Summer ACE

Frequently Asked Questions

Three USF Summer ACE students studying for their summer classes

Summer ACE is excited to share updates with you as the program takes shape for Summer 2021.  This website was last updated to reflect the most recent information on February 26, 2021.

Below we have broken questions into groupings: Summer Decision, Orientation, Housing, Parking and ACE Specific. Please scroll through to find helpful information.

Summer Decision

● I applied to the fall semester but was accepted to the summer semester. What does this mean?

First, congratulations on being accepted to USF! USF utilizes rolling admissions, meaning the exact entry requirements for a term vary depending on the application date, application file completion date, and the space available in the semester for which the student applied. The fall semester is the most competitive semester. Applicants must meet minimum high school GPA requirements and college placement test scores to be directly admitted into the fall semester. If a student's application does not meet the fall semester requirements, depending on the time the student applied, students will be admitted to start during the summer semester or spring semester as long as their GPA or college placement test scores are competitive. Your offer of admission is contingent upon your enrolling at USF for the summer semester and participation in the Summer ACE program. Once you complete the program, you will transition directly into the fall semester.  All course credits earned in ACE are degree applicable. Please call the USF Office of Admissions for any further explanation about the admissions process at 813-974-3350 or email at

● Will this take all summer? How long is ACE exactly? 

If a student is admitted to the traditional summer term, but not the ACE program, they are expected to attend the entire summer B term, which begins late June. In an attempt to consider Out-of-State high school graduation dates, the ACE program operates on an alternative calendar starting mid-July with move in. Please see our Calendar page for exact dates.

● What are the benefits of enrolling at USF in the summer and specifically the Summer ACE Program?

  • Enhanced assistance in the onboarding process
  • Our renowned #ACEfam faculty who are all excited to offer their courses online
  • Mentors throughout the summer (online) and fall (on campus)
  • Summer programming model and enhanced programming in the fall/spring
  • Consistent support from our office from now through graduation and beyond
  • Remember: Enrolling in summer sessions is a great way to get ahead, lessen your academic load for the fall and spring, or take a prerequisite or pre-professional course.
  • ACE students fulfill six (6) out of the nine (9) summer semester credit requirements

    that are required by ALL first-year students.


● Do I have to come to USF on a specific date for orientation?

  • Students in the ACE program are guaranteed a spot for the Friday, July 9th virtual Orientation date.
  • Our office coordinates with the Office of Orientation to reserve seats for this orientation. This date is included in ACE programming to make your transition convenient. Students should receive updates from the Office of Orientation with details about how to register.
  • Registration for Orientation typically opens in March -  Here is a link to where the magic happens.                                                                                                                                         

● Is Orientation just an ACE thing? Will there be other students attending, who are not in the ACE program?

Orientation is an event, which all new USF students must attend. During the MyOrientation experiences, students will be introduced to USF culture and meet with their academic advisors to discuss their degree sequences and to schedule their fall classes. All ACE students are required to attend Orientation. There will be students, who are not in ACE, also attending this Orientation session.

● Are parents/family required to attend Orientation?

Parents/family are not required to attend Orientation but a parent/family option exists.  Parent and family registrations do cost an additional fee. Here is a link for the Families and Guests Orientation information.

● As an ACE student, do I need to attend a separate Orientation for the fall term?

No, all incoming USF students only need to attend one Orientation. The July 9th Orientation is the official USF new student orientation, and you will be scheduling your fall courses during this session.


● The ACE community is in Poplar Hall, a suite-style residence hall, during the fall and spring. What is a suite-style room and what does it look like?

Suite-style halls offer a balance between independence and convenience. With bathrooms shared only by suitemates, suites provide more privacy than traditional rooms. Each suite consists of two double bedrooms and one bathroom. The hall is single-sex by suite and coed by floor.

Please check out a detailed overview about Poplar Hall, including amenities, room dimensions, pictures, floor plans, etc.

● How many housing applications do ACE students need to fill out?

The easy answer is one.  ACE students have the opportunity to fill out one application that includes fall and spring.  This means only one application fee.  Students completing this option are not required to live in ACE housing during the fall and spring, they can select any available space when doing fall/spring housing assignment selection.  Students who only want to stay on campus during ACE will only fill out the ACE summer application.  Students living off campus during ACE, but moving on campus during fall/spring, will need to fill out the fall/spring application.


● Can I bring a car?

Students may bring a vehicle to campus but are responsible to acquire the appropriate permit through USF Parking and Transportation Services and park in the related lot to their permit type.

● Do I have to bring a car?

The decision on whether or not to bring a car is up to the students and their parents/guardians. Throughout their enrollment at USF, students have access to the USF Bull Runner and Tampa Bay transit system with their USF ID card. There are also other alternative transportation options available to all USF students.

Which parking lots will I be able to park at when I come to campus?

Depending on what permit a student purchases, there are certain parking lots for certain permits. The parking lot in front of Juniper-Poplar Hall is for resident parking and the parking garage next to Juniper-Poplar Hall requires a garage specific permit. Please visit the USF Parking and Transportation Services website for an overview of how different parking permits work at USF. Here is a map with the different parking lots on campus.

ACE Specific

● What are the mentors' roles during ACE?

During the ACE program, students will have two ACE specific mentors whose roles are to ensure and promote the students' safety, summer success, and campus involvement. The mentors will be available to help students with personal as well as academic concerns, as they serve as a guide for the ACE summer experience. All ACE mentors are students who have completed the Summer ACE Program.

● How do I choose classes for ACE?

Deposited students will select their courses via our next steps process through Canvas.  Courses are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  The Summer ACE staff also considers the student's intended major and previous course work earned by the student prior to course placement. 

● What classes are there to choose from?

Summer ACE 2021 offers students a variety of academic courses.  As part of the program, students will enroll in two linked classes (six credits) of General Education course requirements.  All students will enroll in IDS 2378 and a linked student-interest course in which the faculty have been partnering this spring to deliver a fully integrated academic experience.

Visit our Coursework Page

● Do the classes that we are taking this summer satisfy requirements needed for my major?

Yes, ACE coursework will satisfy select major and graduation requirements:

  • Graduation requirement: All students entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit are required to earn at least nine (9) semester hours of credit prior to graduation by attendance during one or more summer semesters in courses offered by USF or any one of the Florida State University System institutions.
  • During ACE, students will be required to take six (6) credits worth of General Education coursework, which will apply towards their degree at USF.

● How many credits are these classes since they are shortened courses?

ACE students will be enrolled full-time for the summer term, which means that they will be taking six credits during the program. These courses will be accelerated and tailored for the length of the program.

● When do we select our classes for fall?

Fall courses will be selected during Orientation with the help of an academic advisor. Academic advisors take into consideration all attempted post-secondary credit which the student attempted in high school. It is important that the students submit their official test scores and post-secondary transcripts to the Office of Admissions to ensure their attempted credits are available for the academic advisor to see.

● How much does it cost to attend ACE?

Here is the break down and estimate of the program.
ACE students can be considered for financial aid by submitting the 2020-2021 FAFSA (for Summer 2021 funding) in addition to the 2021-2022 FAFSA (for Fall/Spring/Summer 2021- 2022).

● What apps should I download that will be most useful for this transition?

Students can download the MyUSF app on the App Store in order to check their USF Bull Bucks balance, assess campus maps, view dining information, track the Bull Runner and more.
The Canvas Student app is also available on the App Storeis also helpful by allowing students to view their courses, assess their grades and assignments, and contact professors.

Ready to get started on your ACE journey? Check out your next steps!