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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
Website:  www.excelsior.edu
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
Admissionswww.excelsior.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.excelsior.edu/admissions
Financial Aidwww.excelsior.edu/financial-aid
Net Price Calculatornpc.collegeboard.org/student/app/excelsior
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.excelsior.edu/financial-aid
Disability Serviceswww.excelsior.edu/disability-services
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 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty201,001
Instructional01,001
Research and public service200
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-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, 2016-2017
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,25811%$11,455,260$2,690
Pell grants3,89510%$9,309,490$2,390
Federal student loans3,79110%$24,882,758$6,564
  • 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 2016-2017, 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: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: -1%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 (2017-2018): $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.
PART-TIME NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
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) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • 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-26d---
Category total-26d---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-4d---
Accounting and Business/Management--0d--
Business Administration and Management, General276d211d129d--
Business/Commerce, General15d169d2d--
Human Resources Management and Services, Other--18d--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--20d--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-0d0d--
Management Information Systems and Services, Other-1d14d--
Organizational Leadership--45d--
Telecommunications Management--0d--
Category total291d385d228d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-5d---
Category total-5d---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-6d1d--
Information Science/Studies-21d2d--
Category total-27d3d--
Education
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching--0d--
Category total--0d--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology72d8d---
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-16d---
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other112d7d---
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology51d0d---
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-20d---
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other6d6d---
Nanotechnology-2d---
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician-219d0d--
Category total241d278d0d--
English Language and Literature/Letters
General Literature-4d---
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-0d---
Category total-4d---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician-0d0d--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-96d41d-2d
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General0d----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--0d--
Medical Informatics--0d--
Nursing Administration-13d67d-1d
Nursing Education-16d76d-3d
Public Health Education and Promotion-0d---
Public Health, General-0d0d--
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-10d30d--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse732d288d---
Category total732d423d214d-6d
History
History, General-34d---
Category total-34d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration10d89d---
Criminal Justice/Police Science---0d-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies--39d--
Critical Infrastructure Protection-0d---
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-4d60d3d-
Homeland Security-0d---
Securities Services Administration/Management----1d
Category total10d93d99d3d1d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal0d----
Category total0d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-3d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies249d1,540d16d--
Category total249d1,543d16d--
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare-0d---
Intelligence, General-3d---
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other-23d---
Category total-26d---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis-3d---
Dispute Resolution--0d--
Natural Sciences-9d---
Category total-12d0d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-3d---
Category total-3d---
Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-0d---
Psychology, General-40d---
Category total-40d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General5d9d---
Public Administration--6d--
Category total5d9d6d--
Science Technologies/Technicians
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician27d24d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, General-46d---
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other-2d---
Category total27d72d---
Social Sciences
International Relations and Affairs-5d---
National Security Policy Studies-4d---
Social Sciences, General-7d---
Sociology-4d---
Category total-20d---
Visual and Performing Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-1d---
Category total-1d---
Grand total1,5553,00156637
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, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 2401
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 468
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 7049
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 671
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: $4,560
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $4,719
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,682
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,773
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
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
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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
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • Please note, only some of the agencies provided our institution with the requested statistics.
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
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)