Admission, Matriculation, and Enrollment

Statement of Policy

Undergraduate Programs

Admitted Student Status: Applicants are admitted to Excelsior College undergraduate degree programs when they meet all admissions requirements for a specific program of study and accept admissions by submitting the Enrollment Agreement to the College. The academic policy date for admitted students is based on the date when the Enrollment Agreement is processed by the College. Admitted student status lapses after 6 months from a student’s academic policy date, and individuals with lapsed applications must reapply to pursue enrollment.

Matriculated Student Status: Admitted undergraduate students are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program at the time the official evaluation is completed. If the student agrees with the official evaluation and does not wish to make changes, no further action is required. Students need to contact their advising team to discuss any changes they want to make to the official evaluation within 30 days of the matriculation date.

Enrolled Student Status: Matriculated undergraduate students are enrolled in Excelsior College after they have accepted admission to the College and engaged in one of the following activities within 6 months of the academic policy date:

  1. Registered for an Excelsior College course or exam which applies to their program of study
    OR
  2. Transferred newly earned credit from an approved source which applies to their program of study and is not reflected on the official evaluation

To satisfy requirements for transfer credit noted in number 2, the credit must have been earned after the academic policy date and within 6 months of the enrollment agreement. The dean of the school may override this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

  • Matriculated students who do not transition to enrolled status within 6 months of the academic policy date are considered lapsed applicants and would need to reapply to pursue enrollment.
  • Enrolled Students are expected to attempt a minimum of 6 credits on an annual basis. Excelsior College credit and/or newly earned credit transferred from approved sources which applies to students’ programs of study will be applicable to the 6-credit minimum.  Students who do not meet this expectation will be dismissed from the program.
  • Some undergraduate degree programs have special criteria for admission.
  • Students taking undergraduate Excelsior College courses and UExcel exams are not required to be admitted to Excelsior College nor enrolled in an Excelsior College degree program; however, there may be limitations on the number of courses and exams which may be taken based on curriculum requirements.
  • Students may be admitted to another Excelsior College degree program once they are Specialist Approved (SA) and meet the admissions requirements for the new program of study.

Graduate Programs

Admitted Student Status:

  • Applicants to non-nursing graduate programs must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent. Baccalaureate degrees from non-regionally accredited colleges or universities will be accepted if the institution was accredited at the time of the student’s attendance by an accrediting body listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
  • Applicants to School of Nursing graduate programs must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the foreign equivalent), or from a college or university whose baccalaureate degree program in nursing was approved by ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA at the time of attendance.

An applicant for a graduate degree program who has submitted an application and supporting materials is in a pending applicant status. The applicant’s materials are reviewed by the respective office. A decision is made to accept or deny admission into the graduate program.

  • If an applicant is accepted by Excelsior and the applicant submits an Enrollment Agreement, the applicant’s status is changed to admitted. The academic policy date for admitted students is based on the date when the Enrollment Agreement is processed by the College.
  • If an applicant is denied admission to Excelsior, the applicant’s status is changed to admission denied.

Matriculated Student Status: Admitted graduate students are matriculated in a degree program at the time the official evaluation is completed. If the student agrees with the official evaluation and does not wish to make changes, no further action is required. Students need to contact their advising team to discuss any changes they want to make to the official evaluation within 30 days of the matriculation date.

Enrolled Student Status: Matriculated graduate students are enrolled in Excelsior College after they have accepted admissions to the College and engaged in one of the following activities within 6 months of the academic policy date:

  1. Registered for an Excelsior College course or exam which applies to their program of study
    OR
  2. Transferred newly earned credit from an approved source which applies to their program of study and is not reflected on the official evaluation

To satisfy requirements for transfer credit noted in number 2, the credit must have been earned after the academic policy date and within 6 months of the enrollment agreement date. The dean of the school may override this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

  • Matriculated students who do not transition to enrolled status within 6 months of the academic policy date are considered lapsed applicants and would need to reapply to pursue enrollment.
  • Enrolled Students are expected to attempt a minimum of 6 credits on an annual basis. Excelsior College credit and/or newly earned credit transferred from approved sources which applies to students’ programs of study will be applicable to the 6-credit minimum. Students who do not meet this expectation will be dismissed from the program.
  • Students taking Excelsior College graduate courses are not required to be admitted, matriculated nor enrolled; however, there may be limitations on the number of courses that may be taken based on curriculum requirements. See individual school policies and publications for specific information on these limitations.
  • There is no provisional admissions status for graduate applicants with the exception of the MS in nursing program. A provisional student is one who does not meet the usual criteria for admission, and is admitted to a graduate program or graduate certificate program by the appropriate Admissions Committee on a temporary basis. By the end of the provisional period, the student must meet all appropriate admission requirements in order to continue and enroll in the program.

Dual Degrees

All students enrolled in a dual degree program (except for nursing students) will be changed from Bachelor’s to Graduate status at the end of the trimester during which the student accumulates a minimum of 108 credits. If the student is not registered for courses for the second term of the trimester, the Graduate status can be updated after completion of the courses in the first term.

Certificate Programs

Applicants are considered to be admitted to and matriculated in a certificate program when they have met admissions requirements for the program of study and submit the Enrollment Agreement to the College. The academic policy date for admitted and matriculated certificate program students is based on the date when the Enrollment Agreement is processed by the College. Admitted and matriculated student status lapses after 12 months from a certificate student’s academic policy date, and individuals with lapsed applications must reapply to gain admission to Excelsior.

Certificate program students are enrolled in Excelsior College after they have accepted admission to the College and engaged in one of the following activities within 6 months of the academic policy date:

  1. Registered for an Excelsior College course or exam which applies to their program of study
    OR
  2. Transferred newly earned credit from an approved source which applies to their program of study and is not reflected on the official evaluation

To satisfy requirements for transfer credit noted in number 2, the credit must have been earned after the academic policy date and within 6 months of the enrollment agreement date. The dean of the school may override this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

  • Students who do not transition to enrolled status within 6 months of the academic policy date are considered lapsed applicants and would need to reapply in order to pursue enrollment at Excelsior College.
  • Enrolled Students are expected to attempt a minimum of 6 credits on an annual basis.  Excelsior College credit and/or newly earned credit transferred from approved sources which applies to students’ programs of study will be applicable to the 6-credit minimum. Students who do not meet this expectation will be dismissed from the program.
  • After a student completes a certificate program, the student status is changed to complete. A student may be concurrently enrolled in certificate and degree programs.