Office of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support

ACE Summer Institute

Created in 2000, the ACE Summer Institute is the University's pre-orientation program for ALANA and first-generation college students. The ACE Summer Institute is a living and learning community that helps to make the transition from high school to college a smooth one. The ACE Summer Institute is designed to prepare students for the rigorous Clark experience and includes two academic courses for credit, building a mentor network around leadership and academic relations, developing personal and social relationships with peers and understanding the community climate of Clark.

Building your skills

The skills developed during the program will make your Clark experience rewarding and assist you in reaching the academic goals you set. It's also a great opportunity to make friends before the school year begins while getting a head start on your career.

During the ACE Summer Institute, you will:

  • Become familiar with the campus and the city of Worcester before the semester begins.
  • Complete an intensive overview course in pre-calculus (for science majors) or quantitative math (for non-science majors).
  • Complete overview courses in writing for college and psychology, and learn to work in the science labs.
  • Become part of a community with your peers, faculty, and staff while building your leadership skills.
  • Develop your understanding of requirements for graduation according to your field of interest.
  • Complete workshops that provide an overview of undergraduate courses, leadership opportunities and diversity, and meet administrators and faculty; visit sites away from campus, participate in field trips, and work with a mentor with similar academic interests.

Participants also receive an overview of undergraduate courses and student leadership opportunities. This happens prior to course registration for the fall semester, so you'll have a good idea of the courses you should take during your first year at Clark. You will be enrolled in two courses during the program and receive academic credit toward graduation. The courses, Math for College and Writing for College, are non-transferable should you leave Clark. Approximately 30 students are selected to participate in the program, so early application is encouraged. The program is free: meals, books and academic materials are provided.

With you till you graduate

If you participate in the ACE Summer Institute, you will benefit from continuing support and mentoring throughout your undergraduate years. The resource room is staffed by trained peer mentors who provide individual and group support with course work. Informational workshops are offered each month on topics such as renewing the financial aid application, budgeting for college, and student leadership. Ongoing academic advising and career planning is available as well.