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Georgia Tech Excel

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

Excel offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology is a four-year college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate certificates. Excel provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive post-secondary educational (IPSE) opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program focuses on many aspects of four pillars categorized as: academics, social fluency, independent living, and career exploration and career development. Excel recognizes the raw skills and abilities of our students and provides individualized support tailored specifically to each student to enhance their abilities in the areas of focus. Excel applied for and received the designation of a Certified Transition Program (CTP) from the U.S. Department of Education in 2016.

  • Two Ceterificates
    • First and Second Year: Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency, and Career Exploration
    • Third and Fourth Year: Social Growth, Leadership 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: 40
Description of our summer transition program:

The Excel Summer Academy is a week long day camp from 8:30am to 3:30pm that provides a "week in the life" experience for potential Georgia Tech students. Attendees will leave the Academy with an understanding of what life is like as an Excel student. Activities cover a range of topics and include team building, developing life skills, and navigating unfamiliar territory as well as individual skills and experiences.

Deadline to apply to this program: October 31st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • 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
  • T21, Down syndrome, etc
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 22%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $19,500.00
Room and board: $15,000.00
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 $3,600.00 per semester.  The cost maybe more depending on the dorm and living arrangement

Student living off campus in a private residence will pay the market rate. Which is about $1200.00 a month

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
  • Students may apply for the Pell
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:

Students typically take a combination of four classes and internship hours a semester with a variation of Excel fundamental classes and Inclusive classes alongside their degree seeking peers:

Excel Classes:

  • Designed and taught by Excel staff members to improve students independent living, social skills, and vocational skills to earn their two certificates
  • Excel Classes Including but not limited to: Self-Awareness, Self-Advocacy, Career Exploration, Communication, Current Events, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness

GT Inclusive Class

  • Traditional curriculum on an audit-based grading scale with modified syllabi and oversight from the Academic Coordinators and are hand selected by the student, their parents, and their advising team based on their career interests
  • Inclusive Classes include but not limited to: Environmental Science, History, Film, Architecture, Psychology, Human Physiology, Sociology of Education, Visual Design Thinking, Graphic and Visual Design, History of Sport
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 (GTPE) 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 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.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate I: Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency, and Career Exploration // Certificate II: 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: 90%
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


Beginning the second semester of the first year, every Excel student will participate in at least one internship for every semester there after. Students typically complete at least seven internship prior to graduating from the four-year program in anticipation of employment post-graduation. 

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: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:


Anime O-Tekko

Astronomy Club

Baseball Club

Basketball intramural

BCM Baptist Bible Study

Best Buddies (Board Member)

Bhakti Yoga Club

Bowling Executive Club

Boxing Club

Buzz Studios

Caribbean Student Association

Catholic Center



Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF)

Climbing Club


Drawing Club

Excel Student Advisory


First Love church



Frisbee Club

FTK (For The Kids)


Glee Club

GOALS Soccer

Golf Club






Intramural Dodgeball

Investments Committee

Japanese Student Association


Knite A Squre

Mediation Club

Meditation Club

MLK Club (Board Member)

Musicians Network


Off-Road GT

Omega Phi Alpha


Phi Sigma Pi

Photography Club

Pride Alliance

Public Speaking

Relay for Life

Running wreck

Skate Boarding Club

Smash Jackets

Sport Committee

Student Alumni Association

Student Government Association (SGA)

Team Buzz



Veggie Jackets


Wesley Foundation

Women's Basketball Practice Team

Women's Basketball Team Manager

Woodruff Resident Hall Council

Yoga Club

Last updated: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 14:47