EXCEL Student Support Services

EXCEL Student Support Services

Contact Information

David C. Briegel Building, Room 1104
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Phone: 800-456-8675, ext. 1274
Email: excel@swmich.edu


Dowagiac Campus

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Participating in the EXCEL program gives you personal attention and extra support to help you EXCEL in college! Our mission is to increase retention, graduation, and transfer to four-year colleges and universities through support and encouragement.

Eligible students must meet one of the following qualifiers:

  • First generation college student (neither parent earned a bachelor’s degree)
  • Low income, based on federal guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

EXCEL Services and Opportunities

Academic Support Services

Advising and Course Selection-Professional advisors assist you with educational planning.

Financial Literacy-Workshops and advising to help you understand and apply for financial aid and budget your resources.

Career-Individual assistance in assessing your career interests and exploring which occupations fit your strengths and values.

Transfer-Assistance in evaluating transfer credits, researching transfer schools, and preparing and submitting transfer documents.

Tutoring-Referrals for one-on-one tutoring services where they are needed to ensure your academic success.

Grant Aid

Assistance with the cost of your education through our Grant Aid Program. EXCEL students must complete a FAFSA each year to be eligible for grant aid opportunities.

Cultural Enrichment Activities

Give back to your community through service learning projects.

Joins us at local cultural events, museums, nature centers and other special events.

EXCEL Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are here to advocate, educate and connect you to the services you need to succeed, all from a student’s perspective.

Connect with one of our Student Ambassadors through a study group, a workshop and other sponsored activities.


Explore new topics that support your personal growth and knowledge.

4-Year College Visits

We sponsor campus visits to potential transfer colleges and universities.