Established in 1923, Allen Community College (ACC) is a public two-year community college located in Iola, Kansas. ACC is a member of the Kansas State Board of Regents. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, through the Higher Learning Commission. A wide variety of associate’s degree programs as well as vocational and certificate programs are available for students.
Popular programs include Addictions & Prevention Studies; Art; Agricultural and Natural Resources; Biology; Business Administration; Early Childhood Education; Information Technology; Farm & Ranch Management Production; Pre-Engineering; and Pre-Nursing. Certificate programs include Livestock Marketing & Management; Medical Office Assistant; Production Media; Web Design; and Meat or Livestock Evaluation.
Coursework completed at the college meets all of the higher education requirements of the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as general education credits to all six of the Regents universities. ACC offers flexible class options that include online classes, two satellite campuses, and part-time schedules.
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Interested students must complete the school’s application form, which is available online. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts if applicable. Letters of recommendation are not required, but some students may need to take COMPASS / ASSET placement tests (which are offered at the college free of charge).
Certain programs also have additional requirements. While students are admitted to the college on a rolling basis all year long, deadlines for registration vary by term and students should contact the school directly for exact dates and deadlines. Students can also elect to attend one of the college’s Senior Days or Early Enrollment Days for more information.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website.
More than 75 percent of students attending ACC receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Most of the students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students attending the college include grants, scholarships, and loans. The school also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need.
All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Allen County College also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid. Students who wish to pay the in-state tuition rates may also need to submit additional documentation in order to establish their residency.
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Although the student population is comprised of students from different states and even different countries, the majority of the the ACC student body consists of local and in-state students.
There are numerous academic and social support services available on campus, including academic advising, career counseling, and job placement services. ACC offers an impressive library with an extensive collection of resource materials, along with modern, state of the art computer labs.
Students may choose to participate in over 30 clubs, organizations, and activities. These include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. The Jazz Band, the Choir, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Ambassadors, the Student Senate, the Aggie Club, and the Yearbook are popular among students.
Various recreational and cultural events are also held on campus throughout the school year. Popular activities include Xbox gaming tournaments, movie nights, band concerts, bowling nights and cultural events at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the college’s website and is updated frequently.
A significant number of the college’s Iola campus students live on-campus in one of two residence halls. Students reside in double rooms and share a bathroom with an adjoining room. Sophomores can also choose to live in on-campus apartments for 3-4 people. These apartments are not furnished, except for refrigerators and stoves. All meals are served in the cafeteria that is located inside of the Student Center. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served from Monday through Friday; on weekends, only brunch is served.
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The ACC Red Devils proudly wear the school colors scarlet and black. Athletic teams are affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Red Devils compete in the Eastern Division of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.
In addition to cheerleading and dance teams, sports at the college include:
- Men’s & Women’s Basketball
- Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s & Women’s Soccer
- Men’s & Women’s Track & Field
Students can also choose to participate in the school’s intramural, scholarship, and club sports programs.
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