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Excelsior College Overview

Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Albany, New York. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Excelsior College Known For?

  • Students at Excelsior College have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Excelsior College is the post-master's certificate.

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Excelsior College Rankings

Excelsior College is ranked #35 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 149 colleges in New York, it is ranked at #3.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Excelsior College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#110 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Excelsior College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Nuclear Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Nanotechnology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Business Administration & Management Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Other Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Engineering Technologies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Excelsior College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#1 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#12 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#14 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#30 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search
#34 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Excelsior College?

Location of Excelsior College

Contact details for Excelsior College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7 Columbia Cir, Albany, NY 12203-5159
Phone: 518-464-8500
Website: www.excelsior.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExcelsiorColl

How Do I Get Into Excelsior College?

You can apply to Excelsior College online at: https://www.excelsior.edu/admissions

Since Excelsior College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Excelsior College?

4.3% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at Excelsior College is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Online Learning at Excelsior College

30,008 Took All Classes Online
30,008 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 54 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at Excelsior College. In 2017-2018, 30,008 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Excelsior College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Excelsior College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Excelsior College was -7.4%. This is the #200 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Excelsior College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Excelsior College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 50%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 26%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Computer & Information Sciences 61%
Computer Engineering Technology 29%
Dispute Resolution 21%
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 7%
Electronics Engineering Technology 56%
Engineering Technologies 27%
Engineering Technology (Other) 10%
English Language & Literature 50%
Environmental Control Technology 47%
General Biology 26%
General Business/Commerce 6%
General Science Technologies/Technicians 52%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 60%
Health Professions 13%
Health Sciences & Services 55%
Homeland Security 71%
Human Resource Management 21%
Human Services 44%
Information Science 47%
Information Technology 71%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 26%
International Relations & National Security 45%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 17%
Liberal Arts General Studies 17%
Management Information Systems 50%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 12%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 8%
Nanotechnology 67%
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 6%
Nuclear Engineering Technology 34%
Nursing 11%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 75%
Other Health Professions 19%
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 91%
Public Administration & Social Service 32%
Public Health 68%
Science Technologies / Technicians 41%
Social Sciences 39%
Telecommunications Management 67%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Excelsior College ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Electromechanical Engineering Technology #1
Nuclear Engineering Technology #1
Nanotechnology #1
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians #1
Literature #2
Other Science Technologies/Technicians #2
General Science Technologies/Technicians #2
Engineering Technology (Other) #2
Telecommunications Management #2
Computer Engineering Technology #2
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences #2
Science Technologies / Technicians #3
Environmental Control Technology #3
Electronics Engineering Technology #3
Cultural Studies & Analysis #3
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #3
Other Health Professions #4
Natural Sciences #4
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #4
Dispute Resolution #4
Medical Illustration & Informatics #6
Fine & Studio Arts #6
International Relations & National Security #6
General Biology #6
Writing Studies #7
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #9
Sociology #13
General Social Sciences #14
History #16
Engineering Technologies #16
History #16
English Language & Literature #17
Natural Resources Conservation #18
Visual & Performing Arts #22
Natural Resources & Conservation #22
Information Science #24
Health Sciences & Services #25
Homeland Security #27
Legal Support Services #29
Management Information Systems #31
Public Health #31
Communication & Media Studies #33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #35
Human Services #37
Legal Professions #39
Communication & Journalism #42
Public Administration #48
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #48
Liberal Arts General Studies #51
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #51
Teacher Education Grade Specific #52
General Business/Commerce #53
General Psychology #55
Nursing #59
Social Sciences #62
Psychology #64
Information Technology #67
Public Administration & Social Service #70
Human Resource Management #78
Accounting #85
Computer & Information Sciences #89
Criminal Justice & Corrections #92
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #96
Education #96
Health & Medical Administrative Services #100
Business Administration & Management #127
Health Professions #133
Business, Management & Marketing #137

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Excelsior College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 328 1,756 0 22 2,106
Nursing 0 999 269 0 144 1,412
Business Administration & Management 0 251 251 0 182 684
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0 0 268 0 0 268
General Business/Commerce 0 0 199 0 2 201
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 187 8 0 0 195
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4 15 83 1 64 167
Other Health Professions 0 0 81 0 35 116
General Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 96 0 0 96
Computer Engineering Technology 0 77 6 0 0 83
General Psychology 0 0 71 0 0 71
Information Technology 0 0 16 0 53 69
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 68 68
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 50 0 0 50
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 0 35 13 0 0 48
Information Science 0 0 42 0 3 45
Health Sciences & Services 0 44 0 0 0 44
General Biology 0 0 38 0 0 38
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 35 0 0 35
International Relations & National Security 0 0 31 0 0 31
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 30 0 0 30
Other Military Tech & Applied Sciences 0 0 24 0 0 24
Public Health 0 0 16 0 3 19
Human Services 0 5 13 0 0 18
History 0 0 17 0 0 17
Dispute Resolution 0 0 0 0 14 14
Homeland Security 0 0 14 0 0 14
Management Information Systems 0 0 1 0 11 12
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 11 0 0 11
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 4 6 0 0 10
Natural Sciences 0 0 9 0 0 9
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 4 0 4 8
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 7 7
Accounting 0 0 1 0 5 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 5 5
General Social Sciences 0 0 5 0 0 5
Writing Studies 0 0 4 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 4 0 0 4
Telecommunications Management 0 0 0 0 3 3
Nanotechnology 0 0 3 0 0 3
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 3 0 0 3
Literature 0 0 2 0 0 2
Legal Support Services 0 2 0 0 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 1 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 1 0 0 1
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sociology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4 1,947 3,482 1 625 6,059

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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