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If you want to Move Mountains, ACC is the college for you. Our open-door admissions policy means we admit anyone who is at least 17 years old and a high school graduate, a GED certificate completer, a home-schooled student, or a high school non-graduate. ACC also welcomes veterans and military service members, transfer students, and former ACC students.
We want you to start your education off right. Keep in mind that the application process can take 2-3 weeks to complete all the steps to enroll in classes. Our Admissions team will help you along the way and discuss alternative options if you are attempting to apply and register within 2 weeks of the start of each semester.
If it has been more than 3 semesters since you’ve taken a class at ACC, you will need to re-apply. An Admissions counselor will guide you through any additional requirements.
Follow these steps to get started at ACC in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.
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New, First-Time College Students
If you have never gone to college or taken a college course, you are a new, first-time anywhere college student.
Being a guest student at ACC means that you will be taking courses that will help you with degree completion at another college or let you take the one or two courses you need for professional development or to enhance your learning. As a guest student at ACC, here are some important things to remember:
- Your home institution is defined as the college or university where you attend for a majority of your classes and where you have requested your FAFSA and Financial Aid to be awarded.
- As a guest student, you are not eligible to receive financial aid from ACC, but you can receive financial aid from your home institution (if eligible). If you currently receive Financial Aid at your home institution, you may need to complete a consortium agreement form and follow the required steps.
- You will need to work with your home institution advisor to make sure the courses you take at ACC will transfer toward your degree.
- If the course you want to take has a pre-requisite, you will need to provide transcript information to provide evidence of completion of that pre-req course. Please send an unofficial transcript to records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (records[at]arapahoe[dot]edu). In the email, also include your ACC student ID number and the course name and number you want to take. Please check your email regularly for confirmation of transcript review and pre-requisite approval.
If the course you want to take has a pre-requisite, you will need to provide transcript information to provide evidence of completion of those pre-req courses. Please complete the Unofficial Transcript Submission Form. To check for pre-requisite course requirements, you can visit the course list page. For additional questions, please contact records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (records[at]arapahoe[dot]edu) or work with your Academic Advisor.
We hope you have a great experience as an ACC Guest Student. If you would like to continue on as an ACC student after your guest semester, please let us know and we can assist you in transitioning to a transfer student.
High School Students (Concurrent / Dual Enrollment)
With ACC’s Concurrent Enrollment program you can earn high school and college credit at the same time. This is ideal for students who want to jumpstart their college education or enhance their high school academic experience. With approval by your high school counselor, you can take college classes at your high school.
Visit the Concurrent Enrollment page for specific admissions steps.
Current Home Schooled Students
Through ACC’s Concurrent Enrollment program, home-schooled students may be able to earn college credit through their home school program. Guidelines are different depending on if you’re 18 and older or 17 and under. To learn more, contact the Concurrent Enrollment office at 303.797.5946 or email acc [dot] ce [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (acc[dot]ce[at]arapahoe[dot]edu).
- Complete the ACC Application (for your High School on the application enter “Homeschool in Colorado”)
- Follow the application steps for current High School students
- If your homeschool program is assisting with the tuition for your courses, please contact Concurrent Enrollment for guidelines
- If you are enrolling in courses outside of your homeschool program
16 and Under Students
If you are 16 and under and want to take classes at ACC, either on campus or online, schedule a meeting with an Admissions counselor to help you get started.
- Complete the ACC Application
- Follow the application steps for current High School students
- If you are enrolling in courses independent of your High School
- Contact acc [dot] ce [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (ACC Concurrent Enrollment) to schedule an appointment
- Complete the account agreement form and submit it to cashier [dot] acc [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
Students from all over the world come to ACC to study on a safe and supportive college campus in beautiful Colorado. Many international students go on to transfer to 4-year universities after completing studies at ACC. Learn more about the admissions requirements for international students, including how to get and maintain F-1 status and how to apply.
International Admissions Information
Returning to ACC (Re-Admit)
- Log in to your ACC application account
- If it has been more than 6 years since you attended ACC, please create an application account
- If you are locked out of your account, email us at admissions [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (subject: Re-Admit%20-%20Account%20Locked) (admissions[at]arapahoe[dot]edu)
- After you have submitted your application to return to ACC, watch your email for your acceptance email from records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (records[at]arapahoe[dot]edu) (which will arrive within 3 business days)
- Talk with Advising before registering for classes to see what changes may be in place since you were last with ACC
- Send your official college transcripts if you have attended other colleges since being at ACC
Are you coming back to ACC after a break due to COVID-related circumstances? You may be eligible for the Come Back Connect Complete program.
Transfer In (Transferring to ACC)
- Complete ACC application
- To have your previous courses reviewed for potential transfer credit, send official college transcripts to records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu from any college(s) you attended
*Transcripts sent by the student or hand-delivered are not considered official
Undocumented Students / Other Non-US Citizen
ACC is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible, and welcoming community for all. If you want to apply to ACC and have questions or concerns, please contact our Admissions office. If you are an undocumented, ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow), or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student, choose the “Non-U.S. Citizen” option on the application.
If you need help paying for college, you can apply for state financial aid using the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). If you need assistance, contact ACC's Financial Aid team.
We have additional resources to support you in the Dean of Students office.