Frequently Asked Questions

The degree program of study offered by Excel College has been declared
exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of North Carolina General
Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious
education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon assessment of program
quality under established licensing standards.

Will my student receive college credit?

Yes, Excel College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, Integrated Economy, and Critical thinking to students who successfully complete the program. Graduates will earn upwards of 120 credits (depending on their chosen emphasis).

Will other universities award credit for Excel College courses?

Each school differs, but generally school policies accept as much outside work for credit as possible given the following requirements:

1. Internal quality measures (checking for authenticity and rigor of relevant
2. External constraints of state requirements and accrediting agency, if

We will work directly with other schools to provide all helpful information needed for those schools to award credits for courses completed in our program. Unfortunately, many schools will not consider work from
unaccredited schools like Excel College, regardless of quality. On the other hand, some schools require formal credit-transfer agreements for non-accredited colleges, and we will work with those institutions through their
processes. Please keep in mind that those schools may require additional time to consider your transcript for transfer.

Why isn't Excel College pursuing accreditation?

Our freedom to pursue educational excellence as we embark on our vision and strategy to bring a new educational approach to multiple sites across our nation is secured through religious exemption. We have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education.

Our exemption status under the state of North Carolina allows us to issue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, Integrated Economy, and Critical Thinking. It is an OUTCOME based approach to education where each student selects an emphasis to focus on through real life education (ie apprenticeships, internships, or experiences like Global U).

For students who desire to continue their educational pursuits after graduating from Excel College with a Bachelor’s Degree, we are working to secure matriculation agreements with other Christian colleges and universities for our graduates to enroll into their master’s programs.

What are the financing options to pay tuition? Is the Excel College program tax-deductible? Can I use my 529 Savings Plan?

Excel College believes that student loan debt is a detriment to the next generations in our country. Therefore, we have developed an innovative approach to tuition and fees that splits the responsibility of financing education between Excel College, the student, and their parents. You can learn more on our tuition page.

Excel College does not currently accept federal or state financial aid, and therefore is not eligible for 1098-T deductions.

Excel College is not eligible for most 529 plans. In this case, most plans will incur a penalty for withdrawing and using funds outside of the specified eligible institutions. Because 529 Savings Plans differ widely in accounts and structure, we recommend families contact their specific 529 Savings Plan to best understand their accessibility and usage of those funds.

If you would like additional information regarding program finances, please contact We would love to have a conversation with you to figure out a financial plan for our program.

How does meal plan work?

Students will be provided with 5 dinners during the week (Monday-Friday). “Life around the table” is a core value in our community, so when not working, students are expected to be at dinners with their home. In addition, students have access to a working kitchen, including refrigerators, a microwave, oven, and stove appliances for the preparation of their other meals.

What are the rules of Excel College regarding alcohol, attire, relationships, curfew, etc.?

For a full explanation of our community expectations, in addition to information on campus living, download our Program Handbook.

What campus safety measures are in place?

Updated campus safety and security measures based on our new Black Mountain campus are coming soon!

For a comprehensive review of our safety guidelines and procedures, download our Program Handbook.

Is housing available during holidays and college breaks?


What parking options are available?

We highly encourage students to bring a personal vehicle for recreational and work-related transportation needs. Parking is free for all students in a designated area on campus. If you plan to have a car on campus, please let us know ahead of time. A vehicle registration will be taken at check-in during orientation.

What should I know as an international student?

Acceptance to Excel College does not qualify an international student for a student visa.  Accepted students need to secure their own way of entering and exiting the U.S. from Canada and other countries, and we do not give advice regarding this.  We are not currently registered with Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is what the U.S. Government uses, to maintain non-immigrant students.  This is our current status, however, in the future, depending on international student interest in enrolling at Excel College, we may pursue this as an option.  For now, we cannot advise international students on ways to legally enter and exit the U.S. while enrolled at Excel College.

How is the classroom run? And how is the Socratic Method applied?

In the Excel core program, we teach our students to read in such a way that extracts the most out of the authors we encounter. Students are trained in a method of critical thinking that’s meant to help them sift through varying worldviews, celebrate the good and true things to be found, identify where philosophies fall short, and discover wisdom that practically applies to their lives. In the classroom, we build off this method to uncover the hidden assumptions and realize the necessary implications of history’s most alluring ideologies. Our aim is to lead our students through a process of holistic transformation as they encounter truth and allow it to reform the way they live. We believe that a discussion setting provides students with the best opportunity to process honestly and – when necessary – change their minds authentically. That’s why our faculty is trained to facilitate this process of discovery by utilizing various offshoots of the socratic method, rather than lecturing additional content.

Do you require SAT or ACT scores for the Bachelor's Program?

No, we do not require SAT or ACT test scores. We look at the motivation of each student seeking life to the max through academic, practical, and spiritual growth. We do, however, ask for academic transcripts and spiritual and academic references during the application process.

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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.



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.



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.



Alumni, C2

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.



Alumni, C5

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