Excelsior College Accreditations

The two primary types of higher education accreditation include institutional accreditation and specialized or programmatic accreditation.

Institutional accreditation applies to an entire college or university. Specialized or programmatic accreditation applies to specific programs, departments, or schools within an institution.

Regional accreditation is a type of institutional accreditation that indicates a college or university meets the same operational standards as other regionally accredited institutions within its designated geographic area.

Excelsior College is accredited through the year 2022 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This agency reviews colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC.

“We have all been extremely impressed by what we have seen at Excelsior College. You have created a culture here which is rare. You have a college which has an open-access admissions policy, charges a low tuition, provides students with a high-quality education, and operates with strong financials. You have a very dedicated faculty, administration, and staff, academically challenging programs, and satisfied students who truly feel that everyone at the college cares about them.” – Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2012.

Institutional Accreditation

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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Specialized Nursing Accreditation

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ACEN Accreditation

The bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing at Excelsior College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ACEN recently decided not to continue programmatic accreditation of Excelsior College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program. Excelsior College is pursuing an appeal of ACEN’s decision and during the appeal process, Excelsior’s ACEN accreditation remains in place. This action does not impact the bachelor’s or master’s degree programs currently accredited by ACEN.

We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000 | ACEN Accredited Programs

New York State Board of Regents – Recognized Programmatic Accreditation

Excelsior College’s nursing programs are programmatically accredited by the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents, State Education Department Office of the Professions (the Regents). The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Regents as a state agency for the approval of nursing education programs since 1969. More information about the NYS Board of Regents’ Recognized Programmatic Accreditation may be helpful for students or graduates to present to a school they are attending or to an employer seeking more information about their Excelsior College nursing degree.

ABET Specialized Accreditation

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

Specialized Accreditation for Business Degrees

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IACBE Accreditation

Excelsior College has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.

RECOGNITION

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Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated Excelsior College’s School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, in recognition of the School’s sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development. This is the fourth consecutive designation.

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National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security designated Excelsior as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education for its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program.