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Excel at Georgia Tech

Excel at Georgia Tech
Georgia Institute of Technology
Excel at Georgia Tech
800 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308-1149
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Program Contact Ken Surdin
Phone 404-385-3884

EXCEL is a four-year college program leading to two separate certificates. The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration, and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership and Career Development. The EXCEL program provides a structured and supportive postsecondary educational opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized under one or more categories: academics, social growth, independent living, and career development.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 38
Description of our summer transition program:

Excel Summer Academy attendees will experience a preview of the life of a student by participating in activities focused on Independent Living, Social Growth, Academic Enrichment, Career Development. Students will gain a better understanding of how to prepare for college and the knowledge and skills needed to succeed once they get there.

Deadline to apply to this program: October 31st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18- 26
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 20%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $19,106.00
Room and board: $3,575.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00

The cost will vary for on-campus housing and off-campus housing. For example, students living on campus in Woodruff Hall would pay $3,575.00 per semester.  The cost may be more depending on the dorm and living arrangement

Student living off campus in a private residence will pay the market rate.

Students have a range of meal plan options at Georgia Tech. The meal plans and prices will vary. 

Students may opt out of the meal plan and prepare their own meals if living in a private residence.



Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

When funding is available and whenever possible Excel provides student merit scholarships for overall student Excellence.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

~~Inclusive classes are taken with modifications and the grades are entered by EXCEL with input from the professors when needed. 

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

The program of study includes courses that are developed for the program as well as inclusive courses listed the university catalog and open to other Georgia Tech students. The program will follow the traditional academic year and semester schedule and associated clock (150 minutes per week for 3 credits) time for credits approved for Georgia Tech. Each student will typically enroll for twelve Georgia Tech Professional Education credit hours per semester. The twelve credits will be comprised of fundamentals classes, academic classes, life skills classes, and career practicums.  In accordance with the Draft Think College Accreditation Standards, more than 50% of the program will be inclusive, whereby students in the program will be included in classes, labs or work activities that include students without disabilities.  The inclusive classes are taken with modifications and the grades entered by EXCEL with input from the professors when needed. A minimum of forty-eight (48) hours of coursework for each certificate will be required to be taken for GTPE credit and will include audited visitor status classes.  Students are not limited to taking 48 credit hours and if approved by program staff have the option of taking additional credit hours. The program will require 4 career exploration classes (8 credits) in preparation for the student’s career goal for the first certificate, and a minimum of eight career development classes (24 credits), half of which are in internships, for the second certificate. Internships can be paid or non-paid, on campus or off campus. Additionally, students will work and complete internships in inclusive settings.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration, and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership and Career Development
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 90%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Years 1 – 2: Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration

Years 3 – 4: Social Growth, Leadership and Career Development

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
  • Students have the option of commuting to school

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:
  1. Best Buddies
  2. GT Swim Club
  3. Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF)
  4. GT For the Kids (FTK)
  5. Meditation Club
  6. Wesley Foundation
  7. Acts of Kindness
  8. Love Your Melon
  9. Relay for Life
  10. GT Chorale
  11. Glee Club
  12. Drama Tech
  13. G.I.F.T.E.D. Choir
  14. Tekstyles
  15. Outdoor Recreation at GT (ORGT)
  16. Bowling Club
  17. Under the Couch (UTC)
  18. Chess Club
  19. Combative Club
  20. Women’s Club Basketball
  21. Catholic Student Organization
  22. Photography Club
  23. Anime Club
  24. Smash Jackets
  25. Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)
  26. Running Wreck
  27. Campus Crusade
  28. Swim Club – Trip to Clemson




Last updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 15:42