ACE Institute Program

Advancing Clark Excellence

A pre-orientation program for students of color and first-generation college students

Aug. 6 – 23, 2017

The ACE Summer Institute is the University's two-week pre-orientation program for students of African-American, Latinx, Asian/Desi-American, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous- American and Multiracial and/or first-generation college students (those who are the first in their family to attend college). During the two weeks before Week One, this living and learning community will support you in your transition from high school to college. By participating in ACE, you will:

  • Earn college credit by completing one college writing and one math course
  • Be matched with a peer mentor as part of a small cohort of students with similar academic interests
  • Receive coaching around habits for academic, leadership and professional success through College 101 and leadership workshops
  • Learn about key resources that will enable you to be academically and socially successful at Clark
  • Explore identity through a two-part Diversity Retreat
  • Experience Worcester through weekend field trips and excursions
  • Make friends, and receive continued support during the academic year*
  • Have fun!

This FREE two-week program includes room and board, field trips, and all course materials. Approximately 25 students are selected to participate, so apply early!

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Sample Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. STEM students: College Writing
    Other Majors: Quantitative Math
  • 10:45 a.m. STEM students: Pre-Calculus
    Other Majors: College Writing
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1 p.m. College 101: Financial Literacy
  • 2:30 p.m. Break
  • 3 p.m. Leadership: The Marshmallow Challenge
  • 4:15 p.m. Team-building on the Green
  • 5 p.m. Dinner
  • 6 p.m. Check-in/small group meeting
  • 7 p.m. Homework/study hall/tutoring
  • 9 p.m. Fashion Show

Continued support during the year*

ACE students are required to attend monthly small group meetings and semester check-ins during their first year, and to participate in ongoing opportunities for student engagement through CLUE Workshops (2 per semester) and/or the annual Millennium Leadership Conference. Everything we ask you to attend will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals. If you need more information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Hayley Haywood.