Princeton-Rutgers ACES Program

The Academic Clinical Experience Summer (ACES) program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) is a six-week summer program for Princeton sophomores who are seriously considering a career in medicine. RWJMS will provide academic and clinical experiences, faculty mentoring, and interaction with medical students.

 Students will participate in a cadaver-based anatomy/physiology enrichment opportunity and be paired with faculty mentors based on student areas of interest; mentoring is a key component to this program. Successful participants in this program may be eligible for an early assurance medical school acceptance with Rutgers RWJMS. Learn more about Rutgers RWJMS.

Sample week:

  • Monday: Attend anatomy and physiology class in the morning, cadaver lab in the afternoon
  • Tuesday: Accompany clinical mentor on rounds in the hospital, attend a lunch seminar with a physician speaker
  • Wednesday: Attend anatomy class, Patient-Centered Medicine seminar, and cadaver lab
  • Thursday: Shadow clinical mentor in the OR, attend a lunch seminar
  • Friday: Anatomy exam and lab practical
Mateo Gilsilvetti

Mateo Gilsilvetti '19 with his ACES mentor

Eligibility Requirements

  • Sophomore (rising junior) at Princeton
  • Realistic plan for completion of RWJMS prerequisite courses by graduation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Combined SAT Verbal/Math of 1300 or ACT of 29 for students who took a standardized exam.
  • Applicants from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in medicine, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or first-generation college-goers are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

All applicants must submit:

  • Resume including intended concentration and significant high school and college activities
  • ACES Application
  • short essay responses
  • One letter of recommendation from a Princeton professor, preceptor or adviser who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities and readiness for a career in medicine

Application materials

2023-24 ACES Application Instructions

Guidelines for applicants to the ACES program for Summer 2024, including eligibility requirements.

2023-24 ACES Application

Google Doc version of ACES application.

  • Application deadline: January 21, 2024
  • Letters of recommendation deadline: February 12, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

ACES Timeline

Sophomore Year

  • November: Application available online
  • December: Info Session with ACES faculty and past Fellows
  • January: application deadline
  • February: recommendation letter deadline
  • March: interviews with finalists and selection of ACES Fellows
  • May: complete paperwork and attend an orientation meeting
  • June-July: participate in ACES

Junior Year

  • Fall: ACES Fellows meet with Princeton HPA advisers to discuss summer experience, academic progress, and potential linkage to RWJMS
  • January: ACES Fellows declare intent to apply and choose interview dates
  • Spring: Interviews at RWJMS and admissions decisions released

Senior Year

  • Fall: ACES Fellows stay in touch with HPA advisers to ensure eligibility for the program
  • February: Submit the AMCAS application
  • Summer: Matriculate at RWJMS