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How Will You ExEL at NSU?


Gaining diverse, meaningful experiences as a NSU student might be the most valuable part of your college education. Through Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL) at NSU, you will be exposed to a world of hands-on opportunities that enrich your academic life while helping you reach your professional and personal goals. As part of ExEL, you can choose to conduct research with a faculty mentor, enroll in courses that take you far beyond the classroom, test drive your future career with an internship, give back to your community as a volunteer, or earn credits while studying abroad.

Pillars of Experiential Education


Undergraduate students will earn ExEL units through designated Experiential Coursework. The program has over 120 courses designated as ExEL, with each undergraduate major having ExEL courses embedded into the curriculum.  


All First Time in College students are required to enroll in UNIV 1000 (First-Year Experience) during their first semester at NSU.  Please click on the First-Year Experience tab to learn more about this ExEL designated course.


Experiential Coursework: ExEL Designated Courses

In addition to earning ExEL units through Experiential Coursework, students will engage in co-curricular opportunities that will contribute to their personal and professional development, as well as their ultimate career goals.  The many various opportunities on and off campus will provide fulfillment in  their undergraduate journey and experience that will give all students the NSU Edge upon graduation. 

Beyond the Classroom: ExEL Designated Co-Curricular Opportunities

Completion of the Experiential Education Program is a graduation requirement for all first-time in college (FTIC) undergraduate students at NSU. Throughout their undergraduate journey, students will work with their assigned Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) Advisor to select from an array of ExEL designated opportunities in various pillars, to earn a required 6 “units” of Experiential Education. Students are not required to earn units within in each pillar, and will instead select opportunities that best meet your professional and personal goals.

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