To earn an ACES Citation, students must complete 15 credits of ACES coursework and maintain satisfactory academic progress as delineated in the Undergraduate Catalog. The credits are composed of six credits of foundation courses (HACS100, HACS101, and HACS200), six credits of ACES seminars (HACS208), and three credits of experiential learning (HACS287 or HACS297). All classes must be completed with a "C-" grade or better. Students must have a cumulative 3.2 GPA in order to earn their Honors College citation. If a student does not have a 3.2 cumulative GPA at the time course requirements are completed, they will not earn their citation in that semester, but will be awarded the citation in a future semester if their cumulative GPA raises to 3.2 or above.
Students enrolled in the ACES Living-Learning Program (ACES LLP) are required to abide by policies set by the University of Maryland, the Honors College, and the ACES Program.
The Honors College repeat policy applies to all courses across the Honors College living-learning programs (LLPs). ACES Leadership may grant an exception allowing a course to be repeated in rare, extenuating circumstances. In this case, the University Repeat Policy regarding how both final grades will be calculated into the GPA will prevail.
Students who are in good standing with the Honors College may apply to transfer from their current HC LLP to any other program within the Honors College. Students should note that LLP program space is limited, therefore transfer approval is also based on availability. For more information, visit the Honors College's academic policies.
Students may withdraw from the ACES LLP at any time. When a student has determined that it is necessary to withdraw from the program the student should:
- Meet with the ACES Associate Director
- Withdraw from all ACES LLP courses. If this occurs after the drop/add deadline, students will receive a "W" for withdrawing from a course
- Complete the LLP withdrawal form
Students who withdraw from the University of Maryland are automatically withdrawn from the ACES LLP.
If a student withdraws or transfers to another institution but then re-enrolls at the University of Maryland in a future semester, the student is not eligible to return to the ACES LLP.
Students who take a leave of absence from the university in good standing with the Honors College and the University of Maryland may return to the ACES LLP upon their return to the University of Maryland. Depending on the timing of the leave of absence, students may need to rejoin the program in a later cohort and housing in Prince Frederick Hall may not be guaranteed. All reinstatement requests are reviewed by the ACES LLP Leadership on a case-by-case basis.
Assuming all requirements are met, ACES LLP students may earn their ACES LLP Citation early, that is, before the end of their sophomore year. If this occurs, students have the option to continue to live in Prince Frederick Hall for the remainder of their sophomore year and continue to participate in the program events and community. All ACES requirements must be met in order to earn the citation, regardless of the completion timeline.
GPA and Academic Requirements
The minimum GPA for students to remain in good standing in the Honors College is a 3.0 cumulative. If students drop below a 3.0 cumulative GPA, they will be required to meet with the Associate Director of the ACES Program. Failure to schedule and attend this meeting will result in a student being dismissed from the program.
Additionally, the ACES LLP follows the university of Maryland's academic policies regarding satisfactory progress in a program of study. Earning a grade lower than a "C-" in any of the ACES courses will result in a student being dismissed from the program.
The Honors College is an intellectual community that engages high-achieving undergraduates in the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of honest and trust. We support the University's commitment to academic honesty and responsibility. Students are responsible for upholding UMD's Code of Academic Integrity. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity, please contact the Office of Student Conduct. The ACES LLP reserves the right to dismiss a student found in violation of the University's Student Code of Conduct and/or the Code of Academic Integrity.
Progress Toward Citation Completion
Students will be officially dismissed from the ACES LLP if they have not made adequate attempts to complete the ACES LLP.
Students must take foundation courses (HACS100, HACS101, and HACS200) in sequential order over their first three semesters in the LLP. Course rosters are reviewed each semester to ensure this requirement is met.
Additionally, after students reach their third year and have not made adequate attempts to complete the citation by finishing the total 15 credit requirement they will enter a two-semester probationary period. ACES staff will prompt students with emails during the two-semester probationary period regarding their commitment to finishing the program. it is the student's responsibility to immediately follow up regarding these communications. An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis for students who stay in contact with the program staff and are committed to finishing the citation.
ACES LLP Leadership believes that community is an integral part of our students' experiences in the program. As a result, all living-learning program students are required to live in Prince Frederick Hall while completing the ACES LLP citation requirements (2 years). Please note that, in accordance with Department of Residence Life policy, no student who continues past the second year will have priority for housing in Prince Frederick Hall.
The Department of Residence Life will be notified of students who withdraw or are dismissed from the ACES LLP and their housing assignment may be adjusted at any time resulting in removal from Prince Frederick Hall.