Students whose primary disability is a specific learning disability or ADHD may apply to Project EXCEL.

Project EXCEL is a comprehensive academic support system for students with specific learning disabilities. Initiated in 1982, Project EXCEL has proven to be a highly successful intervention program. Students whose primary disability is a specific learning disability and/or ADHD may apply to Project EXCEL. A fee-for-service program, Project EXCEL addresses the needs of this specific group of students through a comprehensive academic support system. Students must be admitted to the College of Mount St. Joseph before applying for Project EXCEL.

As a Project EXCEL student, you'll discover your academic strengths, address learning challenges and acquire new skills.

Eligibility

Project EXCEL students have a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning disability or ADHD, with average to superior intellectual ability. Space is limited, so we carefully evaluate each application to identify students who best match Project EXCEL resources. Entering freshmen and transfer students are eligible.

Goal

Project EXCEL's goal is help traditional-age students transition from a secondary program to college. The program fosters academic success by developing students' learning strategies and compensatory skills to allow them to succeed in a regular postsecondary academic program. Project EXCEL offers students a broad spectrum of resources to meet specific needs, including:

  • Professional tutoring
  • Monitoring of student progress and academic counseling
  • Scheduled consultations to promote organization and time management skills
  • A 2-credit-hour course, Study for Success, for incoming freshmen
  • Access to and instruction in using technology
  • Access to speech recognition software
  • Direct instruction in academic success strategies, reading in the content areas and developing coping skills
  • Academic advising with attention to students' specific learning needs
  • Writing lab

All Project EXCEL students are educated in the broad spectrum of the liberal arts, and an opportunity to receive a career-oriented education. Students can chose any major the Mount offers, and must meet established department criteria.

The College of Mount St. Joseph provides reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to eligible students at no charge, according to students' individual needs. We also provide advocacy assistance on disability-related issues. Eligibility depends on the nature of the impairment and its impact on the particular individual, based on documentation from a qualified professional.

To find out more, go to Disability Services.