• 2 Pristine Universities 
  • Lakeside & Coastal Destinations
  • Community Service
  • Internships
  • Culinary Arts
  • Athletic Advantage
  • 10:1 Student-to-Staff Ratio
  • Suite-Style Dorms with Private Bathrooms & Air-Conditioning


The Ultimate

ACA Pre-College Experience
University of California, LA &

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Spend two weeks in the City of Angels at UCLA, home to the PAC 12 powerhouse Bruins followed by two weeks in the quintessential Big Ten college town of Madison, Wisconsin tackling a college-level enrichment course, SAT/ACT Prep and internship & community service options.

Two Amazing Destinations

Los Angeles is home to the world-renowned UCLA, a top-tier school in business, communications and the arts.

Madison is a cosmopolitan state capital and renowned college town. The University of Wisconsin-Madison represents the very best the Big 10 has to offer, excelling in academics, research, recreational facilities and athletic achievement.

You get the ultimate summer locations, offering two ideal environments and campuses for students who want a real look at top-caliber college life.

Los Angeles is famous for its warm sandy beaches, the perfect setting for your ultimate summer experience! Dynamic, culturally diverse and breathtakingly beautiful, Los Angeles combines the finest the California coast has to offer.

Madison combines the energy of a proud Big Ten school, the sophistication of a college town and the friendliness of a loyal local community. It’s also a perfect place for anyone looking for an active summer!

Awesome Accommodations

Staying in Los Angeles has its privileges, which is why so many celebrities call it home. You’ll kick back in comfort at UCLA, enjoying in-suite bathrooms, Internet access and much more. These rooms definitely serve up cool California style! Be sure to step outside and enjoy the restaurants and entertainment nearby! Serious shoppers will also love the trendy shops, such as Brandy Melville, Urban Outfitters, Kinsley and more right on campus!

In Madison, you’ll stay at ACA’s newly renovated residence hall, The Statesider, features deluxe suites complete with refrigerators, microwaves, Wifi, weekly housekeeping, linen service and, of course, air conditioning! You’ll also like the computer center and state-of-the- art workout facility, complete with plasma screen televisions. Plus, their newly renovated lounge areas and study rooms make it easy and fun to hang out with friends. At the end of the day, relax in fully furnished lounges. Catch your favorite program on cable TV, play some Xbox, or watch a DVD.

In both locations, an ACA office is on-site to ensure your safety 24 hours a day.

Academic Advantages

A world-class campus means access to world-class faculty and facilities. Tackle an ACA college-level enrichment course focused on the Arts and Entertainment Industry, try Kaplan or Princeton Review SAT or ACT Prep, learn college survival skills, and even pursue internships and community-service options. ACA has the perfect opportunities to fit your interests!

Amazing Activities

Afternoon and evening activities are yours to enjoy. Play some tennis, head to the beach or get in a round of golf. Catch the perfect wave during a surfing lesson or browse the celebrated shops of Rodeo Drive in LA and State Street in Madison. From semi-private sports instruction to creative arts workshops to cool shows, outings and summer concerts, there are new options to pursue every day!

Incredible Weekend Adventures

Every weekend, you’ll explore exciting cities and tour top college campuses. From famous restaurants and amazing cultural events to Major League Baseball games and all-star summer concerts, each weekend brings an unforgettable adventure!

Our Signature All-Inclusive Weekends Include:
• Southern California Seaside Weekend Adventure • Big Ten College Tour

Exciting Campus Tours
 • UCLA • USC • UW-Madison • U of Michigan • Indiana U • Ohio State U • Notre Dame

Excellent Eats 

Choices, choices, choices! From home-style meals served at breakfast and dinner to lunch options that let you enjoy favorite restaurants – no pre-college summer program gives you as many dining options as ACA!

Our residence hall breakfast buffets feature made-to-order morning specials like omelets, pancakes and waffles, and there is plenty of fresh fruit, cereal, bagels, yogurt and pastries too. If you’d rather take your breakfast on the run, don’t worry, there's Einstein Bros. bagels and fresh fruit ready and waiting for you to grab before you go!

Thanks to ACA’s exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan, you have amazing lunch options each weekday. Visit your favorite restaurants, like the famous Potbelly’s sub shop, Ian’s Pizza, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Five Guys Burgers and more!

Dinners, served up Monday through Thursday at the residence hall, feature a choice of kitchen-fresh entrees, a selection of side dishes, a soup-and-salad bar, beverage bar, frozen yogurt and fresh-baked breads and pastries. Fridays, you enjoy a fun dinner at a great restaurant. And don’t worry; we make sure everyone eats just as well during our exciting weekend adventures!

First-Rate Fitness Facilities

LA offers outstanding athletic facilities that meet the needs of any exercise enthusiast. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art workout facilities such as the renowned John Wooden Center and plenty of other athletic and recreational options during your stay. You can lace up your running shoes for a jog on campus, or hit the gym to pump some iron or get moving on an elliptical trainer. Outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts and plenty of other options are sure to keep you busy. Of course, a game of touch football or a little Frisbee is always a campus classic. One of the most exciting things about LA is you never know who you may run into whether it’s Kobe Bryant shooting hoops in the Wooden Center or Real Madrid practicing out on the soccer fields. Just make sure to pack your workout gear — it’s going to be a very active summer!

At The Statesider in Madison, you’ll have access to a remodeled and updated fitness center, complete with Nautilus strength machines, Stairmasters, treadmills and LifeCycles. Of course, you’ll have full use of UW’s world-class athletic facilities, including the running tracks, basketball courts, outdoor playing fields and weight rooms. If you’d prefer some fresh air, the campus is surrounded by scenic running and cycling paths, and Lake Mendota beckons for a canoe trip or leisurely swim.

Safety and Supervision

ACA has always been committed to absolute safety for every student. We maintain a ten-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry – to ensure everyone gets the unmatched attention and unique personalized programs they deserve. As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on student-occupied floors, accompany students on all activities and excursions, and are always equipped with cellphones for emergencies. ACA takes care to use private transportation for our weekday activities and weekend adventure trips – never public transportation.

Travel to Los Angeles and Madison*

We recommend that students fly nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX) International Airport. There they will be met by ACA staff members, who will escort them to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the brief drive to UCLA.

ACA will have staffed flights for the trip from LAX to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. ACA staff members will escort students to comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles for the two-hour drive to Madison. Upon the conclusion of the program, students will fly home from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. If necessary, students may fly out of Madison’s Dane County Airport.

Contact our office for further information on any of these travel options.

 *Transportation costs are not included in tuition.

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