Excelsior College is a private college established in 1971, in Albany, New York. It was previously known as Regents College, and was started using funds from the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation. Later, they changed the name to ‘Excelsior’, meaning ‘ever upward’ in Latin, which also, interestingly, happens to be the motto of the state of New York. The college offers associate, certificate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in a range of fields such as Technology, Public Service, and Nursing. The college also offers dual degrees in the areas of Business, Healthcare, and Nuclear Engineering Technology. With a positively massive student body of over 36,000 students, the school also has an established distance learning program, and is one of The Big Three (the other two being Thomas Edison State College and Charter Oak State College). Excelsior is immensely liberal in accepting transfer credit. They also have an exclusive center for military education, and have been named a military friendly college by Military Times. Notable alumni include writers Gilbert King and Carl Hausman, as well as politicians John E. Walsh and Judd Matheny.