Excelsior College

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.

Distance Learning Courses


Excelsior College was founded in 1971 by the New York State Board of Regents and was originally known as Regents College. Initial development of the College was funded by major grants from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. From 1971 until 1998, Regents College 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.



There are two basic types of educational accreditation: "institutional," and "specialized" or "programmatic." Institutional accreditation applies to an entire college. Specialized or programmatic accreditation applies to specific programs, departments, or schools within the college. In the United States, regional accreditation is considered the highest level of accreditation for an institution. A degree from an accredited college like Excelsior helps students stand out in the job market. It shows that you've taken on the toughest academic challenges and succeeded. Excelsior College was reaccredited for the 20122022 period by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the U.S. In its report, the Commission provided this summary: "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."

Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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

Albany, New York, United States


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