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.
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.