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Easy Steps to Getting Started at ACC

Easy Steps to Getting Started at ACC

Step 1: Apply to ACC 
Apply Online for Fall 2024
Apply Online for Spring 2025 or later

Complete an online application and someone from our Admissions Office will contact you about the next steps. Paper applications can also be obtained in person from the Admissions Office or by calling 989.358.7339.     

View ACC's Academic Calendar for registration and semester start dates.

Step 2: Request Transcripts
If currently attending high school: give a completed application to your principal or counselor. He/she will forward it, along with your high school records, to Alpena Community College.
If not currently attending high school: send a completed application directly to Alpena Community College, or apply online and ACC will request high school records if applicable.

If you have attended another college: request each college to forward a copy of your transcript to the Registrar’s Office, Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI 49707.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible prior to the semester you plan to begin attending ACC. This should provide sufficient processing time for the financial aid awarding. Go to the FAFSA website https://fafsa.gov to apply. Authorize the electronic release of the results (called the Student Aid Report or SAR) to ACC by including our code number, 002237, in the appropriate space on the FAFSA.

The Alpena Community College Foundation offers a large number of scholarships to our students. If you are applying for an academic scholarship or other types of general scholarships, you must file a FAFSA and an ACC Scholarships Application Form

Step 4: Take the ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment or ACT
ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that helps the college evaluate your reading, writing, and math skills and place you into appropriate courses. ACCUPLACER scores are a prerequisite for many ACC courses.

The ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment is required for:

  • All new Alpena Community College students who do not have A.C.T. Reading, English, and Mathematics sub-scores of 18 or higher and wish to register for more than one course* (Note: placement tests will only be given in the subject areas where sub-score minimums were not met.)

  • All new Alpena Community College students who do not have SAT Reading test scores of 25, Writing and Language test scores of 25, and Mathematics test score of 26.5 or higher and wish to register for more than one course* (Note: placement tests will only be given in the subject areas where sub-score minimums were not met.)

  • Have not earned a minimum of 12 college credits including at least one college-level course in either English or Mathematics.

  • All students who enroll for the first time in an English or Mathematics course.

*Students who accumulate 6 credit hours by taking one course per semester will be required to take the ACCUPLACER placement test battery.

The ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment is strongly recommended for all students, regardless of course load or field of study. New students must submit an Application for Admission to the Admissions Office before attending the assessment. Please bring a valid photo ID with you to the testing room.  Examinees should allow approximately 2 hours.

American College Test (ACT)
Beginning full-time freshmen are encouraged to take the American College Test (ACT) prior to registration for classes. Have the report sent to Alpena Community College by listing our ACT code number 
1960, in the appropriate space on the test.

Step 5: Orientation

New students are required to attend one of our mandatory orientation sessions. You can sign up for orientation online or by calling the Admissions Office. Orientation will give students a chance to tour ACC, figure out their financial aid, and meet with their academic advisor. An advisor will be assigned to you after you submit your Application for Admission. Meet with your advisor to plan what courses you need to take to achieve your academic goals. Advisors have office hours during registration week to help you pick classes and register. You can also call 989.356.9021 and ask to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Step 6: Register & Pay for Classes

Once you meet with an academic advisor, you need to register for classes. Registration for classes takes place before the start of each semester; dates and times are published in the semester schedule and advertised. 

Choose the most convenient time to register at either the Alpena or Oscoda campus. Bring the registration form that you and your advisor filled out. Turn it in and be ready to pay the tuition and fees for your course(s).

Payment is by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or financial aid at the time of registration. Online credit card payments are now accepted through Self-Service.

Cash is accepted at the Alpena Campus; however, no cash payments are accepted at the Oscoda Campus. Your cooperation is appreciated.

**PLEASE NOTE: The enrollment and refund period varies for courses that end before the regular 16-week sessions. Please contact the Registrar's Office, 108 VLH for enrollment and refund deadline of such courses.

Step 7: Purchase Books
Visit the ACC Bookstore, located in the Besser Technical Center to buy books for your classes along with any ACC apparel or gifts. You can also purchase your books from ACC's Online Bookstore.

Step 8: Attend Class & Get Involved!
Be sure to check Self-Service through the ACC Portal to verify your schedule, class locations, and times. Check out all of the resources available to ACC students, including free tutoring, counseling, clubs and organizations, intramural athletics, and more!