Accelerated College English (ACE) Program

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Virtual Event: Accelerated College English (ACE) Program Student Next Steps

Meet students who have are admitted to the ACE Program and will be attending classes with you, and review the next steps to complete before beginning classes in fall 2021.  

Register now!  (Admitted Students Only)

What is the ACE Program?

The ACE Program is a pathway into the University of Cincinnati for students who want to earn a bachelor's degree in the United States and improve English reading, writing, and speaking skills.


ACE Program Details

ACE is a 1+3 program that provides an opportunity for students to take six academic major classes and six English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. This combined curriculum allows students to improve English proficiencies and progress into a chosen academic major after the first year. The second year at Cincinnati, students enter their declared academic major full-time.

  • 1 year ACE + 3 years Major
  • 50% major classes + 50% English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • No increased tuition and fees
  • Scholarships 
  • Personalized academic advising

Academic Schedule

Academic schedule for students who start in ACE.
Program Year Major Classes English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
ACE 1 4-6 6
Major 2 8 2
Major 3 8-10 0
Major 4 8-10 0
Major 5* 8-10 0
  * Year 5 required for students in Engineering, IT, Cybersecurity, & DAAP.
   No additional tuition for year 5. 

Application Information

Deadline for Fall 2021: July 1, 2021

Required Materials: A student will be reviewed for admission once all of the following are received by the Office of International Admissions:

Send Materials: Students can send English test scores by email and school officials can send official high school transcripts by email to international.admissions@uc.edu. 

  • Online Application 
  • High School Transcripts
    • Official transcripts includes 3-4 years of high school classes and grades and current classes taken. 
    • If the transcript isn't written in English, a certified English translation is required. The ACE Program is only available to high school graduates enrolling as first-year student.
  • Proof of Math Ability  
    • To be considered for scholarships, students must submit a test of math from the following:
  • Proof of English Ability
    • Meet or exceed minimum test score requirements:
Minimum test score requirements for ACE Program applicants and Direct Admission applicants.
Test ACE Program Direct Admission
ACT

19

18 English Composition

21
Cambridge 162 Recommended exam: B2 First 169
Duolingo 75 95
ELS 109   112
IELTS

5.5

5.0 Writing

6.5
SAT

980

460 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing

1060
TOEFL

50

14 Writing

66

Majors

The ACE Program is integrated into the majors listed in each college below. Students select a major when they apply for the ACE Program.  

Majors

Example Curriculum

2 Semester Example

Semester 1
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1068

Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1071

Basic Oral Communication

3 hrs

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3 hrs

BIOL1081

Biol 1

3 hrs

BIOL1081L

Biol 1 Lab

1 hrs

CHEM1040

Chem 1

4 hrs

CHEM1040L

Chem 1 lab

1hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

18 hrs

Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL 1076

US Culture and Communication

3 hrs

BIOL1082

Biol 2

3 hrs

BIOL1082L

Biol 2 Lab

1 hrs

CHEM1041

Chem 2

4 hrs

CHEM1041L

Chem 2 lab

1 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

18 hrs

Majors

Example Curriculum

2 Semester Example

Semester 1
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1068

Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1071

Basic Oral Communication

3 hrs

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3 hrs

MATH 1044

Applied Calculus I

3 hrs

MGMT 1053

Essentials of Business

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hour

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL 1076

US Culture and Communication

3 hrs

MATH 1045

Applied Calculus II

3 hrs

ECON 1001

Microeconomics

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Majors

Select majors by invitation-only.

Example Curriculum

2 Semester Example 

Semester 1
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

VLN1000

Violin Lessons

4 hrs

VLN4050

Violin Studio

1 hrs

 

ENSM

1 hrs

ESL1068

Foundations in Academic Writing

3 hrs

ESL1071

Basic Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

VLN1000

Violin Lessons

4 hrs

VLN4060

Violin Studio

1 hrs

 

ENSM

 

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Writing

3 hrs

ESL1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL1076

US Culture and Communication

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

14 hrs

Majors

Example Curriculum

2 Semester Example

Semester 1
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1068

Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1071

Basic Oral Communication

3 hrs

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3 hrs

IT 1050

Fundamentals of Information Technology

3 hrs

 

SS/FA/HP BOK

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL 1076

US Culture and Communication

3 hrs

IT 1080C

Computer Networking

3 hrs

PD 1010

Professional Development BSIT

1 hrs

 

BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/PHYS NS BOK

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Majors

Example Curriculum

3 Semester Example

Fall Semester 1
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1068

Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing

3

ESL 1071

Basic Oral Communication

3

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3

ENED 1100

Foundations of Engineering Design Thinking I

3

MATH1061

Calculus I (C- min)

4

 

Total Credit Hours  

16

Spring Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Academic Writing

3

ELS 1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3

ELSL 1076

US Culture and Communication

3

ENED 1120

Foundations of Engineering Design Thinking II

3

PD 1011

Introduction to COOP for CEAS

1

MATH1062

Calculus II (C- min)

4

 

Total Credit Hours  

17

Summer Semester 3
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1070*

Intro to English Composition

3

CHEM1040

General Chemistry I (C- min)

4

CHEM1040L

General Chemistry Laboratory I (C- min)

1

PHYS2001

College Physics I (Calculus-based) (C- min)

4

 

Total Credit Hours   

12

Major

Example Curriculum

2 Semester Example

Semester 1

ESL 1068

Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1071

Basic Oral Communication

3 hrs

ESL 1077

Strategies for Academic Success

3 hrs

FAA 1001

Drawing Studio

3 hrs

FAA 1002

3D Studio

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs

Semester 2
Course # Course Name Credit Hours

ESL 1069

Success in Undergraduate Writing

3 hrs

ESL 1074

Oral Presentation Skills

3 hrs

ESL 1076

US Culture and Communication

3 hrs

FAA 1003

2D Studio

3 hrs

FAA 1004

4D Studio

3 hrs

 

Total Credit Hours   

15 hrs


Costs & Scholarships

Students applying to the ACE Program pay identical tuition costs as students who are directly admitted to a academic major. Tuition is assessed on full-time enrollment based on two semesters of study (one academic year). 

Estimated Annual Expenses
Academic Year 2020-2021 Cost
Tuition & Fees $28,972
Living Expenses (includes food, housing, travel, books, etc) $14,958
Health Insurance $2,360
Total $46,290

Scholarship for remote learning from home:

Due to the pandemic coming to the United States can be difficult for several reasons. The University of Cincinnati is offering the Bearcats Everywhere Scholarship (BES) to students studying online in their home country. BES brings tuition from down to the in-state annual rate, $12,138.

Scholarship for in-person learning on campus:

Students who enroll for the spring 2021 semester can qualify for a $15,000 per year scholarship totaling $60,000 over 8 academic semesters. This ACE Outreach Scholarship is limited and will be distributed to the first 20 students who qualify.

See application requirements to learn more about completing your application to qualify. 

In order to expedite the admissions decision, students must submit the Financial Certification Form along with required financial support documentation. 


ACE Program Students

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"The ACE Program is a nice experience to meet friends because the English as a Second Languages classes are so small. Everyone gets one-on-one attention from the professors and advisers which is really encouraging."

- Qiqi Lu

Class of 2021
International Business
Lindner College of Business

Student sitting on stairs outside for a photo.

"Having an academic adviser that was so easy to access made everything so easy for me. My academic adviser has helped me with registration for my classes, major etc. That was one thing I was stressed about coming into college. My professors at UC are all vibrant individuals who are easy to talk to and enjoy teaching therefore makes me want to come to class with a positive attitude."

- Bonheur “Bobo” Kikonda

Class of 2023
Sports Administration 
College Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


ACE Program Staff

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Sarah Shepherd

ACE Program Manager

Welcome to Cincinnati’s ACE Program webpage! I proudly help ACE Program students achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals and would be happy to work with you, too.

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Anuptha Pujari

Academic Advisor

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Cielo Zabala

ACE Student Ambassador

Business Finance, Lindner College of Business