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Join a Freshman Living-Learning Community!

ACES Gives BackACES (Academic Connections to Enhance Success) Living Learning Community provides accepted first-year students with access to a small community of peers within the larger university setting and direct connections with dedicated faculty and staff. For the fall 2022 semester, students participate in one first-year student experience focused living-learning community. Students admitted into the four 2022-23 ACES community will:

  • Live together in the same residence hall
  • Take a set of courses together in the fall and spring semester
  • Benefit from additional programs and mentoring from student leaders, staff, and faculty

Our application for our ACES communities for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 open on January 10, 2022. 

  • ACES Faculty Movie Night

The ACES 2022-23 application has been closed.

Listed classes are tentatively selected and are subject to change.

Questions about the ACES program can be directed to The Center for Student Success at 601.266.6405 or successFREEMississippi.

Community for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Students will be able to identify course interest in each of the four identified general education courses and will be automatically assigned a first year experience course during the fall semester. Preferences, dual enrollment credit, and course capacity limits will factor into decisions for GEC courses.

ACES Gives BackProgram opportunities hosted by The Center for Student Success, student leaders, as well as course faculty members will be available throughout the fall and spring semesters to ACES students.

ACES Students will reside in Century Park North Building 3, follow this link to access more information about Housing and Residence Life and living on campus.

Spring courses will be identified at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, you cannot do both ACES and Luckyday or Honors College.  ACES students must live in the ACES residence hall for their community and cannot opt to live in Luckyday or Honors housing.

A key element of the program is the shared living environment in on-campus housing (Hattiesburg campus). It allows first-year students to engage in a supportive community as early as their first day on campus. As a result, you are not able to be a part of ACES and live off-campus.

Yes.  After you are accepted to Southern Miss, you will need to have a transcript/AP scores sent to the Admissions Office for verification.  You can contact the Admissions Office by calling 601.266.5000 for more information.

The ACES program is a living, learning program that requires students to live together on a specific floor of a residence hall and take specific classes together.  As a result, you are required to live on the designated ACES floor.  All of our ACES participants are assigned specific floors in Century Park North Building 3.

We ask that ACES students reside with other ACES students.  If you and your preferred roommate are both accepted into the ACES program, you and your desired roommate will both need to denote on your housing application that you want to room with each other.  Both parties will need to have submitted their applications, paid their housing fees, and denoted roommate preferences by February 15, 2022.  All roommate preferences that are submitted by the deadline will be accommodated as much as possible.

Please note that both roommates must be accepted into the ACES program due to the specific floor assignments.

Housing and Residence Life, Eagle Dining, and Moffitt Health Center have created guidelines and information for parents and students answering these questions.
Yes. Masks and social distancing are required during face to face classes.  For more information about guidelines due to COVID- 19, please visit the Flight Path website.

ACES At A Glance
*** Cannot be a part of ACES AND Luckyday Citizenship program or Honors College.

*** Must live on-campus, on the designated ACES floors.

*** Fall 2022/Spring 2023 classes are tentative and subject to change.***

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The Center for Student Success
Cook Library Room 138

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