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Academic Collegiate Enhancement (ACE)

Lower level of the West Dining Center

Academic Collegiate Enhancement (ACE) is a free academic support program available to all enrolled undergraduate students. Whether you would like help with homework, tips on studying for an exam, or strategies for taking notes, ACE can help you achieve your academic goals.

How can ACE help me?

ACE provides drop-in, group, peer tutoring.  Tutors are available to help you in a variety of subjects, including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering courses, Math, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, and many others.

ACE also provides a variety of quiet study spaces that are conducive to focused learning.

ACE tutors and professional staff are able to help you refine your study skills and find additional resources on campus. 

Who are ACE tutors?

ACE tutors are undergraduate students who have been enrolled at NDSU for at least one semeste, have a cumulative GPA above 3.0, and have earned an A or B in any course they tutor. Tutors must have at least two faculty recommendations.   ACE tutors pursue a variety of majors at NDSU.

How do I use ACE tutoring?

There is no need to make an appointment with a tutor, as it is a drop-in tutoring service. Be sure to check the schedule to see when the subject you want is tutored.  Then come to ACE in the lower level of the West Dining Center.  Our staff will greet you in the ACE lobby and will assist you to check-in using your NDSU ID Card.  The staff will then direct you to the tutor room where you will see our tutors in green t-shirts that say STAFF.  You will see subject signs on the tables that you can turn to whatever subject you are learning.  You may also feel free to join a group already studying the same subject as you, if you wish.  Group study can be very effective!  A tutor will ask you questions to assess your needs and how best to help you.  Because our tutors may be busy helping others, please feel free to raise your hand to get their attention.  They will visit you shortly.

Be sure to bring your textbook, notes, and any other tools you might need.  ACE does not provide these.

What types of study spaces does ACE have?

ACE has a variety of study environments that suit different learning styles.  There are individual, double, and group study rooms.  A dark study room helps minimize distractions.  A kinesthetic study room allows students to sit on kinesthetic balls and stand at white boards while studying.  Finally, there are several soft chairs and study desks in an open area.  All study areas are kept quiet.  ACE does not take reservations of study spaces.  Drop-in to find a study space that best suits you.

Is there any charge for using ACE?

Services at ACE are partially paid by student fees, so there is no additional cost for utilizing ACE.  All students are eligible to use the ACE program, as there are no qualifications for ACE.

What are the hours ACE is open?


Quiet study spaces are available:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Math Department tutors are available at ACE:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Quiet study spaces are available:
Sundays:  7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays:  8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fridays:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tutors are available:
Sundays:  7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00am-10:00p.m.
Fridays: 9:00am-4:00pm

Where is ACE?

ACE is located in room 20 of the West Dining Center on the northwest side of the NDSU campus.

Questions or concerns about ACE?

Contact: Betsy Carter, Learning Services Coordinator, Student Success Programs
Office: West Dining Center 34 (lower level)
Phone: (701) 231-5554

ACE Hours

Quiet Study:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am-4:00 pm 

Math Tutoring:
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

ACE Quick Facts

  • There were 48,788 total visits to ACE throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • There were 20,762 total tutoring contacts at ACE throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • ACE tutors have an average cumulative GPA of 3.73. 
  • 37% of ACE tutors have a 4.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The ACE tutor training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association International Tutor Training Program Certification.
  • ACE tutors complete approximately 17 hours of training each year.

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Orientation and Student Success
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8379 or Toll free: +1 (800) 488-NDSU menu option 2 / Fax: (701) 231-6253
Campus address: West Dining Center Lower Level
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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5260 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2016 2:34:25 PM