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.
  • What if I fall just short of the eligibility requirements?
    • Since intellectual motivation is a significant factor in determining academic success, those who fall slightly short of the criteria, but who wish to undertake the challenge, may be admitted at the discretion of the Honors Coordinator.
  • How do I register for an honors class?
    • Using this form, make a registration request for individual courses. The Honors Office staff will register you for your requested classes, after which you will receive verification of your registration. Only the Honors Program staff may register students for Honors courses; students may not register themselves.
  • 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.
  • 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