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Located in Albany, New York, Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Albany makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

1,268 Undergraduate Degrees
144 Graduate Degrees

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Excelsior College Rankings

Excelsior College is ranked #30 out of 1,284 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #11 out of 126 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Excelsior College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Excelsior College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Excelsior College?

Location of Excelsior College

Contact details for Excelsior College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7 Columbia Cir, Albany, NY 12203-5159
Phone: 518-464-8500

How Do I Get Into Excelsior College?

You can apply to Excelsior College online at:

Excelsior College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Excelsior College?

4.3% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at Excelsior College is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Online Learning at Excelsior College

30,008 Took All Classes Online
30,008 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 54 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at Excelsior College. In 2017-2018, 30,008 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Excelsior College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Excelsior College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Excelsior College was -7.4%. This is the #88 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Excelsior College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Excelsior College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 11%
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 5%
Registered Nursing 14%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Excelsior College ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing Education #18
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing #18
Nursing Administration #26
Registered Nursing #46
Nursing #59

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Excelsior College Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 999 217 0 1,216
Nursing Education 0 23 65 88
Nursing Administration 0 16 51 67
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 0 13 28 41
TOTAL 999 269 144 1,412


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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