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Adult Collegiate Education (ACE)

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • ACE is an accelerated baccalaureate curriculum for highly motivated adults 25 years and older who have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Foreign high school equivalencies are also accepted.
  • Notable prior learning gained through work and/or outside interests may qualify for academic credit. Through life achievement evaluation, ACE students have the opportunity to document learning that is equivalent to college-level learning in an area included in the Queens College curriculum. No fees or charges are involved in applying for credit. A maximum of 36 credits can be awarded through life achievement evaluation.
  • New York State residents
    Degree - $285 per credit

    Degree - $580 per credit

    Full-time - $3,265 per semester (NYS residents)
  • Financial aid is available to qualified full- and part-time students; contact the Financial Aid Office
  • There are four major components:
    - Core Curriculum Requirements - the core consists of 14 courses, a minimum of 42 credits, and contains three parts: the Required Core, Flexible Core, and College Core.
    - Evaluation of prior learning for life achievement credits.
    - The academic major.
    - Elective courses.
  • The Academic Advising Center cordially invites ACE students to take advantage of the services and information it offers both in person and online. By explaining degree requirements, campus services, student life, and educational opportunities, the center helps Queens College students chart paths through their liberal arts educations. Students can work with their advisor to tailor their educational experiences in order to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them.

    The center is open to all students during its hours of operation; ACE students should identify themselves as such so that they can be matched with advisors who are especially knowledgeable and trained to work with the ACE population. At least once a semester, ACE students should make an appointment to visit the Academic Advising Center so that an ACE advisement sheet can be prepared and an educational plan can be designed for future course registration and graduation projection.
  • Transfer of credit will be considered for liberal arts courses completed at an accredited, degree-granting U.S. institution with a minimum grade of C- (or any passing grade from a CUNY college). A maximum of 75 transfer credits may be counted toward the 120 required for graduation.
  • In evening and weekend classes, ACE students are offered a personally rewarding education that also provides a secure foundation for career advancement and for graduate and professional study. Some academic departments-including accounting, economics, mathematics, sociology, psychology, and urban studies-offer evening majors. Flexible scheduling, with a mix of day and evening courses, allows students to earn a degree in most other majors.
  • Candidates for the ACE program apply to Queens College with either a CUNY freshman or transfer application. Prospective students who were educated outside of the United States must apply online. The application fee for freshmen is $65 and the fee for transfers is $70. Student must arrange for official transcripts to be submitted by their high school and any college previously attended. If applicable, SAT, ACT, and/or GED scores should also be submitted. [For more information, please contact the Adult Collegiate Education Office
  • Completion of the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree depends on the student. 120 credits are required to complete a bachelor's degree; at least 45 of those credits must be earned at Queens College. Together, the number of courses (and credits) taken each semester, the number of credits available through life achievement, and the number of transferable credits determine the length of time needed to complete a degree.

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