About Excelsior College
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit distance learning institution founded in 1971 focused on providing educational opportunity to adult learners.
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.
Accessibility and Completion – Excelsior provides programs and services that meet students where they are academically and geographically, and provide support services needed for completion.
Affordability – Excelsior prudently manages its resources to invest in people and offer high-quality education credentials at an affordable price.
Excellence – Excelsior expects a collaborative effort and full engagement from all to develop and provide programs of exceptional value to students and employers.
Trustworthiness – Excelsior values and practices integrity and honesty in our relationships with students, each other, and the communities we serve.
Equity and Inclusion – Excelsior practices inclusion by welcoming and valuing all students, staff members, and faculty members in our learning community, and providing them with educational opportunities.
Collaboration – Members of the Excelsior community work together to develop, deliver, and sustain high-quality academic products and services for students.
Excelsior College is a provider of choice for adults seeking access to higher education and academic success, and it is a model for addressing societal and workforce needs.
Excelsior offers more than 30-degree programs across six areas of study: business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, public service, and technology. Dedicated advisors and faculty members foster and promote academic success as students work toward career advancement and achievement of life goals.
Excelsior degree programs operate within three schools: School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Nursing.
Excelsior College was founded in 1971 by the New York State Board of Regents and was originally known as the Regents External Degree Program (REX). Initial development of the College was funded by major grants from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. From 1971 until 1998, Regents College (as it became known in 1986) operated as a program of the Board of Regents (which also served as its board of trustees) and under the authority of The University of the State of New York by which degrees and diplomas were awarded during that period.
In April 1998, the Board of Regents granted the College a charter to operate as a private, nonprofit, independent institution and on January 1, 2001, Regents College changed its name to Excelsior College. Today, an independent board of trustees governs Excelsior College and it is comprised of prominent individuals in the fields of education, business, and the professions from across the United States.