Excelsior College

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School Overview

Excelsior College is a non-profit, private college located in Albany, New York. Excelsior offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through four schools: the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Business and Technology.

Many students are attracted to Excelsior for its non-resident programs. Excelsior honors college credit from other accredited institutions, as well as from training in the public and private sectors that is approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). Excelsior also offers its own distance learning courses, allowing students more flexibility in pursuing their degree.

As a member of the Service-members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), Excelsior provides specialized programs for military service-members and their families. Military students can tailor their course schedule around off-duty hours, and active-duty students can take classes at U.S. military bases, overseas instillations, or even on Navy ships.

General Information

Admission Office

7 Columbia Circle

Albany, NY 12203-5159

(518) 464-8500

(888) 647-2388

Fax: (518) 464-8777

Contact: Annette Jeffes

Assistant VP for Enrollment Management, Admissions
Main Address

7 Columbia Circle

Albany, NY 12203

(518) 464-8500


Total undergrads: 32,133

Degree-seeking undergrads: 32,133


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $75

Online application fee: $75

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Financial Aid

All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
Grant or scholarship aid 4,562 12% $11,387,279 $2,496
• Pell grants 463 1% $752,072 $1,624
• Federal student loans 1,402 4% $6,150,585 $4,387

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2757 172 3132 107
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 4
Area Studies, Other 4
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 9
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 9
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 260 60 368
Accounting 48
Business Administration and Management 4 60 352
Business/commerce 201 16
Finance 1
Management Information Systems 3
Marketing/marketing Management 2
Operations Management and Supervision 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6
Computing and Information Sciences 41 52
Computer and Information Sciences 52
Information Science/studies 41
Engineering Technology 158 196
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 8
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/technicians, Other 7
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/technicians, Other 10 121
Electromechanical Technology/electromechanical Engineering Technology 2 68
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other 7
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 1
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/technicians, Other 2
Nuclear Engineering Technology/technician 128
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 4
English Literature (british and Commonwealth) 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 154 52 2200 13
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 18 11
Nursing Administration 23 1
Nursing Education 18 1
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 11
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 136 2200
History 29
History 29
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 79 94
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 79
Criminal Justice/police Science 93
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1969 60 295
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 1969 60 295
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Mathematics 2
Mechanics and Repairers 5
Avionics Maintenance Technology/technician 5
Psychology 25
Psychology 25
Science Technologies/technicians 16
Nuclear/nuclear Power Technology/technician 16
Social Sciences 16
Economics 2
Geography 1
Political Science and Government 4
Sociology 9
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Music 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Area studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General A
Business Administration/Management A,B
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General A
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B

Engineering Technologies

Computer Systems A,B
Electrical Engineering Technologies A
Electromechanical Technologies A
Electronic instrumentation technology B
Engineering Technology – General B
Instrumentation Technology A,B
Manufacturing Technologies A,B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Nuclear B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

End of life care C
Health Services – General B
Health care informatics C
Health care management C
Nursing (RN) A,B
Optometric Technician/Assistant A,B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Avionics Maintenance/Technology A

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Optics A,B
Physics B

Precision Production Trades

Welding Technology A


Psychology – General B

Science Technologies

Chemical Technology A
Nuclear Power Technology A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Emergency Management/Homeland Security C

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Excelsior College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (518) 464-8500
Website: www.excelsior.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.excelsior.edu/admissions
Address: 7 Columbia Cir, Albany, NY 12203-5159
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 25,245
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 0 (0% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $0
Out-of-state Tuition: $0
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: %
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $0

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Excelsior College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Excelsior College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22810
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 22
Education 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 481
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 3288
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2142
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 121
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 3
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Psychology 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 111
Science Technologies/Technicians 13
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Grand total 7135427

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Excelsior College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0
Books and supplies $0

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 0 %
Grant or scholarship aid 0 % $0
Student loan aid 0 % $0

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,159 15% $3,200
Federal student loans 3,405 13% $7,393

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Excelsior College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Excelsior College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Excelsior College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 25,245
Undergraduate enrollment 22,674
Graduate enrollment 2,571

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Excelsior College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
    • RN Associate Degree Programs
    • RN Baccalaureate Degree Programs

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