There are two basic types of educational accreditation: "institutional," and "specialized" or "programmatic."

Institutional accreditation applies to an entire college. Specialized or programmatic accreditation applies to specific programs, departments, or schools within the college. In the United States, regional accreditation is considered the highest level of accreditation for an institution.

A degree from an accredited college like Excelsior helps students stand out in the job market. It shows that you've taken on the toughest academic challenges — and succeeded.

Excelsior College was reaccredited for the 2012–2022 period by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S. In its report, the Commission provided this summary:

"We have all been extremely impressed by what we have seen at Excelsior College. You have created a culture here which is rare. You have a college which has an open-access admissions policy, charges a low tuition, provides students with a high-quality education, and operates with strong financials. You have a very dedicated faculty, administration, and staff, academically challenging programs, and satisfied students who truly feel that everyone at the college cares about them."

Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Middle States Reaccreditation Report

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

Specialized Accreditation

Nursing Degrees

The associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in nursing at Excelsior College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, telephone: 404-975-5000; email:; web: The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Business Degrees

Excelsior College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), 11374 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in:
    • Finance
    • General Accounting
    • General Business
    • Global Business
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management of Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Operations Management
    • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in:
    • General Track (no concentration)
    • Cybersecurity Management
    • Health Care Management
    • Human Performance Technology
    • Human Resource Management
    • Leadership
    • Social Media Management
    • Technology Management 

Technology Degrees

The bachelor's degree programs in electrical engineering technology and nuclear engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).



The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated the Excelsior College School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in recognition of the School's sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development.

The Excelsior College School of Nursing has been designated as a Best School for Men in Nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) five times from 2006 - 2013.


The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security designated Excelsior as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a recognition which extends through 2019.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program has been accepted into full membership by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

Excelsior College Examinations

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for Excelsior College® Examinations. Excelsior College Examinations in nursing are the only nursing exams evaluated and recommended for credit by ACE CREDIT.

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