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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 2017:
LC # MATH 1         MATH 2 ENGR 101 SI
1 MATH 113
(Pre-Calculus Algebra)
MW 2-3:15 p.m., LH-150
MATH 111 
(Pre-Calculus Trigonometry)
MW 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., PH1-219
Class 10404 
M 5-5:50 p.m.,  EN2  105
S/I 60 Class 10526 
MW 12:30-1:45 p.m., FSC-106
2 MATH 113 
(Pre-Calculus Algebra) 
MW 2-3:15 p.m., LH-150
MATH 111 
(Pre-Calculus Trigonometry)
MW 12:30-1:45 p.m., LA5-151
Class 10405
M 6-6:50 p.m., EN2 107
S/I 60 Class# 10527 
MW 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., CBA-111
3 MATH 113 
(Pre-Calculus Algebra) 
MW 2-3:15 p.m., LH-150
MATH 111 
(Pre-Calculus Trigonometry)
MW 12:30-1:45 p.m., LA5-347
Class 10409
T, 5-5:50 p.m., VEC 322
S/I 60 Class# 10528
 MW 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m., VEC-113
Learning communities 4, 5, and 6 are optional to pre-engineering majors eligible for Calculus I during Fall 2017. Seating is limited, so enroll early.
LC# MATH Lecture MATH Lab ENGR 101 SI
4 MATH 122 (Calculus I)
 Class 2078 TTH 8-9:15 a.m., LA5-245
ACT 2079 F 8-9:50 a.m. LA5-343
or ACT 2080 F 10-11:50 a.m. LA5-343
Class 10406
TH, 5-5:50 p.m., VEC 301
S/I 60 Class 10529
MW 8-9:15 a.m., HHS1-200
5 MATH 122 (Calculus I)
Class 6228 TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m. LA5-245
ACT 6229 F 8-9:50 a.m. LA5-153
or ACT 6230 F 10-11:50 a.m. LA5-153
Class 10407
F, 1-1:50 p.m., EN2 103
S/I 60 Class 10530
TTH 8-9:15 a.m., CBA 110

MATH 122 (Calculus I)
Class 7808 TTH 2-3:15 p.m.    PH1-228

ACT 7809 F 8-9:50 a.m. LA5-261
or ACT 7810 F 10-11:50 a.m. LA5-261

Class 10408
F, 2-2:50 p.m., EN2 103

S/I 60 Class# 10531

TTH 12:30-1:45 p.m., VEC 112


Beginning in Fall 2017, 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.