Summer ACE

USF Summer ACE

ace students participating in summer activities

Welcome to Summer ACE at USF!

The Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement Program (ACE) is designed to facilitate a purposeful transition from high school to college for incoming first-year students. The ACE program offers specialized academics, community building, and campus engagement experiences.

As an ACE student at the University of South Florida, you will experience exclusive opportunities for cultural immersion and hands-on learning, which will prepare you for your USF journey by demonstrating skills and knowledge you can utilize throughout your college career!

The Summer ACE program is focused on individualized student success. Our support for students begins as we work with the Office of Admissions and Office of Orientation to help you prepare to become part of the USF community. ACE students have the opportunity to build close connections with classmates and faculty through small classes, the Summer ACE program housing and residential experience, campus events and activities, and peer mentoring. The Summer ACE program is your chance to start "Running with the Bulls" as you take part in this one-of-a-kind learning experience!

Some unique elements of ACE include:

  • Enhanced assistance in the onboarding process
  • Small classes (Summer term) with individualized attention from your hand-picked faculty
  • Collaborative academic experience and hands-on learning opportunities
  • Community Engaged Learning experiences throughout the Tampa Bay included throughout the summer courses (transportation provided)
  • One-on-one peer mentoring support throughout the summer program and beyond
  • Holistic summer programming model focused on goal setting, wellness, and getting involved on campus
  • Consistent support from the Summer ACE team throughout your time at USF and post-graduation career
  • Opportunities for campus and Tampa Bay community engagement including social, academic, leadership, and service experiences


Join us for our optional webinars on Monday March 18th, Thursday April 4, or Wednesday April 17 at 6pm eastern standard time for a virtual information session about the Summer ACE program. 

ARE YOU Ready to get started on your Summer ACE journey?

  1. Apply to the University of South Florida using the USF application.
  2. Already admitted to USF?
    • Congratulations! We encourage you toreview your next steps. If you have questions or need more information, please contact our team directly!