Excelsior College

Campus Description

Excelsior College is an accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It also has specialty accreditation from TAC of ABET and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Non-campus-based, non-traditional virtual university for adult learners.

7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-5159

Toll-free 888.647.2388 or 518.464.8500

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Excelsior College Admissions

Degrees Offered

Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate

Featured Programs

All of Excelsior College's 30 degree programs are especially designed to meet the needs of working adults, among whom are approximately 11,900 members of our nation's armed forces. The college is home to a unique, competency-based nursing program and the nation's largest school of nursing. Excelsior also offers a series of ACE evaluated college-level proficiency examinations that students can use to earn credit toward a degree at hundreds of colleges around the country.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 36,927 (Full-time: n/a; Part-time: 16,674 men, 20,253 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 3,176 (Full-time: n/a; Part-time: 1,651 men, 1,525 female)

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American21.7%22.4%
% Asian3.0%3.5%
% Hispanic / Latino9.7%10.2%
% White, Non-Hispanic58.7%58.0%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.6%0.5%
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0.5%0.8%
% International / Nonresident Alien0.7%0.4%
% Two or more races2.8%3.2%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity2.3%0.9%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$100 application fee, $440 continuing fee per year (wavied if student completes 12 credits each yr.), $495 graduation fee (reduced by $15 for every credit attempted), $490 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
Tuition Only:
$490 per credit tuition cost for all undergraduate courses
Room & Board:
Graduate Tuition & Fees:

$620 per credit for all graduate courses, $110 application fee, $265 annual fee, $130 graduation fee

Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers): rolling

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):

Application Requirements

Open enrollment (eligibility for nursing programs limited to those with health care backgrounds).