ACC Honors Program - Celebrate curiosity

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 15% 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 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 Chair. For students who are returning to college after at least five years and would like a “fresh start,” we will consider only the most recent college grades. Contact [email protected] for details.

How do I register for an honors class?

Using this form, make a registration request for individual courses. The Honors Program staff will register you for your requested classes, after which you will receive emailed verification. 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 stimulating course in a supportive learning environment. Classes feature in-depth discussion, project-based learning, independent inquiry, presentations, service-learning, or other activities designed to promote the development of critical thinking skills and scholastic excellence. You can also expect to find like-minded students who 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.

Are there minimum requirements for staying in the program once I've been accepted?

In order to register for Honors courses each semester, a student must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Exemptions from this policy may be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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: [email protected]
Phone: 512-223-2171
In person: Highland Campus, Building 1000, Office 1428.02

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