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Access College and Excel (ACE)


What is the ACE program?

The Access College and Excel(ACE) Scholar Program is a collaborative effort between USAA and the University of Texas at San Antonio designed to provide access to higher education for seniors from Brackenridge, Fox Tech, Jefferson, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston, Edison, and McCollum. The program promotes academic success for ACE Scholars through a variety of programs including learning communities, tutoring, and individual advising.

What are the advantages for ACE program participants?

Students are given individualized advising, tutoring and supplemental instruction to help sharpen the academic skills necessary to succeed in college.

Do I receive any financial assistance from the ACE program?

Yes, all students who have been accepted into the program receive a $2000.00 scholarship for the 2 academic years disbursed over four semesters.

Do I need to have a certain GPA in High School to qualify for the program?

Yes, all students wishing to be considered for the program need to have at least a 2.5 high school GPA {on a 4.0 point scale}.

Can I apply to the ACE program once I have been accepted and have completed a semester at UTSA?

No, the ACE program is designed for all students who are currently a high school senior and who are enrolling into UTSA for the first time.

Is there a certain campus that I need to attend?

All ACE students are required to attend the Downtown Campus.

How many hours do I need to take while enrolled at UTSA?

All students in the ACE program will be required to take 12 college level hours.

What kind of help can I get to improve my study skills?

All ACE students will be enrolled in the College Success Seminar, which is designed to help students enhance their study skills and promote their success at UTSA.

Where can I obtain an application?

Download the application: 2012 ACE Application

Who do I need to contact to get more information?

Olga Paolucci
ACE/SSP Program Coordinator