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If you are a first year or transfer student from an underrepresented population, Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE) is a pre-orientation program designed to assist you with your transition to Carolina. Sessions include academic support services, breakout sessions, service learning projects, and cultural activities. You will also meet University officials, faculty, and student leaders.This year’s session will take place Thursday, August 17 to Saturday, August 19. In addition, a special session will be held for parents/families on Thursday, August 17.

To learn more about the ACE program, please review ACE FAQs, below.

Special thanks to our partners who help make ACE a success: The Office of Student Academic Counseling, Division of Student Affairs, Black Student Movement, Carolina Indian Circle, Asian Student Association and the Carolina Hispanic Association.

ACE registration is now closed. For more information, please email Rachel Tates ( or AC Locklear (


What is Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE)?

ACE is an additional opportunity for students to ensure a successful transition to the Carolina campus through a series of activities that assist with establishing a network of peer support and familiarity with important academic, social, and cultural supports.

How do I register?

Registration is now closed.

How much does it cost to attend ACE?

There is no fee to attend ACE. However, there is a cost associated with the luncheon on August 17th.

What is the ACE luncheon?

The ACE luncheon is a three-course meal for you and your family with a keynote address from Kirstin Garriss ’11, the Government Reporter for Spectrum News in Charlotte, NC. During the luncheon, Garriss will speak about college and career success.

How much is the ACE luncheon and how do I pay for it?

The ACE luncheon is $5 per person or $15 flat for a family of four or more. This cost includes the incoming student. If you indicate interest in the ACE luncheon, payment information will be sent via email in July. Fee waivers are limited but available upon request. Please note: no meals are provided outside of the luncheon.

Is there a schedule of events?

You will receive a full schedule of events after registration closes (early August).

What’s the difference between ACE and other welcome programs?

All welcome programs enable students to learn more about the Carolina community. Although ACE specifically targets underrepresented students to prepare them for a successful entry into their first year of college, we welcome students from all backgrounds.

If I am attending the August Orientation (for first-year students or transfer students), can I also attend ACE?

You may join us for ACE after you complete your Orientation session. Remember, you are required to complete Orientation to register for your classes. Please notify us if you have scheduled to do so and we will send you the meeting time and location closer to the start of ACE.

If I am attending Carolina Kickoff, can I also attend ACE?

Unfortunately, our schedules conflict and you cannot attend both ACE and Carolina Kickoff.

If I attend ACE, when do I move into my residence hall/Granville Towers?

Arrangements have been made for you to move into your permanent UNC campus housing or Granville Towers on Thursday, August 17, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Can my parents/family attend ACE?

Absolutely! We have arranged special sessions for parents/family on Thursday, August 17, to give them an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Carolina community.