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The Core

Discipling our human being through the most fully integrated Christian liberal arts, worldview curriculum in the world.


Pursuit of wisdom


Pursuit of

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.

Classical Texts

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.

Critical Thinking

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 a number of 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, and back again.


Christ-centered community is at the core of a transformative learning experience. You’ll be working, growing, laughing, and discovering with up to 60 classmates, learning with the same faculty every day, and experiencing a new perspective together.

Our Curriculum

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.

During Phase 1, our discussion-based Core curriculum 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.

In Phase 2, students will go the Core curriculum again, but this time backwards. They will begin their journey with God in the Theology module, and end it with Him there - truly getting to know God as Alpha and Omega.

What our
students say

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

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

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 Core Distinctives

Classical Texts

“You become what you behold”, so here you’ll leave the textbooks behind and instead sit under the tutelage of some of the greatest minds in history. The Excel College Core Program is built around a modified Great Books curriculum combined with an in-depth study of the Bible. While textbooks come and go, the Great Books are the literary, scientific, political, and social classics which have stood the test of time and have proven to have had the greatest impact on civilization – and on our understanding of human nature and the meaning of life. By utilizing the Great Books, students learn directly from the original, authoritative source and are able to critically assess the author’s message, rather than having the message interpreted through a textbook or professor. While studying political thought, you’ll read straight from Plato’s Republic – not a textbook about Plato’s Republic. You’ll read the Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay – not a summary of them. Combine this with an in-depth study of the Bible (the ultimate authoritative source) and you’ll be “beholding” from the greatest minds in history.

Critical Thinking

At Excel, we don't tell you what to think, we teach you how to think. That’s why you’ll begin your studies in Excel College with this course designed to train you in identifying, evaluating and responding to the good and bad arguments you’ll find in books, lectures, movies, music, debates and even your private conversations. While anyone can tear down an argument, it takes a Godly spirit to find the true, good, and beautiful wherever it may be found. You'll learn how to "chew the mat and spit out the bones" so you can engage in a lifetime of productive dialogue. Armed to think clearly, critically and creatively, you’ll then be ready to enter confidently into the “Great Conversation” about God, man and the world that’s kept Western thinkers chattering for millennia.

Socratic Discussion

We learn best as active participants, not passive recipients of information. 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. When using the Socratic method, faculty lead discussions by asking questions and facilitating thought-provoking dialogue. Our classes are conversational and often spirited as you, your classmates, and faculty come together to grapple over the issues of life. You’ll learn to intelligently and honorably discuss, question, and challenge the ideas of an author – and one another – as faculty guide and mediate conversation. Using this discussion-based method, you’ll come to truly grasp concepts and understand ideas as you wrestle on your own and in discussion groups.

One Subject At a Time

Historically, the biblical narrative was the assumed foundation of a liberal arts education. But over time, God and His Story were removed, and the liberal arts and sciences fragmented into a hodgepodge of isolated subjects rather than a meaningful, interconnected whole. Traditional university students are now often studying up to seven unrelated subjects and texts at a time. But at Excel College, we view knowledge as interrelated and interconnected rather than isolated and independent – and God’s Story is the foundation of our unique sequenced modular curriculum. You’ll study one core subject at a time in the flow of the biblical narrative, beginning with God in Phase 1 and ending with Him in Phase 2. Through this innovative approach, students receive a more cohesive education as they dive deeply into each subject, with each one building off the preceding one. You’ll find a new passion for learning as you see how all subject matter weaves together into a beautiful tapestry, bringing deep meaning and richness to your education.

Cohort Model

As human beings, we crave relationship, partnership, and companionship. We want our learning to relate to life, our teachers to relate to us, and our faith to relate to reality. In short, we want to be mentored, not lectured. That’s why Jesus chose twelve to be “with” Him, and that’s why, at Excel College, we’ve designed a cohort model of education set within the larger Excel community. In Phase 1, you’ll never change classes, classmates, or professors as you wrestle with some of life’s most important questions. At the same time, you’ll engage with the larger Excel community through friendship, discipleship, and worship. We eat together, play together, laugh together, cry together, and serve together. We grow together and pursue wisdom, maturity, and productivity together. As a result, we all become more human together.

Life Skills

Education isn’t limited to the classroom, and here we’re just as focused on spiritual, practical, and missional growth as we are intellectual and professional. You’ll learn and grow through real life experience like: working a job and contributing to the cost of your education, maintaining a home, cooking and cleaning with your housemates, building healthy community with your peers, doing life with mentors and coaches in the community, and more.

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Learn about
The Practicum

The Core Program is only one component of the Excel College Bachelor’s Program. In The Practicum, 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.