Individual Approval

Non-high school graduates whose high school class has been graduated and who, in the judgment of admission officials, are prepared to undertake post-secondary educational or college work may be admitted on an individual approval basis. 

To be admitted on an individual approval basis, students must:

Step 1 - Apply

Apply online at the ApplyTexas website. There is no charge to apply.  

Step 2 - Testing

Meet with an advisor to determine testing needed for enrollment. For more information about testing, visit:

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 - 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 4 - Advising

Meet with an advisor to discuss test results, identify career goals, create an educational plan and select courses. Advisors are located on the first floor of the Student Center.  For additional information on this requirement visit our website.

Veterans, spouses, and dependents who are applying to use VA benefits or the Hazlewood Act exemption should meet with the academic advisors located in the Office for Veterans Success on the second floor of the Student Center.

Step 5 - Financial Aid and Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA form online at and contact the Financial Aid office with questions. For additional information on this requirement visit our website. Scholarship information is available at

Step 6 - 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

Step 7 - Register

Register and pay for classes - Login to WebAdvisor at For assistance with online registration visit our website or call the Student Help Center, 409-933-8663.  Payment plans are available.  

Step 8 - Payment

For additional information on payment plans visit our website or call the Student Help Center, 409-933-8663.

Step 9 - Student ID

Go to the Gym after paying for the first semester of classes to get a free ID card.

Step 10 - 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 11 - COM Email

Go to to set up an official COM email account. Official communication from the College to the student is sent through this email account.

Step 12 - 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 13 - Attend

Attendance at all classes is required.  Contact the instructor if unable to attend class.  Contact information is available in the course syllabus.

Step 14 - 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.

Need Assistance?

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.

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