ACE provides content tutoring, writing assistance, study skills, and organization support in addition to test taking strategies. Our tutoring services are designed to promote independent learning. Services are delivered by "ACE peer tutor mentors", undergraduate and graduate students hired to work exclusively with ACE students. The tutoring strategies delivered in one-on-one sessions aim to assist students with mastering course content and performance on graded assignments, while also learning skills that are transferable to future courses in their college career and beyond. To learn more about ACE's tutoring services, please visit the Tutoring page.
ACE provides primary and supplemental academic advising to program participants throughout their enrollment in the program. The ACE advisor works exclusively with ACE scholars to assist with course selection, major support, registration, degree audits, co-curricular engagement support, grade monitoring to ensure timely completion of a bachelor's degree, among other services. Through academic advising, students are set up for success before classes even begin. To set up an advising appointment, go to WCOnline, and select "ACE Advising Appointment Calendar".
Graduate School Preparation and Planning
Program participants have the opportunity to participate in small group and one-on-one instruction and successfully applying for a variety of graduate and professional school programs including post-baccalaureate Masters and Doctoral programs. ACE Staff members provide support with identifying graduate programs, completing applications, identifying and applying for federal funding, and preparing for entrance exams (e.g. GRE and MCAT).
Graduate School and Career Mentoring with Master's Mentors and ACE Coaches
Starting as early as freshman year, ACE Staff assist participants in developing plans for graduate and professional school enrollment as well as career exploration and development. As a project, we assist participants with identifying majors and careers that align with their skills and interests in order to maximize opportunities for success. Career Mentoring is primarily provided by Graduate Students who engage with junior and senior ACE Scholars exclusively in one-on-one and small group settings to provide guidance on post-baccalaureate planning and preparation. As successful graduate students themselves, the Graduate Student Mentors (known as ACE Coaches and Master's Mentors) are well-positioned to share their insights into the overall graduate school experience - exploration, application, and admission, in addition to career exploration and goal-setting. By offering ACE Scholars support and encouragement, the Graduate Student Mentors directly impact the future educational and career endeavors of ACE students. To get partnered with an ACE Coach or Master's Mentor, please respond to the emails setting up these programs at the beginning of each academic year or email ACE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Mentoring and Research Opportunities
Esteemed faculty members from a variety of departments representing social sciences, humanities, and professional schools provide mentoring to ACE scholars throughout the academic year and summer months. Mentoring activities include panel presentations, leading workshops, college-level writing instruction, and instruction during ACE's summer transition program. Faculty mentors also provide exclusive access to undergraduate research opportunities to ACE students on various projects. ACE Scholars participating in this undergraduate research benefit from guidance and advice provided by the faculty mentors on graduate and professional school as well as career options for their major.
Financial Aid and Literacy
One of the core functions of the ACE Program is to provide participants with knowledge about financial decision making and options for funding baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate study to encourage manageable accumulation of education debt. ACE Staff members provide a variety of services designed to inform participants of the full range of federal, national, and local financial aid programs, resources, and information including: understanding your LOCUS account, scholarship search assistance, assistance with federal and local financial aid applications completion (e.g. FAFSA, Federal Work Study, and Loyola Grants), and help with creating budgets. These services are delivered in collaboration with the LUC Financial Aid Office, Office of the Bursar, campus partners.
The ACE program is committed to assisting participants with successful transition to Loyola and supporting overall personal well-being. ACE staff provide assistance to students on various aspects of college life including stress management, addressing family/friend concerns, health challenges, challenges related to commuting during the students' time at Loyola.