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The Glory of God is a Man Fully Alive
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, 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.
Our program is built around a cohort of students who live together, study together, and encourage each other toward a life that reflects the call of Jesus. Our classroom isn’t conventional. We’ve abandoned traditional lectures, discarded textbooks, and reimagined the possibilities of the classroom, so that you, the student, can uncover new perspective, engage in community discussion, and allow what you’ve discovered to transform your life.St. Irenaeus once said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” You don’t come to life by absorbing facts, taking tests, and learning formulas. Real transformation transcends your mind and impacts your entire life. That is at the heart of our program – education beyond information.
Rethinking the way we learn
Where education meets innovation.
We believe learning should be awe-inspiring, engaging, and exploratory. See what makes our college unique.
You'll go straight to the best minds in history and industry by reading the works of people like C.S. Lewis, Plato, Wendell Berry, and so many more.
Through our unique critical thinking curriculum, learn how to think – not just what to think. You’ll come away knowing how to navigate through the ideas of culture while also being charitable to the views of others.
The best way to learn is to participate. That’s why we replace traditional lectures with the Socratic method, one of the oldest and most powerful teaching tactics used for fostering critical thinking.
At a Time
Rather than taking six disconnected courses at once, you’ll study one subject at a time in the flow of the biblical narrative. We cover all of what has been traditionally called “the liberal arts” – all the way from theology to fine arts and economics.
Christ-centered community is at the core of a transformative learning experience. You’ll be working, growing, laughing, and discovering with up to 30 classmates, learning with the same faculty every day, and experiencing a new perspective together.
Real Life Experience
Education isn’t limited to the classroom. You’ll learn and grow through real life experience working a job, maintaining a home, building healthy community with your peers, and more.
What is Truth? What is beauty? What is society? Who is God? What does it mean to be fully human? Who am I? These are the questions students wrestle with, and find answers to, during the Core Program.
Our 15-month, discussion-based program inspires students through an engaging study of the Great Books built upon the biblical narrative. We pair history’s most creative, insightful thinkers with the Truth of God’s Story. Rather than offering dozens of unrelated courses, the intentional sequenced curriculum of the Core brings meaning to learning, igniting a passion in our students as they make connections between themselves, God’s Word, and His world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phase 1 Distinctives
One Subject At a Time
Real Life Experience
The Core Program is Phase 1 of the Excel College Bachelor’s Program. In The Practicum Phase, you’ll focus on your personal calling by getting hands on experience in the field of your choice through an internship, apprenticeship, or independent research study while receiving one on one mentorship in the context of community.