Ok, so I'm partial because I graduated from EC 3 years ago! I hate school, I hate reading, and some days, I actually hate nursing! But I loved my experience with Excelsior College! I met some WONDERFUL folks, classmates, through this college who I would have never met in this lifetime otherwise. I say met, but I've actually laid eyes on 3 of them. But i feel like they've lived right next door for years! We developed BFF-type bonds online. It was amazing! Others, I was able to put a face with a name during the CPNE.
Excelsior allowed me to study when I wanted, where I wanted, and take exams when I wanted. I imposed my own deadlines, set my own schedules, and goofed off when I wanted and for however long I wanted. I can honestly say " I did it my way!" (Who sang that song anyway?) LOL! The only thing anyone should fear is not Excelsior, not the CPNE, not the NCLEX.....but the STATE BOARDS of NURSES. They are the only ones causing all the grief and seconding-guessing. I had to fight here in Georgia after i graduated but EC forewarned us BEFORE they accepted one penny of the application fee; and the fight continues. I met the requirements of the board and hence, became an Rn 10 months after I enrolled with EC. Relax about EC; put your guard up with your Board of Nurses when it comes to ANY online program!
That's just my opinion......Taking a bow now and hopping off the soap box. Lol!