|Form||Purpose||Where to Find Form||Signature Required/Notes|
|Administrative Withdrawal (AW)||Removing the student from class due to excessive absences||Student Records||Faculty member|
|Application for Fresh Start Policy||Restore dismissed student to "good standing" after six consecutive semesters of absence excluding summer/intersession GPA>2.0||ACT Center or Academic Affairs||ACT Center Staff, Asst. VP of Academic Administration, or Dir. of Academic Advising Services|
|Application for Independent Studies or Internship||Contract agreement between student and faculty member||Student Records||Faculty member, student|
|Change of Major||Student-initiated request to change major||ACT Center||Some restricted programs are noted on the form|
|Early Alert Notice||Given to student who is in academic jeopardy||Division offices or Academic Affairs||Faculty member|
|Final Grade Change||Extenuating circumstances or error||Student Records||Instructor|
|Fresh Start Statement of Understanding||Details loss and acceptance of credit with fresh start||ACT Center or Academic Affairs||ACT Center Staff, Asst. VP of Academic Administration, or Dir. of Academic Advising Services|
|Permission to register for 5 or 19 or more credits||Exception of policy: Student may not exceed 4 or 18 credits without permission||ACT Center or Academic Affairs||Asst. VP of Academic Administration or Dir. of Academic Advising Services|
|Petition for Readmission Form 1 & Form 2||Allows dismissed student written request to return to the college||Academic Affairs||Asst. VP of Academic Administration or Dir. of Academic Advising Services|
|Petition to Audit a Class||Attended course only||Student Records||Student, Student Records staff|
|Prerequisite Waiver||Provides exception of prerequisites||ACT Center or Student Records||Student|
|Request for Exception to Graduation Requirement||Waives graduation requirements. Used in the case of changing curricula (courses no longer offered) or advising errors||Academic Affairs or Student Records||Dept. Chair, Dean of Division, VP of Academic Affairs|
|Request to Change Advisor||Student-initiated request to change advisor||Academic Affairs or ACT Center||Student, new advisor|
|Schedule Change Request (Add/Drop)||Allows student to alter the schedule during first four days of classes||ACT Center or Student Records or online||Student, HCC staff member|
|Withdrawal Form||Withdraw from one course, or from the college||Student Records||Student|
|ACT Center (Advising, Career & Transfer)||
Advising: Provides all aspects of academic advising and transfer for current students
Career: Assistance with career exploration, job search, resume writing, and career workshops
Change of Major: Students may change their major with an advisor in the ACT Center
Transfer: All relevant and up-to-date information regarding transfer to a four-year college or university
|Change of Advisor||Students may change their advisor by contacting the Academic Affairs office||Academic Affairs
|Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)||Free academic support for students through learning coaches, peer and professional tutoring, the Math Center and Writing Center, and workshops and seminars.||CAPS
|Computer Labs||Provides access to high-speed computers for HCC students||Open Computer Lab
|Disability Services||Assists students with documented disabilities||Deaf & Disability Services
|Library||Provides the resources to fulfill classroom assignments and expand education beyond the classroom||Library
|Online Courses||Take one online course, or complete your entire degree online||Online Programs
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|Placement Testing||Students can retest in math or English is applicable||Placement Testing
|Veteran Services||Reps will assist student-veterans with eligible support, resources, and benefits||
Admissions: Admissions application (process and status); transfer or admissions counselor appointments; testing appointments (CPT); campus tours; guidance counselor/high school inquiries about HCC
Student Accounts: Student billing
Student Records: Enrollment verifications; course times and availability; course and college withdrawals; graduation audit applications; transfer credit
Financial Aid: Available to answer any financial questions students may have: how to apply; awards; financial aid limitations; FAFSA; Federal Direct Student Loan; federally-funded work study; grant programs
|WellConnect Student Assistance Program||Offers students, their families, and members of their household 24/7 access to one-on-one mental health counseling; legal assistance; budget, debt, and financial counseling; new parent coaching; and a wealth of other services and resources||
|ALANA Men in Motion||Academic support and mentoring for students of color||CAPS Center
|ESL Support Program||Bilingual academic support including advising, tutoring, advocacy and referrals, orientation seminars, academic and career counseling, language, and assessment/placement||ESL
|Multicultural Academic Services (MAS)||Academic advising, support, and activities||MAS
|New Directions||Support program for adult women 24+, single mothers, and female veterans||New Directions
|Pathways||Academic advising and planning for promising students wishing to transfer to a selective liberal arts college||Pathways
|STRIVE||STRIVE is a federally-funded Student Support Services TRiO program for academically disadvantaged students who receive select academic support services||STRIVE
|Thrive@HCC||Thrive@HCC offers an array of free service to help students and community members build financial skills||Thrive@HCC
Create an account at hcc.edu/apply, and follow the steps sent to the email adress that you provided.
New Student Orientation (NSO) provides new students with information about academics, requirements, and student life that will help you make a successful transition. As a new student, it is mandatory to attend one full NSO session. Learn more here.
HCC provides an opportunity to earn your high school equivalency certificate through the HiSET (high school equivalency) test, also known as the GED. The tests are online, though a paper test option is available. Sample questions and practice tests are available to help you prepare. Test takers can also access career counseling and learn more about furthering their education. Learn more here.
You should have received an email prior to the start of the semester that lists your advisor.
You can also check Online Services. Log in with your HCC ID (nine-digit HCC ID number located on your HCC ID card) and your PIN (the default/temporary pin is an uppercase "H" + lowercase "cc" + the last six digits of your HCC ID number. For example, if the last six digits of your HCC ID are 123456, your password would be Hcc123456. The first time login, you will be asked to create a new PIN).
Once logged in, click on the Student Services tab, followed by the Registration tab. You can then click on Advisor Information.
HCC provides free parking for students, employees, and visitors. Find out where you can park by clicking on "Parking" on this page.
Explore placement test prep, learn important information about your placement test, and schedule your test online here.
Did you know? More than half of all HCC students receive financial aid from federal, state, and/or private sources. The Financial Aid Office is here to provide guidance, and help you complete and submit your paperwork. You can even apply and submit federal financial aid forms directly from our office. Click here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 413.552.2150, or stop by FR 201.
Nowhere! Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the HCC campus. This policy includes electronic and vapor cigarettes as well, and applies to faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Learn more about our policy and explore free resources to help you quit smoking at hcc.edu/smoke-free.
Visit the Dining Services website to review campus dining hours of operation, look up menus and nutritional information, or inquire about employment opportunities.
Yes! You can receive credit for many courses by passing college credit examinations. These examinations, which are available in numerous subject areas, provide an affordable way to receive college credit.
We are proud to have you at HCC and greatly appreciate your service to our nation. We know that balancing college life with your military, career, family, and personal responsibilities can be very challenging. HCC would like to facilitate your success by providing the support, resources, and information that meet your unique needs. View a full list of our support services for veterans.
Visit the Emergency Preparedness page to find out who to call, what to do in case of fire, safety tips, and more.
The College Store is located in DON 154.
To receive accommodations and services, you must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services. Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing can register directly with the Deaf Services Office in DON 147B or by calling 413.650.5502 (VP) or 413.552.2317 (voice).
Access the College Catalog by clicking here.
You can also find it on the HCC website in the lefthand menu under "Courses & Programs," and in the dropdown menu under "Courses & Programs."
HCC offers free, comprehensive wellness services through the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. Through WellConnect, students, their families, and members of their household have access to one-on-one, 24/7 mental health counseling.
Access WellConnect 24 hours a day, seven days a week by:
The HCC Foundation offers more than $200,000 in scholarships available for new, current, and transferring students (money you never, ever have to pay back). The application process is open every February. Learn more and apply!
HCC has over 30 active clubs and organizations, with new ones being formed all the time (not to mention a radio station, a newspaper, and a literary magazine). Have fun, make connections, develop leadership skills, and pursue new interests. Clubs have access to funds, travel, and a variety of programming opportunities.
Visit the Clubs & Organizations page for more info!
Ready to quit smoking? HCC offers free resources!
- Individual Counseling
- "Freedom from Smoking" workbook
- Nicotine replacement
- Available 24/7
- Counseling services
- Resources and support
Sexual assault is a criminal offense. HCC encourages anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or heard of a sexual assault to report it so the survivor can get help and the college can respond appropriately.
To report a sexual assault, please visit this page and click on "Sexual Assault Incident Report Form."
Your report will be sent anonymously to Nicholas D'Agostino, HCC's Affirmative Action officer and Title IX coordinator. If you wish to make a report through campus police, you may call 413.552.2211 from a cell phone or off-campus land line, or dial 2211 from any on campus phone, and you will be connected with an HCC police officer.
If you would like to speak with a counselor, please visit the Student Affairs office in FR 224 or contact us at 413.552.2231 and counseling will be arranged. For 24/7 mental health counseling you may also contact WellConnect at any time by calling 800.326.6142 (voice/TTY) or via the WellConnect website.
To receive accommodations and services, you must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services. Stop by DON 147 OR contact us by calling 413.552.2417 to schedule and attend an information session. Please plan to bring with you to the information session:
- Completed Student Information Form
- A copy of documentation of your disability for OSDDS to keep on file. Your documentation should be relevant to your current status and include a specific diagnosis of a disability and specific recommendations for educational accommodations. Also see Disability Documentation Guidelines.
Yes. Flu shots are available seasonally at Health Services, along with a variety of other support, first aid, education, and coaching.
HCC is a great place to start if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Expore transfer opportunities.
Wellness Promotion at HCC helps students manage the stress that can interfere with academic success, while encouraging a healthy, balanced lifestyle and a sense of belonging on campus. Program offerings include free mindfulness meditations, yoga sessions, mindful walking, and more. Please contact Wellness Promotion Coordinator Mary Jane (Mimsy) O'Connor by email, at DON 239, or by calling 413.552.2422.
The easiest – and fastest – way to find out if campus is closed is to update your contact information in Rave, HCC's alert notification system. Rave can send text, email, and/or phone alerts, but only if we have your up-to-date contact information. In addition to Rave alerts, campus closings or delayed openings are posted on the college website and on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to follow us for notifications!
Delays or closings due to inclement weather are also available on HCC's Weather Hotline at 413.552.2900, ext. 1418. Please do not call the college switchboard for this information, as an operator may not be available.The following media outlets carry announcements of closings and delays:
|WHMP||96.9 FM, 1400/1240 AM|
|WHYN||93.1 AM, 560 AM|
Note: Closures or delayed openings of the Holyoke Public Schools does not mean there will be a closing or delayed opening at HCC. The radio or television station must announce "Holyoke Community College."
If there are 45 minutes or more remaining in a class or lab, it will start at the time the campus opens. For example: If HCC has delayed opening until 10 a.m. and you have a class scheduled from 9:30-10:45 a.m., that class will meet from 10-10:45 a.m. If you had a class scheduled from 9-9:50 a.m., that class will not meet.