Who is this event geared toward?

This event is geared toward prospective students who want to learn more about the majors, resources, and programs available through the College of ACES. Explore ACES is designed to provide students in middle school and high school the opportunity to discover all of the opportunities available in ACES through hands-on Experiences, interactive booths, and informational tables. 

*If you have already been admitted to the university, there will be an Admitted Student Day program on Saturday, March 9th. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Office of Academic Programs at (217) 333-3380. 

When I arrive at Explore ACES, where should I start?

It is recommended that attendees begin at the ACES Library, Alumni, and Information Center, which is located south of the main quad. There, you will receive a program complete with a map and event schedule. The ACES Library also houses departmental booths, housing options, honors program information, and food trucks.

What is an Experience?

Experiences are your opportunity to participate in 30-minute, interactive activities designed to learn more about each of the majors offered through the College of ACES. There will be different Experiences offered throughout the day at 10:00, 11:00, 1;00, and 2:00. You can select the Experiences that fit your interests and discover what may be in store for your future!

Will there be guided tours of the ACES quad?

Yes! ACES students will be leading tours every half hour starting at 9:30am, with the last tour starting at 2:00 pm. Tours will meet in the atrium of ACES Library and will last approximately 20 minutes.

I want to see the main quad also. Will there be University-wide tours?

Explore ACES staff will not be conducting guided tours of the main campus, but feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information on campus tours. Visit admissions.illinois.edu/Visit/campus-visits. If you have additional time after visiting Explore ACES, you can do a self-guided campus tour, found here.

Are there any residence halls we can visit?

Of course! You can find a list of Residence Halls with available tours here.

Will I be assigned a guide to show me around at Explore ACES?

Explore ACES is a self-guided event that allows you to pick and choose which experiences or exhibits you wish to visit. This format allows participants to spend more time in specific areas of interest. Once you have seen everything you wish to see, feel free to explore the rest of the main campus!

Is there anywhere to eat during Explore ACES?

Explore ACES will have food trucks in the circle drive of the ACES Library on Friday. A full menu is posted on the trucks. The Bevier Café, located on the second floor of Bevier Hall, will also be open Friday morning and afternoon.

Can I meet College of ACES professors at Explore ACES?

Professors from every department will be on campus both days. Many of them will be in the Heritage Room of the ACES Library at departmental booths.