Developed in 1989, Access to College Education (ACE) is a unique consortium of four institutions: Cornell University, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College, working in partnership with local school districts to provide extensive college and career readiness programming throughout the year. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to enroll in our program through their school district to develop a college mindset and prepare for success in higher education.
Each of the four colleges hosts various ACE events including grade-specific workshop-based campus visits, theater productions, sporting events, college fairs and opportunities to learn about careers and majors. These programs provide students and families an opportunity to have college experiences as well as explore the college campuses.
- ACE is completely unique to central NY. It includes 13 area school districts with roughly 750 enrolled 9th-12th graders for the 2017-18 school year.
- As of November 2017, Districts now include: Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyter, Dryden, Homer, Lansing, Marathon, McGraw, Moravia, Newfield, Port Byron, South Seneca, and Southern Cayuga.
- To join, students or parents/guardians need to contact their high school guidance counselor and request an ACE Commitment Form
- ACE offers nearly 30 educational and cultural programs per year for students and their families
- Programs are offered throughout the school year and summer at both the regional high schools and on the college campuses.
- Most students join ACE at the end of 8th grade in order to take advantage of our summer workshops and programs.
- All ACE events are completely free for ACE members and their families.