The EXCELD (EXcellence in Calculus/STEM for Engineering Leadership and Diversity) program is a tutoring initiative aimed at helping first-year engineering students excel in math, chemistry, physics, and biology. Freshmen engineering students will be paired with engineering upperclassmen and required to meet with their tutors at least once a week per subject  to get much needed help in their STEM courses.  The program was started in 2020 with a generous donation from Chevron, Halliburton, and Marathon.

All applications from first-year engineering students are welcome, but priority will be given to applications from:

  • Underrepresented minorities in engineering.
  • Women.
  • First-generation students.
  • Students with financial need.
  • Students with an ACT score between 24 and 27 (particularly the Math ACT score).

In this program, we aim to:

  • Increase the retention of underrepresented groups in engineering at LSU.
  • Help students who might struggle in STEM courses in their first year.
  • Solidify an academic foundation in college-level STEM courses that will lay a solid foundation upon which students can build their knowledge base in their core engineering courses.
  • Introduce freshmen to other engineering students and establish meaningful connections with the College of Engineering.
  • Provide advice and direction on healthy and effective study habits that students will use through their entire college career.

  • Improved academic performance.
    • The program will help students prepare for tests and exams, equipping them with test-taking strategies and time-management skills. Tutors will provide help to students in understanding specific problem areas.
  • Improved work and study habits.
    • Students will be equipped with work and study habits that can be used throughout their college career to ace their exams and make them successful in college and in their professional careers.
  • Freedom to ask questions.
    • During lectures, students who are not comfortable asking questions in class settings are more likely to communicate these questions to their tutors without being self-conscious.
  • Encourages independence and responsibility.
    • The tutoring program encourages students to be more independent and equips them with problem-solving skills. It will also help them with personal growth and development.
  • Positive workspace.
    • One-on-one tutoring provides students with an environment free of distractions.
  • Access to engineering academic resources.
    • First-year students in engineering typically have little direct interaction with engineering academic advisors. Along the way, students might experience unique issues with choosing courses or even keeping up in STEM courses. EXCELD students will have access to an academic advisor, career coach, and engineering education expert to help them navigate these issues.
  • Extending program to sophomore year
    • For students who take MATH 1021 or 1022 their first semester at LSU, they will still be taking first-year STEM courses in their third semester at LSU. If a student is enrolled in the EXCELD program and actively participates in at least one semester of their freshman year, they are eligible to continue in the program in their third semester.

  • Students accepted into the program will be matched with upperclassmen engineering tutors in the STEM courses of their choosing.
  • Students will be matched with tutors based on the students’ and the tutors’ availability using an app-based schedule system.
  • Tutoring options and attendance requirements:
    • One-on-one tutoring: students commit to attend to 1 tutoring session per week with their assigned tutors for each course in which they get one– on– one tutoring. If this option is selected, student will still be eligible to attend group help sessions for any class at any time. 
    • Group help sessions only: students can attend as many or as few group sessions as they wish with any tutor for any class at any time (by appointment) but will only be permitted to group sessions and must request permission to move to one-on-one tutoring sessions. :
      • Meeting with your tutor and going to group study help sessions regularly will facilitate bonds with other engineering students and the formation of regular study groups.
  • Students who are struggling or who seem to be having trouble may be contacted for academic advising appointments.

EXCELD Tutoring Application

  • Be prepared to answer questions related to:
    • Your LSU course schedule (section numbers of courses).
    • Your financial aid and scholarships.
    • Your standardized test scores—ACT, SAT, and ALEKS.
    • Your LSU 89-number, LSU email address, and major.

  • Returning EXCELD Student Timeline Fall 2023:
    • Students who wish to continue in the EXCELD program must re-apply every semester.
    • Complete your application (emailed to you) by July 31st, 2023.
    • Review TracCloud user instructions (both on Moodle and/or emailed to you) by August 9, 2022.
    • TracCloud tutoring search and appointment booking starts August 9, 2023 (as long as you submit your application by July 31st).

  • New EXCELD Student Timeline Fall 2023:
    • Applications open June 2023
    • Early applicants - Applications submitted by August 9 will be given priority.
    • Acceptance letters for early applicants will be send out starting August 11th, 2023.
    • TracCloud Training sessions – starting August 14th, 2023.
    • Tutor and appointment booking – starting August 14th, 2023. 

Chevron Corporation logoChevron Corporation is an American national energy corporation headquartered in San Ramon, California, that is actively engaged in oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries. Chevron endorses the empowerment of human ingenuity to pave the road to a brighter future and a better life; achieved by providing access to energy, which drives human progress and enables the benefits to a modern society. Chevron is an active donor to programs at LSU, including, but not limited to, the Chevron Energy Leaders Scholarship, the Chevron Leadership Academy, Engineering Ambassadors, as well as many learning and research spaces in Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Learn more about Chevron



Marathon Petroleum LogoMarathon Petroleum Corporation is a leading, incorporated, downstream energy company, marketing, and pipeline transport company. MPC is committed to creating a concept of shared value, which means holding a wide range of affiliates to accountability for their actions. Marathon supports College of Engineering efforts and is a contributor to its Big Siblings mentoring program and Engineering Tiger Connections, as well as a number of diversity scholarships. Learn more about Marathon Petroleum.



Halliburton logoHalliburton Company is an American multinational corporation and currently one of the world's largest providers of products and services for the growing needs of the energy industry. With the aim of achieving a culture of continuous improvement, Halliburton places in high esteem values such as integrity, safety, collaboration, competition, creativity, and respect. Halliburton funds one of the largest scholarships in the College of Engineering, the Halliburton Scholars program, and holds an annual “Halliburton Day” to introduce LSU Engineering students to the vast number of opportunities at the company. Learn more about Halliburton.

Main Course Offerings

You must attend one tutoring session per week for these courses.

1021 1001 2001 1001
1022 1201 2110 1002
1530 1202   1201


Add-On Course Offerings

Attendance for these courses are required once a week for each course. 

Department Course Number
BE 1251
CM 1021
CSC 1350

Are you interested in joining our team? EXCELD tutors help first-year students with their STEM courses through group sessions and one-on-one tutoring. EXCELD tutors will be assigned one discipline based on preference and tutoring demand. Sessions times are set based on the tutor’s availability.

  • Qualifications:
    • Full-time student in the College of Engineering
    • Earned a B- or better in the tutoring course
    • 2.8 minimum overall GPA

Apply to Become an EXCELD Tutor

Outside view of Patrick F Taylor


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