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Academic Advising

Academic Advising

HCC conducts online registration via Self-Service. All new students are required to meet with an academic advisor for their first semester before registering online. During remote operations, students must make an appointment to do this online. New students will receive login credentials in their admissions letter.

At this time, the Academic Advising & Registration office is taking phone and zoom appointments (no walk-ins). To schedule an appointment with an advisor, please do one of the following; go to, send a text to 240-713-5132, or call 240-500-2240. If you will be in the ESSENCE program (still in high school/home school), call 240-500-2238, email or text 240-892-7258 to schedule a time to register for classes. Students in the ESSENCE Program register with the Admissions Office and can’t register online.

Students with a strong preference may also schedule a face to face appointment. If you do schedule a face-to-face appointment, please remember to text our office upon your arrival (240-713-5132).

In addition, students are required to wear a face mask or covering in our office area while meeting with an advisor. Students are also encouraged to bring their own laptop or portable device in order to access their student account and register for classes. Please note, only the student will be permitted in the advising area and office (no additional family or friends due to social distancing requirements). If an exception is required, please notify staff at the time of the appointment.


The Academic Advising and Registration office is located in the Student Center on campus, to the right of the lobby, in rooms 116 to 120. All students must have a current application on file and a photo ID in order to meet with an academic advisor.

All prospective students who have not yet applied to HCC, may contact the Admissions office at 240-500-2238 to schedule an appointment.

New Students

New students looking to register for classes will be seen on a walk-in basis in the Advising and Registration office. Academic advisors will be available to assist you in navigating the processes and procedures involved in getting started in your first semester. These include, but are not limited to, choosing a major, selecting classes, understanding financial aid, and paying for classes. Once you have registered use this checklist as a guide.


If you will be in the ESSENCE program (still in high school/home school), call 240-500-2238, email or text 240-892-7258 to schedule a time to register for classes. Students in the ESSENCE Program register with the Admissions Office and can't register online. Registration for classes offered at local high schools will be conducted in the classroom when the class begins.

Current/Returning Students

Current students will need to see their assigned faculty advisor for advising questions and class selection (scheduling can still be done in the lab if needed). Meeting with a faculty member in your discipline will enable you to learn valuable information and ask career specific questions. Your faculty advisor can be located by clicking on the “Academic Advisor/Academic Program Information” link with your WebAdvisor account.

Scheduling Lab

All students will have the opportunity to register for classes (whether you meet with a general or faculty advisor) in our scheduling lab. An academic advisor will be located in the scheduling lab daily to assist you with your registration needs, and will also be able to help you with basic advising questions and needs.

In order to better ensure your visit, students are encouraged to arrive at least one hour prior to the published closing time. Please note, depending on the number of Academic Advisors available to see students, the cut off time for advising may be earlier than half an hour prior to close.

Students are also able to receive assistance for basic questions and scheduling from the Welcome Desk staff in the Student Center advising area.

Mission statement: Hagerstown Community College’s Academic Advising department strives to empower all students to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals by providing personalized, developmental academic advising to each individual student. Advisors assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening their economic, social, and cultural life. Advisors aspire to provide its diverse community of learners the guidance and support they need to be successful in the higher education environment.