The UC San Diego Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES) Program is a two year program that engages and supports highly motivated engineering students from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds. ACES focuses on enhancing student success in their chosen engineering major through admission to the Summer Engineering Institute, faculty mentorship, a collaborative peer support community, and additional academic enrichment.

ACES Offers Students

  • Summer Engineering Institute - Get a jumpstart on the academic career with no- or low-cost admission to UC San Diego’s 5-week Summer Engineering Institute (SEI). ACES students will attend SEI the summer immediately before their freshman year. As part of SEI, ACES students will:
    • Earn 6 credits towards their engineering degree, including participating in Engineering 10: Fundamentals of Engineering Applications. This hands-on course allows students to develop and apply mathematical skills while working in teams to solve practical engineering problems.
    • Receive support in making the transition from high school to the rigors of a university-level engineering curriculum, such as coaching on study skills and habits necessary to succeed in engineering. SEI also provides an introduction to living on campus and familiarizes students with the UC San Diego campus.
    • Begin forming a peer network.
  • Faculty mentorship - A key component of the ACES program is faculty mentorship. ACES students are partnered with faculty mentors with whom they meet throughout the year in one-on-one and group sessions. Faculty mentors provide guidance as well as an introduction to engineering research
  • Collaborative Peer Support Community - Each ACES cohort is made up of roughly 25 students that act as a peer support community. ACES students will attend socials and formal study groups with their ACES peers creating a supportive environment where they can develop confidence, strengthen study skills, learn the value of collaborative study, and establish lifelong friendships.
  • Academic Enrichment – ACES students have access to additional academic enrichment opportunities and support services such as guaranteed placement in Engineering Learning Communities, access to professional and skill-building workshops, and one-on-one mentoring with ACES staff and Jacobs School students.

ACES Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the ACES Program you must be:

  • An incoming freshman at UC San Diego in an Engineering major
  • A US citizen or US permanent legal resident
  • Eligible for financial aid
  • Highly motivated to complete a engineering degree

Important Dates

ACES Application Opens: May 1st, 2017

ACES Application Deadline: May 28th, 2017

Apply for Financial Aid: Now!

  • Apply for financial aid for the academic year (2017-2018) if you haven’t already done so.
  • Apply for financial aid to attend the 2017 Summer Engineering Institute by completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.


Jessica Baldis
Academic Success Coordinator