Excelsior College was first founded in 1971 as Regents College. The school was chartered as a private, nonprofit institution in 1998 and was renamed to its current title in 2001. The college is a leader in providing convenient, affordable education to adult learners by providing numerous avenues toward degree completion.
Excelsior is a leader in online and distance learning, awarding associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of programs. With more than 141,000 graduates, the school is the largest educator of nurses in the United States. The average age of students is 39 and 35 percent are from minority groups that are underrepresented in higher education. The school works to make educational options that are flexible and unique in order to help adult learners succeed.
The campus is located in Albany, New York, so there are plenty of activities for those in off campus living. The capital of New York offers a wide variety of natural and cultural resources for everyone to enjoy. Plus, if you want to get away from school for a weekend, New York City is only 150 miles away and Montreal, Canada is 225 miles from campus.
For those who love outdoor adventure, Albany is close to the Berkshires, Catskills and Adirondacks, as well as ski resorts like Killington, Hunter and Mt. Snow. Saratoga Springs is also nearby, and those living in a college apartment who have equestrian tastes will have easy access to the Saratoga Race Track.
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