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Howard Community College (HCC) values the diversity of the student population and maintains an open-door policy of admission.  Persons will be admitted on a space-available basis without discrimination, as prescribed by law.  It should be noted that HCC reserves the right to refuse or revoke admission to individuals who pose a present or future safety risk to students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

HCC has established general or specific entry requirements for the various curricula and areas of study offered and continually evaluates the effectiveness of these requirements as they relate to the college’s overall mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives.  To that end, the college provides admissions, records and registration, financial aid, testing, advising, counseling services, veteran and military services, disability and educational support services, and the Children’s Learning Center to maintain compliance with federal and state law and to fulfill the college mission.

The college provides a variety of educational opportunities at a reasonable cost.  State law governs the determination of residency for tuition purposes at HCC.   

Although admitted to the college, students may not enroll in particular programs or courses unless they have the necessary educational background.  Placement testing to assess skill levels in English and math is required of all students planning to enroll in English or math courses or courses with English or math prerequisites. 

Students are offered assistance in developing an academic plan for an area of study  in accordance with their academic background, skills, and goals through academic advising, which is provided by the office of admissions and advising or by faculty advisors in selected programs.  Counseling, both career and personal, is also available to students through the office of counseling and career services.

Policy Manual Review/Revision:  02/27/15