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Adult Collegiate Education (ACE)

Welcome ACE Students

Adult Collegiate Education is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program for high school graduates age 25 and older; GEDs and foreign equivalencies are also accepted.  A major feature of your Queens College education is the cohort structure of your core curriculum classes.   ACE is a program where you will enjoy being in class with others who are in a similar place in life.  At the start, you have the option to move through the program with other adult students while completing general education requirements.   ACE participants may apply for up to 36 tuition-free life achievement credits based on personal or professional experience. Thereafter, these students choose majors and electives.

Queens College’s ACE program represents one of the best values in U.S. higher education today. In an unforgiving economy where every dollar counts, the College’s cost of attendance is the exception to the sticker-shock tuition prevalent today.  Institutional, state and federal financial aid are available to qualified full-time and part-time students.

Since 1963, thousands of adults in the New York metropolitan area have begun or returned to school through the program that strives to accommodate scheduling needs, academic goals, and career aspirations.  Over the years, ACE has graduated well over 5,500 students; currently, there are over 300 students enrolled. 

ACE students are different from typical eighteen-year-old college students. Many of you are coming back to get the college education you missed or were denied earlier. Most of you have careers, families, and commitments, but you have placed a college degree high on your priority list. Some of you are changing careers in these volatile times, empowering yourself with new skills and information. All of you are anxious about attaining a college degree. The ACE Program is designed to help you to meet that challenge. For more information, please contact the ACE office.

"I am deeply grateful to the ACE Program on a personal level. It was a great opportunity and proved to be a wonderful experience in my life."
Former Queens Borough
Helen Marshall
Queens College ACE Graduate
Helen Marshall

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Richard D. Adams
Director of ACE

Location: Kiely Hall Room 183
Mailing Address: 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
Phone: 718-997-5717

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