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Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) helps first-time freshmen with a pre-engineering major build a network of peers, staff, and faculty as they begin their academic journey at CSULB.



  • Individual and group mentoring
  • Reserved courses
  • Study groups and tutoring
  • Exclusive Success workshops
  • Research opportunities
  • Social activities
  • Opportunity to form friendships
  • Chance to connect with faculty and staff
  • Chance to develop academic skills
  • No cost to students
  • Academic advising support

Program Details

Core Engineering Major Courses: EXCEL students will enroll in appropriate courses related to their engineering majors in the Fall and Spring semesters depending on their placement.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): In addition to major courses, EXCEL students will be enrolled in a one-unit, credit/no-credit Supplemental Instruction (SI) course connected with their pre-calculus course and reserved for their cohort. SI Leaders (upper-division students) attend lectures with EXCEL students and lead two or three weekly sessions to facilitate hands-on learning to foster deeper understanding of the course material.

Peer Mentoring: Each EXCEL student will be assigned a peer mentor in their first year. Upper-division peer mentors provide resources, tutoring, and mentoring to help freshmen achieve academic success and transition from high school to college.

Freshmen Advising: EXCEL students will be assigned a pre-engineering academic advisor and must meet with them during mandatory freshmen advising workshops. Academic advisors are also available through drop-in or appointment.

Reserved Courses: During the fall semester, EXCEL students will enroll in ENGR 101: Introduction to the Engineering Profession, which familiarizes students with engineering fields and opportunities and challenges of the profession. During the spring, EXCEL students will enroll in ENGR 102: Academic Success Skills, which covers learning strategies, note-taking, student support, student research, financial literacy, and career pathways. Each semester, students will enroll in the appropriate math course(s) for engineering and computing degrees. 

Learning communities #1-3 are available to pre-engineering majors eligible for pre-calculus during Fall 2018:
LC # MATH 1         MATH 2 ENGR 101 SI
1 MATH 113, SEC 06B, 10889, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI Room 100 MATH 111, SEC 01, 5871, MW 8-9:15am, LA5  Room 169 ENGR 101, SEC 07, 8795, M 5-5:50pm, VEC Room 301 S/I 60, SEC 26, 8919, MW 3:30-4:45pm, FA1  Room 206 
2 MATH 113, SEC 07C, 10890, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI Room 100 MATH 111, SEC 05, 6085, MW 9:30-10:45am, LA5  Room 171
ENGR 101, SEC 08, 8796, M 6-6:50pm, VEC  Room 301 S/I 60, SEC 27, 8920, MW 11-12:15pm, FA1  Room 202
3 MATH 113,08D, 10891, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI Room 100 MATH 111, SEC 03, 6083, MW 11-12:15pm, LA5  Room 151 ENGR 101, SEC 12, 8800, W 6-6:50pm, VEC  Room 301 S/I 60, SEC 28, 8921, MW 3:30-4:45pm, LA2  Room 205
Learning communities 4, 5, and 6 are optional to pre-engineering majors eligible for Calculus I during Fall 2018. Seating is limited.
4 MATH 122, SEC 04, 05, 06, 2019/2020/2021, MW 9:30-10:45am, F 8-9:50am or F 10-11:50am, LA5  Room 169 NA ENGR 101, SEC 11, 8799, F 2-2:50pm, ECS  Room 210 S/I 60, SEC 29, 8922, TuTH 12:30-1:45pm, ED2  Room 174
5 MATH 122, SEC 01, 02, 03 2016/2017/2018, MW 8-9:15am, F 8-9:50am or F 10-11:50am, LA5  Room 343 NA ENGR 101, SEC 10, 8798, F 1-1:50pm, ECS  Room 210 S/I 60, SEC 30, 8923, TuTH 8-9:15am, SPA  Room 102

MATH 122, SEC 10, 11, 12 , 2025/2026/2027, MW 12:30-1:45pm, TH 8-9:50am or TH 10-11:50am, LA5  Room 243


ENGR 101, SEC 09, 8797, Tu 6-6:50pm, VEC  Room 301

S/I 60, SEC 31, 8924, TuTH 12:30-1:45pm, VEC  Room 110


Incoming first-time-freshmen with pre-engineering majors who are placed into pre-calculus (MATH 111 & MATH 113) are eligible to join EXCEL Learning Communities 1, 2, or 3. Those placed into Calculus I (MATH 122) may join EXCEL Learning Community 4, 5, or 6, however seating is limited, so enroll early.


Applications are now closed.