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EXCEL Program

Interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?

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Extraordinary Expectations
Career - Education - Life

The EXCEL Program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) is a fully-inclusive postsecondary program for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Students in the EXCEL program share the same experiences as their college peers in the areas of academics, socialization, professional development, and independent living. Students become more independent and actively engaged in creating and living their lives. Our program honors dignity and worth, and fosters self-determination. Our vision is for full inclusion to be a permanent fixture of the institutional fabric for all stakeholders at BSU.

Please view program options below.

The application period for Academic Year 2023-24 is closed. The application period for Academic Year 2024-25 will open in Fall of 2024.

Virtual Information Sessions

Interested students, families, and districts are encouraged to attend a virtual EXCEL Program Information Session. The EXCEL staff offers a comprehensive overview of the program. EXCEL students and peer mentors host an informative panel where they share their experiences and field questions from the audience.

Please check back for Spring 2023 Info Session dates.

EXCEL students on steps of Boyden quad
BSU partners with local school districts who support transition age students interested in having a college experience. The Partnership program is an option for students recommended by their school district. Partnering districts pay for student participation.
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The Certificate program is an option for students who completed high school, but were unable to obtain a diploma. This two year, noncredit bearing certificate program is offered through BSU's College of Continuing Studies. The Certificate program is a private pay option.
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The Transition program is a post-secondary option for students who have obtained a high school diploma, but need extra support to successfully transition into college. While in the program, students prepare to apply to BSU as degree-seeking students. The Transition program is a private pay option.

Contact Us

EXCEL Program

Burnell Hall, Room 119
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States