We help students discover and then work towards reaching their full potential. 


Learn more about what makes us as unique as the incredible students we're fortunate enough to serve. 



College Excel is a comprehensive, residential, coaching-based college support program located in Bend, Oregon. Our team of certified coaches, learning specialists, professors and wellness experts provide students­ with the daily structure, support, and guidance they need to succeed academically and personally while earning college credits at Central Oregon Community College or Oregon State University-Cascades.


Since 2003, we have helped hundreds of students achieve sustainable academic and personal success. Our impressive track record begins with our comprehensive admissions process, during which each applicant is carefully assessed across multiple metrics for their program appropriateness and readiness.


Our scientifically-validated, blended behavioral and neuro coaching model is rooted in the behavioral sciences; backed by Harvard Medical School research data; and incorporates the most current technologies available today. Dr. Srini Pillay, world-renowned Harvard psychiatrist and CEO of The NeuroBusiness Group, selected College Excel as one of the 15 best coaching organizations in the world because of our mindful approach, dedication to students, and continuous collaboration with innovative leaders in both the education and personal transformation sectors.


At College Excel, we help students gain understanding, develop new mindsets, and overcome personal challenges to create the life-changing, sustainable results they desire, both academically and personally.

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We've helped students from more than 44 different states and 11 countries.


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College Excel students are required to be 18 years or older and to have earned either their high school diploma or GED equivalent.


Typically, we work with students who:

  • Have attempted college and are ready to try again

  • Have not yet been to college 

  • Have a strong desire to pursue higher education

  • Have a Full Scale IQ of 85 or higher

  • Are bright individuals who need support academically and/or personally

  • Experience a gap between their individual potential and actual achievement



Typically, our students need help with challenges such as:

  • Motivation and accountability

  • Anxiety and/or depression

  • Executive functioning 

  • Processing disorders


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (high functioning) 

  • Emerging adulthood (i.e., young adults who are struggling with their transition to adulthood and independence)



College Excel does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, age, (dis)ability, national origin, marital status, religion, or veteran status.


As a comprehensive, residential college support program, we offer a variety of services for both students and their families. 



  • Academic coaching

  • Accredited college courses (via COCC)

  • Academic tracking

  • Course supervision

  • One-on-one tutoring

  • Supervised study hours 

  • Learning styles assessment

  • LD support

  • Career planning

  • College application assistance

  • Personalized college transition plan

  • Life, Behavioral and Neuro-coaching

  • Daily wellness program (M-F)

  • Fitness Curriculum

  • Nutrition training

  • Yoga classes

  • Mindfulness training

  • Weekly support

  • groups 

  • Extra-currlicular activities

  • Community serviceprojects

  • Community brunches

  • Community dinners

  • Fully furnished,

  • private residences

  • Daily private shuttle service

  • Independent living

  • skills training

  • Intentional living seminars

  • Nutritional and meal planning guidance

  • Assigned house coach

  • Conflict resolution training

  • Parenting teleclasses (4)

  • Weekly parent support line

  • Additional regular parent progress updates

  • Optional personal Parent Coach

         *Additional Fee

The following services are also available to be contracted separately from our program, for an additional fee. Our coaches will help students find and schedule an initial appointment for any of the following:


  • Private mental health counseling and groups (on-site therapists available)

  • Educational and/or psychological testing

  • Medication management

  • College counseling 



Bend is located in the Pacific Northwest on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. The picturesque city of more than 87,000 people is situated at the intersection of the high desert, mountains and lava tubes, and a dense national forest.


Bend is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, professional athletes, boutique shoppers, foodies, and more. The city boasts more than 300 days of annual sunshine.


Visit the websites below to learn more about all that Bend has to offer:


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Ski Resort


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Alpine Lakes

Mt. Bachelor - America's second largest single-mountain ski resort - offers unparalleled skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking just 20

minutes outside of Bend.

With two prominent institutions of higher education, Bend has an active and vibrant intellectual culture. 

Bend maintains its small town feel with the benefits and diversity offered by a growing city. 

Dog friendly throughout, Bend recently earned the title of "DogTown USA."

Bend's Central Oregon high desert location offers 

abundant sunshine, blue skies, and nearly year-round stargazing.

The scenic Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway weaves through 14 alpine lakes ideal for camping, hiking, biking, and a variety of water sports. 


Our campus includes a state-of-the-art academic facility, a student life space, and private student residences.


The Academic Center for Excellence ("ACE") is a custom built facility featuring a fireside community space, a fully equipped PC lab with 27" HD monitors, the coaches' offices, private study rooms, and a kitchen where students have daily access to snacks.


The Annex, located next door to "ACE," includes a classroom with an 80" interactive SMART board where College Excel seminars are taught, a quiet study room and our admissions office.


The multi-purpose student life space called the "Cave" is designed to give students a place to take a break from studying and classes. Furnished with comfy couches and chairs students can hang out and enjoy ping pong, foosball, playing  games and watching tv.

Below ACE ("BACE") features additional private coaching rooms as well as our MindSpa, a dedicated space for stress relief and anxiety reduction. In the MindSpa, students can listen to music, do yoga/pilates, read, or meditate, all while practicing healthy stress reduction techniques. This calming space features both aromatherapy and preloaded iPad apps specifically designed to help with mindfulness and relaxation, serving as a quiet refuge for our students to decompress from the many stressors of everyday life.










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