Academic Community Experience (ACE)

ACE is a one-week program designed to make the transition to college as seamless as possible. The program provides a preview of college coursework, campus living and essential skills such as writing and studying techniques that will help students shift gears from high school to college with ease. Students will be among classmates arriving on the Stonehill campus early, meeting professors and making new friends before the fall rush.

Discover Campus Life

Before the entire college community arrives on campus, the ACE program will give students a preview of a new life as a student at Stonehill. They will live in a double room in a residence hall community with other ACE students. Students will share meals with other students, faculty and staff in the Roche Dining Commons and discover the Library, Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, Academic Services and Advising, Career Services and other resources on campus. Most importantly, students will attend classes and workshops in Stonehill’s classrooms and enjoy meeting new people through activities arranged both on and off campus.

As with typical college life, days in the ACE program will include a mix of classes, workshops and structured study time – balanced with plenty of time for fun and relaxation. When the academic year officially begins in August, the extra preparation, experiences and friendships students have gained through ACE will give you the confidence to seize every opportunity your Stonehill education has to offer.

What is the benefit of this extra preparation?

When the first year officially begins, students will hit the ground running, able to engage immediately and fully in both academic and campus life at Stonehill. And, because students will earn college credit through ACE, their course load will be lighter.  The ACE advantage does not end when full time classes begin.  Throughout the first semester, students will meet weekly with an Advisor in order to help support their successful transition to college.