Austin Community College (ACC) District is comprised of ten campuses and eight centers throughout the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. It is is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
The college offers a variety of associate degrees including associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS), and associate of applied science (AAS), as well as a number of certificate programs. Students who earn associate degrees either use them to enter the workforce or move onto four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The certificate programs provide real-world knowledge for entry-level positions in the workforce.
In addition, the district offers continuing education, international studies, distance learning online classes, adult education classes, community programs for all ages, apprenticeship programs for hands-on job training, customized training for area businesses, and a high school and pre-college program for high school students wanting a jump start on their college education.
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Admissions are non-competitive. To be admitted, students should have a high school diploma or equivalent; or, be a non-high school graduate who is at least 18 years old and shows the ability to benefit from college-level courses; or, a current high school sophomore or a home-schooled 16 year old and is academically ready for college-level courses.
To be considered, prospective students should:
submit an application for admission (students may do so online)
take an assessment test
meet with an advisor or counselor
attend student orientation.
The financial aid office assists with a variety of options for qualifying students, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. The school provides a detailed website with a list of aid available as well as descriptions for each. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Financial Aid Institution Application to be considered.
ACC District is a commuter campus made up of seven campuses: Cypress Creek; Eastview; Northridge; Pinnacle; Rio Grande; Riverside; and, South Austin. This network serves a wide range of students, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students seeking associate degrees and certificates, continuing education students, and working professionals.
Student programs offer many opportunities, including intramural sports and recreation, leadership programs, over 35 clubs and organizations, a shared governance committee, and a student newspaper—ACCENT—published 12 times a year and available in print and online.
The district also offers disability services and a library which provides online tutorials, an online catalog, as well as many articles and research information. Library hours vary by campus.
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Students have opportunities to play several intramural sports including soccer, volleyball, and basketball. In addition to regularly scheduled games, each sport organizes its own tournament to wrap up the season.
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