Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) are partnering together to offer students Admission through Co-Enrollment (ACE). ACE is an extraordinary opportunity for students to take courses at both MPC Marina and CSUMB campuses to meet their education goals. Students earn an accredited bachelor’s degree from CSUMB at the conclusion of the program. Together, the distinguished institutions will prepare students with knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and a degree necessary to excel in today’s professional economy.

The ACE program is designed to provide more students the opportunity to earn a degree through non-traditional pathways. At this time, pathways are available for Business Administration, Marine Science, and Undeclared majors. Students seeking these degrees will take a combination of courses at MPC Marina and CSUMB campuses for their first two years. Beginning their third year, all courses in the prescribed pathway are taken at CSUMB. Ideal ACE candidates are highly qualified, open-minded to new opportunities, and ready to pursue an academic career that sets them on the path to success. 

Benefits of being an ACE student

  • Defined pathway from orientation to graduation
  • Work with a cohort of 30-40 peers who will act as a support network throughout the program
  • Opportunity to apply for on-campus housing at CSUMB
  • Access to free public transportation for quick and easy travel between the campuses
  • Eligible to receive financial aid
  • Potential to accelerate the graduation timeline by enrolling in courses during the summer and early spring courses
  • Enjoyment of student life on both campuses
  • Opportunities to participate with MPC Athletics or CSUMB Intramural/Club Sports
  • Full access to all student support services provided by MPC and CSUMB: tutoring & mentoring, student clubs and organizations, undergraduate research opportunities, service learning, disability resources, on-campus dining, on-campus health center, on-campus athletic facilities, and so much more!

Students are selected by special invitation from MPC and CSUMB Admissions. Application instructions are provided to qualified candidates via email.

For additional information, please visit the CSUMB ACE website or email