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How To Apply

Thanks for your interest in Arapahoe Community College. Before you begin the application process, have you decided which degree you want to earn at ACC? Please note that most (but not all) degrees offered at ACC are eligible for F1 Visa students. If you need help deciding which degree to select, please contact sara [dot] squires [at] arapahoe [dot] edu. *F1 Visa students are not eligible to pursue certificate programs.

Thanks for your interest in Arapahoe Community College! Before you begin the application process, review our eligible degree programs for F-1 students on the International Students main page. If you need help deciding which degree to select, please contact sara [dot] squires [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (sara[dot]squires[at]arapahoe[dot]edu). *F-1 students are not eligible to pursue certificate programs.
Once you pick your degree, you need to complete the 2-step application process outlined below in the "Application Process and Requirements" section.


Application Process and Requirements

Part I

  1. Complete the general ACC online admissions application
  2. Get an email from ACC Records and Enrollment providing your student ID number (S#) - within 2-3 business days

Part II

  1. Collect and prepare all required documents listed below and upload them to your International Student online admissions application
  2. $75 international application fee (pay online through the international application)
  3. English Proficiency (must meet 1 of the following):
    • TOEFL (iBT): 57 or higher. Must submit official test score report (ACC institution code is 4014)
    • IELTS: 5.5 or higher. Must submit official test score report. (ACC institution code is 4014)
    • Duolingo English Test score of 90 or higher
    • Official Michigan Test: minimum score of 75 (composition included). Only valid if taken at Spring International Language Center. Accepted until December 31, 2023
    • Spring International Language Center: Successful completion of Level 6. Accepted until December 31, 2023
    • Graduation from US High School
    • Completed an associate degree or higher at a US Institution of higher education
    • Completed 6 or more credit hours at a US college or university with a grade of 'C' or higher. Completed credits must include completion of ENG 1021 or equivalent college level English composition course. (ESL and developmental courses will not be accepted for English language proficiency)
    • Native English Speaker: must be a citizen (verifiable on your passport) of one of these countries considered to be majority English-speaking: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom.
  4. Signed affidavit of financial support
  5. Proof of financial resources in the form of bank statement(s) and / or certified and signed bank letter(s) on original letterhead
    • Dated less than 6 months old from the date of application
    • Statements / letters must show available account balance / liquid funds (in a single account or multiple accounts) for the estimated cost of attendance for 12 months in the total amount of $39,107 US dollars for the student; an additional $6,000 for each dependent (if applicable)
    • Students who have housing arrangements must still provide the full amount of the cost of attendance for 12 months
    • Provided documents must be in English so translation may be needed. F-1 students pay the Non-Colorado Resident tuition rate
    • Examples of financial documents that will NOT be accepted include: 
      • Checking account statements with rolling balance
      • Pay stubs, annual salary statement, or credit card statements
      • Accounts that will not allow withdrawals (ie. real estate investments, stocks, insurance, other investment accounts, etc.)
  6. Proof of high school completion or secondary graduation equivalent. Must submit copy of original proof of completion. If the document is not in English, provide a certified translation
    • Transfer students: provide unofficial copies of transcripts from previous US college or university
  7. Copy of passport picture page
  8. Copy of F-1 Visa (if currently holding)
  9. *Proof of health insurance must be provided before beginning classes (required for all ACC international students)

Application Deadlines


New F-1 Students Seeking
an I-20 from ACC

Transfer and Visiting Students in the U.S.

(mid-August to mid-December)

June 1

July 5

(mid-January to mid-May)

November 1

December 1

*Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Students

Current F-1 students who are transferring from another SEVP-certified school must complete the above listed in the “Application Process and Requirements” section above AND:

  • Submit a completed SEVIS Transfer form. This will be provided to you once you have been fully accepted to ACC through the international admissions process.
  • Once you have been fully admitted via the international application process, order and send official transcripts from prior colleges attended in the US for credit transfer. Send to records [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
  • Notify the current school of transfer plans

Foreign Transcripts

Students who have previously completed higher education coursework outside the United States and wish to transfer in credits must follow the process for Foreign Transcript Evaluations (“Rules for Transfer Credits Acceptance at ACC”). It is recommended that students with foreign transcripts discuss this option with the International Student Advisor before investing in the process.

Visiting Students

Current F-1 students attending other colleges or universities may co-enroll for credit at Arapahoe Community College by providing the following documentation:

English Language Learners (ESL)

  • F-1 visa seeking students: ACC does not offer an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students who need more language instruction before applying to the college are encouraged to explore options at dedicated ESL schools in the area who offer intensive language instruction.
  • All other English Language Learners: ACC offers a small selection of budget friendly community education courses dedicated to English as a Second Language through ACC Workforce and Community Programs.