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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:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  21,974 (19,624 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
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 & Universities: Larger 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 – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty0673
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, 2019-2020
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,251$8,901,941$2,738
Pell grants3,242$8,163,235$2,518
Federal student loans3,516$25,448,781$7,238
  • 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 2019-2020, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment21,974
Undergraduate enrollment19,624
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,271
Graduate enrollment2,350
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 17%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 62%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 13%
25 and over: 87%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 30%
Out-of-state: 63%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 7%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $50
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Part-time students: 77%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 14%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 18%
Enrolled at same institution: 6%
Enrolled at different institution: 32%
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 18%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 38%
Enrolled at same institution: 7%
Enrolled at different institution: 21%
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 14%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 6%
Enrolled at different institution: 32%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterPostgraduate
  • 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-29d--
Category total-29d--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Business/Management--2d-
Business Administration and Management, General161d227d95d-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-5d--
Business/Commerce, General0d47d--
Finance, General-9d--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other-15d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-1d40d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce-2d--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-4d--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other--3d-
Management Information Systems, General-5d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-9d--
Organizational Leadership-3d64d-
Telecommunications Management--1d-
Category total161d418d205d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-2d--
Category total-2d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance-29d0d-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-6d--
Information Technology-14d--
Category total-49d0d-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-1d1d-
Category total-1d1d-
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Computer/Computer Systems Technology/Technician65d5d--
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-28d--
Electromechanical/Electromechanical Engineering Technology/Technician33d5d--
Energy Systems Technology/Technician-32d--
Engineering/Industrial Management-111d--
Instrumentation Technology/Technician82d3d--
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician1d209d0d-
Power Plant Technology/Technician21d3d--
Category total202d397d0d-
English Language and Literature/Letters
General Literature-1d--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-6d--
Category total-7d--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician-0d3d-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-90d14d-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General50d---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--18d-
Medical Informatics-1d1d-
Nursing Administration-6d27d0d
Nursing Education-11d30d0d
Public Health Education and Promotion-2d--
Public Health, General-14d14d-
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-3d15d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1,061d147d--
Category total1,111d274d122d0d
History, General-20d--
Category total-20d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration13d76d--
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies--8d-
Critical Infrastructure Protection-1d--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-0d28d-
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy-1d15d-
Homeland Security-16d25d-
Securities Services Administration/Management---3d
Category total13d94d76d3d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-3d--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies194d1,442d8d-
Category total194d1,445d8d-
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare-4d--
Intelligence, General-31d--
Military Technology and Applied Sciences Management-19d--
Strategic Intelligence-2d--
Category total-56d--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis-1d--
Dispute Resolution--2d-
Natural Sciences-10d--
Category total-11d2d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-2d--
Category total-2d--
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-3d--
Psychology, General-62d--
Category total-65d--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General2d12d--
Public Administration--10d-
Category total2d12d10d-
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs-1d--
National Security Policy Studies-24d--
Social Sciences, General-4d--
Sociology, General-0d--
Category total-29d--
Visual and Performing Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-1d--
Category total-1d--
Grand total1,6832,9124243
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1883
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 407
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 5489
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 577
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,040
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,219
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,065
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,427
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 77%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since (01/01/1977)11/30/2021
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programsAccredited (06/01/1975 - 05/10/2021)
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's programAccredited since ((!)10/01/2002)06/30/2024
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited since ((!)04/01/1981)06/30/2024
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
RN Associate Degree ProgramsAccredited since (02/01/1973)12/20/2017
RN Baccalaureate Degree ProgramsAccredited since (02/01/1973)12/20/2017
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape000
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary000
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking000
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
  • 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.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate3.7%5.1%4.3%
Number in default92134102
Number in repayment2,4612,5782,350
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)