ACE Program: What to Expect

Welcome to the University Residence Halls at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, your new home for academic excellence, lifelong friends, and incredible experiences.

About the University of Wisconsin–Madison

The top-ranked University of Wisconsin-Madison is situated near the Wisconsin State Capitol. According to the 2014-15 Open Doors Report, UW–Madison is among the top 25 U.S. universities with the largest number of international students during the traditional academic calendar year. UW–Madison is committed to helping students make significant achievements in the world through the lessons they learn both inside and outside of the classroom.

The experienced instructors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will help you learn formal English as well as the informal language you’ll use in everyday conversations. You will also meet with university representatives who will help you understand what it takes to succeed at an American university.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently ranked Madison as the fourth safest city in America, and both the city and the university are strongly committed to safety. University Police officers make frequent visits to the residence halls and other campus buildings; they are a friendly and welcome presence. Of course, you should use common-sense precautions during the program.

All residence hall exterior doors contain an electronic locking system, and the buildings are monitored by security cameras. Doors are locked at all times, and no one is allowed in without a UW–Madison ID card. Students are issued room keys upon checking in, and they are asked to account for their whereabouts after 7pm by signing in and out of the residence hall.

Parents and guardians are allowed in the residence halls only during check-in and checkout, when they are helping students move.

May I check into the residence hall before the check-in dates, or check out after the checkout dates?

It is not possible to check in early or check out late. It is possible to leave the night before checkout by following the standard overnight sign-out procedure.

If I am late for check-in, where should I go?

Go to the front desk. A university staff member will be there to assist you.

Can I be away from the residence hall overnight?


Is there a curfew for students staying in the residence halls?

The curfew for ACE students is 11pm, unless they are participating in a supervised activity. This curfew is strictly observed, and students who do not abide by it will be dismissed from the program.

Are the residence halls air-conditioned?


Are there telephones in the rooms?

The rooms are not equipped with phones.

Where should my mail and/or packages be sent during the program?

Send the items to:
Summer Program for High School Students
Madison, WI 53705

For best delivery times, students are encouraged to send mail via UPS or FedEx.

Who are the resident advisors?

Live-in resident advisors are undergraduate and graduate students representing universities all over the United States. They have demonstrated a strong interest in working with secondary-school students and have completed intensive training. In addition to supervising ACE students in the residence halls, resident advisors lead extracurricular activities.

The ratio of students to resident advisors is approximately 10 to 1.

What is the schedule for the dining hall?

Meals are served three times a day, seven days a week, according to the following schedule:

Breakfast: 7:45-8:45am
Lunch: 12:30-1:30pm
Dinner: 6-7pm

Are there vegetarian and vegan meal options?

The meal plan features a wide variety of food that is served cafeteria-style. Vegetarian and vegan options are included.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on the UW–Madison campus.

Do ACE participants have access to campus facilities?

ACE participants have access to the university’s classrooms, on-campus cafes, libraries, computer labs, fitness centers, the campus bus, and the student activities center. They do not have library borrowing privileges.

Is there access to computers and wireless Internet?

ACE students have access to computer clusters and laboratories throughout the campus. These facilities range from informational kiosks to high-end workstations. Most residence halls have their own computer labs.

Working in the labs after curfew is not allowed, so it may be useful to bring a smartphone or tablet. Most of the campus, including the residence halls, has wireless access.

Are there accommodations for students with disabilities?

The university provides a full range of services and accommodations to assist students with disabilities. Upon acceptance into the ACE Program, students seeking assistance should contact the Disability Resource Center.

Disability Resource Center

Are there ATMs on campus?


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