ACC Online Frequently Asked Questions

Applying and Enrolling with ACC Online

  • How do I enroll in an ACC Distance Education course?
    • The enrollment and registration process is the same for online courses as it is for on-campus courses. If you are not an ACC student, visit the ACC admissions page for information to get started on becoming an ACC student. There’s no fee to apply, and applications are accepted year-round. This will get you ready to register for courses.

      If you are already an ACC student, visit the ACC registration page for detailed instructions on how to register for courses.

  • What kind of distance education courses does ACC offer?
    • The following types of distance education classes are offered at ACC:

      Online – ONL
      Instruction and testing are fully online without required class times.

      Synchronous Virtual Class Meetings Required – DLS
      Instruction is fully online with required online meetings during the specified days and times listed.

      Hybrid Distance – HYD
      Instruction is mostly online with some on-campus meetings. An ACC ID card and personal safety measures will be required when on campus.

      Hybrid Classroom - HYC
      Instruction is mostly on-campus with remaining instruction online. An ACC ID card and personal safety measures will be required when on campus.

      Hyflex - FLX Classroom - HYC
      Instruction is offered on-campus, with students having the flexibility to attend virtually on any given class day.

  • When are online courses offered?
    • Online courses are offered during ACC’s fall, spring, and summer semesters, the same as on-campus courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for session dates.
  • How can I find out if distance education is for me?
    • To figure out if distance education is for you, we have two online quizzes that can help you self-assess your readiness to take an online course or start an online program. Take the “Am I ready for online?” survey and review the "Technical Skills Checklist" to find out if you’re ready for learning online.

What to Expect from Your ACC Online Class

  • Are ACC Online courses self-paced?
    • Online courses start and end in the same academic term as on-campus courses, with due dates for various assignments, tests, projects, etc. assigned by your instructor. All work must be completed by the end of the session in which you are registered.
  • Are online courses easier than face-to-face courses?
    • ACC Online courses are every bit as academically challenging as on-campus courses. You will cover the same course topics and objectives as the equivalent in-person class. Be prepared to spend more time reading and completing coursework, while staying motivated with good study habits.

      Successful online students should expect to spend at least 2 to 3 hours each week for every credit hour of class time working on your assignments and studying. For example, if you are taking a 3-credit course, you should set aside a minimum of 6 to 9 hours per week. Many students find that online courses take just as much time, if not more, than on-campus classes and require a self-motivated study schedule.

      For tips on how to plan your online class schedule and succeed in your online program, check out our guide to virtual learning and ACC Online.

  • What technical computer skills do I need to have?
    • Online students will need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection to review course materials, turn in assignments, and communicate with your instructor and classmates. Always check your course syllabus for any additional software or equipment requirements, such as a webcam, headset, or microphone. Students should have a basic knowledge of computer and internet skills in order to be successful in an online course.

      To find out if your technical skills and experience meet the needs of Distance Education courses at ACC, take the “Technical Skills Checklist” survey.

  • Will I have to buy textbooks for my online course?
    • Refer to your syllabus for detailed information about textbooks and other course materials you may be required to purchase. You can purchase materials from the ACC Bookstore website by clicking the “Textbooks” link to the right of the course name in the Course Schedule. Learn more about textbooks and supplies.
  • Can I still go to campus to use the library, learning lab, and other ACC services?
    • Of course! Distance education students have access to all the campus-based support resources available at ACC, including the Libraries, Learning Labs, Instructional Testing Centers, Computer Labs, Student Life, Student Services and Advising.

      There are also services available specifically for online learners.