Office of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support

ACE Summer Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ACE?

ACE is an acronym for Academic Clark Excellence. Clark students who attend the program are expected to strive for excellence in all they do.

What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

You must be a first-generation college student — the first person in your family to attend a four-year institution — or an ALANA student of African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, or Native-American decent.

What will I do while in the program?

You will get to know the campus, adapt to the college, complete an intensive course in math and in writing for college (for a half unit of credit each), and build a connection with your peers, faculty, and staff.

Will courses count toward graduation?

Yes. Your math and writing course will be listed as .5 credits on your transcript and will be included in your first semester grades and GPA.

Will this be a fun experience for me?

Yes! We hope that all planned activities are not only fun, but educational. In addition to your classes, activities are planned for the evenings and weekends to help you get to know the Worcester community in which you will live. ACE mentors will facilitate teambuilding games and you will have an opportunity to meet new people.

When does the program take place?

Two weeks prior to orientation: Aug. 7 through Aug. 21.

What happens on the weekends?

We have cultural enrichment activities. You will not go home on the weekends because we will attend various events, such as a play or movie, as part of your class academic assignments.

How do I apply?

You will be invited to apply if you are eligible.

What is the cost of the program?

There is no cost to you, and room and board are included; however, the program does require full participation (no going home).

What about books or computers?

Books are provided and you will have access to the computer labs daily. If you have a laptop, you can bring it with you at the start of the program; however, it is not required.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes. We will match you with a person of like interest.

Where will we live?

ACE students will live together in one of the residence halls, and will have the opportunity to move into their permanent dorms early and prior to the start of the Week One orientation program.