ACE program enables high school students to earn credits at BU

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Local students may earn college credits at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania before they graduate from high school and save money on tuition at the same time.

BU’s Advance College Experience (ACE) program offers qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in regular, for-credit university courses on a space-available basis. For students from participating high schools, tuition is discounted 75 percent.

James Matta, assistant vice president at BU and ACE program director, notes that while many students take college courses during the summer, they may also take classes during the academic year.

“Just about any college-bound student can take advantage of this program to some degree, especially during the summer. This is an opportunity for families to save a considerable amount on college tuition,” said Matta. “Really strong students can take their high school senior year at Bloomsburg.”

The ACE program typically attracts more than two dozen high school students during the academic year and another 40 students in the summer.

“We have high school students who already have 28 credits to apply toward college,” said Matta. “They can save more than $3,000 on tuition by doing that—essentially completing their freshmen year of college while in high school.”

More information on Bloomsburg’s ACE program is available on the World Wide Web at

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.