Students who have graduated from an accredited high school recognized by TEA or recognized regional accrediting agencies for out-of-state high schools may apply to COM, verified with a copy of a high school transcript. Students who have completed high school graduation by taking the GED exam may also apply to COM; GED completion is verified with a copy of the GED transcript.
To be admitted as a high school/GED graduate, students must:
Step 1 - Apply
Apply online at the ApplyTexas website. There is no charge to apply.
- Veterans ONLY - Students who plan to use VA benefits need to complete the admission application and then visit the Veterans Center.
Step 2 - Testing
Meet with an advisor to determine testing needed for enrollment. For more information about testing, visit: http://www.com.edu/testing-center/tsi-assessment.
Note: Prior to registering for classes, students must provide information to document their Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exemption or compliance. This can be done by testing on campus, providing official test scores, or documentation of exemption (see section titled TSI Exemptions).
Step 3 - Transcripts (only required for financial aid students)
- High School Graduates: Request all official transcripts from high schools attended. Send or bring official transcripts, unopened, to the Admissions and Records Office.
- GED Graduates: Verify Texas GED completion with the Admissions and Records Office. GED transcripts from out of state must be obtained from the state of origin by the student.
- Home School Graduates: COM defines home school as a school where the parent or guardian has been directly involved in the instructional process. Official transcripts (notarized) signed by parents or person administering the home school curriculum must be provided to the Admissions Office. The transcripts must have the name of the home school curriculum followed, grade levels, dates, and grades.
- Non-Accredited High School Graduates: Students graduating from a non-accredited high school may not be eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Admissions and Records Office for accreditation information.
Step 4 - Meningitis
Some student may be required to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination. Vaccination must be taken at least 10 days prior to the first day of class. Documentation should be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office. For additional information on this requirement visit our website.
Step 5 - Advising
Meet with an advisor to discuss test results, identify career goals, create an educational plan and select courses. Advisors are located in the Enrollment Center, Room 158. For additional information on this requirement visit our website.
Step 6 - Financial Aid and Scholarships
Complete the FAFSA form online at www.fafsa.gov and contact the Financial Aid office with questions. For additional information on this requirement visit our website. Scholarship information is available at http://www.com.edu/scholarships.
Step 7 - Orientation
It is mandatory for all first-time-in-college students to attend new student orientation. After being fully accepted, sign up for New Student Orientation at http://www.com.edu/student-services/orientation.
Step 8 - Register
Register and pay for classes - Login to WebAdvisor at http://webadvisor.com.edu/. For assistance with online registration visit our website or call the Student Help Center, 409-933-8663. Payment plans are available.
Step 9 - Payment
For additional information on payment plans visit our website or call the Student Help Center, 409-933-8663.
Step 10 - Student ID
Go to the Gym after paying for the first semester of classes to get a free ID card.
Step 11 - Parking Permit
A parking permit should be displayed on each automobile parked on any COM campus. Parking permits are available in the Campus Police office at no cost. Students will fill out a brief application and will need their vehicle license plate number(s). A current student ID card or state issued picture ID is required to receive a parking permit. A fine will be imposed on any student who fails to comply with parking regulations.
Step 12 - COM Email
Go to http://www.com.edu/help-center/email-create to set up an official COM email account. Official communication from the College to the student is sent through this email account.
Step 13 - Textbooks
Purchase required course textbooks. Required textbooks are available in the COM Bookstore; however, students may purchase textbooks from other preferred vendors. A student attending COM is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Step 14 - Attend
Attendance at all classes is required. Contact the instructor if unable to attend class. Contact information is available in the course syllabus.
Step 15 - Connect
Attend club kickoff. Join a study group. Go to professor’s office during office hours. Join a club or organization. Build connections on campus and have fun! For more detailed information, visit the Student Life website.
For assistance with this process, students are encouraged to contact the Student Help Center at 409-933-8663 or visit the Student Help Center located in Room A-146 of the Enrollment Center.