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All classes are remote (online) during summer. Access to campus is restricted to authorized employees only. Find up-to-date information and resources at

HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
Gateway Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
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Advising Timeline

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. To determine your eligibility to take college level English and math, please review the multiple measures available, including high school GPA and placement testing here.

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)
    1. Meet with an academic advisor and begin to develop an academic plan to meet your goals.
    2. Review and understand college processes such as academic advising, registering for and paying for classes, using online services like myHCCHCC email, Canvas, and other helpful sites:
      1. Schedule of Classes and Catalog
      2. Pay for College
    3. 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.
    4. 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 ServicesTransfer Resources, and others that will lead to success.
    5. Earn the very best grades possible.
  • Second Semester (15-30 credits)
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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).
    4. Research the many opportunities at HCC to enhance your education with Student LifeService Learning, or an internship or co-op experience.
  • Third Semester (30-45 credits)
    1. 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.
    2. Verify area of study (academic program) and remaining requirements to transfer and graduate.
    3. If transferring prior to earning a degree, check out our Reverse Transfer program.
    4. Become aware of financial aid, scholarship, and application deadlines.
  • Fourth Semester (45+ credits)
    1. Meet all transfer admission application deadlines and scholarship deadlines.
    2. Request official transcripts from Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs.
    3. Meet with an academic advisor to review and submit the Application to Graduate.
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