Education
beyond a degree

We’ve forged a new educational path for students to become mature, wise, productive adults who live purposeful, fulfilling lives.

Start with
No loans

End with
No debt

Student Loan Debt is a Crisis

Renowned author and psychologist Jordan Peterson once compared student loan debt to indentured servitude. It’s a burden that has crippled many from the millennial generation. How can you walk into a life of flourishing when you are crippled by debt? Generation Z is entering university age and facing the same challenges.

Graduate with
a Bachelor's
in 2.5 years

2 Phases. 30 Months

In Phase 1 (The Core) build a foundation for the rest of your life as you journey with your cohort through what has been traditionally called, “the Liberal Arts”  and come to understand our common human calling.

In Phase 2 (The Practicum) discover and pursue your personal kingdom calling through hands on experience in the field of your choice.

Gain hands-on
experience
in the field of your choice

Education is not just theory

For most people, your calling is not about what you do – it’s about who you are. And then what you do flows out of who you are. In the Practicum phase, we help you discover your passions, gifts, and strengths while you get hands on experience in the field of your choice through an apprenticeship, internship, or self-directed research study.

Learn how to
thrive in the context of community

Grow deeper with God and His Body

Learn to thrive in real homes (not dorms), prepare and eat real meals (not cafeteria food) and build real, lifelong friendships in a community of like-minded people following Jesus into a life of flourishing.

Become wise, mature and productive...

...through Holistic Education & Discipleship

Discipleship is at the core of what we do. From the classroom to the marketplace, the home, and our community gatherings,  we’ve cultivated an environment that encourages growth in every aspect of life – intellectually, spiritually, practically, professionally, and missionally.

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Students live in homes at Excel in Black Mountain, North Carolina amidst a thriving community of believers seeking to live and love like Jesus.

The Excel College Bachelor's Program

The Excel College Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, Integrated Economy, and Critical Thinking allows you to gain hands on experience in the field of your choice while providing you with the context to grow intellectually, spiritually, practically, professionally, and missionally.

2

phases of learning

30

months of
growth

Phase 1: The Core

Build a foundation for the rest of your life as you journey with your cohort through what has been traditionally called, “the Liberal Arts”  and come to understand our common human calling.

Phase 2: The Practicum

Discover and pursue your personal kingdom calling through hands on experience in the field of your choice. All while you: live in community, flourish through discipleship, and grow by experiential learning.

PHASE 1
The Core

Discover Our Common Human Calling

As carriers of the “Imago Dei,” each and every one of us is called to represent God to the world and bring His Kingdom to Earth. In The Core Program, we study one subject at a time in the flow of the biblical narrative to lay a foundation for this common human calling – a foundation from which to build your life.

In the current system, knowledge is fragmented. But our modular, sequential curriculum restores the unity of knowledge through the flow of the biblical narrative. From Theology to Biology and even on to Anthropology and Fine Arts, our unique Core Curriculum walks you through what has traditionally been called “the Liberal Arts” in a way you’ve never experienced before.

PHASE 2
The Practicum

Discover Your Personal Kingdom Calling

For most people, your calling is not about what you do – it’s about who you are. And then what you do flows out of who you are. In the Practicum phase, we help you discover your passions, gifts, and strengths while you get hands on experience in the field of your choice through an apprenticeship, internship, or self-directed research study.

History

Emphasize In Your Field of Study

Excel College’s partner network offers students a broad variety of emphases across multiple industries while earning their degree. Current fields of study through our network partners include: web design, community and program development, entrepreneurial leadership, missions, biblical studies, construction, property management, photography and videography, and bookkeeping.

Don’t see the field you are interested in? We are constantly adding new partnerships as we help students build out advancement plans. Talk to our admissions team to see if we can help you pursue an emphasis that is right for you! Contact admissions.

The Practicum is a
3 Step Process
That Helps You...

Discover

Our team will help you identify your unique callings and understand how they could be exercised for the benefit of the marketplace and community around you.

Plan

After discovering your calling, we'll walk alongside you to craft a personalized plan to achieve proficiency in your field of choice. The focus is on achieved outcomes — not test scores.

Advance

The most important part of any plan is execution. In the Advance Stage, you’ll grow through hands on experience, accountability, and one on one coaching all the way through.

Throughout Your Time, You Will...

Live Within Community

Phase 1 (The Core) and for many, Phase 2 (The Practicum), takes place on our Excel Black Mountain campus in the beautiful mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. You’ll learn to thrive in real homes (not dorms), prepare and eat real meals (not cafeteria food) and build real, lifelong friendships in a community of like-minded people following Jesus into a life of flourishing.

For many, our community has been the biggest part of their growth journey. Whether it’s hiking or visiting waterfalls, playing soccer and grilling out on the weekends, interacting with the faculty and staff who live on campus, worshipping together and getting to know God deeper in one of our community gatherings, or experiencing the eclectic culture of Asheville, your time here will be full of moments that help you come to life.

Experience Adventure

Excel College is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Boredom is not an option.

Build Intentional Friends

Our cohort style of education gives you the opportunity to do life with a community of like minded people who will become life long friends.

Grow Deeper With God

Deepen your faith as you pursue God with your friends and faculty through worship, encounter, and discipleship.

Develop Culture

Learn how to build Kingdom culture and take it to any community you find yourself in.

Flourish Through Discipleship

Discipleship is at the core of what we do. From the classroom to the marketplace, the home, and our community gatherings,  we’ve cultivated an environment that encourages growth in every aspect of life – intellectually, spiritually, practically, professionally, and missionally. Our team of coaches and mentors lives and works from Excel Black Mountain, and it’s our joy to walk with students through each step of their journey. You’ll be encouraged, challenged, and strengthened as you learn what it’s like to participate in a healthy, flourishing community focused on discipleship.

Grow by Experiential Learning

True education must go beyond the classroom. That’s why experiential learning is a key component in BOTH phases of the program. You’ll discover truth together in a unique classroom experience, learn to manage and take care of a home, and build practical, marketable skills in your place of work – all while building the character and characteristics needed to be a flourishing member of a community. Below are just a few of the network of employers and ministry partners that make experiential learning possible for Excel students.

See who we'reworking with

Experience Adventure

Excel College is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Boredom is not an option.

Build Intentional Friends

Our cohort style of education gives you the opportunity to do life with a community of like minded people who will become life long friends.

Grow Deeper With God

Deepen your faith as you pursue God with your friends and faculty through worship, encounter, and discipleship.

Develop Culture

Learn how to build Kingdom culture and take it to any community you find yourself in.

Testimonials

At Excel College, I experienced challenge and growth like I could never have imagined. The Core Curriculum led me into a newfound love for God and His Creation as I learned to see him and His world rightly. I came to see life as a WHOLE instead of a collection of PARTS and this laid a foundation for wisdom that will guide me for the rest of my life. My life is fueled by a passion to see and relate rightly with God, his creation, myself and my neighbor and has led me into a position where I get to partner with His Spirit in leading the next generation into the same revelation.

Isaiah

Schmidt

Recruiting / Core Faculty

The Excel College Program is exactly what I have been looking for over the last few years in regards to completing my degree. I have been able to use my previous experience as a Squad Leader for the World Race and Intern with G42 Leadership Academy to begin to fulfill my Phase 2 requirements for my emphasis in Community and Program Development. I have already had the opportunity to work alongside leaders at Excel in developing and refining programs for youth and young adults. Excel College’s holistic approach to education and living has already made an impact in my life and I look forward to the growth I get to continue experiencing here professionally and personally.

Nicole

Murray

Community & Program Development, C6 Cohort

I’ve gained three important perspectives during my time in the program that drastically changed my approach toward life. Learning about education in the context of empathy helped me to critically challenge ideas that would help push me toward God’s Truth. Learning about creativity in the context of Creation helped me to find gratitude in God’s Goodness. Learning about responsibility in the context of relationships helped me to pursue God’s beauty that he intended for us.

Khristian

Vinca

Alumni, Founder of Oncorage

I have found the answers to so many questions about God’s character that I never had answers to previously. I know my time in the program has been a foundation building process and that this foundation will last me a lifetime. I’ve also taken on a new perspective of what education is, fulfilling my desire to question and be curious – something I haven’t received in any other environment.

Angie

Cushing

C5 Student
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