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What is the Academy of Engineering Success?

The Academy of Engineering Success, or AcES, is a semester-long academic success and professional development program in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The program is specifically designed for any incoming first-year engineering student who is not enrolled in calculus. It begins with a week of activities preceding the start of the fall semester and includes a specialized fall orientation course. By enrolling in the Academy, you will have opportunities to begin building your professional network, explore engineering career options, and develop strategies for academic success in the Statler College's demanding engineering curriculum. The week-long activities run from August 12-16, 2019.

Register for 2019

What are the benefits of participation?

As a participant in the Academy, you will:
    • Develop a set of skills that will help you succeed in our engineering programs.
    • Hone your critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Build a professional network by connecting with faculty, staff, student ambassadors and engineers in industry.
    • Become familiar with institutional and academic resources.
    • Receive customized academic counseling.
    • Receive one-on-one peer and faculty mentoring.
    • Visit local and regional engineering companies.
    • Increase your chances of excelling during your first year of college.
    • Be eligible for AcES specific Scholarships, renewable for up to five years

How do I enroll?

If you are interested in participating in the AcES program, send an email (with AcES in the subject line) to Dr. Melissa Morris at The enrollment cost is $200 with a non-refundable deposit of $50. The deposit is due by Friday, July 12, 2019. The deadline for making full payment is Friday, August 2, 2019. All payments must be made by check payable to  West Virginia University. Checks may be dropped off at Room G111-Engineering Sciences Building, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources or mailed to: 

Attn: Michelle Duckworth
G111-Engineering Sciences Building 
P.O. Box 6101 
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources 
West Virginia University 
Morgantown, WV 26506

*Enrollment in the program is limited. Full and partial support is available for the registration fee.
Send any questions or concerns to Melissa Morris at 304-293-7106 or

Schedule Overview

The main activities for the week are a design project competition, a team-building and engineering problem-solving field trip, academic success skills workshops and seminars, student-leaders training for the new student orientation welcome event and social events with the faculty and staff of the Fundamentals of Engineering program. A detailed schedule will be posted at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How much does participating in AcES cost?
    There is a $200 registration fee, which covers transportation and lunch on the two days of field trips as well as materials for the major design project. You will have to pay for room and board for the week of activities beginning Monday, August 12, 2019.
  2. Will I be staying in my residence hall during AcES week?
    Yes, you will. Arrangements will be made for early move-in to your residence hall.
  3. How do I pay for the additional week in the residence hall?
    The additional charges for the AcES week will be billed to your student account for fall semester.
  4. I will not be living in a WVU residence hall in fall. Can I still participate in AcES?
    Yes. While we recommend that you stay in a residence hall, if you have other living arrangements for fall you can still participate in AcES. You will need to make arrangements for room and board during the AcES pre-semester week.
  5. Can I participate in AcES as well as Adventure WV?
    Yes. These are two separate programs that are administered at two different times, so there are no conflicting activities. Participating in one does not preclude you from participating in the other.
  6. I am concerned about my schedule in fall. How will the AcES Orientation course affect my schedule?
    The course is a two credit-hour course that meets once per week during the semester, which means there is no extensive demand on your fall schedule. We will assist you in making your schedule to include this course.
  7. Will the PRT be available during the AcES pre-semester week?
    The PRT is usually available during AcES pre-semester week- the 2018 summer schedule is not yet available. In addition, we provide transportation (within an eight-mile radius) to and from campus the AcES pre-semester week.
  8. What do I need to take to campus for that week?
    Since the AcES week of activities is the week immediately before the start of the semester, we recommend that you move in with everything that you will need during the fall semester. You will not have time to return home before the start of the semester.