Honors Program: Questions & Answers

  • How do I participate in the Honors Program?
    • Verify you meet the eligibility requirements and submit the program application, which is available online or at the Honors Program office.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    • To be in the Honors Program at Austin Community College, you must fill out an application and meet ONE of the following criteria:

      • Top 10% of high school graduating class.
      • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
      • ACT score of 26 or higher.
      • SAT score of 1170 or higher (in verbal and math sections).
      • Cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher, with the completion of nine (9) hours of transferable college coursework.
  • How do I register for an honors class?
    • To register for an honors course you must be pre-approved, or “cleared,” for the specific class(es) you want to take prior to registering:

      • Inform the Honors Program of your selected classes at least one to two business days before you intend to register.
      • After having your classes approved by the Honors Program, register and pay as soon as possible. All other ACC  registration requirements, rules, and deadlines will apply.
      • You must obtain Honors Program approval each semester for every honors course you intend to take. Professor approval is not required.
  • Why must I be approved before I register?
    • Honors course registration is restricted to only those students who are admitted to the Honors Program and have received program approval to register for a specific class. You should contact the program office early. Courses are limited to 15 students, and registration approval is given on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • What can I expect in a typical honors course?
    • You can expect an engaging and intellectually challenging class in an intimate setting, taught by outstanding faculty who emphasize active learning through in-depth class discussion, projects, research, presentations, or other activities designed to promote scholastic excellence. You can also expect to find a small group of like-minded students that are ready to fully engage in projects and group discussions.
  • If I don't take an honors class this semester, will I have to reapply?
    • No. Once you have been accepted to the program, you do NOT need to reapply at any time (even if your GPA declines).
  • Do honors courses charge higher tuition or annual fees?
    • No, your ACC tuition covers Honors Program membership. Some classes may charge fees to cover optional field trips. However, nothing outside regular course materials is required.
  • How do I contact the Honors Program if I have more questions?
    • You can reach the Honors Program Office any of the following ways:

      • Email: honors@austincc.edu
      • Phone: 512-223-2171
      • In person: Cypress Creek Campus, Bldg. 2000, Room 2204.7