Improve TSI Scores and become college-ready
ACC’s College Prep Program is a free 10- to 12-week program that helps students strengthen their academic skills and prepare for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college-readiness assessment.
Participants also complete applications for financial aid and explore college and career options with the help of advisors. Current developmental education students are encouraged to apply.
Students are required to have a TSI score on file from within the last 12 months.
View a schedule of College Prep classes
Who can enroll
College Prep students must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. Note: Students are required to have TSI score on file from within the last 12 months.
Apply online (closed)
You need to currently live in the Austin Community College service area and:
- have a working email address
- upload a picture of a government-issued photo-ID with date of birth
If you don't have a Social Security number you will be able to schedule an appointment with an Adult Education staff member who will provide you with an alternate number for the application. Please check back when the application re-opens.
After you create your account, choose Adult Education.
If you are 17 or 18 years old, you must upload proof of your high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
Need help? Click here to watch videos on how to apply or contact the Adult Education office.
Individuals with F1 or F2 (International Student), J1 or J2 (Exchange Visitor), or B1/B2 (business/tourism) visas are not eligible for this program. This includes expired, voided or canceled visas. If you have a question about your visa, contact the Adult Education Office.
Frequently asked questions
What is the cost for College Prep classes?
The classes and textbooks are free.
What are the attendance requirements?
Students are required to attend 85% of the time to remain enrolled in the program
Can College Prep classes be taken while a student is on academic suspension, probation, or warning?
Yes; College Prep classes can help a student develop their academic skills while working toward improving their academic status.
Will students in College Prep classes receive a grade that impacts their GPA?
The College Prep grade will not impact the GPA. The program is designed to help students improve their academic skills and become ‘college ready’.
Can students enroll in College Prep classes while taking ACC credit classes?
Yes; students are encouraged to continue their degree plan in content areas where they are TSI complete.
Can students participate in College Prep classes if they are already TSI complete in that subject area?
It depends. We ask that you speak directly with a College Prep Program coordinator to discuss the specific situation.
What is the average age of the students? Is there a minimum age requirement?
Participants have ranged from 19 to 70 years old (any student preparing for credit classes is eligible). Students under 19 must provide additional documentation.
Are advisors available to assist with registration into credit classes?
Yes, Adult Education Advising specialists provide complete advising services to students for transition into college credit classes including degree planning and Financial Aid Application Assistance.