Making academic and transfer decisions without consulting an advisor is risky business. Advisors have the most current and thorough knowledge regarding learning programs (majors), transfer requirements, the college's polices, procedures, and the requirements that apply to you in your specific situation.
These are two of the most important reasons for meeting with an advisor. Advisors can assist students in making course selections that apply to the broadest range of learning programs and transfer institutions. They can also assist you in selecting courses and accessing services that will help you explore and identify your academic and career interests. Meeting with an advisor can help you avoid costly errors while you are trying to make important decisions.
You bet! You need to meet with an advisor at your home institution and at HCC. Provide your home institution advisor with a course description of the class you plan to take and a course outline, if necessary. In this situation, it is up to you to get written consent from your home institution advisor regarding the course you plan to take at HCC along with a written guarantee that it will transfer back (most institutions have special forms for this). You have the ultimate responsibility of ensuring you are taking the correct course and that your home institution has approved it.
You need to meet with an HCC advisor to arrange any course clearances you require. Please provide a transcript or a grade report to verify that you took the necessary prerequisite. Please remember that your home institution's consent does not result in a waiver of HCC's requirements, policies, and procedures.
Most students are assigned to HCC's Office of Admissions and Advising for their advising services. Some students are assigned to specific faculty or staff advisors or to the Student Support Services Office.
Your advising assignment is available on HCC Express’s “My Student Profile” feature. You may also contact the Office of Admissions and Advising for your assignment.
Your advisor’s office hours are posted on HCC Express’s “My Student Profile” feature. In general, if you are assigned to a specific faculty or staff advisor or to Student Support Services, it is a good idea to call or email to arrange an appointment. The Office of Admissions and Advising provides walk-in service; hours are available on HCC web site. Students are always welcome to visit the Office of Admissions and Advising if their assigned advisor is not available or for any other reason.
The Office of Admissions and Advising’s primary goal is to ensure that advisors are available during a broad range of hours so that you can see someone whenever you need or want to. Advisors are scheduled so that there is almost always an advisor available to serve students with specific needs – for example, if you are an international student or a nursing student preparing to apply for clinical coursework. You are always welcome to request a specific advisor when you visit the office as long as the advisor is there and you understand that your preferred advisor must see those students who arrived before you first. Prospective and current international (F1) students may make an appointment with an international student admissions counselor.
Your advisor’s office location is available on HCC Express’s “My Student Profile”. You can also find it on HCC’s staff directory. The Office of Admissions and Advising or the Welcome Center can also direct you.
The following is some basic information to assist you in locating the office or advisor assigned to you:
HCC students attending classes at the Laurel College Center (LCC) may see an advisor there or on HCC's main campus. Advising hours at the Laurel College Center are more limited than on the main campus. Students should consult the LCC or HCC's Office of Admissions and Advising for LCC advising hours.
You should meet with your advisor at least once a semester in preparation for the upcoming semester. Always meet with an advisor before dropping or withdrawing from a class. There are many other important reasons to meet with your advisor such as transfer preparations, academic concerns, uncertainty about your current program or progress, interest in a referral, etc. Some students like to check in with their advisor just to share how the semester is going.
Get the most from your advising session by preparing ahead whenever possible. Here are some tips:
In addition to any other questions you may have, it is good practice to discuss many of the following questions and topics when you meet with your advisor:
HCC's Transfer Center, located in the Office of Admissions and Advising, hosts two major transfer fairs each year. Transfer representatives from most Maryland four-year colleges and universities and many out-of-state four-year institutions are available to meet with students. Several specialized transfer fairs for students majoring in fields such as nursing and teacher education take place each year. Workshops and other special programs are also conducted for students interested in programs such as engineering and medicine.
In addition to these events, transfer representatives from individual institutions visit the campus during the year and are available to meet with students. The Transfer Center also has information about meeting with advisors at colleges and universities in Maryland and throughout the nation. To find out more about meeting with transfer representatives, consult HCC's Transfer Center website or visit the Transfer Center in the Office of Admissions and Advising. Learn more about transfer events and activities.
At HCC, these services are distinct from one another and are provided by two different offices. Advisors focus on academic and transfer decisions. Counselors in the Counseling and Career Services office focus on assisting students with personal concerns, selecting a career path, and facing complex learning challenges.
The Office of Admissions and Advising gladly responds to email inquiries about general advising information. Because the security of email cannot be completely guaranteed, to protect each student's privacy we will not use email to discuss confidential information such as grades and placement test results. If the advisor you have been working with has given you their personal email address, please contact them directly. Otherwise, email advising inquiries may be directed as follows: