Contact us

Contact Amy Hathcock, Program Coordinator, at (910) 962-7742 or email

ExCEL is located in University College, DePaolo Hall Room 1092. Program questions can be emailed to

ExCEL Students serving rice at the 2012 Hunger Banquet

ExCEL Program Overview

Learning Community

ExCEL is a Learning Community for first-year students that continues through the second year. A Learning Community is an educational experience that integrates both academic and social aspects of learning. Comunity members work together to facilitate learning centralized around a common theme.

Research indicates that student participation in a Learning Community leads to:

  • Increased social integration and campus involvement
  • Stronger intellectual development
  • Higher satisfaction with the college experience

ExCEL's 2 Year Program

Fall 2013

  • Students participate in 3 common courses (a combined 9 credit hours)
  • Receive Peer Mentoring
  • Earn the Personal Leadership Certificate

Spring 2014

  • Students participate in 1 common course (1-2 credit hours)
  • Receive Peer Mentoring
  • Earn the Civic & Community Engagement Leadership Certificate

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Sponsored in partnership with The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

  • Attend extracurricular activities and workshops
  • Earn Cultural Competencies Leadership Certificate

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