Project EXCEL application process.

Students must be admitted to Mount St Joseph University before applying for Project EXCEL.

Students interested in Project EXCEL are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The cut-off date for admittance to the program is two weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Space is limited; therefore, each application is evaluated carefully to identify students whose needs best match the nature of support offered in Project EXCEL. The following steps are necessary to complete the processing of an application:

  1. Completion of the following downloadable forms:

              Or 

             Completion of the following electronic forms :

        2. Submission of the following data:

  • Documentation of Specific Learning Disability (psycho-educational evaluation administered within three years of application)
  • Letter of Recommendation (from any non-family member who knows you well)

        3. On Campus interview with the Director of Project EXCEL.

Use the Application Checklist for Project EXCEL as you complete each activity.

Documentation of specific learning disability (SLD)

The documentation must be a psychoeducational evaluation administered within three years of application or current Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) with psychoeducational evaluation administered within four years of application.  The documentation must present evidence of a specific learning disability and reasonable evidence that college academic requirements can be successfully met.  The tests administered and scores achieved must be part of the report.

Academic problems existing concomitant with a diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) will be considered in the review of the diagnostic profile and documentation.

Official disability documentation must be mailed directly to Project EXCEL from the original source.  In order to be considered eligible for admission to Project EXCEL, the assessment must be recent, conducted by a certified and/or licensed professional, and include the following:

Aptitude Testing (must include scaled scores)

Preferred measure:

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Third Edition (WAIS-III) or Fourth Edition ( WAIS-IV)

Achievement Testing (must include standard scores)

Preferred measures:  

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Second Edition (WIAT-II)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery III: Tests of Achievement (W-III)

Disclosure of all concomitant conditions

Must include:

  • Diagnostic summary stating DSM diagnosis
  • Discussion of functional implications
  • Recommendations for the post-secondary setting