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?
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.
To apply, complete the brief online application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Fall 2014 Semester, students will be enrolled in COM 104: Concepts in Communication Studies, UNI 101: First-Year Seminar, and one of the following courses: ENG 101: College Writing and Reading I, 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.
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.
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.
No. The ExCEL Learning Community is not tied to any particular student residence hall; therefore, you can live anywhere.
Please note that ExCEL is a different Learning Community/ program from Cornerstone Learning Communities, where students all live together in Cornerstone Hall.
Typically, no, but there are some exceptions. ExCEL required you are enrolled in a specific section of UNI 101 reserved for ExCEL students only. Therefore, If the community does NOT also It is recommended that you complete the ExCEL application until your final decision is made. Keep in mind that students have the option to participate in ExCEL in the first semester and then apply to the Honors Program for the spring semester.
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.
Yes. UNI 101 is a requirement of the University Students curriculum that all students must complete in order to graduate.
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.
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)