Students interested in the U of I find their place at ExplorACES

January 30, 2014
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URBANA, Ill. – ExplorACES at the University of Illinois on March 14 and 15 will spotlight the wide-ranging opportunities in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The two-day student-run event is designed to help students who are interested in attending U of I learn more about what ACES has to offer.

Prospective and admitted students can learn more about ACES faculty, academic offerings, and the myriad of student organizations. More than 125 exhibits showcase academics, research, and student development. Students can also find out more about study-abroad programs, how to apply for nearly $2 million in scholarships, and where a degree in ACES may lead in the job market.

“ExplorACES 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 ExplorACES, parents are also encouraged to attend.

“Deciding where to attend college is one of the most important decisions students will ever make, and it is incredibly helpful for prospective students and parents to see the campus, talk to faculty and staff, and perhaps, most important, connect with current ACES students,” Emmert said.

Many current students themselves attended ExplorACES during high school to learn what ACES offers.

“ExplorACES gave me hands-on experiences in all of the ACES departments while also letting me meet professors and current students,” said ACES sophomore Kendall Herren. “The endless opportunities in ACES, including research, internships, and study-abroad trips, are inspirational.”

More than 2,000 students will attend ExplorACES on Friday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A reception for admitted students at the Student Dining and Residential Programs Building will complete Saturday’s events. 

Free parking and a free shuttle service to the ACES campus are provided at parking lot E-14, just west of the Assembly Hall.

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