A Bit About Excelsior

Average age of our 148,000 graduates is 39 years old

You have so many choices when it comes to pursuing a higher education – how do you find a fit that is right for your goals, needs, and lifestyle? Excelsior has been educating non-traditional students, working adults, and military servicemembers for more than 40 years, providing comprehensive degree and certificate programs and flexible distance learning and online options.

Our history of success speaks to our vision for the future: using the best technologies, practices, and people to deliver rigorous, meaningful degree and certificate programs that give you an edge in the most in-demand industries, from health care to criminal justice to information technology and more.

Be challenged, be supported, be fulfilled. Join Excelsior's diverse, vibrant, collaborative community of dedicated educators and fellow students and get more than you expect.

Our Mission is Serving You

We provide educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. We meet you where you are - academically and geographically - offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.

Our focus and philosophy

College fast facts



Excelsior College is a regionally-accredited nonprofit institution. Our students, alum, faculty, and staff have contributed to our success, earning us special additional recognition from organizations such as the American Council on Education, the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, and the National League of Nursing.

Our accreditations

Leaders in Learning

Guided by leaders in education, business, and industry, Excelsior continually strives to be responsive to our students' needs. At Excelsior, we are empowered to lead, ensuring that students have more than they need to succeed – from our President, John Ebersole, to every dedicated staff and faculty member.

Our leadership

Our awards and honors


Partners in Learning

By partnering with military and veterans organizations, community colleges, corporations, and other important institutions, Excelsior builds networks and connections to support our mission of quality educational opportunities for adult students.

Our partners

The Excelsior College Experience

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Deborah Massey


"All of the instructors were very helpful, they offered constructive comments in response to student discussion posts, and were very informative when students had questions. Collectively, they were all very high caliber."

More student testimonials

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