Accelerated Calculus for Engineers (ACE)

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Accelerated Calculus for Engineers (ACE) is designed to help you develop the solid foundation in mathematics that you will need to excel in your undergraduate and graduate studies. We are extending invitations to a select group of engineering students who have expressed a preliminary academic interest (PAI) in engineering and who represent merit and diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math. Whatever career path you choose, the goal of the program is to help you achieve the very best of your abilities by focusing your study-time with supplemental instruction.


The program works as follows: If, after consulting with your academic advisor, you decide to enroll in Math 19, 20, 21, 41, 42, 51, 52, 53 or CME 100, 102, or 104, you will be eligible to enter a special section of the course. Generally, students in calculus are required to attend three one-hour lectures and two one-hour sections a week. ACE students will attend the usual three one-hour lectures, but will attend two two-hour sections and an additional one-hour session for problem solving. For this extra commitment, ACE students receive an additional unit of academic credit (6 units instead of the normal 5). Doctoral students in mathematics lead the ACE sections. Course assistants who are graduate students in engineering will work with you during the problem-solving sessions and in special tutorial office hours.


ACE is demanding and fast-paced and designed to make optimal use of your study time. The sections are structured so that you will do your work collaboratively, solving the problem sets cooperatively while developing your own mastery of the material. It is hoped that the group study habits you develop in ACE will serve you well in all of your courses at Stanford. Research shows that students who study alone do dramatically less well in college than those who study collaboratively. Moreover, most engineering projects in industry and government are completed in teams.


At Stanford last year, the majority of ACE students, especially those who attended every lecture, as well as discussion and problem-solving sessions, earned a grade of "B" or better in calculus. More importantly, our students acquired a deeper understanding of mathematics and its applications in science and engineering. ACE is an opportunity you will not want to miss.


ACE is offered in conjunction with the Math 19, 40, and 50 Series, in addition to the Computational Mathematics in Engineering CME 100 series.

NOTE: Not all courses are offered every quarter.

Course Offered
Math 19 ACE (through EE 191) Autumn
Math 20 ACE (through EE 191)  Winter
Math 21 ACE (through EE 191) Spring
Course Offered
Math 41 ACE


Math 42 ACE Autumn, Winter
Math 51 ACE Autumn, Winter, Spring
Math 52 ACE (through EE 191)                    Autumn, Winter, Spring
Math 53 ACE (through EE 191) Autumn, Winter, Spring
Course Offered
CME 100 ACE Autumn, Spring
CME 102 ACE Winter, Spring
CME 104 ACE Spring


Whether you're a returning applicant or a new applicant to the ACE program, please complete the online application.

The deadline for ACE for the upcoming quarter is the Friday during dead week the quarter before. Due to enrollment limits, please sign up ASAP.



Inquiries regarding logistics may be directed to Martha Schmidhauser, Accounting Associate, at (650) 723-9106, by email to, or in Huang Engineering Center 135.

Inquiries regarding acceptance, advising, and course scheduling may be directed to Dr. Noe Lozano, Associate Dean of Student & Diversity Affairs, at (650) 862-7063, by email to, or in Huang Engineering Center 135.