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Dual Enrollment (ACE)

Qualified high school students can take advantage of Penn Highlands’ fully accredited Accelerated College Education (ACE) program, where students will have the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses taught by their high school or technical school teacher.

Through ACE, students can earn dual credits through both Penn Highlands and your high school. The best part, the credits you earn will become a part of your transcript records at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. These credits will count towards your associate’s degree, or are able to be transferred to other colleges and universities.

Tuition fees for the 2015-2016 academic year is $55.00 per credit.

Click here to view a complete list of ACE courses being offered for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

If at any time you need further assistance with the ACE process, please contact the ACE Help Line at 814.262.6444 or ace@pennhighlands.edu.


  • How does ACE work? Open or Close

    How does ACE work?

    We partner with high schools to identify both qualified adjunct instructors and college courses that fit the ACE program. Once identified, high school students can then register with Penn Highlands for the courses.

    All successfully completed courses with have grades recorded on both a Penn Highlands’ transcript and on the student’s high school record.

  • Why should I participate? Open or Close

    Why should I participate?

    Enrolling in our ACE program provides many benefits. Here are just a few:

    • You will save money. Our courses are offered at a significantly reduced tuition rate compared to standard college courses. This saves you money, now and in the future.
    • You will receive college credit. The credits you earn will be applied towards a Penn Highlands’ degree or are transferable to many other colleges or universities.
    • You will get a jump start on college. ACE courses help ease the transition from high school to college by allowing you to experience what a college course is like.
    • You get to stay close to home. All ACE courses are offered in local high schools, making travel to a Penn Highlands' location unnecessary.
  • How do I apply for ACE? Open or Close

    Apply for ACE

    The first step to apply is completing an online ACE Student Application. Please note, only first time ACE students are required to complete the application and pay the one-time, non-refundable $20.00 application fee.  

    The application fee must be paid before a student can register for courses. You will be asked to pay the fee at the end of the application. If you are not able to pay the application fee, please select the ‘Cancel’ button on the payment screen of the ACE Application and contact the Bursar’s Office.

    Payment options for the fee include credit card (Visa or MasterCard), e-check, or by phone with the Bursar’s Office.

    Ready to apply? Click here!

  • Do I need to take a Placement Test? Open or Close

    Placement Test

    Placement Testing is required for all ACE students wishing to enroll in English, math, chemistry, or physics. Students must achieve a particular score in the discipline of math, English or both in order to register for some college-level courses. Placement testing is available at all College locations and at select high schools.  Please contact your high school guidance office to check on availability. To learn more, please visit the Student Success Center’s webpage.

  • How do I register for ACE courses? Open or Close

    Register for ACE

    If you have already applied and been accepted into the ACE Program, you may register for classes.  To complete the registration process you must log in to myPEAK, so have your user ID and password ready.

    To register, click here to complete the ACE (Dual Enrollment) registration process. After clicking this link, you will be asked to log in.

    Don’t have a user ID or password?

    This information is emailed to you within two business days after you complete your application. Please check your email for the instructions on activating your account, including your temporary password.

    If you need further assistance, please contact the ACE Help Line at 814.262.6444 or ace@pennhighlands.edu.

  • What are the key dates? Open or Close

    Key Dates

    Fall 2015

    May 4, 2015

    ACE Registration OPENS for Fall Only and Full Year ACE Classes
    ACE Application Available
    COMPASS Placement Testing Begins for Fall 2015

    August 10, 2015

    Tuition Payments Due for Fall Associate in High School Students

    October 5, 2015

    Last day to complete an ACE Application

    October 7, 2015

    Registration CLOSES for Fall Only and Full Year ACE Classes

    October 9, 2015

    Tuition Payments Due for Fall Semester ACE Courses

    October 9, 2015

    Last day to drop a Fall 2015 ACE Course and receive 100% refund

    November 6, 2015

    *Last Day for Student-initiated Withdrawal for Fall ACE Courses

    Spring 2016

    December 1, 2015

    ACE Spring Registration OPENS
    ACE Student Application Available
    COMPASS Placement Testing for the Spring 2016 ACE Term

    December 7, 2015

    Tuition Payments due for Spring Associate in High School Students

    January 11, 2016

    *Last Day for Student-initiated Withdrawal for Full Year ACE Courses

    February 5, 2016

    Registration CLOSES for Spring ACE Courses

    February 19, 2016

    Tuition Payments Due for Spring Semester ACE Courses

    February 19, 2016

    Last day to drop a Spring 2016 ACE Course and receive 100% refund.

    March 18, 2016

    *Last Day for Student-initiated Withdrawal for Spring Semester ACE Courses

    *Students who withdraw from a class receive a 'W' grade on their transcript.  The 'W' grade does not calculate into the cumulative grade point average (GPA).