Access to College Education (ACE) - SUNY Cortland

Access to College Education (ACE)

Access to College Education (ACE) is an innovative, one of a kind, grassroots partnership among several local H.S. districts and four nearby colleges: SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College, and TC3.  The basic purpose of ACE is to motivate students to begin planning for their future. 

We offer a wide variety of over 30 educational and cultural programs per year for both our H.S. students and their parents. These events are provided throughout the school year and during the summer at our member schools and college campuses.

Through our workshops, ACE tries to present a varied selection of fun, interactive and informative learning opportunities for ACE families.
(Study Skills, Financial Aid workshops, College Plays and Career programs are just a few our offerings.)


ACE is completely unique to central NY.  It includes 12 area school districts with roughly 800 enrolled 9th-12th graders plus 129 (still adding) new 8th graders.
Districts include: Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyter, Dryden, Homer, Lansing, Marathon, McGraw, Moravia, Newfield, South Seneca, and as of this spring, Southern Cayuga. Welcome aboard!

Typically students join at the end of 8th grade, but may also join in later grades. For information on joining, please check with
Your School District's ACE liaison

The more students and parents participate in ACE, the more they benefit from being in it. 

See our What is ACE? page for more background info. on the ACE program.

Check the
Newsletter and Calendar for more ACE info. on ACE events

ACE Collage


Fall Programs

Oct. 18

Jump Start 10
Non-ACE Field trip (10th Grd)
Not all schools attend

See your ACE Liaison
to learn if your district will go.

Oct. 18
College Night at TC3
6-7:30 p.m.
Open to all grades:
Sign in at the ACE table for credit
NOTE: Some districts bring upperclassmen during the a.m. session.

See your ACE Liaison

Oct. 20
College Theatre at SUNY Cortland:
FULL-registration is closed
"The Laramie Project"
  8:00 pm Showtime

Oct. 22
Regional Institute at
9:00-11:30 am
Agenda/Workshop list

Oct. 24
College Theatre at Ithaca College:
8:00 pm Showtime

Nov. 1
9th Grd. ACE Campus Visit
"Career Info."
Cornell University
See your ACE Liaison NOW!

Nov. 9
School of Thought:

Nov. 10
College Theatre at Cornell:
7:30 pm Showtime

Check the Newsletter and Calendar for more ACE info.

ACE Office
Cornish Hall, Room 1312B
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY  13045
Phone: 607-753-5662
Fax: 607-753-5561
Email Us:
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. M-Th
(Closed Fridays)

Jane Manning, ACE Coordinator
Lisa Petracca, ACE Staff