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.​​

Lead and learn in challenging times

​In unprecedented times, ACE has supported higher education leaders by providing essential resources on COVID-19; mental health; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and other critical issues.

​Since the pandemic began, we have offered numerous webinars, workshops, and podcasts to help leaders transition to online teaching and advising, plan for reopening, support students' mental health, respond to financial challenges, and promote civic engagement. We continue to assist with these issues and others that arise as our member institutions recover and resume in-person learning.

ACE's monthly Public Policy Pop-Up webinars provide higher education leaders with timely updates on federal ​policy developments affecting higher education. With its recurring Pulse Point surveys, ACE has compiled a record of how leaders are responding to the changing higher education landscape.

Speak with a strong, collective voice

​As a member, you help influence higher education policy. With over 1,700 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. Recently, ACE has tackled issues on multiple critical fronts, including COVID-19 relief, Title IX, DACA and Dreamers, doubling the Pell, 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—including four-year and two-year, public and private colleges and universities.
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.
Join Now

To join ACE, simply follow the link below and fill out the application (PDF).

​Join​ ACE (150 KB PDF)
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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