1) Apply to the college
As with all colleges we require an application to get you started, but we’ve made this one pretty easy to follow. There is no essay; you simply apply online. (One hitch: If you’re applying to a health program, you’ll need to attend an orientation first. Scroll down for special admissions processes.)
2) Help us place you academically
We believe education should be open to all, so we accept everyone who applies to AACC. But not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes. You may be ready for college-level English and math, have the ability to “test out” or maybe you need some developmental courses to help you brush up on your skills. To best place you in a course that provides the right challenge for you, we need to assess your abilities in English, reading and math.
a) If you’ve taken the ACT, SAT, AP or CLEP tests:
Simply forward an official copy of your high school transcript along with any ACT, SAT, AP and CLEP scores and other college transcripts to Records and Registration. We’ll take a look and record your scores in your student record. Are you wondering what scores you need to enter directly into college-level English and math? To qualify for Composition and Introduction to Literature 1 (ENG 111) you’ll need an SAT critical reading score of 510 or higher or ACT score of 18 or higher. To qualify for college-level math courses, you’ll need an SAT math score of at least 550 and ACT math score of 21 or higher. The higher your test scores, AP credits or CLEP score, the more advanced-level courses you can take.
b) If you haven’t taken college entrance exams:
Not a problem. Our testing center offers a placement test at no cost to you. Here’s a tip. Study first. We don’t want careless mistakes to be the reason you end up in a math class that’s not right for you. Consider taking “SKL 325-Math Placement Test Prep.”
c) Do you have special circumstances? Wondering if you need a special admissions process?
- Transfer students – Are you transferring from another college, or attending another college and plan to take a course here to transfer back? We’ll need a college transcript and have some tips for you.
- Health professions students – Would you like to apply to the School of Health Professions and Wellness? They have a special application and requirements.
- International students – Are you interested in coming to AACC on a student visa or are you already living in the U.S.? The forms you need are online.
- Currently enrolled high school students – Would you like to get a jump on your college coursework while you’re in high school? Learn about JumpStart, Program Pathways and dual credit.
- Degreed students – Do you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to take credit courses? We’ll still need a transcript to confirm you’ve completed prerequisites.
- GED and high school noncompleter students – We’ll take that rather than a high school transcript, but you don’t have to have either to come to AACC. If you demonstrate an ability to benefit from a college education, AACC will open its doors to you!
- Nondegree seeking- Interested in enrolling in credit courses without pursuing a degree or certificate? Maybe you have a degree or perhaps you do not? Your course options may be limited to those without prerequisites. Otherwise you’ll need to meet the same requirements as a degree-seeking student.
- ESL students – Are you a non-native English speaker? Are you already enrolled in English as a Second Language Courses? You’ll need to learn more about taking an ESL placement test.
- Disability – Do you have a learning or physical disability? We have identified accommodations for you.
- First in Family – Are you the first in your family to go to college? We have special services designed for you!
3) See an adviser
Now that you have applied and provided the information that can guide your placement, you’ll want to sit down with an adviser. If you already know you plan to transfer to a four-year school at some point, be sure to let them know that immediately. Do you already know what career you want or the program of study you plan to pursue? Great! Be sure to let them know. Not sure yet? That’s OK too. Our advisers can help you figure it out or select courses to keep your options open.
4) Register for class
Your adviser will provide you with a signed copy of the course schedule from which you can now register – online through your new MyAACC account, by mail or in person. You must make an initial payment, or payment arrangements, when you register. Our financial aid staff can help you apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Don’t wait until the last minute to register; popular classes and times fill up fast.
Full admissions details can be found on pages 10 through 17 of the 2012-13 college catalog.