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Freshman and Sophomore Academic Advising

Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides professional academic advising for all incoming students including transfer students who have less than 60 semester hours. ACE provides freshmen and sophomore students with specially trained academic advisors to assist students in identifying and working towards their academic goals. First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students are required to attend Freshman Orientation prior to enrolling in their first term at UNF. Special arrangements may be made for out-of-state or out-of-country students by contacting the Center at (904) 620-1012. 

In addition to academic advising for freshmen and sophomore students, ACE offers a plethora of first year programs designed to ease students’ transition from high school to college, provide fundamental academic skills as well as offering a variety of academic support services. The following ACE retention programs are FREE for UNF students and include:

  • All freshmen will meet one on one throughout the year with their assigned academic advisor.
  • Provide at risk students a year of targeted retention strategies including connections with Career Development, Study Skills, tutoring and additional resources as needed.
  • Teach College Success Skills courses focusing on areas of student need which include Critical Thinking Skills, Essay Writing, Financial Responsibility, Memory Tips, Motivation, Note Taking Tips, Reading Strategies, Study Tips, Success Strategies, Test Anxiety, and Time Management. These workshops are geared towards developing positive learning habits, designing effective study techniques, exploring different learning strategies and reinforcing relevant knowledge.
  • The Early Academic Progress Program (EAPP). Faculty refer underperforming students through an on line system to academic advisors in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). By alerting advising staff to students in academic distress early in the semester advisors are able to intervene with the student to determine areas of concern and provide appropriate assistance and/or connect students to additional support resources if necessary. Advisors provide feedback to faculty regarding each student referred. 
  • Mid-term grade reports for freshmen alert advising staff to students who are not earning at least a “C” grade in coursework. Advising staff intervenes with the student to determine why the student is not being successful and identifies alternatives, options and or behavior changes to increase the student’s opportunity to be successful.
  • Peer tutoring in a variety of disciplines with heavy emphasis on math, the natural sciences and writing. 
  • Workshops for undecided students in conjunction with the Career Services office.

Visit the ACE website for the latest information on Tutoring and College Success Skills workshop schedules. Meet the staff and stay informed on academic policies, updates and academic information in general.