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Join us for a one-hour virtual presentation about our program. Our recruiting team will give you an overview, you’ll hear from a graduate or student, and there will be time to ask questions. Monday nights not work for you? Give our admissions team a shout at email@example.com and we’ll set up a time!
Come see how our community is pioneering a new way of higher education. Our Visit Weekends run from Thursday afternoon to Saturday so that you can join one of our community gatherings, sit in on class, connect one on one with our team, and get to know Asheville and Black Mountain. Hit the button below to register. Don't see a weekend that fits with your schedule? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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. On warm evenings, students are often found studying in rocking chairs on the quiet, covered front porches of the houses, building a bonfire, or hiking nearby Kitazuma Trail to watch the sunset.
Some of the most meaningful conversations happen when breaking bread together. At Excel College, our students cook and eat together around a dinner table. Not only is cooking and eating together another way to build connection, but it is often healthier and more cost-effective than other dining options.
Excel College is set in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Waterfalls, rhododendron–filled forests, and expansive mountain vistas surround our campus. Here, our students can retreat from distraction and explore God’s creation right out their back door. We are located in Black Mountain, a charming mountain town filled with quiet cafe’s, eclectic restaurants, robust tourism, and an “everybody knows everybody” feel. Also, our community is within 15 minutes of Asheville, a city known for its music, food, and mountain culture, sought out by artists and adventure-seekers alike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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