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First Year 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 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:

  • Academic advising with an assigned advisor throughout the first year to assist first year students with the transition from high school to college. 
  • Academic Coaching- Peer Academic coaches provide coaching one-on-one or in a small group setting on topics such as time management, study skills, test taking, financial fitness, presentation skills, as well as coaching in subject matter such as studying for science and math classes. 
  • Early Academic Alert System (EAAS). Faculty refer underperforming students through the myWings grade portal. Academic advisors are able to intervene 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. Students who are not earning at least a “C” grade in coursework are contacted by their assigned academic advisor to determine the issues preventing student success and recommend appropriate support and intervention strategies. 
  • Peer Tutoring in ACE, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Residence Halls 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.
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.