Student Resources & Services

Academic support

Excelsior College's academic advising program stands out among online colleges, and is widely recognized as one of the best among colleges of any type. Advisors are with you from start to finish. Find out how they can help you complete your degree.

Work with a tutor online in real-time or submit questions or essays for a next day response. You can also pre-schedule online appointments using Smarthinking, a free online tutoring service.

Please note: We have learned of a Web site that may confuse our students into paying for the tutoring support we make available to them - free of charge - via Smarthinking. NOTE the single "t" in the name of the legitimate site.  An unofficial site has apparently been launched ( -  notice the double "t.") This unofficial site contains listings for an array of vendors, unaffiliated with Excelsior or the legitimate Smarthinking, offering fee-based tutorial assistance on multiple subjects. 

As an Excelsior student, you can access the legitimate site and its services at no cost via the Resources tab at your MyExcelsior main page. (Login required.)

Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a free public writing resource covering all aspects of undergraduate writing. Features include:

  • Grammar essentials
  • Essay support
  • Online writing workshops
  • Research tutorials
  • Writing FAQs
  • Links to online writing support resources

In addition, enrolled Excelsior students have access to Grammarly, a free online grammar-check program. Use it before turning in the final draft of a paper, and Grammarly will display all possible errors within your paper, with suggestions and explanations for improving your paper.

Student Success Guide
Find success strategies for online learning, including time management techniques and study strategies in our Student Online Success Guide. You can also take a learning style assessment to discover how you learn best and find links to additional resources such as the Information Literacy Tutorial and a sample online Excelsior College course.

Library and Research Services

The Excelsior College Library is available 24/7 solution for research and scholarship. Available to all Excelsior College enrolled students from anywhere in the world, the Library is a partnership between Excelsior College and the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University. The library provides:

  • Professional librarians to help you find resources, properly cite references, evaluate information, and much more.
  • Access to hundreds of thousands of online resources, including electronic books, journal articles, primary sources, reports, videos, images, and music.
  • Course and exam resources selected specifically to support Excelsior College's curriculum.
  • OneSearch, a discovery tools that enables you to search across most of our subscription databases at the same time.
  • Research guides that are organized by subject and contain recommended databases, web resources, ebooks, and more.
  • Tutorials and tip sheets in multiple formats (audio, video, PDF, etc.) to help with all aspects of the research process.
  • A Library blog to keep you up to date on new resources.
  • A mobile Library website to access resources and get help on the go.

OvidSP Research Database
The OvidSP research database offers full-text articles from select titles in the OvidSP collection. You can search additional Ovid titles for more than 2,000 journals (indexed with abstracts) in fields including clinical medicine, behavioral and social sciences, life sciences, nursing, physical science and engineering, and psychology. This public resource is made possible through funding from Coordinated Collection Development Aid, a New York State program that recognizes the contributions that academic libraries make in enriching the learning of all New Yorkers.

Find recommended books and study materials grouped by exam name/number in our online bookstore or find them listed in an exam’s Content Guide. Our bookstore provides the convenience of 24/7 one-stop shopping, competitive pricing, money-saving used book options, and a book buy-back program.

Other Services

Career Center
Fine tune your career direction at our career center. Whether you are a future student, a current student, or one of our alumni, we have information, resources, and services geared to your educational and career needs.

Disability Services
We are committed to the principle that every individual should have an equal opportunity to enroll in an Excelsior College degree program, register for courses or examinations to demonstrate knowledge and skills under appropriate conditions, and to complete a degree. The College strives to assure reasonable accommodations to students toward these goals.

Our ombudsperson listens to student-related concerns and resolves issues from an unbiased perspective. The Ombudsperson is not an advocate for students or the College, but rather an impartial party who makes problem-solving decisions independently.