ACE Program - Earn College Credit in High School

High School and College Credit

Graceland University's ACE Program is an incredible opportunity for high school 11th- and 12th-grade students (and 9th- and 10th-grade talented and gifted students) to earn college credit in high school. The ACE Program operates under Iowa's Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act which opens the door to any high school junior or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA or with the recommendation of their high school counselor or principal to enroll in our classes and earn dual credit - three college credits as well as high school credit.

Graceland currently enrolls between 250 and 275 students in the ACE program each semester. Students can enroll for up to, but not including, 12 semester hours (12 semester hours is considered full-time enrollment, which is not allowed). Students may not enroll in a course if a comparable course is available at the local school district.

Exciting Opportunity

Beginning in the spring of 2013, Graceland offers ACE students an exceptional incentive: ACE students have automatic acceptance into Graceland University and are guaranteed up to a 50% tuition scholarship.


Graceland University offers courses that are completed in three formats:

  1. Online
  2. Courses taught by one of your faculty members at your school, with courses and instructors to be approved by Graceland. In order for Graceland to offer credit for courses taught on location, the courses must also be taught at Graceland. The School District will submit the course syllabus and the instructor’s credentials to the Director of the ACE program ( The ACE Program Director will request that the appropriate Graceland Department examine the syllabus and instructor’s credentials for approval.
  3. Courses on location at Graceland University for schools in close proximity to the Lamoni GU Campus

Funding for this program comes from local school districts paying no more than $250 per student/course for an online course or, if one of your faculty members teaches a course on location, the cost is $90 per student/course. The local school district pays for the instructor's time, textbooks and other fees.

High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit in their own homes, if the online format is chosen, or in the school library or computer lab. Because there is no specific time that these classes meet, busy students are allowed the flexibility to complete college level work within the framework of their unique schedules.

Courses in the discipline of mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities and courses in career option programs are eligible for students to enroll in under the PSEO Act.

Spring 2018 online courses offered can be viewed by clicking here.

The complete list of Graceland University majors and minors will assist you in choosing courses that will fit into your chosen major.

We are excited for this amazing opportunity for high school students to take ACE courses and seek entrance into Graceland University. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

ACE Registration Process

Follow the instructions viewed by clicking here



Lorrie Long
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