Excelsior College in Albany

Albany, NY

(Rating 2.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Overview

Excelsior College offers 200-degree programs and 200 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. 46.4% are women, and 53.6% are men. 1% percents of international students.

Finance

Types of financial aids

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3833 of Excelsior College undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 10 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Excelsior College number 153 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in New York.

Students at Excelsior College awarded 2 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal student loans.

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services

0%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

All programs offered completely via distance education

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Excelsior College is 16:1, that means that for every 16 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

16:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

426
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1%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Excelsior College the biggest percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Excelsior College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in New York.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Excelsior College offers 200 programs in total: 104 are for Bachelor's degree, 42 - for Master's degree, 30 - for Associate's degree, 12 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 9 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 21 universities in Albany county, with one of the highest number of Associate's degree and Bachelor's degree programs offered. Excelsior College is one of the few institutions in Albany that offers a Master's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 200 distance learning programs that are provided in the Excelsior College: 104 are for Bachelor's degree, 42 - for Master's degree, 30 - for Associate's degree, 12 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 9 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the New York state average data to help you compare.

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Excelsior College provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 19688 students with 164168 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 915 with 21966 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Excelsior College

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Overall Rating:

Cash grab sham of a college. You can get credits here but not an education.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

This is directed specifically to NURSING students and the Nursing program: do NOT waste your time or money. The overall exams are good and easy to pass if you study. However, none of that matters because of the CPNE at the end of the program, that they tell you not to worry about until it's too late and you've already spent a lot of money on tests that don't transfer.The CPNE does not do anything it indicates it should achieve.  It is a highly emotional, draining experience that does not rate how well a nurse would perform as a RN.  The overall grading pass/fail is highly subjective based on the CE [clinical examiner] at the time.  For example, I failed a PCS for dropping a pen on the floor and picking it back up without sanitizing it; however, a CE picked up a dropped medication blister packet and said it was fine to administer as is.  There is supposed to be set standard, that is highly unachievable in the current testing situations as indicated by the high failure rate.  It is appalling that many nurses have over 10 years’ experience when taking the CPNE, but fail because of minor issues IE: forgetting to check mucous membrane.  This is not a critical element to any patient care, and would never lead to the death or injury of a patient based solely on not assessing mucous membranes; it is this piece of information combined with numerous other information that leads to appropriate patient care.  To fail students on such obscene standards is horrendous.    I highly implore the staff to review the entire testing process and adjust it.  For reference, please see how EMTs and Paramedics are tested on their skill sets.  You will see that there are critical failures, and percentage failing (or loss of points) for everything else that leads to pass/fail.  Or if you insist on absolute 100% score passing, then do each of the competencies in a stimulation laboratory that is controlled, standardized, and just like the medication pass and aseptic technique are currently done (one for each competency).  This would also decrease wait times for the CPNE, and allow for more students to test in a timely manner.   Your college expects students to wait over a year and then charges an enormous fee for this weekend, expects students to pay for traveling expenses, food, clothing, books. lodging, etc. to be judged by CEs who deviate from the protocols/standards and fails EXCELLENT nurses and indicates they are not RN material; but don't worry, you can reapply, REPAY all expenses, and come back to test again.  This entire experience was like a grand Ponzi scheme and psychological nightmare rolled into one.    Excelsior College should be ashamed of the high failure rate, and take it personally that YOU are failing your students.  Every nurse I have spoken to indicated that if they had known what the CPNE entailed prior to enrollment, and prior to be trapped mid-way thru their nursing criteria, they NEVER would have enrolled at Excelsior College.  You trap your students with non-transferrable credits, and then unload the CPNE on them.  This is horrendous, appalling behavior.  I will never recommend any nurse to Excelsior College based solely on the CPNE unreliable testing and scoring.  This entire test was based on the whims of the CE, and too highly subjective.  This should not be acceptable to any College.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I started going to this college many years ago. I have never had a problem with any of the personnel in the administrative offices. I do have an issue with teachers who want to use their own books at an exorbitant price for the class. As a military enrollee at this school, it has been a good opportunity to pursue and get my degree. They worked with me early on to consolidate a multiple number of colleges I had attended to compile college credits towards my degree. I was able to take the military exam for college credits and the Excelsior school exam for college credit. If you are an adult learner with a little motivation to finish the college degree you started way back when, this is the place to enroll.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. THE CLASSES ARE A JOKE, THE TEACHERS DO NOTHING, YOU WILL LEARN NOTHING EXCEPT HOW SHADY A COLLEGE CAN BE. CHARGED MY BANK ACCOUNT 2CE AND OVERDREW THE ACCOUNT WHEN I HAD FINANCIAL AID IN PLACE. THERE WAS NO REASON TO CHARGE THE ACCOUNT WHICH ACCRUED THOUSANDS IN BANK FEES AND NOT PAID BILLS. BOTH TIMES THIS HAPPENED THEY ASSURED ME IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN BUT EXCELSIOR WOULD NOT PUT IN WRITING THEIR MISTAKE OR REFUND MY MONEY SO NOTHING WAS RESOLVED AND I OWED MY BANK THOUSANDS. I GIVE THEM AN F- THIS SCHOOL IS A JOKE. IF YOU WANT AN EDUCATION GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I've had only one issue throughout the entire time I've attended and it didn't affect my schooling at all (though it did delay it a few months). They are so helpful and respectful! They're completely understanding of the unpredictable schedules of military personnel and were very helpful during the 2017 hurricanes. I will always recommend this college to those who pursue their offered degrees!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 7 Columbia Cir

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Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Other academic year

General Phone Number: +5184648500

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: excelsior.edu

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