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College Admission

Alvin Community College is a public, two-year, community college. The college offers academic and vocational courses that lead to aInternational Students Program Brochure variety of associate and bachelor degrees. All programs of study are approximately two years in length. We are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Several of the vocational divisions have achieved accreditation with specialized accrediting agencies. The college seeks to admit well-qualified international students who, because of their academic preparation, will benefit from the college community.

Academic Year

The academic year is composed of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 
The Fall semester begins in late August and ends in December.
The Spring semester begins in mid-January and ends in May.
The Summer semester (June through August) includes both five and eleven week sessions. 
The application and documentation deadline for international admission for each term is:

January 1 . . . . Summer semester
April 1 . . . . Fall semester
August 1 . . . . Spring semester

Application for Admission
Students seeking admission to ACC should complete an application. Submit your application to the International Student Office only, either by mail, fax or scanned and sent via email. All applications must be accompanied by the application fee of $25 U.S. currency.

International Students Program Brochure Adobe PDF

Application Procedure: Steps 1 -6

Step 1 Admission Application Adobe PDF Print the application, complete it and submit it to the International Students’ Office.
Step 2 Application Checklist:
- F-1 VISA Applicants and Exchange Students with J VISA Adobe PDF
- B1-B2 to F-1 Adobe PDF
- Transfer In with I-20 Adobe PDF
Step 3 Transcripts - All official transcripts showing completion of at least four (4) years of secondary school study and any university-level or other post-secondary school work. An official transcript is one issued and sent directly to the college by the Registrar, Principal, or responsible head of each school. When this is not possible, transcripts certified by an Embassy or Consular official as true copies are acceptable. Uncertified or student copies are not acceptable. Students seeking transfer of credit from foreign institutions must have transcripts evaluated by an approved service.
Step 4 TOEFL Score Report - All students who are citizens of countries whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. The minimum acceptable composite score is 500 on the written and 173 on the computerized test and 61 on the IBT (internet based) test. Tests must have been taken within the last two years. A score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the college. Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to TOEFL/Box 899/Princeton, NJ 08540 USA.
Step 5 You are exempt from the TOEFL requirement if you:
  • Have earned a high school diploma or bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college or university.
  • Speak English as your native language. This exemption refers to students from Australia, the Bahamas, and Belize, the British Isles, and English-speaking Canadian provinces, the Fiji Islands. Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad, The United States, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Step 6 Sponsor's Declaration - All international students are required to have a sponsor while attending the college. The Alvin Community College Sponsor's Declaration form (click to print and complete the form) or the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) Affidavits of Support are acceptable. A financial statement must accompany either form. There is no exception to this rule. The sponsor does not have to be a U.S. citizen. However, the sponsor cannot be an F-1 or M-1 visa student. To have access to the Affidavit of Support (USCIS form I-134) that needs to be signed by your sponsor click here, then click on Forms, look for the I-134 form. You will need to download and print the form and instructions. If you have questions, please call or email the International Student Office.

ONCE YOU ARRIVE IN THE UNITED STATES:

  1. Bacterial Meningitis Shot record required for all students 30 years old and younger – Bacterial Meningitis Information
  2. Medical Health Insurance - All international students are required to purchase medical health, evacuation and repatriation insurance while they are enrolled at Alvin Community College. Evidence of insurance coverage must be shown before registration for classes. If you do not have medical health insurance, we can provide information for insurance companies.
  3. Assessment Testing - All students attending Texas public colleges are required to take an assessment test to determine their readiness for college level courses. The test is not used to deny admission, but simply to place students in the appropriate starting courses. Some students are exempt from taking the assessment test. Students who are unable to prove a valid exemption are required to take the assessment test upon arrival at the college. If students do not score at college level on the assessment, they are required to enroll in developmental courses.
  4. Security Deposit - Once admitted to the college, an international student must make a $500 security deposit. INS stipulates that an international student must not become a financial burden on U.S. agencies. This deposit provides funds that a student may have access to in cases of a dire emergency. The student, in essence, is borrowing against this deposit and the amount taken out must be replaced. This deposit is refunded to the student upon transfer or completion of his/her course of study.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENT ONLY:

International Student Advisor's Report - This form is required for all students with the F-1 VISA that are attending an educational institution in the U.S. and planning to transfer to Alvin Community College.  It must be completed by the International Student Advisor where the student is transferring from and forwarded directly to Alvin Community College. If you are attending another college or university within the U.S. as an F-1 student, a copy of the current I-20 and I-94 card must also be submitted to ACC. If transferring to Alvin Community College under any other visa status, a copy of the visa, work permit or spouse's I-20 or visa must be mailed to us.

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Contact Information

Alpha Trevino, PDSO
International Advisor
3110 Mustang Road
Alvin, Texas 77511
Phone: 281.756.3531 and 3528
Fax: 281.756.3843
Email: international@alvincollege.edu

Contact Us

Main Campus

Address: 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Telephone: (281) 756-3500
Email: info@alvincollege.edu

Pearland Campus

Address: 4717 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77581
Telephone: (281) 727-1626
Email: ACCTurner@alvincollege.edu

Continuing Education

Telephone: (281) 756-3787
CE E-mail: cewd@alvincollege.edu

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