ACE Selection Criteria

The selection criteria is as follows for new cohorts for fall semesters:

ACE Freshman Cohort

  • Be an incoming new freshman student
  • Earned less than 18 credits (AP, College Now, etc.) prior to the first semester at John Jay College

CUNY Transfer Cohort

  • Be a first-time CUNY transfer student at John Jay for fall 2024 (continuing/returning CUNY transfers are not eligible)
  • Completed prerequisite coursework at prior college for the intended ACE-eligible major at John Jay
  • Earned an associate's degree by spring 2024

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete all CUNY admissions requirements. To apply to CUNY visit:
  • Be a New York State resident and/or eligible for in-state tuition
  • Agree to enroll in at least 15 credits (5 courses) each semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program application at*
  • Select an ACE-eligible major. Click here to see a list of all ACE-eligible majors
  • Students cannot participate in both ACE and another JJAY special program (SEEK, Honors Scholars, APPLE Corps, Early Start, etc.)
  • Agree to adhere to all ACE Program requirements.

Recruitment Update: The ACE Program is no longer accepting any new students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Currently, ACE is not accepting any new students for 2024-2025. Please check our website again in the future for updates.

*All students (except those who are unable to apply due to immigration status) must complete both FAFSA and TAP applications. We encourage those who do not meet eligibility requirements for federal and state aid to check eligibility and apply for funds through the New York State Dream Act at

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