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EXCEL Partnership Program

EXCEL Partnership Program
Bridgewater State University
EXCEL Partnership Program
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 2325
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Program Contact Lisa Anderson
Program Contact Email
Phone 508-531-2109
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The EXCEL (Extraordinary Expectations for Career, Education and Life) Partnership program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a fully inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  Students in the EXCEL program share the same experiences as their college peers in the areas of academics, socialization, professional development, and independent living. Students become more independent and actively engaged in creating and living their lives, which actively fosters their self-determination. The EXCEL program partners with local school districts who support transition age students interested in having a college experience. Students who have successfully completed one year in the EXCEL Partnership commuter program, may be eligible to apply for the EXCEL Residence Life program.  Residence Life students become fully immersed in BSU’s college life, while still receiving support from their partnering district. The Partnership program is an option for students recommended by their school district. Partnering districts pay for student participation.  

Program information submitted: June 28, 2022

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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 15
School district or agency partner: Carver, Dartmouth, Marshfield, Attleboro,Norton, Lakeville, Pembroke, Somerset-Berkley, Hingham, Franklin, Whitman-Hanson, Bridgewater-Raynham, Brockton, Hanover, Silver Lake, Pilgrim Area Collaborative, Duxbury and others
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: December
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-21
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 52.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $9000.00
Room and board: $16348.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Local School District funds
  • Private pay for residence life

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students can access all courses available without prerequisite.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: EXCEL Program Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 28%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 3%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Virtual COVID year - Career portfolio - resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation and mock interview

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation