Austin Community College District Reviews
I am a student with disabilities. I started taking classes at ACC a few years ago and was satisfied and felt I am making good progress in my learning. Due to my disabilities, I have not been a full time student. ACC started off as a good college with good accommodations (comparable to my high school's support) but in the past year, the office to support students with disabilities became extremely difficult to work with. The accommodations I had received from high school are no longer allowed and I am struggling to receive support. The administration that is in charge of the office for students with disabilities somehow decided I no longer need the same type of accommodations I had received from ACC (and high school) for a few years. I am pursuing this through office for civil rights and I want to give this review so other students with disabilities understand what to expect. You should expect to go through heartache to get accommodations if this is the college you want to attend. At this point, I do not recommend this college to any student with disabilities. The administration from the Office for Students with Disabilities is very unfriendly to students who need support.
Fix the stupid people in Admin/Registrar. Already have 2 degrees. Trying to take one free course (up to 2 classes per year are free for 65+) because interest, but Registrar is demanding transcripts from every college I ever attended. That's $80 of transcripts...for ONE free class??!! It's not like I intend to get another degree. I sent the transcript that showed I graduated from UT-Austin in engineering. Isn't that good enough for me to take Archaeology 101?!
Fix your admin. My transcripts are being held hostage by your administration and everytime i send you an updated transcript you keep asking for an new updated transcript. I just need the two language courses i took over the summer sent to my actual university. the classes were good. your admin practices are not. fix yourself.
I am currently attending this school in hopes of transferring to a four year university. Some of the professors have been a blessing and others have been a curse. My main complaint is the financial aid Department. I had no idea that I would have to deal with such an incompetent department. And if you call to talk someone it takes an act of God to get the right answer. The school itself is okay but the financial aid department needs an intervention.
I had to take just a single course for grad school. My instructor was amazing but the staff at the school is horrible. Nobody knows anything and very rude. They hire college students who are not knowledgeable. Very short on the phone and no clue what you are asking them.
This community college is such a hassle to navigate online and in person! People working in every department seems to be either new or nonchalant with their work. I had to take a SINGLE class in Physics as a pre-requisite and while the class and professor was excellent, the system with ACC is screwed. I was required to declare a "major" and I wanted to just be in and out. Then admissions did not know what to do and referred me to one person to another. Such a headache, especially if you have an additional disability. GET OUT. The people working there do not care and simple things seem impossible to them. I don't get it. Please train your employees to work with diverse students and be more efficient. This school is stuck in the 90s, paper work here and there, tutors are those who are "unemployed" and not know their stuff, student's website is half-assed, just avoid this place if you're taking one class.
Austin Community College has some great & caring teachers, but also has some teachers that do not know their material. I had one Spanish II teacher that kept asking his "native speakers" in his class for grammar answers and this teacher teaches Spanish II and III !! Why would a college hire teachers for a language in which they do not know grammar? It is frustrating to students that really wish to learn the material. I wish they would give tests for their teachers when they hire.
Great school with friendly campus and staff. I used to be a straight D student in high school, but though the help of advisors and great teachers I earned all A's this seater and im track to transfer to UT in 2018, Hook Em! This is a great school if you're looking to get back to school after taking some time off, want to yank out your core to transfer to a four year institution, or if you have a part time job and want an affordable yet great education. I would recommend this school to anyone.
Since I have began my studies at Austin Community College I have loved my experience there. The Faculty go above and beyond to help the students out. The advisors and counselors are with you every step of the way. They have giving me great advice and have lead me in the right direction. It's a great institution for those looking to transfer into a 4 year college program.
After graduating high school, I was dead set on going to a fancy 4-year music college in Boston. I wasn't interested in community college. It seemed like the boring route and what you did if you couldn't get into a 4 year program. I wanted the full college experience and the best teachers. However, paying rent in Boston was harder than I'd bargained for, I wasn't happy with most of my music professors and classes. In fact my favorite class at MUSIC school was Art History, and all the while I was paying my very expensive tuition with loans. Discouraged, by the bad fit of the college and my ever growing loan debt, I said, 'Goodbye' to fancy music college and returned to Austin with my tail between my legs. After finding a job and a place to live, I started my studies up at Austin Community College. There I have studied with amazing teachers in almost every department. This was a very good lesson. *Higher tuition does not equal a higher quality or even the right education for you.* I have been able to pay my ACC tuition as I go with Pell grants and working part time. I've attended small classes with brilliant teachers, and I can afford to explore other subjects and get a sense of what I really want to study when I transfer to a 4-year University.