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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:  41,658 (38,297 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 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 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 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty201,001
Research and public service200
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, 2015-2016
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,43211%$11,569,508$2,610
Pell grants4,07610%$9,560,947$2,346
Federal student loans4,20711%$27,368,664$6,506
  • 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 2015-2016, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment41,658
Undergraduate enrollment38,297
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,409
Graduate enrollment3,361
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 21%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 9%
25 and over: 91%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 26%
Out-of-state: 66%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • 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 (2016-2017): $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: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
  • Interpret data with caution. First-time/part-time students comprised just .4% of the undergraduate student population at Excelsior College in the 2015-16 academic year. Therefore, this retention rate is not representative of the overall student population at our institution. Rather, 99.6% of our undergraduate students are not first-time college students, they are transfer students from other institutions and are not included in this retention rate.
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 provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates 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, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. 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:
Received award in 6 years: 46%
Received award in 8 years: 50%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 7%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 24%
  • Institution did not enroll full-time, or part-time, first-time entering undergraduates.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
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-7d---
Category total-7d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General273d181d160d--
Business/Commerce, General5d206d---
Human Resources Management and Services, Other--9d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--31d--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other--8d--
Organizational Leadership--29d--
Category total278d392d237d--
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/Information Assurance-6d---
Information Science/Studies-33d---
Category total-39d---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology76d5d---
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-20d---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other133d7d---
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology56d5d---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-10d---
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other8d4d---
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician-177d---
Category total273d229d---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)-1d---
Category total-1d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-91d20d1d1d
Nursing Administration--70d-2d
Nursing Education--91d-4d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--35d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse718d394d---
Category total718d485d216d1d7d
History, General-25d---
Category total-25d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-92d---
Criminal Justice/Police Science---4d-
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism--52d2d-
Homeland Security--30d--
Securities Services Administration/Management----4d
Category total-92d82d6d4d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-15d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies255d1,352d49d--
Category total255d1,367d49d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1d---
Category total-1d---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Applied Sciences, Other-5d---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other-17d---
Category total-22d---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences-24d---
Category total-24d---
Psychology, General-33d---
Category total-33d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General4d----
Category total4d----
Science Technologies/Technicians
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician22d9d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, General-42d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other-1d---
Category total22d52d---
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General-10d---
Category total-21d---
Grand total1,5502,792584711
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, 2015-2016
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2323
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 454
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 7227
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 654
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: $4,304
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,499
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,668
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,752
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
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1977 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: 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
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201420132012
Default rate4.5%3.9%4.5%
Number in default563438
Number in repayment1,224868834
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)