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.

Priorities Survey for Online Learners

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

Instructional Services

81%

Academic Services

82%

Institutional Perceptions

82%

Student Services

83%

Enrollment Services

75%
 

Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College undergraduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations

86%

Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far

78%

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

75%
 

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

Instructional Services

86%

Academic Services

85%

Institutional Perceptions

86%

Student Services

85%

Enrollment Services

83%
 

Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College graduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations

90%

Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far

88%

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

84%

 

Alumni Data

Number of Excelsior College graduates as of FY15 159,884
Number of Excelsior College graduates who earned
more than one degree (as of FY15)
11,599

Location of Excelsior College graduates*

Each country shaded blue indicates that there is at least one student from that country that graduated within the last fiscal year.

Graduate country of origin

This figure represents where Excelsior College graduates reside within the continental United States. Specifically, each blue dot represents a graduate and the color of the states corresponds to the number of graduates from that state.

Graduates within continental United States

Finally, this figure represents where Excelsior College graduates reside within New York State with each blue dot representing a graduate.

Graduates in New York

*Location is based upon zip code upon enrollment at Excelsior College.

Overall alumni satisfaction

The tables below display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item on the One Year Alumni Survey. The survey is administered to all recipients of undergraduate degrees (associate and bachelor's degrees) one year after graduation. Respondents from the survey graduated between July 2013 and June 2014. There were 454 respondents. The response rate was 12.1%.

Associate

Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution. 88%
Is the education you received relevant to your current career? 99%
Would you recommend this institution to others? 85%
How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes? 90%

 

Baccalaureate

Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution 94%
Is the education you received relevant to your current career? 95%
Would you recommend this institution to others? 97%
How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes? 96%

Alumni continuing education

The following items are from the Three Year Alumni Survey. The survey is administered to all recipients of undergraduate degrees (associate and bachelor's degrees) three years after graduation. Respondents from the survey graduated between July 2011 and June 2012. There were 313 respondents. The response rate was 8.0%.

Do you have plans to seek additional education? 80%

Level of education planned/in progress:
 
Bachelor's degree (63% already hold a bachelor's degree) 33%
Certificate (33% already hold a certificate) 26%
Master's degree (16% already hold a master's degree) 62%
Doctoral degree 38%
Professional degree (JD, MD) (5% already hold a professional degree) 13%

 

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

Albany Law School
Alcorn State University
American Military University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Aspen University
Ave Maria School of Law
Capella University
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Central Texas College
Claremont Graduate University
Coastal Carolina University
Colorado State University
Columbia Southern University
Columbus State University
Dominican College
Drexel University
Excelsior College
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Kings College (Wilkes-Barre, PA
Lewis University
Life University
Marywood University
McKendree University
Mercy College
National Defense University
National Graduate School
Nova Southeastern University
Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)
Oswego State
Rutgers University
Saint Leo University
South University
Stanford University
Strayer University
Temple University
The George Washington University
The National Graduate School of Quality Management
Troy University
University of Central Florida
University of Fairfax
University of Phoenix
University of Redlands
University of South Alabama
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Cumberlands
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University
Walden University
Walden University
Western New England UniversityWoodbury University

Institutional Effectiveness

Excelsior College considers institutional effectiveness to be a top priority.

Strategic Plan (PDF)

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

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.

Florida

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.

Georgia

Excelsior College is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

Pursuant to Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC) Minimum Standards (Standard Two: Admissions), Georgia residents are required to submit official proof of high school graduation or equivalent to Excelsior College for admission to all Excelsior undergraduate degree programs.

Excelsior College 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.

Indiana

This institution is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984

Kansas

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: http://www.kansasregents.org/private_postsecondary_complaint_process.

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

Maryland

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.

Michigan

Excelsior College is registered as a private institution with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs pursuant to the Higher Education Authorization and Distance Education Reciprocal Exchange Act, Act 45 of 2015.

The following degree offered by Excelsior College meets the identified requirements for professional licensing and/or certification purposes.

  • Associate degree in nursing meets the educational requirements for prospective registered nurses to sit for the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam.

With the exception noted above, degrees awarded by Excelsior College may not satisfy professional licensing and/or certification requirements. To determine if a specific degree program will meet its stated requirements, students are advised and encouraged to contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Professional Licensing at the following website: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-72600---,00.html.

Minnesota

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.

The following degree offered by Excelsior College meets the identified requirements for professional licensing and/or certification purposes.

  • Associate degree in nursing meets the educational requirements for prospective registered nurses to sit for the NCLEX-RN® licensing exam.

With the exception noted above, degrees awarded by Excelsior College may not satisfy professional licensing and/or certification requirements. Students are advised and encouraged to contact an appropriate licensing and/or certifying agency to determine if a specific degree program will meet its stated requirements.

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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