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Extraordinary Expectations for College, Education and Life (EXCEL)

Extraordinary Expectations for College, Education and Life (EXCEL)
Bridgewater State University
Extraordinary Expectations for College, Education and Life (EXCEL)
66 Hooper Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
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Program Contact Mary Price
Phone (508) 531-2917

The EXCEL Undergraduate Certificate Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a fully-inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Students earn a  non-credit bearing certificate program that is BSU endorsed.  Students in the EXCEL program shares the same experiences as BSU undergrad students in the areas of academics, socialization, professional development, self-advocacy and independent living.  With supports in place, BSU EXCEL students enroll in courses, take part in campus internships, off campus internships and socialize with peers.   The program will begin with a pilot year in Fall 2019, serving three students.

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
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $4,968.00
Room and board: $12,000.00
Program specific fees: $17,000.00
Additional costs: $14,000.00
Students will either pay a Resident Program Fee of $17,000 OR a Commuter Program Fee of $14,000, depending on their status.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: BSU Endorsed Non-Credit Bearing Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Continuing education credential
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Irish Step Dance, Student Government, Movie Club, Gaming Club, Bingo night, spring dance

Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 15:25