Excelsior offers lifeline to students impacted by Dowling College shutdown

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Excelsior College is one of six colleges which have agreed to accept students from Dowling College, a failing Long Island institution which will close after its accreditation is withdrawn on August 31.

Under the agreement, Dowling College students will pay Excelsior’s regular tuition and fee rates. As a nonprofit institution, Excelsior’s tuition will minimize cost for Dowling students during this transition.   Excelsior will also provide a preliminary review of credit, which will help keep costs and time to degree completion low for students.

“Excelsior’s broad transfer policy and low residency requirement – just three credits – means Dowling College students, especially seniors close to a degree, won’t have their educational goals deferred for long, if at all,” said Lisa LaVigna, executive director of Outreach and Access at Excelsior College. “Our history and experience in assessment and providing quality distance education programs positions us well to help Dowling College students.”

In 2014-2015, Excelsior accepted in transfer approximately 706,000 hours of undergraduate credit from 14,800 newly enrolled learners. The acceptance of this credit saved each student on average $22,000 in tuition costs.

Excelsior, founded in 1971, has more than 38,000 students and over 160,000 graduates worldwide. The College is home to 46 degree programs across five schools: Business & Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Public Service.


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