EXCEL is a three-day summer program geared toward first-year students of color and first-generation college students. EXCEL features workshops to expose students to common aspects of daily college life. Participants 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. Participants will be paired with a mentor who is a returning student with proven academic and social skills. Mentors will help guide mentees through the social and academic aspects of Ball State. Payment and registration must be submitted by --date not yet determined--. Direct questions to Chris Moore in the Multicultural Center, 765-285-1344.

Program Dates: Dates for Summer 2019 have not yet been selected. (Please note that four other Summer Bridge Programs - Accelerate, Cardinal Connections, Cardinal Leadership and Service Seminar, Early Start - take place during the same dates as EXCEL, so if you are registering for EXCEL, you cannot register as a participant for Accelerate, Career Connections, C.L.A.S.S., or Early Start)

Program Fee (includes meals, lodging, activities): Program fee for August 2019 has yet to be determined.

Maximum Participation:  Limited to 50 students

Registration: Registration for EXCEL is not yet open. Check back in May 2019 for more information.

Itinerary for August 2018:

Day 1 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. Check-in at the Alumni Center
   **students must check-in at Alumni Center before moving into residence halls**
10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. Move into Residence Halls
3:30 p.m. Welcome at the Multicultural Center
4:00-6:00 p.m. EXCEL Social
7:00-9:00 p.m. Film Night (Jumanji)

Day 2 - Monday, August 13, 2018
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-9:30 a.m. Opening Session
9:30-10:00 a.m. Study Aboard
10:00-11:00 a.m. Career Center
11:00-12:45 p.m. College 101: Part I
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. African American Studies
2:00-4:00 p.m. College 101: Part II
4:00-5:00 p.m. OHADE
5:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:15-7:45 p.m. Talent Show Practice
8:00-10:00 p.m. Evening Activity

Day 3 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-12:45 p.m. Community Engagement
12:45-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. EXCEL Alumni/Student Leader Panel
3:00-5:00 p.m. Talent Show and Reception
5:00-6:30 p.m. Presidents Picnic (Bracken House)
7:30 p.m. Night at the Rec Center *optional for participants