The EXCEL Learning Community is a learning community for first year Exploratory students. EXCEL [Explore, Career, Education, and Leadership] is designed to assist you with exploring careers, education, and leadership while moving you toward selecting their major by the end of their first year.

How do I participate?

The EXCEL Learning Community is open to first year Exploratory students residing in Lake Hall, Honors College students residing in Stopher/Johnson Halls and students commuting to campus.

Students living on campus must select Lake Hall and the EXCEL Community as top choices on their Housing Application (exceptions are made for Honors College students residing Stopher/Johnson Halls.

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Mission Statement

The EXCEL (Explore, Careers, Education, Leadership) Learning Community is dedicated to providing the foundation for students to remain on a four year graduation path through the creation of an inspiring and engaging learning community. EXCEL focuses on holistic learning involving the selection of a major, career exploration, academic success, and leadership. The environment within the EXCEL community fosters friendships and relationships with EXCEL students, EXCEL mentors; including, faculty and staff members. The commitment of the EXCEL Learning Community is to provide enriching student experiences at Kent State University.

Goals
  • To create a community atmosphere fostering immediate friendships and  connections among diverse exploratory students, peer mentors, faculty members, and staff members
  • To support students in identifying career goals and action steps necessary to achieve those goals.
  • To foster the development of strong academic habits and practices
  • To expose students to pertinent personal, academic and social resources to be successful
  • To engage students in leadership opportunities across campus 
Benefits
  • Connect with your peers quickly and develop lifelong friendships
  • Gain insight into the many fields of study by participating in programing specifically for Exploratory students hosted in Lake Hall
  • Enroll in an EXCLUSIVE co-registered courses specific for EXCEL students, which provides you the opportunity to connect with your fellow peers and network in study groups. Co-Registered courses include in the fall semester the First Year Experience course and a Kent CORE.  In the spring, the Career Navigation course. 

  • Gain on-site access to EXCEL Peer Mentors who are here to support you in success with special programming and scheduled office-hours to visit (and chat).