9 Reasons You Should Get Involved On Campus

ACC students and Student Life Director Dan Balski at the Student Engagement FairGoing to college is about so much more than just going to class (but please make sure you are doing that). It is also about gaining experience and perspective to help you in your future. Getting involved on campus can help you succeed in numerous ways…here are 9:

  1. Build Your Community / Find Your People
    Joining a club or organization, going to an on-campus event, or working on campus can help you find your people (those people that get you and you get them) and build your community. You’ll meet people who share your interests and passions. Having that community helps you stay engaged with your education and with your college. You’ll gain the sense that you belong right where you are and have the support to help you Move Mountains toward your degree/certificate.
  2. Networking
    Getting involved on campus gives you a chance to network with not only your peers, but faculty, staff, transfer college reps, and potential employers. At ACC, we offer career fairs/visits, transfer fairs/visits, clubs, organizations like NSLS and PTK, and a variety of activities where you can practice your networking skills.
  3. Get Different Perspectives
    When you get involved, you will get to meet people with different perspectives and life experiences. As you share your perspectives and experiences and learn about other viewpoints, your perspective will expand. Having an open mind and seeing another person’s point of view will help in future jobs and socially.
  4. It Helps You Reach Your Goals / Succeed
    Studies show that students who get involved on-campus tend to perform better in the classroom. This may be because these students find study groups, take classes with their new community of peers, and overall just feel more supported and ready to tackle each challenge they face. (Read more about the research by Alexander Astin and Vincent Tinto.)
  5. Snacks!Students at Student Life BBQ
    Attending an on-campus activity is a great way to feed your mind and your body. We know our students have more commitments than just college, so we provide you with snacks, coffee, pizza, soup, salad, and candy (for that burst of sugar) to keep you going from one activity to the next. Enjoy an activity and a snack between classes.
  6. It’s Good for Your Mental Health / Well-Being
    Taking time to enjoy an activity or join a club for a hobby you enjoy can do wonders for your mental health. It gives you a chance to focus on something you enjoy and de-stress. It helps you relax, but can also help you prepare for tasks and homework that lie ahead.
  7. It’s a Resume Booster
    Being involved on campus looks great on your resume. When you join a club, organization, or academic experience (Pinnacle, Progenitor, Great Books, Writers Studio) you are showing that you are well-rounded to potential employers. You are also learning skills that you may not be in class, such as: social, leadership, and organizational skills. Clubs and organizations are a great way to practice those “soft skills” employers are seeking. You may also be eligible for a work study job on campus as a component of your financial aid package. Work on campus and build your job skills.
  8. Develop Leadership Skills
    Speaking of building your skills, colleges have organizations to help provide you with leadership skills. At ACC, we offer: Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS). These organizations provide you with the opportunity to take part in competitions, activities, and events that will give you the chance to grow as a leader.
  9. It’s fun!
    Getting involved on campus is fun! These activities, clubs, and organizations are designed to help you relax, build skills, and interact with your peers and the college community. So take a break from your studies (but please still make time to study) and join the shenanigans!

You might be asking yourself how you can get involved at ACC now? It’s easy.

There are a ton of ways to get involved whatever your interests may be. We want ACC to be your home away from home while you are getting your degree or certificate. Our faculty and staff are here to help you along your educational journey and beyond. After all, college is a time for studying (we didn’t forget), discovery, and planning for and beginning your future. Let’s Move Mountains together!

For more information about how you can get involved on campus, contact the ACC Student Life Office at 303.797.5668, student.life@arapahoe.edu, or visit M2820 on the Littleton Campus.

ACC Student Bond Fee FAQs

From November 14 through November 18, 2016, all enrolled ACC students will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on an incremental student bond fee for the purpose of constructing a new building for a Castle Rock collaboration campus to serve ACC student needs.

Here are a few FAQs about this proposed bond fee referendum.

When is the voting period and how do we vote?

Voting is November 14 – 18. All currently enrolled student will be eligible to vote in the bond referendum. Students will receive an email from “donotreply@arapahoe.edu” Monday, November 14 with a link to a survey to complete the voting process. Each student will be required to enter their ACC Student ID number in order to vote. The Student ID number will be used to verify the student has only voted once, not to track responses. If a student votes more than one time, only their first vote will count. The link will be active until Friday, November 18 at midnight.

What is a passing vote?

A simple majority will count as a passing vote. For example 51% For the Fee vs 49% Against the Fee would be a passing vote.

What will this campus do for the community?

It will offer more classes and services in the Castle Rock area and provide ACC students with an opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree without having to drive to Fort Collins. The collaboration campus will have space for employers and students to partner on internships and other learning opportunities.

What kind of classes will be offered in Castle Rock on the new campus?

The campus will have courses that are guaranteed to transfer. English, Math, Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences.


How will this new campus increase the value of my degree?

The Campus will give students an opportunity to gain real world experience when working directly with employers through internships or service learning. The fact that CSU wants to partner with ACC means that they value your ACC Degree.

Why is there a big jump in the fee in the year of 2019?

The new campus is expected to open in Fall of 2019. Students enrolled at ACC in Fall of 2019 will be the first to have access and use the new campus. It will also allow for space to open up in current classes (like Science) on the Littleton Campus with Parker and Castle Rock students taking those classes at the new Campus.


What are our fees now?

Right now students taking classes at the Littleton Campus pay a $2.80 per credit hour fee (up to 12 credit hours) that was enacted by a previous student vote to pay for maintenance of student spaces in the Main Building of the Littleton Campus. Students taking classes on the Parker and Castle Rock Campuses or online do not currently pay this fee.

Who will pay the fee if it is passed?

If the Bond is passed, all students on all campuses (with the exception of Concurrent Enrollment students who take classes at their High School) will pay the fee based on credit hours starting at $2.80 up to 12 credit hours in Fall 2017.

What if the Bond does not pass?

If the bond does not pass, fees will remain that same as they are now. ACC will continue with the project for the Castle Rock Campus. A Bond Fee may be reintroduced for student vote at another time. A tuition fee increase may be petitioned by ACC through the Colorado Community College System.

How many students will be on the new Castle Rock Campus?

The campus is expected to support up to 1000 students by the end of the first 5 years of operation with one building. Long term plans include a second building will be constructed for continued growth.

Whoa two buildings? Will that mean more fees in the future?

No. The fee that would be put in place for the construction and development of the Castle Rock Campus will not go above the projected $8.00 per credit hour in the year of 2021 and beyond.

Will I be charged for every credit hour?

You will be only charged a fee on a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Do other Metro area Community Colleges charge Bond Fees?

Yes.
Community College of Aurora – $2.24 per credit hour
Community College of Denver – $6.79 per credit hour
Front Range Community College – $33.71 per semester (Student Bond Fee) plus $4.15 per credit hour (New Construction Fee)
Pikes Peak Community College – $3.30 per credit hour (Parking Bond $1.35 and Student Center Bond $1.95 combined)
Red Rocks Community College – $70.00 per semester Student Recreation Bond fee plus $2.50 per credit hour Student Center Bond Fee

What about 4-year Colleges?

We are happy to help you with the transfer process.  We want you to pursue your Bachelor’s Degree.

Here are some of the Bond/Facilities Fees you can expect to pay.

Metropolitan State University – Metro Bond Fee of $21.15 per credit hour

Colorado State University – $20.75 per credit hour

University of Colorado – Boulder – $170.00 for 7 or more credit hours (Capital Construction Fee), $106.96 for more than 1 class of any credit hours (Rec Center Expansion Fee)

University of Colorado – Denver – Auraria Bond Fee $64.00

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs –  $33.00 + 9.50 per credit hour (University Center Bond Fee)

University of Denver – $590 per credit hours Bachelor of Arts Completion fee.

Regis University – Various flat fees of about $2046 per semester

Didn’t see your question? Just Ask.

Learn more about the ACC Student Bond Fee.