The University of Illinois established a James Scholar Honors Program in each of its colleges (including ACES) in the fall semester of 1959. Over the past six decades, the ACES James Scholar Honors Program has been opening doors of opportunity and windows of insight for its students through capstone experiential learning projects, enhanced honors coursework, study abroad experiences, special programming, and much more. We look forward to building the future of our Honors Program, the College of ACES, and our emerging global civilization together with our exceptional ACES James Scholars!

The ACES James Scholar Honors Program will be accepting applications from rising sophomores and rising juniors starting on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Please fill out this application form after your spring semester grades have appeared on your academic record. ACES James Scholar applications from current first-year students and sophomores were accepted until Friday, February 23, 2024 at 5:00 PM (CST).