Now that you’ve registered for Achieving Carolina Excellence (ACE), you probably have many questions about move-in and what to expect once you arrive at Carolina.

You’re in the right place! The tabs below will provide you with all you need to know (though if you should have further questions, please contact us at ace@unc.edu). ACE will take place Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 18 and special sessions will be held for parents and families on Thursday, August 16.

All ACE sessions ARE mandatory! Therefore, we expect ALL ACE participants to be present and on time to all sessions. Please review the schedule carefully and inform us of any conflicts you may have by Monday, August 13.

The ACE program booklet is available here.

 

ARRIVAL 

Be prepared to move into your residence hall between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th. When you arrive at your residence hall, you will be able to check into your room and ACE simultaneously. The ACE Welcome Session will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Therefore, you and your family should plan to have lunch and to complete any outstanding personal business before 12:30 pm. ACE Legacy Leaders will be available in the residence hall lobby to answer any ACE-related questions you may have while you move in.

RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-IN

Once you arrive at your residence hall, report to the designated check-in area and check into your room. You should have received move-in guidelines/instructions from Carolina Housing. Please follow all residence hall move-in procedures. Visit housing.unc.edu to find the address of your residence hall and see below for the Key Pick-Up and ACE Check-In locations for your assigned residence hall.

RESIDENCE HALL ASSIGNMENT  ACE CHECK-IN & KEY PICK-UP LOCATION 
Carmichael Carmichael Residence Hall
Cobb Cobb Residence Hall
Alexander Connor Residence Hall
Connor
Joyner
Winston
Craige North Craige North Residence Hall
Hardin
Craige Craige Residence Hall
Ehringhaus Ehringhaus Residence Hall
Aycock Graham Residence Hall
Everett
Graham
Lewis
Stacy
Hinton James Hinton James Residence Hall
Horton Horton Residence Hall
Koury
McIver Kenan Residence Hall
Spencer
Manly Mangum Residence Hall
Ruffin
Morrison Morrison Residence Hall
Avery Parker Residence Hall
Parker
Ram Village 1, 2, & 3 Ram Village 1
Ram Village 5 Taylor Hall (Ram Village 4)
Taylor Hall (Ram Village 4) 
Granville Granville West Lobby

LIVING ON CAMPUS

If you are living on campus, you can complete your ACE registration and pick up your materials in the same location where you picked up your room keys. Once you’ve checked into your room, find the ACE registration table. It is very important that you check-in at the ACE registration table. You will receive your ACE schedule and all other program materials at this time.

If, for some reason, there isn’t an ACE Check-In location in your residence hall community, you can check-in at the ACE Welcome Session in Carroll Hall, Room 111, beginning at noon.

LIVING OFF CAMPUS

If you are living off campus or did not check-in at your residence hall community, you can check in at the ACE Welcome Session in Carroll Hall, Room 111, starting at noon. Please note: Parking is not provided. You may pay to park in the Rams Head Parking Deck ($1.75/hr.).

ATTENDING NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

If you are attending the last New Student Orientation session, you will have the opportunity to check in during the “Achieving Carolina Excellence – 101” Session in Hamilton Hall, Room 100.

AFTER YOU MOVE IN

At 12:30 p.m., the ACE Legacy Leaders will guide students and families from the Student and Academic Services Building (SASB) Plaza to the ACE Opening Session. If you are living off campus, you may also meet Legacy Leaders at SASB Plaza, to be guided to the Opening Session.

ACE 2018 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH
TIME SESSION LOCATION
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ARRIVAL AND MOVE-IN Your Campus Residence Hall
12:30 p.m. Guided Walk to Opening Session SASB Plaza
1 p.m.
ACE WELCOME (Students & Families) Carroll Hall, Room 111
1:30 p.m. ACE GAMES (Student Session) Hamilton Hall, Room 111
FAMILY’S GUIDE TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (Family Session) Carroll Hall, Room 111
3 p.m.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS (Student Session) Hamilton Hall, Room 111
ACHIEVING CAROLINA EXCELLENCE 101 – FAMILY EDITION (Family Session) Carroll Hall, Room 111
4 p.m.
ACHIEVING CAROLINA EXCELLENCE 101 (Student Session)  Hamilton Hall, Room 111
DEAR FAMILY  (Family Session) Carroll Hall, Room 111
5 p.m.
BREAK – parents & families depart at this time
6:30 p.m. Guided Walk to ACE Dinner SASB Plaza
7 p.m.
ACE WELCOME DINNER Carolina Inn, Hill Ballroom

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH
TIME SESSION LOCATION
9:30 a.m. Guided Walk to Session SASB Plaza
10 a.m.
INTRO TO HEEL LIFE Genome, Room G100
10:30 a.m. ACE EXPO Stone Center, Hitchcock Multi-purpose Room
12 noon
LUNCH Genome Breezeway 
12:30 p.m. FROM BEHIND THE PODIUM Genome, Room G100
1:30 p.m. BEYOND CAROLINA Genome, Room G100
2:45 p.m. TAR HEELS TALK Dey Hall 
5 p.m.
BREAK – Dinner on your own
9:30 p.m. Guided Walk to Culture Show SASB Plaza
7 p.m. CULTURE SHOW Stone Center, 103

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH
TIME SESSION LOCATION
9:30 a.m. Guided Walk to Session SASB Plaza
10 a.m.
ACADEMIC ADVISING AND PEER MENTORING BREAKFAST Genome, Room G200
12 noon
SMALL GROUP MEET-UP & FIND YOUR CLASSES Genome
1:30 p.m. Guided Walk to Cookout  SASB Plaza
2 p.m.
ACE COOKOUT Ram Village (1, 2 & 3) Quad

 

DINING

Select meals will be provided to ACE participants: Dinner on Thursday; Lunch on Friday; Breakfast and Cookout on Saturday. 

Lenoir Dining Hall will be open for lunch on Thursday and Friday and other campus eateries will be open at various times. For information about campus dining options, please click here. 

ATTIRE

Attire for all events during ACE is casual. Please refrain from athletic wear.

DETAILS

Join other new students as administrators, staff, and student leaders provide helpful information and share their viewpoints on the Carolina experience.

You must have a ticket to attend the dinner. Tickets will be given out at the end of the Achieving Carolina Excellence 101 student session on Thursday.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Herrison Chicas has shared his storytelling and inspirational poetry gifts to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences across the globe. From Hanover, New Hampshire, to Portobello, Panama, Chicas’ work is widely noted as “truly an experience.”

Chicas has shared the stage with many renowned poets, including Shihan, G Yamazawa, Ed Mabrey, and many more. His work has been featured on major platforms, such as National Public Radio, Univision, and various TED talks, reaching more than 1.5 million people worldwide.

As a slam poet, Chicas is the current Champion of the TEDxUNC Spoken Word Slam, a finalist in Slam Charlotte and Bull City Slam, and a semi-finalist at YouthSpeaks Brave New Voices Poetry Slam, the world’s biggest youth poetry competition.

Chicas graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil in 2013 with a double major in psychology and sociology. During his time at Carolina, he was actively involved in Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated; led the UNC Club Soccer team to the national semi-finals; and co-founded the UNC Wordsmiths on campus! Perhaps his most important feat has been — and continues to be — to uplift the voices of disenfranchised communities, volunteering all four years of his college career at CHispA and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

 

ACE PARENTS & FAMILIES

Parents are welcome to participate in a portion of Achieving Carolina Excellence on Thursday, August 16th. Programming includes the Opening Session, Family’s Guide to Academic Success, Achieving Carolina Excellence 101 – Family Edition, and the Dear Family student panel. After those sessions, parents will have an opportunity to say goodbye prior to departing campus.

Parking is available at Rams Head Parking Deck ($1.75/hr).

ACE PROGRAM MATERIALS

Coming Soon!

ACE FAQs

Where should we go first on August 16th?

Plan to move into your assigned residence hall between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Thursday, August 16th. When you arrive at your residence hall, you will be able to check into your room and ACE simultaneously.

How will I know where to go? Will there be someone to guide me?

There will be Legacy Leaders available to guide students and parents to each ACE session. Please see the schedule above and take note of the times when Legacy Leaders will be escorting students to the session.

What should I bring to the ACE sessions?

You should bring your program and the name tag that you received at check-in, as well as a writing utensil.

Should my parents and family come?

Yes, we have special sessions designed for parents and families on Thursday, August 16th. These sessions are not mandatory.

Will my parents be able to park?

There is no long-term parking at your residence hall. Parents and families may park at Rams Head Parking Deck ($1.75/hr).

Where should I check-in if I am not living on campus?

Check-in will take place at the opening session – see details above.

If I have a scheduling conflict during ACE, what should I do?

Please contact us at ace@unc.edu.

Are the ACE sessions mandatory?

Yes. All ACE sessions are mandatory. However, we can make exceptions where necessary. Please contact us with any known conflicts at ace@unc.edu by August 13th.

Will ACE be providing all of my meals? 

No. ACE provides select meals – please see list above in the Dining Section.