Important milestones and guidelines for making decisions
Your academic advisor plays a critical role in helping you identify and achieve your academic goals. He or she will work with you in course planning, registration and academic counseling, and will also be able to direct you to important college resources.
In order to get the most out of your relationship with your advisor, be sure to review the following timeline frequently. It outlines questions to consider at various points in your college career, based on the number of credits you have earned along the way. You and your advisor will answer these questions together, as necessary, to ensure you’re progressing toward your goal in a timely and efficient manner.
Visit the tabs below to find out what to do to ensure success at each step along your pathway through college.
First Semester (0-15 credits)
- Meet with an academic advisor and begin to develop an academic plan to meet your goals.
- Review and understand college processes such as academic advising, registering for and paying for classes, using online services like myHCC, HCC email, Canvas, and other helpful sites:
- Review and understand academic terms such as area of study (academic program), placement test, credit hours, co- and prerequisite, full-time status, and many others.
- Review and understand the Student Code of Conduct, and academic resources such as the HCC Library, tutoring at The Learning Assistance Center (LAC), Counseling Services, Career Services, Transfer Resources, and others that will lead to success.
- Earn the very best grades possible.
Second Semester (15-30 credits)
- Remember to complete your college-level English composition course and math course within the first 24 credit hours or the semester following the completion of the highest level developmental education course.
- Check with an academic advisor to review your academic plan including scheduled courses, course grades, and GPA to see if you are on pace to graduate and/or transfer. Understand specific requirements for competitive transfer programs. Stay informed— attend transfer fairs and explore ARTSYS.
- Check to see if you are on pace to complete the associate degree in two years (15 credits a major semester or 30 credits during an academic year).
- Research the many opportunities at HCC to enhance your education with Student Life, Service Learning, or an internship or co-op experience.
Third Semester (30-45 credits)
- Attend transfer fairs, career fairs, career, transfer and completion programs and use online resources to research transfer and career opportunities. Check ARTSYS for course equivalences.
- Verify area of study (academic program) and remaining requirements to transfer and graduate.
- If transferring prior to earning a degree, check out our Reverse Transfer program.
- Become aware of financial aid, scholarship, and application deadlines.
Fourth Semester (45+ credits)