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About the program

EXCEL is a cultural leadership development program for engineers whose mission is to provide an environment that fosters the development of a cultural community of support while reinforcing excellence in academics. The relationships that develop during the program provide a support network and a formula for success for engineering students.

During the summer before their first year at McCormick, EXCEL students live on campus and participate in academically rigorous coursework, including leadership classes that help prepare them for their first year of engineering study. Students who participate in the program form a close social support network and assume many of the leadership roles among the engineering student organizations (e.g. National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, etc.)

During the five weeks students are on campus they will live together with other program participants in one of the residence halls and get a sense of what college life will be like for you in the fall. Students will attend classes in chemistry, calculus and engineering analysis (which combines linear algebra and Matlab computer programming) plus a course in leadership, where they will work as part of a team to solve a real-world engineering problem.

Thanks to generous corporate sponsors, Alumni, and Northwestern University, the expenses for the program—including tuition, room and board, textbooks and transportation*—are covered. Please contact us for more information if you have any questions or concerns.

* We cover the cost of round-trip transportation for students who live more than 90-miles outside of Chicago.

For more information

Contact Ellen Worsdall, Assistant Dean & EXCEL Director: 

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