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EXCEL Program

Navigating the college experience can be a challenge; with EXCEL, you are not alone. We will be here to help you every step of the way!

What is EXCEL?

EXCEL is a student success program that provides a unique opportunity for students that are interested in having additional support and guidance in obtaining an associate’s degree or when transferring to a four-year university.

Benefits of the Program

  • Connection to personalized career guidance
  • Access to learning support resources such as laptop, calculator, textbooks, and other unmet needs
  • Dedicated peer mentor supporting you in your college experience
  • Access to scholarships opportunities
  • Opportunities for your family and support system to be a part of your success throughout workshops.

How Do I Get In?

  • Be admitted to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), GateWay Community College (GWCC), or Glendale Community College (GCC).
  • Submit an EXCEL Program application.
  • Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be an Arizona resident and Maricopa County resident.
  • Complete the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in an EXCEL Program-approved major.
  • Must commit to the program until you have completed or transferred.

If you are a current EMCC student, you must:

  • Have earned NO MORE than 24 transferable college credits
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have a current Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at EMCC, GWCC, or GCC.

EXCEL Program Approved Majors

  • Associate in General Students (AGS)
  • Associate in Arts (AA) and AGEC A
  • Associate in Science (AS) and AGEC S
  • Associate in Business, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) and AGEC B
  • Associate in Business, Special Requirements (ABUS-GR) and AGEC B
  • Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) and AGEC A