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A Commitment to Diversity

The College of ACES organizes several programs to target traditionally underserved groups underrepresented in the food and agricultural sciences.

Developing Future Leaders

Diverse students with ACES degrees have skills needed to transform the culture within public and private organizations.

Graduate Education

Creating a pool of diverse people with advanced degrees to solve tomorrow’s complex global problems.

Valuing Differences

Engaging all ACES students in learning activities and programs that promote multiculturalism and pluralism.

How to Apply

Pre-College Programs

Research Apprentice Program I

RAP I: 4-week team based  science experience for sophomores through seniors

USDA Ag Discovery Program: For HS students interested in animals and environment

Research Apprentice Program II

RAP II: a 7-week math & science lab experience for rising HS juniors & seniors focused on STEM careers in the food, human and environmental sciences.


Young Scholars Program

A summer and first year academic experience provided for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Learn more about YSP...

The Imagine ACES Experience

This experience allows high school students to make Illinois a one week campus visit, meet students and faculty, and see classrooms and labs,  Learn more...

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Meet Real ACES Students

Kelsey Sauder Kelsey Sauder

I wasn’t able to receive much financial aid, so being able to receive a merit-based scholarship has helped me afford tuition.

Read more student experiences.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Mentor and mentee ACES participation in The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Summer Research Opportunities Program offer undergraduate students opportunities to prepare for graduate studies.