a.k.a. Student Support Services funded by the U.S. Department of Education
About the EXCEL Program
The EXCEL program offers eligible students in-depth, long term academic support throughout their undergraduate education. Assistance is available in a wide variety of areas including Academic Advising, Personal Counseling, Scholarship Information, Career Development, Graduate School Advising, Learning Skills, and Tutoring in Basic Skills.
A team of friendly, highly trained counselors, staff, tutors, and student associates is available to help you. As a federally funded TRIO program, participation is restricted to students with demonstrated academic need - undergraduates who are low income, first generation or disabled college students. Before students are assisted, they must first meet with the EXCEL Office Manager in order to determine eligibility and complete an EXCEL application. Joining EXCEL is like being part of an extended family that promotes the academic success and personal development of its members. For 45 years, EXCEL has had a proud tradition of helping undergraduates accomplish their academic and personal goals. If you are an eligible first time freshmen, transfer student, or continuing student, we hope you consider including EXCEL in your educational plans.
EXCEL Program Eligibility Criteria - You must have a demonstrated academic need and be:
- First Generation College Student (neither parent has a 4 - year U.S. Baccalaureate degree) or
- Low-Income Student (meeting federal low-income guidelines) or
- Disabled Student (must be a registered with SDRC)
EXCEL does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. The EXCEL program welcomes the disabled community. If you need accommodation, sign language interpreter, etc., please notify us two weeks in advance.
What is TRIO
The federal government's TRIO programs are designed to: identify promising junior and senior high school students (Talent Search); prepare high school students with potential for college level work (Upward Bound); provide information about college and financial aid to displaced and underemployed workers (Educational Opportunity Centers); provide tutoring and support services to students once they reach campus (EXCEL - Student Support Services) to ensure college retention and graduation; and encourage undergraduates to prepare for college teaching careers and doctoral studies (McNair).
- Office Hours: Monday. - Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Location: SF 202
- Phone: (510) 885-3722
- Fax: (510) 885-3393