ACE Program

International Flags hanging in MacMillan Hall

The American Culture and English (ACE) Program is Miami University's conditional admission program. It is intended for international students whose English language test scores fall just below the admissible level for admission to Miami, but who otherwise meet the requirements for admission.

Unique Advantages

  1. Enroll in 3-4 courses and earn 12-17 academic credits toward graduation in one semester (about 4 months).
  2. Receive conditional admission to Miami University-Oxford campus. Miami University-Oxford campus will issue an admission letter and I-20.
  3. Live in a residence hall on the Oxford campus with American students, participate in all aspects of college life, and have all the privileges and rights of other Miami students.
  4. Participate in programs only available to ACE Program students, such as excursions, special events, tutors, peer mentoring, and specialized advising.
  5. Opportunity to move to regular admission program if student can submit a new acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score before May 1st for Fall applicants.
  6. No need to retake the TOEFL or IELTS test after enrollment, and the ACE Program is designed to enable undergraduate ACE students to graduate in 4 years, the same as other Miami students.
  7. Pay the same tuition, fees, and room and board rates as other international and out-of-state students at Miami plus a one-time program fee of $1000. This fee is used to cover the cost of special excursions and other co-curricular activities unique to ACE students.
  8. Offer of Miami's Tuition Promise: Upon completion of ACE, tuition, room and board, special purpose fees, and course fees will be frozen over the four years of a student’s Miami experience.

ACE Courses

ACE 051 Academic English- Structure & Application 

  • Students are placed into this support course based on English proficiency at the start of the program.

ACE 112 Advanced Communications Strategies
ACE 113 Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts
AMS 205 (or equivalent) American Culture
Elective Courses

To move from conditional admission to full admission:

  • ACE students must receive a B- or higher in each of the two required English language courses (ACE 112, ACE 113).
  • ACE students must pass the required American Culture course (earn a C or higher).

English Proficiency Requirement for ACE Program 

The ACE program accepts students with strong academic credentials who have English language scores in the following ranges:*

  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 60-79
  • IELTS overall band: 5.0-6.0 (no subject requirement)
  • PTE Academic: 44-52
  • ACT English: 18-20, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 500-540 or ELS 109 EAP
  • Gaokao and Seunung exam scores.

*SAT or ACT is not required for international students.

Application Process

To apply to the ACE program, prospective students should apply via the regular Miami University application process for undergraduate international students. If you are admitted to the ACE program, you will follow regular confirmation and enrollment processes and procedures.

ACE Program Application Deadlines
Semester Application Type Deadline
Spring (January) International first-year and transfer December 1
Fall (August) International first-year February 1
Fall (August) International transfer June 1