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 06, 10679, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI-100||MATH 111, SEC 01, 5456, MW 8-9:15am, LA5-271||ENGR 101, SEC 01, 9963, M 5-5:50pm, VEC-201||S/I 60, SEC 28, 7890, MW 3:30-4:45pm, PH1-218|
|2||MATH 113, SEC 07, 10680, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI-100||MATH 111, SEC 03, 5638, MW 9:30-10:45am, LA5-245
||ENGR 101, SEC 02, 9964, M 6-6:50pm, VEC-115||S/I 60, SEC 29, 7891, MW 11am-12:15pm, SSC-030|
|3||MATH 113,08, 10681, MW 2-3:15pm, HSCI-100||MATH 111, SEC 07, 8108, TTH 11am-12:15pm, LA5-347||ENGR 101, SEC 8, 9970, W 6-6:50pm, VEC-115||S/I 60, SEC 30, 7892, MW 3:30-4:45pm, SSC-030|
|LC#||MATH 1||MATH 2||ENGR 101||SI|
|4||MATH 122, SEC 04, 05, 06, 1942/1943/1944, MW 11am-12:15am, LA5-271 and F 8-9:50am or F 10-11:50am LA5-153||NA||ENGR 101, SEC 13, 9975, F 2-2:50pm, ECS-210||TBD|
|5||MATH 122, SEC 01, 02, 03 1939/1940/1941, MW 8-9:15am, LA5-243 and F 8-9:50am or F 10-11:50am, PH1-228||NA||ENGR 101, SEC 12, 9974, F 1-1:50pm, ECS-210||TBD|
MATH 122, SEC 10, 11, 12 , 1948/1949/1950, MW 12:30-1:45pm, TH 8-9:50am or TH 10-11:50am, LA5-153
|ENGR 101, SEC 06, 9968, Tu 6-6:50pm, VEC-115||
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.