Student Access and Achievement Programs

Excel Program

The EXCEL program admits students with potential and motivation to succeed in rigorous programs and provides additional support services to fuel success. This benefits the college by increasing underrepresented students in various programs. EXCEL is open to students from any family income level and state. 

How To Apply to Excel

Complete the regular Nazareth College admissions process. If you meet the criteria for Excel, you will automatically be considered for the program. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Refer to

Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA code for the college is 002779.

Excel students receive a financial aid package based on expected family contribution (as defined by federal financial aid formulas) and the cost of attending Nazareth College. Nazareth College may provide supplemental financial assistance to eligible Excel students. For these programs to best meet your family's needs, complete the financial aid process early.

Denzell Jackson

Denzell Jackson '17

Inclusive education, sociology, community youth development

Jackson loves guiding kids — in classrooms and on the basketball court. Nazareth saw his potential, even though he’d repeated 10th grade when he moved from a rural, less academically rigorous high school to a private prep school where “I had to work twice as hard to succeed.” He was motivated in college, choosing to triple major.

He says the Excel 6-week summer program at Nazareth gave him a productive head start on college living, networking, time management, and learning to communicate effectively with faculty. When he struggled with a math course, his Excel mentors lined up a tutor immediately and Jackson earned an A- in the class. Jackson said he appreciated being at a college “that prides itself on community and tradition and overall family spirit.” Before his final semester, he accepted a teaching job in Ithaca, N.Y., to start after graduation.