Who Are ACE Students?

ACE consortium students are members of underrepresented groups in higher education, ages 20 to 40, many of whom are first generation college students or returning to college after sending their own children to school. Student cohorts reflect the demographic diversity of urban core neighborhoods where the program takes place: 70% African American, 25% Latino, and 5% White.

The college attainment rate of working adults in ACE neighborhoods is 0-7%, compared to the Pennsylvania state average of 27%. Education deficits create the dramatic difference between poverty levels in these neighborhoods (50-70%) compared to the poverty level of the state as a whole (19%).

  • 70 % Poverty Levels – ACE Neighborhoods 70% 70%
  • 19% Poverty Levels – PA State as a Whole 19% 19%