URBANA, Ill. – High school students can learn more about the University of Illinois’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at Explore ACES. The event will be held Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Explore ACES, a student-run event, introduces both prospective and admitted students to ACES faculty, academic offerings, and student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research, and student development opportunities. Students can also learn about study-abroad programs, how ACES graduates are using their degrees, and tips on applying for more than $2.5 million in scholarships within the College of ACES.
“Explore ACES is the ultimate opportunity to learn more about the college, especially if you are a soon-to-be high school graduate or transfer student interested in finishing a bachelor’s degree,” said Jason Emmert, ACES assistant dean of academic programs.
Although prospective and admitted students are the target audience for Explore ACES, parents are also encouraged to attend. A reception for admitted students will be held in 180 Bevier Hall to complete Saturday’s events.
“Deciding where to attend college is one of the most important choices students will ever make, and it is incredibly helpful for prospective students and parents to tour the campus, talk to faculty and staff, and perhaps, most important, connect with current ACES students,” Emmert said.
Many current students themselves attended Explore ACES during high school to learn what the college has to offer.
"Explore ACES gave me the advantage of seeing what was offered at the University of Illinois in so many different ways,” said Sydney Mumm, a current freshman in agricultural and consumer economics. “I was able to learn about the different majors and concentrations and also discover the countless study-abroad opportunities. Explore ACES granted me an abundance of beginner’s knowledge of what life would be like for me as a student at U of I."