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 work)
2. External constraints of state requirements and accrediting agency, if applicable.

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 do meal plans 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 as part of students' pre-arrival paperwork.

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.

Will Excel College recognize credits/experience attained from external organizations?

A review committee led by the Provost will decide to grant transfer credits and/or recognize prior learning in lieu of credit requirements for students entering Excel College. In some cases where the programming is comparable to an Excel College course, the credits are granted upon transfer application. Students interested in transferring past credits and/or prior learning should complete the “Outside Credit Recognition” application located in Populi before the final semester of the Core Program. The final decision will be communicated to the student applying for transfer credit before the student’s Practicum begins.

Excel College will consider the appropriateness of each external program and students' prior learning experience on a case-by-case basis. A review committee will consider factors such as the congruity between the external experience and the student’s intended Practicum emphasis; the quality of the external experience from academic and practical perspectives; the intensity and length of such experience; the roles, responsibilities, and outcomes achieved; and the levels of maturity demonstrated by each student through the external programs.

Prior learning experiences are recognized almost exclusively from external faith-based organizations that have an established partnership with Excel College. Excel College recognizes completion of these programs as equivalent to meeting some of the college's credit requirements for completion of a degree; in some cases, additional academic projects may be required before the prior learning can be accepted in lieu of credit requirements.

External transfer credits and prior learning experiences recognized as part of Excel College’s Practicum program will only be accepted under (at least) the following conditions:

1. Excel College has received an official transcript of the completed coursework (if transferring from a conventional institution of higher education).

2. Each course has been completed with a grade of “C” or higher; each prior learning experience is accompanied by a positive recommendation by an employer, supervisor, or mentor.

3. Each course pertains to the student’s field of emphasis.

4. Each course objectives and rigor meet the standards set by Excel College, aligning with the outcomes established for the given emphasis track.
**NOTE: If Excel College has no existing track that matches the intended emphasis of pursuit, Excel College will not be able to process the students “Outside Credit Recognition” application until after a track is established. Students should be aware that Excel College does not guarantee the creation of any new tracks.

5. Each external course or equivalent experience was completed within the last ten years.

Any recognition of prior learning or college credits earned that have not been completed while learning and living on an Excel campus or site may not exceed 36, and at least six months of each student’s Practicum must be pursued while on an Excel campus or site.

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Excel college is such an amazing community full of wonderful, godly people. The program is like no other, and I can say without a doubt that I’ve grown so much as a person since the start of the school year. My transition from Challenge IV to the Core was everything I hoped it would be. I especially love the Socratic discussions that we’ve had, as they remind me of the many meaningful conversations that I had with my fellow Challenge students. I would absolutely encourage graduating C.C. students to consider Excel College as an option for their future education! The adventure awaits!



C7 Student, 2022

I am currently a student at Excel College working towards my Bachelors degree, and it is the best decision I have ever made! I have so much gratitude for this community, curriculum, and discipleship-hearted leaders. God is in every inch of this place, from the warm smiles of the people you encounter to the rich materials and teachings in and out of the classroom. Excel is so much more than just a degree, this place has shown me what it means to be the Church, to be a people of love, family, and Kingdom. This is abundant life; it is life to the fullest. I have been greatly challenged, inspired, and encouraged. Most of all, I have been loved by every single student and staff member on this campus. None of this can even begin to describe how incredible this program is. It is something that can only be experienced, that's how transformative this curriculum is.



C6 Student, 2021

The Excel college has literally changed my life. This is way more than a college, it is a building ground for a foundation that will steward your life for generations to come. It’s a place filled with the Spirit of God, the most intentional leadership, and a place of real discipleship.



C7 Student, 2022

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.



C2 Alumni, 2017

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.



C6 Student, 2021

I came for community, and found family. I came for discipleship, and received a network of people who poured into me. I came for a place to live, and found new life. Hands down the most educational, loving, and excellent place to learn how to flourish. I'm now in the Practicum phase, with an emphasis in product development and finding myself hungry to learn more and engage in deep conversation with those who are equally hungry. Nonetheless,my time in Excel has been and continues to be a once in a lifetime experience.



C6 Student, 2021

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