Exploratory Majors

The EXCEL Living-Learning community is open to first-year and transfer Exploratory majors with less than 25 credit hours. EXCEL is designed to assist you with exploring careers, education and leadership while moving you toward selecting your major by the end of your first year.

EXCEL students reside in Lake Hall which is centrally located on campus and attached to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. The Center for Undergraduate Excellence houses University College including the Exploratory Advising Center and many supportive resources. Within the EXCEL Living-Learning Community, students form strong bonds with peers, peer mentors and with staff and faculty.  The Resident Assistant (RA) staff in Lake Hall helps to build healthy and fun communities with the support of the Residence Hall Director and Assistant Residence Hall Director. EXCEL residents are able to participate in programs in the community and are encouraged to be part of Hall Council.

EXCEL students actively participate in exploring Kent State majors and career interests. Students are enrolled in exclusive co-registered courses for EXCEL students. Students will attend day and evening programs focused on selecting a major, exploring careers, academic success strategies, leadership development, and more!

EXCEL peer mentors and Lake Hall RAs will plan activities within the hall and around the Kent State community. QuadFest is a carnival-like festival that will kick off fall semester and bring together the Quad area! Residents also look forward to the semi-annual Brinner (late night breakfast for dinner) at the end of every semester as a motivation to prepare for finals week.

EXCEL is an engaging and stimulating Living-Learning community focused on developing academic, social and leadership success.


  •  “I have been out of EXCEL for three years and I still see the positive impact it had on me.”
  • “EXCEL has been a great experience.  It helped me find a major and I met my best friend.”
  • “EXCEL has helped me succeed both academically and socially.”
  • “Don’t Dream it… be it, EXCEL!”


To participate:

  • You must be an Exploratory major.
  • You must be a first-year or transfer student with less than 25 credit hours
  • You must live in Lake Hall, be an Honors student living in Honors housing or be a commuting student.


  • Select Lake Hall and the EXCEL Living-Learning Community as your first choice on your residence hall application.
  • Fill out the EXCEL application.
  • Tell your academic advisor during your Destination Kent State (DKS), our Advising & Registration program, that you plan to participate in the EXCEL program, (your academic advisor will enroll you the required courses).
  • If you have already completed and submitted your residence hall application and want to change to Lake Hall-EXCEL Living-Learning Community, log onto to the housing website to change the information on your application. 

The program fills fast… Sign Up Quickly!


If you have any further questions, you can email Niki Lee, Senior Learning Community Coordinator/Academic Advisor, at jlee110@kent.edu.

For more information about EXCEL and how to apply, visit the EXCEL Program website.