Santa Clara University

Welcome Prospective ACE Students

We are glad you are exploring the site to learn more about the program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We would love to talk to you!  

Ace Students

Test your leadership and teamwork skills with the ACE Program.

The Leavey School of Business Accelerated Co-operative Education (ACE) program is a special program limited to 25 undergraduate students each year.

With the ACE Program, students receive the comprehensive, rigorous liberal arts education expected from Santa Clara University, as well as a focused exploration of students' leadership abilities, specialized career and academic assistance enhanced development of professional skills, and special opportunities to network, reflect, integrate, and expand their horizons. After completing a business degree at Santa Clara, ACE students will enter the workforce with a solid and diverse knowledge base and skills set with which to face the constantly changing global marketplace.  

 How do you join the ACE program?

Invitations to the ACE program are distributed to first year students in spring quarter. Invited students may apply to the program by submitting the online application by Monday, April 8, 2015. In order to apply to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Freshman student enrolled in the Leavey School of Business
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5

ACE Students Access:

  • A specially designed program of workshops developed to build, strengthen, and enhance leadership skills
  • A paid summer internship opportunity with an ACE Business Partner company at the end of the junior year
  • Reflective and guided learning experiences
  • Invitations to special lectures and discussions
  • Personal and small-group meetings with faculty, the Dean, and senior business and community leaders
  • A certificate of completion as an ACE
  • Fast-track admission to the Leavey School of Business MBA program 

For more information about the ACE program or the application process, contact Brenda Versteeg, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Business Programs.


"ACE has made me aware of the importance of business skills such as communication and leadership and has helped me improve in these areas. Even more importantly, ACE gave me the opportunity to become friends with many bright and motivated individuals." ~Steve McLeod ACE '03  

Printer-friendly format