Why Join ACE?

The American Council on Education (ACE)​ has supported its members for more than a century—and will continue to do so as higher education experiences rapid and far-reaching transformation. Membership matters now more than ever.​​

Facing the Future Together

​Having recently endured several transformative years, higher education continues to face financial, enrollment, and political challenges, as well as other difficulties. With a concerted focus on future thinking, ACE helps prepare its members to meet and resolve these issues. Through webinars, learning circles, research, briefs, and convenings, ACE brings higher education leaders together to learn from each other, solve problems, and shape policy. ACE’s large membership is a deep bench of experience and knowledge. When we harness that collective wisdom and capacity, we can envision and co-create the future of higher education to positively impact learners and society.

Speak with a Strong, Collective Voice

​As a member, you help to influence higher education policy. With over 1,600 member colleges, universities, and higher education associations, ACE coordinates higher education’s advocacy efforts to inform all three branches of government about the needs of colleges and universities and our students. ACE has tackled issues on multiple critical fronts, including COVID-19 relief, Title IX, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Dreamers, doubling the Pell Grant, and more.

Innovate and Connect

​ACE continues to innovate with its collaborative communities and professional development programs, such as the ACE Transformation Labs, ACE Fellows Program, ACE Learning Circles, and ACE Women's Network. And ACE offers numerous opportunities to learn, connect, and engage with peers through workshops, webinars, and the Annual Meeting. 

​Join us to take advantage of member benefits​, including programs, resources, and advocacy efforts that support you, your team, and your campus.​​​

Who Can Join Us?

We welcome:

  • Degree-granting, accredited colleges and universities based in the United States and its territories
  • National, regional, and state nonprofit associations based in the United States and its territories with missions that support higher education
  • Degree-granting colleges and universities based outside the United States and its territories
  • Higher education associations based outside the United States and its territories
 College and University Membership
College and University Membership
When you join ACE, you join a diverse and loyal membership base from all sectors of higher education.
Association Membership
Association Membership
ACE’s strength lies in its diverse and loyal membership base. In addition to colleges and universities, we partner with nonprofit associations to support colleges and universities and advocate for higher education.
Affiliate Membership
Affiliate Membership
The ACE Affiliate Members Program brings together leaders from the business, nonprofit, and foundation communities. Affiliate members enjoy engagement opportunities and access to ACE leadership, members, communications, and insights.
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To apply for membership, simply follow the link below and fill out the online application.

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Connect with Us

​If you have questions about joining ACE or your membership, please contact Jennifer Adams, director of membership, at or 202-939-9308.

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