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IPEDS ID: 196680
OPE ID: 00283400
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Excelsior College
All programs offered completely via Distance education
7 Columbia Cir, Albany, New York 12203-5159
General information:  (518) 464-8500
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  39,897 (37,440 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  
18 to 1View note
Many of our students are pursuing their degrees through examination, which does not involve faculty instruction. Therefore, the student-to-faculty ratio represents the average class size of our current Excelsior College courses, which is 18 students.
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Mission Statement
  Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are - academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty0891
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
  • This institution does not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students, therefore price information was not reported.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,7717%$6,471,607$2,335
Pell grants1,8875%$3,495,828$1,853
Federal student loans2,5987%$15,679,219$6,035
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2012-2013, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment39,897
Undergraduate enrollment37,440
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,976
Graduate enrollment2,457
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 22%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 7%
25 and over: 93%
Age unknown: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $80
  • This institution does not admit full-time first-time degree/certificate-seeking students, therefore admission information was not reported.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-20d---
Category total-20d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General238d76d60d--
Business/Commerce, General12d222d0d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--1d--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other--3d--
Organizational Leadership--11d--
Category total250d298d75d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-21d---
Category total-21d---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General0d----
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-1d0d--
Information Science/Studies-25d---
Category total0d26d0d--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology41d6d---
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-16d---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other100d7d---
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology46d0d---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-1d---
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other5d1d---
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other-3d---
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician-186d---
Category total192d220d---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)-4d---
Category total-4d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-62d-3d3d
Nursing Administration--35d-0d
Nursing Education--61d-3d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--28d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1,018d278d---
Category total1,018d340d124d3d6d
History, General-18d---
Category total-18d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other---1d-
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-91d---
Criminal Justice/Police Science---37d-
Homeland Security--5d--
Category total-91d5d38d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies250d1,565d28d--
Category total250d1,565d28d--
Psychology, General-32d---
Category total-32d---
Science Technologies/Technicians
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician15d21d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, General-16d---
Category total15d37d---
Social Sciences
Economics, General-2d---
Political Science and Government, General-5d---
Category total-13d---
Visual and Performing Arts
Music, General-1d---
Category total-1d---
Grand total1,7252,686232416
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1977 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs(!)6/1/1975 -  Accredited
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)4/1/1981 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)10/1/2002 -  Accredited
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
RN Associate Degree Programs2/1/1973 -  Accredited
RN Baccalaureate Degree Programs2/1/1973 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession00
Drug law violations00
Liquor law violations00
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter00
Negligent manslaughter00
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Aggravated assault00
Motor vehicle theft00
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate7.2%8.9%
Number in default3721
Number in repayment509235
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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