Austin Community College offers college classes to qualified high school students here on Bowie's campus for juniors and seniors. Dual Credit classes are taught by college faculty using the same lessons and expectations other college students receive. You can take general education/core curriculum classes like English and Government your senior year and US History your junior year.
Steps to Enroll in a Dual Credit Class:
1) Apply for admission through ACC at www.austincc.edu/application
. You will need to be sure to include that you are a "dual credit student" which is asked towards the end of the application. Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an ACCeID which must also be activated before you can register. If you do not receive an ACCeID within 24 hours, you should contact the ACC Help Desk at www.austincc.edu/help
or call 512-223-4636.
2) Qualify for eligibility based on your SAT, ACT or TSI scores. The TSI will be offered for students a couple of days during the Spring semester at Bowie for students interested in enrolling in a dual credit course. If students don't meet the requirements after the first exam will then be required to schedule their test through an ACC campus.
Scores Required for Eligibility:
SAT - 480 on Evidenced Based Reading and Writing; 530 on Math
ACT - Composite score of a 23 with a 19 on the English AND Math section
TSI - 351 on Reading; 350 on Math, and 4 Essay score AND 340 Objective score or 5 Essay Score
(See Ms. Valverde for any questions regarding test exemptions)
3) Once you have met the requirements for Step 1 and 2, you will then need to pick up a co-enrollment form from the College and Career Center. This form will need to be turned in with Ms. Valverde in the CCC by the deadline and if not turned in at any ACC campus.
4) Register for the course through the Online Services
portal by the deadline.
*Students interested in enrolling are required to attend FIT sessions that are held in Oct and March as well as complete the steps listed above. There will also be a mandatory Orientation for any new students that will be held in April.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are classes offered?
You can take Austin Community College classes during the week here at Bowie.
Can I take one semester of US History at ACC during the summer and the other semester at Bowie?
No. Students may not "mix" a high school semester with a semester of dual credit. The course must be completed at Bowie or at ACC during the summer.
What steps do I repeat if I take a dual credit class next semester?
Each semester requires you to request a new Co- Enrollment Form from Ms. Valverde and complete it by the deadline.
Can I take a course online?
Dual Credit students may take Distance Learning courses with the approval of your high school counselor and parent, but it is important to understand that these courses maintain the same high standards as a classroom course and require significant self-discipline in order to complete them successfully.
Do I need to re-enroll at ACC after I finish high school?
No. You do not need to repeat the ACC admissions process once you have completed it. You will need to submit a new high school transcript to reflect your graduation date before you can register for any more ACC courses.