Excelsior College

7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 464-8500
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Excelsior College is a private, four-year, primarily distance learning institution focused on serving the educational needs of working adults and non-traditional students. The school was originally founded in 1971 as Regents College, but adopted its current name in 2001. Excelsior College currently serves more than 35,000 students through its programs. A variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are available across five academic schools. While students from all over the country take advantage of the school’s distance learning opportunities, the main administration offices are located in Albany, N.Y.

Programs Offered

Students interested in enrolling at Excelsior College can choose from a number of undergraduate or graduate level programs across subjects in business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, and technology. Some examples of specific majors include accounting, marketing, public health, health care management, media studies, psychology, criminal justice, nursing informatics, and computer technologies. Non-credit classes are also available through Excelsior’s Center for Technology Leadership and the Center for Professional Development. Online students at Excelsior have the freedom to access the virtual classroom at any time and any location that fits with their personal and professional schedules. These classes run in 8- and 15-week sessions.


Excelsior College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1977. In addition, the school’s nursing programs have received specialized accreditation from the national League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the New York State Board of Regents.


Prospective students can submit their application online. There is an $80 application fee required for undergraduates and a $100 fee for prospective graduate students. Official copies of high school and any applicable college transcripts must be sent to the admission office at Excelsior. Students may also be able to receive credit for previous college course work, certification, or professional experience. Different departments and programs may have their own requirements for this type of credit. Individuals should contact an admissions advisor for more details on submitting the appropriate documentation.

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