ACE Institute Program

Advancing Clark Excellence

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

Aug. 5 – 22, 2018

The ACE Summer Institute is the University's FREE two-week pre-orientation program for students who identify as first generation college students (those who are the first in their family to pursue a 4-year degree) and/or domestic* students of color (African-American, Latinx, Asian-/Desi-American, Pacific Islander-, Native/Indigenous- American and Multiracial). Being part of ACE means being part of a supportive, diverse community and working hard, but also having some fun! 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 1 college credit by completing one college writing and one math course
  • Be matched with a peer mentor who will share their knowledge to help you navigate your first year at Clark
  • Receive coaching around strategies for academic, leadership and professional success through College 101 and leadership workshops
  • Learn about & meet key resources that will enable you to be academically and socially successful at Clark
  • Explore identity through a two-part Social Justice Retreat
  • Experience Worcester through weekend field trips and excursions
  • Make friends, and receive continued support during the rest of your college career**
  • Have fun!

This FREE two-week program includes room and meals, field trips, and all course materials. Approximately 25 students are selected to participate, so apply early! Applications should be submitted by 11:59PM EST on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

*US Citizens, DACA recipients, Permanent Residents and Undocumented students are all encouraged to apply. International students are encouraged to participate in the International Student Orientation, through the Office of International Students and Scholars. If you are unsure which is right for you, feel free to contact Patty Doherty at

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 special events such as the annual Millennium Leadership Conference. Everything we ask you to attend will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals. After your first year, we expect you to continue to attend workshops and meet with the program Director annually. If you need more information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact the program’s Director, Hayley Haywood.


  • 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