Posted in ACE, Alternative Credit Project, edX, Saylor Academy, Straighterline,, Transfer Credit

The “REAL” ACE College List

Non-college-issued credit comes from many places:  Straighterline, ALEKS, Sophia, EdX, Saylor,, Lumerit/College Plus, Advanced Placement, CLEP, military training, licenses, certifications, and many, many others.  They are “worth” college credit because their curriculum or exam has been evaluated by a third party called ACE (American Council on Education) and has been determined to be worth a certain number of credits. As an example, ACE determined completion of Military Bootcamp is worth 6 college credits! Though other third party credit evaluators exist, ACE is the largest and oldest- frankly, they are the primary trusted evaluator in the United States.

Some colleges will accept “all ACE credit” – that is to say, if your credit appears on an ACE transcript, they will give you college credit.  The number of colleges in this category is very small.  My estimation is that it is fewer than 50.

Some colleges will accept “ACE credit” but don’t go so far as to say “all” and will consider, but not guarantee, acceptance. My estimation is fewer than 250 fall into this category.

2,000 colleges are part of the “ACE Network” which ACE publishes the list of colleges who will “consider” your work for college credit.  In no way, shape, or form, do 2,000 colleges award credit for ACE.  Being in the network does not mean they award credit.

What does it mean to be part of the ACE Network?

As I found out with my oldest son in 2013, it does NOT mean that the college will consider ACE credit for you- it might mean that they teach it!  Our local community college is on the list, so imagine my surprise when they denied 27 of my son’s ACE credits in transfer (ALEKS math and Straighterline).  I decided to probe deeper (they were on the list, after all!) and found that our local community college offered a carpentry course through the continuing education (non-credit) department, and successful completion of that course led to 3 ACE credits in carpentry.  In other words, our community college was on the list because they taught a course that generated ACE credit, not because they awarded credit for ACE work.  Yes, I appealed.  No, he didn’t receive credit. Ouch.

RULE 1:  Don’t assume colleges on the ACE Network list will award your teen college credit for their ACE courses.

As I appealed my son’s credit decision, I grew frustrated by advisor after advisor who didn’t know what ACE was, or what kind of credit he’d earned.  I shouldn’t have been too frustrated because I remember myself having advised students at the community college for about 10 years before I knew what CLEP was….or that we were a testing center.  Eventually, when I found someone (the Registrar) who knew what ACE credit was, she was able to explain to me why our community college was on the list and told me all about the carpentry course.   Scenarios have played out like this have played out dozens of times among our membership.  I frequently hear of parents being bounced around to 4-5 people just trying to find out if the college accepts Straighterline credit!

If you’re constantly told that they don’t know what ACE credit is, or if they accept it, or want you to “submit your transcripts first” before giving you information, you can ask if they award credit for military training.  Military training usually appears on an ACE transcript, so even though your teen won’t have military training for evaluation, this could be a “clue” that ACE credit may be awarded.  Again, we’re trying to predict based on an incomplete picture, but how colleges behave in one situation is usually a good indication of how they’ll do other things – so it’s worth asking if you’re out of options.

RULE 2:  Don’t assume that college personnel are familiar with ACE credit. ACE credit is probably the least frequent type of credit they encounter.  You’ll have to be patient and persistent.

As someone constantly tracking this type of information, I am so frustrated when I can’t share a “list” with our membership.  Asking for a list is a frequent question, and frankly, there isn’t one.  So, instead, I’ll share what I know- and you can work from there.  I have found, that several ACE credit sources have credit transfer partnerships with specific colleges.  For example, Saylor Academy has partnership agreements with 20 colleges.  Those 20 colleges have agreed (in writing) to accept Saylor’s courses for college credit.  That list is a great list to use as a starting point- which is to say that if those 20 colleges accept Saylor courses, they probably will accept other ACE evaluated course provider’s courses! The Alternative Credit Project partnered with 40 schools, and Straighterline another 100+.

RULE 3:  When one ACE credit source has a partnership agreement with a college, it is reasonable to infer that the same college will also accept other ACE credit sources.  

If you visit each ACE provider’s website, you can find their partnership agreements. Here is a small sample of ACE providers: partnership colleges

edX partnership colleges (includes graduate level partnerships)

Saylor Academy partnership colleges

Straighterline partnership colleges

Alternative Credit Project partnerships

As you browse the lists, you’ll see that there is some overlap of schools, but there are many listings that appear only one one list.  It is my observation, that if a college appears on any list above, you’ll have an excellent shot at getting them to accept your other sources of ACE credit- at the very least, you should try.

So, the following list is the list I created by merging all known partner college relationships with ACE credit providers I could find.  In other words- this list, not the ACE Network list, is probably as close to any “real ACE list” as you’ll ever find, and it contains about 145 colleges (not 2,000).   

University of Maine at Presque Isle

Alderson Broaddus University 101 College Hill Drive, Philippi WV 26416
American Business and Technology University 1018 West St. Maartens Drive, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506
American College of Education 101 West Ohio St., Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204
American Intercontinental University 231 N. Martingale Road, 6th Floor, Schaumburg, IL 60173
American Military University 111 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414
American Public University 111 West Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414
American Sentinel University 2260 South Xanadu Way, Suite 310, Aurora, CO 80014
Antioch University Midwest 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Antioch University Online
Antioch University Santa Barbara 602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Antioch University Seattle 2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121
Arapahoe Community College 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120-1801
Argosy University 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868
Ashford University 8620 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego, CA 92123
Baker College
Bastyr University 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Bay State College 122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Bellevue University 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 41 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116
Berkeley College Box 440, Little Falls, NJ 07424
Bethel College of Indiana 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545
Bethel University 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112
Brandman University  16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
California Southern University 3330 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Capella University 225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Capitol Technology University 11301 Springfield Road, Laurel, MD 20708
Cecil College One Seahawk Drive, North East, MD 21901
Cedar Valley College 3030 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster, TX 75134
Central Michigan University  1200 S. Franklin St., Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859
Central Penn College 600 Valley Rd., P.O. Box 309, Summerdale, PA 17093-0309
Charter Oak State College 55 Paul Manafort Dr, New Britain, CT 06053
City University of Seattle 521 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121
City Vision University 3101 Troost Ave. Suite 200, Kansas City MO 64109-1845
College of St. Josephs (VT) 71 Clement Road, Rutland, VT 05701
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Colorado State University Global Campus 7800 East Orchard Road, Suite 200 , Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Colorado Technical University 231 N. Martingale Road, 7th Floor, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Community College of Aurora 16000 East CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
Community College of Denver 1111 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
Concordia University Irvine 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Concordia University St. Paul 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
CUNY City University of New York 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan
DeVry University 1200 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563
Excelsior University 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-5159
Fayetteville State University 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301
Fisher College 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Franklin Pierce University 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461-0060
Franklin University 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Front Range Community College 2190 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501
Goodwin College One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118
Goodwin College
Grace College 200 Seminary Drive Winona Lake, Indiana 46590
Grambling State University 403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana 71245
Granite State University 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH 03301
Great Bay Community College 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth NH 03801
Harrisburg University of Science and Tech.  326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Herzing University W140N8917 Lilly Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Indiana Tech  1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Indiana Wesleyan University 4201 S. Washington St.,Marion, IN 46953
Jefferson Community and Technical College 109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
John F. Kennedy University 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817
Kaplan University
Kendall College 900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Lakeland University W3718 South Drive, Plymouth, WI 53073-4878
Lamar Community College 2401 South Main Street, Lamar, Colorado 81052
Liberty University 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Va. 24515
Life Pacific College 1100 West Covina Boulevard, San Dimas, California 91773
Lipscomb University One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204-3951
Lynn University 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Martinsburg College 341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, WV 25404
McNeese State University 4205 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA
Mercy College 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Monroe College 2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468
Monroe Community College 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, New York 14623
Morgan Community College 920 Barlow Rd., Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050
National Louis University 122 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60603
New England College 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242
New England College
New England College of Business 10 High St., Ste. 204, Boston, MA 02110-1605
New York Chiropractic College 2360 State Rte. 89 Seneca Falls, New York 13148
Nichols College 129 Center Road, Dudley MA 01571
Northcentral University 2488 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106
Northeastern Junior College 100 College Avenue, Sterling, Colorado 80751
Northwestern Health Sciences University 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431
Northwestern State University 175 Sam Sibley Dr, Natchitoches, LA 71497
Norwich University 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663
Notre Dame College 4545 College Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
Olivet Nazarene University One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2345
Otero Junior College 1802 Colorado Ave. , La Junta, CO 81050
Pacific Oaks College 55 W Eureka St. Pasadena, CA 91103
Patten University 2100 Franklin Street, Suite 350, Oakland, CA  94612
Paul Smith’s College 7833 New York 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
Pikes Peak Community College 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Pillar College 60 Park Place, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102
Pine Manor College 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Rasmussen College 1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 400, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Red Rocks Community College 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228
Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80221-1099
Rio Salado College 2323 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
Saint Joseph’s College PO Box 870, Rensselaer, IN 47978
Seward County Community College 1801 N Kansas, PO Box 1137, Liberal, Kansas, 67905
Simpson University 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003
Sinclair College 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
St. Catherine University 2004 Randolph Avenue , St. Paul, MN 55105
Strayer University
Sullivan University 3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
SUNY Empire State College Two Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Tennessee State University 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 325 N Wells, Chicago, IL 60654-1822
Thomas Edison State University 111 W. STATE ST. TRENTON, NJ 08608
Tiffin University 155 Miami St, Tiffin, OH 44883
Touro University Worldwide 10601 Calle Lee, Suite 179, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Trident University International 5757 Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Cypress, CA 90630
Trinidad State Junior College 600 Prospect Street, Trinidad, CO 81082
Truckee Meadows Community College 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512
Union College 807 UNION STREET SCHENECTADY, NY 12308
Union Institute & University 440 East McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
United States Sports Academy One Academy Drive, Daphne, Alabama 36526
University of Baltimore 1420 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
University of Bridgeport 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
University of Louisiana at Monroe 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209
The universitytreet, Presque Isle, ME 04769
University of Maryland University College 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783
University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152
University of Phoenix 1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85282-2371
University of the Incarnate Word 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
University of the Potomac 2070 Chain Bridge Rd, Suite G100, Vienna, Virginia 22182
University of Western States  2900 NE 132nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97230
Upper Iowa University 605 Washington Street | P.O. Box 1857, Fayette, Iowa 52142
Urban College of Boston 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Utica College 1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502
Walden University 100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Western Governors University 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Indiana 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Missouri 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Nevada 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Tennessee 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Texas 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Western Governors University-Washington 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700,  Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Wilmington University 320 N. DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720
Wisconsin Lutheran College 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226

*note- it may not seem like it, but this project took quite a bit of work – most providers used only college logos- not text (how crafty of them) so I had to hand write the list here for you.   Remember, there is no incentive for businesses to “share” or “merge” lists because it is in their best interest for you to use their products and NOT those of their competitor!  

UPDATE:  My deepest gratitude to Amy B. for generously and painstakingly looking up all of these college’s addresses and websites!! I know how long projects like this take, and I am so thankful!!!!