You only need to apply to HCC if you wish to take classes for college credit. Non-credit courses are offered through the Continuing Education & Business Services Division. If you wish to take credit classes, follow these seven simple steps:
Seven Easy Steps to Become an HCC Student (credit)
Apply for Admission: Students wishing to take credit classes must first apply to HCC and submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office. Programs for high school students include ESSENCE Early College Program and the STEMM Technical Middle College. If you wish to meet with an admissions representative, you should make an appointment by calling 240-500-2238 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for Financial Aid: Financial aid includes grants, loans, federal work study, scholarships, and veteran and military benefits.
Take Placement Tests: Find out if you're exempt from placement testing. Students should submit a copy of their high school transcript or GED scores, SAT, ACT, IB, and PARCC scores (WCPS students) to the Admissions Office to be exempt from testing. For students who need testing, free testing assures proper course placement for all students taking credit classes.
Activate your Online Accounts : You must activate your account and change your password upon receiving your acceptance letter. You will then have access to WebAdvisor (HCC’s online registration system), your student email account, and Moodle/D2L (used for online learning). Your username and temporary password can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter.
See an Advisor and/or Register for Classes: Bring your placement test scores, SAT/ACT score sheet, and official transcripts with you to share with an academic advisor. Advisors will help you choose your program from HCC's eight academic divisions, each offering a wide array of programs and courses. HCC conducts online registration via WebAdvisor. Students who will be taking classes in the ESSENCE program must call 240-500-2238 to schedule an appointment to register for classes.
Pay for College: Get all the information you need about tuition and fees. Payment plans, grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, and student job opportunities can help make college more affordable.
- Get Books, ID, etc.: Get connected with the many services available to HCC students by visiting the Current Students page. Services for students can also be accessed from the Student Services page.
Which Best Describes You?
- First-Time College Student: Students with no previous college experience who plan to earn college credit.
- Returning HCC Student: Prior HCC students who have not attended HCC for more than two years.
- Transfer Student: Students with some previous credits from another college.
- High School Student: Students ages 16-18. Earn college credit while still in high school.
- International Student: Programs for non-U.S. citizens to earn college credit.
- Active Duty/Veteran Student: Students who wish to use military benefits.
- Adult Basic Education (ABE): A program for students seeking to improve basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Math.
- Continuing Education & Business Services: Non-credit classes and certificate programs for personal enrichment and professional development.
- Disability Support Services: Services for students with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments.
- English as a Second Language (ESL): A program for non-native speakers seeking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.
- GED (General Educational Development): Classes for students seeking to prepare for and take the GED exam.
- Career Program Achievers (CPA): Services for low-income, adult students in career programs.
- Online Programs: Courses and programs delivered online.
- TRiO: Student Support Services: Special grant-funded program for students who are low-income, are a first-generation student, or have a disability.
- TRiO: Upward Bound Program: Special grant-funded program for students who are low-income, first-generation, college-bound high school students from North, South, Williamsport, or Hancock High School.
See all Student Services available at HCC.