ACE Selection Criteria

ACE Selection Criteria

ACE StudentsAll students must meet the following criteria for our fall 2022 cohort.
 ACE Freshman Cohort

  • Be a fall 2022 incoming new freshman student;
  • Earned less than 30 credits prior to the first semester at John Jay;

ASAP to ACE Transfer Cohort
Currently, ACE is not accepting transfer students for fall 2022. Please check back here for updates about transfer recruitment.

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 recruiting accepted John Jay freshmen for fall 2022.

*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