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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 30 semester hours or students at any level who have yet to declare a major. ACE provides 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 New Student 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, 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 for all UNF students. The following ACE retention services include:
  • All freshmen will meet one on one throughout the year with their assigned academic advisor. 
  • Provide students a year of targeted retention strategies including connections with Career Development, Academic Coaching, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and additional resources as needed.
  • Academic Coaching offered one-on-one or for large group workshops on topics such as time management, study skills, test taking, financial fitness, presentation skills. 
  • Teach College Success Skills course that aims to foster a sense of being part of a community, promotes engagement in the academic and social life of UNF, articulates faculty expectations to students, helps students develop critical thinking skills and good learning practices, and helps them continue to clarify their academic and career goals and direction.
  • The Early Academic Alert System (EAAS). 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 business. 
  • Supplemental Instruction collaborative review sessions facilitated by student leaders for historically difficult courses.
  • Workshops for undecided students in conjunction with the Career Services office. 
Visit the ACE website for the latest information on Tutoring, Workshops, Academic Coaching, and Supplemental Instruction. Meet the staff and stay informed on academic policies, updates and academic information in general.