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Answers to Your Enrollment Questions

Ready to apply to HCC? Or do you need help registering for classes? Please find the answers to frequently asked questions below. Our admissions and advising team is available to assist you in person or virtually via Zoom.

FAQ's for All Students

How do I apply for regular admission?

You can apply to HCC online. The first step is to create an account, then you can start the application. Once you create an account, you can return to the same place and sign in. When you log in, you’ll need to confirm what term/semester you would like to begin. Then you can click on the application that best applies to you. Most students will click on “Start a New Admissions Application.” Be sure to fill out all fields with a red asterisk next to them and electronically sign and submit the form at the end.

How do I apply for JumpStart / dual enrollment?

HCPSS JumpStart students can follow this video for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

How do I apply for the HCC Honors Program?

You’ll need to complete and submit a standard “New Admissions Application.” On the first page of the application there is a question that will ask you if you are interested in applying to the Honors Program. Mark yes to this question. Once we receive your application, we will email you with details and next steps on how to apply to the program.

If you have already applied and been accepted to HCC but did not mark “yes” to that question, you will need to reapply and mark “yes.” You will maintain the same HCC ID number, login information, etc.

Please note that students are accepted for the fall semester each year. To learn more about the program, please visit the HCC Honors website.

How do I apply for the Silas Craft Collegians Program?

If you are not a current HCC student, you can create an account. Once created, you can return to that same page and login. Confirm your desired start term and click on “Silas Craft Application.” Complete and submit the application. Be sure to note the three additional steps in the Supplemental Items tab at the top of the application. 

Those are: 1) Complete the Additional Information Form; 2) Pay the $25 application fee; 3) Submit an official high school transcript (contact your high school counselor or registrar). 

If you are already an accepted HCC student, you can simply complete the three Supplemental Items noted above.

Please note that the Silas Craft Collegians Program is intended for students who have just recently graduated from high school. To learn more about the program, please visit the Silas Craft Collegians website. Students are accepted for the fall semester each year.

I have applied for admissions—now what?

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application for admission to HCC. This typically takes 3-5 business days. As soon as your application has been reviewed, you will receive a series of Next Steps emails that will guide you through each step of the enrollment process. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the virtual New Student Orientation to familiarize yourself with all HCC resources.

What are my HCC login credentials?

Your student ID number can be found in your acceptance letter. To view your acceptance letter, log into your HCC application account then click “View” then “Decision History.” Your HCC student ID number is at the bottom of the letter (you may have to click “enable editing” to see it). The HCC Login ID is your first initial, last name (up to 7 letters), and the last 4 digits of your HCC student ID number. For example, if your name was John Pennyworth and your HCC ID number was 1234567, your HCC Login ID would be: jpennywo4567. 

With your HCC Login ID, you can now create your password.

How do I meet with an academic advisor?

You can meet with an academic advisor either in person (on the HCC campus) or virtually via Zoom. We offer advising Monday through Friday on a drop-in basis. There is no need for an appointment. Learn more.

If I am currently a JumpStart student and want to attend HCC after high school, do I need to reapply?

You only need to reapply if you plan to apply for the HCC Honors Program. Otherwise, you do not.

When I apply for admission, do I need to submit my transcripts?

It is highly recommended that you submit high school and college transcripts when you apply. It is not a requirement for admission, though. Your high school transcript helps determine if you need placement testing and may be needed for financial aid purposes. Previous college transcripts can often assist in transferring credits, reducing your time and cost at HCC.

How do I transfer credits from other institutions I’ve attended?

If you are not looking to complete a degree program, you can provide an unofficial transcript to an academic advisor for review. Depending on that review, the advisor may be able to provide a waiver for certain classes at HCC.

If you plan to complete an associate degree at HCC, you will need to go through an official transcript evaluation process. Learn how to submit your transcripts for evaluation. This process can take 2-4 weeks to complete so submit them early; then an academic advisor can help you plan and register for courses.

Why am I having trouble registering for classes?

Find step-by-step registration instructions here or watch this video. Please note that our online portal has changed slightly since this video was created. The basic instructions are the same, however. 

A few helpful hints:

  1. Make sure you are on the correct term
  2. Make sure you have planned an appropriate section of the course that you need
  3. If you are still having issues, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at or ask a question of an academic advisor at BE SURE TO CONTACT US USING YOUR HCC EMAIL ACCOUNT AND INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME.

How do I drop a class after I have registered for it?

You can always drop/swap classes before the class begins. You will want to review the drop deadline dates for your classes in MyHCC. Watch this video to learn more.

When searching for courses I noticed that there are some without times listed. It just says, “online/online.” Why aren’t there any times listed?

These courses are asynchronous / flexible online classes. This means that there is no “scheduled” meeting time. You are expected to review the course content and to do the work on your own time. However, please note it is still imperative that you meet the required deadlines. If you have an issue or question, you can message/email the instructor, but there is no dedicated live instruction.

FAQ’s for Clinical Nursing and Allied Health Students:

How do I find out more information about the nursing and allied health programs?

Take a look at our upcoming Nursing and Allied Health Information Sessions. They are all virtual and last approximately 1 hour. It’s a great chance to learn more about the programs and ask questions! You can also click on the name of each program to be taken to their respective websites to learn more as well.

How do I apply for the clinical nursing and allied health programs?

Start here: Nursing and Allied Health Admissions | Howard Community College (

For application questions, email

How do I find out the status of my clinical nursing or allied health supplemental application?

You may also review admissions requirements and dates for your specific program by visiting: Nursing and Allied Health Admissions | Howard Community College ( Additionally, your application questions may be sent to

When is the application deadline for the accelerated and the traditional nursing programs?

Accelerated is December 15, 2023 and Traditional is February 15, 2024. Review the admissions requirements and deadlines.

When is the deadline for Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs?

January 15, 2024

How do I sign up for the HESI nursing exam?

Review information on how to set-up an account and how to register as well as the dates available for the exam here.


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