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Excelsior College

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Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit institution that offers its students the opportunity to earn certificates, associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees in a number of disciplines which are all delivered through distance learning.

Excelsior is among the “big 3” online-based institutions that are recognized for giving credits based on life experiences. The college operates a credit transfer policy and also creates an individual degree completion plan for every student enrolled. The students who decide to study here may be given credit for their present knowledge and their life experiences by simply sitting for examinations or filling out portfolio assessments. Because a lot of the study required of students is done with no direct supervision, students should be self-motivated and able to carry out their work independently.


The New York State Board of Regents founded the school in 1971 as an external degree program, which was named Regents External Degree Program. The Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation donated the major grants that funded the initial development of the institution’s program.

Regents College, from 1971 up until 1998, functioned as a Board of Regents program under the University of the State of New York’s authority by which the institution can award students with diplomas and degrees at that period. The college was granted total charter by the Board of Regents to function as a private, not-for-profit, independent institute in April 1998. Regents College became known as Excelsior College on January 1st, 2001. The Latin word for Excelsior is translated as ”Ever Upward”, which also happens to be New York state’s motto.

Presently, the school has over 30,000 students enrolled in an array of both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Programs Offered

Academic courses of study include associates degrees, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in programs such as Technology, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Business or Health Science. Programs of note include a BS in Marketing program, Computer Technology and an online MBA. Students can take their classes online or simply transfer credit from other institutions that are regionally accredited. This institution also provides an assessment that is portfolio-based.


The AGLSP (Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs) have accepted the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program into full memberships. The college is also a proud member of SOC (Service-members Opportunity Colleges) Consortium of the American Association of State Colleges & Universities. Institutions that are SOC members are committed to assisting not only Service-members but also their families earn a college degree. Military students can take their classes during the hours when they are off-duty or when they are at or close to military installations abroad, Navy ships or in the United States.

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Students who wish to gain acceptance will be glad to know that the process is not a difficult one because virtually every individual can gain acceptance into this institution of higher learning. All an applicant needs to do is to submit an online application form as well as his or her transcripts from all institutions that he or she has attended. A couple of programs require applicants to submit minimal additions like a resume or a short essay. Applicants are also required to pay an application fee as well.

Financial Aid

Not everyone can afford the cost of getting a college education; thankfully, students who wish to earn their degrees but think that it is impossible to do so can take advantage of financial aid programs. There are many types of financial assistance offered to students who are enrolled as undergraduates, there are even financial aid available to the college’s graduate students.

In order for students to be considered for many financial aid options, students must fill out and submit the US Department of Education’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. With this and a study plan and course approval, students can work with the college’s financial aid advisor in order to come up with the very best options for them.

Please Note: the process may actually take up to a couple of weeks. The college’s advisor will keep students informed of their financial aid application status.

Financial aid programs include: Federal Aids, Federal Grants, Federal Loans, Nursing Student & Nursing Faculty Loans, New York State Financial Aid, Private Loan, Excelsior College Scholarship Programs and so on.

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Notable alumni include:

  • Anthony Munroe – Chief Executive Officer of Munroe Management Group, LLC
  • Charles S Dedrick. Ed. D – Chief Executive Officer of Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY and 81 District Superintendent
  • Anthony Saladino – Well known film maker
  • Edward H. Rensi – Team Rensi Motorsports co-owner
  • Erik Felmans – Author
  • James Terrence Karney – Award winning author, photo journalist and photographer.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charles A. Aycock – Inducted into the United States Army Special Forces Regimental Hall of Fame, Inducted into the United States Army Office Candidate School of Fame
  • Retired Chief Warrant Officer, Lawrence K. Rice Jr. – Inducted into the Special Agent United States Army Criminal Investigation Division United States Army Military Police Corps Regimental Hall of Fame and inducted into the Army Intelligence Hall of Fame
  • Accreditation

    Regional accreditation is granted by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools. National League Accrediting Commission accredits the nursing programs. National League for Nursing has 2 times designated the School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc. accredits college’s baccalaureate degree courses in nuclear engineering technology and electronics engineering. The IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) accredits the institution’s bachelor’s degree programs in business and accounting.

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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 582 0.59
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
    Forcible Rape 33 0.03
    Robbery 320 0.33
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 895 0.91
    Larceny 3,514 3.57
    Vehicle theft 202 0.21

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Albany, NY 12203-5159
    Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
    Total Population32,866 (32,732 urban / 134 rural)
    Households12,259 (2.09 people per house)
    Median Household Income$41,727
    Families5,747 (2.84 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
    UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
    GraduatePostbaccalaureate, arts & sciences dominant
    Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
    Calendar SystemOther academic year
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District3620

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $425 $425 $425
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $565 $565 $565
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open AdmissionsN/A
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm CapacityN/A
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

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    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

    Total 111 747 360 148 26 3,057 122 4,690
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 9 2 1 6 20
    Business Administration and Management, General 2 101 25 11 2 187 34 374
    Business/Commerce, General 47 17 13 11 1 139 5 234
    Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 16 4 2 2 22 47
    Computer and Information Sciences, General
    Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1
    Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1 1
    Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 26 8 4 1 50 2 91
    Criminal Justice/Police Science 8 5 19 2 37
    Economics, General 1 2
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 4 2 10 16
    Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 11 5 2 27 46
    Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 12 7 4 79 107
    Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 1
    Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 5 6
    English Literature (British and Commonwealth) 4 4
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 17 4 3 40 68
    History, General 1 2 1 14 18
    Homeland Security 1 1 1 2 5
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1
    Information Science/Studies 1 3 3 1 16 25
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 45 256 177 38 10 1,196 73 1,843
    Management Information Systems and Services, Other 1 1 3
    Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 2 3
    Music, General 1 1
    Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician 6 12 5 1 157 186
    Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician 2 2 1 28 36
    Nursing Administration 6 3 24 35
    Nursing Education 10 3 4 45 64
    Organizational Leadership 4 1 5 1 11
    Political Science and Government, General 1 4 5
    Psychology, General 1 9 3 1 16 32
    Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 1 6 3 2 15 1 28
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 208 80 50 5 920 2 1,296
    Science Technologies/Technicians, General 5 1 9 16
    Sociology 2 4 6
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7 3 1 1 8 1 21

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
    Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
    Number of PT Faculty 891
    FT Faculty Ratio N/A
    Total Benefits $2,191,307

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