Excelsior College

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7 Columbia Circle

Albany, NY 12203

Phone: (518) 464-8500
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Excelsior College is a private institution that was founded in 1971. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 35,302 and its setting is suburban. It utilizes a continuous-based academic calendar.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. We offer degree programs and credit-bearing certificate programs through our schools of business and technology, health sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. Our Center for Professional Development provides noncredit career advancement programs in a variety of fields that can lead to professional certifications. Excelsior, where nearly one-third of our enrolled students are active duty, reserve military and veterans, is a recognized "military friendly" college. The School of Nursing, which advances students along a continuum of rigorous nursing education, has been designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Excelsior is home to the Tau Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing and to a chapter of the American Nuclear Society Honor Society, and Sigma Zeta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Excelsior College also holds specialty accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC),the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1971
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar continuous
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Excelsior College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Excelsior College is $80.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate N/A
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

Excelsior College has 89 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Excelsior College include: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Business/Commerce, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician; and Information Science/Studies.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 66%
Business/Commerce, General 10%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician 7%
Information Science/Studies 1%

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Student Life

Excelsior College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 35,302, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students.

Total enrollment 37,194
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Excelsior College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. Excelsior College also offers campus safety and security services like lighted pathways/sidewalks. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Excelsior College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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