this exam. It can be done if you pay attention. I gave a score of 1 on the teachers because, in distance education, there are no teachers or classrooms...only online friends for support and yourself. So,if you need a fast track to your degree or if you need to slow it down a bit, Excelsior College is the one for you!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 3, 2011

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B.A. Liberal Arts Excellent and flexible option for finishing a degree. I found that there was more work than with a traditional "brick and mortar" University/College, and the faculty are all skilled and qualified in their field. I take this as a huge positive and indication that this school takes it's accreditation seriously.
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Marijanejenkins (Graduate) on November 2, 2011 (email verified)

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Not a scam I had been an LPN for many years and could not work full time and go to a traditional school. I went to this program and graduated with an AAS in Nursing. I passed my clinicals the 1st time! if you prepare for the clinicals, study exactly what they tell you to study, you can pass the first time! I hate reading some of the reviews that say this is a scam...IT IS NOT A SCAM AND CAN BE DONE! The ones that don't pass weren't prepared and now they want to blame the college! I took my NCLEX AND PASSED THE 1st time too! I have been an R.N. for 6 years, and could not have done it without Excelsior College!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 1, 2011

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CPNE-Excelsior college The CPNE was unrealistically ridiculous!! Four of the six students testing over the weekend were there for the second try, and I am not sure those four passed this time. Just an example of how ridiculous it was, at the simulation lab of the IV pust station I made sure there were no bubbles in the syringe, tipped it upside down (like I had seen others testing do) The CE took it over to the CA and asked if she could see a bubble. The CA started beating on the syringe with a pen to see if she could make a bubble pop up. Fluid from the syringe was splattering everywhere, then she states, no don't see a bubble. I passed that station the first time, but, by then I was a nervous wreck. The clinicals are not an indication of if you practice safe nursing, but, how much criticizem can you take and still perform to their 100% accuracy expectation. I am looking into transfering my credits to a local college and going that route. The college already told me though they didn't think the A & P will be accepted, that is another $350.00 wasted. (just for the exam not including the books) I DO NOT RECOMMEND EXCELSIOR COLLEGE.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 1, 2011 (email verified)

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Excelsior is GREATfor the right individual! I was a very experienced paramedic when I completed my ASN at Excelsior. I had been enrolled for several years and had completed only one exam when I got serious about completing the program and followed this method: Schedule an exam on a Friday, follow the suggested reading list exactly with great diligence, take the exam and if you pass schedule the next exam for the very next Friday, repeat. This will require 8-12 hours per day Monday thru Thursday, a high level of self motivation, great reading retention / test taking ability, and a lifetime of previous medical experience. The exam that focuses on administrative processes should be simple to pass without study, I doubled it up with another exam on the same day and made an A on it without studying, while getting a B on the other. What you have to realize is that when they say "show what you know" they mean it, and the CPNE is the most difficult testing experience I have ever dealt with. Imagine a 1980s style ACLS mega code experience for two and a half days! But it can be done! You need to actually read the CPNE preparation manual, fully understand it, and be able to perform under pressure. I attended Excelsior's CPNE workshop about three months before taking the CPNE, prepared diligently, and passed the first time; as did five out of seven on my weekend. Really only for the experienced, able, and brave!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 29, 2011 (email verified)

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Difficult.....but Achievable I thought the Excelsior experience was overall positive. I had been an LPN for 32 years, but had practiced a different discipline until I returned to Nursing 10 years ago. What was great is that it did not impact my life negatively. I enjoyed my day to day life, and took a test when I felt like it. This school was great until the time for the clinical portion. I was fortunate that I passed first time around, however that is not the case for many, many students. So much time and money already invested, and then this incredible hurdle to has to be cleared. I truly believe some changes need to be made. That could make this school and this degree a much more pleasant and positive experience. It is the subjective nature of the test, and how it is graded that is the problem. It can and should be changed...for the betterment of the student and school. I would say attend this school, with the provision knowing what is up ahead. All could be for not, if unable to pass one weekend in a hospital...I had to be the most stressful weekend I have ever experienced. I cannot imagine ever having to repeat that test!
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Douglaslewis777 (Graduate) on August 16, 2011

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Outstanding school Outstanding school. Definitely worth the time, the effort, and finishing. The class schedule is all up to you. You can find classes in your area that will transfer in or take classes at the college. I am currently pursuing an MBA from another college. The instructors were great, the administration is great, & graduation was a blast. They really take care of you. I couldn't attend regular classes, but this was a way to complete all of my credits. Not to mention, I was one of the rare students who had soo many credits but couldn't apply them all to the school I wanted. Excelsior saved me years by helping to pull everything together. This is an excellent school, method of learning, and way to "get there." The prices are good too... just compare prices yourself. The school name literally means ever upward. Great school & every bit as challenging as other schools. Maybe even more so because you have to be disciplined to work. Anything worth having requires work on your part. Can't say enough about the staff & program. This is the education of the future and they were doing this when everyone else was just thinking about it. It is a model for distance learning. Great school. ~Recent grad.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 18, 2011

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Excelsior College Needs to Change their CPNE Eval Excelsior College is capable of graduating top notch nurses IF you can pass the CPNE. It's very hard not to think that the pass/fail criteria is not a "set up" to make money off of people. Please beware when taking their Clinical Competency exam as there is NO margin for mistake or failure which is very unlike traditional nursing schools. You pay $2000.00 to travel to one of their hospital sites for 2 1/2 days and most likely you will have to repeat it. They classify you as a "graduate nurse" which is suspect considering that you can't graduate before you pass the clinical exam. I just think they REALLY need to change the pass/fail criteria and include some teaching during clinicals since you ARE still really a student during this phase. I would not be surprised when they end up in court over this.
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Linderrichard (Graduate) on July 4, 2011

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Excelsior College is the best value available if one performs sufficient research ****Items rated as five should be considered N/A**** First of all I would like to clarify that I earned an associates in science, a two year transfer degree and intend to one day complete a four year degree (probably from Excelsior). I would also like to clarify that I never took any actual classes with Excelsior and am not sure why anyone would, not because the classes are poor (from what I've heard they are good but not cost effective) but because the primary reason Excelsior is successful is that it has no "residency requirement" (in other words, one need not take classes there to get a degree if sufficient credit has been accumulated elsewhere). I took this route, using ACE reviewed credit sources, tests, certifications, and other college credit. It was a hassle getting everything sorted out, the friendly representatives were great to talk to; however, the process was not always efficient and mistakes were made. Long story short, I highly recommend Excelsior as the most cost effective solution to earning a degree if one is to take advantage of the lack of residency requirement. It was cheaper than my community college in Colorado springs would have been. Just keep in mind that getting a degree this way comes with its own set of headaches and that it requires tons of research. I used www.degreeforum.net and www.degreeinfo.com quite a bit to get my credit sources figured out. Other good schools for implementing this option (ie. they have no residency requirement) are Thomas Edison State College (TESC) and Charter Oaks State College (COSC). Both have more expensive annual fees than excelsior (last I checked) so in my mind Excelsior is by far the most efficient associates degree option while the others become more competitive when getting a four year degree. I hope this is helpful!
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Mhamilton80 (Graduate) on June 10, 2011

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LPN to ASN alumni from Missouri Using the online materials truly enhanced this learning experience for me, and I believe they can help anyone with reasonable tech/online skills. The school itself holds an immense reputation of manufacturing top notch nurses, and for that reason the program can be challenging. Trust me I remember my CPNE (clinical) very well. Of the six people that started two of us passed. So, don't be fooled, this program will metamorphosize you into a well prepared and well respected nurse. If that appeals to you, this may be your school. If you can't handle high pressure situations, or you think its too much, this may not be your school. Also if you aren't self-confident and self-motivated, or you can't learn their strict system of rigorous assessment, it may not be for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 3, 2011

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BS Liberal Studies, Psychology Emphasis I have no issues with Excelsior. Be prepared to write essays. Most of the courses require a good deal of writing. If that is not your forte, It would be advisable to look elsewhere. The eight week sessions are demanding. I had substantial interactions with the admissions,financial aid, and academic advising personnel. All of them tried hard to provide a high level of service.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 22, 2011

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Bachelor of Science Political Science I have completed my Associates degree at my local brick and mortar community college. Excelsior College proved to be rather challenging as well as rewarding. I completed my Bachelors degree in Political Science at this institution after having to transfer once I went on active duty. Overall it is a good school with valid regional accreditation. Its affordable and flexible for Soldiers who have to move around allot.
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Alburl824 (Graduate) on April 6, 2011 (email verified)

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Good Experience Overall, I had good experience completing my degree at Excelsior. Because I had attended several different colleges and changed majors, I had over 170 hours without a degree, I only needed 13 semester hours. They accepted most of my previous CLEP and DANTES tests scores and all of my previous classes. I was lacking the required upper level credits. I completed my degree requirements in less than 3 months after my initial evaluation was completed. Yes the fees are high, but when you look at the overall costs it was a bargain. No minimum number of classes I had to take, no restrictions on the amount of transfer credits, and no maximum of credits by college level testing. So I only paid about $2500 to complete the 13 semester hours, mainly by testing including all required fees. So I now I have job that I couldn't have without my degree and the satisfaction of being a graduate.
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Mariewrinn (Graduate) on April 4, 2011

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Bachelor Science in Nursing I looked at many options to complete my bachelor's degree. I was working as a nurse and traveled a lot when I started a new non-profit. On-line was the best way to go, plus the credits earned through examinations. For the level of practice I needed, Excelsior College provided a great experience. To address some of the negative reviews, not all colleges are accredited in each state. You must give it due diligence to chose a program that will meet the clinical hours for the state you plan on practicing in. To complete any on-line program, you will need to be a self-starter. You do not have face to face encounters with your co-students and instructors. I have classmates from around the world in my classes. I found their experiences added more depth to the program.
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Bb00792801d (Graduate) on February 6, 2011 (email verified)

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Not bad for military, but not sure of real world use I completed my associates degree in a little over a year with my SMART transcript. The math instructors provided good tools to make the information easier to understand. The other classes rely on papers and projects more than tests (since they are taken online) to test the students knowledge. I used Excelsior to get my degree for advancement in the Navy, but I am not sure about its real world value. I plan on going to a State university once I retire to complete my degree.
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Luciani.bl (Graduate) on January 31, 2011 (email verified)

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Lots of writing and solid material. I finished my BS in Liberal Studies with a dual focus in Administative Management and Psychology recently, after a 22-year military career where I attended Texas Tech University, University of Hawaii, and University of Phoenix along the way. Excelsior recognized my experience and previous efforts, drew up a plan with multiple options and guided me to the finish line. For any military person, it's a no-brainer for online education. You will do alot of essay writing because it's online, but you will be very prepared to move on to the Master's program if needed to. I'm starting mine in March.
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Jengle (In Progress) on January 22, 2011 (email verified)

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Madison CPNE Nursing Don't spend your time or money unless you plan to finish your ADN by paying for the final Exam at one of their "teaching" hospitals at least twice. The exam process - Labs are not difficult but are EXTRAORDINARILY SUBJECTIVE and set for failure if you are taking the test for the first time. The PCS(s) are also not difficult but again if you are only paying for the first time - plan on paying a second time before you pass - Very unlikely you will pass on the first time. Interruptions were continuous from the "lead" instructor throughout my process. He was a very high strung and arrogant CA, the regular instructors were continuously second guessed and interrupted as well. My Fail of the first PCS was on a misspelled word which the CE stated was not an issue and the CA stated failure for that reason anyway. He thought Asthma was spelled asthna....so that gives you an idea of just how subjectively knit picky they can be. All other aspects of the entire care plan and critical elements were more than satisfactory as stated by my CE. 6 Students were going to one facility and all were on their second time - they all passed the first night without repeat. The 6 students I was with had no successes and of course we had not yet paid FOR THE SECOND TIME YET - I am certain some of them will - I will not and am now discontinuing any further education through excelsior for this reason. This is very doable if you have the time and CASH$$$$$$ to repeat the program. Even when taking into account the second and third time taking it, there is only a 60% pass rate. I don't know the pass rate for first timers but I am betting it is around 10%. I have two other degrees from excelsior and two from othe institutions that are not extension or online programs and it pains me to say - DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE ALOT OF IT TO WASTE!!!! And.... Mr Gump with two "R"'s you and excelsior know who I am talking about... Get Real...You are the most high strung, rude, ego centric "instructor" I have ever met. Sorry your life has not been going well but we are people too. Personally you treated me like less than a pre-schooler; although I wouldn't have expected the rudeness and anger and obvious dissatisfaction in your own life to have shown so extensively toward a 3-5 year old child the way it did when you spoke AT me in such a disrespectful and disregarding manner. i truly hope Excelsior faculty will read this as well as anyone planning to waste their valuable time and resources in pursuit of this program. I was very well prepared and am no stranger to study. I am 50 years old and planned to excel in this new career path as I have done in my previous endeavors but not at the loss of my integrity. I am more upset about the treatment by this "Instructor" than the loss of the money and time. All any of us were looking for was a fair shake and it was OVERTLY obvious that all this instructor was looking for was JOB SECURITY by way of continued attrition and repeated PAYMENT!! Shame on you and Shame on Excelsior!!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 1, 2010

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I was very pleased I have just recently completed my ADN through Excelsior College and I was very pleased with the College. I went through The College Network for all of my courses who were amazing. Their courses were designed for working adults and loved the format of the courses. After completion of the courses I enrolled into excelsior college and did not think that the clinicals were very difficult at all. If you prepare with what they tell you you will do fine. I hear these storis that Excelsior College wont pss you at the weekend clinical but when I hear stories like that then the student must not have been prepared as they should have. Best advice I can give for the clinical is to act like states is in the buliding and you will do just fine. I would reccomend the program to anyone because it helped me get my degree without making any classroom attendance and it was once of the best decisions of my life.
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Simoneaux_k (In Progress) on November 22, 2010

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Swindled I'm an LPN and took the online program. I took 14 subjects and a clinical. As a single parent, I worked two jobs to pay Excelsior. After paying them $12,000 cash, no loans, no government assitance. They gave me the materials, told me what to study and learn. Then failed me for petty things at the clinical. I did the whole program, jumped through hoops, paid and took new programs as they kept adding to wait i needed to do to graduate, but they failed me anyway. They were unfair, unreasonable, and greedy. As they failed me, they gave me an application to pay another $2,000 to apply to do another clinical in 6 months. I believe I gave them the money they wanted for a nursing education, but no degree because i didn't wash my hands before entering a closet the hallway outside a patient room. I didn't harm a patient. In fact, i didn't even get to meet the patient. There wer 8 of us testing that weekend. 1 student passed. This school needs to be investigated for their unfair practices. For selling products that the consumer cannot use. 12K invested, and I'm still an LPN. I'm exactly where I started 2 years ago. and I'm not the only one.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 16, 2010 (email verified)

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CPNE the stop gate POOR PASS% The CPNE, the stop gatefor the LVN to RN program, Very poor pass rate. very subjective, they want more mone.
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Melo369 (Graduate) on August 29, 2010 (email verified)

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Impressive online college As a recent graduate of Excelsior College (BS in Liberal Studies/focus: Sociology), I was truly impressed overall. After earning my Associate's Degree at a (regionally accredited) junior college, Excelsior accepted all my credits as I pursued a Bachelor's Degree. They offered various ways to earn credits; I took advantage of ECEs, DANTES exams, distance classes with BYU, and LSU. I truly felt challenged during my studies as it wasn't a "walk in the park" to complete my degree. I only experienced one negative issue with my advisor, but he was receptive and proffesional throughout the process; ultimately I supported my argument with documentation and the issue was resolved. Excelsior's advisors and librarians were excellent with respect to inquiries and assistant; they were rapid and clear with replies and followed up with an email. I did not feel like I was left to "sink or swim." I believe Excelsior's tuition and fees are reasonable;you'll surely save money if you exercise your option to earn credits with other associated schools or via examination. Excelsior's commencement at the Empire State Convention Center was an awesome experience as it was well organized and featured distinguished speakers. I recommend Excelsior College to highly motivated working adults, who cannot attend traditional "Brick and Mortar" schools.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 16, 2010 (email verified)

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Very positive experience I am 2 classes away from finishing my ADN. I purchased my books on amazon and made payments on my enrollment fee while doing the program. I opted to go straight through excelsior without college network or any of the other publishing companies which charged up to 5000 more. You don;t need it. I'm glad I bought the 8 books and had all of that knowledge at my finger tips. Each class comes with an outline that tells you what you need to know. I saw a negative review that stated the material provided was not enough. Well as a nurse you need to be able to think for your self. If you can you'll love this program. P.S. Do it with a few friends to keep you motivated. We should be done in less than 9 months.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 10, 2010 (email verified)

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Pretty decent Had an issue at the beginning with them not updating my required courses. I had to contact them to find out what classes I still needed. It is expensive, but equaled out since I did not need to miss work to attend class. I am currently an LPN, and am finishing up my new state required preceptor. Passed the clinical weekend the first time, but man was it hard. Only problem now is that the hospitals in my area did not renew the preceptor contracts, so I had to wait for new ones to be signed. Now I have to travel 2 hours to a hospital to complete my degree so I can take my RN boards. I did not use their materials, I spent extra money on The College Network for their books. It was $5000 extra, but all the information was put into 1 book for each nursing component (I transferred all prerequisites at a community college, so only needed to do the nursing tests, CPNE, and state required preceptor). They did add additional requirements towards the end, but gave students lots of time to prepare, and gave us a date-ie: if you have all nursing tests done by certan date, then you don't need to take extra classes. They gave us so much time, I was able to complete 3 tests before the changes took place. I would recommend this school.
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Cryptocounselor (Graduate) on June 5, 2010 (email verified)

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Great experience, especially for Military I took my first college class in 1989 from The University of Maryland (Europe), while I was stationed in Italy. I just recently completed my degree, BSL 2009. I knew that if I just kept moving forward, taking classes when I could; overseas, on ships, on-line and in the classroom, I would someday reach mole education goal. Excelsior allowed me to move all of my credits into one organization and did not try to nickel and dime me with extra, unneeded, classes like many other universities. I am getting ready to retire from the Military in 5 months and my degree has opened up many doors that I would not have otherwise pursued. The staff was great and worked with me up to the end. Even when I found a mistake in my credit calculations, they were amendable to their error and fixed it right away. I am proud to be an Excelsior Alum and look forward to starting my Masters in the near future. Oh one small complaint, they don't have any bumper stickers that I can proudly display on my car!! EXCELSIOR please work on that LOL!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Highly recommended Best college experience I have ever had. Completed my BS in minimum time because Excelsior accepted all credits attained at 4 other universities in Australia. Try doing this in Australia!
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Prestoncaldwell (Graduate) on April 5, 2010 (email verified)

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Excellent for what it is I attended Excelsior for the same reason most do: I was on the edge of a degree and Excelsior was the shortest route. I applied to EC in September 2009. Six months and 13 credits later, 6 from UOP, 3 from National University and 4 from Excelsior, I have diploma in hand. Stanford it is not, but if you need an accredited degree as an entry condition for a job or promotion, or you are applying for post-graduate work at a school with a more distinguished name, regionally accredited Excelsior works like a charm. In fact, I expect to be beginning MA courses with Gonzaga in May. A couple things, though.....courses, at least business courses, seem disorganized in the course search, and a lot of needed courses aren't offered in a timeframe that works for you. The cool solution to that is that you can take those courses at a local school or from an accredited online school and they transfer right over. Also, I found the capstone class (the only required course to be taken from EC) to be less interactive and enjoyable than online courses I took elsewhere, and it was so asynchronous that I darned near slept through my deadline for the final paper. Don't let that deter you, though, as the pros outweigh the cons by a ton at this institution.
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Hdeand (Graduate) on March 21, 2010 (email verified)

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Positive reviiew I'm writing this review for my wife, who finished her Associate's Degree in Nursing in 2002. She had been an LPN and working in a small ER for about 10 years when she decided to pursue her RN. I must admit that I was very skeptical about her choice, but I had to be supportive. I have a BS in EMS and Masters degree in Health Admin and had some reservations about the whole "on-line" or "mail-order" degree programs. I ended up eating my words and will have to say that I was quite impressed with the program. She had more one-on-one communication with her counselor during her year or so of studies than I had in the six years or so it took me to complete my graduate degree (from a traditional, and very well respected, program). She had a vast amount of experience in nursing and I would not recommend someone without experience to choose this program. It does require self-motivation, as well as work on the student's part to locate appropriate study materials. The clinical weekend is intimidating. I cannot say with certianty or with personal knowledge, but there seems to be a very high performance expectation, but, then again, the student has two days to show clinical proficiency so expectations should be high. My wife passed without difficulty (she had a lot of experience going into it). As I approach retirement with nearly thirty in EMS as a Paramedic, I am enrolling in the same program. I have only just begun the application process so I cannot speak to my own experience. I only hope my experience mimics my wife's. With luck, I'll write another positive review in another year or two.
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Dachuck08937 (Graduate) on March 13, 2010 (email verified)

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Don't waste your time with this school I received a bachelors of science in Information Technology from this school a year ago and after submitting at least 500 resume and cover letter combinations have only received two job interviews since. I graduated with a 3.6 gpa nonetheless. If you already possess job experience in your field and you are looking for a degree to fulfill promotion or job change requirement then Excelsior is great as they are very lenient in granting college credits for life experience, but if you are trying to complete a degree to break into a new field--don't bother with Excelsior. Employers are less than impressed with an online degree, regardless of grades.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 28, 2009 (email verified)

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Outstanding Pioneer in Flexible DL I graduated from Excelsior when it was named Regents College of USNY in the 90's. Regents was one of a few pioneers in flexible distance learning, with regional(best type in USA) accreditation in the early 70's. The flexibility is a tremendous asset for those who move a lot and attend many different schools, i.e. military members who make up a large percentage of Excelsior graduates. I was able to put together a diverse, eclectic mix of traditional and nontraditional education to earn my BS in Liberal Arts with Poli Sci and Sociology concentrations.
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Buffalony (Graduate) on October 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Great value Rec'd A.S. in 1989 and B.S. in 1990(Called Regents College at the time). Excellent value. Obtaining this degree helped me get promoted while on active dduty in the Navy and helped me qualify for the position I now have with the government as a civilian. Credit for all my military schools and accepting CLEP and DANTES tests, as well as giving credit for high scores on GRE's make this a quick way to obtain your degree. My diplomas say University of the State of New York
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Thomblacknc (Graduate) on September 18, 2009 (email verified)

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Excelsior College Overall positive experience. Received A.A. in 1982; B.S. in '04. Excelsior liberally accepted credits from other institutions as well as CLEP, DANTES, etc. My Excelsior degrees have been readily recognized as valid, regionally accredited degrees. Excelsior was certainly a flexible, affordable method of degree completion. However, this program does require participants to be disciplined and somewhat self-directed. Some adult learners may need a more structured classroom approach but for those who are comfortable with independent learning it is an excellent adult degree program. (Support staff were always exceptional.)
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Handyone2 (In Progress) on September 8, 2009 (email verified)

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There is a reason they want all you money upfront I would question the source of any review that gives this college a 5 or above rating. They want the money for all courses upfront and then the materials don't cover the test. To be clear, insuficient materials are provided to properly prepare for the tests. And there is insufficient support when trying to get the proper information. The program does have some guarantees, however they are useless and it is not at all practical to meet the stipulations of the guarantee. Even the testing college said we needed additional materials. I have been around the block a time or two and would discourage anyone from using this program. In fact I would say that we were definitly taken advatage of. It would be interesting to see the programs overall results.
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Bobo (In Progress) on August 9, 2009

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Its a scam People that run this are inept and out for money. The person who runs the military credit exchange is a joke. Funny how a brick and mortar school (where I am now at) accepted my ACE/DANTES and other military credits but this crap school wouldn't. Too bad I had to find out after a few hundred dollars. Folks-you get what you pay for and work for-there are no easy degrees. Save yourself the hassle and go to a brick and mortar school. Most of them even have their own online or distance learning programs-that way shams like Excelsior can go bankrupt.
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Lizdchief (Graduate) on July 17, 2009 (email verified)

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Excellent College, well worth going to I graduated with both as AS and BS from Excelsior College. They supported me the entire time I was enrolled. The counselors and professors are tops, giving great and valuable guidance, instruction, and support. The online library made it easy to find the reference materials needed to write top-notch papers. The flexibility of the training was a big plus as I travel a lot for business. I loved the fact that with many of the courses you had a choice of online or CBT based instruction. The CBT based was a godsend while I was deployed and bandwidth/Internet connectivity was never reliable but I still had the support of a professor via email. I have completed many traditional class studies and online studies. In my opinion I could not see a significant difference between the to types of course study during my time at Excelsior.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 10, 2009

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BEST COLLEGE EVER AWESOME COLLEGE. AFFORDABLE. PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE. IS THERE ANY OTHER COLLEGE IN THE US WITH AP PAYMENT PLAN? I GRADUATED WITH AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE AND NO LOAN TO PAY BACK WORKING 2 JOBS AT THE SAME TIME. NEVER MISSED A BEAT. NEVER COMPROMISED MY YEARLY EARNINGS!! GREAT COLLEGE. NOW I AM WORKING ON MY MASTERS IN NURSING AND ALL TO WHOM I APPLIED ACCEPTED MY DEGREE FROM EXCELSIOR. FOR MY MASTERS I TRIED UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND BOY DID I QUICKLY LEARN WHERE MY LOYALTIES LIE. EXCELSIOR IS THE BEST COLLEGE EVER.
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Johngarner (Graduate) on February 18, 2009 (email verified)

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Never regretted this decision! Only school that I could find that offered a degree in Music. I have been a Music Director for many years and have an extensive resume in solo singing. I changed my major at a well known university here in Virginia from Business to Music and they wanted me to take a lot of elementary classes that were unnecessary. I transferred all my credits to Excelsior and in one year I have received a BSLS with a focus in both Business and Music and it is so stated on my transcripts. It would have taken a lot of wasted time and money to pursue it any other way. True, i did have to do most of the work myself as far as getting classes, but it kept me focused until I achieved my goal.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 27, 2009 (email verified)

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The best choice I could have made I researched dozens of online colleges before deciding on Excelsior College for my BS in Liberal Studies. I was impressed with their wide array of major and focus offerings as well as the flexibility of the programs. I took seven exams and one course through EC and each was challenging and rewarding, a real liberal arts education. The advising and customer service was wonderful. They answered all of my emails and phone calls within 24 hours and were very helpful and knowledgeable. They even pushed my graduation date up a month at my request because I needed my degree credential for a job application that was closing. I am proud of my Excelsior College degree and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others. Ever upward!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2009 (email verified)

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Great Learning Experience Expensive but worth the costs for us professionals seeking to complete their degree at a regionally accredited university.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 15, 2008 (email verified)

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GOOD EXPERIENCE MY EXPERIENCE WITH EXCELSIOR HAS BEEN GREAT. I TRANSFERRED A LARGE NUMBER OF CREDITS AND ONLY NEEDED TO TAKE THE INFORMATION LITERACY COURSE TO GRADUATE. I TOOK THE COURSE AND COMPLETED MY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS ACCORDINGLY. I WAS AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP TO TAKE CARE OF THE ENROLLMENT FEE, SO I WAS LEFT WITH THE FEE TO TAKE THE ONE COURSE REQUIRED AND THE GRAUDATION FEE. THE ADVISING STAFF WAS PHENOMENAL AND ALWAYS SENT YOU AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION TO REVIEW EXACTLY WHAT YOU DISCUSS WITH THEM VIA THE PHONE. (I LOVE THAT) EVERYONE WAS COURTEOUS AND KNOWLEDGABLE. I DO THINK THIS SCHOOL IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS MULTIPLE SOURCES OF COLLEGE CREDIT. I TOOK THE TIME TO REVIEW THEIR DEGREE PROGRAM AND DID A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF HOW MY PREVIOUS COLLEGE COURSEWORK WOULD FIT INTO THEIR REQUIREMENTS. I CAN SAY I AM VERY HAPPY! INFORMATION LITERACY THE INFORMATION LITERACY COURSE, I MUST SAY, WAS A BIT OF A WASTE OF TIME. THE COURSE COST $300 TO TAKE AND ONLY TOOK ME ONE DAY TO COMPLETE IN ITS ENTIRETY. IT IS A SELF PACED COURSE ON REASEARCH TECHNIQUES AND INFORMATION ON HOW TO EFFICIENTLY GATHER AND LOCATE INFORMATION. I JUST FELT LIKE THE COURSE WAS SUCH A WASTE OF TIME AS NONE OF THE IDEAS INTRODUCED WERE NEW. ANYONE WHO HAS COMPLETED AT LEAST 2 COLLEGE LEVEL ENGLISH COURSES HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO THE MATERIAL PROVIDED IN THE COURSE.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 8, 2008 (email verified)

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Flexible, for the self starter Once you transferred your credits, and have your review, you’re on your own. That’s a good thing at times as you can still take CLEP, DANTES, in addition to Excelsior tests and on-line classes. I recommend calling often, and use the on-line My-EC to ask before you study or take a course to ensure it fits your path. I did find the frustration in the support staff on their ability to get back to students. But here’s the bottom line – It’s affordable, flexible, and accredited.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 6, 2008 (email verified)

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To the Board of Ed.: it's a scam I submitted XXX plus semester units I had accrued over the years. I have certificates and an A.A. from a local brick and mortar junior college. I spoke with someone different every time I called. They misplaced my transcripts right from the start and couldn't get the institutional names right. They wouldn't give me any credit for my A.A. major until I enrolled, even though I was only trying to get a liberal arts degree. They required that I take 20% more lower and upper division classes for a simple B.S. than my own local state college requires.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 3, 2008 (email verified)

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Excelsior College - The REAL story! I felt it was important to write this review based on another aspect of operations conducted by Excelsior College. The program content, books are not too bad. However, I must remind the reader of this review about the PRICE you will pay to get education from this institution. I enrolled with Excelsior early 2008 and I was floored by an admission fee of $895.00. I took deep breaths and decided to use a program to divide the payments equally among 6 payments. This was the tricky part. I thought that this "service" was to simply divide the payments up to make it easier to enroll. Think again. This "service" was indeed a contract binding you to pay the ENTIRE AMOUNT! I contacted Excelsior after receiving a letter from them. I had stopped auto draft payments because of a serious health issue and decided to withdraw from the college until things changed for the better. I also sent them a courtesy letter explaining such. The above mentioned letter was a reply to my courtesy letter to them. The letter stated that I needed to send in a letter from my doctor stating my diagnosis and length of time that this diagnosis would affect my ability to complete the Excelsior Program. This is a demand from Excelsior to supply them with MEDICAL RECORDS to be "considered" for release from a “contract” that I never knew I accepted! They have NO RIGHT to my medical records. Sorry, that is going over the top. The letter stated simply that I owe them the rest of the $895.00 or I would be forwarded to collections! What?! Collections?! All I wanted to do was simply break the HUGE admission fee into 6 easy payments! They told me in the letter that I was entitled to a 2/3 refund of my fees IF I withdrew within six months and IF they had not completed a transcript evaluation. They got me. The transcript evaluation that "was made available to me online" that I never received in mail, email or internal website email. Since they completed the "transcript evaluation" supposedly within 3 weeks, I was now "locked in" to that $895.00 HUGE enrollment fee for their 30 minutes or less of work on that "transcript evaluation." After you complete the HUGE ADMISSION FEE that alone equals a full semesters cost at most colleges in the USA, you will then face test out fees. For Nursing, it was a mere $295.00 each test (multiplied by 7 = OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! $2065.00 to be exact) What about books? They require MANY books at a HUGE price. After you complete your exams (7 or more at $295.00 each) you will be done with your coursework and be eligible to graduate. Wait…now you have to complete the CLINICAL PORTION. This is a tiny fee of only ONE THOUSAND EIGHT-HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS. Can't afford to pay it all at once? Just sign another CONTRACT and have 6 easy payments ONLY $310+ dollars! The cost rakes in more than approximately $5,000 for the Excelsior staff! Your education HERE is going to cost you!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 25, 2008 (email verified)

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BS_IT Excelsior College is a great institution to obtain online degree at your own pace, especially if you are working adult. However, my experience is little sour in regards to thier class schedule which changes at the first day of class. In addition to canceling the class, some of the classes have not been offered for past year and a half which I desperately need to take to graduate. It is this frustration and uncertainity that makes me pessimist about this institution.
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Coachbarbe (Graduate) on March 11, 2008 (email verified)

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Great! After my review, I only had to take one class! It was only a one credit course so I was done early. I was in some trouble because if I didn't have a Bachelor's degree, I couldnt work. The advisors and other staff were very sympathetic to my needs and got all my evaluations done really quickly. They saved my family and my tail. I was so impressed with the compassion shown by the school, I will try to donate a little money every year. This is definitely the place to go if you need results!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 5, 2008 (email verified)

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Not For Busy Adults, but Great Education I was matriculated into Excelsior hoping to get a second BS in a different area than my first degree. I chose BS-CIS. They accepted my undergrad courses and examinations that I took. So I had less than 10 courses to complete in order to get my degree. Between then and now, I moved 3 times, changed jobs 3 times, and had 3 babies. I completed courses as my schedule permits. They added an Ethics requirement after my matriculation. After I took the Ethics exam, I thought I had completed all the requirements, but I was wrong. Two months before my Ethics sitting, Excelsior had changed the degree name to BS-IT. The old BS-CIS degree is done after Nov 2007. I did not know there were new requirements because the communications did not specify any. On top of that, I kept checking my evaluation summary to see that the Ethics requirement was all that was needed to graduate. Nothing indicated that I would need to do anything more than to complete this requirement. Well, several weeks after my Ethics completion, I logged on to check my status, and there were 5 new requirements for the new degree. I found out the new requirements after logging on. They do not tell you unless you ask. What I have a problem with Excelsior College is not their education. I enjoyed and learned a lot from their online courses. I have a problem with their changing requirements on a working adult. Quote from their website: "Excelsior College helps busy working adults earn the degrees they need with flexible distance education programs." I missed the Ethics requirements by two months. I was busy with a change of jobs, a move, and my third child. I could have taken the Ethics exam earlier if I had known that I would be imposed with new requirements. Like I said earlier, there was poor communication on their part. I contacted Excelsior about this and their attitude was "Too bad." Why would I want to spend more money and time if I don't have to? It seems to me that if you are busy, as I have been, you will not be able to graduate even if you meet all your old requirements. I understand that things change, but to not be flexible about it, I don't think that's right. In theory, you could be in a perpetual cycle where you almost finish all your old requirements, but then the college decides to add more requirements. And then you take more of your busy schedule to finish them and then there are more requirements. They are willing to accept your money, but not willing to be a little lenient. ---- [Update] Several days after my last contact with Excelsior, my file was reviewed and was granted a degree. I had only one exam requirement missing that I had scheduled in advance to complete. I missed the degree expiration by two months because of some miscommunication. Now I felt like they did right. I can say that the college is great for busy adults and you can get a great education. Whew.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 26, 2008 (email verified)

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Finished Up My degree is a B.S. Liberal Arts with a major in History and a depth in Administrative/Management Studies. During my younger years I was in the military and found myself changing schools often. Each school had its own requirements so some of the credits from previous programs would transfer and many would not transfer. Each program was different from the one you left. At Excelsior I was able to use classes from all the schools that I attended as well as military credit to finish up a Bachelors degree-something I started in 1979. Excelsior's program is outside the box. It's an innovative program and its flexiblilty allows others like me to complete their degrees. How is a service member supposed to complete his degree today between deployments and PCS moves? With Excelsior's program soldiers and sailors can work on their degrees while they are deployed and can remain in the same program regardless of where he or she is assigned.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2008 (email verified)

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Good program but I question the name changes. I graduated in 1977 when the program was called The University of the State of New York. Then they changed the name to Regents External Degrees, then Regents College, then Excelsior College. For me the name changes cause a lot of problems when using this degree to qualify for programs at other schools. Having said that, I feel it is an outstsnding way to get a fully accredited degree without having to get all your credits from just one or two schools. I have credits from 10 different regionally accredited institutions and had no problems applying that work to the B.S. program. It does seem that they're getting pricey. I cannot afford them now.
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Shadeed7 (Graduate) on January 12, 2008 (email verified)

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A Great Place Great College and well worth the money. Being in the military I have attended both on-line and on-campus programs. Therefore, I had numerous credits that I had obtained. Excelsior showed me exactly what I need to graduate and the staff was very helpful. After graduating I test to to see ho my degree would do. I have been accepted to Liberty, OU, University of Denver, and nuermous others. Excelsior College is well respected and worth the time time and money.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 13, 2007 (email verified)

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Very good After attending several different schools, I completed my degree at Excelsior. They did an excellent job in the review of my previous earned credit and outlining the courses needed to complete my degree. The course were hard, but well worth the effort to complete. The teachers I had were well credentialed and provided great support and guidance. I am proud to have a degree from this program.
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Shadeed7 (In Progress) on May 17, 2007 (email verified)

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Great College Wow, Excelsior is a great college and the staff is very helpful. I enrolled in the college and within weeks I had a degree plan. This degree plan along with the staff helpful suggestion I will be done with college this July. As an undergraduate student with a 3.17 GPA they allowed me take a graduate course! Great college with great staff.
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Vasilkor (In Progress) on March 27, 2007 (email verified)

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Definitely the best school to transfer to Definitely the best school to transfer your credits to. There is no residency requirement. So if you have all the credits you need to graduate up front, you can enroll and simply graduate.
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Chhol (Graduate) on February 18, 2007 (email verified)

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Didn't miss a beat in life or work! I completed my BS degree through credits obtained via various sources: Online courses, IT industry certifications, Excelsior exams, etc. - I would advise it to anyone for degree completion! Excelsior rocks! Chris/Boston
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Thomaskolter_keen (In Progress) on August 9, 2006 (email verified)

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Admissions Counseling I started the BS in Liberal Arts program and had no problems in transfering my previous credits and CLEP exams I have taken filling 60 credits including the core requirements. And with the help of my counselor found a variety of schools to get credits for my two concentrations in business and vocational adult education. I have to point out customer service and counseling is very important in a distance learning program in my opinion. And of course I must coordinate this with my superiors at work and the company training department for the suitable applied courses. So for now I give the school high marks on the counseling and working with me to get the best program options to meet the degree requirements filled. Of interest to the school program they accept credits from any accredited source and legitimate common ways of getting credit, credit bank credits for you for a fair fee and have reasonable costs overall. The admissions process is very detailed, they offered me a great deal of help and gave me top notch counseling so far. Highly recommended.
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Stonewell_si (Graduate) on August 8, 2006 (email verified)

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Simply the Best!! Excelsior represents the best opportunity for anyone to earn an accredited degree. After many attempts to start and finish my degree with several colleges, Excelsior provided me the means to do so with their liberal transfer policy for credit by examinations. Within 10 months, I was able to complete over 100 credits via CLEP, DSST, ECE and TECEP exams. The service and support I received from Excelsior was superb and an important factor in my success. As well, the overall cost of my degree was very affordable. Shortly after graduating, I was accepted by several graduate programs and am now currently enrolled in a masters program.
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Carsonturner (In Progress) on May 22, 2006 (email verified)

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fabulous Excelsior College is one of three major institutions that will allow you to transfer in 100% of your degree requirements. While they do offer some coursework of their own, they will accept credit from other RA colleges, CLEP/DANTES/ECE exams, ACE evaluated military experience... and, they're very generous by most transfer standards. The Liberal Studies degrees offer the most flexibility in program design and therefor in acceptability of transfer credit. If you have a collection of credit already from the acceptable sources, Excelsior should be among the colleges you consider. It's fantastic for those people who didn't quite finish their younger college experience and for those who have attended a large number of colleges and need the credits earned placed on a single transcript toward a good, recognized, degree. It's possible to wrap a bachelor's degree at Excelsior for right around $1500. I've spent just about $2000 on mine.
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