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Who We Are

The founding philosophy of Excelsior College,“what you know is more important than where or how you learned it,” is our guiding principle.

Excelsior offers efficient and affordable access to degree completion through our online courses and our UExcel college-level proficiency examinations, the acceptance of transfer credit from other colleges and universities, as well as recognized corporate and U.S. military training programs.

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and holds specialty accreditation for individual programs including:

National League for Nursing
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE

It is also home to several honor societies including:

Tau Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
Alpha Nu Sigma (applied nuclear science and nuclear engineering
Alpha Sigma Lambda in the School of Liberal Arts



Hear from successful graduates who used credit by exam to earn their degrees.




Excelsior College has launched the Excelsior College English as a Second Language Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) – a free, publicly available resource for non-native English speakers struggling with college-level writing. The project, funded with a $581,600 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), is housed within the Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL).

ESL-WOW is intended to guide English learners along each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing process through interconnected and interactive modules.

The workshop was built in accordance with promising new strategies in adult second- language writing which include assessing learners’ needs and goals, acknowledging their prior writing experiences, incorporating content relevant to their roles as parents, workers and life-long learners and evaluating their performance on an ongoing basis.


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UExcel Exams

Excelsior College has implemented a new registration process for the eight UExcel® exams in Calculus, Introduction to Psychology, Political Science, Intro to Sociology, Statistics, College Writing, Spanish Language, and Physics.

Registration for UExcel Exams is through the Excelsior College website at Register for Your Exam, or through your MyExcelsior account. Scheduling of your exam session will still take place through Pearson VUE at http://www.pearsonvue.com/uexcel/.

In addition, Excelsior College Examinations® (ECEs) will be gradually changing in name to UExcel (The exception is the required nursing theory exams for our associate and bachelor degree in nursing programs, which will keep the ECE name). This change will not affect your exam transcripts or prevent you from registering for or taking any upcoming exams.


Center for Educational Measurement

The Excelsior College UExcel exams and Excelsior College exams can be used to meet degree requirements at Excelsior and they are accepted at hundreds of other colleges. Students who use appropriate resources as study material, including those provided by OERu member institutions and other recognized open courseware providers, find that UExcel exams and ECEs are a highly affordable means for the independent learner to demonstrate academic proficiency in over 50 subjects.