ACES Minor Frequently Asked Questions

The ACES minor is launching in Spring 2016.

Admission

  • Am I eligible for the ACES Minor if I didn’t complete the ACES Living-Learning Program?
    Yes, talented undergraduates with a strong interest in cybersecurity are encouraged to apply to the ACES Minor.
  • Do I have to be an Honors College student to apply to the ACES Minor?
    No. Prior admission to the Honors College is not required. In addition, all students accepted into the ACES Minor are considered Honors College students.
  • Is admission to the ACES Minor competitive?
    Yes. The Honors College requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for consideration, and we anticipate that there will be strong interest in the program.
  • What are the most important factors in the admission process?
    All parts of the application will be considered in the admission process. Students must meet the academic requirement for consideration (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0). In addition, the review committee is particularly interested in the short essay responses, and how applicants are able to articulate their interest in the field. Additional considerations include prior relevant academic coursework, extracurricular activities, and recommendation letters, among other factors.
  • What are the benefits of completing the ACES Minor?
    Students who complete the ACES Minor will be well-rounded cybersecurity professionals who will be more valuable in whichever area of cybersecurity they pursue. The required advanced experiential learning component will assist with professional development, as students will build connections with faculty through research experiences or with local companies through internships.
  • Can I complete the ACES Minor if I’m already completing the cybersecurity track within the Computer Science major?
    Yes. Students are eligible to apply to the ACES Minor regardless of academic major or track.
  • What’s the benefit of completing the ACES Minor if I’m already completing the cybersecurity track in Computer Science or Engineering?
    The ACES program offers many benefits to students, including: access to the ACES lab (containing hardware and software available only to ACES students); the opportunity to participate in the ACES Competition Team with an official coach from the Division of IT; leadership opportunities mentoring ACES Living-Learning Program students, or serving on the ACES Student Board; and professional development and enrichment activities outside the classroom.
  • Is diversity a consideration in the admissions process?
    Yes. We are looking for ACES Minor students who are diverse in many ways—gender, academic major, underrepresented populations, background & experiences, etc.
  • Are there any scholarships for ACES Minor students?
    We are hoping to have established scholarship programs that will assist ACES Minor students, and are actively working toward that goal. Unfortunately at this time there are no scholarships for participation in the ACES Minor.
  • When will I know if I’ve been admitted to the ACES Minor?
    Admission decisions will be communicated electronically during March.

ACES Minor Program Components

  • What’s the difference between the ACES Living-Learning Program and the ACES Minor?
    The ACES Living-Learning Program is a freshman & sophomore living-learning program that is housed in Prince Frederick Hall. The ACES Minor is an academic program of upper-level advanced coursework in cybersecurity. Both programs share the benefits of being part of the Honors College, such as having small course sizes and working with advanced faculty, and of having professional development and educational opportunities outside the classroom. All ACES students also have access to the program facilities in Prince Frederick Hall, including the ACES Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Laboratory.
  • Can I live in Prince Frederick Hall if I’m in the ACES Minor?
    ACES Minor students are welcome to preference Prince Frederick Hall in the housing selection process but placement in the building is not guaranteed since the ACES Minor is not a living-learning program.
  • Will being in the ACES Minor help me find an internship and/or job?
    Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries today. ACES faculty and staff will assist with sharing internship and job opportunities, providing professional development workshops, and exposing students to industry professionals, but we cannot guarantee job placements.
  • If I’m accepted to the ACES Minor, will I work with my current academic advisor or with someone in the ACES program?
    You’ll continue to work with your academic advisor in your major to ensure you’re meeting degree requirements. You’ll also have advising and support from the ACES faculty and staff, who can work with you regarding program requirements, experiential learning, and cybersecurity career options.
  • Are there events or activities outside the classroom for ACES Minor students?
    ACES is a strong community of students interested in cybersecurity. Extracurricular opportunities open to all ACES students include events focused on education and professional development. Frequent seminars, technical talks, field trips, visits with local businesses, and skills workshops are held to both engage students within the professional field of cybersecurity and to provide skills development, ensuring ACES students are well prepared for both internships and jobs.

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