Navigating the college experience can be a challenge; with EXCEL, you are not alone. We will be here to help you every step of the way!

What is EXCEL?

EXCEL is a student success program that provides a unique opportunity for students that are interested in having additional support and guidance in obtaining an associate’s degree or when transferring to a four-year university.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Connection to personalized career guidance
  • Access to learning support resources such as laptop, calculator, textbooks, and other unmet needs
  • Dedicated peer mentor supporting you in your college experience
  • Access to scholarships opportunities
  • Opportunities for your family and support system to be a part of your success throughout workshops.

How Do I Get In?

  • Be admitted to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), GateWay Community College (GWCC), or Glendale Community College (GCC).
  • Submit an EXCEL Program application.
  • Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be an Arizona resident and Maricopa County resident.
  • Complete the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester) in an EXCEL Program approved major.
  • Must commit to the program until you have completed or transferred.

If you are a current EMCC, GWCC, or GCC student, you must:

  • Have earned NO MORE than 24 transferable college credits
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have a current Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at EMCC, GWCC, or GCC. 

EXCEL Program Approved Majors:

  • Associate in General Students (AGS)
  • Associate in Arts (AA) and AGEC A
  • Associate in Science (AS) and AGEC S
  • Associate in Business, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) and AGEC B
  • Associate in Business, Special Requirements (ABUS-GR) and AGEC B
  • Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) and AGEC A

What is the Application Process?


  • Print and complete the EXCEL application, complete all the sections carefully, including the Student and Parent/Guardian/Relative Statement of Commitment, and the Education and Record Information Release form.
    • If you are under 18 years of age, have your parent/guardian sign the application with you as a way of support.


  • Drop off or email completed application packets to the GCC or to the district office.

GCC's EXCEL Coordinator

Alyssa McKenney
Glendale Community College - Building: Administration (A) -150
6000 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale, AZ. 85302


Phone: (623) 845-3375