The ACES Living-Learning Program policies regarding academics, experiential learning, and program residency are linked below. Current students may consult these policies regarding the requirements of the program. Please contact ACES Leadership with any additional questions.

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.


Students must complete 15 credits to earn the ACES LLP citation. These credits are composed of three foundational courses (HACS100, HACS101 & HACS200), six credits of ACES seminars (HACS208) and 3 credits of experiential learning (HACS279/287/297). All classes must be completed with a “C-“ grade or better. Students must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA in order to receive their Honors citation. Per Honors College policy, if students do not have a 3.2 cumulative GPA at the time citation course requirements are completed, they will not earn their citation in that semester, but will be awarded the Honors citation in a future semester if their cumulative GPA raises to 3.2 or above.

The ACES LLP also requires students to complete a program exit survey. Completion of the survey in the semester students finish their 15 required credits is necessary to earn the Honors citation.

Repeat Policy

The Honors College Course Repeat Policy applies to all courses across the Honors College living and learning programs (LLPs). The ACES LLP Leadership may grant an exception allowing a course to be repeated in rare, extenuating circumstances after consultation with the Honors College Executive Director. Honors seminars (HONR courses), which are open to all Honors College students, are not repeatable. These courses are seat limited, one-time offerings or offered for a limited time and therefore are often not available for re-enrollment. Other LLP courses are regularly offered, however they are cohort-specific and sequential and are not designed for reenrollment. In rare circumstances, a student may be allowed to repeat a course with the next cohort. In this case, the University Repeat Policy regarding how both final grades will be calculated in to the GPA will prevail. There are guidelines regarding GPA calculations based upon when the original course was taken and for how many credits. Students are advised to consult the undergraduate catalog for their matriculation year or meet with an academic advisor for more information. Course catalogs can be accessed on-line via the Office of the Registrar and clicking on Catalog-Undergraduate.

Honors College Warning and ACES Probation

Students who fall below a 3.0 cumulative GPA anytime while completing the ACES LLP are placed on Honors College warning. Students placed on Honors College warning are also considered to be on probation with the ACES LLP. If a student’s cumulative GPA remains below a 3.0, the student will be denied registration access to Honors seminars (HONR courses) and ACES seminars (HACS208 courses) in future semesters’ registration. It is possible for the ACES LLP Leadership to grant registration overrides for students on probation, on a case-by-case basis, to allow students to remain on track with sequenced course requirements.

Students placed on probation will be required to meet with ACES LLP Leadership within the first two weeks of the next semester and as scheduled throughout the semester. After two semesters of probation, students who have not raised their cumulative GPA to a 3.0 will be dismissed from the ACES LLP.


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 ACES LLP also 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. The Honors College is an intellectual community that engages high-achieving undergraduates to pursue knowledge in an atmosphere of honesty and trust. Students found responsible for a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity by the Student Honor Council, receiving an "XF" or worse, will be dismissed from the Honors College, including their living-learning program. Students dismissed from the ACES LLP will also be removed from the program’s Prince Frederick Hall housing list and will not be eligible to live on ACES LLP floors in future semesters.

Students who have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA but are dismissed from the ACES LLP due to failure to maintain academic expectations may be allowed to continue their Honors College experience in the University Honors Program, after appropriate review.

In addition, we expect that students are good citizens of the ACES LLP. This means that we expect that students will attend talks and participate in events outside the classroom, arranged by ACES and the Honors College. Sometimes these events occur in the evenings and on weekends. These events are essential to the students’ intellectual and professional development, and provide opportunities to network, make connections with industry professionals, and interact with the larger Honors College community.


may request to be reviewed to continue in the University Honors Program if they so choose. Credits previously earned in the ACES LLP may be applied toward the "Honors College Citation: University Honors Program" notation on their transcript. When a student has determined that it is necessary to withdraw from the program the student should:

  •  Contact the ACES LLP Leadership
  •  Withdraw from all registered ACES LLP courses
  •  Complete the ACES LLP Exit Survey

Students who withdraw from the University of Maryland are automatically withdrawn from the ACES LLP.


Students who either withdraw from the University of Maryland or transfer to another institution are also 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 may contact the Honors College to request consideration to participate in the University Honors Program upon re-enrollment.

Students who take a leave of absence from the university in good standing 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.

Early Completion

Assuming all requirements are met, ACES LLP students may earn their Honors 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 completion timeline, including the 15 credit curriculum and program exit survey.

Experiential Learning Component

The ACES Living-Learning Program (ACES LLP) requires three credits of experiential learning as part of the 15 credit curriculum to earn the ACES citation. Three course options are available to complete these credits:

  • HACS279 Undergraduate Research in Cybersecurity, 1-3 credits
  • HACS287 Undergraduate Research in Cybersecurity, 3 credits
  • HACS297 Cybersecurity Experience Reflection, 3 credits

The University of Maryland considers one credit of experience to be equal to 45 hours; therefore students must complete a total of 135 experiential hours of research or internship. HACS297 is a reflections course that allows participants to reflect on an internship experience; the internship experience itself must be 135 experiential hours.


The ACES LLP experiential learning requirement may be completed either during an academic year or during a summer. In order to complete the citation requirements on time students should plan to complete the course credits by the end of the summer following their sophomore year.

HACS279, 287, and 297 are typically all available during the summer term. HACS279 and 287 are available during the summer when the research mentor is available to supervise during that session. HACS297 is offered as an online version during the summer, meeting once per week during the evening hours to accommodate students’ internship schedules. HACS297 may not be available during the summer, or may be canceled, if minimum enrollment is not met.

Students completing experiences the summer before enrolling at the University of Maryland may request that the internship hours count for experiential learning as long as it meets all other program requirements, is approved by the ACES LLP Leadership and they are able to complete HACS297 reflecting on that experience in a subsequent semester.


All experiences must be approved by the ACES Leadership. Experiences must be related to cybersecurity and fulfill the hour requirement. Confirmation of the experience’s relation to cybersecurity and of the hours completed must be received from the student’s supervisor.

Examples of past approved experiences include:

  • Internships off campus (Northrop Grumman, NSA, NIST, Google, Parsons, etc.)
  • Internships on campus (Division of Information Technology)
  • Research experiences with UMD faculty
  • Summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) programs at other universities
  • Participation on the ACES Competition Team*
  • Cybersecurity outreach programs with ACES Leadership (summer camp TAs, CyberPatriot coaches, etc.)

*Participation on the ACES Competition Team may be counted toward the experiential learning requirement, however, there is a cap on the number of hours that may be applied. Students participating on the Competition Team may use up to 45 hours toward their total 135 required experiential learning hours. Competition Team hours must be documented via attendance lists and the advisor’s verification of the student’s active participation on the team. Competition Team participation hours may be combined with other experiences to reach the total 135 required hours in order to be eligible to reflect on it during HACS297.

HACS279 and HACS287 Undergraduate Research in Cybersecurity 

Students who intend to complete research with a UMD faculty member may register for either HACS279 or HACS287 to receive research credits. In order to register for either class students must complete a project proposal. The project proposal describes the project, the planned schedule for the semester, the student’s role, and other details. The ACES LLP Leadership will review the proposal and, if approved, grant permission for the student to register for the appropriate course section.

The proposal must be submitted within the first week of the semester in which credit is to be earned. Students should contact ACES LLP Leadership to receive details on completing the proposal.

HACS279 is available for 1-3 credits per semester and is intended for students who plan to complete credits across multiple semesters. HACS287 is 3 credits and is intended for students who plan to complete all 135 hours in one semester. HACS287 is approved for Scholarship in Practice General Education credit.

During the semester there are no course meetings, but students work directly with their faculty mentor to attend project meetings and complete the required hours. Students must submit a mid-semester report to ACES LLP Leadership with updates on the project and progress, as well as a final professional paper detailing accomplishments, challenges, and conclusions. The student’s final grade is assigned by their faculty mentor.

HACS297 Cybersecurity Experience Reflection

Students who intend to complete their experiential learning hours through any activity other than on campus research (including internships, competition team, outreach programs, etc.) will complement their experience hours by taking HACS297 (3 credits). HACS297 meets once a week (online during the summer) and course content includes reflecting on 10 or more aspects of the cybersecurity experience as well as facilitating sharing so students may learn from each other’s experiences. Students may complete HACS297 following the completion of their 135 hours or concurrently with their internship or other experience so long as the 135 hours are completed before the conclusion of the course.

In order to gain permission to register for HACS297 students should contact ACES LLP Leadership. Students will be asked to provide details on their experience hours to confirm they’re eligible for HACS297 and will then be granted permission to enroll. Students must contact ACES LLP Leadership by the end of the first week of classes in which they plan to enroll.


The ACES Living-Learning Program (ACES LLP) is housed in Prince Frederick Hall. Opened in August 2014, Prince Frederick Hall is the newest residence hall on campus at the University of Maryland. Six floors of student living space include both traditional rooms (1-2 students per room with shared hall bathroom) and semi-suites (a shared space for 4 students including 2 bedrooms and bathroom). Each residential floor includes a study lounge, a social lounge, and laundry room.

The program wing of the building includes a Seminar Room and the Robert Brammer Multipurpose Room, two spaces that are used for program classes and extracurricular events. The ground floor of the program wing includes office space for program leadership and the Northrop Grumman ACES Cybersecurity Lab, a secure lab that ACES students may access 24/7.

Prince Frederick Hall also houses the Design Cultures and Creativity Honors College program and Department of Resident Life staff offices.

Residential Requirement

The 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. The citation is typically completed by the end of sophomore year, so students typically live in Prince Frederick Hall for their first two years on campus.


A student can withdraw from the ACES Program at any time, but only in accordance with the prevailing transfer policy of the Honors College. The Department of Resident Life will be notified of students who withdraw from ACES and their housing assignments may be adjusted. Students who withdraw during the academic year would not typically be moved out of the building during that academic year, but they would no longer be guaranteed to be able to return to the building in future semesters.

Early Completion

Assuming all requirements are met, ACES LLP students may earn their 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 oftheir 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 completion timeline, including the 15 credit curriculum and program exit survey.

Late Completion

Students who do not complete the ACES LLP citation requirements with their cohort, that is, within two years, may continue in the program after consulting with ACES LLP Leadership. The residential requirement is waived for students who enroll in ACES LLP courses beyond their sophomore year. Please note that, in accordance with the Department of Resident Life policy, no student who continues past the second year will have priority for housing in Prince Frederick Hall. Any student planning to extend the coursework beyond two years should meet with the ACES LLP Leadership to discuss their plans.


Exceptions to the ACES LLP Residential Policy are granted in very rare, extenuating circumstances after consultation with the Honors College and the Department of Resident Life. Students wishing to request an exception should contact the ACES LLP Leadership.

Junior and Senior Years

After completing the citation requirements students no longer have priority to live in Prince Frederick Hall, but do have the option to apply to return to the building through the Department of Resident Life’s room selection process. There is no guarantee that housing in Prince Frederick Hall will be available for students who have completed the ACES LLP.

The Department of Resident Life assigns highest priority for on campus housing to first-time freshmen and students returning to campus for their second year. Students in their third year and beyond may be placed in a housing lottery or waitlist system. However, Honors College students are exempted from the lottery or waitlist with pre-approved housing status, meaning they may receive on campus housing for their third year and beyond. More information regarding on campus housing availability and exemptions can be found through the Department of Resident Life.