Transparency at Excelsior

Excelsior College is the founder and a member of The Presidents' Forum, a consortium of colleges and universities that are regionally accredited, serve adult students, and provide education at a distance. Consortium members joined together in a project called Transparency by Design, which was intended to provide information that would help students make informed decisions about their educational investment. When the project concluded at the end of 2012, Excelsior College chose to continue providing data on important topics such as student and alumni satisfaction, student engagement, and the costs of degree programs.

Please use the links below to learn more about Excelsior College, including who our students are, what they study, and what they think about their education at Excelsior. You may find the Featured Programs section and the Net Price Calculator particularly useful. The Featured Programs section provides information on what students are expected to learn, how their learning is measured, and how well students have done on those measures. The Net Price Calculator will also assist in making informed decisions regarding the financial aspects of pursuing a college degree.

We at Excelsior College hope you find the information on this site helpful as you make one of the most important decisions of a lifetime: choosing which degree program is best suited to your needs and circumstances.

Learn more about data comparisons

Excelsior College Overview

The graphs display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item.

National Survey of Student Engagement Results

Did your Excelsior College experience contribute to your ability to...

Acquire job or work-related knowledge and skills


Write clearly and effectively


Think critically and analytically


Use computing and information technology


Work effectively with others


Solve complex real-world problems


Learn something that changed the way you understand an issue or concept


Work harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations


Rate Excelsior College on the following:

Quality of relationships with other students


Quality of relationships with faculty members


Quality of relationships with administrative personnel and offices


Providing the support you need to help you succeed academically


Providing prompt written or oral feedback on your academic performance


How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?


If you could start over again, would you go to the same institution you are now attending?



The graphs display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item.

Priorities Survey for Online Learners

How satisfied were you with your Excelsior College undergraduate experience in the following areas?

Instructional Services


Academic Services


Institutional Perceptions


Student Services


Enrollment Services


Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College undergraduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations


Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far


All in all, if you had to do it over, would you enroll again?


How satisfied were you with your Excelsior College graduate experience in the following areas?

Instructional Services


Academic Services


Institutional Perceptions


Student Services


Enrollment Services


Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College graduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations


Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far


All in all, if you had to do it over, would you enroll again?



Overall alumni satisfaction

The graphs display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item.


Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution


Is the education you received relevant to your current career?


Would you recommend this institution to others?


How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes?



Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution


Is the education you received relevant to your current career?


Would you recommend this institution to others?


How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes?


Alumni continuing education

The following items are from the Three Year Alumni Survey. The survey is administered to all undergraduates (associate and bachelor degree). Respondents from the survey graduated between January 2006 and December 2010. There were 1,565 respondents. The response rate is 9.7%.

Do you have plans to seek additional education?


Bachelor's degree (63% already hold a bachelor's degree)




Master's degree


Doctoral degree


Professional degree (JD, MD)



Graduate schools Excelsior College alumni have attended or are currently attending:

Academy of Art University of San Francisco


AJU MBA Marketing

Alcorn State University

American Global University School of Medicine, Curacao Will be attending Xavier soon

American Graduate University

American Institute of Holistic Theology

American Military University (n=20)

American Public University (n=6)

American Sentinel University


Argosy University

Argosy University - Chicago

Argosy University - Sarasota

Ashford University

Aspen University

Baker College (n=2)

Ball State University

Baylor College of Medicine

Bellevue University (n=4)

Boston College

Boston University (n=2)

Bowie State University

Brandeis University

Buffalo State College

Cal State University San Bernardino

California Coast University (n=2)

California State Northridge

California State University, Dominquez Hill

California State University, Stanislaus

Cambridge College

Capella University (n=4)

Capitol College

Carleton University

Cedar Crest College

Central Methodist University

Central Michigan University

Chadron State College (n=2)


Chapman University

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cleveland State University

College of St. Rose

Colorado State University distance program

Colorado Technical University (n=3)

Columbia Southern University (n=8)

Columbus State University (n=3)

Cornell University

Coventry University


CSU San Marcos

Daemen College


Dominican College of Blauvelt

Dow Medical College

Eastern Michigan University



Excelsior College (n=61)

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida International University

Florida Keys Community College

Frontier Nursing University

Frontier School for Nurse Midwifery and Family Practice Nursing

Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing

Frontier School of Nursing

Ft Hays State University

Gannon University

George Mason University

Georgetown University (n=2)

Grand Canyon University

Grantham University (n=2)

Harvard University Extension School

Imperial College London

Independence University

Indiana Wesleyan University

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Johns Hopkins University

Kaplan University

Keller University

Kent State University

Keuka College

Liberty University (n=5)

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia



National Defense Intelligence College (n=2)

National Defense University (Department of Defense)

National Graduate School

National University (n=3)

National University, San Diego CA

Naval Postgraduate School

New England Law | Boston

New Mexico State University

New York University-Silver School of Social

North Carolina Central University

North Central University (n=7)

Northeastern University

Norwich University (n=3)

Nova Southeastern University

Old Dominion University (n=2)

Pace University (n=2)

Pfeiffer University

Quinnipiac University (n=2)

Regent University

Regis College - Nurse Practitioner Program (MSN)

Rivier College

Rush University

Saint Leo University (n=3)

Sam Houston State University

Shenandoah University


Southern Adventist University

Southern Methodist University

State University of New York Maritime

SUNY (Albany, Potsdam, Stony Brook & Utica) (n=5)

SUNYIT at Utica Rome

Texas A&M University (Central Texas, Corpus Christi & Texarkana) (n=6)

Texas Woman's University

The University of Chicago

Tiffin University

Touro College

Touro University

Trident University International (n=12)

Troy University (n=4)

TUI University (n=8)

TUI Cypress, CA

U Mass, Amherst

(UIW) University of the Incarnate Word

Univ. of Maryland School of Social Work or Long Island Univ. School of Social Work

University of North Texas

Universidad de Monterrey

University of Alabama @ Birmingham

University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Alaska Southeast

University California Irvine

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of East London

University of Florida

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

University of Illinois Springfield

University of Leicester

University of Management and Technology (n=3)

University Of Maryland

University of Maryland Baltimore College

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (n=2)

University of Memphis

University of Miami

University of North Texas

University of Oklahoma (n=3)

University of Phoenix (n=11)

University of Quebec @ Hull

University of Redlands

University of San Francisco

University of South Alabama (n=2)

University of Southern California (n=4)

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at El Paso (n=2)

University of the Virgin Islands

University of the Rockies

University of Washington (n=2)

University of Western Ontario

Upstate Medical University

Virginia Tech

Walden University (n=6)

Wayland Baptist University (n=3)

Webster University (n=10)

Western Governor's University (n=6)

Western Illinois University

Western International University

Western Kentucky University

Wichita State University

Widener University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business

Institutional Effectiveness Plan

Excelsior College maintains detailed plans for the assessment of institutional effectiveness.

Institutional Effectiveness Plan (PDF)

Assessment of Student Learning

Excelsior College maintains detailed plans for the assessment of student learning.

Institutional Assessment Plan for Student Learning (PDF)

Student Feedback at Excelsior

Surveys across a variety of topics help us continually improve the Excelsior student experience.

Learn more about the positive results of student feedback

Meeting Higher Education Act Requirements

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires all colleges participating in Federal Student Aid to disclose certain data about the college to current and future students.

Read Excelsior's HEOA requirement responses

Required State Disclosure Notifications


Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code ยง6-61-301.

Transfer of Course/Degree Credit to Other Institutions: The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

Students should be aware that under the rules and regulations of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, degree programs must include a specified general education core curriculum. Students may need to include additional elective courses to their program of study to comply with this requirement. Students are, therefore, strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to determine the best means to comply with the Arkansas general education core curriculum requirement.


Excelsior College is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, or by calling toll-free 888-224-6684.


Excelsior College is registered with the Kansas Board of Regents. 

If further attention is needed beyond the institution level, please contact the Kansas Board of Regents.  The complaint procedure and form are located at the following website:

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson St., Ste 520
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 296-4917


Excelsior College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Excelsior provides information on the consumer complaint process should students believe they have been unfairly treated or have issues that cannot be resolved by methods outlined in the College's publications, including this website.


Excelsior College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

External Reviews for Associate Degree in Nursing

Clinical Education in Prelicensure Associate Degree in Nursing Programs (D. Huber)

As Well Prepared, and Often Better: Surveying the Work Performance of Excelsior College Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates (SRI International)

ProEvaluators Final Report (ProEvaluators)

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