Academic Collegiate Excellence (ACE)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was I referred to the ACE process at SCSU?
Successful candidates typically have earned at least a 21 ACT composite score (980 SAT) or are ranked in the upper 50% of their high school class and possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to be admitted to SCSU. Each application is reviewed in its entirety and all application materials are carefully considered. Students who do not meet the admission criteria, but whom the committee feels have the potential to be successful students, are offered the opportunity to be considered for the ACE program.

Will being a part of the ACE program prevent me from  current or future involvement in SCSU activities and programs?
ACE students  are full members of the SCSU campus community and have the opportunity for  participation in all SCSU activities, services, and programs. For example, students can attend and participate in varsity sporting events, take  SCSU courses, join SCSU clubs/student organizations and hold leadership positions.

If I'm admitted to ACE, can I be a student-athlete?
Absolutely. ACE students are admitted as SCSU students and can be eligible for Division I and II varsity athletics at SCSU. Students must still be eligible following all NCAA eligibility policies. More information on becoming a student-athlete, connecting with our coaching staff, and the Athletic Compliance Center at SCSU can be found on our Athletics website. Students referred and admitted to the Community College Connection (CCC) Program are ineligible for SCSU varsity athletics during their enrollment in the program.

How many students are in the ACE program?
The ACE program  has a limited number of seats available for new students transitioning into the  University. Students who complete their admission steps will be admitted into ACE and SCSU on a space available basis.

Will other students know that I am a part of the ACE  program?
No. Student information is kept confidential.

When do students need to take COLL 150 and COLL 110?
Students will  take these two courses during their first semester at college. Students need to keep in mind that they only have one semester to successfully complete the courses  with a "C" or better and earn a minimum GPA of 1.75. The courses you take with ACE will appear on your college transcript,  because they have earned you four SCSU elective credits. The courses also 'count' towards your official college enrollment and are eligible for financial aid.

Will there only be ACE students in my courses?
COLL 150 courses are designed specifically for ACE students. Your liberal education courses (the classes you take other than your ACE courses) will be with all SCSU students. Some sections of selected courses have space reserved for ACE students.

How many times do my two credit COLL 150 and COLL 110 courses meet per week?
Typically, you will be meet for each course twice a week for a 50 minute class period.

How can I apply to be a ACE student?
Students cannot  directly apply to ACE. The Admissions Office identifies students to be considered for the program, and then the Advising and Student Transitions staff makes the final admission decision for all ACE students. Students who are not  admitted into SCSU through the ACE program may be recommended for admission to our Community College Connection Program, a partnership with St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

Where can I learn more about the Community College Connection (CCC) Program?
Please visit their website: or contact our office to visit with the program coordinator.