Excel Summer Program

2019 TRIO Excel Summer Program Application

The Office of Supportive Services, TRIO Student Support Services program is excited to host the Excel Summer Program for newly admitted freshman participants.

 2019 TRIO Excel Summer Program Application (CLICK HERE)

Dates: July 13 – August 2, 2019

(3-Week Residential Program)

Watch this video, as former participants from the 2015 Summer Program talk about why #TRIOWORKS for them!

The TRIO Excel Summer Program will allow highly-motivated students the experience of an intensive college-level academic schedule as well as the opportunity to retake the MSU Math and Writing Placement Exams to earn a higher score upon successful completion of this residential-online hybrid program.

As a part of TRIO Excel, students will be taking rigorous non-credit courses in math, reading & writing, and engaging in seminars and workshops where you will be able to develop success skills for an enhanced transition into university academics and campus life. All program materials and events along with your housing and meals will be provided at no cost to you or your family.

Program Description

From July 13 – August 2, this 3‐week residential program provides new TRIO students with an amazing on-campus experience! Excel has an intensive academic schedule focusing on mathematics, reading, writing, success seminars, skills workshops and professional development. This experience is valued at over $2000.00 and is free of charge, providing campus housing, meals, and the materials needed to complete the program. Students who successfully complete Excel will have an opportunity to retake both the Math and Writing Placement Exams in August to earn a higher score. A higher score could save both time and money on tuition, fees, and university requirements! To succeed in Excel and as a TRIO Student you are required to give 100% effort and participation in all program activities in preparation for your first year at Michigan State University.

What To Expect

Weeks 1-3: July 13 – August 2, is a 100% residential program and serves as your orientation to TRIO SSS, the program staff, and the summer curriculum. You will be living in Brody Complex Residence Hall with other pre-college students. You will get all of the information that you need to complete the summer courses, attend success seminars and gain exposure to vital campus resources. You will learn about student employment and research opportunities. There will also be social activities and fun trips as everyone gets to know each other.

All program participants are required to take the final placement test for both Math and Writing to complete the program. After your final results are recorded, our specialists will meet with you to discuss Fall Semester course schedule options and develop your Individual Success Plan.

When you move into your Fall 2019 housing assignment, you will be more confident and connected and we will be on campus to assist with your transition to the university and welcome you to the MSU TRIO SSS Community!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What majors should apply to the program?

*TRIO SSS students and Excel participants may choose any major that the university offers, however, the Excel program is primarily for students who are undecided and/or not STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors. The university currently offers other summer bridge opportunities specifically for STEM majors that you can consider as well.

Q: When should I attend my summer university orientation (AOP)?

*Excel participants are expected to participate in 100% of the residential program from July 13 – August 2, 2019. Therefore, if you are selected, please schedule your university Academic Orientation Program (AOP) before or after those dates.

**Some new TRIO students will attend AOP together in June.

Q: Can I also participate in MAGIC, SBI, or another summer program?

(Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC), Summer Business Insititute (SBI))
*Excel participants are encouraged to participate in any summer programs that facilitate their successful college transition including MAGIC, SBI, and Freshman Seminars Abroad. Remember, if selected, you are required to participate in 100% of the Excel residential program from July 13 – August 2, 2019. (With these dates you are able to attend MAGIC Week 1)

Q: How much does the Excel Summer Program cost?

*There is no charge to participants for the program, and all meals and essential materials are provided. You must provide your own travel to and from the university and other designated program meetings. You may bring spending money for outside food, snacks, laundry machines, and costs of entertainment or shopping.