Accelerated College Experience (ACE)

ACE program

The Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program is designed for academically talented high school juniors and seniors. ACE offers students the unique opportunity to earn up to 18 college credits for advanced course-work completed during high school. ACE is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students an opportunity to reduce their college costs and time to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Subjects include Mathematics, Computer science, Biology, Physics, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Communication, Music and Art. Students can take courses at their respective high schools or directly on campus at Saint Peter’s University.

The Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program at Saint Peter’s University directly supports Public Institutions in New Jersey: 1986 Assembly Act No. 138 directed the New Jersey Department of Higher Education to establish a program to provide courses for college credit on public high school campuses to high school pupils, through institutions of higher education in this State. This Act states, “A public institution of education shall accept pursuant to standards established by the chancellor, the course credit of a student who successfully participates in the program.”

Program Facts/Advantages

  • Cost is $225 for 3-credit course ($75/credit).
  • Courses taken through ACE will be listed on an official college transcript from Saint Peter’s and can be used as transferable college credit.
  • Get a head start on college courses to help reduce costs and time to earn your Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students enrolled in ACE will be eligible to utilize Saint Peter’s facilities including: library, and student center.
  • ACE participants will be invited to ACE Conference for Leadership, Career and College Preparation and will have priority consideration for our Summer Honors College.
  • Any ACE student who enrolls full-time at Saint Peter’s will be considered for an ACE Scholarship Award valued at $18,000/year*.

*Students must have accumulated more than 6 credits and have a Saint Peter’s college GPA of 3.0 or higher. Student may be eligible to receive higher awards based on overall achievement presented in application for admission. Awards may not be stacked.

Registration Information

In order to register for an ACE course, your school must already be participating in the Saint Peter’s University ACE program. If your school is not currently participating in the program, please feel free to forward your school’s contact information to We will follow up with your school to discuss the program.

ACE courses are designed for academically talented high school juniors and seniors in good academic standing. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in their ACE courses in order to receive Saint Peter’s University credit and to continue in the program.

Students should consult with their guidance counselors for further information about course registration requirements. If your high school is currently participating in the ACE program, please fill out the ACE interest form.  A confirmation email that will include the ACE program application will be sent to you.

Upon acceptance into the ACE program, students will fill out a Saint Peter’s course registration form

and then send the completed paperwork along with *payment to:

The Center for Academic Success & Engagement (CASE)
Saint Peter’s University
2641 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
ATTN: ACE Program

*Checks should be made payable to Saint Peter’s University – ACE

Sample Course Offerings

Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing

Communication Basics

Web Page Development

Introduction to Criminology

Contemporary Fiction
Introduction to English Composition
Poetry & Drama

Differential Calculus
Integral Calculus

General Biology/General Biology Lab
General Physics/General Physics Lab
Forensic Science

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Psychology

Intro to Sociology
Perspective on Politics
Economics (Micro/Macro)

Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Music

Transferring Your Credits

Students who choose to attend Saint Peter’s University for their undergraduate education will automatically receive academic credit toward their undergraduate degree for their ACE courses with grades of “C” or higher. ACE students who decide to attend another college or university should check with the respective admission office to determine transferability. To request an official transcript from Saint Peter’s University, please follow the instructions listed on this page.