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Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE) is a program designed to assist first year and transfer students from underrepresented populations with their transition to Carolina. ACE provides incoming students with the tools needed to ensure their academic, social and emotional success at Carolina.

By participating in ACE, students will:

  • Move into their residence hall early;
  • Engage in sessions designed to spark academic curiosity, encourage multiculturalism and facilitate the enhancement of strong cultural identity and positive self-esteem
  • Gain early and direct access to various campus resources and support services
  • Participate in the ACE Welcome Dinner and keynote
  • Engage with upper-class students, faculty, and staff

This year’s session will take place Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17. In addition, special sessions will be held for parents/families on Thursday, August 15.

Register for ACE

Preparing for ACE

Achieving Carolina Excellence Dates:

Thursday, August 15 – Saturday, August 17th

Registration Deadline:

Friday, August 2nd


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.

Who is welcome to attend ACE? 

While ACE places emphasis on supporting traditionally underserved students, no student group is excluded from participating in any program or services offered by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

How do I register?

All students planning to attend must register through the registration form. The form may be accessed by clicking the “Register for Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE)” link above. Please be sure to pay attention to deadlines and important dates.

How much does it cost to attend ACE?

There is no fee to attend ACE. Registration covers all program materials and select meals. However, there may be other associated costs if a student moves in early but does not attend ACE programming.

Will all meals be covered during ACE?

No. ACE will cover select meals – Dinner on Thursday, lunch on Friday, breakfast and the cookout on Saturday.

Where will I eat if a meal is not covered?

Dining Halls on campus will open on Saturday, August 17th. Prior to Saturday, you should be prepared to make some of your own meals or pay for meals at eateries on Franklin St and nearby.

What time will ACE begin and end? 

The formal ACE program will begin at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 15th and will conclude at 4:00pm on Saturday, August 17th.

Is there a schedule of events?

The schedule of events may be found below.

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. You should indicate on your registration 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 15, 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 16, to give them an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Carolina community.




8-12:00 a.m.     Registration/Move In
1:00 p.m.          Opening Session
1:30 p.m.          Concurrent Student/Family Session 1
3:00 p.m.          Concurrent Student/Family Session 2
4:00 p.m.          Family Send Off/Mixer
5:00 p.m.          Break
7:00 p.m.          ACE Welcome Dinner (Students Only)


10:00 a.m.        Small Group Meet Up
11:00 a.m.        Scavenger Hunt
12:00 p.m.        Lunch
12:30 p.m.        Session 1
1:45 p.m.          Tar Heels Talk Sessions
5:00 p.m.          Break
7:00 p.m.          Culture Show


10:00 a.m.        Breakfast/Session 1
11:30 a.m.        Small Group Meet Up
1:30 p.m.          ACE Cookout

**The final ACE schedule will be sent in a confirmation packet at the beginning of August**

If you have any questions, please contact us at or by phone at 919-843-6086 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.