Ascender

An exciting path to university transfer

Current/former student registration begins October 18. Register Now.

Students of the ACC Ascender Program.

¡Anímate a Ascender!

Form friendships and celebrate Latinx culture with Ascender. This free program is open to all first-year Austin Community College students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree. You’ll prepare for university transfer alongside a group of peers, receive one-on-one mentoring, attend family-friendly events, and much more! 

Ascender is supported by Catch the Next, an evidence-based college readiness and completion non-profit. Learn more at www.catchthenext.org.  

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Why Join Ascender?

Hear ACC students talk about their Ascender mentors, events, and classes and how the program helped them achieve their goals. They discuss their overall experience and journey within Ascender and why you should consider joining!

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How Ascender Works

As a member of Ascender, you’ll be assigned a group (or learning community) based on your educational background. Each group takes certain classes together during their first two semesters of college.

Group 1
Designed for TSI complete students.
Classes for 1st semester: ENGL 1301 (Composition 1) & EDUC 1300 (Strategies for College Success)
Classes for 2nd semester: ENGL 1302 (Composition 2) & and another core curriculum class

Group 2
Designed for Extra Reading and Writing Support.
Classes taken in 1st semester: INRW 0230 (Integrated Reading and Writing), ENGL 1301 (Composition 1) & EDUC 1300 (Strategies for College Success) 
Classes taken in 2nd semester: ENGL 1302 (Composition 2) & and another core curriculum class

Group 3
Designed for recent GED or ESOL graduates.
Classes taken in 1st semester: Adult Ed. College Prep INRW (Integrated Reading and Writing), ENGL 1301 (Composition 1) & EDUC 1300 (Strategies for College Success) OR HUMA 1301 (Great Questions)
Classes taken in 2nd semester: ENGL 1302 (Composition 2) & and another core curriculum class

After completing the classes above, you may continue to access Ascender benefits until you earn an associate degree from ACC and successfully transfer to a four-year university.

Benefits include:

  • Leadership training
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • College tours
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Latinx cultural celebrations

How to Join

Ascender welcomes applications from all first year college students. You do not have to be Latinx to join the program. Students from all areas of study are welcome to apply. Follow these steps: 

  1. Complete your ACC application and receive an acceptance letter.
  2. Complete Ascender's Student Interest Form.
  3. Complete an interview with an Ascender advisor.
  4. Agree to participate in all Ascender events if admitted into the program.

Questions? Email ascender@austincc.edu