Excel Summer Program

The 2017 TRIO Excel Summer Program Application is COMING SOON!



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

 2016 TRIO Excel Summer Program Application

Dates: June 18 – August 19, 2016

(Hybrid program: 2 weeks on campus, 7 weeks online)

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 June 18 – August 19, this 9‐week hybrid program provides new TRIO students with the best of both worlds! Participants will have the opportunity to experience both on‐campus living and independent online learning during the summer. 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 1-2: June 18-July 1

The first two weeks are 100% residential and serves as your orientation to TRIO SSS, the program staff, and the summer curriculum. You will be living at Phillips Residence Hall with other pre-college students. You will get all of the information that you need to complete your online 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 as everyone gets to know each other.

Weeks 3-8: July 2-August 12

The middle of the program is hybrid experience with both online and face-to-face components. You will be required to have a computer and internet access to complete the self-paced learning modules for the online courses in math and language arts. You are required to study every day, for a total of 15-20 hours per week to be successful. There will be in-person and online support available to you all summer from our tutors and specialists. Additional success seminars are scheduled to continue your college transition and build your network in TRIO and at MSU.

Week 9: August 13-19, Final Exams are August 17!

All program participants are required to return to campus for one day and 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 2016 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 should consider. Your participation in either ESSA (Engineering and Science Summer Academy) or DOW STEM Scholars does not impact your ability to participate in TRIO SSS, only the Excel Summer Program.

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

*Excel participants are expected to participate in 100% of the residential program from June 18 – July 1, 2016. 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 on June 23-24, 2016, this event is NOT for 2016 Excel Summer Program participants.

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 June 18 – July 1, 2016. You are also required to submit homework assignments and online tests on-time during weeks 3-9. In the past, Excel participants have made arrangements to complete assignments early to avoid falling behind while attending other programs.

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.