Team Alpha (A-Fore)

Linda Anagnostopulos

There is no better feeling in the world than to help another person achieve their goals and dreams in life. Working as an Admissions Counselor gives me the opportunity every day to assist students who are interested in pursuing their goal of earning a degree.  It's great coming to work every day knowing that I can make a difference in someone's life. That's probably why I've worked at Excelsior College for over 25 years. We help make the world better, one graduate at a time!

Excelsior College is right for you because…

Flexibility.  Excelsior College is an incredibly generous institution regarding the transfer of college level credit into one of our degree programs. I earned my bachelor's degree from Excelsior College in 1996 after attending 3 different colleges and taking a few examinations for credit. The flexibility offered at Excelsior College enabled me to combine those credits toward a degree program that best suited me.  Excelsior College offers both on-line courses and examinations for credit. Our courses are offered 6 times a year and examinations are offered all year long. With this flexibility, anyone can reach their educational goals!

Laurie Engel

The most rewarding aspect of my job as an Admissions Counselor is advising the adult learner. My hope is that by sharing my knowledge of Excelsior's programs, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and helping you overcome the preventable obstacles in your life from meeting your educational goals, we connect in a way that gives you the confidence to pursue a degree at our affordable and innovative institution.

Shortly before my 40th birthday, I enrolled full-time into a university to complete a Bachelor's Degree that I had been working on in fits and starts for almost 20 years. Although having a degree was something that was very important to me, until then it was not a priority. I was a part-time worker and a full-time mother of four children unable to find the right combination of time, motivation, money and opportunity.

While in school, I was usually the only student in the classroom that wasn't 20 years old. I willingly made concession's; ignored piles of laundry, neglected household chores and missed important time with my kids. I knew, however, that working hard and earning good grades validated my efforts and proved my dedication to earn a degree.

Excelsior College is right for you because...

It is the perfect fit for the adult learner. There is no commute to a campus, no need to re-arrange everyone's schedule to make it to a class on-time and less time spent away from home and work because you are studying at home. You are setting your own schedule as you pursue your goals and obtain the education you need to begin or advance your career. You will meet many other adult learners through the Excelsior College Peer Network and class discussions who are just like you; disregarding some household chores to accomplish and succeed in an educational environment that works hard to assist you on your journey and applauds your accomplishments!

Gregory Eckl

I am most passionate about…

History.  Understanding "the human experience" and the challenges overcome by individuals who faced great odds is something to be treasured.  I think many people today have lost touch with the universal notion that we are all human beings; the feelings experienced by those who have come before us are the same feelings you and I experience every day.  I use the successes and hardships of the individuals in history as a motivator in my own life. If Abraham Lincoln can conquer the odds and pull a divided nation back together in just four short years, what can you do to make a difference?

Excelsior College is right for you because…

Accessibility.  Excelsior is America's oldest, accredited, non-profit institution serving students at a distance.  The learning experience attained from online class discussion is second to none and can be accessed anywhere in the world.  Our examinations are offered in all fifty states, six days a week and in countries around the world to assure students the best opportunity to earn college level credit without detracting from life's surprises and personal responsibilities.  What an incredible opportunity!

In my lifetime, I hope to…

Run a marathon.  I enjoy running and exercise and a marathon presents a huge challenge!  I believe that with the right mindset and training, I could make it happen.

Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.  Education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.~ Thomas Jefferson to John Adams at Monticello, August 1816

Valerie Hettie

I am most passionate about...

Continuous learning. I believe that no matter what age you are, you should try to accumulate as much knowledge as possible. This passion has helped me realize that I truly enjoy helping others reach their academic goals. It is a great feeling to know that I have contributed to someone else's path to success.

Excelsior College is right for you because...
Our college allows you to balance your personal life, your career and simultaneously meet your educational objectives. I never thought I would be able to work full time and go to college. Excelsior College has provided me the flexibility to earn my Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees, all while working full time. Excelsior College's support throughout my experience was vital to my success and the learning experience was nothing short of excellent.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.


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Step-by-step Assistance

Our admissions team can help you apply to Excelsior College. Contact them for help in:

  • Finding the right degree program.
  • Submitting transcripts and other paperwork.
  • Getting transfer credit for previous college work, military training, or other experience.
  • Understanding the application process.