Step 1: Program Overview

How does the program work?

  • ACE Learning Communities offer a combination of three general education courses and a small group, 1-credit integrating seminar (CAS 110: Access to the College Community). Courses are grouped to provide freshmen with an introduction to various academic perspectives while fulfilling graduation requirements. CAS 110 is led by an upperclassman peer mentor who supports freshmen cohorts in their new learning environment. Successful college students themselves, peer mentors assist with the development of successful academic strategies, creation of social and interpersonal networks, and involvement in a variety of campus events. ACE espouses a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to college education. Freshmen who are eager to learn, enthusiastic about making friends while increasing independence, and excited about getting involved will benefit from what ACE has to offer.

What is CAS 110?
CAS 110 is a small group, one-credit integrating seminar in which you meet weekly with your fellow ACE students and your peer mentor. This course receives a letter grade (A-F). Some of the essential components of this seminar include:

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Learning about campus resources
  • Connecting with faculty
  • Exploring different major and career choices
  • Developing successful studying strategies
  • Organizing and completing a service learning project

Throughout the semester, students will submit brief journal reflections and small writing assignments. As part of their career exploration project, students will have the opportunity to share a short presentation on a career area of their choice.
In addition, out-of-class activities will be offered to help students get to know one another better. Many ACE students elect to form study groups and attend faculty office hours and tutoring sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are guided electives?
In accordance with UH Manoa’s “Do It In Four” Campaign, each learning community should amount to 15 credits. Since learning communities take up approximately ¾ of a full-time schedule, guided electives are suggested courses, based on major-relevance and graduation requirements, that should be added following ACE enrollment.

Follow the steps below to complete ACE and guided elective registration:

  • Select a learning community pertinent to your intended major.
  • Register for the learning community via our website.
  • After 48 hours, register for your guided electives through Star.

2. Do I have to take placement exams?
To learn more about placement exams for Chemistry, Math, and foreign languages, please click on this link and/or contact the individual departments.

UH Manoa Placement Exams: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/records/register/place_exams/

3. How do I register for the learning community classes?
Once you have been accepted into an ACE learning community, we will register you for those classes. Seats in these classes have already been reserved. After you receive a confirmation letter, you are guaranteed admittance into the classes, except in cases where placement is required; students will not be officially admitted into learning communities with “Placement required” classes until they have received placement.

4. Is there a wait list?
No. Acceptance into learning communities and Freshman Seminar courses are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes fill fast; register online today!

5. Can I choose the day and time of the classes in the clusters? 
No. Seats have been reserved for the learning communities only in the sections we have indicated.

6. Do I have to take all of the classes in the learning community cluster?
Yes. A learning community needs to have all the students taking the same classes, under the same instructor, with the same assignments, due dates, and classmates. Learning community students have the most success when they are in the same situation and face the same challenges.

7. Do I have to join a learning community?
No. Learning communities are optional. However, there are multiple benefits for enrolling in our learning communities:

  • Registering for classes through our learning communities guarantees you a seat in each of the classes
  • Learning communities meet once a week with a peer mentor, that will assist you in accessing campus resources and adjusting to your first year of college
  • Classes are taken with the other members of your learning community, building rapport and establishing a basis to succeed academically
  • Learning community sets you on track for a 4-year graduation, by providing you with courses that fulfill graduation requirements and prerequisites for your specific major

8. When can I register?
May 13 – May 19

Continue to STEP 2 to see the different learning communities (clusters) offered: