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Welcome to UC Santa Cruz and the Academic Excellence (ACE) Program

Are you thinking about majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (known as STEM)? Would you like to meet other UCSC students doing the same? Then ACE is the place for you!

ACE is an academic support program that is dedicated to increasing the diversity of UCSC students earning bachelors' degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. ACE is a community of scholars who strive for and commit to academic excellence.

We bring STEM students together in active learning problem solving sessions that supplement several large math and science lectures. We help you understand the lecture and textbook through concept specific worksheets that you and your classmates work on as a team.

Making the best of your study time:

Learning to manage your time is crucial and ACE can teach you how. As a member of the ACE Program, you will join a community of motivated students who are on the way to achieving their career goals.

Did you know that students who spend three hours per course-unit each week studying outside of their math or science lecture have a much better understanding of their course material and therefore earn higher grades? Since UCSC’s courses are 5-units, that means you should study 15 hours per week outside of lecture. When you participate in an ACE, not only will you meet others who need to study just as much as you do, but also one third of your outside-of-lecture-study time will be guided and focused.

How we prioritize enrollment:

ACE staff considers various factors to determine enrollment. Only students with proposed or declared physical or biological sciences or engineering majors are considered for ACE problem solving sessions. Priority goes to EOP students, and/or to students who have successfully participated in an ACE session in other quarters.  If you are not in session the first day, you may be dropped from ACE regardless of priority status.