What is the Honors EXCEL Program?
Learn More About Honors EXCEL
- Eligibility and How to Apply
- Project Inspiration
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Information for Faculty Mentors
- Resources for Current Honors EXCEL Students
The Honors College Upper-Division Experiential Learning Program (Honors EXCEL Program) supports WVU undergraduate students in experiential and community-engaged learning. Students will develop skills in leadership, project management, communication and collaborative scholarship. Students will create scholarly products appropriate to their project, while advancing the service mission of West Virginia University.
Why Honors EXCEL?
Students that complete the program will demonstrate competence, discipline, grit and independence. In the process, students will develop a unique set of skills and meet a network of peers and professionals that will make you competitive for professional/graduate schools and leadership positions in government and industry. Finally, students can make positive change locally, regionally and globally.
Students in the program receive priority course registration. Students that complete the program will be highlighted at graduation and on their transcripts.
Need more information about the program? Meet with program staff and learn more about the benefits and requirements of the Honors EXCEL program.
Once you have a basic project idea, attend a workshop to receive guidance developing your project proposals through thinking about the history and context of your project ideas, who will help you with your project, and how your project will benefit others.
All West Virginia University students with a GPA of 3.4 or greater may apply to the Honors EXCEL program in the spring of their sophomore year. Students with lower GPAs may apply with a letter of recommendation from their project mentor. Note that eligibility is not dependent on previous enrollment in the Honors Foundations program.
Students will propose a project idea in their application. We expect that project ideas will be in the early stages and may not yet be fully developed. Priority will be given to projects that feature the following experiential values.
- is long-term (several semesters), feasible and innovative.
- represents an identifiable enhancement of a knowledge base or set of skills already being developed or pursued by the student, either via coursework or extracurricular activity.
- builds on prior work, research or scholarship and proposes appropriate methodologies, processes or practices.
- is mentored by a WVU faculty or staff member.
- has an expectation of positive impact to a community (defined broadly) beyond the benefits to the student alone.
- includes at least some aspects that are unique to the applicant. Although all projects will likely be collaborations with faculty, staff, community members and/or other students, all projects must demonstrate a sense of ownership by the student.
Students in the Honors EXCEL program will complete coursework and other requirements
in 3-4 semesters.
The bulk of the work will be completed through six credits of experiential learning. Learn more about earning experiential learning credits here.
Your project will be developed in the Project Development course, enhanced through out-of-class experiences (OCEs) and will culminate in the Honors capstone with the guidance of one of our outstanding Program Affiliates. Meet our 2020-2022 Program Affiliates here.