The Repository @ St. Cloud State

Open Access Knowledge and Scholarship


Document Type

Research Study

Publication Date

Summer 2018


ACE stands for Academic Collegiate Excellence and is a program for students who did not meet at first the St Cloud State University admission criteria. Being admitted to St Cloud State through the program will allow students to have access to academic and social support through their transition into university life. This program also has for goal to mold those students through a successful academic path.

The admission into ACE can be done either by Auto-Admission or by Referral to the program. In fact, students who are ACE Auto-Admits are required to have at least an ACT score of 21 or above and a GPA ranging from 2.50 to 2.74. In contrast, students who have been Referred to ACE should either have an ACT below 21 and a GPA ranging from 2.5 to 2.75 or they can have any ACT score and a GPA below 2.50 but above 2.00. They still have to score high enough on the four ACE questions (at least 16 out of 24) to be admitted into the program.

In addition, the ACE program offers focused learning communities and engaging specialized courses. All ACE students are required to be enrolled in some specific courses COLL 150 and COLL 110 during their first semester at St Cloud State University.

The main purpose of this analysis is to firstly compare auto admitted and referred students to the program by looking at their performance after they got accepted into the university. Since, Auto- Admitted students are known for performing better compared to Referred students, the ACE office is wondering whether this pattern will still be the same after their first year at St Cloud State. Secondly, we will try to assess the performance of the students by looking at their ACT scores.