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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Comments and Benefits

What is ExSEL?


It is an intensive six-week summer skills-building program required for students whose ACT is between 14 and 17 or whose SAT is between 650 and 820.

Participation is encouraged for all conditionally-admitted students whose ACT is between 17 and 20 or whose SAT is between 830 and 940.

What will I do?


  • You will attend all scheduled class meetings that include writing skills, reading skills and basic pre-algebra skills.
  • You should be prepared for a full day of classes and activities.
  • You will participate in assigned activities.
  • You will work individually or in small groups developing skills and attaining competency in the above-mentioned courses.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive up to seven hours of institutional credit.
What is the cost of the ExSEL Program?


Read the "Dates and Prices" section of the packet. We have attempted to provide definite prices on all costs for the program, but note that some prices are subject to change.

Does financial aid cover the cost of ExSEL?


No. Federal student aid does not cover the program, and no loans are available for ExSEL students.

Who is eligible for the Logan Walker Loan?


As of April 15, 2013, the Logan Walker Loan is no longer available to ExSEL students.  All expenses must be paid out of pocket.

Do I have to live on campus?


You are strongly encouraged to live on campus. Students that live on campus are more likely to succeed and make better grades. You may commute if you live with your parent or guardian. Information about housing is included with the ExSEL information packet.

How do I apply for ExSEL?


Complete the following steps NO LATER than May 1st in order to be considered for the program:

  1. Submit a completed JSU application form and application fee of $30.
  2. Submit official ACT or SAT scores.
  3. Submit High school transcript (transcript through first semester of the senior year) or GED certification.
  4. Click on the "Apply to ExSEL" link above to complete the ExSEL application process.
When is the ExSEL Application Packet due?


All portions of the ExSEL application packet are due by May 17th. Students must carefully read the "How to Apply" section of the packet to make certain they have completed all steps.

Where do I mail the ExSEL Application Packet?


The ExSEL packet should be mailed to:

Courtney Peppers-Owen
ExSEL Program
Learning Services
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265

When will I know if I have been accepted to the program?


Selection for the ExSEL program will be made two weeks after the appication deadline. After this date, acceptance letters, including information regarding orientation days and times and housing move-in dates, will be mailed.

What is the selection process for ExSEL?


The ExSEL director and faculty will review all high school grades, activities, letters of recommendation, and essays submitted. Selection will be based on students' desire to learn and improve his/her skills. Student essays should reflect the student's own words. We are not looking for a perfect essay; we use the essay to to determine the student's motivation as well as their skill-level in writing.

What happens after ExSEL?


Successful completion in the ExSEL program ("C" or better in all courses) will enable students to do the following:

  1. Enroll as a conditionally-admitted (CA) student for the fall semester.
  2. Pre-register for skills-building courses prescribed by the ExSEL team.
  3. Meet with faculty and peer advisors throughout the fall semester through LS 104, Academic Success Skills, to assist in the transition from ExSEL to college.
Even though federal aid does not cover the program, should I complete my financial aid application before the ExSEL program?


Yes. Even though you may not use federal aid for ExSEL, you must have the paperwork completed for the Fall semester. Go to the FAFSA website to complete financial aid paperwork.

I am conditionally-admitted to JSU. Do I still have to go through ExSEL?


Conditionally-admitted (CA) students are not required to go through the ExSEL program; however, they are encouraged to apply. The program gives these students skills building needed to be successful in the fall semester. Preference is given to those students that are required to take the program, but each year several CA students do complete the program.

I was not eligible for the ExSEL Program. What are my options?


Students who are not eligible for the ExSEL program have the option of retaking the ACT and scoring 17, or retaking the SAT and scoring 830 or above. Students also have the option of attending a community college and completing 24 transferable hours.

Student Comments


"My writing and reading skills have improved tremendously!"
"I gained many friends during my experience in ExSEL!"
"I learned how to work with a team in ExSEL."
"I improved my ACT score after I succeeded in ExSEL!"
"I owe so much to my ExSEL staff: they have taught me how to think and think fast!"

The Benefits


Here are some of the benefits of the ExSEL program:

  • Strengthen basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, studying, and reasoning through various learning channels.
  • Establish realistic academic and vocational goals.
  • Develop personal life skills such as time management, decision making, social skills, and responsibility.
  • Meet faculty mentors, counselors, and peer counselors that will assist you throughout the summer and your college career.
  • Develop computer skills, accuracy, and speed.
  • Develop appropriate attitudes and behaviors required to be successful at JSU.