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Assistance, Coaching, and Encouragement (ACE)

The goal of ACE is to aid students in the development of essential and lifelong academic skills and study habits that will ultimately help them achieve academic success. This is done by pairing students with a Peer Mentor who provides accountability and support to clarify and meet the student's goals. Please contact the ARC front desk at (951) 827-3721 for more information.

You are encouraged to enroll in ACE if you are a UCR student with the following concerns:

  • Having difficulty transitioning from high school to college
  • Don't have the GPA you should have
  • Don't understand faculty and/or course expectations
  • Need help with study skills development
How to Enroll in ACE

*Please note: ACE may be unavailable during Summer terms. Please contact Angie Diaz ( for any questions about ACE during the Summer*

  1. Complete the ACE Intake Assessment below, which will ask questions about your academic experience at UCR. This information will help to best match you with a Peer Mentor. 
  2. You will receive an email from your Peer Mentor within 3-5 days to set up your first appointment with them.

ACE Intake Assessment form

If you have trouble accessing this form, please email

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ACE Employment Opportunities

Peer Mentor Hiring
        Submit your application here!       

Academic Intervention Peer Mentors provide one-on-one peer academic support, helping students develop academic skills and effective study habits. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) seeks highly qualified, upper-division students with the following qualifications:

  • Peer Mentor Qualifications
    • Sophomore, junior or senior standing for the academic year
    • Minimum 3.0 quarter & cumulative GPA
    • UCR student for at least one year
      • Transfer applicants must have a minimum of two quarters of UCR course work prior to position starting. 
    • Responsible, reliable, and punctual
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Professional behavior/demeanor
    • Highly recommended to participate in the ARC Interpersonal Relationship Seminar.****Seminar occurs once a year usually in Winter quarter (currently postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions). **** 
  • Peer Mentor Responsibilities
    • Offer one-on-one peer mentoring sessions in the ARC (work hours are flexible)
    • Establish and maintain rapport with students to acquaint them with resources on campus 
    • Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners
  • Training

    In addition to a half-day ARC New Student Employee Orientation and Welcome (onboarding), all student employees participate in mandatory program training, which is typically held prior to the start of the fall term. Each of the ARC’s programs uses different approaches to learning. The unique aspect of these programs, therefore, requires specific trainings as well as in-service and professional development. 

    Peer Mentors participate training that is held prior to the start of Fall Quarter. The training focuses on the following topic areas:

    • The Eight Commandments and DECIDES Model of Peer Mentoring
    • Facilitating a peer mentor session
    • Working with a diverse student populations
    • Helping students develop more effective study skills habits
    • Preparing and facilitating workshops

    Peer Mentors work with veteran Peer Mentors to role play real-life mentoring scenarios. It is also highly recommended that interested applicants complete the ARC Interpersonal Relationship Seminar to stand out when applying to be a Peer Mentor.  The Interpersonal Seminar happens once a year (usually Winter Quarter) - currently postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All financial aid recipients must be in compliance with UCR's Financial Aid Office Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). As a condition of continued financial aid eligibility, Federal regulations require UCR to monitor students’ academic progress toward completion of a degree or program. Students are at risk of losing their financial aid if they do not meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, which are as follows:

  • Maintaining a minimum grade point average:
    • 2.00 for Undergraduate Students
    • 2.00 for Teaching Credential Students
    • 3.00 for 4th and 5th year Biomedical Sciences Students
    • 3.00 for Graduate Students
  • Completing a minimum number of units for credit each quarter to maintain SAP pace (units completed divided by units attempted).
  • Completing your degree objective within the maximum time.