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Contact Amy Hathcock, Program Coordinator, at (910) 962-7742 or email hathcocka@uncw.edu.

ExCEL is located in University College, DePaolo Hall Room 1092. Program questions can be emailed to excel@uncw.edu.

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ExCEL FAQs

What is a learning community?
How do I apply for the ExCEL Learning Community?
Am I required to participate in ExCEL if I received an invitation?
What courses are included in the learning community?
What is a Common Course Structure?
How do I register for learning community courses?
Do I have to live in special housing to participate in ExCEL?
Can I participate in ExCEL... and another program such as Cornerstone, Honors, Hewlett LEAD, or Student Athletics?
Will participating in ExCEL prevent me from getting courses I need for my major?
Are all students required to take a First-Year Seminar (UNI 101)?
How will I earn the three Leadership Certificates?

Who is invited to apply to ExCEL?

What is a learning community?

A learning community is an education experience where students with a common goal come together in the pursuit of acquiring knowledge, skills, and understanding. This shared learning experience provides a rich, supportive environment that encourages students to learn with and from one another, both inside and outside the classroom.

How do I apply for the ExCEL Learning Community?

To apply, complete the brief online application.

Am I required to participate in ExCEL if I received an invitation?

No. Although we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity, it is not required. If you have questions, contact Amy Hathcock, ExCEL Coordinator, to help determine whether this program is right for you. Ms. Hathcock can be contacted at (910) 962-7742 or hathcocka@uncw.edu.

What courses are included in the Learning Community?

In the Fall 2012 Semester, students will be enrolled in COM 104: Concepts in Communication Studies, UNI 101: First-Year Seminar, and one of the following courses: EVS 205: Global Environmental Issues, HST 104: Introduction to Global History Since 1848, INT 105: Introduction to International Studies and SOC 105: Introduction to Sociology. Each of these courses offered meet a University Studies requirement that is necessary for graduation.

In the following Spring Semester, students in the ExCEL Learning Community will share a 1-credit hour course that continues to explore the focus of cultural engagement and leadership.

What is a Common Course Structure?

In order to create a learning community, students take three of the same courses together. ExCEL will accept 100 students who will all be enrolled together in the same COM 104: Concepts of Communications course. Then the large group of 100 is divided into 4 smaller groups of 25 students. Those 25 students will then be enrolled in two courses together: UNI 101: First-Year Seminar and one addition course of their choice.

How do I register for learning community courses?

After completing the online application, the three ExCEL Learning Community courses will be added to your fall schedule prior to Summer Freshmen Orientation. Then, during Orientation, students will only need to add two to three additional courses to complete their schedule.

Do I have to live in special housing to participate in ExCEL?

No. The ExCEL Learning Community is not tied to any particular student residence hall; therefore, you can live anywhere. If you are planning to live on-campus, you will need to follow all housing procedures outlined in your Teal Ticket.

Please note that ExCEL is a different Learning Community/program from Cornerstone Learning Communities, where students all live together in Cornerstone Hall.

Can I participate in ExCEL... and another program such as Cornerstone, Honors, Hewlett LEAD, or Student Athletics?

Typically, no. All of these programs share common courses which will conflict with the courses offered in ExCEL. However, there are a few exceptions. It is still recommended that you complete the ExCEL application if you are interested until your final decision is made.

Student Athletes may be eligible depending upon their schedule. Students have the option to participate in ExCEL in their first semester, and then apply to the Honors Program for the second semester.

Will participating in ExCEL prevent me from getting courses I need to prepare for my major?

No. This program will be a nice complement to any major on campus. All three Learning Community courses meet University Studies requirements that all students need for graduation. The program coordinator and academic advisors are careful in helping students select appropriate courses.

Are all students required to take First-Year Seminar (UNI 101)?

Yes. UNI 101 is a requirement of the University Students curriculum that all students must complete in order to graduate.

How will I earn the three Leadership Certificates?

The Leadership Certificates are offered through a UNCW program titled Leadership UNCW. The ExCEL Learning Community has integrated the requirements to obtain the certificates into the content of the First-Year Seminar course. Therefore, simply by successfully completing the course requirements, you can earn the Leadership Certificates.

Who is invited to apply to the ExCEL Learning Community?

Students who are fully accepted to UNCW and meet one of the following characteristics are invited to apply to ExCEL:

  • First person in the family to attend a four-year University
  • Raised in a one parent/guardian home
  • Has an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) of 1 or 0 (based on FAFSA information)

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