Bend, OR is unparalleled.
College Excel +
End of Summer National Outdoor Leadership Trip
August 31-Septmenber 9,2020
Full Summer Program June 15- August 30, 2020
Need flexibility on these dates? We will work with you.
8+ College Credits
Small Private Classes
Fun Trips & Getaways
Our summer program provides students 18+ an opportunity to immerse themselves in a fun and exciting academic and social college experience. While living in our fully furnished residences located in beautiful Bend, Oregon students receive personalized attention from our professional and caring group of instructors, academic, life and wellness coaches. Our courses are experientially based and allow students to fully immerse into each subject while our Intentional Living Program focuses on what it takes to be successful outside of the classroom. Every week is packed with entertaining and enjoyable activities which round out this once in a lifetime summer expereince!
"I was trying to figure out what to do with my summer when my parents told me about College Excel's Summer Program. I am so glad I went. I made really good friends, even with my professors, had amazing experiences, learned a lot about myself, explored Oregon and walked away with 10 college credits." Pete B.
"I feel much more confident about myself as a college student than I did 10 weeks ago. I wish I'd had this experience before I went to college for the first time. I want to thank my coaches who were there when I needed them and let go when I needed to do it on my own." Allie W.
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What type of students attend the Summer Program?
Many students attend our summer program to get a jumpstart on our full academic year program beginning in September. Others join us to prepare for their upcoming freshman year at their chosen college or are students wanting to return to college who need to learn and practice the critical skills necessary to have a successful experience. The summer program is also an opportunity for students
who are not sure they want to go to college and would like to experience what it entails before
committing to a 2 or 4-year college.
What do I need to bring?
We provide students with a fully furnished residence and full access to our facilities which include study areas, computer labs, hang out area's, snacks and coaching rooms. Students need to bring:
-Appropriate clothing for hot summer days and cool summer nights.
-Casual indoor and outdoor clothing, work out attire, bathing suits, hiking shoes and a small backpack
-Bedding including sheets, mattress pad, blankets and pillows
-Personal toiletries and towels
-Cell phone and computer
-Bike and helmet (optional)
What will I learn in the Summer Program?
Students attend small, privately taught college accredited courses on the Central Oregon Community College Campus and are individually assessed and taught the academic skills and strategies necessary
to improve their performance. Our hand chosen professors work exclusively with students and
emphasize the importance of proactively developing a strong rapport with an instructor. Evening
study groups and one-on-one tutoring at our Academic Center for Excellence are available to students
who need extra support or want a quiet study space.
Student Life Skills
Our program teaches students the skills to live independently and create a healthy lifestyle outside of
the classroom. From developing cooking skills in our culinary arts classes to practicing how to calm
the mind through meditative practices to learning effective conflict resolution skills with roommates, students gain vital skills for managing the responsibilities of living on their own.
Outside of the classroom, we teach students how to use their free time constructively by introducing
fun, healthy activities that help them recharge from the stresses of coursework. Some of our student's
favorites have been: floating through town on the river, attending local concerts and festivals, rock
climbing outings, community service projects, weekly barbecues, movie nights and bonfires on the
beach during our ExplOregon trip.
What is the difference between the summer program and the academic year program?
During the summer program, we offer 3-4 college accredited courses that are exclusively for College
Excel students. These courses are designed specifically for our students and are not open to the other COCC students. All of our summer students attend the classes together and form study groups to support each other. During the academic year program, students meet with advisors and enroll in courses that fulfill general education requirements. These courses are not private and are open to all COCC students.
The summer courses are taught in both five-week and ten-blocks. The five-week block courses give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to plunge into and intensely focus on a subject. The 10-week courses follow a standard quarter class format. The academic year program courses are all 10-weeks long.
Inspired by the beautiful Oregon summer and long daylight hours we offer an array of activities and outings that are not available during the academic year.
If the college courses are only 10 weeks long, why is the program length
12 weeks long?
We expect students to arrive the week before classes start to get set up in their residences, meet with
their coach, and prepare for their classes. After classes end our coaches meet with students to review their experience and develop an action plan focused on further acquiring academic and personal skills
that will support their future success. For students not continuing at College Excel this extra time after classes end also allows time to pack up and clean their living spaces.
What if I'm attending another college that begins before the summer term is done?
We always work with students to arrange their schedules in order to attend their fall term college
start dates. Our admissions director will be happy to discuss how to develop a schedule that
accommodates these requests.
Please feel free to call or email with other questions.