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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:  43,123 (39,735 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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty20925
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, 2014-2015
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,83310%$8,854,148$2,310
Pell grants3,4739%$7,562,818$2,178
Federal student loans3,80410%$23,516,491$6,182
  • 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 2014-2015, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment43,123
Undergraduate enrollment39,735
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,380
Graduate enrollment3,388
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 45%
Female: 55%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 22%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 58%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 9%
25 and over: 91%
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: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $100
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • Interpret data with caution. Prior to the current 2015-16 IPEDS data collection we did not report first-time, part-time students. Retention data will become available in the 2016-17 reporting year.
  • 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) 2014-2015
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-13d---
Category total-13d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General277d107d96d--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--0d--
Business/Commerce, General7d228d0d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--18d--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other--4d--
Organizational Leadership--17d--
Category total284d336d135d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-1d---
Category total-1d---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-3d0d--
Information Science/Studies-28d---
Category total-31d0d--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology67d7d---
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-14d---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other129d11d---
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology47d3d---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-4d---
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other12d2d---
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician-167d---
Category total255d210d---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)-3d---
Category total-3d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-87d2d0d2d
Nursing Administration--52d-3d
Nursing Education--109d-4d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--39d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse897d455d---
Category total897d542d202d0d9d
History, General-17d---
Category total-17d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other---1d-
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-94d---
Criminal Justice/Police Science---7d-
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism--18d3d-
Homeland Security--30d--
Securities Services Administration/Management----4d
Category total-94d48d11d4d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-7d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies279d1,346d14d--
Category total279d1,353d14d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-1d---
Category total-1d---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Applied Sciences, Other-18d---
Category total-18d---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences-14d---
Category total-14d---
Physical Sciences
Geology/Earth Science, General-1d---
Category total-1d---
Psychology, General-46d---
Category total-46d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General3d----
Category total3d----
Science Technologies/Technicians
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician12d12d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, General-33d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other-0d---
Category total12d45d---
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-2d---
Social Sciences, General-11d---
Category total-25d---
Grand total1,7302,7503991113
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, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2083
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 364
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 6268
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 513
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: $4,063
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,738
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,796
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,134
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
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
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 Year201320122011
Default rate3.9%4.5%4.3%
Number in default343828
Number in repayment868834646
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)