800 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308-1149
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|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||4 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||22%|
|Room and board:||$15,000.00|
|Program specific fees:||$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:||
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:
GT Inclusive Class
|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:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||90%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|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:||
|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:||
BCM Baptist Bible Study
Best Buddies (Board Member)
Bhakti Yoga Club
Bowling Executive Club
Caribbean Student Association
Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF)
Excel Student Advisory
First Love church
FTK (For The Kids)
Japanese Student Association
Knite A Squre
MLK Club (Board Member)
Omega Phi Alpha
Phi Sigma Pi
Relay for Life
Skate Boarding Club
Student Alumni Association
Student Government Association (SGA)
Women's Basketball Practice Team
Women's Basketball Team Manager
Woodruff Resident Hall Council