Project EXCEL | Mount St. Joseph University

Project EXCEL is a comprehensive academic support system for students focused on assisting students with a disability such as a  specific learning disability or ADHD. Initiated in 1982, Project EXCEL has proven to be a highly successful intervention program. A fee-for-service program, Project EXCEL addresses the needs of students through a comprehensive academic support system. Students must be admitted to Mount St. Joseph University before applying for Project EXCEL.

As a Project EXCEL student, you'll discover your academic strengths, address learning challenges and acquire new skills.


Project EXCEL students have a diagnosis of a learning difference such as language-based learning disability or ADHD, with average to superior intellectual ability. Space is limited, so we carefully evaluate each application to identify students who best match Project EXCEL resources. Entering freshmen and transfer students are eligible.


Project EXCEL's goal is help traditional-age students transition from a secondary program to college. The program fosters academic success by developing students' learning strategies and compensatory skills to allow them to succeed in a regular postsecondary academic program. Project EXCEL offers students a broad spectrum of resources to meet specific needs, including:

  • Adult professional tutoring
  • Monitoring of student progress and academic counseling
  • Scheduled consultations to promote organization and time management skills
  • A 2-credit-hour course, Study for Success, for incoming freshmen
  • Access to and instruction in using technology
  • Access to speech recognition software
  • Direct instruction in academic success strategies, reading in the content areas and developing coping skills
  • Consultative academic advising with attention to students' specific learning needs
  • Executive function support
  • EXCEL Crew Club offered to interested students
  • Mentoring offered to freshmen students

All Project EXCEL students are educated in the broad spectrum of the liberal arts, and an opportunity to receive a career-oriented education. Students can chose any major the Mount offers, and must meet established department criteria.

Mount St. Joseph University provides reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to eligible students at no charge, according to students' individual needs. We also provide advocacy assistance on disability-related issues. Eligibility depends on the nature of the impairment and its impact on the particular individual, based on documentation from a qualified professional.

To find out more, go to Disability Services.