Which school should I apply to?

  1. Hello everyone,

    I have decided to go to school for Informatics. I am leaning towards applying to WGU because the payment seems reasonable and the school sent me a package explaining everything. However, I have received calls from other schools such as Walden, Chamberlain, and Capella. I am also researching schools such as Excelsior and Grand Canyon. I decided to do this online because the only school closest to my location is NYU and the price to attend that school is through the roof. Please let me know which school has the best program and a respectable reputation.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Well, since no one has attended all of these schools, you are not really going to get a reasonable comparison. Me personally, I would eliminate the for-profits (Capella, Chamberlain, Walden) and look closely at the other three.

    I work for WGU, have two degrees from them AND an Excelsior non-nursing degree. I think WGU gives the best 'bang for the buck'. You can talk to an enrollment counselor, and they can refer you to a grad if you want more in depth info before making a decision (always a good idea). Excelsior and Grand Canyon are also respected programs. Figure out what is most important to you and choose the one that most closely aligns with your needs.
  4. by   Toadette
    I'm a handful of classes away from finishing the Excelsior College RN-MS program. It's been an enjoyable experience and I've taken a lot away from the classes.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    I finished Excelsior's program in 2015. Excellent experience, and it was dirt cheap for me because I had Army tuition assistance for most of it and they also discount tuition for active duty military. Loved it!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    Me personally, I would eliminate the for-profits (Capella, Chamberlain, Walden) and look closely at the other three.
    Grand Canyon University is for-profit as well.
  7. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    Grand Canyon University is for-profit as well.
    I had no idea- thanks for the correction!
  8. by   IndyMitchell
    WGU is very reasonable
  9. by   IndyMitchell
    When will you start your program
  10. by   Phebee
    Are you currently in the program? I am trying to start ASAP but what's stopping me is not knowing which school to choose. I am leaning towards WGU
  11. by   IndyMitchell
    No, I am looking at the program. I am unsure if I should do the Informatics or Education.
  12. by   williams84
    WGU Informatics with a start date of October, here. I just finished their MBA Healthcare Management and I loved it. Once you get a rhythm, it's pretty easy to stay on target, even though it's all self-paced. Good luck deciding!
  13. by   ikarus7401
    Quote from Phebee
    Are you currently in the program? I am trying to start ASAP but what's stopping me is not knowing which school to choose. I am leaning towards WGU
    My personal experience is that it doesn't really matter which one you choose. Like anything else, what you learn, you will learn in your job. When hiring candidates, I have never seen a manager look at a resume, then look at what school the person went to and say, oh look at this candidate, this one went to school x, and this one to school z. School z is better. They mainly look at relevant experience. I would choose a cheaper program.
  14. by   Phebee
    Has anyone ever registered with Thomas Edison State university for this topic?

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