Requirements for New ACC Students
Admission to Semester-Hour Credit Programs
Austin Community College maintains an open door
admissions policy. However, an assessment of basic skills is
required for all new semester-hour college credit-seeking students.
Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to all
programs of the college. Specialized programs have their own
admissions procedures and students are advised of their status
by the department. Certain programs must limit enrollment because
of limited space or special equipment needs. Transfer students
college credits previously completed at accredited institutions
of higher education will be evaluated for transfer and may be
applied toward a degree program at Austin Community College.
An official transcript is required from each college attended.
Who Is Eligible for Admissions
A student may be admitted to the college according to any one
of the following conditions:
· Be a graduate of an accredited high school or have
a GED certificate.
· A person who is 18 years of age or over may be exempt
from the above admission requirements and admitted on Individual
Approval if he or she can demonstrate the ability to benefit
from instruction. Applicants wishing to be admitted under Individual
Approval status must complete a waiver form, which may
be obtained from the Student Services Office on any ACC campus.
The Campus Dean of Student Services will review the case with
the academic program coordinator and make a recommendation to
the Director of Admissions and Records for final approval.
· A student who has completed his/her sophomore year
of high school may, upon the recommendation of the high school
principal, be permitted to enroll in the college. The class
load of such a student may not exceed a total of seven courses
a year including high school and college courses.
Applicants to ACC need to:
1. Complete an ACC application form.
2. Provide a record of previous educational experience.
3. High school juniors and seniors wishing to enroll concurrently
must submit appropriate documents.
4. Submit an official high school transcript demonstrating that
they have earned a regular high school diploma, if they are
high school graduates.
5. Submit copies of their GED certificates, if they are GED
Submit official transcripts from each institution attended,
if they have attended other colleges.
7. Meet with an advisor to determine TASP status. All ACC students,
unless exempt or TASP waived, must take the TASP test or the
TASP alternative test before enrolling at ACC. Results of these
tests will not be a condition of admission but will be used
for placement purposes. See the Assessment and Testing section
of the catalog for additional information.
8. Arrange to attend a new student orientation session.
An applicant to Austin Community College who is a Texas resident
may seek to enter pursuant to the academic fresh start
statute, Texas Education Code, 51.929. If the applicant informs
the admissions office in writing of the election at the time
of application to the college, ACC will not consider academic
course credits or grades earned by the applicant 10 or more
years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the
applicant seeks to enroll. Applicants who choose to apply under
this statute may not receive any course credit for courses taken
10 or more years prior to enrollment.
Returning ACC Students
It is not necessary for current and former students to reapply
for admission. However, all holds must be removed from a returning
students record prior to re-enrollment. A former student
not enrolled for a year or more and returning to ACC is required
1. Complete a new residency information form,
2. Update address and major, when applicable, and
3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended since
the students last enrollment at ACC.
College Start for High School Students
Austin Community College recognizes that certain high school
students may benefit from taking Early College Start courses
or programs identified by their high school principal or counselor.
The College may enter into such agreements with secondary school
districts and charter schools, subject to all applicable state
High school students seeking admission must meet all ACC admissions
criteria and follow the process outlined for Early College Start
enrollment. Early College Start registration forms may be obtained
by students from their high school or any ACC admissions office.
Early College Start students must be juniors or seniors and
are limited to two ACC courses per semester. Students who enroll
for more than two courses will be dropped by the ACC Early College
High school students enrolled at ACC are subject to all College
requirements regarding assessment, admissions, academic standards,
Co-enrollment. Public high school/charter school juniors
and seniors residing in the Colleges service area, upon
the recommendation of their high school counselor and principal,
and with parental approval, may enroll at ACC for up to two
college-level courses per semester. Upon receiving a passing
grade in a college-credit course, the high school students may
be awarded credits toward high school graduation. ACC waives
tuition and fees for juniors and seniors enrolled in public/charter
schools under the provisions of the Texas Education Code section
130.008; home-schooled students and students in private high
schools are not eligible for the tuition/fees waiver. Tuition
and fees for developmental education courses may not be waived
for any student.
Credit-in-Escrow. Credit-in-escrow applies to a course
that is part of a Tech-Prep Articulation Agreement between a
public high school and ACC. After high school graduation, the
student continues the program of study at ACC and is awarded
college credit-in-escrow for some high school courses identified
in the Agreement. Students must complete at least one ACC college
course before the credit-in-escrow will be recorded.
Admission to Health Science Programs
For specific admission information see http://www2.austin.cc.tx.us/hltsci/
Health Science programs with additional admission requirements
include the following:
Medical ImagingRadiology (formerly Radiologic Technology)
Medical Services Technology (formerly Paramedic Technology).
to any one of these programs requires satisfactory completion
of a specific screening process, which may include a criminal
background check. The screening criteria has been established
due to the nature of the programs and the limited number of
clinical placements available within the city of Austin and
in surrounding communities.
Applicants to the Vocational Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing,
Surgical Technology, Sonography, Radiology, and Emergency Medical
Services Technology programs are required to attend a career
Advising and Planning Session prior to being considered for
Applicants to the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Physical
Therapist Assistant (PTA) Programs are required to be interviewed
by an Admissions Committee.
to some Health Science programs are required to successfully
complete the ACC assessment test which is designed to measure
reading skills, writing skills, and math skills. The results
of this assessment test are used to assist students to identify
their strengths and weaknesses in relation to Health Care Careers.
Students may strengthen their basic English, Reading, and mathematics
skills by taking developmental courses at ACC. Students who
are interested in Health Science programs should contact an
ACC Assessment Office on one of the campuses to schedule the
orientation programs, coordinated through the counseling and
advising offices, help new students to successfully transition
to college. To increase the chances that students will succeed
at ACC, the college requires all new students who have not completed
15 hours of college courses to attend a new student orientation
of Name, Address,
Social Security Number or Major
Students who change their name, address, social security number
or major must submit a change form to a campus Admissions Office
immediately. Items mailed to the address on file are considered
properly delivered by ACC. Addresses provided by students must
be their current home addresses.
The Texas Department of Health urges immunization for diphtheria,
rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, and poliomyelitis prior to
being admitted to school. The Admissions and Records Office
has information on providers of local immunization services.
Health Science students have additional immunization requirements.
Information about these requirements is available from individual
ACC departments or the Travis county Health Department.
To be considered a Texas resident, students must legally establish
residence in Texas for the 12 months preceding their enrollment
and either be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
1. An in-district student is an individual who is a resident
of Texas and resides in the ACC tax district, based on the address
on file at ACC at the time of registration. Addresses in the
Austin, Leander, and Manor Independent School Districts are
part of the ACC tax district.
2. An out-of-district student is an individual who is a resident
of Texas, either as a US Citizen or with permanent resident
status, and resides outside the ACC tax district, based on the
address on file at ACC at the time of registration.
3. An out-of-state student is an individual who has not resided
in Texas for the 12 months preceding registration, or whose
permanent resident card is less than 12 months old.
4. International students should consult the International Student
Office about residency requirements.
Property owners and their dependents living outside the ACC
tax district who paid valorem taxes to ACC are eligible for
in-district tuition. A current property tax statement is required
for verification. Property owners on most temporary visas are
not eligible for this classification.
The responsibility for registering under the proper residency
classification is that of the student. Any question concerning
this classification should be clarified with the Admissions
and Records Office prior to enrollment. Rules and regulations
for determining residence status are defined under Title 3 of
the Texas Education Code. To determine the appropriate residency
classification, Austin Community College is required to review
enrollment documents for errors, inconsistencies or misclassifications
of residency. If a misclassification occurs, the College will
take the necessary steps to see that appropriate adjustments
are made. Additional documentation of Texas residency may be
required if the college determines that the information given
on the enrollment documents is not adequate to prove residency.
of Credit to Austin Community College
Credit for courses satisfactorily completed at other accredited
colleges and universities will be evaluated and may be transferred
to Austin Community College to fulfill requirements toward a
degree program. The student must have earned a grade of C or
above in the course for the course to transfer. If a grade of
D has been earned in a course that the student is attempting
to transfer, the student is encouraged to see an adviser or
the dean. Grades of A,B,C,D and F will be utilized in calculating
the Grade Point Average (GPA) of course work from the sending
institution. Ws will not be used to calculate GPA. A course-by-course
evaluation will be completed by the Admissions Office when necessary.
Students must complete at least one course in residence before
evaluation results will be recorded on the official transcript.
Official transcripts will be evaluated within one semester after
they have been received by ACC. An official transcript is required
for each college attended. Transcript request forms are available
at any ACC Admissions Office.
Transfer Disputes for Lower-Division Courses
The procedures outlined below shall be followed as prescribed
by Texas Education Code Section 1.078 (Chapter 5, Subchapter
5, Section 5.393) regarding transfer curricula and transfer
1. Should Austin Community College not accept the course credit
earned by a student at another institution of higher education,
ACC will give written notice to the student and to the other
institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied.
2. ACC, the other institution and the student will attempt to
resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board guidelines.
3. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction
of the student or the institution at which the credit was earned
within 45 days after the date the student received written notice
of the denial, ACC will notify the Commissioner of Higher Education
for the State of Texas of the denial and the reason for the
4. The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioners
designee shall make the final determination about a dispute
concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice
of the determination to the involved student and the institutions.