The Accelerated College Experience (ACE) program is designed to expand access to academically challenging college curricula for qualified high school students through a combination of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP) courses, the Senior Academy (SA), and selected online courses. High school juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA can earn up to six hours of college credit each semester at half the regular tuition rate through the ACE program. Students must have the approval of their high school principal or counselor (and their parent or legal guardian if under 18) to enroll in these courses.
These courses are taught at the participating high schools during the regular school day and have the same requirements as the courses taught on the Washburn University campus. The courses vary by high school and are limited by the Kansas Board of Regents to a maximum of 24 credit hours. A CEP program orientation and registration session is held at each high school in both the fall and spring. Students should contact the program liaison at their high school for specific times, dates, and course information.
The Senior Academy is another opportunity for high school seniors to earn an additional nine hours of academic credit on the Washburn University campus. The courses meet from 8:00 to 11:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students must have completed at least six hours of CEP or other ACE courses with at least a 3.00 GPA to be eligible for the Senior Academy. They must also submit a brief application that includes a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or counselor, and if under 18, must have the approval of the parent or legal guardian to participate in the Academy.
Note: High school students who want to enroll in a course on the Washburn University campus should visit the Non-Degree and High School Students page.