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Advance your education and your career with StraighterLine's educational partner, Excelsior College, an accredited, nonprofit institution.

A national leader in adult education for more than 40 years, Excelsior College offers innovative distance learning classes that are specifically designed for working adults.

Excelsior's programs enable professionals like you to broaden your abilities, master new skills, and increase your value to your organization.

StraighterLine chose Excelsior as an educational partner because we understand the needs of adult learners who are balancing education with jobs, families, and other responsibilities. With our online learning model, you can take courses where and when they fit into your schedule. By completing two courses with StraighterLine, Excelsior offers discounted tuition for students who transfer those credits into our programs, ensuring you an affordable education.

Excelsior has programs for a wide range of educational goals. You can:

  • Earn an associate or bachelor's degree, building on previous credits you may have earned at Straighterline and/or other institutions.
  • Get a graduate degree (including an MBA or nursing master's degree).
  • Develop specialized skills and leadership qualities through Excelsior's Center for Professional Development.
  • Obtain a professional certificate.

Whatever your objective, Excelsior has the right program or courses for you.

Excelsior College and StraighterLine are partners in promoting student success. Put this partnership to work for you. Contact an Excelsior admissions coordinator to find out how Excelsior can move your education and your career forward. Be sure to tell our admissions team that you're with StraighterLine.

Have an Associate's Degree, already? You may be eligible for an additional reduction in undergraduate tuition if you are a graduate of one of our community college partners.

Community College and Academic Partners

Are you a US veteran or in active military service? You may be eligible for an additional reduction in undergraduate tuition if you are an active service member. We offer military benefits and preferential pricing.

Military Partnerships

Veteran Patnerships

About Excelsior College

99% of our grads found their Excelsior education relevant to their career
* According to associate graduates in our alumni outcomes survey, 2012


What you know is more important than where or how you learned it.®


Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are — academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.


Excelsior College aspires to be a model university for the 21st Century. Excelsior will:

  • be a provider of choice for those who pursue their educational goals in a flexible, individualized manner,
  • continue to serve as a cost-effective stimulus for lifelong learning and individual achievement, advocating the assessment of prior learning and aggregation of credit,
  • be recognized as an ideal academic collaborator and as a valuable partner in addressing societal and workforce needs.

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Programs & Academics

Excelsior College offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines.

With over 30 degree programs and certifications across five schools, plus two specialized learning centers, Excelsior College serves a wide range of educational needs.

School of Business and Technology ›

Excelsior offers more than 14 business and technology degrees, including business, accounting, nuclear technology, computer technology, and cybersecurity.

School of Liberal Arts ›

Excelsior offers multiple degrees in Liberal Arts. Our general Liberal Arts degree is your shortest, straightest path to a degree.

School of Public Service ›

We offer degrees in criminal justice and military leadership designed to help leaders prepare for careers in criminal justice, government, not-for-profit management, public administration, and the military.

School of Nursing ›

A national leader in nursing education, Excelsior is recognized for excellence by the National League for Nursing, a preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders and nurse educators.

School of Health Sciences ›

Bachelor’s degrees in health sciences equip Excelsior graduates to become leaders in a dynamic industry.

Center for Professional Development ›

Excelsior’s online professional development courses and training programs help you acquire leadership skills and stay current with the latest workplace practices, trends, and technologies.

As an accredited, nonprofit institution, Excelsior is ready to match the right program to your academic goals. Contact an admissions coordinator to learn more — and be sure to mention that you qualify for partnership pricing.

Credit Transfer Guidelines

Get academic credit for your professional knowledge and experience.

If you're pursuing an academic degree from Excelsior College, our generous transfer policies give you a great head start. Your professional skills and training may give you credits so you don't need to take subjects you've already mastered on the job. We help you maximize your credit so that you can complete a degree faster.

In addition to awarding credit for work experience and skills, Excelsior offers transfer credits for:

  • Courses you completed at other accredited colleges or universities (even courses you took long ago may be eligible)
  • Qualified professional and technical training programs
  • Military service
  • Credit-by-examination

You may already be within a few credits of a degree—and the professional rewards you'll gain, such as higher pay and stronger career opportunities.

We also offer training courses for partners who have credit by assessment programs. Find out more about how you can convert your professional training into college credit.

You can enter Excelsior with up to 116 transfer credits, or almost 90 percent of what you need for a bachelor's degree. Many of our students only need to take a few Excelsior courses to graduate.

For the Excelsior College School of Nursing (SON), core degree requirements in Associate degree programs include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Life Span Developmental Psychology and Sociology. For Excelsior College SON Bachelor’s degree programs, core degree requirements include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics and Ethics. Excelsior College's School of Nursing allows students to satisfy up to 25% of the general education degree requirements with StraighterLine courses.

This means in Excelsior's nursing programs, a maximum of 7 general education credits (2 courses) can apply to Associate degree plans and a maximum of 15 general education credits (approximately 5 courses) can apply to Bachelor's degree plans.

When you apply to Excelsior College, our admissions team will complete a preliminary transfer credit assessment. Be sure to mention that you're with StraighterLine. After you're accepted, our academic counselors will help you leverage your transfer credits for the greatest benefit—and get you to a degree as quickly as possible.

Course Equivalency:

StraighterLine to Excelsior College Course Equivalency Table (PDF)

Tuition & Financial Aid

StraighterLine's students enjoy big savings on Excelsior College tuition.

Because we cater to working adults and nontraditional students, Excelsior College strives to make our programs affordable for everyone. That's especially true for StraighterLine's students.

Get up to a $200 tuition credit from Excelsior College when you transfer your StraighterLine courses to Excelsior College.

The tuition credit is $50 per course for the first four (4) StraighterLine courses transferred upon enrollment to Excelsior College ($200 maximum). To qualify, courses must be (1) completed before his or her first term of enrollment at Excelsior and (2) eligible for transfer to Excelsior as outlined in this page. Excelsior applies the tuition credit to the student's first-term tuition bill at Excelsior.

In addition, you may be eligible for federal and New York State loans, as well as grants, scholarships, GI Bill tuition assistance, and other forms of financial support. Excelsior's financial aid advisors will work with you to obtain all the forms of support for which you're eligible. We also offer flexible payment plans and budgeting assistance to help keep your education affordable.

Please note that the partnership benefits apply to all associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, excluding the Associate Degree in nursing program.

Contact an Excelsior financial aid advisor today to find out how easily you can afford to continue and complete your education.

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The Application Process

When you are ready to apply to Excelsior College, here are the steps you'll take.

Step 1: Create a MyExcelsior account

Setting up your MyExcelsior account is easy! Answering a few quick questions, selecting your academic interest, and choosing a username and password is all it takes!

MyExcelsior gives you access to key resources, including admissions forms and an online course demonstration so that you can see what our courses are like—before you apply.

Create a MyExcelsior account

Step 2: Begin your Excelsior application

Start by answering a few quick questions on our admissions Web page. This leads you to the appropriate online application and admissions requirements for your preferred program.

Begin your application online

Note: Applications are optional for military service members, except for students pursuing undergraduate nursing degrees.

Step 3: Submit a financial aid form

Next, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Where requested, please include our school code: 014251.

Fill out your FAFSA

Step 4: Enroll at Excelsior College

Once fully approved, you can commit to enroll at Excelsior College and begin your coursework. After you receive your official evaluation, an academic advisor will give you course approval and help you develop a program plan.

Commit to Enroll Now