EXCEL Mentor Program

We know that leaving home and starting life in college is a challenging transition. We want to help students ease their transition to Ball State University.

EXCEL is a three-day summer program for new Ball State students. EXCEL features workshops to expose students to common aspects of daily college life. We challenge participants to learn techniques that will help them focus on their academic and social development.

The program is an opportunity to make new friends and get firsthand experience of college life before classes start. You will be paired with a mentor who is a returning student with proven academic and social skills. Your mentor will help guide you through the social and academic aspects of Ball State.

Once you have been admitted to Ball State, you will receive an invitation to our Summer Bridge programs, of which EXCEL is one. we encourage you to consider EXCEL if you are looking for a fun way to start college life.

In addition to making new friends, EXCEL will give you the opportunity to:    

  1. Connect with an upper class mentor and other students 
  2. Engage in developmental workshops and interactive activities throughout the fall semester 
  3. Experience living in the residence halls
  4. Take a one credit hour leadership course through Excellence In Leadership

Learn more about how to sign up and feel free to check our testimonials page about EXCEL.

Become a Mentor

How to Apply


REACH Program Overview

The REACH (Retain, Engage, Aspire, Connect, Help) Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist participants in successfully transitioning to life as a Ball State student. The program will help participants adjust to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges experienced by first year students. The program serves first year students with a focus on Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino/Latina students as mentees.

Program Goals

  1. To connect first year students to a upper-class mentor who will help guide them through the transition to life at Ball State University.
  2. To create intentional interactions with mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who encourage and support mentees through their unique cultural journey through college.
  3. To connect mentees to academic and personal resources to help them successfully navigate university systems and processes.
  4. To successfully retain and graduate mentees through four years at Ball State University.

Program Outcomes

REACH Mentees

REACH Mentors