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
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.
|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|
|LC#||MATH 1||MATH 2||ENGR 101||SI|
|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.
Interested in EXCEL? Complete the interest form.