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Alvin Community College (ACC) is a community college in rural Brazoria County, Texas. The school began in 1949 as part of Alvin High School. It grew steadily over time, gaining its own campus in the 60’s and a larger campus and catchment area in the 70’s. Today, the catchment area includes all of the Alvin, Danbury, and Pearland school districts and part of the Angleton Independent School District. There is a branch campus in Pearland. The college also holds classes as Alvin High School, Manvel High School, Pearland High School, and Dawson High School. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled.


ACC features strong, cutting-edge career path medical programs, including Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography-Echo & Non/Invasive Vascular, Electroneurodiagnostic Technician, Polysomnography, Respiratory Care, and Emergency Medical Technology. The college also boasts a thriving theatre program, including a well-known children’s theatre festival in the summers. Students in the Drama program gain valuable experience working with the theatre festival in between years of adult productions.

Transfer Programs

For prospective students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor’s, the school offers preparatory associate’s degrees in broad disciplines including art, biological science, general studies, humanities, mathematics, music, science, and more. Classes use the Texas Common Course numbering system to maximize transfer opportunities to colleges and universities within the state of Texas. The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree is a transfer-track degree with specialty areas in kindergarten to grade 4, grades 4-8, grades 8-12, and bilingual and special education.

Online Learning

Alvin offers a wide range of online learning opportunities. Programs which may be completed entirely online include Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Transcription Training, and Real Estate. Students can also choose to professionally prepare taxes and prepare for the IRS exam. Online classes are also available for over 360 training courses in fields such as food safety, cosmetology, and OSHA 10/30 Hour Outreach.

High School Academics

There are three separate programs to transition high school students into college-level work to select from: Dual Credit, Tech Prep, and Upward Bound. In the Dual Credit program, students enroll in a college class at either their high school or one of the ACC campuses and receive both high school and college credit for their successful completion. In Tech Prep, students put together a 6-year high school and associate’s technical study plan to prepare for an apprenticeship program, baccalaureate study in a technical field, or a career path that includes working in the field while attending college. Upward Bound is an academic program for Alvin High School students in grades 9, 10, and 11 whose families meet the criteria for low income as established by the US government and who do not have a parent with a college degree. Upward Bound students receive academic benefits at no cost, and some qualify for a stipend.

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Unique Programs

One of the more unique features of the college is the Nolan Ryan Museum, dedicated to the baseball star Nolan Ryan, who studied veterinary medicine here early in his career.


In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, ACC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, Alvin offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6414th for the average student loan amount.
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The Student Center sponsors art exhibits, concerts, a fall festival and carnival, game shows, and the President’s Forum. As the hub of the campus, it is also home to the College Store, an ATM machine, the Student Activities office, the Student Government Association office, ping pong and air hockey tables, a television lounge with free Wii, Wi-Fi access, and Mr. C’s Bistro and Deli.

There are no residence halls on campus; however, the Office of Student Services keeps a file of housing opportunities on hand and staff are happy to help students locate appropriate living arrangements in the area as needed.

Clubs and Organizations

There are over 50 student organizations to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. They include such options as ACCEPTED (ACC Empowering People to Embrace Disabilities), Baptist Student Ministries, Equality Now: the Gay Straight Alliance, Gamer Club, Veterans Club, and Word Droppers.

Student Services

The Office of Student Services offers a wide variety of support services, including academic counselling, tutoring, personal support, and referrals as needed. The office also offers a wide variety of workshops free to students in credit courses. These workshops include such topics as How to Write an Admissions Essay (for transfer students); How to Study; How to Study for Math Classes; Test Taking Skills; Scholarship Resources; and Conquering Test Anxiety.

Child Care

The Child Development Laboratory School provides daycare for children aged 18 months to 6 years. In addition to providing training for students in the Child Development and Early Childhood program, the Lab School offers high-quality care to parents who are enrolled in classes. The program offers hot meals, before school and after school care, and exposure to college art exhibits and music performances for the older children.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics department is known as The Dolphins. The Dolphins are a member of the NJCAA and offer intervarsity athletic opportunities in baseball for men and softball for women. In addition, there are recreational programs for racquetball, tennis, soccer, table tennis, and more.

The college offers a fitness center for student use that includes a gym, racquetball courts, tennis courts, weight training rooms, locker rooms, and saunas. The athletic department also offers an associate degree in Sports and Human Performance, which trains students for commercial and community fitness professions.

Information Summary

Ranks 108th in Texas and 2135th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 19th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 32 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 10 0.04
Robbery 12 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 166 0.67
Larceny 551 2.23
Vehicle theft 41 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alvin, TX 77511-4898
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population42,621 (28,821 urban / 13,800 rural)
Households14,782 (2.87 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,042
Families11,287 (3.30 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4822

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4575th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,056 $2,112 $3,216
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $454 $454 $454
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $44 $88 $134
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,220 $4,276 $5,380
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,865 $15,921 $17,025
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,510 $8,566 $9,670

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,432(N/C) $2,440(N/C) $3,544(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,575 $1,710
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,687 $7,355
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,986 $4,290
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,986 $4,290

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1984th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,884 ($66,745 male / $53,491 female)
Number of FT Faculty 109 (47 male / 62 female)
Number of PT Faculty 258
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,914,884

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3110 Mustang Rd
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