Excelsior College was founded in 1971 as the external degree program of the New York State Board of Regents. In 1998, the Board of Regents granted the College (then known as Regents College) an absolute charter to operate as a private, nonprofit, independent college. As are all accredited colleges in the state, Excelsior College is a member of The University of the State of New York. Today, the College is governed by a board of trustees composed of individuals from across the United States who are prominent in the fields of business, education, government, and the professions.
A leader in online and distance learning, Excelsior College awards degrees at the associate and baccalaureate levels in liberal arts, nursing, business, technology, and health sciences, and at the master's level in liberal studies, nursing, and business. Certificate programs are also offered by the Schools of Business & Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Nursing. More than 148,000 persons have earned degrees from Excelsior College.
Excelsior's student body represents a diverse group of adult learners.
The average age of an Excelsior student is 39; about 59 percent are female, 41 percent are male.
More than one-third of our enrolled students are from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
More than one-quarter of our students are active-duty or reserve military personnel.
Ten percent of our students come from New York State; the remaining are from the rest of the United States and other nations.
The faculty of Excelsior College, both full-time and adjunct, are drawn from many colleges and universities as well as from industry and the professions. They teach our courses, establish and monitor academic policies and standards, determine degree requirements and the means by which credit may be earned, develop the content for all examinations, and recommend degree conferral to the Excelsior College Board of Trustees.