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.
Space is limited, so complete the ALEKS Math Placement Test by one week before your SOAR date if applicable to you. If space is available, you may also speak to an adviser on SOAR day. Click here for more information about Math placement in the College of Engineering. Interested in EXCEL? Complete this form before your SOAR date.