4 Steps & You’re In

Get started at Austin Community College by completing a four-step enrollment process. There’s no fee to apply, and applications are accepted year-round. Once you complete these four steps, you’re eligible to take credit classes at all ACC locations.

Step 1: View the First Step video

View the First Step video to learn about ACC’s admissions process and how to choose the best academic path to reach your career goals.

Step 2: Complete the application

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Fill out the online application to begin. There is no application fee. An enrollment advisor in the College Destination Center will contact you about any additional documents you’ll need to submit.

If you are an international student, click here.

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All documents must be received before your application is considered complete. Submit school transcripts and other documents. Check your application account for details, or click below to view instructions.

  • Official/Unofficial transcripts

    New students must submit all official transcripts within 30 days of applying to the college. If you have previous college credit, upload your unofficial transcripts to your application account while waiting for official records to arrive from your previous schools.

    See instructions >

  • Test scores or exemptions for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

    You will need to take the TSI test unless you can provide previous test scores or proof of exemption.

    See instructions >
  • Meningitis immunization proof or waiver if you are under age 22

    Your application account will indicate if you need to submit meningitis immunization documents. This can include an exemption or waiver.

    See instructions >
  • Proof of residency

    We may ask for proof of residency during the application process. Submit residency documents only if requested.

    See instructions >
doneConfirmation of completed application

You’ll be notified when your application is complete. Before you go to Step 3 >, you’ll first need to activate your ACCeID and ACCmail.

touch_appActivate ACCeID & ACCmail

You need your ACCeID and ACCmail to complete the remaining steps. You'll also use these tools as long as you attend ACC.

  • ACCeID

    Follow the link to get your electronic ID number and use it to access ACC’s registration system, your financial aid, and all your student records.

    Activate ACCeID >

  • ACCmail

    Use your new ACCeID to activate your ACCmail account for official communications. ACCmail also comes with other Google applications for your free use.

    See instructions >
Financial Aid

Don’t forget to submit your FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. This is an optional step but highly recommended. The average annual award is $4,558 - this could cover in-district tuition, books, and more!

Financial Aid >

Step 3: Area of Study Information Session

What you do in step 3 depends on how many college credits you have earned and if you are considered college-ready by TSI standards. If you’re unsure, call an enrollment advisor at 512-223-7747 or visit the College Destination Center.

Fewer than 12 college credits

TSI Complete

Attend an Area of Study Information Session

This required session will help you to review your degree and certificate options. After the session, you’ll be ready to register for classes.

Schedule an Area of Study Information Session >

Not TSI Complete

Attend an Area of Study Information Session

This required session will help you to review your degree and certificate options. After the session, you’ll be ready to register for classes.

Schedule an Area of Study Information Session >

After your Area of Study Information Session, schedule an appointment with an Area of Study Advisor to plan your classes and get off to a strong start. Then, you’ll be ready to register.

12 or more college credits

Not TSI Complete

We want to get you off to a strong start.

See an area of study advisor to plan your classes - appointments required.

Schedule an Area of Study Information Session >

Step 4: Register for classes


Visit the Registration website for details on information on when and how to register for credit classes. Here’s a brief summary of the steps you’ll take.

  • Plan

    Plan your classes in Self-Service.

    Let the Self-Service instructions guide you through the registration process.

    See instructions >
  • Register

    Click Register for the classes you selected.

    You’ll register for your planned classes any time after the new student registration date.

    See registration dates and deadlines >
  • Pay

    Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline.

    It’s essential that you pay all outstanding charges before the tuition deadline, or you’ll be dropped from the classes you registered for.

    Pay your tuition and fees by the deadline. >

Watch the video for instructions on how to plan, register, and pay for classes.

after you register

These last few tasks will get you ready for a great start for your first semester!

  • ACC Student ID card

    Obtain your free ACC Student ID card in person at any campus Admissions & Records Office at least one business day after registering for classes. Bring an official photo ID for identification.

    Learn more >
  • Parking & Transportation

    Purchase a vehicle parking permit or Capital Metro pass to help you get to campus.

    Learn more >
  • Textbooks & Supplies

    You can get your textbooks and supplies from any seller. Required purchases are listed on the course syllabus and may appear in Online Services.

    Learn more >

Don't forget to check Self-Service or ACCmail if you have applied for financial aid.

Important Dates

ACC’s academic calendar has 16-week semesters in the fall and spring and an 11-week semester in summer. Shorter sessions are also offered within each semester to provide students a variety of course lengths and start times. Don’t wait to complete the admission steps! Applying early ensures you’ll be ready when key registration dates arrive.

Fall 2018
  • Classes start
  • August 27, 2018
  • New student registration starts
  • May 29, 2018
Spring 2019
  • Classes start
  • January 22, 2019
  • New student registration starts
  • October 29, 2018
Summer 2019
  • Classes start
  • May 28, 2019
  • New student registration starts
  • April 15, 2019

Other Types of Admissions

We offer several noncredit learning and training options. These programs include Continuing Education, Adult Education, and English as a Second Language.

Continuing Education Take noncredit classes to learn a new job, upgrade a skill, or advance your career.
Adult Education Prepare for high school equivalency or learn English as a Second Language.
Learning English Improve your English skills in small classes taught by caring faculty.

Here To Serve You

The admissions process can be slightly different for some students. Our highest priority is to welcome each student and put them on a pathway as seamlessly as possible.

High School Students
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ACC’s high school programs can help you start college and earn valuable credits – even a degree - before you graduate high school.

Active Military & Veterans
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ACC’s Veterans Affairs Office will provide you with friendly, expert guidance as you enroll in college, apply for VA benefits, and complete your degree.

Students with Disabilities
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ACC’s Student Accessibility Services is ready to assist you through every step of college, beginning with the admissions process.

International Students
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ACC’s International Students Office assists students from around the world who want to earn a college degree or learn English.

Need Help?

Let Us Help You Get Started

Need assistance or accommodations? The enrollment experts at the College Destination Center are eager to help.