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EXCEL Program

Ease your transition from high school to a GateWay Community College full-time student!

GateWay Community College is one of only three Maricopa Community Colleges with the EXCEL Program. EXCEL is a student success program providing student scholars with assistance to navigate college toward degree completion and university transfer. Our program is funded by the Arizona Community Foundation and we also partner with College Success Arizona.

With EXCEL, you will not be alone. We will be here to help you every step of the way! Students working toward their first bachelor degree should apply! Also, students without a bachelor degree working who are working toward a certificate program and who are Pell Grant eligible may qualify for the EXCEL Program. Contact the EXCEL Coordinator to discuss.

Applications are being accepted for NEW students to join EXCEL! (Space is limited. Apply by May 2, 2021)

Your Future Without Boundaries

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  • Workshops, enhancement activities, and mentoring sessions
  • Exclusive scholarship and incentive opportunities
  • Borrow a laptop or graphing calculator
  • Textbook assistance (case-by-case)
  • Free Valley Metro transit pass
  • Dedicated Peer Mentors and Success Coach
  • Snack pantry
  • Emergency financial assistance 

EXCEL students that are accepted into the program are eligible to continue in subsequent semesters.

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Summer Bridge Program (Apply by May 2, 2021)

  • Earn three college credits FREE (courses are selected by EXCEL)
  • Free text books
  • Free Valley Metro transit pass
  • Free breakfast and snacks

Summer Institute

  • Receive EXCEL backpack with school supplies and EXCEL polo (new students)
  • Impactful workshops and dynamic speakers 
  • Exclusive scholarships awarded for GWCC fall semester

How to Apply

  1. Fill out this application:
  2. Complete the GateWay Community College Admission Process
  3. If your GPA is 2.5 or less, take your Placement Tests
  4. Complete FAFSA for the followings years:
    1. 2021–2022 (Requires 2019 Tax Information) Fall and Spring Semesters
    2. MUST complete FAFSA for EXCEL funding. (GWCC school code 008303)

Program Location and Contact Information

EXCEL Office Location
Main Building, Room MA1372
Gateway Community College
Washington Campus
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Tel: 602.286.8175  |  EXCEL Email

Lydia Anderson
EXCEL Program Coordinator

Lou Sanchez, Ed.D.
Strategic Enrollment Management Director